U of T to be smoke-free beginning on Jan. 1

17 Dec 2018 - 9:18am
Photo of U of T Scarborough Campus

The University of Toronto will begin the new year with a smoke-free campus.

On Thursday, Dec. 13, Governing Council approved a new smoke-free policy that prohibits smoking and vaping tobacco, cannabis and other products on all U of T property, including in vehicles.

The new policy, which takes effect Jan. 1, is being implemented on all three U of T campuses to ensure students, faculty and staff – as well as visitors and the surrounding community – enjoy a safe and healthy environment.

Cyntoia Brown needs support, not 51 years in prison

14 Dec 2018 - 10:17am
Cyntoia Brown reacts during her hearing in Nashville, Tennesee.

The Tennessee Supreme Court recently confirmed that Cyntoia Brown must serve 51 years in prison for shooting and killing a man in 2004 when she was just 16.

At UTM, to give is to receive holiday joy

12 Dec 2018 - 9:32am
UTM sign during snowfall

’Tis the season to be charitable—and faculty, staff and students at UTM are all taking part in making the holidays more comfortable for those who are hungry or not rich in material goods.

At the Institute of Management and Innovation, for example, faculty and staff support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel by providing Christmas gifts for the program’s youth participants. Carol Solonenko, the institute’s event coordinator, kickstarted this tradition of holiday giving a few years ago.

'Sudden stratospheric warming' linked to open water in polar ice pack

10 Dec 2018 - 2:45pm
Sea ice concentration from space on February 25 2018

In the depths of the long night that cloaks the Arctic in frigid darkness for three months each winter, a surprising patch of open water appeared, just to the north of Greenland.

It was a polynya – an area of unfrozen water surrounded by the polar ice pack. Though not especially rare in some parts of the Arctic, the north Greenland polynya of February 2018 was most unexpected. 50,000 km² of open water in the Wandel Sea, an area the size of the state of Kentucky or the province of Nova Scotia.

Indigenizing education

7 Dec 2018 - 4:28pm
Blurred and stylized image of Indigenous art

“The beginning of true reconciliation is education,” said Justice Harry LaForme, before a 500-seat UTM lecture hall packed with elders, teachers, scholars and students.

LaForme’s keynote address was one of the many highlights at the Dec. 7 Symposium on the Importance of Indigenous Education in Ontario Classrooms. He argued that Indigenous content--and people--have a place in the K-12 curriculum and beyond. “When you add an Indigenous person to the discussion, it changes everything,” he said.