Sick of real estate bidding wars? Sadly, no end in sight, study finds

Ken McGuffin

Frenzy, frustration and disappointment are what home buyers have come to dread about real estate bidding wars.
They'd better get used to it, suggests a new study. It shows that despite some drop-off over the last decade, homes sold through bidding wars have still substantially increased their share of sales over the last two decades.

Transforming the city: experts from across North America gather for symposium on urban development

University of Toronto hosts After Empirical Urbanism
Noreen Ahmed-Ullah

The University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design is hoping to reshape the conversation around urban development this weekend.

Its three-day symposium, titled After Empirical Urbanism, is bringing together academics from across North America – including Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University and U of T. 

Hazel McCallion named special advisor at UTM

Blake Eligh

She may have left political life behind but Hazel McCallion isn’t quite ready to rest on her laurels.

The former Mississauga mayor has been named special advisor to Professor Deep Saini, vice-president, U of T, and principal of U of T Mississauga.

McCallion, who started her year-long appointment Feb. 9, will be advising Saini on matters relating to the strategic development of the university.

How can we build a sustainable Toronto? U of T public forum takes on the 'Natural City' with David Miller

Olivia Chow, Roger Keil and other cities experts to meet on March 2
Brianna Goldberg

It’s a chance to chat with a former mayor, a world-renowned cities scholar, environmental leaders, a former city councillor, urban planners, academics – and members of the public – about what it means to live in a ‘natural city'.

Toronto and the Natural City: Facing Our Ecological Future is a free, public forum sponsored by U of T’s Centre for Ethics in conjunction with the School of the Environment.

Innovative teaching wins Northrop Frye Award

Toronto is a learning lab for students in Pamela Klassen’s Study of Religion courses
Elaine Smith

Pamela Klassen’s passion for teaching and research has brought her the 2015 Northrop Frye Award. The award recognizes distinguished achievements in linking teaching and research. Klassen, from the department for the study of religion, was nominated by some of her graduate students.

TEDx at UTSC: tackling big questions

Chris Garbutt

What is the value of a university education? How can poetry save a life? How do I keep the promise I made to my new friend?

It was a day of tackling big questions, and even small ones with large consequences, at the third TEDxUTSC conference. 

U of T Scarborough student Mandekh Hussein set the tone for the day with her presentation, Why ask Why? “It’s not the answers that are important,” she said. “It’s the questions. Ask questions that ignite a fire.”

President Gertler addresses the Intercultural Dialogue Institute

Meric Gertler, president of the University of Toronto, gave the keynote address at the Intercultural Dialogue Institute (GTA)’s 10th annual Dialogue and Friendship Dinner, January 22, 2015.

Building on one of his top priorities as president, leveraging the university’s location in the Toronto urban region, Gertler emphasized the relationship between education and immigration, and the enormous benefit they have provided and continue to provide in driving the region’s prosperity.

Gun violence, murder and music: U of T sociologist explores wide range of subjects

Dominic Ali

Gun violence is an ugly reality of life in North America. But how does it affect our cities or the social fabric of our neighbourhoods?

University of Toronto assistant professor Jooyoung Lee is delving into this issue. 

Urban geographer explores the changing face of suburbs

Expert Deborah Cowen on the racial and economic polarization of our cities
Dominic Ali

Cities change over time and so do the residents who comprise them. Curious about how Toronto is growing, the role of inner suburbs, and the importance of social infrastructure, malls and public spaces?

Meet U of T's Deborah Cowen.

Out of the cold: homelessness, shelters and why people still die on the streets

Alumna Joyce Rankin on the problems with Toronto shelters
Dave Ross

After a balmy fall, winter arrived in Toronto last week with a vengeance. Temperatures registered as low as -30C with wind chill. The city hunkered down and pedestrians bundled up against the extreme cold.

But there was also tragedy – and, after the death of two homeless people without shelter, Mayor John Tory ordered the medical officer of health to declare an extreme cold alert, activating warming centres for one of Toronto’s most vulnerable populations. 

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