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[ISL] Five islands links: Qatar, Boracay, Vanuatu, Shetlands, CocoCay

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  • Saudi Arabia is planning to dig a canal the length of its border with Qatar, making that peninsular polity and island one. That is … intense. Gulf News reports.
  • The Filipino resort island of Boracay has been declared off-limits by President Duterte, at least until its environment is rehabilitated. The National Post reports.
  • The establishment of a Chinese base in Melanesian Vanuatu would upset geopolitical calculations in Australia. The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
  • The Map Room Blog notes that some supporters of Scotland’s Shetland Islands are opposed to the idea of putting the archipelago, so far from the mainland, in inset maps.
  • Royal Caribbean is making an island in the Bahamas, CocoCay, into a custom-designed resort at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars. Bloomberg reports.
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[NEWS] Five LGBTQ links: All in the Family, hair salon, Northern Ireland, tourism, John Constantine

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  • Hornet Stories notes how All in the Family was path-breaking with its depiction of a gay character on TV back in 1971, here.
  • Making more LGBTQ-friendly hair salons is a worthy goal. The Globe and Mail reports.
  • Northern Ireland may yet achieve marriage equality in the near future. Hornet Stories reports.
  • Strange Maps’ Frank Jacobs shares this useful map depicting which countries are, and are not, safe for LGBTQ tourists, here.
  • The representation of out bisexual DC character John Constantine on Legends of Tomorrow is interesting, and hopeful. The Atlantic looks at this.

[ISL] Five islands links: Malta/Pantelleria, American Samoa, Chatham Islands, Tasmania, Newfoundland

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  • The suggestion of Maltese academic Godfrey Baldacchino that Malta relieve its overcrowding by buying the nearby Italian island of Pantelleria has the advantage of being attention-catching. Malta Today has it.
  • I wish the lawsuit of American Samoans seeking full citizenship in the United States all possible success. NBC News reports.
  • Atlas Obscura takes a look at the distinctive history and culture of the Moriori of the Chatham Islands.
  • Tasmania turns out to be a hugely popular destination for tourists from China. Bloomberg reports.
  • The Newfoundland government’s program of relocating marginal settlements remains hugely controversial. CBC reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: New York City, Montréal, Hong Kong, Paris, Narva

  • Hornet Stories has a list of some of the key LGBTQ destinations in New York City. This is something for my next trip, I think.
  • Robert Everett-Green writes about the transformation of Montréal’s Viauville, once a model neighbourhood funded by 19th century cookie magnate Charles-Théodore Viau, over at The Globe and Mail.
  • Hong Kong is exceptionally pressed for space for housing, making land for commerce all the more difficult to come by. Bloomberg reports</u/.
  • France is planning to make a suburban wasteland in the northeast of the conurbation of Paris over into a vast forest. CityLab reports.
  • DW reports on how, one hundred years after Estonia first became independent, the country’s Russophones, particularly concentrated in the northeastern city of Narva, are now engaging with (and being engaged by) the wider country.

[ISL] Five islands notes: Caribbean and Jamaica migration, Diomedes, Indonesia, Finland

  • Lyman Stone, at In A State of Migration, takes a look at the slow population growth in even the well-off Caribbean, thanks to substantial emigration.
  • At Jamaica Observer, Edward Seaga summarizes the history of Jamaican emigration–economically necessary–and worries about the impact of Trump.
  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait takes a look at Big Diomede and Little Diomede, two islands in the Bering Strait that not only have different sovereigns (the US and Russia) but different dates, too.
  • Russell Darnley takes a look at how the indigenous population of Siberut, an Indonesian island west of Sumatra, are dealing with the effects of deforestation and cultural disruption.
  • Global News reports on an entrepreneur who wants to make an island in Finland into a women-only resort.

[URBAN NOTE] Six city links: skyscrapers, Queens, Montréal, Vancouver, Gangneung, Amsterdam

  • CNN reports on the rise of slender skyscrapers, in New York City and elsewhere.
  • VICE notes how badly the temporary shutdown of the L line has been hurting the Queens neighbourhood of Astoria.
  • National Observer wonders what Montréal can do to be friendlier to seniors. (Being open to consulting broader demographics is a good start.)
  • Global News notes concerns in Vancouver that excessive condo development could block the view of the mountains surrounding that metropolis.
  • CBC reports on the South Korean city of Gangneung, a place that has become the locus of that country’s coffee culture.
  • VICE reports on the effect that licenses allowing nightclubs to operate 24 hours a day has had on nightlife in Amsterdam.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Hodo Kwaja, King Street, HQ2, TDSB school trips, Ontario Place

  • This CBC article highlighting Hodo Kwaja bakery in Koreatown and the delicious walnut cakes it makes is superb.
  • VICE shares the story of a man who went nightclubbing on King Street to gauge the effects of the transit experiment. (His judgement? There’s change, but this change is natural.)
  • Trudeau is going to play up Canadian diversity to Amazon as part of the Toronto bid for HQ2, reports The Globe and Mail.
  • The TDSB has loosened restrictions on school trips to the United States, with some qualifications. (If any one student is blocked at the border, for instance, the entire trip is off.) The Toronto Star examines the issue.
  • The further expansion of parkland at Ontario Place, as announced by the provincial government, is inspiring. The Toronto Star reports.