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  • Universe Today reports on the potential game-changing nature of a hyperloop connecting Toronto and Montréal.

  • Hacking of the brain is an obvious risk of two-way brain/Internet interfaces. From VICE.

  • Puerto Rico's ongoing economic crisis has only been worsened by Hurricane Maria. Bloomberg reports.

  • The problem with the German economy, strong as it may be now, is that not enough has been invested in the future. Bloomberg warns.

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  • Anthrodendum considers the difficulties of the anthropologist in the context of a world where their knowledges are monetized.

  • The Broadside Blog's Caitlin Kelly talks about two days she spent in Montréal, with photos.

  • Crooked Timber starts a discussion about the justice, or lack thereof, in Harvard denying convicted murderer Michelle Jones entry into their doctoral program now that her sentence is over.

  • D-Brief looks at the changing nature of the global disease burden, and its economic consequences.

  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes that Equifax's terribly lax data protection should mark the endgame for them.

  • The Map Room Blog considers the use of earth-observer satellites to predict future disease outbreaks (malaria, here, in Peru).

  • Starts With A Bang's Ethan Siegel notes how quantum mechanics helps explain nuclear fusion in our sun.

  • Window on Eurasia notes a report that Muscovites live on average 12 years longer than non-Muscovite Russians.

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  • Building two thousand affordable housing units in Toronto is a nice step forward. Will there be more steps? The Toronto Star reports.

  • This charming bit of improvised art down at Humber Bay Park reminds me that I really need to head down there. From the Toronto Star.

  • Montréal has stopped representing genocidal General Amherst on its flag, replacing it with a native pine tree. The National Post reports.

  • Emily Macrae at Torontoist suggests co-housing, drawn from a Québec model, is something Toronto might want to look into.

  • Richard Longley at NOW Toronto explores the Toronto Islands. Do they have a future? What will they need?

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  • blogTO notes that the Toronto Reference Library will be holding a huge sale again next week.

  • Inside Toronto profiles Sephora Hussein, new collection head of the Merril Collection.

  • Michael Lyons writes about the importance of the newly-reopened Hanlan's beach on the Toronto Islands.

  • Jake Tobin Garrett argues at Torontoist for the importance of the proposed Rail Deck Park.

  • Emily Macrae argues at Torontoist there is much Toronto can learn from the green--literally--laneways of Montréal.

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  • CBC Montreal notes how Andrée Archambault has been leaving books on the Montréal Metro for commuters to find.

  • CBC's Jonathan Ore notes the (perhaps surprisingly) innovative Transformers comics put out by IDW.

  • At The Conversation, Una McCormack writes about how the 13th Doctor being played by Jodie Whittaker fulfills her childhood dreams.

  • At The Globe and Mail, Russell Smith examines why the alt-right hates cultural experimentation and innovation so much.

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The tracks of Bonaventure


Montréal's subway stations, like Bonaventure, are at their best gorgeous public spaces full of art and light. Even at their more pedestrian, they show a good sense for design that I wish was more common on Toronto's different routes.
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The Lipstick Forest, Claude Cormier


This installation on the ground floor of the Palais des congrès is eyecatching.
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Maisonneuve Monument, at night


The Maisonneuve Monument, erected in honour of Montréal's founder Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve, stands squarely at the heart of the Place d'Armes.
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The Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal is a huge edifice towering over its neighbourhood. I had seen it looming over Vieux-Montréal, but it was only when I tried to take a photo of the entire building that I realized its size. I had to back up to the far side of the Place d'Armes just for a single shot of the entire building in my viewfinder.

Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal (1)


Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal (2)


Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal (3)


Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal (4)


Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal (5)
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By the time that I had finally gotten down to the Saint Lawrence in the Vieux-Port, to the west of Pointe-à-Callière, it had stopped being twilight and started to become night. Some of the better photos that I took there look to me almost like Impressionist paintings. I could see Habitat 67 across the way, and was particularly taken by grain silo no. 5.

Ice on the Saint Lawrence


Looking west (1)


Looking west (2)


Looking across at Habitat 67 (1)


Looking across at Habitat 67 (2)


Looking across at Habitat 67 (3)


Élévateur à grain no. 5 (1)


Élévateur à grain no. 5 (2)
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I did not get to see the renowned Pointe-à-Callière Museum on this visit. I did get to spend time there in the twilight, wandering around there and the adjacent Place Royale down by the Saint Lawrence.

Around Pointe-à-Callière, looking west (portrait)

Around Pointe-à-Callière, looking west (landscape)


Place Royale (portrait)


Place Royale (landscape)


Around Pointe-à-Callière, looking east
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Hotel Nelligan, 106 rue Saint-Paul ouest


Wandering Vieux-Montréal in the emerging evening light, I wandered past Hotel Nelligan, an establishment named after the great poet Émile Nelligan.
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Celebrating Montreal 375 at City Hall


These golden doors of the Hôtel de Ville were framed by these banners advertising Montreal 375, this year's celebration of the 375th anniversary of Montréal's foundation.
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Nelson's Column stands just to the west of Montréal's Second Empire Hôtel de Ville. The two constructions, one slim and tall and the other much the larger, made a eye-catching pair for me.

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Un tire d'érable, $C 3


At a stand set up for Igloofest on Place Jacques-Cartier, below Montréal's Hôtel de Ville, I bought some maple taffy for $C 3. The heated maple syrup cooled very quickly once it was poured onto the ice, quickly becoming edible.

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