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[NEWS] Some Thursday links

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  • Bloomberg notes the advance of Catalonian separatism, looks at the economic catastrophes hitting Mozambique, and looks at how Africa is getting more people online by devising apps for non-smartphones.
  • Bloomberg View examines at length the implications of Donald Trump’s not quite criminal call to have Russia hack more E-mails.
  • The CBC notes young British Leave voters defending their choices and observes the implications of the shutdown of the Manitoba port of Churchill.
  • The Inter Press Service notes that the Rio Olympics will be a mess.
  • MacLean’s notes the dominance of the Canadian economy by the housing bubble.
  • The National Post reports on a team of Turkish commandos sent to kill the president found hiding in a cave.
  • Open Democracy looks at the negative results of the European Union’s incoherent policies in Azerbaijan.

[URBAN NOTE] The National Post on the struggles around gentrification in Moss Park

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The National Post hosts Ashley Csanady’s article “Toronto’s rough Moss Park neighbourhood becoming the city’s next gentrification battleground”, looking at how this up-and-coming neighbourhood in downtown Toronto is responding to gentrification pressures.

Joan Harvey has lived in Toronto’s Moss Park towers for 35 years, and watched as her neighbourhood was slowly infected by drugs, violence and an increasingly bad reputation.

As the head of her building’s tenants association, she spends every Saturday night staked out in a lobby or ground floor community room keeping the “riff-raff,” as she puts, it out of the building.

The three massive towers lie just a 20 minute walk or so from the Eaton Centre, and even closer to Regent Park, an area to the east that has been spectacularly — and controversially — revitalized in recent years.
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Now Harvey’s neighbourhood is the next gentrification battleground as a proposal to rebuild the nearby John Innes Community Centre winds its way toward city council. On Wednesday night, another community meeting will debate the plan to revive one of the city’s most dilapidated corners, even as a gourmet sandwich shop is set to open and a farmer’s market has already moved in.

Backed by the 519 — an LGBTQ community organization based on Church Street — and a private donor, the plan is to rebuild the crumbling, yellow community centre and its surrounding park with a combination of fundraising and government cash. Right now, the corner of Queen Street East and Sherbourne is notorious for its drug use, sex workers and the nearby shelters keep the sidewalks crowded and the social services overloaded.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 27, 2016 at 5:30 pm

[NEWS] Some Wednesday links

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  • Bloomberg notes concerns over Northern Ireland’s frontiers, looks at how Japanese retailers are hoping to take advantage of Vietnam’s young consumers, examines the desperation of Venezuelans shopping in Colombia, looks at Sri Lankan interest in Chinese investment, suggests oil prices need to stay below 40 dollars US a barrel for Russia to reform, observes that Chinese companies are increasingly reluctant to invest, and suggests Frankfurt will gain after Brexit.
  • Bloomberg View gives advice for the post-Brexit British economy, looks at how Chinese patterns in migration are harming young Chinese, suggests Hillary should follow Russian-Americans in not making much of Putin’s interference, and looks at the Israeli culture wars.
  • CBC considers the decolonization of placenames in the Northwest Territories, notes Canada’s deployment to Latvia was prompted by French domestic security concerns, and looks at an ad promoting the Albertan oil sands that went badly wrong in trying to be anti-homophobic.
  • The Inter Press Service considers the future of Turkey and looks at domestic slavery in Oman.
  • MacLean’s looks at China’s nail house owners, resisting development.
  • The National Post reports from the Colombia-Venezuela border.
  • Open Democracy considers the nature of work culture in the austerity-era United Kingdom, looks at traditions of migration and slavery in northern Ghana, examines European bigotry against eastern Europeans, and examines the plight of sub-Saharan migrants stuck in Morocco.
  • Universe Today notes two nearby potentially habitable rocky worlds, reports that the Moon’s Mare Imbrium may have been result of a hit by a dwarf planet, and reports on Ceres’ lack of large craters.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • Beyond the Beyond’s notes the imminent end of Moore’s law.
  • Centauri Dreams imagines what a stellified gas giant might look like.
  • D-Brief notes Ceres’ lack of large craters and looks at how New Zealand is declaring war on invasive fauna.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze looks at Venus analog Gliese 832d.
  • Joe. My. God. notes intensifying scrutiny of Trump’s Russian links.
  • Language Log looks at the portmanteaux used in the Japanese language.
  • The LRB Blog notes Erdogan’s many voices.
  • Marginal Revolution argues that slow economic growth will not undermine the Chinese system.
  • Steve Munro looks at the effects of construction on the 501 Queen.
  • The Planetary Society Blog looks at the final landing site of the Rosetta probe.
  • pollotenchegg maps wages across Ukraine.
  • Savage Minds reports how war can fragment families, looking to Ukraine.
  • Transit Toroto notes GO Transit’s adding of new double-decker buses.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy considers the thesis that Trump is a consequence of the breakdown of traditional political parties.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at Daghestan’s restriction of movement of “potential” criminals.
  • The Yorkshire Ranter searches for a statistical link between austerity and Brexit.

[BLOG] Some social sciences links

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  • Language Log considers the ideologies of digital scholarship.
  • Peter Rukavina considers what it means for archival purposes that Prince Edward Island used WordStar 2000.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog remaps the country by population and examines opinions in the European Parliament towards Russia.
  • Savage Minds considers what it means to be a participant-observer in as an ethnographer in the Ukrainian war.
  • Understanding Society’s Daniel Little looks at the sociology of accident analysis.

[BLOG] Some politics links

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  • Kieran Healy notes the role of social media in undermining the Turkish coup.
  • Joe. My. God. notes US Army Secretary Eric Fanning’s ride as Grand Marshal in the San Diego pride parade.
  • The LRB Blog notes the aftermath of the Orange Order’s fires in Northern Ireland.
  • Marginal Revolution looks at what might be a veto in Scotland and Northern Ireland on Brexit, and notes the continuing economic fallout.
  • The NYRB Daily looks at how ISIS thrives on chaos.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer reflects on the Turkish coup and notes Trump’s odd Russophilia.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy considers if it is ever justifiable to overthrow a democratic government.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at instability in the Donbas, suggests Turkey is distracting people from Russia, looks at low levels of Russophone assimilation in Estonia, considers ideological struggles in Belarus, and looks at immigration restrictionism in Russia versus Central Asia.

[URBAN NOTE] “How Black Torontonians are Creating Their Own Spaces in the City”

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At Torontoist, Jean Boampong describes a conversation that I am glad is occurring in Toronto.

Living in Toronto means hearing the word “multiculturalism” a lot in the context of progress. It is often touted as the most diverse, most friendly, and most livable city in the world. In 2017, Toronto will be made up of at least 50 per cent “visible minorities.” “Diversity is our strength,” reads Toronto’s Coat of Arms. Cultural events and months—such as Caribana and Asian Heritage Month—feature boutiques of colourful ethnic food and music that media outlets capture year round in coverage and advertisements.

But through this appearance of harmony lies barriers, hardships, and the disappearance of people of colour—especially Black Canadians.

Growing up as a first-generation Black Canadian girl, I didn’t have a lot of spaces that told me I belonged. In elementary school, my white teacher told me that Ghana, my family’s country of origin, didn’t exist. In junior high, I was reminded that my Blackness is seen as a threat when an employee at a gas station (who was Brown) accused me of stealing because I bent down to grab a granola bar to pay for. In high school, I didn’t learn about indigenous Black Canadians and their 300-year history in Canada. Instead, I was told that we didn’t exist until the 80s wave of African and Caribbean immigrants entering Canada.

By “we,” I mean all of us: all Black people. We are not, never have, and never will be a monolith that is easily digestible and consumable for everyone else. We are queer, disabled, African, Caribbean, Asian, European, trans, Muslim, women, and many more identities all at once. Existing in multiple intersections means that our experiences are layered and complex. But somehow, Black Canadians are often told to leave parts of us behind at the door.

This was my experience while attending university. When I wanted to enter progressive spaces to grow my understanding of social justice, I was expected not to make anything “about race.” When I hosted an event about food justice, I was told that if I kept talking about race, nothing would get done. In Black student spaces, gender was considered a distraction. In feminist spaces, race was considered a distraction. While I studied Criminal Justice at Ryerson University, I deliberately skipped classes about race and the criminal justice system because I knew I would be erased. For four years, I was repeatedly given an ultimatum: either advocate for issues about my race and lose, or advocate for issues about my gender and lose.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 16, 2016 at 10:00 pm

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