News & Announcements

Professor Matthew Adams discusses reduced traffic due to COVID-19 and the effects on air pollution – UTM News & View to the U

The air that we breathe Originally published on UTM News Tuesday, June 16, 2020 – 11:36am Carla DeMarco UofT Mississauga Department of Geography prof monitors shifts in air pollution and sees some promising results from reduction in traffic over the past few months Fluctuations in commuter behaviour and air quality are always a preoccupation […]

Former Lecturer Beth Savan, Siva Vijenthira, and Yvonne Bambrick discuss what urban cycling will look like in a post-pandemic reality – TVO: The Agenda

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Bousfield Scholar Jay Pitter and Tamika Butler discuss inclusive urban planning and how urban design can perpetuate racial inequality – TVO: The Agenda

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Graduate student Spencer Elford and undergraduate student Scarlett Rakowska receive Esri awards for their work and engagement in mapping

Msc student Spencer Elford, supervised by Prof. Matthew Adams, wins the national competition for the Esri Young Scholar Award for his research on air pollution exposure experienced by children during their school commutes.  Click here to learn more and see his winning poster. Undergraduate student Scarlett Rakowska receives the UoT Esri Canada Centre of Excellence […]

Kofi Hope and Zahra Ebrahim appointed as new Adjunct Professors

We are pleased to announce that Kofi Hope and Zahra Ebrahim have been appointed as Adjunct Professors to the Department through 2022. This summer, Kofi and Zahra will offer an independent study course for planning students where they aim to mentor students on turning their ideas for  helping cities recover equitably from COVID-19 into projects, […]

Jay Pitter moderates panel to address how we respond to anti-Black racism in urbanist practices and conversations – The Globe & Mail

““Anti-Black racism is lodged deep in the foundations of North American cities … and this history continues to follow us today,” the Toronto planner and placemaker Jay Pitter said during an online panel hosted by the Canadian Urban Institute on Wednesday. Ms. Pitter joined four panelists in addressing a critical issue in city planning and […]

Solidarity Statement Regarding Anti-Black Racism

  Black lives matter. Clearly, however, the murders of George Floyd in Minneapolis, of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, of Breonna Tayler in Kentucky, the killing of Tony McDade in Florida and the tragic death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet here in Toronto, together with far too many other similar events, have served as stark reminders of the necessity […]

Michael Widener comments on barriers to food affordability – CNN

“‘With the economic hit many people have taken over the last few months, it’s tougher to afford fresh, healthy food like fruits and veggies, which are more expensive than processed items,’ said Michael Widener, geographer at the University of Toronto.” Click here to read the full story. 

Matti Siemiatycki speaks on rethinking transportation after COVID-19 – TVO The Agenda

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Planning student Keisha St. Louis-McBurnie shares insights on how to fix Toronto’s housing affordability crisis – The Star

“To improve housing in Toronto, governments need to provide housing affordability in perpetuity and invest more in the quality of life for residents. At the co-op where I grew up, our housing had summer day camps, field trips for Easter, Halloween parties and annual Pride parties. These kinds of housing models were developed and financed […]