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[OBSCURA] “Peterborough family bumps into wild Trudeau on hike”

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Verity Stevenson’s Toronto Star article describing how a Peterborough family ran into Justin Trudeau while exploring Québec’s Gatineau Park blew up all over my Facebook wall today.

When a Peterborough family set out on a hike inside Quebec’s Gatineau Park, they didn’t expect to see a cave, let alone a shirtless prime minister popping out of one!

“It was like a 20-foot-wide round hole and Justin (Trudeau) emerged with his family in tow and said, ‘This is the moment of truth; do we stop here or do we carry on?’” said Jim Godby, who was on a five-day camping trip at the park last week with his wife, Arlene, and two kids — Alexander, 13, and Charlotte, 10.

They had decided to go on a hike on one of the trails near their campsite Tuesday and happened upon the Lusk Cave, a marble cave thousands of years old in the centre of the park.

As they went to take a peek inside, Godby heard the familiar voice. That’s when Trudeau, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau and two of their children surfaced in what Godby described as a casual chance encounter that humanized the prime minister.

“It was just said with such an enthusiastic, joyful tone that that’s what kind of struck me,” Godby said of Trudeau’s comment, which appeared to be referring to whether the family should continue hiking or not. “He evidently enjoys leading. . . . It seemed pretty characteristic of his personality.”

This is just fun.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 3, 2016 at 11:57 pm

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • Dead Things looks at the health issues of a hadrosaur.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes close binary systems may not support planets very well.
  • Joe. My. God. notes Trump’s reaction to Obama’s statement that he was unfit.
  • The Map Room Blog notes Russia’s issues with Google over the non-recognition of Crimea’s annexation.
  • Marginal Revolution notes that driverless taxis are coming to Singapore.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer disproves arguments claiming that Pennsylvania is uniquely suited for Trump.
  • Peter Rukavina shares his schedule for the Island Fringe.
  • Spacing Toronto notes the problem of distracted cycling.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at language death in the North Caucasus.

[URBAN NOTE] “Councillor Carolyn Parrish fires back at ‘cranky constituent’”

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I’m inclined to sympathize with Carolyn Parrish’s actions, as described in San Grewal’s Toronto Star article. Fair criticism is one thing, but if you’re making allegations of malfeasance you should prove them, and take responsibility for them.

Mississauga Councillor Carolyn Parrish is standing up for her profession, after sending a letter to a resident calling him a “cranky constituent” for suggesting she took a “bribe.”

“As politicians all we have is our reputations,” Parrish told the Star. “The best way to get me riled up is by claiming I’ve ever taken a bribe. In my 32 years I’ve never taken a nickel. We are not steel-coated people. We do have emotions. You should treat me with a similar courtesy that you should use with your doctor, your teacher and others who work to make ours a better society.”

In her July 8 letter to resident Frank McGurk, Parrish wrote: “You are a cranky constituent — insulting to say the least. The Cliff Gyles reference was obnoxious. I suspect from your tone, others may find your opinions equally rude so I’m not concerned greatly regarding your opinions of me.”

The Malton resident had earlier sent Parrish a letter regarding the planned demolition of a local shopping plaza to make way for a mixed-use residential development that would include affordable housing units, which has been a priority for Parrish.

“I’m very disappointed as I read the minutes of the meeting regarding Netherwood plaza,” McGurk had written to Parrish two days earlier. “The plaza is a mainstay in this community where I have lived for 40 years plus. I smell another Cliff Gilles (sic) move here. We do not need 30 more detached homes with front yards the size of postage stamps.”

Written by Randy McDonald

August 2, 2016 at 5:30 pm

[NEWS] Some Tuesday links

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  • Bloomberg looks at the messy process of Brexit and considers possible directions for the ANC after South African local elections are concluded.
  • The Globe and Mail notes the revival of industrial policy in Theresa May’s Britain.
  • The Inter Press Service looks at the lessons Latin America can take from Germany’s transition to renewable energy.
  • National Geographic reports on the discovery of a cache of pre-Second World War Japanese maps of Asia.
  • Open Democracy examines the differences and similarities between Turkey 2016 and Egypt 2013 and calls for a united left in Europe.
  • Wired looks at how Facebook sets the standard for online commerce.

[URBAN NOTE] On the averted desire of Rob Ford to rip out the throat of Justin Trudeau

The National Post reports on the identification of Ford’s intended victim.

Well, Ford lost his window.

We finally know who Rob Ford was referring to when he said he needed just “10 f***ing minutes to make sure he’s dead.”

The late Toronto mayor was looking to get in the ring with none other than Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, according to a report in the Toronto Sun.

During Ford’s four tumultuous years as Toronto mayor, shocking cellphone camera videos of the mayor became almost commonplace.

The video shows a slurring Ford ranting and raving that he wants to “murder” someone and “rip his f***ing throat out.”

But it wasn’t intended to be taken seriously, one witness to that night in June 2012 told the Sun’s Joe Warmington. Instead, it was Ford, who was a big pro-wrestling fan, joking around WWF-style that he wanted to fight Trudeau.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 28, 2016 at 9:30 pm

[NEWS] Some Thursday links

  • 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

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

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