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Saturday October 22, 2016

10:01 I Love Lists #11 »Life on a Canadian Island
09:25 RCMP National Division Must Be Called Into PEI Political Corruption »
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09:07 Rain continues today across PEI.. »peistormchaser
Saturday, October 22, 9:00am..  An intensifying low pressure system located just north of Cape Cod this morning continues to track northward and is expected to lie near Riviere Du Loup by dawn tomorrow then into southern Labrador by Monday morning. … Continue reading
08:47 FIDDLER'S FACTS: Jays eliminated despite top rotation, defence, lineup »The Guardian - Sports
The Toronto Blue Jays season came to a surprising and totally unexpected end Wednesday with a 3-0 loss to the upstart Cleveland Indians, losing the best-of-seven series in five games. This was an Indians team without two of their best starters in Danny Salazar and Carlos Carrasco, relying on ...
06:30 Russell Wangersky: Mocking the vote »The Guardian - Opinion
It’s a real shame when anyone thinks the best way to get a message across is to cheat
06:30 Americans in P.E.I., Islanders in the U.S. weigh in on 2016 election »The Guardian - Local News
Support going mainly to Hillary Clinton following Donald Trump's missteps, outrageous remarks and attitude toward women and immigrants
06:30 Trevor Davis and Christine Healy travelling freedom road »The Guardian - Living
After 10 years in high-pressure finance jobs, Trevor Davis and Christine Healy sell their home and follow their dream of travelling the world
04:45 Award-winning P.E.I. bluegrass band on stage in North Rustico »The Guardian - Living
Janet McGarry Wildwood to perform at the Watermark Theatre on Oct. 22
00:59 [DM] "On the idea that the human life expectancy is limited to 115 years" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
At Demography Matters, I blog about the idea that the human life expectancy might be limited to 115 years.

Even if this is the case for the foreseeable future, I argue that there's still much that can be done to make sure we reach this limit and that life to this limit is as healthy as possible.
00:55 Parish mission begins on Saturday at St. Pius X Church »The Guardian - Living
Special masses and talks, with mission presenter Fr. John E. Collins, will be held up until Oct. 26
00:34 Panthers soccer teams control their own destiny »The Guardian - Sports
UPEI teams eyeing playoff spots with three games to play in regular season
00:30 Atlantic Attack begins new ringette season Saturday »The Guardian - Sports
The Atlantic Attack opens its National Ringette League regular season versus the Gatineau Fusion Saturday at home in Cocagne, N.B. Game times are 11:45 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. The Attack roster includes returning defenceman Ashley Hollis from Stratford and rookie forward Kait Galloway, who makes her ...
00:30 Illusionists Ted and Marion Outerbridge performing Saturday night »The Guardian - Living
Husband/wife performing duo has been touring North America and Europe for nearly two decades
00:25 Dixon, Wallwin win national golf titles »The Guardian - Sports
Josiah Dixon enjoyed the Fox Meadow Golf Course so much he decided to play a few extra holes. The Niagara College Knights golfer won the PING Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association national golf championships Friday in the third hole of a playoff with Marc-Olivier Plasse of Cegep ...
00:25 Dixon, Wallwin win national golf titles »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Josiah Dixon enjoyed the Fox Meadow Golf Course so much he decided to play a few extra holes. The Niagara College Knights golfer won the PING Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association national golf championships Friday in the third hole of a playoff with Marc-Olivier Plasse of Cegep ...
00:05 Islanders drop contest to Drakkar »The Guardian - Sports
Vincent Deslauriers scored three times, including once into an empty net, Friday as the host Baie-Comeau Drakkar defeated the Charlottetown Islanders 6-3 in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action. Ivan Chekhovich, Shawn Element and Samuel Thibault added single goals. The Islanders scored all ...
00:05 Islanders drop contest to Drakkar »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Vincent Deslauriers scored three times, including once into an empty net, Friday as the host Baie-Comeau Drakkar defeated the Charlottetown Islanders 6-3 in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action. Ivan Chekhovich, Shawn Element and Samuel Thibault added single goals. The Islanders scored all ...

Friday October 21, 2016

23:40 Gospel concert Oct. 22 at Calvary Church in Charlottetown »The Guardian - Living
Musical evening featuring several Island performers is a fundraiser for Harvest House
22:55 [URBAN NOTE] "Port Lands flood protection cost rises to $1.25 billion" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Toronto Star's Jennifer Pagliaro describes a proposal for investment in the Port Lands' anti-flood infrastructure that is quite expensive. At least Lake Ontario is not threatened by sea level rise consequent to global warming.

The cost to flood-protect the Port Lands in eastern Toronto, transforming 715 acres into developable land, has risen from $975 million to $1.25 billion.

“Flood-protecting the Port Lands would unlock its great potential for development, for more parks, more public space and for providing room to support the city’s population and it’s job growth,” said Waterfront Toronto CEO Will Fleissig at a news conference Thursday. “This is a transformative opportunity for our city.”

The cost estimate was confirmed by a due diligence report from tri-government agency Waterfront Toronto released Thursday. The study found the probability of the actual cost being $1.25 billion or less is 90 per cent. It is very unlikely the project will costs less than $1 billion.

The increased cost is mostly due to the additional need for soil excavation, soil and groundwater treatment and issues related to flowing sand and compressible peat, which complicates soil excavation and how the land is filled for development.

The three levels of government have already been negotiating cost-sharing of the project, which was made a priority for the waterfront agency 14 years ago.

Neither the federal nor provincial government has committed to fund the flood protection of the largely government-owned land. All three governments did put up $83 million to redo the area around the old Essroc quay, which is a large part of the overall project.
22:48 Scott, Dut lead Panthers to victory over Hurricanes in pre-season play »The Guardian - Sports
The Panthers men’s basketball team defeated the Holland College Hurricanes 101-85 at the Cape Breton Classic in Sydney, N.S. Tyler Scott led the way with 32 points and 10 rebounds while Dut Dut had 22 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals. Milorad Sedlarevic chipped in 16 points ...
22:44 [ISL] "Charlottetown waterfront study looks at future flooding" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
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.

[. . .]

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".
22:38 Panthers use big third period to defeat X-Men 7-3 »The Guardian - Sports
Sam Auli, R.T. Rice record three-point nights in road win
22:36 [URBAN NOTE] "Climate Change Means Moving. Just Don't Say 'Retreat.'" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Bloomberg View's Christopher Flavelle interviews American sociologist Karen O'Neill to talk about some strategies that might get people to abandon coastal areas endangered by flooding.

Most Americans, to the degree that they think about climate-change adaptation, probably think of bigger sea walls, or maybe changing the kinds of houses we live in. You're looking at something different.

There's been an ongoing war that dates back at least 200 years between people who favor building engineered structures versus critics who say you're overpromising. That's the "protect" strategy -- it can be a wall, which is what most people are familiar with. Almost always, that’s the top preference; it sounds good.

The second strategy is to accommodate -- raising houses on stilts. Both the protect strategy and the accommodation strategy keep people in place.

The third one is, move. You just cannot protect your way out of the whole thing. Humans have always moved and retreated from shorelines. Archaeologists now are able to do underwater excavations; what they're telling us about long-term adaptation to the climate really has some lessons for us.

In a new paper, you write about one New Jersey town, Toms River, which includes both barrier islands and part of the mainland. You argue that creating new tourism attractions on the mainland, such as artificial lakes, might pull people in from the barrier islands.

The word "retreat" seems to indicate defeat. What we wanted to do is to think about the tourism economy. There are, it turns out, lots of sand mines that are near shore areas in the U.S. It's already a pit. So let's make it into an artificial lake.

You could develop resorts around this. You can create things that are like boardwalk attractions. You can have amusement parks. You could have condominiums along the water. And it's close enough to the estuaries that you could actually have access to saltwater as well.
22:28 Tommies shut out Panthers in UPEI's home opener »The Guardian - Sports
Lauren Legault scored 2:32 into the game Friday as the St. Thomas Tommies shut out the UPEI Panthers 3-0 in Atlantic University Sport (AUS) women’s hockey action. It was the Panthers home opener at MacLauchlan Arena. Lauren Henman and Paige Jackson added second period goals for the Tommies, who ...
22:18 [URBAN NOTE] "Arctic Cities Crumble as Climate Change Thaws Permafrost" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Wired's Alec Luhn reports from Siberia, where global warming is wreaking havoc on cities' infrastructure. If there is going to be, as some predict, a population boom in the Arctic as global warming continues, there are going to be major infrastructure issues around.

At first, Yury Scherbakov thought the cracks appearing in a wall he had installed in his two-room flat were caused by shoddy workmanship. But then other walls started cracking, and then the floor started to incline. “We sat on the couch and could feel it tilt,” says his wife, Nadezhda, as they carry furniture out of the flat.

Yury wasn’t a poor craftsman, and Nadezhda wasn’t crazy: One corner of their five-story building at 59 Talnakhskaya Street in the northern Russian city of Norilsk was sinking as the permafrost underneath it thawed and the foundation slowly disintegrated. In March 2015, local authorities posted notices in the stairwells that the building was condemned.

Cracking and collapsing structures are a growing problem in cities like Norilsk—a nickel-producing centre of 177,000 people located 180 miles above the Arctic Circle—as climate change thaws the perennially frozen soil and increases precipitation. Valery Tereshkov, deputy head of the emergencies ministry in the Krasnoyarsk region, wrote in an article this year that almost 60 percent of all buildings in Norilsk have been deformed as a result of climate change shrinking the permafrost zone. Local engineers said more than 100 residential buildings, or one-tenth of the housing fund, have been vacated here due to damage from thawing permafrost.

In most cases, these are slow-motion wrecks that can be patched up or prevented by engineering solutions. But if a foundation shifts suddenly it can put lives at risk: cement slabs broke a doctor’s legs when the front steps and overhanging roof of a Norilsk blood bank collapsed in June 2015. Building and maintenance costs will have to be ramped up to keep cities in Russia’s resource-rich north running.

Engineers and geologists are careful to note that “technogenic factors” like sewer and building heat and chemical pollution are also warming the permafrost in places like Norilsk, the most polluted city in Russia. But climate change is deepening the thaw and speeding up the destruction, at the very same time that Russia is establishing new military bases and oil-drilling infrastructure across the Arctic. Greenpeace has warned that permafrost thawing has caused thousands of oil and gas pipeline breaks.
22:14 [URBAN NOTE] "The New Urban Agenda: What Our Cities Can Be" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Nick Beresford and Ashekur Rahman write at the Inter Press Service about an impending effort to make sure that our world's urban future won't be a dystopian one.

The future is urban and nowhere is that more true than in Bangladesh. If current rates of urbanisation continue, the country’s urban population will double by 2035. Around the Bay of Bengal, a mega city would join Dhaka to Chittagong, creating one of the world’s largest conglomerations. Whether that process produces a congested toxic unlivable mess of concrete and steel, or whether it becomes a thriving, connected, wonderful city to live in, is almost entirely down to the political and policy choices we make.

This week a critical meeting in Quito, Ecuador, will look at those critical political and policy choices. The Habitat III conference to adopt a “New Urban Agenda” builds on the Habitat Agenda of Istanbul in 1996 (Habitat II).

The new agenda is intended to reinvigorate the global commitment to sustainable urbanisation. The conference is expected to result in a concise, focused, forward-looking and action-oriented outcome document on making cities and human settlements equitable, prosperous, sustainable, just, equal and safe until 2030. By the middle of the century, a majority of the world’s citizens —four out of five people — could be living in towns or cities. Indeed, in the time since the Habitat Agenda was adopted, the world has become majority urban, lending extra urgency to the New Urban Agenda.

Habitat III is one of the first major global conferences to be held after the adoption of two key agreements, last year. Agenda 2030, a new development plan for the world; and a new Climate Change agreement adopted in Paris. It offers a unique opportunity to discuss the important challenge of how cities, towns and villages are planned and managed in a sustainable manner, to meet the new global agenda and climate change goals.

The New Urban Agenda, agreed upon at Habitat III in Quito, will guide the efforts around urbanisation of a wide range of actors — nation states, city and regional leaders, international development funders, UN programmes and civil society — for the next 20 years. Inevitably, this agenda will also lay the groundwork for policies and approaches that will have long lasting impact.
22:07 Island couple wins $100,000 with nearly expired TAG ticket »The Guardian - Local News
BALTIC- Nan Profitt keeps her lottery tickets tucked away in a safe place. So safe, in fact, she almost missed a Lotto 6/49 ticket that sat, unchecked, at the back of her ticket folder. Nan checked her numbers recently, discovering she was sitting on a $100,000 TAG ticket, which was set to ...
22:05 Haunting at Rossiter Park this weekend »The Guardian - Living
Take a terrifying walk through park in support of Morell River Run Festival
22:00 Autumny Alma »justpictureit
photo - Autumny Alma

Alma amidst the leaves of evening primrose, whose leaves turns red in autumn. She lies undercover in this green garden in summer without being seen.

21:59 Federal government seeking public input on recent changes to Fisheries Act »The Guardian - Local News
The federal government has announced the launch of an online public consultation to seek Canadians' views on recent changes to the Fisheries Act. This online public consultation will look at ways to restore lost protections and incorporate modern safeguards into the Fisheries Act in order to ...
21:56 [URBAN NOTE] "'Don't just stand there!': Honest Ed's hosting final sign sale" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
CBC News' Laura Howells reports on a sale at Honest Ed's that I, of course, plan on attending.

Two months before permanently closing, Honest Ed's will start selling the last of its iconic, hand-painted signs this weekend.

Beginning Saturday, thousands of pun-heavy signs will be up for grabs, at a starting price of $1.

The signs are a defining feature of the discount Toronto department store, which will close on Dec. 31 after 68 years in business.

"Many of the signs bring back all sorts of memories for me," said owner David Mirvish, son of Edwin "Honest Ed" Mirvish.

"I didn't think I'd be quite so overwhelmed by it as I am today."
21:53 Lots of youthful energy during one-day summit in Charlottetown »The Guardian - Local News
Islanders aged 16 to 34 come together for one-day summit with government and post-secondary institutions on how to make the province a better place for young people
21:39 [URBAN NOTE] "A History of Bike Lanes in Toronto" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Nikhil Sharma's Torontoist article goes into some local history.

It’s been 18 years since the City of Toronto created the Shifting Gears plan for cycling policy.

While its vision—creating a cycling culture and building infrastructure to allow cyclists and drivers to share the same roads—may finally be coming to life, the challenge of maintaining safety is even greater today than it was back then.

[. . .]

In the 1890s, there was a cycling boom across Canada and the United States. Cyclists began to share the roads with pedestrians, horse-drawn vehicles, and electric streetcars.

Cars were something new at the time.

There were many bike paths on Toronto streets, and there was a growing debate among cyclists about whether they should fight for exclusive paths for themselves or safer roads for drivers and cyclists.

When automobiles began to dominate beginning in the 1920s, cycling was increasingly relegated to a recreational activity. However, deliveries by bike continued to be popular.

The number of cyclists per 1,000 people increased from 220 in 1950 to 350 in 1960 [PDF], and climbed to 480 by 1970.
21:31 [URBAN NOTE] "A nasty winter is in store for Toronto this year" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Bother. From blogTO:

The easy winter that Toronto experienced last year will not be repeated according the weather forecasts for 2016/2017. While there's some discrepancy in long term reports regarding whether or not southern Ontario will experience average or below average temperatures this winter, no one is calling for a mild season.

The Toronto region is expected to deal with high levels of snowfall thanks in part to the record setting heat we had this summer. While a warm summer doesn't typically have bearing on the winter temperature forecast, the above average temperatures of the Great Lakes means that lake effect snow will accompany the arrival of arctic air.

You can expect a lot of this type of snow during early winter in December and January.

As far as the general patterns go, climatologists predict a return to cold/classic winter temperatures partially because the strong El Niño event that influenced last year's weather is absent heading into this season.

"The current pattern has the look of a weak La Niña event, but it is unlikely to meet the criteria needed to be classified as such," writes Meteorologist Doug Gillham for the Weather Network. In fact, the current climatic patterns look more similar the ones that recently delivered us brutal winters rather than last year's balminess.
20:41 Big tests await Wild »The Guardian - Sports
Kensington begins home-and-home series vs. strong Moncton team at Gardens Sat.
20:41 Big tests await Wild »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Kensington begins home-and-home series vs. strong Moncton team at Gardens Sat.
20:34 AT THE TRACK: Busy weekend of harness racing in Maritimes »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Summerside site of 13-dash card Sunday
20:32 Hi, folks, it looks like Twitter is back up. What the heck was that, today?! »John Cairns Blog
So, anyway, I’m pleased to say I am alive and well and my social media links are back up online after what was a hairy day today on the World Wide Web.  It looks like some major cyber attack was responsible for wreaking havoc on plenty of sites today, including Twitter, Netflix, Reddit, and several […]
19:32 Caps return to action after week off from game action »The Guardian - Sports
Head coach likes where Summerside team is at through first 11 games
19:32 Caps return to action after week off from game action »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Head coach likes where Summerside team is at through first 11 games
18:45 The Dressmaker at Friday, October 21, 2016 at 6:45 »Tonight at City Cinema
Only 6 days left to see this film.

Rated: 14 Accompaniment (Language May Offend, Sexual Content)
Runs: 118 minutes
Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse
Country: Australia
Starring: Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving, Judy Davis

“Kate Winslet is an absolute goddess in this hilarious, moving and very dark Australian dramedy based on the bestselling novel by Rosalie Ham. Winslet’s Tilly Dunnage sashays back into the tiny, gawdawful, way, way, waaaay outback town of Dungatar in 1951. 25 years after being banished, the misfit child has become a sophisticated, exquisite woman who’s been working in couture in Paris. The ghastly, gossipy townsfolk are appalled and agog to see her back, and slow to realise that she has returned to exact comprehensive revenge for the lies and tragic wrongs of the past. This is a lot like Hang ‘Em High, with Winslet as the Clint Eastwood character, but armed with a Singer sewing machine instead of guns. Tilly’s magical ability to transform people with creative, stylish makeovers is the weapon she uses against them as, one by one, they fall under the spell of her Dior and Balenciaga-inspired new look, even as secrets and scandal boil up. The ensemble is incredible: with Hugo Weaving as the town policeman delivering his campest turn since The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert; Judy Davis priceless as Tilly’s deranged mum ‘Mad Molly’, bellowing a stream of screamingly funny one-liners; Kerry Fox as the evil queen bitch of the malicious populace; and Liam Hemsworth as the one decent, manly and, happily, drop-dead gorgeous guy in town. Those who remember the offbeat delights that came out of Australia in the 90s will be thrilled to note that this is co-written by PJ Hogan (Muriel’s Wedding) with his director wife Jocelyn Moorhouse. And they will be prepared for the surreal tone to veer between wacky wit and cruel, heart-wrenching twists. It’s hard to predict whether this will catch fire like Muriel, Priscilla and Strictly Ballroom did back in the day, but it certainly seems bound for cult adoration. And, appropriately enough, the costumes are to die for.” - Angie Errigo, The List

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18:36 [BLOG] Some Friday links »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)

  • Beyond the Beyond quotes a Vladimir Putin statement on geopolitics.

  • blogTO shares photos from Yorkdale's expansion.

  • Centauri Dreams looks at more evidence for Planet Nine.

  • Dead Things notes evidence that right-handedness has been predominant among hominins for some time.

  • The Dragon's Gaze reports on the discovery of three hot Jupiters.

  • Marginal Revolution looks at the Philippines' shift towards China.

  • The Planetary Society Weblog looks at ExoMars' mission and the failure of the Schiaparelli lander.

  • Torontoist notes that the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has bought Constellation Wineries, making some Canadian wineries Canadian-owned again.

  • Towleroad reports on a Europe-wide census of LGBT identities.

  • Whatever's John Scalzi notes that Hillary Clinton is winning because she puts work into it.

  • Window on Eurasia looks at Putin's changing style of governance.

18:32 Island couple wins $100,000 with nearly expired TAG ticket »Journal-Pioneer Local
Nan Profitt keeps her lottery tickets tucked away in a safe place.