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Stefan Kipfer talks about Urban Revolutions

Stefan Kipfer talks about Urban Revolutions

On Tuesday, January 24, Professor Stefan Kipfer was joined by Prof. Kanishka Goonewardena (Geography & Planning, University of Toronto) and Prof. Laam Hae (Politics, York University) for a discussion of his book Urban Revolutions: Urbanisation and (Neo-)Colonialism in Transatlantic Context. In preparation for the event, EUC graduate student, Danielle Legault, interviewed Stefan Kipfer, on what

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Developing practical solutions to climate emergency

Developing practical solutions to climate emergency

by Codrina Ibanescu What does our collective future look like, with the current climate crisis on the horizon? Moreover, what role does education play in advancing climate solutions to ensure a prosperous and sustainable future for tomorrow? We simply cannot solve today’s problems using yesterday’s thinking – the future of our youth and our planet

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Distinguished Professor of Indigenous Design and Planning, Professor Ted Jojola, visits York

Distinguished Professor of Indigenous Design and Planning, Professor Ted Jojola, visits York

York University is proud to welcome Regents’ and Distinguished Professor Theodore (Ted) Jojola, Creator and Director of the Indigenous Design and Community Planning Institute (iD+Pi) at the University of New Mexico, for a knowledge sharing trip to Toronto. He aims to learn from the conversations taking place at York University around Indigenous community planning, share

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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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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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Using paleolimnological methods to assess environmental change across Canada

Using paleolimnological methods to assess environmental change across Canada

The Canadian landscape has an abundance of lakes under pressure from multiple stressors. Lakes are sentinels of environmental change, as they archive changes occurring both within the lake, and in the surrounding terrestrial ecosystems within its watershed. Paleolimnology, that is, the study of lake sediment cores to reconstruct past climatic and environmental changes, helps us

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From Rubble to Refuge: Advancing sustainability of the Leslie Street Spit

From Rubble to Refuge: Advancing sustainability of the Leslie Street Spit

The Leslie Street Spit is a 500-hectare construction waste dump that also functions as an ecologically rich urban landscape feature. Since the 1950s, trucks have been depositing construction waste along this narrow landform, to the point where it now extends 5 kilometers from downtown Toronto into Lake Ontario.   Due to the site’s auspicious location

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