News & Announcements

Minelle Mahtani on the Trump immigration ban in the Globe and Mail

For Minelle Mahtani, an Iranian-Canadian, award-winning geography professor at the University of Toronto, cancelling her travels meant giving up an opportunity where her book, Mixed Race Amnesia, was to be profiled… Read full article

Emily Gilbert was asked to comment on the Trump administration’s revised travel ban for Metro News

Immigration experts and advocates are concerned the new Muslim ban signed on Monday will make life even harder for would-be refugees. Read full article

Jeff Allen (MA student) in the National Geographic – how eight mapmakers got their start, growing from youthful enthusiasts into successful professionals

JEFF ALLEN – Spatial Analysis Researcher, University of Toronto Jeff Allen estimates that between ages 5 and 14, he filled around a half dozen 20- to 30-foot-long rolls of paper with maps of imaginary cities … Read article online

Professor John Robinson and Kimberley Slater (PhD candidate) want students on U of T campuses to become “living labs” for sustainability research – U of T News

Professor John Robinson is U of T’s first-ever presidential adviser on the environment, climate change and sustainability. Kimberley Slater, a PhD candidate in human geography catalogued recycling, garbage and compost bins at three U of T buildings and studied waste disposal habits. Read full article

Matti Siemiatycki quoted in the CBC News: Metrolinx to consider transit fares based on distance travelled

Fare-by-distance only 1 of several ideas to integrate fares across the region. An argument for fare-by-distance: Matti Siemiatycki, who teaches geography and planning at the University of Toronto, thinks fare-by-distance pricing has benefits .. Read full article

Statement on US Executive Order on Immigration

The faculty and graduate students of the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto join other academic communities within the University and beyond in condemning the Executive Order on Immigration signed by US President Donald J. Trump on Friday, January 27th, banning citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen […]

Emily Gilbert in the U of T News on President Donald Trump’s first week in office

U of T News spoke with Emily Gilbert, an associate professor of geography and planning and Canadian studies in the Faculty of Arts & Science, about the implications of these executive orders and how Canada will be affected by these sweeping changes. Read full article

Michael Widener interviewed by The National on CBC – Dementia risk linked to living close to high-traffic roads

A study in the Lancet by Ontario researchers points to a link between dementia and living close to major roadways: View Video  

Matti Siemiatycki quoted in the Metro News: City-planning experts praise Mayor John Tory’s ‘bold step’ towards road tolls

… for the city,” said Matti Siemiatycki, a University of Toronto geography and planning professor. … Tory’s plan is, at this point, short on specifics. read full article

In Memoriam: John Bousfield 1929-2016

John Bousfield helped establish the Department’s Bousfield Distinguished Visitorship in Planning in 2005 .