Cities

Azeezah Kanji delivers Hancock Lecture at Hart House

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“Yesterday what was freedom of speech and assembly is today ‘arrestible’”
Author: 
Alan Christie

Azeezah Kanji tells the story of a poster in a Texas restaurant showing a man wearing a turban being lynched, with the words: “Let’s play cowboys and Iranians.”

That poster is an indication of the ingrained racism in North America, rooted in history and practiced today through racial profiling and the racialization of national security policies, Kanji told an audience at the Hart House Theatre on Feb. 9.

Scarborough students need and deserve better transit, municipal expert says

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Siemiatycki: proposed stop at UTSC “has the potential to really change the way the campus functions”
Author: 
Alan Christie

The new transit plan that includes a stop at the University of Toronto Scarborough will be a major “boon for future students” Associate Professor Matti Siemiatycki says.

The long commutes today’s students must endure to get to school negatively affect their academic experience, the expert in municipal infrastructure says.

Siemiatycki, who teaches in the department of geography and planning, helped design an unprecedented survey of the transit needs of Toronto university students. The results will be released in a few weeks. 

Sara Hughes: how city governments can help solve climate change

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“Cities play a big role in contributing to climate, so they also have a big role to play in reducing those emissions”
Author: 
Blake Eligh

How can city governments solve the problem of climate change?

That’s the question the University of Toronto's Sara Hughes seeks to answer as she investigates how three major cities – Toronto, New York and Los Angeles – are delivering on ambitious pledges to improve sustainability.

Celebrating 10 years of leadership and civic engagement: U of T's Centre for Community Partnerships

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Strengthening neighbourhoods, building communities
Author: 
Sarah Ryeland

“These kids are my neighbours,” says Yusuf Yusuf. “We grew up on the same street, so I feel like I can relate. Kids in the area are saying ‘I’m not going to university.’

“So we brought them to the University, showed them around and said ‘there are people like you here – people making change.’ Right there you see it has an effect on them.”

New U of T Scarborough building a greener, more efficient way to foster innovation

Author: 
Don Campbell

The new home for the University of Toronto Scarborough’s Environmental Science and Chemistry programs means undergrads will be doing research in a facility built to the highest of environmental standards.

“Beyond being a beautiful building, this is an environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient place to do cutting-edge research,” U of T Scarborough Principal Bruce Kidd said.

Art Museum: U of T unveils Toronto's newest, coolest gallery and collection

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More than 8,000 holdings from four collections comprise city's largest museum-standard visual-art museum and collection, after the Art Gallery of Ontario
Author: 
Arthur Kaptainis

Doors opened at 7 p.m. By 8 there was a lineup.

“We are truly inspired by the response,” said Barbara Fischer, executive director and chief curator of what is now known as the Art Museum at the University of Toronto. 

“We very much want people at U of T and the public at large to know where we are and what we do. And we are confident that we will become an ever-more-vital hub for the arts and culture community.”

U of T applauds new transit proposal for Scarborough

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Bruce Kidd: “rational transit solution” for students, faculty and staff will provide huge economic stimulus for region
Author: 
Don Campbell

The proposed transit plan for Scarborough is being welcomed as a game-changer for both University of Toronto Scarborough and the entire east end of Toronto. 

“This plan serves our growing student population, faculty, staff and all of the Scarborough community with a rational transit solution,” U of T Scarborough Principal Bruce Kidd said.

Five ways cities can avoid cost overruns on infrastructure: Matti Siemiatycki

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Institute on Municipal Finance & Governance report provides roadmap for better planning
Author: 
Alan Christie

Toronto is heading into a massive period of investment in infrastructure, and a new U of T report suggests ways it can be done without equally massive cost overruns.

The report was prepared for the Institute on Municipal Finance & Governance and released at an event at the university’s Munk School of Global affairs on Jan. 21. It was written by Matti Siemiatycki, an associate professor in the department of geography and planning and an expert in municipal infrastructure. 

Two of North America’s leading architects to design ‘dramatic new gateway’ between U of T and the city

Author: 
Terry Lavender

Two of North America’s leading architectural firms will be designing the University of Toronto’s new Centre for Civilizations and Cultures, to be located at 90 Queen’s Park Crescent.  

Toronto’s Architects Alliance and New York-based Diller Scofidio + Renfro will collaborate on the project, which will be located just south of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), beside the U of T faculties of Law and Music, said Scott Mabury, U of T’s vice-president of university operations.

Analyzing SmartTrack: U of T expert Eric Miller on John Tory's transit plan

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Transportation Research Institute releases its report
Author: 
Alan Christie

Some future U of T students might find it a little less crowded getting to the downtown Toronto campus by subway if Mayor John Tory’s SmartTrack transit plan is implemented.

Tory asked Professor Eric Miller, head of U of T’s Transportation Research Institute, to analyze the ridership potential of his plan which would provide service from the Airport Corporate Centre in the west, southeast to Union Station and northeast to Markham in the east. 

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