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[URBAN NOTE] Five notes about change: U of T, Wexford Plaza, Parkdale, Metro, French immersion

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  • Universiy of Toronto contract staff have voted overwhelmingly for a strike mandate. CBC reports.
  • Wexford Plaza, an independent film centered around shopping guards at the Scarborough mall of the same name, has done well in Los Angeles and is set to open here in Toronto. blogTO reports.
  • NOW Toronto notes a protest by Parkdale residents for affordable housing at King and Dufferin, where a massive new development is expected to rise.
  • In response to the new $15 minimum wage, Metro is cutting service hours at some of its 23-hour grocery stores. blogTO reports.
  • I sincerely hope that staffing shortages will not lead the TDSB to cut French immersion from its list of programs. The Toronto Star reports.
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[NEWS] Five assorted links: turkey, Mojave phone booth, LGBT apology, Anne Murray, Morrissey

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  • National Geographic takes a look at the natural history of the surprisingly stunning turkey, dispersed across North America and with an underrated beauty.
  • Urban Ghosts Media tells the strange story of a working phone booth stranded in the Mojave Desert, and the tissue of myths and culture that grew up around it.
  • CBC notes that Justin Trudeau is set to issue an official apology to the LGBTQ people purged from government service by past generations’ homophobia.
  • Anne Murray just made a massive donation of archival material from her long life and career to the University of Toronto’s library system. Respect.
  • Morrissey’s statements for sexual abusers and against multiculturalism and etnic minorities are almost more upsetting for the fact that they were so freely offered. However good the man’s music is, should we music fans still support it, and him?

[NEWS] Five notes on cultural change: Jordan Peterson, blogging under ISIS, India, Canadian drama

  • NOW Toronto observes that U of T professor Jordan Peterson is directly threatening other members of the academic community to which he belongs.
  • VICE reports on how an Iraqi in Mosul managed to maintain an ISIS-critical blog while under ISIS rule.
  • Mihir Sharma notes, for Bloomberg View, that Indian education needs to be vastly improved if India is to take off.
  • This exploration of the reasons why Canadian playwrights are big in Japan is fascinating. (Translator Tohoshi Yoshihara is a huge fan.) NOW Toronto explores.

[URBAN NOTE] Three Toronto links: 698 Spadina, free museums, cleaner transport

  • Will 698 Spadina Avenue be torn down for new U of T student housing? blogTO reports.
  • A variety of Toronto museums are going to be offering free admission until November 30th. Inside Toronto reports.
  • There are good public health initiatives for Toronto to move to cleaner transportation technologies. The Toronto Star reports.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 28, 2017 at 4:30 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Four blogTO links: mirrors as art, old street signs, old silos, old streets

  • blogTO looks at the mirrors being scattered across the University of Toronto campus downtown. (Art.)
  • blogTO notes that old Toronto street signs are going up for sale.
  • Abandoned silos across Toronto are being refurbished for a variety of purposes. blogTO reports.
  • This blogTO photo essay about the vestiges of abandoned streets and related infrastructure across Toronto is evocative.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 7, 2017 at 8:15 pm

[PHOTO] Three photos of the St. George Campus of the University of Toronto, at twilight

North up King's College Road #toronto #universityoftoronto #kingscollegeroad #evening #latergram

Convocation Hall from the east #toronto #universityoftoronto #convocationhall #evening #latergram

Alley of birch trees by night #toronto #universityoftoronto #birch #trees #lights #evening #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

September 22, 2017 at 7:48 am

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[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: DuEast, Main Square, Sherway Gardens, Pam McConnell, rare books

  • blogTO notes the new name of Toronto’s Regent Park, “DuEast”, after Dundas Street East.
  • In the Toronto Star, Shawn Micallef argues a recent festival shows the potential of east-end high-rise neighbourhood Main Square.
  • Also in the Star, Francine Kopun looks at the half-billion dollars put into renovating Sherway Gardens.
  • Ainslie Cruickshank reports on how the many who care for late councilor Pam McConnell are mourning her.
  • In The Globe and Mail, Miriam Katawazi reports on finds from remarkable, long-delayed inventory of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.