Giving Back: Alumnus makes season brighter for underprivileged kids

14 Dec 2017 - 9:36am
Peel Police constables hold stuffed animals in front of Toys for Tots logo

The efforts of an Erindale College alumnus are helping to make the holiday season a little brighter for thousands of underprivileged children in the Region of Peel.

Over the past 14 years, geography alumnus Dean Fox has helped to raise thousands in cash and toy donations for “Toys for Tots.” The annual toy drive, organized by Peel Regional Police in partnership with Canadian Tire and the Salvation Army, provides children in Peel Region with holiday gifts.

Speculation affects global food prices but resistance is an option, says UTM researcher

12 Dec 2017 - 9:55am
Sean Field

Regulation changes made in 2000 to allow greater financial speculation on agricultural commodities such as wheat have had a major impact on global food prices, says Sean Field, a sessional lecturer in geography at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Filling the Gap: Fighting homelessness in Canadian cities

8 Dec 2017 - 11:47am
A homeless man sits on the ground. He is bundled in a blanket. Two large bags are beside him.

Alison Smith was a Masters student in 2008 when she took a volunteer position with a homeless shelter in east Vancouver. It was a decision that helped to set the course for her future research. “It was a time when homelessness was getting a lot of municipal attention,” Smith says. “My focus had been more international, but from that experience I started to focus on Canadian social policy and homelessness in large Canadian cities.”

December Exam Jam: Taking time to focus on academics and wellness

6 Dec 2017 - 2:47pm
Group of students hold signs reading: Good luck on exams!

Exam Jam, one of UTM’s most popular events, returned on December 5. Now in it’s fourth year, the twice-yearly event draws about 3,000 students seeking an academic boost or stress-busting techniques ahead of the winter exam period. This year’s schedule featured about 80 academic review sessions, along with more than 30 wellness activities designed to help students relax and unwind after hitting the books.

Designing healthier cities

5 Dec 2017 - 12:14pm
Marc Johnson speaking in front of crowd at CUE symposium

In 2008, planet Earth passed a critical threshold. For the first time in our history, more than half of all human beings now live in urban areas, rather than in rural communities. And in Canada, more than 82 per cent of our population currently lives in cities, towns or villages.