Walking the city: Shawn Micallef's undergrads get lost and found

Citizenship and the Canadian City part of the UC One program for first-year students
Noreen Ahmed-Ullah

Given a mission to explore an unfamiliar part of the city, U of T students had a question for their instructor, the writer and urban enthusiast Shawn Micallef.

“Will we get lost?” asks Leighes Persaud, 18.

“Yes, hopefully,” responds Micallef.

If you’re familiar with Micallef and his Twitter musings, you’re not surprised by that answer. Getting lost is precisely the point.

Can hosting the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games make Toronto a healthier city?

Valerie Iancovich

This summer, thousands of the world’s top athletes will descend on our city to compete in the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/ Parapan Am Games, showcasing not only athletic prowess, but the dynamic and thriving City of Toronto.

Organizers say a key priority of TO2015 is to “foster sport development and healthy living” and Professor Peter Donnelly says there are plenty of opportunities for international games to create a legacy of health for a host city.

Gap between rich and poor widening, says U of T’s David Hulchanski

Terry Lavender

The headline in The Independent read: “Toronto is the best city in the world” – based on a report from the Economist Intelligence Unit, which rated 36 cities on safety, cost of living and liveability.

Why foodies, bloggers and scholars are turning to Scarborough

UTSC looks at why we grow, process, cook, consume, sell and share the food we do – and the impact that has on everything from culture and art to political economy and climate change

Scarborough, Ontario. That’s where to go if you’re interested in food, experts say.

“Scarborough is one of the most interesting, multicultural communities in the world – not just in Canada, and not just in North America,” Rick Halpern, dean of the University of Toronto Scarborough, said recently on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning.

India wants to build 100 smart cities – and U of T is thrilled

Terry Lavender

The prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, wants to build 100 smart cities in his country, an idea that has University of Toronto faculty members – including president Meric Gertler – excited. 

Scarborough needs light rapid transit, experts say

LRTs will help “redevelopment and intensification,” says André Sorensen
Don Campbell

LRT along major east-west arterial roads make the most sense for Scarborough’s urban makeup, according to a new report on rapid transit options from the University of Toronto.  

Going green? Eco-alternatives could do more harm than good – it depends where you live

Knowing where your electricity comes from is key, researchers say
RJ Taylor

Whether it’s swapping your car for an electric vehicle or your natural gas furnace for geothermal heating, transitioning from fossil fuels to electric-powered technology is widely believed to be the best way to lower carbon emissions.

But U of T civil engineer Chris Kennedy says knowing where the electricity comes from to power those “eco-alternatives” is critical. If that electricity comes from burning oil and coal, it might mean that green alternatives aren’t that green after all.

Sick of real estate bidding wars? Sadly, no end in sight, study finds

Ken McGuffin

Frenzy, frustration and disappointment are what home buyers have come to dread about real estate bidding wars.
They'd better get used to it, suggests a new study. It shows that despite some drop-off over the last decade, homes sold through bidding wars have still substantially increased their share of sales over the last two decades.

Transforming the city: experts from across North America gather for symposium on urban development

University of Toronto hosts After Empirical Urbanism
Noreen Ahmed-Ullah

The University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design is hoping to reshape the conversation around urban development this weekend.

Its three-day symposium, titled After Empirical Urbanism, is bringing together academics from across North America – including Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University and U of T. 

Hazel McCallion named special advisor at UTM

Blake Eligh

She may have left political life behind but Hazel McCallion isn’t quite ready to rest on her laurels.

The former Mississauga mayor has been named special advisor to Professor Deep Saini, vice-president, U of T, and principal of U of T Mississauga.

McCallion, who started her year-long appointment Feb. 9, will be advising Saini on matters relating to the strategic development of the university.

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