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[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Doug Ford, Parkdale development, TTC cell, Kaboom Chicken, 7/11

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  • Aaron Hutchins reports on the potential of the upcoming Doug Ford campaign in Toronto to reveal the strength, or not, of populism in Canada.
  • Jesse Winter reports at The Globe and Mail on how the redevelopment of a warehouse at Queen and Dufferin, in Parkdale, is set to displace the artists and creators now based there.
  • Ben Spurr notes that, although the entire TTC now has cell service, only Freedom Mobile–not any of the big three–has signed a contract to let users take advantage of this, over at the Toronto Star.
  • blogTO notes that the decision of restaurant Kaboom Chicken to blame price increases on the minimum wage increase has met with a negative reaction.
  • Narcity notes that some east-end 7/11 stores have shut down suddenly, apparently because of minimum wage increases.
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[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: CLRV streetcars, TTC, King Street, Church and Wellesley, Trump

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  • Edward Keenan bids farewell to the CLRV streetcars of the TTC, over at the Toronto Star.
  • Ainslie Cruickshank notes data suggesting just under 58% of TTC users are women, over at the Toronto Star.
  • John Rieti notes that the King Street pilot project, prioritizing mass transit downtown, does seem to have led to improvements in timing, over at CBC.
  • Muriel Draaisma notes the tentative acknowledgement, by Toronto police, of missteps in relating to Church and Wellesley and LGBTQ people following a series of disappearances and deaths, over at CBC.
  • Toronto Life tells the story of Sarah Phillips, a Canadian expatriate who moved to Toronto’s Seaton Village with her family following the election of Trump.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: TTC and Uber, Eliot’s, Sidewalk Labs, Lia Denbok, Michael Redhill

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[URBAN NOTE] Four notes on three Church and Wellesley dead: Tess Richey, Larry Arnold, Harley Walker

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    Security cameras have picked up an image of the murdered Tess Richey with an unknown male. Recognize him? Global News has it.

  • CBC reports on the murder in the village of Larry Arnold in 1994. Has Toronto police learned anything in the intervening two decades?
  • Back in 2007, James Dubro wrote in Daily Xtra about the conviction of the murderer of Cabbagetown resident Harley Walker. I’d met Walker before; he was a nice guy, with neat stories from his CBC years. Certainly he deserved much better.
  • In the page of now-defunct fab magazine, Paul Bellini remembered his long-time friend Harley Walker.

Written by Randy McDonald

December 11, 2017 at 11:30 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Three Toronto links: TTC streetcars, Queens Quay, Cheesecake Factory

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  • Steve Munro shares some photos of the first of the Canadian Light Rail Vehicles, TTC streetcars, from 1978.
  • NOW Toronto points out that Queens Quay, a popular pedestrian and biking area, does not do that good job of separating these two streams of traffic.
  • This Toronto Star review of the Cheesecake Factory, newly present in Toronto at Yorkdale, was fun to read. A dessert there might be worth trying.

Written by Randy McDonald

December 11, 2017 at 4:00 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Five notes: Saint John, Vancouver, Peterborough, Halifax, Point Hope

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  • The mayor of Saint John, in New Brunswick, wants to attract migrants from Canada’s richer but more expensive cities. Global News reports.
  • Vancouver wants to keep old businesses in its Chinatown going, so as to keep as much of the old community as active as possible. Global News reports.
  • Peterborough’s low-income community now has a periodical, The River Magazine, to represent their issues. Global News reports.
  • Assembly of the first Arctic patrol ship in a planned program has been completed in the Halifax Shipyard. CBC reports.
  • The Alaskan community of Point Hope now finds itself, at least partly because of global warming and the interests of financiers, with all of the Internet bandwidth it could ever want. The New York Times reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five Toronto links: Church and Wellesley, Ontario Place, Junction, Airbnb, Kleinburg

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  • Jenna Moon talks about her experience living and loving in a Church and Wellesley that is starting to feel dangerous, over at the Toronto Star.
  • Toronto Life notes the lights of the Winter at Ontario Place festival, transforming the west island into a fantastical array of shapes at night. I must go see it.
  • Toronto Life profiles Nations Experience, an immense supermarket in the former Target Canada space in the Junction’s Stockyards that looks to be as much a tourist attraction as a store.
  • One Toronto condo owner is interviewed criticizing the new restrictions on Airbnb. (I wonder what his neighbours think.) The Toronto Star reports.
  • In Kleinburg, in Vaughan region, the definition of “detached home” has been rewritten to better enable development. The Toronto Star reports.