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Holiday gift-giving suggestions with a U of T theme

Last-minute holiday shoppers, under pressure to make impressive selections quickly, have been known to fail in spectactular fashion. But those deadline-driven woes might just be a thing of a past, thanks to University of Toronto students, staff, faculty and alumni.

Traffic congestion: are HOT lanes the answer?

Author: 
Dominic Ali

If there’s one thing that unites all city dwellers in the 21st century, it’s traffic congestion. Whether it’s crawling along highways, dealing with road rage or lamenting wasted time, bumper-to-bumper traffic ranks as one of the worst features of modern life.

Into the woods: why urban forests and green spaces matter and what you can do to help

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UTM's Tenley Conway on how trees help cities thrive
Author: 
Dominic Ali

From New York’s Central Park to São Paulo’s Ibirapuera Park or Toronto’s High Park,  green spaces are an integral – even iconic – element of many of the world’s leading cities.

Associate Professor Tenley Conway, with the University of Toronto Mississauga’s geography department, researches how municipalities, NGOs, community groups and landowners influence patterns of forests within a city.

How to build the best U of T Cities podcast: it’s up to you

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City councillors, community groups and readers at U of T News weigh in
It was a new way for us to talk with the city – and show a few ways the university is helping to make Toronto better:
 
A few weeks ago, U of T News launched a podcast miniseries featuring conversations with the university’s researchers, entrepreneurs and students whose work is advancing Toronto’s realities of traffic, transit, sustainability and the role of the city. (Learn more about the podcast series)
 

IMAGINE health clinic: U of T students serve city's most marginalized citizens

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Providing integrated health care for free to people without insurance, ID or funds
Author: 
Jelena Damjanovic

Imagine a clinic providing free health care to Toronto’s most vulnerable residents: people with no fixed address, health insurance or ID. Too bold, utopian, or disruptive? 

Not for a group of University of Toronto students.

Maker Faire: U of T startups share tech wonders at the biggest-ever event for Toronto's 'maker' community

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Sojourn Labs, Icewire Makerspace, InteraXon and others met with makers of all ages
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

Wheeling, floating, flying and soldering.

These were just a few of the adventures University of Toronto entrepreneurs, students and more than 10,000 Toronto ‘makers’ of all ages got their hands on at the 2014 Toronto Mini Maker Faire, hosted at Toronto Reference Library on November 21 and 22.

Convocation 2014 grads to watch: city builders

Author: 
Jelena Damjanovic

Universities play a key role in building and strengthening cities, helping them connect with the world and reinvent themselves in dynamic ways.

And this week, as the University of Toronto celebrates the achievements of its newest alumni, many of those graduates are already hard at work creating better buildings, safer streets and healthier communities.

Writer Jelena Damjanovic spoke with four U of T city builders about how their work is strengthening cities and communities across North America.

Waste not, want not: the cost of throwing out perfectly good food

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U of T to host food waste symposium on November 24
Author: 
Dominic Ali

Many kids have faced mothers who threatened punishment for not eating everything on their plates and wasting food. But, judging from the estimated $27 billion worth of food Canadians throw away each year, that tactic hasn’t worked.

Things may change with the upcoming food waste symposium taking place at the University of Toronto November 24, organized by Trudeau Foundation Scholar and PhD candidate Tammara Soma and Lauren Baker, a U of T course instructor and Toronto Food Policy Council member. 

Global Cities conference in Brazil sees important progress for U of T, USP

Sub-title: 
Forging new research partnerships with University of Sao Paulo (USP)
Author: 
Paul Fraumeni

Urban issues, from the role of the university in the city to infrastructure, resilience and sustainability, were the focus of the recent Global Cities 2014 joint conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Alumni John Tory, Bonnie Crombie, Linda Jeffrey take on mayoralties as U of T experts named to Tory transition team

Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

With half a million of them around the world, a few alumni were bound to lead political change in the heated GTA elections this week – and some claimed the top spots.

John Tory, a graduate of U of T’s Trinity College, and Bonnie Crombie, a graduate of St. Michael’s College, were voted mayors-elect for Toronto and Mississauga respectively, while City of Brampton voters elected University of Toronto Mississauga alumna Linda Jeffrey.

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