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[URBAN NOTE] Twelve Toronto links

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  • Edward Keenan is entirely right to praise the idea of exploring the cherry blossoms of Toronto by foot. The Toronto Star has it.
  • Mark Cullen noted last week the struggle to keep what may be the oldest tree in Toronto, a red soak more than three centuries old, alive, over at the Toronto Star.
  • John Tory is quite right to note that Toronto needs to prepare for possible surges of refugees. CBC reports.
  • A Scarborough mansion that has been abandoned for years has just sold for $C 3.8 million. The Toronto Star reports.
  • The infamous Giraffe building on the northwest corner of Dundas West and Bloor may be set to disappear, finally, under a wave of new construction there. Toronto Life reports.
  • blogTO makes the case that west-end Rogers Road is becoming the new centre of the Portuguese-Canadian community, here.
  • Orfus Road, off Dufferin Street near Yorkdale, is a place to go for outlet stores and discounted merchandise. blogTO notes.
  • The TTC has cancelled its weekend closures of parts of different subway routes after disputes with the union. The Toronto Star reports.
  • By one metric, Toronto falls behind only New York City in the race for the Amazon HQ2. The Toronto Star reports.
  • NOW Toronto tells the story of someone who grew marijuana in their backyard, here.
  • An AI Weiwei show will be coming to Toronto in 2019. NOW Toronto reports.
  • Peter Knegt profiles Toronto drag queen Sofonda Cox, over at CBC.
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[MUSIC] Five music links: Tom Lehrer, Toronto hip-hop, TTC music, Ladytron, Eurythmics

  • This Nature feature on the musics of the brilliant satirist Tom Lehrer is a must-read.
  • Lidia Abraha argues at NOW Toronto that more investment needs to be directed towards the burgeoning hip-hop talent of the city.
  • Transit Toronto notes that auditions for the next crop of musicians licensed for TTC stations are now ongoing.
  • Ladytron is back, Noisey notes, with a new video for their new single “The Animals”.
  • This article in The Independent interviewing Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox about their joint musical achievements in the Eurythmics, as their albums are set to be reissued on vinyl, makes me want to buy a record player.

Written by Randy McDonald

April 12, 2018 at 10:30 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Geary Avenue, TTC, North York red oak, Gregg Lintern, Ford on TAVIS

  • blogTO notes how Geary Avenue, an old commercial street literally in my neighbourhood, is becoming a hot spot for culture and nightclubbing in Toronto.
  • Last Sunday, Transit Toronto’s Robert Mackenzie shared photos from the parade of TTC streetcars old and new in the Beaches Easter Parade.
  • Will the city of Toronto intervene to save a centuries-old red oak tree in North York? And at what cost? The Toronto Star reports.
  • Christopher Hume argues that the city’s new chief planner, Gregg Lintern, needs to actively communicate his vision of the city of Toronto, over at the Toronto Star.
  • Doug Ford was booed at a Somali-Canadian event when he stated his support there for TAVIS, a police program unpopular for carding mostly non-whites. CBC reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Police, Metropass, Kipling, Yonge and Eglinton, infrastructure

  • Enzo DiMatteo notes that relations between the Toronto Police Service and the LGBTQ community have hit new lows, over at NOW Toronto.
  • Select people in Toronto will benefit from a low-cost TTC Metropass. Global News reports.
  • Transit Toronto examines how Kipling Station is being expanded into a regional bus terminal, here.
  • Slowing the hectic pace of condo cosntruction at Yonge and Eglinton may well be a good idea, if only to allow infrastructure to catch up to the booming population. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Chris Selley is entirely right to note that Torontonians need to get used to the idea of construction disruption if they want new things, like infrastructure, over at the National Post.

Written by Randy McDonald

April 4, 2018 at 4:15 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: police, Downsview Park, Harbourfront, U-Pass at U of T, Jollibee

  • The Toronto Police Service was claiming as recently as four months ago that, contrary to community concern, there was no serial killer at work in the Village. How are they to believed, especially when police chief Saunders lies about people not approaching the police with their concerns? Why should it be marching during Pride this year? The Ottawa Citizen preserves the truth.
  • Tess Kalinowski suggests that the impending departure of Bombardier from Downsview Park might lead to the regeneration of that neighbourhood, over at the Toronto Star.
  • That the Harbourfront Centre, despite its prominence, is apparently unable to pay $C 1.4 million in rent and back taxes to the City of Toronto is alarming. The Toronto Star reports.
  • The rejection by University of Toronto students, in a very recent vote, of a subsidized U-Pass for the TTC surprises me. I suppose if they live downtown and don’t want access to the rest of the city that might be a partial explanation, but still. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Justine Torres writes at NOW Toronto about the importance of the Jollibee opening for her, as someone of Filipino background.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: U Pass, #ossingtonbae, Hotel X, marijuana, TTC fraud

  • A poster put up by a man who wanted to reconnect with another guy he saw at Ossington station has gone viral. This has the potential to be quite a cute story, I’d say. blogTO reports.
  • The TTC has approved the creation of a new monthly pass program for post-secondary students, subject to approval at different universities and colleges in the city. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Hotel X, at Exhibition Place, is now open for business. Good news that it’s finally open, but bad news that such an ugly tower still mars the area’s skyline. blogTO reports.
  • NOW Toronto’s Samantha Edwards notes the strong possibility that marijuana smoking will be prohibited in condos come legalization. This makes sense: why wouldn’t marijuana smoking be treated like tobacco smoking?
  • Toronto Life reports on a massive fraud case involving TTC workers submitting fraudulent claims for orthotics. As described, I can almost believe that some of the hundreds of workers who fired did not quite know that what they were doing was fraud.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: TTC, parliament, Queens Quay, Jordan Peterson

  • Christopher Hume’s sarcastic “praise” of the TTC as the better way since it gives people plenty of time to sit and do nothing, over at the Toronto Star, is notable.
  • Steve Munro takes a look at service on the 501L bus route on Queen west to Long Branch.
  • John Lorinc writes at the Toronto Star about the discovery of Ontario’s first parliament beneath a car lot at Front and Parliament, and what people are doing to publicize knowledge of this site.
  • The TTC will be putting up a gate at the Queens Quay subway tunnel after yet another driver drove their vehicle into the streetcar route.
  • Vinay Menon’s extended take in the Toronto Star on Jordan Peterson is weirdly compelling. What will Peterson do next?