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[CAT] Five #caturday links: strays, Winnipeg, scent, Instagram, paper

  • This letter to the Windsor Star makes the point that city needs to tend to its stray cats. (So do all cities, I bet.)
  • A cat café in Winnipeg has reopened. CBC reports.
  • Phys.org reports on a paper noting that the scent of male cats is made by microbes inhabiting cat bodies.
  • Apparently Instagram accounts of fat cats on diets are a thing. The Guardian reports.
  • Why do cats so love cardboard and paper? MNN reports.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 14, 2019 at 1:30 pm

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Windsor, Calgary, Mulhouse, Naples, Dhaka

  • This Shane Mitchell op-ed at Spacing warns about how plans for a new hospital in Windsor can threaten to promote sprawl.
  • Debates over bike traffic laws are ongoing in Calgary. Global News reports.
  • Guardian Cities looks at how the downtown of the French city of Mulhouse has been successfully regenerated.
  • Guardian Cities looks at how the infamous housing estate of Scampia outside of Naples, famously derelict and a nexus for crime, is finally being torn down.
  • Atlas Obscura notes an Armenian church in Dhaka, last remnant of a once-vast Armenian trading diaspora that extended out to Bengal.

[NEWS] Five LGBTQ links: advertising, fluidity in art, George Quaintance, Francophones, RuPaul

  • The Conversation looks at the question of how to increase the representation of same-sex couples in ads.
  • Them looks at how queer artists are representing their fluidity.
  • Hornet Stories looks at the art of George Quaintance.
  • CBC Windsor reports on why some non-binary people Francophones in Windsor-Essex avoid treatment in the French language.
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race turns out to be playing a key role in keeping many gay bars in New York City thriving, Punchdrink reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Detroit and Windsor, Africville, New York City, Calgary, Shenzhen

  • The TVO show The Life-Sized City is spotlighting the revival of the binational conurbation of Detroit and Windsor. The Windsor Star reports.
  • Owners of a house that is a rare survival of Africville, currently in Lower Sackville, are seeking heritage status for this building. CBC reports.
  • VICE reports on how New York City is preparing for the L train shutdown.
  • Students seeking to set up Gay-Straight Alliances in Calgary Catholic schools are reportedly being hindered, even harassed, by hostile administrators despite provincial policy. Global News reports.
  • This SCMP article suggests Shenzhen is a popular destination for daytrippers from Hong Kong, for people who seek a Hong Kong experience at affordable prices.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, London & Windsor, Montréal, Québec City

  • The economy of Hamilton, Ontario, is apparently among the strongest of any Canadian city. Global News reports.
  • Transit Toronto notes that the Ion, the Kitchener-Waterloo LRT, will be doing a test run tomorrow.
  • Southwestern Ontario, from London to Windsor, faces a potential cancellation of the proposed high-speed rail link connecting this region to Toronto. Global News reports.
  • This pair of residential towers proposed for the Quartier des spectacles in Montréal would certainly be eye-catching, if they were ever allowed to be built. CBC reports.
  • CityLab notes the controversy, and the origins, of the proposed Québec City skyscraper Le Phare, here.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Windsor, Québec City, Calgary, Tokyo, Tijuana

  • Low-lying Windsor, Ontario, faces the prospect of serious flooding that might be alleviated if old features of the natural landscape like trees and wetlands were restored. CBC reports.
  • Robert Vandewinkel at Huffington Post Québec makes an argument for a subway system for Québec City.
  • Jason Markusoff at MacLean’s, noting the referendum vote in Calgary against hosting the 2026 Olympics, suggests this vote can be best sign as a sign of this city’s maturity and confidence, that Calgary does not need the Olympics to be successful.
  • The Diplomat notes how costs for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have ballooned, despite promises of an affordable Olympics.
  • VICE notes the plight of the Central American refugees gathering at Tijuana, unlikely to gain asylum in the United States.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Markham, Hamilton, London, Detroit and Windsor, Vancouver

  • Toronto Life takes a look at the new Aaniin community centre in Markham.
  • The Tower, an anarchist centre in Hamilton, got vandalized in turn after a spate of pointless anarchist vandalism on Locke Street. CBC reports.
  • Will the city of London get plugged into a high-speed rail route? One only hopes, and in the interim, one plans. Global News reports.
  • Making the border crossing between Detroit and Windsor a model for Ireland post-Brexit is a terrible idea. CBC reports.
  • Can Vancouver help solve the problem of housing for the young, including students, by having them rent rooms from compatible older folks? Global News examines the proposal.