Cities

U of T Cities podcast episode three: sustainable cities

Sub-title: 
Experts describe Toronto's future buildings, transit and economy
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

With the election just a week away, voter decisions are coming down to the wire: when it comes time to actually cast their ballot, will the choice they make help build a better Toronto?

The latest in U of T News' mini-series of podcasts tackles the question of sustainability to offers voters – and anyone interested in the future of urban issues – an idea of what global cities like Toronto could look like just a few years from now.

UTSC students using Toronto mayoral race as “election laboratory”

Author: 
Dominic Ali

It has all the ingredients of a political thriller or a slapstick comedy: controversial mayoral debates, aggressive attacks ads, last-minute candidate switcheroos. 

And for 20 lucky University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) undergraduates, the political mud-slinging and shenanigans of the city's 2014 municipal election campaign are also proving to be a fascinating learning experience.

Not sure which mayoral candidate aligns with your values? Vote Compass can help

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Startup from political science PhD empowering voters from here to Australia
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

During all the drama and flair of an election, it can be hard for voters to separate their feelings about candidates' personalities from the substance of their platforms and promises.

And in a hotly contested race such as the one leading up to Toronto’s mayoral election, where dramatic changes in the city’s course are close at hand, citizens are questioning – perhaps more deeply than usual –  who should get their vote.

The answer could be just a few clicks away.

U of T Cities podcast episode two: the future of transit

Sub-title: 
Meeting the U of T experts and startups reimagining transit downtown and beyond
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

No matter which box Torontonians check on October 27, this city is on a course for change.
 

U of T News is presenting a mini-series of podcasts aimed at giving voters – or anyone interested in the future of cities – an idea of what Toronto and other global cities could look like just a few years from now, as the urban-focused research and businesses developed by University of Toronto experts come to life.

U of T Cities podcast episode one: the future of traffic

Sub-title: 
Mini-series launches with U of T experts on smarter traffic lights, hybrid vehicles and politics of the road
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

Issues driving public debate and city politics over the past year are heating up as Toronto voters get ready to head to the polls.

Their decisions on October 27 will shape the city's development over the coming years. 

New IMFG report highlights key election issues in six Ontario cities

Author: 
Dominic Ali

As municipal politicians across the province vie for votes, transit is a key issue for four of Ontario's six biggest cities, says a new report from the University of Toronto’s Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG).

How do great universities build great cities?

Sub-title: 
The "unknown, invisible" but crucial role of U of T students, faculty, staff and alumni
Author: 
Jennifer Lanthier

Universities play a key role in building and strengthening cities, helping them connect with the world and reinvent themselves in dynamic ways – and it’s a symbiotic relationship, says award-winning urban theorist and University of Toronto president Meric Gertler.

Understanding Toronto’s transit future

Author: 
Dominic Ali

On an average weekday, 1.6 million people use public transit to navigate Canada’s largest city, relying on the Toronto Transit Commission’s four subway lines, 11 streetcar routes, and more than 140 bus routes to reach their destinations.

Heading into October’s municipal election, transit and transportation planning is proving to be a pivotal issue among voters. And some of the decisions made about Toronto’s public transportation system today will influence how the city grows for decades to come.

Water: are we doing enough to conserve and protect this resource?

Sub-title: 
"One of the biggest challenges facing cities like Toronto is the uncertainty regarding water availability in the future"
Author: 
Dominic Ali

The University of Toronto is home to many experts who study how cities can be improved. One aspect of cities that may be taken for granted is one of the most important: water supply.

Hungry caterpillar? U of T researchers enlist tiny ally in fight against invasive plant species

Sub-title: 
Dog-strangling vine now invading Canadian cities may meet its match in the Hypena caterpillar
Author: 
Dominic Ali & Don Campbell

Invasive plants: they're bad news for Canada’s ecosystems and economy. A challenge for gardeners and farmers, they also take a huge toll on municipalities that must spend money eradicating them.

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