Cities

Water: are we doing enough to conserve and protect this resource?

Sub-title: 
"One of the biggest challenges facing cities like Toronto is the uncertainty regarding water availability in the future"
Author: 
Dominic Ali

The University of Toronto is home to many experts who study how cities can be improved. One aspect of cities that may be taken for granted is one of the most important: water supply.

Hungry caterpillar? U of T researchers enlist tiny ally in fight against invasive plant species

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Dog-strangling vine now invading Canadian cities may meet its match in the Hypena caterpillar
Author: 
Dominic Ali & Don Campbell

Invasive plants: they're bad news for Canada’s ecosystems and economy. A challenge for gardeners and farmers, they also take a huge toll on municipalities that must spend money eradicating them.

New project would enhance Toronto's cultural landscape

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New proposal for 90 Queen’s Park – in the heart of city’s cultural corridor

New performance space, a new museum and new academic facilities for the study of civilizations and cultures are all part of a University of Toronto proposal that would create a dramatic new gateway to its downtown campus and a major addition to the city’s cultural district. 

Election fever: what’s money got to do with it?

Author: 
Dominic Ali

Toronto is abuzz with anticipation of a fall election as candidates ramp up their campaigns to become the mayor of Canada’s largest city.

One of the major issues facing Toronto is a familiar one: how should municipalities raise enough money to deliver services to their residents?

The impact of events and mega-events in the city and the university

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Fostering civic pride and debate about the place of Toronto "in the wider world"
Author: 
Dominic Ali

From the recent In Memoriam remembrance of 1914-1918, to WorldPride or the Transit of Venus, the University of Toronto plays a key role in creating, organizing and hosting events that draw participants from across the city and around the globe.

Five frequently asked questions about Toronto’s finances

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"Toronto has not had a spending problem, and programs and services appear to be relatively efficient"

What should Toronto’s mayoral and council candidates – and the city's voters – understand about the city’s finances?

How about the fact that Toronto has no spending problem and its debt is “relatively modest” but the city can’t maintain its infrastructure (let alone build new) without more revenue?

Food and the fate of cities: what governments, citizens can do

Sub-title: 
Increase regulation where needed but cut red tape for farmers' markets, food trucks, gardens, scholar says
Author: 
Dominic Ali

The University of Toronto’s New College recently announced that food policy analyst Wayne Roberts will be its first-ever Food Studies visiting scholar for the upcoming academic year.

This honorary position means that Roberts is readily available to students and instructors to discuss issues such as food and city building and global food movements.

Building healthier cities and communities: Professor Patricia O’Campo

Sub-title: 
"Achieving health equity involves more than providing equitable access to health care"
Author: 
Nicole Bodnar

Students and colleagues at the University of Toronto know her as a social epidemiologist striving to reduce health inequalities. Now, Professor Patricia O’Campo has taken on the role of chair in Intesectoral Solutions to Urban Health Problems at St. Michael’s Hospital

U of T in the community: 100 in 1 day

Author: 
Jelena Damjanovic

100 in 1 Day, a social movement that started out in Bogota, Colombia, and spread all the way to Toronto this June, saw hundreds of Torontonians working together to transform the city.

Three to watch: Convocation 2014's city builders

Author: 
Dominic Ali
 
More than 12,500 students are expected to cross the stage at Convocation Hall this June, receive their hard-won undergraduate or graduate degrees, and join the ranks of the University of Toronto's more than half a million alumni around the world.
 
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