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[PHOTO] Dufferin/St. Clair Library

Dufferin/St. Clair Library #toronto #torontopubliclibrary #library #dufferinstclairlibrary #dufferinstreet #corsoitalia

Written by Randy McDonald

May 27, 2020 at 12:00 pm

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • Bad Astronomy notes a new detailed study suggesting that asteroid Hygeia is round. Does this mean it is a dwarf planet?
  • The Buzz notes that the Toronto Public Library has a free booklet on the birds of Toronto available at its branches.
  • Crooked Timber looks forward to a future, thanks to Trump, without the World Trade Organization.
  • D-Brief notes how the kelp forests off California were hurt by unseasonal heat and disease.
  • Bruce Dorminey notes an impending collision of supergalactic clusters.
  • Karen Sternheimer at the Everyday Sociology Blog looks at how judgement can complicate collective action.
  • Language Hat looks at the different definitions of the word “mobile”.
  • Language Log looks at the deep influence of the Persian language upon Marathi.

    Marathi and Persian

  • Erik Loomis at Lawyers, Guns and Money notes how, if anything, climate scientists make conservative claims about their predictions.
  • Marginal Revolution wonders if planned power outages are a good way to deal with the threat of wildfires in California.
  • The NYR Daily looks at the ethnic cleansing being enabled by Turkey in Kurdish Syria.
  • Corey S. Powell at Out There interviews archeologist Arthur Lin about his use of space-based technologies to discovery traces of the past.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer looks at the staggering inequality in Chile, driver of the recent protests.
  • At Roads and Kingdoms, Anthony Elghossain reports from the scene of the mass protests in Lebanon.
  • Drew Rowsome tells how his balcony garden fared this year.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel looks at stellar generations in the universe. (Our sun is a third-generation star.)
  • Strange Company looks at the murder of a girl five years old in Indiana in 1898. Was the neighbor boy twelve years old accused of the crime the culprit?
  • Denis Colombi at Une heure de peine takes a look at social mobility in France.
  • Understanding Society’s Daniel Little considers economic historians and their study of capitalism.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at the pro-Russian policies of the Moldova enclave of Gagauzia, and draws recommendations for Ukraine re: the Donbas.

[PHOTO] St. Clair/Silverthorne Branch Library at night

The St. Clair/Silverthorn branch of the Toronto Public Library, on St. Clair Avenue in Earlscourt, looks great after its completed renovation.

St. Clair/Silverthorne Branch Library at night #toronto #torontopubliclibrary #stclairsilverthorn #earlscourt #library #architecture #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

October 20, 2019 at 1:30 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Seven Toronto links: 1919, condos, Long Branch, transit, Walk-Up Weekdays, sakura

  • Jamie Bradburn shares some editorials from Toronto newspapers in 1919 reacting to the city’s general strike.
  • CBC Toronto reports on the growing number of 311 complaints about short-term rentals in many condo complexes, like the Ice Condos.
  • blogTO profiles an excellent-looking condo at 1100 Lansdowne Avenue, on Lansdowne near Davenport.
  • Tess Kalinowski writes at the Toronto Star about controversies in Long Branch regarding lot severance. How can this old community densify?
  • Edward Keenan writes at the Toronto Star about the point that a transit shelter enclosed on four sides did not make, and the point that it did perhaps make inadvertantly.
  • The Toronto Public Library announces its Walk-Up Weekdays program, where this month possession of a library card can give someone free admission to a city museum.
  • The Toronto cherry blossom festival in High Park will start this weekend, with road closures starting Saturday. Global News reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Six Toronto links: 1918/1919, subway, homicide, raccoons, ravines, books

  • Jamie Bradburn looks at how the newspapers of Toronto in 1918 greeted the arrival of 1919.
  • CBC Toronto notes that the question of uploading the subway–indeed, the question of what that means–will take top priority in Toronto in 2019.
  • What will the homicide rate be in Toronto in 2019? The Toronto Star considers.
  • The raccoons of Toronto deserve to be celebrated. The Toronto Star looks at this.
  • Guardian Cities looks at the extent to which the unique ecologies of the Toronto ravine system are undergoing a slow-motion collapse, and considers what can be done to stop this.
  • The Toronto Public Library’s The Buzz shared the top book picks for 2018.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: GO Transit, rent, land transfer tax, books, Viaduct

  • Transit Toronto notes that GO Transit has introduced regular weekday train service to Niagara Falls.
  • Average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Toronto has hit $C 2260. blogTO reports.
  • Revenue from the much-needed land transfer tax that supplies City of Toronto budgets is below expectations, the Toronto Star reported.
  • NOW Toronto shares a list of the most-borrowed books from the Toronto Public Library system in 2018.
  • Spacing celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Prince Edward Viaduct, also known as the Bloor Street Viaduct, arcing across the Don River.

[PHOTO] Anne Michaels, “A Note to the Reader”

I just now saw this lovely Anne Michaels poem mounted on a plaque outside of the Bloor/Gladstone library.

Anne Michaels, "A Note to the Reader" #toronto #bloorcourt #bloorstreetwest #bloorgladstonelibrary #poetry #annemichaels #plaque

Written by Randy McDonald

September 5, 2018 at 6:45 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Six Toronto links: violence, mass media, Vegandale, fentanyl, Twitter, Silver Dollar

  • This story about the assault of a photographer for the Toronto Sun by protesters highlights something alarming. The Toronto Star reports.
  • NOW Toronto highlights the role played by the Toronto Sun in putting forth an alt-right-tinged view of the Danforth shooting.
  • Natalia Manzucco at NOW Toronto looks at the continuing issues, economic and otherwise, surrounding “Vegandale”.
  • Fentanyl is killing people in Toronto, including teenagers. Toronto Life reports.
  • The Toronto Public Library is inviting people on Twitter to collaborate in writing a book. Global News reports.
  • Will the Silver Dollar Room return, in any form? The Toronto Star reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: TTC, Davenport Triangle homeless, Parkdale, HQ2, Kanopy

  • Steve Munro takes a look at his blog at the long history of the TTC promising to tackle crowding.
  • Shawn Micallef takes issue with the anti-homeless shelter NIMBYism in the Davenport Triangle, i.e. the northeastern Annex, over at the Toronto Star.
  • Samantha Edwards at NOW Toronto notes the rent strike of some tenants at Parkdale’s 1251 King Street West against Nuspor Investments.
  • Toronto may be on the shortlist for Amazon’s HQ2, but there are good reasons why it is not likely to win it. The Globe and Mail reports.
  • Toronto Life highlighted ten noteworthy films available via the new Toronto Public Library Kanopy service.

[BLOG] Some Friday links

  • First, a new blog. The Buzz…About Books, official blog of the Toronto Public Library’s Book Buzz, has interesting book-related posts. I liked this one from last December, noting the most popular books in dozens of neighbourhoods according to TPL stats.
  • Centauri Dreams celebrates the life and achievements, as a writer and as a dreamer, of Ursula K Le Guin.
  • D-Brief notes that yesterday was NASA’s Day of Remembrance for lost astronauts, and takes a close look at the Columbia disaster 15 years ago.
  • Hornet Stories notes a recent interview with Tonya Harding, famous again thanks to I, Tonya, that takes a look at some of her more controversial opinions. (Is the pro-Trump enough to prevent her from being some sort of camp icon, I wonder?)
  • JSTOR Daily links to a paper examining the import of artificial intelligence victories in board games, like Go, over human players. Of course simple iterations are able to overcome human-style intelligence, so long as you go through enough iterations at least.
  • Language Hat notes how many languages, and dialects of languages, can survive in far-removed immigrant enclaves. Greek in Ohio is used as one example.
  • Marginal Revolution imagines, through the person of an athlete, what it would be like for someone to know all the data that is to be known about them. (I think it could be empowering.)
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw shares his sad thoughts about how, in an age of instant and potentially overwhelming digital outrage in a polarizing era, he resorts to self-censorship.
  • The Planetary Society Blog explores the work of scientists who are assembling a guidebook indicating what the spectra of Earth-like worlds, at different stages of their history and orbiting different stars, will look like.
  • Drew Rowsome takes a look at how #metoo is revealing sexual harassment and assault everywhere, among gay and straight, in Ontario and abroad.
  • Ilya Somin at the Volokh Conspiracy demonstrates that the anti-immigration policies of Trump show the man is uninterested, as some would have it, in deregulation.
  • Understanding Society examines the question of how organizations can ensure that their members will act in compliance with stated organizational values.
  • Window on Eurasia s the ongoing emigration of ethnic Russians from the North Caucasus, a massive and–I suspect–irreversible migration.