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[NEWS] Five migration links: Canada, Latin America, DREAMers, Québec, LGBTQ refugees

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  • A Canadian proposal at the NAFTA negotiations to liberalize migration across borders got shot down by the US.
  • Latin American governments have recently called for a radical liberalization of migration law worldwide.
  • Canada is in a potential position to take advantage of the DREAMers, if they are forced to leave.
  • Québec premier Philippe Couillard wants to encourage Anglos to move back to the province. Global News reports.
  • The resettlement of LGBTQ refugees is especially complicated. VICE reports.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 23, 2017 at 4:45 pm

[BLOG] Some Friday links

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  • Anthrodendum considers the difficulties of the anthropologist in the context of a world where their knowledges are monetized.
  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly talks about two days she spent in Montréal, with photos.
  • Crooked Timber starts a discussion about the justice, or lack thereof, in Harvard denying convicted murderer Michelle Jones entry into their doctoral program now that her sentence is over.
  • D-Brief looks at the changing nature of the global disease burden, and its economic consequences.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes that Equifax’s terribly lax data protection should mark the endgame for them.
  • The Map Room Blog considers the use of earth-observer satellites to predict future disease outbreaks (malaria, here, in Peru).
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel notes how quantum mechanics helps explain nuclear fusion in our sun.
  • Window on Eurasia notes a report that Muscovites live on average 12 years longer than non-Muscovite Russians.

[PHOTO] Nine photos of Rita Letendre: Fire & Light

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Wednesday evening, I went over to the Art Gallery of Ontario to catch their new Rita Letendre retrospective, Fire and Light, before it closed. I was not disappointed.

Murray Whyte’s July article for the Toronto Star does an excellent job profiling the Québec-born painter, who managed to overcome a childhood marked by poverty and discrimination to become, first the only woman member of the Automatistes of the 1950s, then a painter moving outside movements. I found myself particularly drawn by her later paintings, expanding on from the strict geometries of earlier works like “Lodestar” to subtler explorations of light and colour. Her work is glorious.

"Rita Letendre : Skweda Ta Wassakw /Le Feu et la Lumiere / Fire and Light" #toronto #artgalleryofontario #letendreago #trilingual #english #french #abenaki

Me in front of Daybreak (1983) #toronto #artgalleryofontario #ritaletendre #letendreago #me #selfie

Looking #toronto #artgalleryofontario #ritaletendre #letendreago

Walking in front of "Lodestar" (1970) #toronto #artgalleryofontario #ritaletendre #letendreago

"Arctic Sun" (1990) #toronto #artgalleryofontario #ritaletendre #letendreago

"Life and Passion, The Magic Circle" 1999 #toronto #artgalleryofontario #ritaletendre #letendreago

Spectators #toronto #artgalleryofontario #ritaletendre #letendreago

"The Wild Wind" (1992) #toronto #artgalleryofontario #ritaletendre #letendreago

"And There Was Light" (1999) #toronto #artgalleryofontario #ritaletendre #letendreago

Written by Randy McDonald

September 15, 2017 at 8:45 am

[URBAN NOTE] Five links: Toronto affordable housing, public art, Montréal flag, co-housing, Islands

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  • Building two thousand affordable housing units in Toronto is a nice step forward. Will there be more steps? The Toronto Star reports.
  • This charming bit of improvised art down at Humber Bay Park reminds me that I really need to head down there. From the Toronto Star.
  • Montréal has stopped representing genocidal General Amherst on its flag, replacing it with a native pine tree. The National Post reports.
  • Emily Macrae at Torontoist suggests co-housing, drawn from a Québec model, is something Toronto might want to look into.
  • Richard Longley at NOW Toronto explores the Toronto Islands. Do they have a future? What will they need?

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • Acts of Minor Treason’s Andrew Barton reacts to the series premiere of Orville, finding it oddly retrograde and unoriginal.
  • Centauri Dreams shares Larry Klaes’ article considering the impact of the 1956 classic Forbidden Planet on science and science fiction alike.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper wondering if it is by chance that Earth orbits a yellow dwarf, not a dimmer star.
  • Drone360 shares a stunning video of a drone flying into Hurricane Irma.
  • Hornet Stories celebrates the 10th anniversary of Chris Crocker’s “Leave Britney Alone!” video. (It was important.)
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money wonders if 16 years are long enough to let people move beyond taboo images, like those of the jumpers.
  • The LRB Blog takes a look at the young Dreamers, students, who have been left scrambling by the repeal of DACA.
  • The Map Room Blog notes how a Québec plan to name islands in the north created by hydro flooding after literature got complicated by issues of ethnicity and language.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the rise of internal tourism in China, and soon, of Chinese tourists in the wider world.
  • The NYR Daily has an interview arguing that the tendency to make consciousness aphysical or inexplicable is harmful to proper study.
  • Roads and Kingdoms has a brief account of a good experience with Indonesian wine.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell links to five reports about Syria. They are grim reading.

[NEWS] Four environment items from down east: Halifax Harbour, PEI flowers, NB sea urchins, Québec

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  • CBC notes sea urchin aquaculture could be a thing for New Brunswick, but it is tricky.
  • UPEI is attempting to help restore the Gulf of St. Lawrence Aster to a viable position in the PEI National Park, CBC shows.
  • Even a decade after Halifax Harbour was cleaned up, Michael MacDonald reports for the Canadian Press, locals are still don’t swim in it.
  • Gaspé and the Iles-de-la-Madeline are among the Québec regions most vulnerable to a changing climate and ocean, Morgan Lowrie notes for the Canadian Press.

[BLOG] Some Sunday links

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  • Centauri Dreams analyzes the latest suggestive findings about water on potentially habitable exoplanets of TRAPPIST-1.
  • A Game of Thrones-themed cat bed, as described by Dangerous Minds, is almost tempting. (Almost.)
  • Hornet Stories takes a brief look at what the Nazis were like for, and did to, queers.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that Texas’ secretary of state turned down an aid offer from Québec, asking only for prayers.
  • Language Hat looks at the ways in which different African writers have glossed Africa in their works.
  • Marginal Revolution links to a paper looking at the effect that serious floods have on cities’ long-run economic growth.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw notes the discovery of sunken garum-exporting Neapolis off of the coast of Tunisia.
  • The Planetary Society Blog looks at the latest ventures of the Opportunity rover as winter approaches on Mars.
  • Roads and Kingdoms notes the Café Touba coffee of Senegal, sign of resistance to colonialism and globalization.
  • Window on Eurasia notes a proposal in Russia to memorialize Muslims who resisted changing traditional value systems.