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Saturday, April 30th, 2016
2:03 am - [CAT] Shakespeare, responding
Shakespeare, responding #toronto #shakespeare #cats #catsofinstagram #caturday

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Friday, April 29th, 2016
9:55 pm - [VIDEO] Off to see Purple Rain tonight

I'll be heading out shortly to try to catch the 11 o'clock showing of Purple Rain tonight at the west-end Kingsway Theatre. I hope I'll get in: I couldn't reserve tickets, and I have no idea about whether there will be a line.

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7:02 pm - [URBAN NOTE] "Toronto’s 'lost rivers' reflect how we’ve reshaped nature"
The Toronto Star's Michael Ogilvie conducted an interview with local historian Helen Mills about the buried and otherwise lost rivers of Toronto.

A little neighborhood exploration led Helen Mills to discover a waterway unmarked in the city grid. She later determined it was a lost river — the former lifeblood of a land forever altered by industry and infrastructure.

The discovery led to her creation of an effort to educate others about the city’s past waterways. The initiative has since turned into one of the most extensive walking tour groups in the province.

The Star spoke with the Lost Rivers Toronto founder and local estuary historian to learn more about six hidden currents flowing underneath our city’s surface.

My neighbourhoods' Garrison Creek is, naturally, a subject.

This west-side river’s roots, like many others, reach back to the days of the ice age. Water cut through deposits left by the massive ice sheet and flowed into the bed of an ancient Lake Iroquois.

Vegetation eventually enveloped the terrain and settled into woodland that was later cleared for settlement.

Buried since the 1920s, the Garrison now travels through a series of storm sewers and under our roads from just north of St. Clair down towards the western harbour near the historic Fort York.

For Mills, its winding channel forms the “ground zero” of Toronto’s lost river movement and where her personal journey documenting these extinct watercourses began.

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6:58 pm - [URBAN NOTE] Torontoist and Rabble.ca on the upcoming Toronto library strike
First is Torontoist's Tamara Yelland, "Library Workers, Approaching Strike Deadline, Continue Contract Negotiations".

The City and Toronto Public Library workers have four days to reach a new collective agreement before the strike and lockout deadline at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, May 2—and union representatives say the workers are willing to strike.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, CUPE Local 4948 president Maureen O’Reilly made clear that while she remains hopeful the union will reach an agreement with the library board before it’s necessary, the city’s roughly 2,300 library workers will not hesitate to withdraw their labour.

“Obviously in the world of labour relations a strike deadline is very meaningful,” O’Reilly says, “and unless real progress is being made at that time, we will exercise our right to [strike].”

Before then, the union will be increasing its appeal to the public with a series of ads and an event at Nathan Phillips Square on Saturday. Both the ads and the event are part of an effort to raise awareness of the current negotiations and to encourage supporters to push Mayor John Tory and the library board (of which Tory is a member) to reach a deal with the union.

Rabble.ca's Teuila Fuatai interviews librarians at the Parkdale branch to hear their stories.

Branch head Miranda Huska, a member of the Toronto Public Library Workers Union/CUPE local 4948, has worked there for 13 years -- witnessing how the community has changed and with it the library's services.

On Monday, she will be among the 2,300 library workers facing a lockout/strike deadline following nearly three months of contract negotiations between her union and the Toronto Public Library Board. Job security and funding are key issues at the bargaining table.

At the Parkdale branch -- which had nearly 500,000 people through its doors last year -- Huska reflects on why the library is such an important part of life for local residents.

"There has always been a lot of newcomers in Parkdale," she says.

The branch's after-school homework help program, language classes and computers are almost always busy.

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6:55 pm - [URBAN NOTE] "Via Rail ready to roll out plan for faster service along Quebec-Ontario route"
The Globe and Mail's Bill Curry describes a proposal that would help tightly knit together the Windsor-Québec City corridor, Toronto squarely in the middle of it all.

The head of Via Rail says the Crown corporation has investors in place and is ready to start construction in early 2017 on a plan that would dramatically improve service in the Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto corridor.

Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau will be presented with several financing options in the coming months, including some where most of the $4-billion price tag is covered by pension fund investors. Mr. Garneau told The Globe and Mail on Thursday that the government is reviewing Via’s plan but could not confirm how quickly a cabinet decision will be made.

Via Rail lobbied hard for the project – which it calls high-frequency rail – in the run-up to the March 22 federal budget. However, the budget announced only $3.3-million over three years to study the plan, including extending it from Quebec City to Windsor.

Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, president and CEO of Via Rail, said that’s no reason to delay the project, adding that the expanded service could be in place by the fall of 2019.

“We don’t see that three-year funding of Transport Canada as in any way slowing down the accelerated timeline that we’ve put together,” he said in an interview, explaining that Via is hoping for a government decision later this year. “We’d like to think there will be shovels in the ground by the spring of 2017.”

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3:36 pm - [URBAN NOTE] "Community Housing Tenants Weigh in on Mayor’s TCHC Task Force"
Torontoist's Catherine McIntyre reports on the latest movements regarding Toronto Community Housing.

Robert Frederickson is ready for change. Last Saturday, he, along with more than 100 other tenants, gathered at the 519 Church Street Community Centre, eager to have their thoughts heard about changes to Toronto Community Housing.

Over the last two weeks, Toronto City staff has been meeting with the public in different communities to gauge how they feel about the recommendations put forth by the Mayor’s task force on Toronto Community Housing in January. The last of the consultations took place Monday, and for most of the community, particularly TCH tenants, there’s no question that social housing is past due for an overhaul.

What that change should look like, however, is still a topic of debate. At the 519, some tenants were frustrated with what they saw in the report, while others were anxious about the unknown outcomes of the proposed changes. Perhaps Frederickson was the more optimistic of the bunch, relieved that any change was on the horizon.

“We’ve been trying to get real changes, and we’ve been promised stuff before but nothing happens,” said Frederickson, a Scarborough resident who’s lived in community housing since 1997. “This report is the first time I’ve really seen something that shows they’re serious about improving the system. I’m just waiting to see what the City comes up with.”

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3:34 pm - [URBAN NOTE] Chris Selley of the National Post on Toronto drivers and shortcut apps
In "Apps promise to cut through gridlock, now if only Torontonians would learn how to drive", Chris Selley looks at Toronto drivers and how technology can help them improve, among other things.

Heading out of city hall on Wednesday afternoon shortly after five, the Swiftly transit app revealed that I had just missed a Bay Street bus. But as it turned out, I hadn’t: walking north at a leisurely pace, I soon caught up to it. And then passed it.

Then I stood on the corner of Dundas, for perhaps eight minutes, mouth agape, watching as eastbound motorists blocked the intersection over and over and over again. At one point not a single northbound vehicle made it through for three consecutive green lights. If you had been quick about it, you could have had a jolly picnic in the middle of Bay Street, anywhere between there and Gerrard.

There are many reasons for gridlock in this city. Some could be ameliorated if politicians had the courage to risk motorists’ irrational anger for the greater good: more restrictions on turns and parking; ending the ludicrous mixing of streetcars and cars; towing away illegal parkers even more mercilessly, and raising fines even more, than has been done under Mayor John Tory’s crackdown; a James Bond-style helicopter magnet that picks up intersection-blocking automobiles and drops them into a junkyard from a great height.

As such courage is not in overabundance, it is all the more satisfying to see private enterprise doing end runs around the problem. Using open data about transit vehicle locations, transit apps now compete to navigate you better through the gridlock. Some offer Toronto Transit Commission, Uber X, Car2Go and bike-share options on the same screen. Swiftly claims it can predict the next vehicle’s arrival better than its rivals, using its own algorithm.

And for motorists, there’s Waze — a free, advertising-supported GPS navigation app that routes and reroutes you, as necessary, based on other users’ speed (passively monitored as they go), and any reports of accidents, constructions or gridlock they enter into the app (hopefully not while driving). The more users there are, the more data there are to optimize your commute.

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3:31 pm - [ISL] "First cruise ship of season arrives in P.E.I. Monday"
CBC News' Shane Ross reports on the beginning of the tourist season on Prince Edward Island.

Cruise ship season on P.E.I. begins Monday with the arrival of Veendam in Charlottetown.

Port officials say 58 cruise ships are coming this season, down slightly from last year because a couple of ships were redeployed elsewhere.

Eight of the cruise ships are visiting the Island for the first time, including a Japanese vessel in June that's making Charlottetown its only stop in Canada.

"It's called the Peace Boat-The Ocean Dream, and it's a really different type of vessel," said Corryn Morrissey, the business development manager for Port Charlottetown.

"It is predominantly Japanese passengers on board. It is a world cruise and they do a lot of educational seminars."

There are a number of improvements to the seaport this year, including more vendor space and an expansion of the cafe. The visitor information centre has been moved from Founders Hall to the old Stonehouse on Water Street.

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11:57 am - [NEWS] Some Friday links

  • Atlas Obscura looks at the 18th century British tradition of installing hermits in gardens.

  • Bloomberg looks at Brexit proponents who say the United Kingdom can arrange a better deal with the European Union than Switzerland, notes continued anger after the housing collapse, and studies prospects for light rail in Los Angeles.

  • CBC notes the death of K-Tel founder Phil Kives and looks at fracking damage in Oklahoma.

  • MacLean's notes that a former PQ minister who blames Liberal strength on English and Allophone voters does not know demographics.

  • National Geographic looks at Pripyat as a modern equivalent to Pompeii.

  • Open Democracy looks at the particular dynamics behind right-wing populism in Estonia.

  • Quartz notes the rise of the megacity.

  • The Toronto Star notes lessons Toronto can take from New York City on building better streets.

  • Vice looks at how the ability to learn does not require a nervous system.

  • Wired looks at the reason for the odd roads of Kansas.

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11:43 am - [BLOG] Some Friday links

  • blogTO notes how Ryerson University has launched an incubator for the local music scene.

  • Crooked Timber notes the high minimum wage in Australia.

  • Dangerous Minds shares a video of Keith Haring getting arrested from 1982.

  • The Dragon's Gaze reports on a study of hot Neptunes.

  • The Dragon's Tales notes that a search of WISE data did not produce Planet Nine.

  • Joe. My. God. notes that Beyoncé has produced merchandise calling for her own boycott, to the anger of her detractors.

  • Languages of the World wonders how anyone could argue that Yiddish comes from Turkey, never mind argue so badly.

  • Marginal Revolution's Tyler Cowen is pessimistic about Greece.

  • Neuroskeptic notes a new brain study tracing human thought.

  • The Power and the Money's Noel Maurer looks at how Republicans are coming to accept Trump.

  • Towleroad notes that Timothy Conigrave's Holding the Man is set to be adapted for the movies.

  • Window on Eurasia notes Chernobyl's impact on the Soviet Union, considers which Russian federal subjects might be next for merger, and notes Russia's acceptance of a Chinese railroad built with international gauge on its territory.

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8:56 am - [PHOTO] On Sunnyside Beach by the Palais Royale
On the beach #toronto #lakeshore #lakeontario #palaisroyale

The Palais Royale dance hall overlooks Lake Ontario at Sunnyside.

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Thursday, April 28th, 2016
11:43 pm - [MUSIC] Some thoughts on the legacies of Prince
Even a week later, it's still hard for me to understand that Prince is dead. The idea of such a talented person no longer being around is something I should be used to, this the year that David Bowie died, but I'm not used to it. I don't think I should. The man's skill, as a songwriter and a musician, is astounding.
Dangerous Minds' Christopher Bickel linked to this 1985 punk version of "When Doves Cry", "When Doves Scream", noting how Prince could do whatever he wanted and at least make it interesting.

I love "When Doves Cry", remembering the first time I saw the video on MuchMusic, and of course own the genius Purple Rain album on CD. My first significant encounter with Prince was probably in 1989, with the soundtrack album for that year's Batman. Joker's trashing of the Gotham Museum would never have been so effective without "Partyman" playing on his lackeys' boomboxes.

And there's his influence on others. "Why Should I Love You?", a collaboration with Kate Bush (if, apparently, a fraught one), is one of my favourite songs off of her 1993 album The Red Shoes.

The music of Prince is something I've always enjoyed. That the genius behind the music is gone just seems wrong. We were lucky to have had him, but I still think we were unlucky that he could not stay longer.

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7:44 pm - [URBAN NOTE] "Neighbourhood Watch": Asma Malik of The Walrus on neighbourhood sousveillance
In The Walrus, Asmaa Malik writes about how a Facebook group that she joined on moving to her new neighbourhood managed to disabuse her of the idea that racism in Canada was confined to Québec.

Before I moved to the east end, I joined two east-end Facebook groups. One was public and the other was not. I joined the invite-only “Pocket” community group hoping to learn more about the area and the people who share my streets, my grocery store and my subway station. The neighbourhood borders my own and is defined by its closed-loop streets that end at the ttc streetcar yard. It is located within the economically and ethnically diverse Blake-Jones corridor, and in 2012, Toronto Life listed the Pocket as one of the city’s ten hottest real-estate neighbourhoods. The volunteer-run community group is known for its work to beautify the local park and to rename an alley after the late street musician and long-time mayoral candidate, Ben Kerr. It organizes several events for residents, including movie nights for charity and block parties.

When I first joined the Pocket group, I was pleased to get useful insider information about local daycares and eavestrough-repair services. The tone of the comments on the Facebook group seemed friendly and appeared to come from well-meaning neighbours who took pride in their community.

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On a sun-dappled summer afternoon, a member of the Pocket Facebook group posted photos of black teenagers biking on a residential street as a warning, saying that she had seem them “snooping” into private laneways and pegging them as potential suspects for a recent bike theft. As I read the comments below the pictures, I was alarmed to find that a majority of Facebook group members appreciated her alert.

Again, the assumptions about the membership of the Facebook group were evident. The poster and her supporters were not concerned about the potential consequences of uploading photos of teenagers without parental consent. Implicitly, the move pre-supposed that the parents couldn’t possibly have been members of the group. These youth were black and allegedly up to no good. Never mind that the teenagers were not guilty of doing anything but being teenagers. What was worse, the Pocket Facebook group membership included a local community police officer, who now had access to images of these targeted teens.

My earlier misgivings about the nature of the neighbourhood group quickly returned. Under the neighbourly chatter, the local recommendations and friendly swaps, lay a layer of racial assumptions, coded messaging and micro-aggressions ready to be expressed but later vehemently denied at the first provocation.

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3:44 pm - [URBAN NOTE] "High Park cherry blossoms at risk due to cool spring"
blogTO noted that this year, the cherry blossoms are likely to bloom somewhat late, between the 5th and the 12th of May. CBC reports that the cool and erratic spring is likely to threaten the blossoms.

High Park's beautiful cherry blossoms will bloom late this year, if at all, according to one expert.

Jennifer Halpern, an outreach co-ordinator at the High Park Nature Centre, told CBC Radio's Metro Morning that the cold spring is to blame for the delay.

"Because of the mild winter weather and the cool spring now, we're feeling very certain that we're not going to have such a full show of the cherry blossoms," Halpern said.

She continued by saying many of the buds could turn directly into leaves instead of flowers and there could be far fewer blossoms this year.

"What we are seeing now is the buds are staying very tight. The tips have turned to green, but some of them have not widened, and instead they have elongated, and that's how we know they are turning to leaf."

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3:42 pm - [URBAN NOTE] "Toronto library workers say they’re heading for strike"
Metro Toronto reports.

More than 2,000 library workers will strike Monday, shutting Toronto's 100 branches, unless the city gets serious about negotiating a new contract, their union says.

With a strike or lockout possible at midnight Sunday, talks are at a “crisis point,” Maureen O'Reilly, president of CUPE Local 4948, told reporters Wednesday.

“I am extremely concerned about the state of negotiations right now,” O'Reilly said, and if they don't improve library staff will be on picket lines Monday instead of opening branches.

A settlement is still possible, she said, but the city is offering nothing to address the “crisis” of precarious work. Fifty per cent of the membership works part-time under unstable working conditions.

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3:40 pm - [URBAN NOTE] "The Bloor Bike Lanes Pilot Should Be a Council No-Brainer. Here’s Why It’s Not."
Torontoist's Daren Foster writes about the controversy behind bike lanes on Bloor Street West.

In his closing remarks on the proposed Bloor Street bike lane pilot project on April 25, Public Works and Infrastructure Committee member and Councillor Stephen Holyday (Ward 3, Etobicoke Centre) suggested that cycling advocates were “trying to build a wall” around downtown—to keep certain people out, I guess. People like Councillor Holyday, who clearly wasn’t on board with the proposal.

As a fortification, might I suggest, this wall has been something of a bust. A tunnel burrows right beneath it, bringing undesirables from all four corners of the city directly within its confines every three to five minutes during peak times. It’s so porous that it can’t even keep the likes of Holyday from a successful incursion to set up shop right in the heart of things at Queen and Bay.

There really should have been little to no debate about this 2.5 kilometre bike lane pilot project running along Bloor Street West from Shaw Street to Avenue Road. It had overwhelming support from local residents and businesses. The two city councillors representing the wards the project would run through, Joe Cressy and Mike Layton (Ward 19 and 20, the Trinity-Spadinas), were big proponents. This should have been a slam dunk.

But that’s not how things work here, not in Toronto, not for more than five years now. Change, especially when it comes to allocating road space, must always be challenged, contested. Drivers’ time is the most valuable time. A three- or six-minute delay while behind the wheel of a car is like 45 minutes stuck on a bus. You just don’t mess around with drivers and their cars without expecting serious pushback.

That driving might not even be negatively affected, as study after study shows of places that have provided more room to other road users, did not faze pro-car skeptics. The most succinctly dismissive was former chief of staff for Rob Ford, Mark Towhey. When confronted on social media with this possibility, he simply and succinctly responded, “Bullshit”.

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3:37 pm - [URBAN NOTE] "When Haileybury burned, Toronto sent streetcars"
Spacing Toronto's Chris Bateman shows how Toronto's surplus streetcars helped save the survivors of a fire-wrecked northern Ontario town in the 1920s.

The town of Haileybury sits on the shore of Lake Timiskaming, a serpentine body of water on the northern reaches of the Ottawa River that marks the border between Ontario and Quebec. From the town’s little main street, it’s almost two hours drive south to North Bay, and another hour to Sudbury.

Today, Haileybury is a picturesque if unremarkable community that amalgamated with the nearby towns of New Liskeard and Dymond to make Temiskaming Shores in 2004. But in 1922, the entire town of several thousand people was reduced to rubble and ashes—burned to the ground by a ferocious wildfire that still ranks among Canada’s most severe natural disasters.

“It is the worst disaster that has yet overtaken Northern Ontario,” Globe reporter Frank Phillips told a stunned province on October 6, 1922.

“Outstanding is the destruction of Haileybury. Where the county town of Timiskaming stood looking over the blue shores of the lake—a community of fine homes and splendid public buildings—there is now nothing but a waste of charred ruins.”

Whipped by 96 km/h winds, the fire blasted through the town in the early afternoon. Around 3:30 p.m., a general alarm was raised when the flames leapt across the town’s rail tracks. Within minutes, the entire business section of the city and the cathedral were alight.

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3:34 pm - [URBAN NOTE] "TTC chair says Bombardier aid would be a ‘slap in the face’ to Toronto"
The Globe and Mail's Oliver Moore reports on rumblings from Toronto city council that funding for Bombardier would be inappropriate given that company's delays.

Government aid for Bombardier would be “a slap in the face” for Toronto, unless the company can first sort out problems bedevilling the streetcars it is building for the city, Toronto Transit Commission chair Josh Colle said.

Mr. Colle said Wednesday that he wants to see tangible change from the company, not just promises that it will do better, before Ottawa seriously considers opening its purse strings.

The Montreal-based firm is angling for $1-billion in federal support to help its troubled aerospace division and its C Series jet program. The two sides remain in talks, and it’s not clear how close they are to a deal. At the same time, the company’s rail division has fallen woefully behind its promises for delivering on a 204-vehicle streetcar contract for Toronto – an order that happens to come in at about $1-billion.

The delays around Toronto’s streetcar order are also leading to mounting concern at the regional transit agency Metrolinx, which is worried about getting its 182 vehicles in time to launch various light-rail lines, an order worth $770-million. Bombardier has not yet delivered the prototype vehicle it promised to give to Metrolinx last year, and time is beginning to run short to work out bugs and produce the fleet required to operate the new transit lines.

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“For me, as a resident of Toronto, as a transit user, as a citizen, then when you also read at the same time that there’s potential federal money going out the door, I would just think that their ability to deliver to Toronto and Ontario would have some bearing on that,” Mr. Colle said Wednesday.

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12:13 pm - [NEWS] Some Thursday links

  • The BBC hosts an article by an Igbo journalist talking about his native language.

  • Bloomberg notes Brexiters' hostility to the OECD's prediction of British economic woe outside of the European Union, and looks at Venezuela's physical shortage of bills.

  • CBC looks at how tourist operators in North Carolina are afraid the anti-trans bill might hurt their business in the long term.

  • MacLean's and the Toronto Star look at the aftermath of two Alberta parents' conviction for not getting their son adequate medical care.

  • The National Post looks at the idea of Hitler's relative normalcy being problematic.

  • The New Yorker looks at how, increasingly and with good reason, people are identifying mental capabilities they have in common with animals.

  • Open Democracy describes official Belarus' repression of anything to do with Chernobyl.

  • Politico looks at the popularity of Donald Trump with official Russia.

  • Quartz notes that so much technology is designed to default to the requirements of men exclusive of women.

  • Wired looks at Nokia's venture into the realm of smart tech.

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8:27 am - [BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • The Big Picture shares photos of life around the world this month.

  • blogTO notes that a vacant lot on Sherbourne Street will become an urban farm, for a time.

  • Centauri Dreams explores the strange oceans of Titan.

  • Dangerous Minds shares some astoundingly open ads for cocaine paraphrenalia from the 1980s.

  • The Dragon's Tales links to a study suggesting that it was the Chicxulub impact, not the Deccan Traps volcanic eruptions, which were extinction-triggering.

  • Joe. My. God. notes the governor of South Carolina's statement that his political opponents orchestrated the reaction to anti-trans legislation to ensure he would not get re-elected.

  • Language Hat reports on an Igbo journalist explaining why he, and many of his people, do not speak their ancestral language.

  • The Map Room Blog maps patterns of rail travel in Europe.

  • Michael Steeleworthy is critical, and rightly so, of the massive announced cutbacks to Newfoundland and Labrador's library service.

  • Torontoist notes the Toronto Hard Candy gym's cutting of its links with Madonna.

  • Transit Toronto notes the TTC is looking for volunteer ambassadors.

  • Window on Eurasia notes that population growth in Russia is concentrated in largely non-Russian regions.

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