PhD Candidate Joshua Steckley named finalist in SSHRC’s Storytelling Challenge.

Congratulations to Geography & Planning’s Joshua Steckley on being named one of 25 finalists in the SSHRC’s annual Storytellers contest (Arts & Science News)

PhD candidate Beyhan Farhadi discusses Ontario plan for mandatory e-learning courses

Mandatory online courses for high school students ‘a terrible idea,’ expert says. PhD student Beyhan Farhadi was interviewed this week on CBC Metro Morning, discussing the Ontario Government’s new initiative to make it mandatory for Ontario secondary school students to take 4 e-learning courses to graduate. (CBC News)

Research by Prof. Steven Farber and PhD student Jeff Allen shows one million urban Canadians suffer from ‘transport poverty’

Stranded without transit? U of T researchers say one million urban Canadians suffer from ‘transport poverty’ (U of T News)

Prof. Ron Buliung on how children in the Greater Toronto Area get to school

Fewer children walking to school Metrolinx report finds (Toronto Star)

Now Open: Applications for Admission to Geography & Planning Graduate Programs

The Department of Geography & Planning is now accepting applications for September 2019 admission to graduate programs. Please see the Graduate Geography and Graduate Planning pages for further details.

The deadline to apply for all programs is January 21, 2019.

Justin Murfitt, MSc Geography student, wins the June Scott Teaching Excellence Award for Teaching Assistants

Justin Murfitt (Masters Supervisor: Laura Brown, UTM Geography) has won the June Scott Teaching Excellence Award for Teaching Assistants for his exceptional work as a TA in UTM’s courses in GIS, quantitative methods, and physical geography.

The objective of the June Scott Teaching Excellence Awards for Teaching Assistants is to recognize publicly the contributions, which teaching assistants make towards the achievement of excellence in undergraduate education, and to honour those who have made exceptional contributions to teaching. More information about the award can be found at:

Alexandra Flynn explains how community councils work – CBC Radio

Alexandra Flynn comments on the legal decision to strike down new legislation related to the size of Toronto’s city council – CTV

Alexandra Flynn – How would Ontario’s plan to change Toronto politics work? an Explainer- National Post

Congratulations to Neil Nunn, winner of a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to be a visiting scholar with Professor Nik Heynen in the Geography Department at the University of Georgia

He has recently published a paper in Antipode:

Toxic Encounters, Settler Logics of Elimination, and the Future of a Continent, Antipode 2018 pp. 1–19

This paper engages the relationship between toxic geographies and settler colonialism. By bringing to light larger structures and histories that underpin the settler colonial project, I examine a series of toxic encounters and consider the racialised hegemonic narratives that enable the production toxicity. Among these is a methylmercury contamination in Northern Ontario, just upstream from Grassy Narrows First Nation, and a cluster of toxic conversations that bled through social media in the wake of the murder of Colten Boushie, a 22‐year‐old Cree man in Saskatchewan, Canada. I argue that examining the normative ideologies, settler narratives, and socio‐political structures that are involved in the production of toxicity provides valuable insight into the diffuse and relational colonial logics that define the lives that are privileged as the standard, and those that fall outside the regulatory category of the Human, and as a result, are subject to elimination.
Toxic Encounters, Settler Logics of Elimination, and the Future of a Continent. Available from: [accessed Jul 05 2018].