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  • Steve Munro reports on the many problems associated with implementing new express buses, in Toronto and elsewhere.

  • Global News was one of many sources reporting on the high rate of failure of the new Bombardier streetcars.

  • Ben Spurr notes the astounding failure of the City of Toronto to do basic things at Union Station, like collect rent.

  • Transit Toronto notes that GO Transit's seasonal routes to Niagara have started today and will go until 4 September.

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  • The Big Picture shares shocking photos of the Portuguese forest fires.

  • blogTO notes that, happily, Seaton Village's Fiesta Farms is apparently not at risk of being turned into a condo development site.

  • Centauri Dreams notes a new starship discussion group in Delft. Shades of the British Interplanetary Society and the Daedalus?

  • D-Brief considers a new theory explaining why different birds' eggs have different shapes.

  • The Frailest Thing's Michael Sacasas commits himself to a new regimen of blogging about technology and its imports. (There is a Patreon.)

  • Language Hat notes the current Turkish government's interest in purging Turkish of Western loanwords.

  • Language Log's Victor Mair sums up the evidence for the diffusion of Indo-European languages, and their speakers, into India.

  • The LRB Blog notes the Theresa May government's inability post-Grenfell to communicate with any sense of emotion.

  • Marginal Revolution's Tyler Cowen wonders if the alt-right more prominent in the Anglophone world because it is more prone to the appeal of the new.

  • Personal Reflections' Jim Belshaw wonders if Brexit will result in a stronger European Union and a weaker United Kingdom.

  • Seriously Science reports a study suggesting that shiny new headphones are not better than less flashy brands.

  • Torontoist reports on the anti-Muslim hate groups set to march in Toronto Pride.

  • Understanding Society considers the subject of critical realism in sociological analyses.

  • Window on Eurasia notes how Russia's call to promote Cyrillic across the former Soviet Union has gone badly in Armenia, with its own script.

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  • Daily Xtra's Arshy Mann and Evan Balgord report on how the Jewish Defense League plans on marching in Toronto Pride. Grand.

  • Spacing's Shazlin Rahman reports on the Jane's Walk she organized around sites of significance to Muslims around Bloor and Dufferin.

  • The Toronto Star's Nicholas Keung and Raju Mudhar reported earlier this month on the happy reunification of a Syrian couple with their cat.

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  • Craig S. Smith notes the profound cynicism of Kellie Leitch in using one Syrian refugee's abuse of his wife to criticize the entire program.

  • CBC's Carolyn Dunn notes that the story of the Trinh family, boat people from Vietnam who came to Canada, will be made into a Heritage Minute.
  • James Jeffrey describes for the Inter Press Service how refugees from Eritrea generally receive warm welcome in rival Ethiopia.

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I am rather surprised that the phenomenon of the drag queen story hour, where children are ready stories by people in full drag, seems to be becoming mainstream. While I can see how it has become big, given the performativity of the best drag performances and the humour of these and the nature RuPaul's second ascent to mainstream celebrity, I am still surprised.

  • NOW Toronto's Kelly Boutsalis writes about the spread of the Drag Queen Story Hour from Church and Wellesley to Toronto at large, from Yorkville to Leslieville.
  • In MacLean's, Katy MacKinnon explores how the Drag Queen Story Hour has taken off in Winnipeg.

  • Erin McCormack writes for The Guardian about how this is becoming a worldwide thing, even.
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    • Lisa Coxon of Toronto Life shares eleven photos tracking Toronto's queer history back more than a century.

    • Michelle McQuigge reports for the Toronto Star that the Luminous Veil does save lives. I would add that it is also beautiful.

    • In The Globe and Mail, Marcus Gee thinks it makes perfect sense for there to be a dedicated streetcar corridor on King Street.

    • Ben Spurr describes a new plan for a new GO Transit bus station across from Union Station.

    • Emily Mathieu reported in the Toronto Star on how some Kensington Market tenants seem to have been pushed out for an Airbnb hostel.

    • In The Globe and Mail, Irish-born John Doyle explores the new Robert Grassett Park, built in honour of the doctor who died trying to save Irish refugees in 1847.

    • Justin Ling in VICE tells the story of three gay men who went missing without a trace in Toronto just a few years ago. What happened?
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    • Caroline Alphonso reports in The Globe and Mail about how Toronto Islands students have been displaced to school on the mainland, in Regent Park.
    • Robert Benzie and Victoria Gibson describe in the Toronto Star a new waterfront park in a revitalized part of Ontario Place.
    • Torontoist's Keiran Delamont notes how Metrolinx's sharing of data with the police fits into the broader concept of the modern surveillance state.
    • Steve Munro tracks the evolution, or perhaps more properly devolution, of streetcar service from 1980 to 2016.

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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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    • Crooked Timber links the near-criminal destruction of Grenfell Tower with Thatcherism's deregulations and catastrophes.

    • The Dragon's Gaze notes that TRAPPIST-1e is slated to be among the first observational targets of the James Webb Space Telescope.

    • Far Outliers shares Edith Durham's account of an exciting St. John's Day in Albania in 1908.

    • Language Hat looks at a passage from Turgenev.

    • What, the LRB wonders, will Emmanuel Macron do with his crushing victory after the parliamentary elections, too?

    • Marginal Revolution wonders to what extent is Germany's support for Nord Stream consistent with Germany's concerns over NATO and Russia.

    • Ed Jackson's Spacing Toronto article about the need to preserve queer public history in Toronto is a must-read.
    • Torontoist's Alex Yerman notes the new activity of the Jewish left against a conservative establishment.

    • Window on Eurasia suggests that modern Russia is repeating the Soviet Union's overmilitarization mistakes, only this time with fewer resources.

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    • Centauri Dreams looks at the complex prebiotic chemistry in the system of young triple IRAS 16293-2422.

    • Language Hat looks at the central role played by Kyrgzystan writer Chinghiz Aitmatov in shaping Kyrgyz identity.

    • The Map Room Blog shares Baltimore's new transit map.

    • Steve Munro examines the Ford family's various issues with TTC streetcars.

    • The Russian Demographics Blog reports on the latest UN Report on the Donbas and the conflict there.

    • Window on Eurasia notes that the number of ethnic Russians in the former Soviet Union fallen sharply through demographic change including assimilation.

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    • AIDS Action Now veteran Tim McCaskell argues in NOW Toronto that the new gay activism reflects the growing diversity of the community, riven by race and income.

    • Steven W. Thrasher argues from a radical position against the presence of police and militarism generally in American Pride marches.

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    • Centauri Dreams looks at two brown dwarf pairs, nearby Luhman 16 and eclipsing binary WD1202-024.

    • D-Brief notes a study suggesting panspermia would be easy in the compact TRAPPIST-1 system.

    • Far Outliers notes the shouted and remarkably long-range vocal telegraph of early 20th century Albania.

    • Language Hat links to a fascinating blog post noting the survival of African Latin in late medieval Tunisia.

    • The LRB Blog notes the observations of an Englishman in Northern Ireland that, after the DUP's rise, locals are glad other Britons are paying attention.

    • Marginal Revolution notes a study suggesting that refugees in the US end up paying more in taxes than they receive in benefits.

    • Spacing reviews a fascinating-sounding new book on the politics and architecture of new libraries.

    • Understanding Society examines the mechanisms through which organizations can learn.

    • Window on Eurasia talks about the progressive detachment of the east of the North Caucasus, at least, from wider Russia.

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    • City News shares a Canadian Press article sharing the warning issued by Sears Canada itself, another historic colossus of retail, that it may well be coming to its end.

    • The Columbia Review of Journalism warns that Canada's Postmedia chain is failing, and could take all our newspapers with it.

    • Tess Kalinowski at the Toronto Star observes that the number of Greater Toronto Area home sales has continued to decline.

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    • blogTO reported that York University plans on opening a satellite campus in York Region's Markham. This is a first.

    • Dangerous Minds notes a new, posthumous release from Suidide's Alan Vega.

    • The Dragon's Gaze links to a paper considering the detectability of Niven ringworlds around pulsars. (Maybe.)

    • The Everyday Sociology Blog considers burnout among sociology students, and suggests that engagement with issues is key to overcoming it.

    • The Great Grey Bridge's Philip Turner photoblogs his recent Rhode Island vacation.

    • Joe. My. God. reports on the arrest of a Christian activist protesting outside of the Pulse memorial in Orlando.

    • The LRB Blog shares considerable concern that the Democratic Unionists of Northern Ireland are now national powermakers.

    • Spacing Toronto shares the ambitious plan of Buenos Aires to make the city better for cyclists, pedestrians, and mass transit
    • Transit Toronto notes that starting Friday, Metrolinx will co-sponsor $C25 return tickets to Niagara from Toronto.

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    • blogTO describes the changing designs of TTC maps over the past generations.

    • Cody Delistraty links to an article of his contrasting and comparing Donald Trump to Louis XIV.

    • Marginal Revolution shares facts about Qatar in this time of its issues.

    • Peter Rukavina describes the latest innovations in his homebrew blogging.

    • Towleroad notes the sad anniversary of the Pulse massacre in Orlando.

    • Window on Eurasia argues that there is still potent for Idel-Ural, a coalition of non-Russian minorities by the Volga.

    • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell examines how Labour and the Tories made use of Big Data, and how Labour did much better.

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    • Crooked Timber enthuses over the remixing, or remastering, of arguably the Beatles' most iconic album.

    • Far Outliers notes the Albanian language's alphabet struggles in the wider geopolitics of Albania.

    • Joe. My. God. notes an American soccer player opted to quit rather than to wear a Pride jersey.

    • Language Hat notes a new online atlas of Algonquian languages.

    • The NYRB Daily argues that Theresa May's election defeat makes the fantasy of a hard Brexit, at least, that much less possible.

    • Window on Eurasia notes Russia's concern at the dissipation of the prestige of its language and script its former empire, especially in Ukraine.

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    • The Independent notes a denial that Scotland's Conservatives will split from the national party. I wonder, thought, if Scotland's political spectrum is going to shift, like Québec's, from a left-right split to a separatist-unionist one?
    • Owen Jones argues in The Guardian that the rampant prejudices of the DUP, including its homophobia, make it an unsuitable coalition partner.

    • Andray Domise argues in MacLean's that a perceived need to fit in means that immigrants can be too ready to dismiss local racisms.

    • Fast Company lets us know that the minimum wage increases in Seattle have not led to higher retail prices.

    • CBC notes the death of Sam Panopoulous, the Canadian man who invented Hawaiian pizza.

    • Adam West, the first man to play Batman on the screen, has died. We all, not just the fandom, are the poorer for his passing.

    • Are the robots not poised to take over our world? What does their absence demonstrate about our underachieving economy? The Atlantic wonders.

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