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Gambling industry eyes Toronto waterfront

“If the Premier decides he wants a casino, he’s going to get a casino.”

Sure, a great part of Doug Ford’s motivation for shrinking Toronto City Council is spite, but part of it is surely this. If he wants to have his way with Toronto, he needs a compliant Council, and the 25 wards tips the balance of power in favour of conservative, suburban, Ford-allied Councillors. I’m pretty sure I’ve read that gaming companies were major Ford campaign donors, although I can’t find the link now. Plus, there’s this article

Oxford English Dictionary asks teenagers to explain modern slang

Toronto cyclists are using pool noodles to combat dangerous drivers

Angry Robot on Holiday

I’m off on holiday for most of August. There may be posts here, but it’s unlikely!

Japan’s Iga city ‘does not need ninjas’ after reports it was hiring

What a mixup!

NPR had posted a summary which said that Iga “is facing a serious problem, there aren’t enough people training to be ninjas, not even for $85k a year”.

“That characterisation was incorrect,” an NPR spokesman told the BBC.

But those reports led at least 115 ninja hopefuls from 23 countries to contact Iga officials, enquiring about possible jobs.

Who Just Beat the Bay Area in Tech Jobs? Toronto

“The Bible says, ‘If you do this to the least of these, you do it to me,’ ” Sheila said, quoting Jesus. “But the least of these are Americans, not the ones crossing the border.”

Good Night, Earth

Bad morning. Wake up to news that Trump is going off on Iran in all caps and some asshole went on a shooting rampage on the Danforth.

I found this video, of Kraftwerk jamming live with an astronaut on the International Space Station, at least somewhat restored my faith in humanity. Perhaps you will like it too.

If this is not treason, then what is it?

Dan Drezner:

A former CIA chief of Russian operations tweeted, “From a counterintelligence perspective, something is going on behind the scenes. Before Helsinki I was less sure; post Helsinki, I feel sick.”

Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook data was accessed from Russia, MP says

Innnnnteresting

Study: Drinking Alcohol More Important Than Exercise to Living Past 90

Great news, everyone!

‘Gordon Ramsay’s Fairytale Toilet Kitchen Nightmare,’ Today’s Comic by Michael Kupperman

Who gives a damn about the past? I live for today, plan for the future, pack a lunch and haul ass

Putin’s playbook for discrediting America and destabilizing the West

“The book in question is The Foundations of Geopolitics: The Geopolitical Future of Russia by neo-fascist political scientist Aleksandr Dugin, whose nickname is “Putin’s Brain”.”

Lost Stanley Kubrick screenplay, Burning Secret, is found 60 years on

From the 50s, during his time at MGM

Apple’s new 2018 MacBook Pros are now available, and the top specs are much faster

Yay! Although I specced out my dream laptop and it came to eight grand.

How Silicon Valley Fuels an Informal Caste System

This is fairly terrifying.

Someone hung their own artwork inside the Banksy exhibit

Go Tharanga!

Why shopkeepers in one Ontario city have enlisted a low-income cleanup crew

In Peterborough

Pocketable Surface Render

Cooool. Reminds me of the tablets in Westworld.

Apple is rebuilding Maps from the ground up

Good, in-depth article. The section about the tech in the Maps vans is especially interesting given Apple’s interest in AR and autonomous vehicles.

Last call at Massey Hall: fans and musicians share their stories

It’s closing down for 2 years for renovations (that sound pretty great BTW)

Toronto wants mid-rise housing, but can we afford it?

Yes, but developers make more money from high-rise, so they’re not into it. I like this idea though, despite it paining me as well as it would transform many great (albeit unaffordable) neighbourhoods:

Expand densification deeper into Toronto’s sleepy, leafy, low-rise neighbourhoods. [Ted Kesik] argues that the city should open up the so-called “yellowbelt” (areas where single-family homes predominate) to allow for fourplexes and other mini-condos to be built. He suggests the return of the so-called Toronto Specials of the 1950s and ‘60s that responded to an earlier wave of immigration would do a lot to let homeowners unlock the value in their land, and create more affordable options for newcomers and new families.

I would also hope that the reforms to the OMB – it’s now the LPAT – might close the door to out-of-control high-rise construction.

Russian pop star involved in collusion story releases salacious music video slagging Trump

‘Westworld’ showrunner explains those finale twists, hints at season 3 plan