Cities

Making the case for partnerships with cities: Universities Canada at U of T

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Annual conference brings mayors, higher education leaders from across the country
Author: 
Arthur Kaptainis

“I don’t think I have a city committee without professors on it,” Dave Jaworsky, mayor of Waterloo, Ontario, told the mayors and university presidents gathered at the University of Toronto’s Simcoe Hall.

“I think I’m very fortunate.”

Jaworsky was speaking at Partnerships for a Shared Agenda, the annual meeting of Universities Canada, hosted this year by U of T April 26-27.

U of T joins with European, Asian universities to tackle urban issues

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Three presidents sign five-year agreement on public health collaboration
Author: 
Terry Lavender

Urban issues were the main topic of discussion as U of T President Meric Gertler met with Utrecht University President Marjan Oudeman and Chinese University of Hong Kong President Joseph Sung in in Utrecht, Holland recently.

“This is the first time that expertise on and insights into urban issues from three different urban regions of the world have been brought together,” Oudeman said, noting the conference brought together leading academics from the three institutions.

U of T students work with Thorncliffe Park Womenʼs Committee to build more vibrant community

Author: 
Arthur Kaptainis

When academics write op-ed pieces in newspapers and prepare reports for municipalities, foundations and others, they face a challenge, says Aseem Inam, a visiting professor in the department of geography and planning.

“The key is how to make change happen,” he said in his office in Sidney Smith Hall. “And one of the ways is to work directly with the community itself.”

BRICS nations can lead the world in urban innovation, Gertler says

Author: 
Terry Lavender

Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – collectively known as the BRICS nations – have the potential to create new models of urban innovation and ever higher levels of prosperity, University of Toronto President Meric Gertler says in his chapter for a new book released earlier this month.

Joe Pennachetti on cities and the role of the University of Toronto

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Former City Manager will be in conversation today with CBC Radio's Matt Galloway at U of T
Author: 
Elizabeth Church

Joe Pennachetti, Toronto’s former top civil servant, says universities are the “ideal forum,” for sharing information and innovative practices among cities across Canada and around the world.  

Your chance to see – and give feedback on – the future of U of T's downtown Toronto campus

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All members of the public can view updated design proposals, see presentations at open house April 12
Author: 
Arthur Kaptainis

KPMB Architects, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) and Urban Strategies – tasked with restoring and beautifying the central spaces of the University of Toronto's St. George campus – have revised their master plan.

The consortium won the Landscape of Landmark Quality competition in December based on preliminary designs shared with the public last fall.

Long commutes mean fewer choices for university classes, campus life: StudentMoveTO

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Survey results show students at U of T, OCAD, York and Ryerson all affected by long commutes
Author: 
Arthur Kaptainis

One-third of university students in the Greater Toronto Area spend two hours or more travelling to and from campus on school days and one-quarter live at least 20 kilometres away from their destination.

These and other revealing results are contained in StudentMoveTO, a report based on 15,226 responses gathered last fall by the University of Toronto, OCAD University, Ryerson University and York University.

U of T urban experts on federal budget: a key moment to reinvest in this next-generation infrastructure

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Investment marks a pivotal shift toward preparing Canada for a future that will see an increased urban population, says Matthew Siemiatycki
Author: 
Noreen Ahmed-Ullah

With the federal budget released this week, many urban experts are happy that long-needed infrastructure projects – from transit upgrades to repairs at public housing facilities – will finally get the attention they deserve.

But with new money coming in to municipalities, Associate Professor  Matthew Siemiatycki of geography warns now is the time to plan and use evidence to choose the right projects, not allow politics to drive that selection. 

Why U of T loves Choir! Choir! Choir!

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More than 250 faculty, staff, students and alumni have participated in the phenomenon
Author: 
Arthur Kaptainis

It’s the choir so nice they named it thrice.

Choir! Choir! Choir! meets every week at Clinton’s Tavern on Bloor Street in Toronto –and while it is not officially a University of Toronto initiative, at least 250 U of T students, faculty, staff and alumni responded recently to a social-media shout-out to blue-bloods who have at some point joined the chorus. 

Remember when Zach LaVine decided he didn't even need that double-between-the-legs dunk?

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NBA All-Star Game brings everyone to the 6ix: Russell Westbrook, Karl-Anthony Town and that ESPN reporter who didn't like Win Butler's post-celebrity-game insights
Author: 
Jelena Damjanovic

Drake? Check. Kobe Bryant? Check. Spike Lee and Snoop Dogg? Check and check.

For a weekend, Toronto went from being a cool city to a really cool city, when an estimated 120 NBA players, to say nothing of celebrities and tourists, descended on the town for the NBA All-Star weekend.

Not wanting to spoil any preconceived notions of the North, Toronto was hit by freezing temperatures, but not even that spoiled the excitement and fun felt throughout the city. 

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