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[NEWS] Five notes on federalism in Canada: Trans Mountain, Alberta, BC, commerce, Québec, federalism

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  • CBC notes a Supreme Court of Canada ruling stating a New Brunswick law limiting the import of alcohol beverages from other provinces is constitutional.
  • Alberta is exceptionally unhappy that British Columbia is not permitting the construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline across its territory, to the point of making threats. Global News reports.
  • David Climenhaga at Rabble notes that the Albertan desire for federal intervention against British Columbia will likely work against the Albertans’ traditional interest in maximizing their autonomy.
  • Québec, though uninvolved in the Trans Mountain pipeline controversy, is starting to get involved on grounds of preserving provincial autonomy. CBC reports.
  • Jen Gerson at CBC notes that the fierceness of the interprovincial rivalry and the relative disengagement of the federal government suggests almost a weakening of the unity of Canada in the west.
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Written by Randy McDonald

April 20, 2018 at 11:59 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Montréal, Utrecht, Vilnius, Saint-Louis, Sydney

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  • For perhaps understandable political reason, Québec premier Philippine Couilllard wants Bombardier to get the Montreal metro renewal contract. Global News reports.
  • Utrecht, Noisey notes, has a thriving black metal scene worthy of extended exploration.
  • The bohemian enclave of Užupis, in the middle of the Lithunian capital of Vilnius, is starting to face pressure from gentrification. Politico Europe reports.
  • Ciku Kimeria at Okay Africa makes the case for the old colonial capital of Saint-Louis, in Senegal, to become a major destination for international tourists.
  • The Guardian profiles a serious proposal to split Sydney into three different cities, each with its own development needs, to better manage the wider conurbation.

[URBAN NOTE] Five cities links: Peel Region, Montréal, Ontario Cannabis Store, Homewood, London

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  • Chris Rattan argues at NOW Toronto that Peel Region should stop its school resource officer program, embedding cops in schools.
  • Montréal mayor Valérie Plante wants to make homebuying more affordable for locals in her city. The Montreal Gazette reports.
  • The first four outposts of the Ontario Cannabis Store chain will be in Toronto, Kingston, Guelph, and Thunder Bay. The Toronto Star reports.
  • CityLab reports on how the Chicagoland community of Homewood is using comics to market itself to millennial homeseekers, here.
  • Why is the homicide rate in London so high? Problems in crime-fighting, including policing and crime prevention both, need to be dealt with. Bloomberg View reports.

[NEWS] Five Canada politics links: Doug Ford, Donald Trump, Buy American, Ontario vs Québec, Senate

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  • Robyn Urback argues that Doug Ford needs to do more than to distinguish himself from Wynne, that he needs a positive identity among non-Ford Nation voters in his own right, over at CBC.
  • Martin Regg Cohn notes ten major points of similarity between Doug Ford and Donald Trump, as populist leaders of a certain kind, over at the Toronto Star.
  • Ontario action against Buy American policies have already reduced in reduced purchases of New York steel. Global News reports.
  • Chantal Hébert argues that while Justin Trudeau wants Liberals to remain in power in both Québec and Ontario, a Liberal loss to the PCs in Ontario would be far more damaging than a Liberal loss to CAQ in Québec. The Toronto Star has it.
  • Listening to an astonishingly ill-informed debate in the Canadian Senate on marijuana legalization made Chris Selley into someone favouring the abolition of the upper house. The National Post a href=”http://nationalpost.com/opinion/chris-selley-listening-to-debate-over-legalized-marijuana-bill-convinced-me-we-need-to-abolish-the-senate”>has it.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Montréal, Wayne, Sydney, Istanbul, Irkutsk

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  • Controversy continues over the construction of a commuter rail link in Montréal’s West Island. Global News reports.
  • The New Jersey town of Wayne is going to have to adjust to an economy without Toys R Us, based there. Bloomberg reports.
  • Property prices have fallen in Sydney for the seventh month in a row, those prices outside Sydney are rising. Bloomberg reports.
  • Plans to construct a new shipping canal through the Bosphorus, at Istanbul, may have negative effects for the strait and the city. National Geographic reports.
  • The Guardian takes a look at the Siberian city of Irkutsk, a metropolis that apparently can lay claim to a long tradition of cultural and other dissent, here.

[NEWS] Five Canadian politics links: Doug Ford, Ford vs Wynne, Ontario and Québec, John Tory, NDP

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  • Will portraying Doug Ford as a bully actually be a viable strategy for his opponents?
  • Paul Wells takes a look at the contrasting policies of Kathleen Wynne and Doug Ford, each with their own set of promises, over at MacLean’s.
  • The contrast between Ontario and Québec, as their incumbent Liberal governments approach election time and their fiscal records are coming into question, is illuminating. CBC contrasts and compares.
  • I agree entirely with the idea that Mayor John Tory has to prepare Toronto for the worst coming from Queen’s Park. The Toronto Star made the case.
  • The argument of Nora Loreto that the NDP has lost the plot and, in Ontario at least, are not ready for government, makes me a NDP voter sad.

Written by Randy McDonald

April 3, 2018 at 7:45 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Hamilton, Los Angeles and California, Montréal, London, Shenzhen

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  • The clashes of radical protesters in Hamilton are becoming worryingly more prominent. What is going on there? The Toronto Star reports.
  • Marginal Revolution reports that Los Angeles, and all of California, is at last overcoming the densification that NIMBYists have been trying to block.
  • Foreign buyers are apparently starting to drive up prices in Québec, especially Montréal, though to a lesser degree than elsewhere in Canada. Bloomberg reports.
  • CBC reports on a tour of the city of London, highlighting the purchases of Russian oligarchs, that leaves me unsettled for a few reasons.
  • This report on Naomi Wu, a maker of tech goods who has become a prominent figure representing a booming high-tech Shenzhen, is fascinating. Shenzhen is clearly a city to watch. VICE has it.