Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. Montreal’s Olympic Stadium used to house surge in asylum seekers from U.S.
“A temporary welcome centre has been opened at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal to house a new wave of asylum seekers coming from the United States to Quebec, many of them Haitians.
“‘We’ve never seen this before,’ said Francine Dupuis, spokesperson for PRAIDA, the provincial government organization that helps claimants in their first months. ”
– CBC News
2. Renting in Toronto is a total nightmare
“Renting in Toronto is the hardest it’s ever been. Home prices have doubled since 2008, so buying is out of reach for many people. That’s pushed Toronto rents to record highs, approaching those in hipster Brooklyn and tony London. Potential tenants are so desperate they’re driving the streets looking for rentals and creating web profiles, similar to dating bios, to attract landlords. And prices are likely to keep rising given new laws that builders say discourage construction.”
3. The new yuppies: How the aspirational class expresses its status in an age of inequality
”For all the new elite’s well-intentioned consumption and subsequent self-assurance, they have no intention whatsoever of letting go of their status.”
4. William Gibson has a theory about our cultural obsession with dystopias
“‘Seriously, what I find far more ominous is how seldom, today, we see the phrase “the 22nd century.” Almost never. Compare this with the frequency with which the 21st century was evoked in popular culture during, say, the 1920s.'”
+1: Bees are bouncing back from colony collapse disorder – Bloomberg
5. Meet the women who sell nudes on Patreon
“While the mini-economy appears to be thriving on Patreon, the women interviewed for this story shared the same concerns: that there’s a ceiling to how much money you can actually make, that internet platforms are fussy and unpredictable, and that there’s a finite amount of energy you can give to fans paying for your attention.”