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[ISL[ Five islands links: Devil’s Island, Hainan, Hashima, Newfoundland, global warming floods

  • Business Insider shares some haunting photos of the old French prison island of Devil’s Island, in French Guiana, here.
  • China is authorizing a horse lottery for its tourist-heavy southern tropical island of Hainan. Bloomberg reports.
  • National Geographic shares photos of Japan’s Hashima Island, once a densely inhabited industrial conurbation and now at risk of succumbing entirely.
  • A fixed link between the island of Newfoundland and the Canadian mainland–more precisely, a rail link connecting the Northern Peninsula to a new route on the adjacent Labrador shore–may well be a viable proposal. CBC reports.
  • The worsening of wave-induced flooding on tropical islands might well make very many uninhabitable, by contaminating their water tables. National Geographic reports.
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[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Kanagaratnam, Bloordale, Bloor and Dundas, Etobicoke, Bloor West

  • Fatima Syed and Wendy Gillis tell the story of Kirushnakumar Kanagaratnam, a Sri Lankan Tamil whose failed application for refugee status in Canada after travelling on the MV Sun Sea led directly to his death at the hands of McArthur. The Toronto Star has it.
  • The developer hoping to transform the southwest corner of Bloor and Dufferin has opted to redesign the development following community criticism. CBC reports.
  • The sheer scale of the planned development on the southeast corner of Bloor Street West and Dundas Street West is such that a new neighbourhood would come into being. Wow. The Toronto Star has it.
  • The plan for SmartTrack would leave the residents of an Etobicoke development next to a GO rail yard subject to terrible levels of noise and air pollution. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Is Bloor Street West going to become the next Yonge Street, an uninterrupted string of high-density development? Not without differences, at least. The Toronto Star looks at the issue.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Toronto Maple Leafs, 1904 fire, Sidewalk Labs, SmartTrack

  • Edward Keenan is quite right to note that the very high prices of Toronto Maple Leafs tickets would be easier to deal with if the games were better. The Toronto Star has it.
  • Toronto Guardian shares some archival photos of the great fire that destroyed large swathes of downtown in 1904, here.
  • Torontoist notes the surprising and perhaps worrying failure of its reporters to gain access to the City of Toronto’s agreement with Sidewalk Labs.
  • John Lorinc at Spacing notes how Sidewalk Labs hired fixer John Brodhead, apparently to handle problems with implementation and PR.
  • The question asked last week by Steve Munro, asking how SmartTrack will actually be paid for, remains very relevant today.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Doug Ford, Labyrinth, SmartTrack, night planning, Toronto Islands

  • NOW Toronto notes how Doug Ford positions himself as an ally to the black community of Toronto, and how this has hardly been non-problematic, here>.
  • Annex comic store Labyrinth is set to close, alas. NOW Toronto reports.
  • The SmartTrack plan for more commuter rail put forth by the mayor could cost an extra quarter-billion dollars. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Edward Keenan makes the point that, like other cities such as Amsterdam and Berlin, Toronto needs to do a better job of planning for the night. The Toronto Star has it.
  • Toronto Guardian shares some lovely vintage photos of the Toronto Islands, here.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Canada city links: Hamilton, London, Montréal

  • This older CBC article looking at how many Torontonians, seeking affordable housing, are moving to Hamilton and in so doing transforming that city, is still very worthwhile.
  • The question facing Hamilton city council, of how it will handle LRT funding given a Ford government, is pressing. Global News reports.
  • $C 11 billion in funding for the first phase of a high-speed rail link between Toronto and London, via Kitchener-Waterloo, is nice. If only Wynne gets re-elected. Global News reports.
  • I wish Montréal mayor Valérie Plante luck in her effort to bring major-league baseball back to her metropolis. Global News reports.
  • Robert Everett-Green’s take on Montréal as it is often depicted, as an idyllic mess, is worthy of note if perhaps not agreement. The Globe and Mail has it.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: pandas, rail, transit funding, real estate, police

  • CBC, among others, bids goodbye to the pandas of the Toronto Zoo, here.
  • blogTO notes the extended hours of operation of the Union-Pearson Express and of the GO Transit rail network.
  • Steve Munro is not impressed by the extra funding given to Toronto transit for a few reasons.
  • May Warren notes that four thousand people applied for a lottery for 59 affordable units in Regent Park, over at the Toronto Star.
  • The Toronto Star notes that John Tory has called for a limited external review of police in the context of the Church-Wellesley disappearances.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Markham, Hamilton, London, Detroit and Windsor, Vancouver

  • Toronto Life takes a look at the new Aaniin community centre in Markham.
  • The Tower, an anarchist centre in Hamilton, got vandalized in turn after a spate of pointless anarchist vandalism on Locke Street. CBC reports.
  • Will the city of London get plugged into a high-speed rail route? One only hopes, and in the interim, one plans. Global News reports.
  • Making the border crossing between Detroit and Windsor a model for Ireland post-Brexit is a terrible idea. CBC reports.
  • Can Vancouver help solve the problem of housing for the young, including students, by having them rent rooms from compatible older folks? Global News examines the proposal.