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[URBAN NOTE] Five notes about cities: Arctic, floating, cemeteries, wildlife, immigrants

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  • Wired noted how Arctic cities were facing significant problems from melting permafrost, and how they were trying to deal with this threat.
  • CityLab notes the ever-popular idea of a floating city, riding the waves.
  • Atlas Obscura notes, unsurprisingly, that some cemeteries in the United States were used as parks. Why not? These can be lovely green spaces. Just look at Toronto’s Mount Pleasant and Prospect cemeteries.
  • In a feature on Menno Schilthuizen’s Darwin Comes to Town, Simon Worrall at National Geographic looks at the many and varied ways wildlife can adapt to city life.
  • Melissa Byrnes, at Lawyers, Guns and Money, noted how Trump’s rhetoric of ICE “liberating” American communities echoed ways in which French authorities in the Algerian war militarized immigrant neighbourhoods.
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[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Mississauga, Kahnawake, Madrid, Helsinki, Mumbai

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  • Croatian-Canadian fans in Mississauga were definitely organized and ready to celebrate the Croatian team playing in the World Cup finals. Global News reports.
  • People in Kahnawake are looking forward to an upcoming powwow, as a celebration of indigenous culture and a vehicle for reconciliation. Global News reports.
  • CityLab notes the progress that environmental initiatives in Madrid have had in bringing wildlife back to the Spanish capital.
  • Politico Europe reports on the mood in Helsinki on the eve of the Trump-Putin summit there. Avoiding a repetition of Munich was prominent in locals’ minds.
  • Namrata Kolachalam at Roads and Kingdoms reports from Mumbai on the negative environmental impact of a controversial statue of Marathi conqueror Shivaji on local fishing communities.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: The Discourse, First Nations park, Yorkdale, ravines, Parkdale

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  • The Discourse reports on what they have learned about local issues from interviewing people in Toronto. Much appreciated; I hope they get a bigger local footprint here.
  • Toronto’s first First Nations-themed park is being planned for a North York site, at Finch and Weston Road. The City of Toronto reports.
  • Urban Toronto notes the new green and solar roofs being installed at Yorkdale.
  • Shawn Micallef makes the argument that the cold green treed ravines of Toronto are good places to seek refuge from the heat, over at the Toronto Star.
  • It is sad, if perhaps unsurprising, that one tenant participating in a Parkdale rent strike has been issued eviction notices. The Toronto Star reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Port Hope, Montréal, Shediac, Halifax, Vancouver

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  • Finally, the remediation of the low-level radioactive waste scattered around Port Hope is starting. Global News reports.
  • Will Montréal bring back the Expos? Global News gauges opinion.
  • I congratulate Shediac for winning the world record for the longest lobster roll. Global News reports.
  • The new Glitter Bean Café in Halifax sounds like a fun queer-oriented coffee shop. Global News reports.
  • Terry Glavin argues that the city government of Vancouver is being terribly negligent in allowing the city to be undermined by unregulated income flows. MacLean’s has it.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Parkdale, Eglinton Avenue, police, Festival of Failure, South Core

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  • CBC reports on a campaign by Parkdale tenants against a real estate broker, Nick Brewerton, who they claim is responsible for the decline of rooming houses there.
  • Merchants in the area of Eglinton Avenue hit by Metrolinx construction respond with a mixture of incredulity and anger to news of the lawsuit lodged against Metrolinx by contractors. CBC reports.
  • Toronto police have returned to a normal posture after yesterday’s security alert. CBC reports.
  • The “Festival of Failure” ongoing for most of this month at Harbourfront Centre sounds very interesting. The Toronto Star reports.
  • Urban Toronto shares a stunning pair of photos, contrasting the South Core as seen form the CN Tower in 2010 and then in 2018. The difference between the two photos is remarkable.
  • [URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: 29 Dufferin, Metrolinx, drugs, Jarvis/Carlton mural, #Vegandale

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    • blogTO reports TTC plans to further improve service on the 29 Dufferin route.
    • This lawsuit lodged by the companies building the Eglinton Crosstown against Metrolinx for breach of contract is unwelcome news. The Toronto Star reports.
    • The apparent trend to prescribe injured workers not medical marijuana for their pain but the potentially much more dangerous opioids sounds like a mistake to me. CBC reports.
    • The giant Okuda San Miguel mural on the wall of a student resident at Jarvis and Carlton is now complete. CBC reports.
    • Samantha Edwards at NOW Toronto has written a fascinating long feature on the rise of veganism in Toronto, not only as a popular and visible food style but as a force responsible for gentrification (the block of Queen between Dufferin and Brock is home to a new vegan district).

    [URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Pickering, Durham, Delta, Cairo, Yarmouk

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    • Angela Bischoff at NOW Toronto is right to make the point/u> that the disposal of the nuclear waste from the Pickering plant is a major issue, though I do not think this waste disproves the case for the plant.
    • Durham Region is set to experience something of a marijuana boom when cannabis production becomes legalized. The Toronto Star reports.
    • The mayor of the British Columbian community of Delta is concerned marijuana might displace food production on scarce, and wants regulation to prevent this. Global News reports.
    • Mother Jones notes the terrible damage that Ben Carson has inflicted, as housing secretary, on low-income residents of a development in embattled Cairo, Illinois.
    • Open Democracy’s Budour Hassan pays tribute to Yarmouk, a Palestinian refugee camp in Syria recently destroyed by the civil war that once was a capital of the diaspora.