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[URBAN NOTE] Six city notes: design, Grenfell, London, Chennai, Damascus, Istanbul, Izmir, Beirut

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  • VICE describes the pressing need to design cities in ways such that city living is less stressful for inhabitants.
  • This heartbreaking GQ article describes the Grenfell Tower catastrophe through interviews with rescuers and the rescued alike. What a horrific tragedy.
  • Chennai, and wider Tamil Nadu, risks going through the experience of Detroit and its automotive industry migrates away. Bloomberg reports.
  • Open Democracy takes a look at how Russian soldiers in Damascus interact with the Syrian locals.
  • Inhabitants of Istanbul, it seems, are migrating to less expensive and more liberal Izmir down on the Aegean coast. Al-Monitor reports.
  • Parties featuring West African music are thriving in Beirut, brought back to Lebanon by Lebanese migrants. Al-Monitor reports.
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[NEWS] Five links about population in small centres: education, Ontario, Atlantic Canada

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  • Noah Smith at Bloomberg notes that universities, and other centres of higher education, can play a critical role in keeping small centres alive, in the US and elsewhere.
  • Michelle McQuigge notes that the northern Ontario town of Smooth Rock Falls has seen success attracting potential new residents with sales of land for cheap, for the Canadian Press.
  • Jessica Leeder tells the sad story about how the politics of a community radio station in Newfoundland’s Bell Island tore the community apart, over at The Globe and Mail.
  • CBC notes that the influx of Syrian refugees to Nova Scotia has reversed a trend of population decline. Will it last? More here.
  • The government of Prince Edward Island has an ambitious strategy to boost the Island’s population, through immigration, to 160 thousand by 2022. More here.

[URBAN NOTE] Four notes about changing cities in Canada: Hamilton, Edmonton, Cornwall, Antigonish

  • Hamilton’s Christ Church is striving for continued viability, in part through selling off vacant land for condos. Global News reports.
  • Edmonton’s Accidental Beach, a byproduct of construction berms on the North Saskatchewan River, has gone viral. Global News reports.
  • Meagan Campbell of MacLean’s looks at how the refugee crisis did, and did not, effect the garlic festival of border city Cornwall.
  • The successful integration of a Syrian refugee family of chocolatiers in the Nova Scotia town of Antigonish is nice. The Toronto Star carries the story.

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • 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.

[ISL] Four links on the Island, from LGBTQ pride to Syrian refugees to a possible U-Boat off Tignish

  • CBC reports on a straight Summerside couple who are painting rainbows around the Island’s second city against hate.
  • Maureen Coulter writes in The Guardian about Pride week in Charlottetown, the start coinciding with my visit. I can scarcely imagine.
  • Katerina Georgieva notes the coming one-year anniversary of the arrival of the Abdulhey family from Syria on PEI.
  • Was a U-Boat sunk off the Island coast, by Tignish, in 1943? Millicent McKay reports on the latest search.

[NEWS] Five notes about Canada, from GG Julie Payette to lobster sent to China to Syrians in Ontario

  • Paul Wells reports on the process leading up to the selection of astronaut Julie Payette as Governor-General.
  • At MacLean’s, Scott Gilmore notes that the reluctance of the Conservative Party of Canada to embrace gay people is a big problem.
  • VICE notes that the lobster of Atlantic Canada has become a prominent feature of Canada’s trade with China.
  • Toronto Life shares photos from a four-day vacation of a Syrian refugee family that took them across Ontario.
  • CBC notes that the tourism sector in Jasper is wanting for workers, because of low wages and a high cost of living.

[URBAN NOTE] Three notes about Muslims, their haters and my neighbourhood and cats, in Toronto

  • Daily Xtra‘s Arshy Mann and Evan Balgord report on how the Jewish Defense League plans on marching in Toronto Pride. Grand.
  • Spacing’s Shazlin Rahman reports on the Jane’s Walk she organized around sites of significance to Muslims around Bloor and Dufferin.
  • The Toronto Star‘s Nicholas Keung and Raju Mudhar reported earlier this month on the happy reunification of a Syrian couple with their cat.