Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. The single-family home is going extinct, Toronto’s chief planner Jennifer Keesmat
“Toronto’s chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat grew up on a half-acre lot in the suburbs. She’s raising her own children in a house with a typical postage stamp city yard.When she talks to them about where they will raise their own families, Keesmaat encourages her kids to imagine an apartment.
“That’s because the old idea of a starter house — a detached three-bedroom home with a yard — is a non-starter for many families in the city now, she told the Toronto Region Board of Trade (TRBOT) on Tuesday.”
2. The White House press breifing is slowly dying
“The daily appearance by the press secretary has become rarer, and moved off camera. Asked for an explanation, Steve Bannon said, ‘Sean got fatter.'”
3. How an entire nation became Russia’s test lab for cyberwar
“In Ukraine, the quintessential cyberwar scenario has come to life. Twice. On separate occasions, invisible saboteurs have turned off the electricity to hundreds of thousands of people. Each blackout lasted a matter of hours, only as long as it took for scrambling engineers to manually switch the power on again. But as proofs of concept, the attacks set a new precedent: In Russia’s shadow, the decades-old nightmare of hackers stopping the gears of modern society has become a reality.”
4. Liberal government to impose 15-day limits on solitary confinement
“Nearly a decade after teenager Ashley Smith died by self-strangulation in a solitary confinement cell, the Liberal government has introduced a bill that would place new restrictions on indefinite solitary confinement in federal prisons but falls short of the expectations of some prison-rights advocates.”
5. Inside the CDC lab where the world’s deadliest pathogens live
“From the outside, the CDC campus in Atlanta looks fairly nondescript. But inside one of its buildings — a “box within a box” — scientists work with some of the most dangerous threats to humanity.”