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[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links, from Stepgate to Emanuel Jaques to mass transit

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    Torontoist’s feature on how Stepgate went viral internationally is a mustread.

  • The National Post covers a disturbing report about claiming a police officer maimed a teenager. If the Toronto police have been actively trying to cover up criminal assault by one of their members …
  • Global News notes that Metrolinx has opted to remove Bombardier for consideration in operating GO Transit.
  • A high-speed ferry link between Toronto and Niagara–St. Catherine’s–is imaginable. Economically viable? The Globe and Mail reports.
  • Simon Lewsen describes in The Globe and Mail how the 1977 murder of Emanuel Jaques led, eventually, to the transformation of Yonge Street.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

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  • James Bow talks about how Ontario aiming for experimental hydrogen-powered trains, not electric ones, is a mistake.
  • Marginal Revolution reports on the community that WalMart took to a West Virginia county it is now leaving.
  • Diane Duane shows an old novel proposal from 1999 that she found again, and is now dusting off.
  • Transit Toronto notes that the time-based transfer program on the St. Clair route is ending, after 12 years.
  • Unicorn Booty reports on the lavender scare of the 1950s in the United States.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes the strong use of repetition, as a literary device, in the Hebrew version particularly of Genesis.
  • Window on Eurasia wonders how the Russian-American relationship, one Russia has depended on in the past, will evolve.

[URBAN NOTE] Four links about infrastructure and parks in Toronto, including the Toronto Islands

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  • Torontoist’s Emily Macrae notes the importance that parks will have for a Toronto with an aging population.
  • The Toronto Star‘s Ben Spurr reports that Siemens is challenging Metrolinx’s award of the contract for new streetcars to Alstom.
  • Global News shares arguments from business owners that the floodwaters around the Toronto Islands has fallen enough to reopen them.
  • CBC News’ Justin Li reports that Ward’s Island, easternmost of the Toronto Islands, actually is open for business.

[URBAN NOTE] Six Toronto links, from mass transit issues to flood risks to the plight of homeless

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  • blogTO notes the ridiculous costs associated with Presto installation on TTC vehicles. Why are we using it?
  • The Toronto Star‘s Ben Spurr notes that the Ontario government is subsidizing the Union-Pearson Express to the tune of $C 11 per passenger. (This is an improvement.)
  • Steve Munro reports on the causes of and dynamics of noise generation on the 514 Cherry streetcar route.
  • CP24 notes that the City of Toronto has lost $C 5 million so far thanks to the flooding on the Toronto Islands, mostly from lost ferry revenue.
  • Alex Bozikovic notes in The Globe and Mail that the Toronto waterfront is going to receive more than a billion dollars in funding for flood protection.
  • Andrea Houston at Torontoist argues that anger is a perfectly appropriate response to the suffering and death of the homeless of Toronto.

[PHOTO] Northbound incoming to Eglinton station, as seen from the Manor Road bridge

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Northbound incoming to Eglinton station

On Tuesday, I took this photo of one of the new subway trains making its way north to Eglinton station.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 29, 2017 at 9:00 am

[URBAN NOTE] Four links from the GTA, from heightened flood risk to mass transit news to Brampton

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  • Torontoist notes that, between climate change and development, Toronto faces serious flood risks in the future.
  • Ben Spurr notes in the Toronto Star that, come September, Metrolinx will oversee 3% fare increases on GO Transit and the UP Express.
  • I am unsurprised to learn, again from the Toronto Star’s Ben Spurr, that the TTC has won an award recognizing it as the best public transit agency in North America.
  • Fatima Syed notes that Brampton, with its newly hired urban planner, is in search of a new identity.

[BLOG] Some Monday links

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  • Language Hat blogs about appearances of Nahuatl in Los Angeles, in television and in education.
  • Language Log talks about “Zhonghua minzu”, meaning “Chinese nation” or “Chinese race” depending on the translation.
  • Marginal Revolution notes that Canada, with inelastic production, might have a marijuana shortage come legalization/
  • In the NYR Daily, Christopher de Bellaigue wonders if Britain–the West, even–might be on the verge of a descent into communal violence.
  • Peter Rukavina looks at the accessibility of VIA Rail’s data on trade arrivals and departures.
  • Starts with a Bang’s Ethan Siegel notes that, in the far distant starless future, the decay of binary brown dwarf orbits can still start stars.
  • Torontoist shares photos of the Dyke March.
  • Window on Eurasia argues that Tatarstan’s tradition of bourgeois and intellectually critical nationalism could have wider consequences, in Russia and beyond.