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[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

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  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a paper suggesting exoplanet transits could start a galactic communications network.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog looks at the connections between eating and identity.
  • The Frailest Thing’s Michael Sacasas looks at the need for a critical study of the relationship between technology and democracy.
  • Language Hat notes how nationalism split Hindustani into separate Hindi and Urdu languages.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money reflects on the grim outlook in Somalia after the terrible recent Mogadishu bombing.
  • Marginal Revolution’s Tyler Cowen thinks Trump’s decertification of the Iran deal is a bad idea.
  • The Map Room Blog links to an article imagining a counter-mapping of the Amazon by indigenous peoples.
  • Neuroskeptic considers the possibility of Parkinson’s being a prion disease, somewhat like mad cow disease.
  • The NYR Daily notes that a Brexit driven by a perceived need to take back control will not meet that need, at all.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw looks at the problem Sydney faces as it booms.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer looks at the extent to which an independent Catalonia would be ravaged economically by a non-negotiated secession.
  • Peter Watts tells the sad story of an encounter between Toronto police and a homeless man he knows.
  • Window on Eurasia notes a Sakhalin bridge, like a Crimea bridge, may not come off because of Russian weakness.
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[URBAN NOTE] Four Toronto links: waterfront, #worldslargestrubberduck, PATH, rent control

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  • Spacing’s John Lorinc considers confusion over what the idea of “mixed-use” development on the waterfront is.
  • Dave Leblanc looks at the PATH, the underground tunnels in downtown Toronto making up a huge mall. It counts. The Globe and Mail reports.
  • It turns out that the #worldslargestrubberduck was actually really good for waterfront businesses. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Toronto Life interviews RioCan head Jonathan Gitlin, who thinks rent control will be terrible for renters.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 14, 2017 at 4:45 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Four Toronto links: urban poverty, GO Transit subsidies, 1 Bloor West, environment

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  • A new report suggests that, in Toronto, you need to learn at least twice minimum wage in order to thrive. The Toronto Star reports.
  • GO Transit users will apparently get half-price TTC fares. The Toronto Star reports.
  • From the former Stollery’s, at 1 Bloor Street West, will rise Toronto’s tallest condo tower. The Globe and Mail reports.
  • Torontoist shares an opinion piece looking at the infrastructure of environmental protection in the GTHA.

[URBAN NOTE] Four Ontario links: minimum wage, Toronto, Petersborough, Prince Edward County

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  • A new TD report suggests the introduction of a $15 minimum wage could cost up to 90 thousand jobs by 2020, especially if the shift is too quick. Global News reports.
  • Torontoist notes the ongoing debate over what to do with the land suggested for Rail Deck Park. (I prefer the park.)
  • blogTO notes the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough is set to expand and move to a new location.
  • Opposition–ill-grounded opposition, I would say–to a new wind energy project in Prince Edward County is growing. Global News reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Four Toronto links: rent control, Toronto Islands, 401 Richmond, amalgamation

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  • The Ontario government is not backing down on rent control despite impending conversions of real estate to condos.
  • blogTO notes this last heat wave has made the Toronto Islands superb, at last. I visited Sunday–visit while you can.
  • The 401 Richmond arts centre is getting tax relief, letting it function as a home for culture in a booming downtown.
  • Christopher Hume argues amalgamation, by undermining old power structures, made progress in Toronto impossible.

[URBAN NOTE] Four Toronto notes: High Park Avenue, Union Station to Queens Quay, new condos

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  • The mixture of high- and low-end real estate on High Park Avenue might be a model for Toronto. Tess Kalinowski reports.
  • There are quite a few different proposals for replacements of the streetcar linking Union Station to Queens Quay.
  • Edward Keenan argues that, however Union Station or Queens Quay are linked, the link should be funded adequately.
  • The Globe and Mail reports on how the arrival of rent control is leading to the early conversion of rental units to condos.

[URBAN NOTE] Six Toronto links: street art, journalism, police, Cheri DiNovo, transit at Dundas West

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  • CBC notes that the Yonge and Dundas street artist scene is closing down under city regulations, including permits.
  • Emily Mathieu talks about how she conducts her journalism with some of Toronto’s most marginalized as subjects.
  • The Globe and Mail notes the local controversy over having police officers permanently stationed in schools.
  • The idea that police who actively undermine the Special Investigations Unit should be seriously punished seems obvious.
  • Veteran NDP politican and LGBTQ rights advocate Cheri DiNovo is leaving politics to become a minister in church.
  • Finally, the Dundas West TTC station will be connected to the GO Transit hub less than 300 metres away!