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In first person: EUC Alumna Jennifer Keesmaat on what kind of job Tory is doing, how the pandemic has changed Toronto and the secret to affordable housing

In first person: EUC Alumna Jennifer Keesmaat on what kind of job Tory is doing, how the pandemic has changed Toronto and the secret to affordable housing

By Joanna PachnerSpecial to the Star In 2018, Toronto’s scrappy chief planner, Jennifer Keesmaat, ran for mayor on a platform of creating a more affordable, sustainable, livable city — one experienced at “the scale of a neighbourhood,” as she puts it. Last year, the pandemic largely confined us to that scale, whether we liked it or

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Webinar looks at how cities are best positioned to respond to pandemics, COVID-19

Webinar looks at how cities are best positioned to respond to pandemics, COVID-19

Multi-jurisdictional, multi-municipality and diverse cities, while especially vulnerable to emerging infectious disease, can play a significant role in the public health response to pandemics like COVID-19. An upcoming webinar, “Why Pandemics, Such as COVID-19, Require a Metropolitan Response,” hosted by York University’s Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change (EUC) and NYU’s Marron Institute of Urban

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Bitter harvest

Bitter harvest

The pandemic has created serious risks for the migrant workers who grow and pick our fruit and vegetables. In Ontario, farm workers were at least 10 times more likely to contract COVID-19 than the overall population, The Fifth Estate has found. Text by Mark Kelley, Karen Wirsig and Virginia Smart Editing by Janet Davison He'd

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Why Doug Ford is stumbling during COVID-19’s second wave

Why Doug Ford is stumbling during COVID-19’s second wave

Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government has come to be defined by two things: its hesitant responses to the emerging second wave of COVID-19 and its relentlessly pro-business approach to virtually all other matters. The situation invites the question of whether the government’s stumbling reluctance to impose more restrictive measures to head off the growing numbers of

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Evacuated amid COVID-19, Canadian First Nation waits for clean water

Evacuated amid COVID-19, Canadian First Nation waits for clean water

TORONTO, Nov 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When an oily sheen was discovered on the surface of the local water reservoir in October, Canada’s Neskantaga First Nation was forced to close off the pipes and move. Isolated in remote northern Ontario, accessible only by plane or on winter roads, nearly all 300 residents evacuated to

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Rethinking housing market financing in the aftermath of COVID-19

Rethinking housing market financing in the aftermath of COVID-19

It is already known that housing market prices in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) have been steadily rising for the past decade. Partially due to the financialization of housing, this creates unbalance and limits affordability, putting a strain on potential homeowners as well as those trying to sell their homes. Adding a global pandemic onto

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The business case for a short, sharp shutdown and why it likely won't work in Canada

The business case for a short, sharp shutdown and why it likely won't work in Canada

Peter Vandergeest, an Asia specialist at Toronto's York University and founding director at the York Centre for Asian Research, is irritated that critics put the region's situation with the virus down to autocratic governments and an obedient population. He said that certainly doesn't apply to Thailand, a place he has often visited for his research

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The pandemic and the need for a new society

The pandemic and the need for a new society

During the on-going pandemic, humanity’s suffering has increased enormously. To date, 35 million people in the world have contracted the coronavirus, and more than 1 million have died. In the richest and most powerful country in the world, more than 7 million cases have been reported, with more than 200,000 deaths. While the more affluent

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As meat plants shut down, COVID-19 reveals the extreme concentration of our food supply

As meat plants shut down, COVID-19 reveals the extreme concentration of our food supply

Ian Mosby and Sarah Rotz, Special to the Globe and Mail, published April 29, 2020 “The food supply chain is breaking,” Tyson Foods Chairman John H. Tyson wrote in an open letter published in the New York Times earlier this week. And he’s not wrong. Over the past month, anyone following the news might have

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Zoom calls getting boring? This animal sanctuary found a solution: Buckwheat the Donkey

Zoom calls getting boring? This animal sanctuary found a solution: Buckwheat the Donkey

Since people can't get to the animals, Farmhouse Garden Animal Home, an Uxbridge-based sanctuary co-founded by BES alumna Edith Barabash, is bringing animals to the people. Now, anyone with WiFi access can invite one of the sanctuary’s most popular attractions—Buckwheat, the 12-year-old donkey—to drop in on their Zoom meetings In the predemic times, the Farmhouse

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