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  • Apostrophen's 'Nathan Smith talks about "cis", "trans", and the non-obvious meaning of this classification.
  • The Big Picture shares photos of a recent sailing festival in Boston.

  • blogTO reports on the trendy charcoal-black ice cream of a store across from Trinity Bellwoods.
  • Centauri Dreams considers the idea of a "runaway fusion" drive.Crooked Timber wonders how a bad Brexit agreement could possibly be worse than no Brexit agreement for the United Kingdom.
  • D-Brief warns of the possibility of sustained life-threatening heat waves in the tropics with global warming.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog considers how sociology majors are prepared, or not, for the workforce.

  • Language Hat links to a wonderful examination of the textual complexities of James Joyce's Ulysses.

  • The LRB Blog looks at how British big business is indebted to the Conservatives.

  • Marginal Revolution reports on China's emergent pop music machine.

  • Steve Munro reports on the latest on noise from the 514 Cherry streetcar.

  • The NYRB Daily has a fascinating exchange on consciousness and free will and where it all lies.
  • The Planetary Society Blog reports on a successful expedition to Argentina to examine Kuiper Belt object MU69 via occultation.

  • Peter Rukavina celebrates Charlottetown school crossing guard Dana Doyle.

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  • Language Log reports on the transliterations of "Trump" into Chinese and Chinese social networks.

  • Marginal Revolution shares Jill Lepore's argument that modern dystopian fiction deals with submission to the worst, not resistance.

  • At the NYRB Daily, Tim Flannery notes how Trump's withdrawal from Paris is bad for the environment and for the American economy.

  • Peter Rukavina's photo of stormclouds over Charlottetown is eye-catching. (I have not heard of "dark off" myself.)
  • Savage Minds announces a MOOC ANTH 101 course starting tomorrow.

  • Window on Eurasia argues that Putin can afford to be aggressive because he is not constrained by Communist ideology.

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  • blogTO suggests the Port Lands might become an artists' hu8b.

  • The Broadside Blog's Caitlin Kelly talks about the complexities involved with managing feelings.

  • Centauri Dreams talks about different methods of near-term interstellar travel.

  • Joe. My. God. notes that Nordic prime ministers have just trolled Trump's bizarre orb-based photo op.

  • Language Hat shares some interesting claims about standard Finnish as a neutral dialect.
  • The Planetary Society Blog talks about the latest stages of the Dawn mission to Ceres.

  • Peter Rukavina looks at the end of Charlottetown's Founders' Hall.

  • Torontoist examines Ontario's impending $15 an hour minimum wage.

  • Window on Eurasia reports on the latest disputes between Russia and Ukraine on their shared history.

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CBC News' Shane Ross reports on very good news indeed from Charlottetown. If the numbers are accurate, something like 2% of the Island population took part in this march.

Islanders of different ages, genders and ethnic backgrounds marched in Charlottetown on Saturday to show they welcome diversity and oppose policies that discriminate against refugees.

The march began at the bottom of Queen Street and continued peacefully up to Province House. The group — which police estimated at 2,000 — listened as organizers from the Cooper Institute and the Muslim community spoke out against Islamophobia. The speeches were interspersed with moments of silence and prayer.

"It made me happy, at a point I felt like crying just seeing the amount of people who were out here to support those injured and hurt," said Hammad Ahmed, a UPEI student, who helped organize the Charlottetown march.

Amid widespread protests late last month, U.S. President Donald Trump issued an executive order temporarily barring citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.

The gathering in Charlottetown was part of the National Day of Action against Islamophobia and White Supremacy, and gave people the opportunity to grieve for those killed at a mosque in Quebec City last week.
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The Guardian of Charlottetown reports on the rapid growth of traffic at Charlottetown Airport, surely a good sign for the airport as for the larger tourism-dependent economy.

The number of passengers who went through the Charlottetown Airport in 2016 increased by 12 per cent over the previous year.

The airport authority says the 354,234 people through the terminals last year set a new passenger traffic record, which was previously set in 2014 with 317,827 passengers.

Charlottetown Airport Authority CEO Doug Newson said it’s the first time the airport’s passenger numbers surpassed 350,000.

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Newson said increased services to Toronto by Air Canada Rouge and WestJet in 2016 contributed to the record numbers. Air Canada also extended its popular summer flight from Ottawa to operate for six months last year.
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  • Apostrophen's 'Nathan Smith announces some of his plans for the forthcoming year.

  • C.J. Cherryh talks about her experience of early winter in Oklahoma.

  • The Map Room Blog links to a collection of electoral map what-ifs.

  • Marginal Revolution looks at the worrying connection between Rogue One and fake news.

  • The NYRB Daily shares Tim Parks' reflections on Machiavelli's The Prince.

  • The Power and the Money's Noel Maurer reports on the ongoing constitutional crisis in the Congo.

  • Peter Rukavina shares a photo of Charlottetown's Province House.

  • Strange Maps shares Radio Garden, a map of the globe that lets people pick up thousands of radio stations around the world.

  • Transit Toronto notes a new boarding area for GO Transit users at Union Station.

  • Window on Eurasia shares criticism of Russia's Syria policy that calls it Orwellian.

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Maureen Coulter's article telling the story of the Hells Angels setting up shop downtown caught my attention. What, I wonder, will be done of this?

A building in a residential area in Charlottetown went from being a skate sharpening shop to a laundromat to the first home of a Hells Angels club in the province.

The Hells Angels are the biggest motorcycle gang in country with 36 chapters across Canada.

P.E.I. has had an outlaw motorcycle gang presence since 2012 called the Bacchus Motorcycle Club. They have chapters in Alberton and Alliston.

There hasn’t been a Hells Angels presence, other than the occasional visit, until now.

The Charlottetown Polices Services recently became aware that a building on Fitzroy Street was purchased and turned into a clubhouse.

The new chapter in Charlottetown is considered to be a “hangaround club”. Becoming a hangaround member is the first step to becoming a Hells Angels. The next step is to become a prospect and then a full-patch member.
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The Crow Agenda (1920 X 1080) from Jason Arsenault on Vimeo.


The Crow Agenda, as described by its Indiegogo fundraising page, is a recent documentary a half-hour long that takes a look at Charlottetown's crow population and the whole complex mixture of thoughts about them. Apparently these feathered apes are common here.

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island is known as the birth place of Canadian Confederation. The city also plays a lesser known historic role as a roosting site for over 15,000 crows who have been sharing the city space since the 1800s. The crows affect the residents both positively and negatively, and this dichotomy gives rise to an important question – is this murder of crows a persistent problem that needs to be permanently eliminated or a gift of nature from which to draw inspiration?

For some residents an emotional and spiritual connection has developed with the crows. Stories emerge about grandfathers thought to be reincarnated as crows, crows that talk, residents with pet crows, and people who claim to have been feeding the same crows for over ten years. They are in support of leaving them alone and allowing the birds to be uninhibited in Victoria Park. They draw inspiration from the beauty of the birds daily commute in and out of the city. Local artists, dating back to world-renowned poet and Charlottetown native Milton Acorn, have developed a strong stance on the crows. They are in support of leaving them alone and allowing the birds to be uninhibited in Victoria Park. They draw inspiration from the beauty of the birds daily commute in and out of the city.

Other residents have had their lives turned upside down by what they see as an unwanted invasion. Farmers have had their crops ruined, residents have had the paint jobs on their cars destroyed from crow droppings, children and the elderly are afraid to leave their homes due to the overwhelming number of loud birds in the area. The response from these residents has not been one of acceptance. Instead, they have waged a small-scale war upon the birds: a weapon-like sound cannon has been purchased by the city; some residents fire off cap guns, bang pots and pans and garbage lids together in order to scare the birds away. A crow complaint hot-line and bureaucracy has been established to help deal with complaints and local politicians have made getting rid of the crows a key component of their political platforms in the last local election.

The Crow Agenda is an entertaining short documentary film that examines the people of a small East Coast Canadian city who have a unique relationship with these birds. Love them or hate them, the intelligent and mysterious crows have deeply influenced local art, politics and the relationships between family, friends, and neighbours.
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CBC News' Natalia Goodwin notes a major protest in Charlottetown calling on the Island government to honour the results of the recent referendum on changing the electoral system to one based on proportional representation.

An estimated 300 people gathered in front of the Coles Building in Charlottetown Tuesday night to voice discontent over how the results of the recent plebiscite on electoral reform were handled.

There were chants of "Honour the vote" throughout the hour-long protest. People even brought pots and pans to bang on; they were loud and they were angry.

"This is bullying, and I don't take well to bullying and I really will stand up to bullying," said protestor Greg Bradley

"King Wade wants to keep things the way they are and people want change and we're not allowed to have a voice it seems."

The noise from the crowd got even louder as the MLAs began to return to the legislature for the evening sitting. Some stopped to hear what speakers were saying and engage in debate and questions with rally goers. There were many speakers including representation from all four parties on P.E.I.
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The Guardian's Dave Stewart notes the impact of Middle Eastern immigration, from Lebanon and Syria, on the bread scene of Charlottetown.

A Syrian immigrant walks into Royal Pita Bakery in Charlottetown, takes a breath and said the scent of fresh bread reminds him of home.

A couple from Lebanon opened the province’s first pita bakery earlier this year, and it appears to be a hit with locals and immigrants.

“It feels like home,’’ said Ismail Alahmad, who spoke to The Guardian through an interpreter after he had purchased 20 bags of pita bread.

“It just smells like home back in Syria. It’s been 40 years that I’ve been eating this same bread so when I (moved to Charlottetown) it was like Yesssss!,’’ he added, pumping his fist into the air.

The bakery is owned and operated by Toufic Houchane and his wife, Maud.

“Nobody had the guts to do that,’’ Toufic Houchane said when asked why he and his wife opened the bakery. “We were looking as a family, using our past experience with bread and the Middle Eastern authentic bread. It’s a must that we should have a pita bakery on the Island and why not. Make it affordable to everybody.’’

Houchane said pita bread sold in traditional supermarkets on the Island is shipped frozen. Their bread is made in store by machines he had shipped from Lebanon.
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CBC News' Nancy Russell reports on the senseless damage caused to a monument to Irish immigrants in Charlottetown. Alas, I've never been there to see it. Hopefully next time I'm on the Island it'll be in fine shape again.

A monument on the Charlottetown waterfront honouring P.E.I.'s Irish settlers needs substantial repairs after vandals appear to have driven over the stonework.

"It's a bad damage that has been done and it has to be repaired somehow," said Michael Hennessey, secretary of the Celtic Heritage Association which helped to raise $230,000 to build the Irish Settlers Memorial.

"I'd like to see it repaired and put back in the condition that it was in originally."

The monument overlooks the Charlottetown Harbour, just off the boardwalk, behind the Culinary Institute of Canada.

The centrepiece of the memorial is a 3.7-metre-tall cross modeled on the Cross of Moone in Ireland. There is a stone bench, as well as 32 flagstones arranged in a circle, from each of the counties where the 10,000 P.E.I. settlers came from in the 18th and 19th century.
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CBC News' Nancy Russell reports on a study suggesting ways Charlottetown can adapt to relatively limited flooding. This sounds like an interesting study. Does anyone on the Island know if it is publically available?

A new study of the Charlottetown waterfront looks at what wind, waves and sea level rise could mean in the present and into the future.

The report, commissioned by the Charlottetown Area Development Corporation or CADC, proposes ways to protect against flooding while also improving public access to the waterfront.

Ottawa's Coldwater Consulting based the report on what it calls the "latest and most reliable climate change scenarios," predicting flood risk along the Charlottetown waterfront by 2045 and 2090.

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The report examines the current state of waterfront infrastructure from the Hillsborough Bridge to the end of the boardwalk in Victoria Park.

"If there's a weak link in the chain, then it can affect far beyond where that's actually at," said Ron Waite, CADC general manager.

One of the options is a large floating breakwater near the Charlottetown Yacht Club, but Waite says potential ice damage makes that a challenge because of the size of the structure that would be needed.

The report also proposes extending the waterfront boardwalk, elevating it where needed, to form a "ring dyke" that could protect the downtown area from flooding.

While an expensive idea, the report highlights how the expanded boardwalk could also "enhance access to and enjoyment of the waterfront".
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At the very beginning of my flight back to Toronto from Charlottetown, I was able to take some good photos of the world wheeling below me as my Westjet flight rose south over Charlottetown Harbour towards the Northumberland Strait.

Approaching the Hillsborough River #pei #charlottetown #hillsboroughriver #aerial #flight #latergram

Above Charlottetown Harbour #pei #charlottetown #hillsboroughriver #aerial #flight #latergram #charlottetownharbour

Wheeling past Stratford #pei #charlottetown #hillsboroughriver #aerial #flight #latergram #stratford #charlottetownharbour
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CBC News' Shane Ross reports on the terrible risk of water shortages facing Charlottetown.

The City of Charlottetown has lifted its annual summer water restrictions, but the group that monitors the city's water supply is urging residents to think twice before they leave taps running.

"I would still always encourage that people continue to conserve water," said Sarah Wheatley, watershed coordinator for the Winter River-Tracadie Bay Watershed Association.

"Even though it feels like fall, it's a little while yet before the water table actually starts to go up."

An unusually dry summer has put a strain on the water system, she said.

The group has been monitoring the Winter River system for the past four years. There are two springs between the two major wellfields that go dry every year, she said. But in the past week, two springs near the Charlottetown airport have gone dry for the first time since they began monitoring them.
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Looking at the history of Island aviation #pei #charlottetown #charlottetownairport #aviation #history #latergram

Charlottetown Airport has, by the departures, a little display depicting the more than one hundred years of aviation history.

The Prince Edward Island government had a great essay describing the history of the airport in detail, but this has been removed by a site reorganization. (See below the fold for the text.)

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