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

Wiley Sharp 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

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Building migrant resilience across the cities of Ontario and Quebec

Valerie Preston 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

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

by Chan Arun-Pina (they/them) 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

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

Sophia Ilyniak 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

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The utility headquarters as a symbol of eco-modernism

by Zachary Dark 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

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Climate risks and household responses to food insecurity in northern Ghana

by Balikisu Osman 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

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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

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

Jose Etcheverry 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

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Why the war on plastics can do more harm than good

by Calvin Lakhan Calvin Lakhan Recently, I had the pleasure of giving a guest lecture to a group of Fleming College students enrolled in the waste management program. It's always so exciting to see how many young and curious minds are entering the space - the future of waste management

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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 cultureby Sarah Rotz Sarah Rotz With the rise of social media, hashtags have become

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