Cities

Wildfires: U of T expert explains why they're raging in Western Canada and the impact on cities

Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

Wildfires are burning throughout Western Canada this summer, causing the evacuation of communities, the straining of firefighting resources and even the death of one firefighter. 

Even large cities such as Vancouver, Edmonton and Saskatoon have been affected – and the story is making headlines around the world. (Read the Guardian's article.) 

U of T Houses: welcoming the Americas to the University

Author: 
Jillian Flake

As the seconds tick down to the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games and athletes prepare to compete at sporting venues across the University of Toronto, U of T Houses are ready to welcome visitors from here at home and around the world.

Meet the artists and urban studies students making the Pan Am Path beautiful

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Students, alumna use creativity, problem-solving skills to bring path to life
Author: 
Noreen Ahmed-Ullah

Who owns a city bridge? Who has final say over an art installation? The answers can be complicated.

Thanks to the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, University of Toronto students working on high-profile urban beautification projects are learning what it takes to tackle city issues – and how to navigate the dizzying world of red tape. 

Torchbearers from U of T light the path to the Pan Am Games

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Students, staff, faculty and alumni are among those carrying the Pan Am flame
Author: 
Krisha Ravikantharaja

A journey of 20,000 km began when the University of Toronto’s Rosie MacLennan  took a single step, Pan Am torch in hand. 

MacLennan, a gold medalist at the 2012 Olympics, was the first official bearer of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games torch relay but dozens of U of T students, faculty, alumni and staff have followed her example.

Urban advisers to forge stronger links between U of T and city, expand opportunities for students

Sub-title: 
Sharing research expertise, increasing collaborations and partnerships on city issues
Author: 
Noreen Ahmed-Ullah

The University of Toronto, home to some of the world's leading experts on city building, is appointing two new urban affairs advisers to President Meric Gertler: Shauna Brail and John Brodhead.

How U of T researchers helped shape HIGHRISE, the NFB's interactive documentary

Sub-title: 
New research from Deb Cowen, Emily Paradis developed in parallel with NFB doc
Author: 
Noreen Ahmed-Ullah

In Toronto’s Rexdale neighbourhood, an Iraqi refugee spends her day online, talking to her fiancé in a Syrian refugee camp and displaced family members scattered around the world.  

In Seoul, South Korea, a team of teenaged professional video gamers live, work and train together in a highrise compound.

In Mumbai, activists use Facebook and Twitter to build a social movement, protesting the government’s demolition of suburban apartment buildings.

Building healthier cities and communities, one collaboration at a time

Author: 
Nicole Bodnar

They are projects aimed at fostering a sense of community for people in apartment towers, making it safer for kids to bike and walk to school in rush hour – and helping homeless people deal with extreme temperatures while living on the city streets.  

On May 29, those initiatives got a boost from U of T’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, the Wellesley Institute and Toronto Public Health through a collaboration called the Healthier Cities & Communities Hub.

Laying the groundwork for prosperity: Canadian cities and their universities

Sub-title: 
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

Sub-title: 
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.

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