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CONGRATULATIONS – Daniel Griffith elected as Foreign Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Dan Griffith, the Ashbel Smith Professor in Geospatial Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas, has been elected a Foreign Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Professor Griffith received his PhD from the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto in 1978. He was recognized with the UTAGA Distinguished Alumni Award in […]

Rick DiFrancesco in – The downsides of Amazon choosing a Canadian city for its second headquarters

“The city would have a right to be concerned and intimately involved in the process of planning where such a complex should go…” Read entire article

Matti Siemiatycki’s Op-ed in the Toronto Star : Evidence-based planning in Toronto is dead

Op-ed by Matti Siemiatycki on the lack of the evidence based urban planning in Toronto, and the prevalence of politically motivated projects and studies. The system set up to guard against politically motivated boondoggles has gone awry… Read full article

Matthew Adams in the News : UTM prof finds children at risk from surprising source of air pollution

Please see link below about Professor Matthew Adams’ research on children’s health and air pollution. Read entire article 

Jason Hackworth interview in the Detroit Journalism Cooperative: Detroit is razing thousands of homes. It won’t fix much…

An Ohio native, Jason has studied extensively studied Detroit’s abandonment, finding that no other Rust Belt city in the United States has experienced such wide-scale demolition. Read full article

Tat Smith offers safety tips and best practices for canoeing on CTV News Toronto

Risks of going out in the wilderness   … View Video

Post Doctoral Fellow Max Hartt speaks about how population change shapes communties on CBC radio

The future of communities .. Listen/read the interview (Does not play on mobile devices)

Joe Desloges quoted in the National Post – ‘The new normal’: Brace yourself, Toronto, more heavy rain — and flooding — is expected

More rain, more storms and more floods may be coming to southern Ontario soon… Read full article 

CONGRATULATIONS : Tammara Soma named one of the 5 finalists in SSHRC’s annual storytellers contest

SSHRC announces the 5 finalists for its annual research communication challenge ! SSHRC’s annual contest challenged postsecondary students from across the country to tell the story—in three minutes or 300 words—of how SSHRC-funded research is making a difference in the lives of Canadians. The five were selected from among 25 finalists in a national challenge to find […]

Matti Siemiatycki analyses the difficulties in reversing course on public projects in Maclean’s Magazine

The trouble with anti-boondoggle laws “Once projects are in the ground and construction has started, it’s infrequent that they’re stopped, and it’s hard to correct course without huge expense. The problem needs to be addressed earlier on, ..” Read full Article