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Making places, making lives: Queer and trans youth strategies for more-than-survival in suburban Toronto

Making places, making lives: Queer and trans youth strategies for more-than-survival in suburban Toronto

How do LGBTQ2S+ youth survive and thrive in suburban Toronto? Queer and trans youth are more likely than their straight peers to experience isolation, depression, harassment, violence, and suicide; these structural inequities are amplified by intersecting racial, class, and gendered oppressions. The COVID-19 pandemic worsened this crisis, as lockdowns and health restrictions deprived queer and

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Building migrant resilience across the cities of Ontario and Quebec

Building migrant resilience across the cities of Ontario and Quebec

How do migrants settle in different local contexts and develop capacities to overcome settlement challenges? Why do particular migrants do better than others even when compared to their peers from the same background? How can institutions facilitate and support migrant settlement and integration in urban areas across Quebec and Ontario? These are some of the

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Wings of transformation: A post occupancy evaluation (POE) of India’s first gender-neutral (student) hostel

Wings of transformation: A post occupancy evaluation (POE) of India’s first gender-neutral (student) hostel

by Chan Arun-Pina (they/them) One of the key tasks of my research/artwork is to visualize the trans potential of spaces, especially at the scale of higher education institution (HEI) and of domestic as they intersect in student housing. And, in so doing, to critically disrupt the socio-spatial reiteration of cisnormativity in urban residential landscapes. By

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De/centering the ‘community benefit’ in Toronto’s inner-suburbs

De/centering the ‘community benefit’ in Toronto’s inner-suburbs

In Toronto, Canada, core-periphery relations have shifted through re-mappings of city boundaries and districts over the past seventy years: austerity-led amalgamations resulting in new peripheralizations, with subsequent attempts at addressing disparity with an emphasis on place. Publicly disinvested, the now inner-suburbs of Toronto are driven into new competitive relationships, and therefore becoming vulnerable to private

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The utility headquarters as a symbol of eco-modernism

The utility headquarters as a symbol of eco-modernism

by Zachary Dark As part of my broader research into the contemporary politics of hydroelectricity in Canada, I am interested in how hydroelectric infrastructure both physically and symbolically remakes environments. In 2009, Manitoba Hydro (a provincially-owned electricity utility in Manitoba, Canada) opened its new headquarters on the edge of downtown Winnipeg. The award-winning headquarters building,

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Climate risks and household responses to food insecurity in northern Ghana

Climate risks and household responses to food insecurity in northern Ghana

by Balikisu Osman The unequal geography of hunger in Ghana Around the world, millions of people are struggling to secure social, economic, and physical access to safe, sufficient, and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and preferences. In Ghana, for example, an estimated 3.6 million people, representing 11.7% of the population, do not know

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Impact field of Canadian documentary films

Impact field of Canadian documentary films

‘Impact producing’ is an emerging field within documentary film that combines creative distribution, coalition building and audience engagement to build formalized campaigns for social change. As the name implies, impact producing seeks to maximize the impact of documentary films, and to increase the capacity of documentary filmmakers to effect social change. Early this year, MES

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Bringing youth from the inner city and from First Nations to build Climate Solutions Parks

Bringing youth from the inner city and from First Nations to build Climate Solutions Parks

The work to build Canada’s first Climate Solutions Parks (CSP) has received an important boost, thanks to new funding from the Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada). The CSPs that are being built will focus on skills development in key areas such as community-focused agriculture, renewable energy, electric mobility, First Nations knowledge, sustainable

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Gendered messaging

Gendered messaging

Performing and pushing back on diet culture: Exploring gendered messaging on Instagram Gendered messaging is a means through which ideas about power, norms, expectations, categories, behaviours, and practices of gender are presented, disseminated and reproduced across culture by Sarah Rotz With the rise of social media, hashtags have become key tools of cultural messaging, and

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