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[PHOTO] Graffiti for a queer future (#haikuforyouto)

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I saw this graffiti in a Church Street establishment’s washroom stall and liked it enough to want to preserve it. Having options, choice, is grand.

For a queer future #toronto #gay #lgbtq #future #graffiti #churchstreet #haikuforyouto

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Written by Randy McDonald

January 22, 2018 at 8:30 am

[NEWS] Five pop culture links: Pioneer Village, Japan, Chippewas of the Thames, I Tonya, porn

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  • blogTO notes the reluctance of the TTC to turn on the interactive LightSpell art at Pioneer Village station, even though it is now revealed to have cost $C 2 million (not $C 500 thousand).
  • Connor Cislo notes at Bloomberg the growing importance of intellectual property as a source of income for the Japanese economy, especially in a time of an emergent trade deficit and an aging workforce.
  • Liny Lamberink at Global News notes how the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation is using an innovative eco-home to attract tourists to their reserve.
  • VICE interviews Craig Gillespie, director of the intriguing new film I, Tonya about 1900s figure skater Tonya Harding, talking about the film and the thought that went into it. I must see this one, I think.
  • VICE reports PornHub data from Hawaii during last week’s ballistic missile scare. It turns out porn watching collapsed by 77% during the crisis but then spiked by half after 9 o’clock.

[NEWS] Four migration links: American tourism, Canadian farm workers, Indian sculptors, deportees

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  • Justin Bachman at Bloomberg notes how a tourism industry group in the United States is urging policy changes that might reverse a recent fall in incoming tourist numbers to that country.
  • Over at MacLean’s, Donald MacLean Wells and Janet McLaughlin look at the exploitation of migrant farm labourers in Canada.
  • CBC reports on allegations that skilled Tamil sculptors from India were exploited and cheated out of a wage by their Toronto employers, Sridurka Hindu Temple.
  • Inter Press Service reports on the plight of some deportees from the United States to Cambodia, people who came over as children but never acquired American citizenship and so were eligible for deportation if convicted of crimes.

[PHOTO] Blue framed by Roehampton, Yonge and Eglinton

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The afternoon sky looking up Yonge Street at Eglinton Saturday afternoon was a glorious clear blue, perfectly framed by the towers rising on either side.

Blue framed by Roehampton

Written by Randy McDonald

January 21, 2018 at 7:00 am

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: home dioramas, public space, Perth-Dupont library, Pacific Mall, GO

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  • I am amused by these dioramas of tiny homes put together by Toronto artist Anita Bonfini. blogTO shares them.
  • This Torontoist article by Erin Davis examining the threads uniting the Bentway underneath the Gardiner with the Stackt warehouse at Front and Bathurst and King Street is exciting.
  • blogTO reports on the much-needed upgrade and expansion of the Perth-Dupont library to the west of my home, from narrow storefront to something larger and condo-based.
  • Victoria Gibson reports on the denials of York Region police that they overlook the sale of counterfeit goods at the Pacific Mall, over at the Toronto Star.
  • Ben Spurr notes the desire of Transportation Minister Kathryn McGarry to boost GO Transit use in her Cambridge riding, even though there are low rates of use there, over at the Toronto Star.

[PHOTO] Crossing Yonge and Eglinton

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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

[CAT] Shakespeare, against brown and blue

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Shakespeare, against brown and blue #toronto #dovercourtvillage #shakespeare #cats #catsofinstagram #caturday #catstagram

Written by Randy McDonald

January 20, 2018 at 12:31 pm

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