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Saturday, July 30th, 2016
8:33 am - [CAT] Shakespeare, in the early morning
Shakespeare, in the early morning #Toronto #Shakespeare #cats #catsofinstagram #caturday

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Friday, July 29th, 2016
2:25 pm - [ISL] "Muskrat Falls has become a millstone around Newfoundland's neck"
The Globe and Mail's Konrad Yakabuski writes about the huge unanticipated costs of a hydroelectric project weighing down on a depressed Newfoundland.

By his own admission, former Newfoundland and Labrador premier Danny Williams entered politics in 2001 to turn his proverbially have-not province into the master of its own destiny.

For too long, Newfoundland had sat angrily by while its fishery resources were dilapidated by the federal government and the benefits of its vast hydroelectric potential, including the massive Upper Churchill generating station, accrued almost entirely to Quebec.

“After years of watching in frustration as opportunities for growth were missed, lost or mismanaged, I had enough,” Mr. Williams said in a speech this April. “From the fishery to the Upper Churchill, I was determined to change our path in the history books.”

It seemed to work out for a while. An oil boom and a deal with Ottawa on the province’s offshore resources enabled Newfoundland to move off the equalization rolls for the first time in 2007. And Mr. Williams capped off his premiership in 2010 by launching a $6.2-billion hydro project on the Lower Churchill River, free of what he called “the geographic stranglehold of Quebec.”

Newfoundlanders, it seemed, were indeed becoming masters in their own house.

Well, the oil boom has gone bust, driving the province’s public finances to the bottom of the Canadian heap, and the projected cost of the 824-megawatt Muskrat Falls hydro project now under construction on the Lower Churchill has been revised skyward to a staggering $11.4-billion. Muskrat Falls has become a millstone around the neck of an already down province.

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2:23 pm - [URBAN NOTE] "Berlin’s Startup Hub Wants to Prove It’s More Than Just a Scene"
Adam Satariano and Stefan Nicola wrote for Bloomberg BusinessWeek</u> about Berlin's emergence as a startup hub. This is not mentioned in the article, but I wonder how Brexit will help or hinder this.

The Factory would feel pretty much like any big Silicon Valley headquarters, if you couldn’t see the death strip. In the 19th century, this 130,000-square-foot Berlin warehouse held a brewery. In the 20th, it was an air raid shelter, then rested in the shadow of the Berlin Wall. East German watchtower guards gunned down people trying to scramble across the border. (Hence the term “death strip.”) Today the retrofitted space is home to dozens of tech companies, including Uber and Twitter, and is the headquarters of the music streaming service SoundCloud.

Inside, the Factory is packed with all the perks of a Silicon Valley campus: nap rooms, scooters, 3D printing stations. Headphone-wearing millennials hunch over MacBooks or mill around a lounge where guitars hang from the wall near books with titles such as The Lean Startup and The Startup Game. Conference rooms are named for the regulars at Andy Warhol’s Factory. There are 700 people here; in addition to the full-time employees, a lot of individual tech workers pay €50 ($55) a month for access to a common work area.

“It’s a social club for startups,” says Factory co-founder Lukas Kampfmann, 30, wearing a T-shirt bearing the names Steve (as in Jobs), Elon (Musk), Bill (Gates), and Mark (Zuckerberg), printed in the font Helvetica like the familiar Beatles shirt. On the roof of the warehouse, with a clear view of the former death strip, Kampfmann says his community’s emulation of Silicon Valley isn’t an accident. “We admire American movies, culture, fashion, music,” he says, and this is the logical next step.

Across Berlin, young tech workers from throughout Europe are flooding into cafes and rehabbed Soviet-era buildings, drawn to the German capital by the promise of foosball-casual work environments, cheap rent, and an uninhibited party culture. It’s a package deal that can be tough to match elsewhere in Europe. A decade ago there were a few dozen tech startups in Berlin. Now there are 2,500, and the Investitionsbank Berlin, the government’s regional economic development agency, says there are 70 percent more digital jobs there than there were in 2008.

Although a handful of old-school conglomerates such as Siemens and SAP remain Germany’s most visible technology companies, they’re no longer the country’s main draw for aspiring hardware or software developers, says Martin Hellwagner, a 27-year-old coder who moved to Berlin from Austria in early 2014. “I really wanted to work for a startup,” says Hellwagner, who spends 60 hours a week working on Uberchord, a guitar-lessons app. “You have more responsibilities. It’s not just a 9-to-5. You actually change something, and your opinion matters.”

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2:20 pm - [URBAN NOTE] "Why Did Busloads Of Asian Tourists Suddenly Arrive In This English Village?"
Writing for NPR's Parallels, Lauren Frayer reports on the apparently mysterious mass visit of Asian tourists to the English village of Kidlington. Perhaps they just wanted to see an English village?

Fran Beesley was still in her bathrobe early one morning in June when she emerged from her home to find a Japanese family taking photos of her flowerbeds.

She lives in a 1970s-style one-story bungalow in the rural village of Kidlington, about a 90-minute drive northwest of London. It's a quiet place. Doesn't get many visitors. Beesley is retired and cares for her invalid husband. They're both in their 70s.

It was what Brits call "wheelie bin day" — garbage collection day. Beesley walked down her driveway to retrieve her empty trash cans.

"And I saw this gentleman putting his camera away. Well, as you can see, it's just my vegetables and geraniums!" she says, taking NPR on a tour of the flower beds. She says the Asian tourists politely put away their cameras. Their tour bus idled out front.

Beesley tried to offer tea to her unexpected guests, but they didn't speak English. She managed a few words with their Polish bus driver, but he didn't say much.

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2:18 pm - [URBAN NOTE] "514 Cherry: Analysis of Early Days’ Operation June 2016"
Steve Munro at his blog does a sterling job crunching data on the new 514 Cherry streetcar route, noting the young route's irregularity.

The Cherry branch is intended to serve the developing eastern part of the Distillery District which is just becoming occupied after its use as the Athletes’ Village for the Pan Am Games. Substantial additional development is planned here over the coming years, and eventually the route could be extended south to link with a reconfigured Queens Quay East and the Port Lands redevelopment.

The scheduled service is every 8-9 minutes peak, every 12 minutes Saturday afternoons, and every 14-15 minutes at all other times. Any irregularity in headways can lead to long waits defeating the attractiveness of this service.

Service at Mill Street northbound (just leaving Distillery Loop) shows a wide variation in headways, and the standard deviation of the headways for weekday service is regularly at or above 6 minutes. This means that a substantial share of the headways lie in a range at least 12 minutes wide. This is vastly beyond the TTC’s goal for service reliability at terminals. The situation on Saturday is slightly better with SDs in the 2-6 minute range, but the Sunday stats are the worst of all. Note that these numbers include only one Saturday and two Sundays with an infrequent service. Therefore the number of observations per hour is small.

At Dufferin Loop (measured at Springhurst, the street immediately north of the loop), the situation is slightly better, but not by much.

Quite evident in the charts is that cars running on very close headways, under five minutes, are not uncommon. For a route with a wider scheduled headway, this means that would-be riders will often see two 514 cars followed by a long gap. If they are simply travelling along the central part of King, this does not matter, but if they actually want to use the stops on Cherry or Dufferin because they live or work nearby, they face an uncertain fate.

More, including his data, is at his website.

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2:17 pm - [URBAN NOTE] "Subjectivity around space complicates TTC debates over transit crowding"
The Globe and Mail's Oliver Moore reports on the infuriatingly complex role of subjectivity in gauging transit crowding.

There’s crowded and then there’s crowded.

Take a Toronto subway train during the morning rush, put it on one of London’s busiest routes and they’ll get 20-per-cent more people onto it. Put the train in Tokyo and the passengers per square metre will jump to half again as many as Toronto.

These are comparisons that undermine the regular refrain that Toronto’s system is bursting at the seams. But they also reflect the highly subjective question of what it means to be crowded.

“We’re used to people touching us on all sides. You just go into a zone where your normal boundaries about personal space get changed,” said Lianna Etkind, with the British advocacy group Campaign for Better Transport. “When you’re squeezed in on all sides … it’s unpleasant. But it’s seen as normal. That’s a normal part of peak-time commuting.”

The amount of space people feel they need varies from country to country and city to city. It evolves with changing human behaviours – a vehicle can hold fewer passengers if they’re looking at their phones – and attitudes.

Even within a transit system, passengers will have different ideas of what is too crowded. During the busiest period one recent morning at Bloor-Yonge station, about half of the people waiting on the platform got on each train. But who got on was often the result of individual judgment. Some people would look at a heavily laden train and decide to take their chances on the next one. Others were determined to squeeze their way on, regardless how tight the fit.

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2:14 pm - [URBAN NOTE] "Cop who shot Sammy Yatim sentenced to six years in prison"
NOW Toronto reports on the conclusion for now to the shooting case of Sammy Yatim, with the imprisonment of policeman James Forcillo. Only now, I found out, can he finally be suspended without pay.

In January, a jury found Toronto police constable James Forcillo guilty of attempting to murder Sammy Yatim. They concluded that the first set of bullets he fired may have been justified but that the second — fired while Yatim was already dying on the streetcar floor — was not.

Today, Justice Edward Then sentence Forcillo to six years in prison, beyond the Criminal Code's mandatory minimum of five years for attempted murder with a firearm. Forcillo's lawyer, who'd argued that the minimum was unconstitutional and was never intended to apply to police officers, had asked for two years less a day of house arrest. The Crown wanted a jail term of eight to 10 years.

Constable Forcillo can now finally be suspended without pay. Ontario's Police Services Act, which is currently under review by the province, only allows a police chief to suspend an officer without pay once he or she is convicted and sentenced to a term of imprisonment. Such a suspension can continue even while the conviction or sentence is being appealed, which is likely in this case. It's not out of the question that, given the constitutional arguments around mandatory minimums, the matter could end up being decided by the Supreme Court.

Only after all avenues of appeal are exhausted may the police service commence disciplinary proceedings against Forcillo to actually get him dismissed from the force.

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12:07 pm - [NEWS] Some Friday links

  • Bloomberg notes that Brexit might drive British migration to Australia, suggests Russia's recession might be coming to an end, looks at carbon emissions from dead trees, and reports on Guiliani's liking for Blackberry.

  • Bloomberg View notes Israel's tightening restrictions on conversions and looks at how Putin has become a US election issue.

  • CBC notes the construction in Turkey for a cemetery for participants in the recent coup.

  • Gizmodo reports on flickering AR Scorpii, an unusual binary.

  • The Inter Press Service reports on urban land tenure for migrants and describes Malawi's recent translocation of elephants.

  • MacLean's describes the Chinese labourers of the First World War.

  • The National Post notes the marginalization of conservative white men in the Democratic Party.

  • Open Democracy looks at politics for the United Kingdom's Remain minority, looks at Scotland's European options, and suggests Hillary needs to learn from the lessons of Britain's Remain campaign to win.

  • The Toronto Star notes the plans of Tim Horton's to expand to Southeast Asia, starting with the Philippines.

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9:24 am - [BLOG] Some Friday links

  • blogTO looks at some of the high points in the Yonge and Eglinton condo boom.

  • D-Brief notes a demonstration in orangutans of some of the traits needed for speech, and language.

  • Centauri Dreams looks at the isolated young star CX330.

  • Dangerous Minds reports on a late 1970s yearbook for Siouxsie and the Banshees.

  • The Dragon's Tales notes that perchlorate salts are all over Mars.

  • The NYRB Daily notes the particular tenor of Chinese nationalism makes it difficult to deal with the South China Sea.

  • Savage Minds starts a discussion about the ethnography of violence.

  • Torontoist carries the guest essay of a Caribana fan who will be giving the festival another try.

  • Window on Eurasia suggests Russia has returned to the stagnation of the pre-Gorbachev 1980s.

  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell finds, on reanalysis, a positive connection between Brexit support and Austerity.

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7:57 am - [PHOTO] Seen at Island Chocolates, 4 Main Street, Victoria PE
The Island Chocolates store in downtown Victoria, on 4 Main Street, is filled with lovely artifacts.

Globes and lupins, Island Chocolates #pei #victoriabythesea #victoria #globes #flowers #purple #lupins #latergram

Cash and change and cocoa #pei #victoriabythesea #victoria #chocolate #latergram

Chocolate chess #pei #victoriabythesea #victoria #chocolate #chess #latergram

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Thursday, July 28th, 2016
11:28 pm - [MUSIC] Frankie Goes to Hollywood, "Relax"
Over on Facebook, David got me caught up in a meme. His link to Massive Attack's excellent "Teardrop" came with a challenge to his readers, to select and share music as an antidote to the grimness that pervades these times. All we had to do to take part was to Like the post, David then giving us a letter for a musician, band or artist. I got F.

Some scans of a directory of music groups brought me to Frankie Goes to Hollywood. What better song of theirs is to pick but "Relax"?

What better song is there to pick in these dark times but one devoted to pleasure?

It's worth noting that the music video I remember seeing on MuchMusic back in the day is much tamer than their original video.

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6:39 pm - [URBAN NOTE] On the averted desire of Rob Ford to rip out the throat of Justin Trudeau
The National Post reports on the identification of Ford's intended victim.

Well, Ford lost his window.

We finally know who Rob Ford was referring to when he said he needed just “10 f***ing minutes to make sure he’s dead.”

The late Toronto mayor was looking to get in the ring with none other than Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, according to a report in the Toronto Sun.

During Ford’s four tumultuous years as Toronto mayor, shocking cellphone camera videos of the mayor became almost commonplace.

The video shows a slurring Ford ranting and raving that he wants to “murder” someone and “rip his f***ing throat out.”

But it wasn’t intended to be taken seriously, one witness to that night in June 2012 told the Sun’s Joe Warmington. Instead, it was Ford, who was a big pro-wrestling fan, joking around WWF-style that he wanted to fight Trudeau.

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6:37 pm - [URBAN NOTE] "Why are Young Torontonians Moving into Tiny Micro Condos?"
The title of Alina Bykova's Torontoist article is a rhetorical question. Downtown living is really worth it.

When Sean Solowski saw his 27-square-metre apartment for the first time, he was struck by the huge windows and the flood of natural light. It was 2009, and Solowski had just moved from Ottawa, where he had been studying, back to his native Toronto. The apartment was on the second floor of a building dating back to the early 1900s near Dundas and Gladstone, and even though it was considerably smaller than most studio apartments, it was perfect for the 33-year-old.

In Ottawa, where he received his graduate degree in architecture from Carleton University, Solowski lived in a 51-square-metre apartment, and sizing down meant getting rid of some of his belongings. “It really makes you think, ‘What are the essentials of life?’” he says. Because the apartment only has one closet, he put many of his possessions on display. Two shiny motorcycle helmets are perched on the wall above an orange swivel armchair. A streamlined and expensive-looking Cervèlo road bike hangs from another wall. “Plan for things to have more than one function,” says Solowski, who made the best of his tiny pad with a futon couch that folded into a bed at night and a work desk that doubled as a dining table.

Solowski isn’t the only Torontonian purging his belongings and sizing down into a tiny apartment. Today, condominium developers are turning to micro condos to satisfy a growing need for downtown real estate.

In the last year alone, the number of micro condos in Toronto’s new housing market has risen to 11 per cent, up from five per cent, according to a study from Urbanation. Micro condo units appeal particularly to the younger crowd—people in their late 20s and early 30s who want to live and work in Toronto’s vibrant downtown core. The condos are smaller, cheaper, and easier to clean and organize, ideal for a young person who has recently landed their first professional job and may want to find a beginner’s footing in the city’s expensive real estate market.

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6:35 pm - [URBAN NOTE] "CMHC adds new cities to its list of overheated housing markets"
This, as described by the Toronto Star's Tess Kalinowski, is not at all good. Hamilton, too?

Canada’s housing agency says there is evidence of increasingly “problematic conditions” in the national home market, prompting it to upgrade its assessment of the country’s troubling signs from weak to moderate.

One of those signposts has been planted just down the road from Toronto in the neighbouring city of Hamilton.

A third-quarter report from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC) on Wednesday said overvaluation in Hamilton was similar to that of Toronto’s property market.

That means home prices are higher than would normally be explained by factors such as population, employment and income.

There’s no specific data proving Torontonians are moving west on the QEW in search of cheaper housing, said Abdul Kargobo, CMHC analyst for the city of about 520,000 people.

“But if we look back to 2013, we do see that Hamilton is attracting some buyers that are priced out of Toronto because Hamilton is relatively affordable,” he said.

The economic development department in Hamilton recently reported its average home price of $451,000 was nearly half that of Toronto’s $940,000.

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6:32 pm - [URBAN NOTE] "Why does Toronto’s east end hate everything?"
The Toronto Star's May Warren introduces readers to the possibility of east-end Toronto being NIMBYish.

Over the years, residents in the east end neighbourhoods of Leslieville and the Beach have complained about everything from breweries to music festivals and even a mysterious hum only some can hear.

But the region’s latest grievance – that toddlers playing in a park are too loud – has some wondering whether the east end doth protest too much.

“NIMBYism at its worst. This is why the Beach has such a bad rep in the city,” wrote one member of The Beaches Facebook group. “Give me a break, get a life. Let kids be kids,” wrote another.

“It’s probably just our demographic here,” said Beach Village BIA director Jessica Wright. “We’re bringing in some younger people but at this point it’s still a little bit of an older crowd.

“They’re used to kind of a sleepy neighbourhood a little bit.”

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3:51 pm - [ISL] "Montague has Pride; council has no shame
In response to the decision of Montague's town council to not fly the Pride flag, Eastern Graphic editor Paul MacNeill writes



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It is an emotion comprised of many different fabrics. There is pride in place and community, pride in accomplishment and pride in family.

Importantly, there is also pride in diversity and acceptance. Pride is created when we jointly celebrate the people and events that lift us up and make us a better community.

Montague’s pride, once again, is damaged. Shredded by a town council policy that forbids the displaying of symbols or emblems and the raising of flags to celebrate education raising events such as PEI Pride Week.

Last year, Pride PEI requested Montague fly the Pride Week flag. The request was declined on the basis that there was not enough time to approve the action. Subsequently council implemented a new policy that decrees the town is no longer in the proclamation business, meaning everything from MS Week to Pride Week will no longer find a friendly supporter in the town of Montague.

It is unfortunate that once again Montague, which drew 4,000 people to the waterfront for the Diverse Cities Day, again finds itself in an unflattering public light simply because town council seems incapable of anticipating reaction to decisions before they are made.

While the policy is sweeping in nature, its aim appears to ordinary citizens as an attempt to block the flying of the Pride flag. The excuse put forth by a town official that council does not want to be in the position of appearing to support one side or the other is silly.

Is there really public opposition to MS Month? How about cancer month? What about Alzheimer’s?

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3:47 pm - [ISL] The National Post on the cheap real estate of Prince Edward Island
"For Sale: Historic P.E.I. century home on 3.5 acres, five minutes from fishing harbour, sandy beaches; $135,000" is the name of a photo-heavy article by Shari Kulha looking at an Island home going for ridiculously low prices, at least by Toronto standards.

This sweet, immaculate home can be a getaway from the big city craziness, a starter home for those looking to raise a kid or two in a less-harried environment, or a home for a retired person wishing to putter in a garden or walk down to the harbour for a chinwag over a coffee with the locals. The house’s history is still evident in the floorboards, doors and more. While the windows, plumbing and wiring have been upgraded, they were done in such a way as to best preserve the authenticity of the old place.

First, the history: As the current owner’s son describes it, “In the decade before 1800, a public building was erected near the city of Boston, Mass. It was well used, but after many years it was deemed no longer necessary and was deconstructed. The remnant pieces – large hand-hewn timbers and wide linen-fold boards – were loaded onto a schooner and sailed north to P.E.I.” The house was destined for the schooner captain and his family. “Those beams and boards formed the historic and unusual framework for [the] house that still stands in Murray Harbour North.”

The price? 135 thousand, Canadian.

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3:37 pm - [NEWS] Some Thursday links

  • Bloomberg notes the advance of Catalonian separatism, looks at the economic catastrophes hitting Mozambique, and looks at how Africa is getting more people online by devising apps for non-smartphones.

  • Bloomberg View examines at length the implications of Donald Trump's not quite criminal call to have Russia hack more E-mails.

  • The CBC notes young British Leave voters defending their choices and observes the implications of the shutdown of the Manitoba port of Churchill.

  • The Inter Press Service notes that the Rio Olympics will be a mess.

  • MacLean's notes the dominance of the Canadian economy by the housing bubble.

  • The National Post reports on a team of Turkish commandos sent to kill the president found hiding in a cave.

  • Open Democracy looks at the negative results of the European Union's incoherent policies in Azerbaijan.

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11:11 am - [BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • blogTO reports that streetcar tracks are involved in a third of Toronto's bike crashes.

  • Centauri Dreams notes that Jupiter's Great Red Spot is a source of heat.

  • The Crux notes the non-medicinal uses of tobacco.

  • Dangerous Minds looks at the voyeuristic photography of 20th century Czechoslovakian photographer Miroslav Tich.

  • The Dragon's Tales notes that Chinese and Iranian forces have joined Russia in exercises at Kaliningrad.

  • Torontoist looks at the risks of a land expropriation for a Scarborough subway extension.

  • Towleroad notes that Bernie or Bust could particularly hurt immigrants.

  • Window on Eurasia notes anti-Central Asian migrant sentiment in the Russian Far East.

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10:03 am - [PHOTO] Low tide at the beach, east of Victoria by the Sea, Prince Edward Island
In August 2014, when I visited a dirt road leading to the shore a couple of minutes' driving east of Victoria-by-the-Sea, it was high tide. The waters of the Northumberland Strait had risen almost to the bottom of the cliffs. This time, it was low tide, with vast tracts of exposed red sand and seaweed stretching out tens, even hundreds, of metres.

Line up #pei #victoria #victoriabythesea #beach #red #lowtide #northumberlandstrait #latergram

Telephone pole and wild roses #pei #victoria #victoriabythesea #beach #lowtide #northumberlandstrait #wildrose #latergram

Overlooking #pei #victoria #victoriabythesea #beach #lowtide #northumberlandstrait #latergram

Road down to the beach #pei #victoria #victoriabythesea #road #beach #red #latergram

Road down to the beach, 2 #pei #victoria #victoriabythesea #road #beach #red #latergram

Looking up at low tide #pei #victoria #victoriabythesea #road #beach #red #latergram

Looking west at Victoria, low tide #pei #victoria #victoriabythesea #beach #red #lowtide #northumberlandstrait #latergram

Looking out at low tide #pei #victoria #victoriabythesea #beach #red #lowtide #northumberlandstrait #latergram

Stairs to the east #pei #victoria #victoriabythesea #beach #red #lowtide #northumberlandstrait #latergram

Horizon #pei #victoria #victoriabythesea #beach #red #lowtide #northumberlandstrait #latergram

Family on the shore #pei #victoria #victoriabythesea #beach #red #lowtide #northumberlandstrait #latergram

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