Words matter

Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

www.trickedbythelight.com/tbtl/language.shtml

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Mobility Pricing could come to GTA too if NDP gets in

No doubt congestion pricing is coming to Toronto, since no new roads are being built.

Two possible options for road mobility pricing in Metro Vancouver have been outlined in the final report of TransLink’s Mobility Pricing Independent Commission (MPIC).The MPIC launched in July 2017 with a $2.31 million budget for its research and policy development work, which is guided by a paid 14-member commission supported by a team of researchers and coordinators, and its report presented to the Mayors’ Council this morning is the culmination of all of their work.

Source: Mobility Pricing could cost Metro Vancouver families up to $8 per day | Daily Hive Vancouver

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Ever heard of Nauru?

Me neither.

Nauru is a tiny island, population 12,000, a third of the size of Manhattan and far from anywhere: Yet at the center of several of the decade’s biggest global events. Contributing editor Jack Hitt tells the untold story of this dot in the middle of the Pacific and its involvement in the bankrupting of the Russian economy, global terrorism, North Korean defectors, the end of the world, and the late 1980s theatrical flop of a London musical based on the life of Leonardo da Vinci called Leonardo, A Portrait of Love. (30 minutes)

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Uplifting Degrassi story

I grew up in subsidized housing with my mom, and spent weekends with my wealthy grandparents at their Bridle Path mansion. If I wanted to be loved, I’d have to learn to live two lives

Lovely story. Sad that your paternal grandparents couldn’t fork over a few shekels for their bloodline, but hardly surprising either. Glad to see you overcame adversity to become a success.

torontolife.com/city/life/mom-welfare-dad-hippie-grandparents-two-richest-people-toronto/

Border wars

Amazing coincidence that I hear this story on the Canadian/US American border after posting this.

Ira Glass tells the story of a little-known treaty dispute with far-reaching ramifications for our understanding of executive power. The dispute is between the President and one of his appointees…to the International Boundary Commission with Canada. This little-known commission carried out its function without fanfare or incident for over a hundred years, until a couple of retirees in Washington State built a wall in their backyard and, quite literally, set off an international incident. (23 minutes)

Source: The Prez Vs. The Commish.

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Border scar

Who decided to slash through the forest just to denote an artificial border?

www.gregorturk.com/49thparallelproject.htm

For 1,270 miles (2,043 km.) a section of the U.S./Canadian border is formed by the 49th parallel. A 20-foot (6 meter) wide clear-cut (or “vista”) demarcates the line along with 912 survey markers. As the world’s longest straight international boundary, this section of the border runs from the Lake of the Woods (Minnesota/Manitoba) to the waters of the Pacific (Washington/British Columbia). In 1992, I traveled by foot and bicycle along and nearby the course of this line. As a result of my travels, a substantial body of artwork and a documentary video were produced. The video is available on DVD for $17 (includes shipping in U.S. & Canada).