Looking east from the driveway of Fanningbank on Terry Fox Drive, the Sullivan Building is visible to left in beige, while the Jones Building is visible in red at right. The Shaw Building, the third building of the Provincial Administration Buildings, lies further east, and is hidden by the Sullivan and Jones buildings.
- Peter Geoghegan writes at Open Democracy about the mess that Brexit has made of Ireland, two decades after the Troubles' end.
- Anthrodendum's Alex Golub notes that a North Korean attack on Guam, among other things, would threaten the Chamorro natives of the island.
- The Toronto Star carries an excerpt from a book by Mark Dowie looking at how the Haida, of Haida Gwaii, managed to win government recognition of their existence.
- CBC's Sameer Chhabra explores how Canadian students at Caribbean medical schools find it very difficult to get jobs back home.
The formal garden of Fanningbank seemed to be somewhat past its peak at the end of July, but it was still carefully manicured, and still enjoyed the benefits of its location between the cool blue of Charlottetown Harbour and the dense green trees of Victoria Park.
Charlottetown's Fanningbank, officially known as Government House and home to the lieutenant-governor of Prince Edward Island, takes it name from the parcel of land it was built on, set aside by the Loyalist administrator Edmund Fanning. A modest mansion built in wood in the Georgian style of the 1830s, Fanningbank for me marks the western end of downtown Charlottetown. To its west lies Victoria Park, the neighbourhood of Brighton, and the North River beyond.
Charlottetown's Sullivan Building is part of the Provincial Administration Building complex located in the extreme west of the downtown between Kent and Fitzroy streets, home to the various offices and bureaus and ministries of the provincial government of Prince Edward Island. The brutalism of the building, and its neighbours, is characteristic of Charlottetown's official architecture in the decades after the Second World War.
Toronto's Prospect Cemetery extends as far south as St. Clair Avenue, touching Earlscourt. Back when this neighbourhood was a newly-annexed municipality on the northwest fringes of the City of Toronto, Earlscourt was a new communiy, home to many recent British immigrants. These people volunteered by the thousands to serve on the Western Front, and died in the hundreds. After the First World War, this memorial was built in Prospect Cemetery, Earlscourt's local cemetery, in honour of the neighbourhood's dead. Future king Edward VIII lent his presence to the ceremonies surrounding of this cenotaph in 1919.
- Dangerous Minds points readers to Cindy Sherman's Instagram account. ("_cindysherman_", if you are interested.)
- Language Hat takes note of a rare early 20th century Judaeo-Urdu manuscript.
- Language Log lists some of the many, many words and phrases banned from Internet usage in China.
- The argument made at Lawyers, Guns and Money about Trump's many cognitive defects is frightening. How can he be president?
- The LRB Blog <"a href="https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2017/
08/03/lynsey-hanley/labour-and- traditional-voters/">notes that many traditional Labour voters, contra fears, are in fact willing to vote for non-ethnocratic policies.
- The NYR Daily describes a book of photos with companion essays by Teju Cole that I like.
- Of course, as Roads and Kingdom notes, there is such a thing as pho craft beer in Vietnam.
- Peter Rukavina notes
- Towleroad notes a love duet between Kele Okereke and Olly Alexander.
- The Volokh Conspiracy seems unconvinced by the charges against Kronos programmer Marcus Hutchins.
I took this photo on the northwest corner of Queen and Grafton in downtown Charlottetown, looking southeast towards the Confederation Centre of the Arts.
Of note is, visible in the lower half of the photo, the rainbow painted on the sidewalk. Pride happened to coincide with my visit to the Island this year.
- Bloomberg reports on how Canada-Mexico relations will be tested by NAFTA and Trump.
- Canada, the 2016 Census reported, is marked by noteworthy linguistic diversity (Tagalog does particularly well.)
- Vice notes how Galen Weston's opposition to the minimum wage increase for workers at Loblaws is not in his self-interest.
- Vice's Motherboard looks at how greenhouse agriculture in Nunavut could help drastically reduce food insecurity in that territory.
- I liked this Vice article on a study of the prevalence of ambivalence on the Internet. How will we learn to care?
- Global News reports that the National Museum of Chinese Writing is willing to pay people who can decipher oracle bones three thousand years old.
- CBC reports on an organization of LGBTQ farmers in Québec, Fierté Agricole.
- Alex Needham writes at The Guardian about the life and work of Touko Laaksonen, "Tom of Finland."
- VICE's take on Cecilia Aldonrondo's documentary about the life of her dead gay uncle is touching.
- As described in The Guardian, this Summerside project to make the old train station into a restoration evokes Toronto's Summerhill station to me.
- CBC notes how Prince Edward Island's dry summer might lead to a drought.
- The Guardian reports on a community effort to preserve Covehead Bay. I only hope that Covehead Bay, like the other vulnerable estuaries of the Island, will be protected.
- News that coyotes are in Charlottetown's East Royalty not more than a couple hundred metres from home is unshocking.
- The Globe and Mail describes a salvage archaeology operation in Cape Breton, on the receding shores of Louisbourg at Rochefort Point.
- Katie Ingram at MacLean's notes
- The National Observer reports on how Québec has effectively banned the oil and gas industry from operating on Anticosti Island.
- This La Presse article talks about letting, or not, the distant Iles-de-la-Madeleine keep their own Québec electoral riding notwithstanding their small population.
- Will the Bloc Québécois go the way of the Créditistes and other Québec regional protest movements? Éric Grenier considers at CBC.
- The National Post describes the remarkable improvement of the Québec economy in recent years, in absolute and relative terms. Québec a have?
- Francine Pelletier argues Québec fears for the future have to do with a sense of particular vulnerability.
- James Dubro highlights at Torontoist the disappearing queer men of Toronto. Is a serial killer at work?
- At the Toronto Star, Paul Hunter reports on how the Toronto Islands have been reopened starting today.
- John Lorinc's investigation of high-rise safety in Toronto is alarming, and ends here and here.
- Scott Wheeler looks at the controversial mounted cow sculpture of Cathedraltown, in Markham.
- Victoria Gibson reports on the $150 million a year spent by the federal government at Pickering on property never used to build an airport.
- Charley Ross reports on an unexpected personal involvement in the disappearance of Kori Gossett. Did an informant know?
- Citizen Science Salon reports, in the time of #sharkweek, on the sevengill sharks.
- The Dragon's Tales links to an article on the Chinese base in Sudan.
- Inkfish has a fascinating article describing how New Zealand's giant black swans went extinct, and were replaced.
- Language Hat notes two obscure words of Senegalese French, "laptot" and "signare". What do they mean? Go see.
- Language Log argues that the influx of English loanwords in Chinese is remarkable. Does it signal future changes in language?
- Lawyers, Guns Money notes how Los Angeles and southern California were, during the American Civil War, a stronghold of secessionist sentiment, and runs down some of the problems of Mexico, including the militarization of crime.
- Marginal Revolution reports on what books by which authors tend to get stolen from British bookstores.
- The Power and the Money's Noel Maurer suggests that Donald Trump is not likely to be able to substantially reshape NAFTA.
- Roads and Kingdoms reports from the recent protests in Poland against changes to the Supreme Court.
- Understanding Society takes a look at the structure of the cities of medieval Europe, which apparently were dynamic and flexible.
- Unicorn Booty shares some classic gay board games.
- Window on Eurasia argues that Russia is going to try to wage a repeat of the Winter War on Ukraine.
- The New York Times is but one news source to observe the findings of archeologists and geneticists that the Canaanites were not slaughtered. Was the claimed Biblical genocide a matter of thwarted wish-fulfillment?
- At Wired, David Pierce mourns the standalone iPod, an innovative music-changing technology in its time now being phased out.
- Catherine McIntyre at MacLean's describes how birding is becoming hip among young urbanites, in Toronto and across Canada.
- Open Democracy looks at how Estonia is pioneering e-residency and virtual citizenship schemes.