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[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • Kambiz Kamrani at Anthropology.net notes that lidar scanning has revealed that the pre-Columbian city of Angamuco, in western Mexico, is much bigger than previously thought.
  • James Bow makes an excellent case for the revitalization of VIA Rail as a passenger service for longer-haul trips around Ontario.
  • D-Brief notes neurological evidence suggesting why people react so badly to perceived injustices.
  • The Dragon’s Tales takes a look at the list of countries embracing thorough roboticization.
  • Andrew LePage at Drew Ex Machina takes a look at the most powerful launch vehicles, both Soviet and American, to date.
  • Far Outliers considers Safavid Iran as an imperfect gunpowder empire.
  • Despite the explanation, I fail to see how LGBTQ people could benefit from a cryptocurrency all our own. What would be the point, especially in homophobic environments where spending it would involve outing ourselves? Hornet Stories shares the idea.
  • Imageo notes that sea ice off Alaska has actually begun contracting this winter, not started growing.
  • JSTOR Daily notes how the production and consumption of lace, and lace products, was highly politicized for the Victorians.
  • Language Hat makes a case for the importance of translation as a political act, bridging boundaries.
  • Language Log takes a look at the pronunciation and mispronunciation of city names, starting with PyeongChang.
  • This critical Erik Loomis obituary of Billy Graham, noting the preacher’s many faults, is what Graham deserves. From Lawyers, Guns and Money, here.
  • Bernard Porter at the LRB Blog is critical of the easy claims that Corbyn was a knowing agent of Communist Czechoslovakia.
  • The Map Room Blog shares this map from r/mapporn, imagining a United States organized into states as proportionally imbalanced in population as the provinces of Canada?
  • Marginal Revolution rightly fears a possible restart to the civil war in Congo.
  • Neuroskeptic reports on a controversial psychological study in Ghana that saw the investigation of “prayer camps”, where mentally ill are kept chain, as a form of treatment.
  • The NYR Daily makes the case that the Congolese should be allowed to enjoy some measure of peace from foreign interference, whether from the West or from African neighbous (Rwanda, particularly).
  • At the Planetary Society Blog, Emily Lakdawalla looks at the many things that can go wrong with sample return missions.
  • Rocky Planet notes that the eruption of Indonesian volcano Sinabung can be easily seen from space.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel notes how the New Horizons Pluto photos show a world marked by its subsurface oceans.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that, although fertility rates among non-Russians have generally fallen to the level of Russians, demographic momentum and Russian emigration drive continue demographic shifts.
  • Livio Di Matteo at Worthwhile Canadian Initiative charts the balance of federal versus provincial government expenditure in Canada, finding a notable shift towards the provinces in recent decades.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell makes the case, through the example of the fire standards that led to Grenfell Tower, that John Major was more radical than Margaret Thatcher in allowing core functions of the state to be privatized.
  • Arnold Zwicky takes a look at some alcoholic drinks with outré names.

[URBAN NOTE] Seven Toronto links: Dafonte Miller, Pacific Mall, Scarborough, real estate, TTC

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  • The whole sorry story of Dafonte Miller, who was brutally beaten by two off-duty policemen whose actions were not reported to SIU and may in fact have been covered up by (among others) their cop father, is appalling. Do not trust the police. The Toronto Star reports.
  • The Pacific Mall has started to crack down, again, on counterfeit goods. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Extending bike share programs to Scarborough sounds like a good idea in theory, but is there yet the density and infrastructure needed to support this? The Toronto Star reports.
  • Trying to avoid Toronto becoming a preserve of the rich is a key goal. Will this result in the structural change to housing markets needed? The Toronto Star reports.
  • Residents of a condo complex at Bayview and Eglinton are concerned about the effects of Eglinton Crosstown construction, making it difficult for them to feel safe going to and from their homes. CBC reports.
  • Transit Toronto reports on the TTC’s latest overcrowding measures.
  • A Toronto real estate crunch could well drive talented people and professionals away from the city, one study reports. The Toronto Star notes.

[PHOTO] Northbound train, Union Station

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I went down to Union Station last evening during the weekend shutdown of the Spadina-University leg of the line, and spent a few minutes photographing some of the gorgeous glass-based art placed down at track level. The trains look good next to this.

Northbound train, Union Station #toronto #unionstation #ttc #subway #train #yongeline

Written by Randy McDonald

February 5, 2018 at 10:15 am

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[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Metrolinx stops, Dean Lisowick, Toronto vigil, barbering, sales tax

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  • Transit Toronto notes that Metrolinx is actively soliciting ideas for stop names on the two light rail lines, Finch West in Toronto and Hurontario in Brampton and Missisauga.
  • This look at the life of Dean Lisowick, an apparent victim whose life revolved around the Scott Mission, is terribly informative and terribly sad. The Toronto Star has it.
  • The CBC reports on a Toronto vigil on the one-year anniversary of the Québec City mosque shooting.
  • CBC reports on barber Dwight Murray’s argument that the Ontario requirement for barbers to learn hairdressing styles not directly relevant to their craft should be changed.
  • At the Toronto Star, Christopher Hume makes an argument for a Toronto sales tax. (I would make it a GTA sales tax, myself.)

[PHOTO] Crossing Yonge and Eglinton

I am a strong supporter of the construction of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT line. This route, part of the TTC network when it opens in 2021, will play an essential role in providing high-speed mass transit across midtown, from Mount Dennis station in York in the west to a new connection with Kennedy station in Scarborough in the east. This is the sort of transit route, in high-density areas with potential for further growth, that Toronto needs if it is to continue to thrive.

Crossing at Yonge and Eglinton #toronto #yongeandeglinton #crosswalk #intersection #evening #eglintoncrosstown #construction #yongestreet #eglintonavenue

If only the intersection of Yonge and Eglinton was not blocked off substantially to pedestrian traffic! The southwest corner, where the main exit of Eglinton Station is located, is entirely impassable. Anyone wanting to leave the station has to proceed east through the tunnel beneath Yonge Street to the complex on the southeast corner of Yonge and Eglinton and then exit. If you want to get to the northwest corner of Yonge and Eglinton, first you have to disembark from the southeast corner, go north across Eglinton, and then go west across Yonge.

This should take only a few months. Eventually, things will be passable. Eventually, we will have a fully functional Eglinton Crosstown LRT. Until then, this is just what we will have to put up with.

Written by Randy McDonald

January 20, 2018 at 2:15 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Six links about GTA transit: Bombardier, Line 1 expansion, Scarborough, York Region

  • As Bombardier announces further delays, Metrolinx announced it was halving the number of Bombardier cars it was planning to buy. The Toronto Star reports.
  • It’s a shame that the TTC didn’t figure out a way beforehand to deal with the potential for misuse of the new art installation at Pioneer Village station. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Might the NDP stop the feckless Scarborough subway expansion? One can hope. Martin Regg Cohn speculates in the Toronto Star.
  • I substantially agree with Christopher Hume’s argument in the Toronto Star that, though the Line 1 expansion is beautiful, it should not have been the first thing the TTC built. (Downtown Relief Line, say?)
  • Transit Toronto notes how York Region Transit is adapting to the Line 1 extension.
  • Tricia Wood at Torontoist takes another look at the exceptionally regional nature of commuting, with relatively few commuters crossing municipal boundaries.

[NEWS] Three links on Ontario transit: GO Transit. Kitchener-Waterloo, intercity buses, Northlander

  • Making a much stronger commitment to GO Transit links connecting Kitchener-Waterloo with Toronto is essential. The GTA hardly stops at Hamilton, after all. CBC has it.
  • The weakness of intercity bus transit in Ontario, at least outside of the GTA, is a real problem. It magnifies the effect of distance in the vast stretches of this province. TVO reports.
  • The case for the return of the Northlander, the passenger rail service northern Ontario had until recently, seems strong to me. TVO looks at the issue.

Written by Randy McDonald

December 15, 2017 at 9:00 pm