Cities

Laying the groundwork for prosperity: Canadian cities and their universities

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President Meric Gertler addresses Empire Club of Canada
Author: 
Terry Lavender

Canada’s cities are building the foundations of our future prosperity, University of Toronto president Meric Gertler told a capacity crowd at the Empire Club of Canada. 

Though in the past the country has been able to prosper from high oil prices or a strong manufacturing sector, Canada needs to look at the bigger picture, he said at the May 22 talk at the Toronto Sheraton Hotel. 

Cities of Learning: The University in the Americas

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How universities in North and South America can strengthen their cities – and vice versa
Author: 
Terry Lavender

In seven weeks, athletes and visitors from throughout the Americas will converge on the Greater Toronto Area – including the University of Toronto – for the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

Cities of Learning: exploring public health, transit, food deserts, civic engagement and more

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Symposium brings researchers from North and South America to tackle shared urban issues
Author: 
Noreen Ahmed-Ullah

As Canadian cities ponder ways to fix traffic gridlock, overcrowded transit systems or improve urban recreation, they often look to Europe and America for solutions.

But what about Latin America, which has seen booming socio-economic development over the last 15 years in countries such as Brazil and Argentina?

A two-day symposium at the University of Toronto May 11 - 12 aims to spur discussion on that topic and get university researchers and city thinkers looking beyond the typical go-to-models of Amsterdam or New York City.

U of T's Patricia McCarney launches Open City Data Portal

Author: 
Noreen Ahmed-Ullah

Hundreds of cities will now be able to compare themselves against other leading cities with the release of standardized data looking at everything from youth unemployment to energy consumption.

It’s all thanks to the World Council on City Data, a project with major international implications by University of Toronto Professor Patricia McCarney.

Doors Open Toronto: 12 things you must see at U of T

Author: 
Sarah Khan

On May 23 and 24, the annual Doors Open Toronto (presented by Great Gulf and produced by the City of Toronto) is set to take over 155 buildings in Toronto with the theme “Sports, Recreation and Leisure”.

This year, the University of Toronto is sponsoring 14 free walking tours throughout various areas of the city.

How persistence – and the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games – paid off in affordable housing

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Faculty of Law alumna Cynthia Wilkey and her decades-long fight for a mixed-income, mixed-use neighbourhood
Author: 
Jelena Damjanovic

When the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Games are over and the athletes pack their bags, approximately 250 apartments in the Athletes' Village will be turned over to affordable housing.

And Cynthia Wilkey’s long- fought battle for a safe, sustainable, mixed-income neighbourhood will come to a happy end. 

Youthful cities: international gathering brings young urban activists to U of T

Author: 
Noreen Ahmed-Ullah

Young leaders from around the globe gathered together at the University of Toronto last week united by their passion for cities – and excited over hefty topics such as post-secondary education, mental health, safety and transit.

Jane's Walk: exploring the city with Denise Pinto

Author: 
Josie Harrison

Since graduating from the University of Toronto's master of landscape architecture program in 2011 with a specialization in knowledge media design, Denise Pinto has piloted an impressive multi-disciplinary career, incorporating civic engagement into a diverse range of fields.

The megacities that hog all the energy – and those that don't

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Which mayors can sleep at night? Research reveals how world's biggest cities compare in the quest to conserve resources
Author: 
Tyler Irving

New York is an energy hog, London and Paris use relatively fewer resources and Tokyo conserves water like a pro.

These are just a few of the findings from a new study on “megacity metabolism” – the world’s first comprehensive survey of resources used and removed in each of the world’s 27 largest metropolitan areas.

Traffic emissions may pollute 1 in 3 Canadian homes

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Engineering studies find harmful vehicle emissions spread farther than thought, with variable pollution levels across cities
Author: 
Peter McMahon

A trio of recently published studies from a team of University of Toronto engineers has found that air pollution could be spreading up to three times farther than thought – contributing to varying levels of air quality across cities.

Past research on air pollution from vehicle tailpipes has shown poor air quality anywhere between 100 to 250 metres of major roadways.

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