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[URBAN NOTE] Ten Montréal links

  • La Presse notes the restoration of the old Archambault sign to its location at Sainte-Catherine and Berri. (I am reminded of the Sam the Record Man sign in Toronto.)
  • HuffPostQuebec notes that some of the strings of balls from 18 nuances de gai are up for sale.
  • Expelling Hong Kong activists from the Montréal pride parade should not have been done. CBC Montreal reports.
  • Camillien-Houde Way, on Mount Royal, will become more difficult for cyclists with the removal of a traffic light. CTV reports.
  • Les Forges de Montréal, heritage to the city’s blacksmithing tradition, has been saved. Global News reports.
  • Historian Desmond Morton, of McGill, has died. CBC Montreal reports.
  • The City of Montréal is trying to fight against food insecurity. CBC Montreal U>reports.
  • Craig Desson at CBC Montreal reports on the lasting legacy of Moshe Safdie and Habitat 67, and the replication of this prefabricated concrete model in rising Asia.
  • Actions of clients are the leading causes of delays on the Metro. CBC Montreal reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Ten city links: Montréal, Lac-Mégantic, Halifax, Calgary, Edmonton …

  • Tracey Lindeman writes at CityLab about how Montréal is trying to keep the redevelopment of the Molson-Coors Brewery site from killing the Centre-Sud.
  • In the Montréal neighbourhood of Park-Extension, evictions–renovictions, even–are on the rise. Global News reports.
  • Lac-Mégantic now has a train depot that bypasses the heart of this traumatized community. CBC Montreal reports.
  • Halifax is now celebrating the Mosaic Festival, celebrating its diversity. Global News reports.
  • Jill Croteau reports for Global News about Club Carousel, an underground club in Calgary that played a vital role in that city’s LGBTQ history.
  • This business plan, aiming to bypass long lineups at the Edmonton outpost of the Jollibee chain, is ingenious. Global News reports.
  • The Iowa town of Pacific Junction, already staggering, may never recover from a recent bout of devastating flooding. VICE reports.
  • Avery Gregurich writes for CityLab about the Illinois town of Atlas, a crossroads seemingly on the verge of disappearing from Google Maps.
  • The proposal for Metropica, a new sort of suburb in Florida, certainly looks interesting. VICE reports.
  • Guardian Cities shares a cartoon looking affectionately at Lisbon.

[NEWS] Six LGBTQ links: drag kings, lesbianism, Montréal, Jim Watson, code-switching, kids

  • Drag kings definitely deserve more attention. Global News reports.
  • Lauren Strapagiel writes at Daily Xtra about her experiences looking at the decline of lesbian identity as a thing, under new social and political pressures.
  • Gretel Kahn wrote at CBC Montreal about the pressures faced by the gay village in Montréal. (Toronto, it turns out, provides some useful models.)
  • The brave coming-out of Ottawa mayor Jim Watson in the Ottawa Citizen deserves to be celebrated. His essay is here.
  • Madeleine Holden writes at VICE about the code-switching that queer people have to practice.
  • This Charles Dunst article at The Atlantic, on supporting queer people as children and to let them explore their identities, leaves me shaken. How might my own life have been changed, for the better?

[URBAN NOTE] Five Montréal links: 1989 and AIDS, Grand Prix, Molson Brewery, Village gay, Beaudry

  • Le Devoir looks back 30 years at the 1989 Montréal international conference on AIDS, and its lessons about patient activism.
  • CultMTL takes particular issue with the decadence of the Montréal Grand Prix, something that it thinks the city and the world should overcome.
  • CTV notes that the old site of the Molson Brewery is set to become a new residential neighbourhood.
  • Rue Sainte-Catherine est, heart of the gay village, is closed to all but pedestrian traffic this summer. CTV reports.
  • <li<The Beaudry Metro station, happily, has been reopened after months of repairs. CBC Montreal reports.

[NEWS] Ten LGBTQ links: crime, Toronto, Montréal, HIV/AIDS, in memoriam, education, sports, camp

  • Leo Mantha, the last man executed in British Columbia in 1959, was executing for killing his estranged lover. Was homophobia the cause of what was, even then, a unique lack of mercy? Global News considers.
  • Brian D. Johnson at MacLean’s, reviewing Killing Patient Zero, notes how the openness of Gaëtan Dugas about his sexual past was one feature that led him to be unfairly branded Patient Zero, cause of the HIV/AIDS crisis.
  • This invaluable Justin Ling AMA at reddit’s unresolvedmysteries about the Church-Wellesley serial killings, besides exposing the accidents that led police not following up on reports, highlights a historic worldwide pattern of rage-filled killing sprees against queer people.
  • Shaun Brodie at NOW Toronto pays tribute to the late, great writer Wayson Choy.
  • CTV News reports that the Québec National Assembly has extended official recognition of the historic importance of the Village gay of Montréal.
  • Phys.org links to a study suggesting that countries which extend civil rights to LGBTQ people experience higher economic growth as a result.
  • Peter Mendelsohn at Daily Xtra looks at homophobia in Canadian hockey, a factor that deters many queer people from playing the sport. Can it be easily dealt with?
  • Erica Lenti at Daily Xtra has a fantastic article looking at how gay-straight alliances at schools help young people learn how to be queer in a safe environment, providing them with the socialization they do not get elsewhere.
  • This lovely essay by wedding photographer Dana Koster at them explores, in general and in a specific example, the miracle and joys of legal same-sex marriage.
  • Elio Iannacci at Daily Xtra writes, in the wake of the Met gala, about the specifically queer nature of camp.

[PHOTO] “We’ve got balls”, rue Sainte-Catherine at Wellesley

"We've got balls" #toronto #wellesley #ttc #churchandwellesley #montreal #montréal #villagegay #ruesaintecatherine #claudecormier #boulesroses

The Fierté Montréal Pride advertising at Wellesley station, cheekily playing on Claude Cormier’s iconic work draped across rue Sainte-Catherine est, never fails to make me smile.

Written by Randy McDonald

August 15, 2018 at 1:00 pm

[PHOTO] Three photos of Les boules roses at Wellesley

Claude Cormier’s Les boules roses, the chains of pink and multi-coloured balls that have hung above rue Sainte-Catherine in the Village gay every year since 2011 (though perhaps this may be their final summer), features in advertisements for Fierté Montréal Pride at Wellesley subway station in Toronto’s Gay Village. These ads were a bit poignant for me, coming so soon after my return from a fantastic four-day trip down Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence to the gorgeous city of Montréal, but in a good way.

Les boules roses at Wellesley (1) #toronto #ttc #wellesley #montreal #montréal #fiertemontreal #boulesroses #villagegay #ruesaintecatherine #claudecormier

Les boules roses at Wellesley (2) #toronto #ttc #wellesley #montreal #montréal #fiertemontreal #boulesroses #villagegay #ruesaintecatherine #claudecormier

Les boules roses at Wellesley (3) #toronto #ttc #wellesley #montreal #montréal #fiertemontreal #boulesroses #villagegay #ruesaintecatherine #claudecormier

Written by Randy McDonald

August 9, 2018 at 10:15 am

[URBAN NOTE] Five Montréal links: language, HIV/AIDS in the village, heat, movies, Osheaga

  • This older report notes Statistics Canada data suggesting that, of all the major cities in Canada, Montréal is the most trilingual. The Toronto Star has it.
  • This paper/u> in Medicine Anthropology Theory by Gabriel Girard takes a look at how the HIV/AIDS epidemic is memorialized, and where, in Montréal’s Village gay.
  • Ici Radio-Canada reports on how Montréal is hoping to use green spaces old and new to fight warming temperatures.
  • Movie-making in Montréal offers benefits but also drawbacks for local film and theatre. CTV News reports.
  • CultMTL shares some photos of the fashion worn by Osheaga attendees this weekend past. I think I may have seen some of them went I went exploring after the remnants of Expo 67 on Ile Sainte-Hélène.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly talks about some of the less visible heroes of journalism, of support staff and the like.
  • Centauri Dreams takes a look at astrophysicist Adam Frank’s thoughts on extraterrestrial civilizations in the past, on “exoarcheology”.
  • D-Brief notes SIMP J01365663+0933473, a rogue superjovian planet 20 light years away with a powerful magnetic field and possibly even a major moon.
  • Hornet Stories notes (possibly unfair) criticism of the Provincetown AIDS Memorial by Masha Gessen, who wishes it had more recognition of specifically gay victims and of the community’s anger.
  • JSTOR Daily takes a look at the challenges faced by the Outer Space Treaty, fifty years old and facing unprecedented challenges of a militarized space.
  • Erik Loomis writes at Lawyers, Guns and Money about the need for the left to articulate a coherent and serious agenda on global trade.
  • The Map Room Blog notes that the US military has told its personnel to turn off their portable devices’ geolocation in sensitive areas.
  • Marginal Revolution notes that, in some cities, people have begun to sleep rough in all-night McDonald’s restaurants on account of the lack of affordable housing.
  • Drew Rowsome interviews some of the actors involved in the queer play Box 4901, a new SummerWorks play written by playwright and novelist Brian Francis. Sounds exciting!
  • The Speed River Journal’s Van Waffle writes about how cicadas are important to him, and why.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel warns that Project Starshot and like interstellar propulsion methods, which would project engineless starships at relativistic speeds, could endanger life–and people–on the planets that these starships investigated.
  • Strange Maps’ Frank Jacobs notes/u> some people in the Turkish province of Batman want to bring their province’s borders in line with those of the character.
  • Arnold Zwicky shares Arthur’s photo of the tasteful rainbow poles at the entrance to Montréal’s Beaudry Métro station, in the heart of the Village gay.

[PHOTO] Banque nationale, rue St-Hubert and rue Sainte-Catherine est

Banque nationale, rue St-Hubert and rue Sainte-Catherine est

The outpost of the Banque nationale located at rue st-Hubert and rue Sainte-Catherine east, marking the exact western border of Montréal’s Gay Village, does celebrate the community it serves with the colours and the words of Pride.

Written by Randy McDonald

January 22, 2017 at 12:18 pm