Time to act on climate change is now, Suzuki tells sustainability conference

21 Oct 2019 - 11:23am

“Who the hell do we [humans] think we are?” David Suzuki, the renowned environmental activist, told his audience via video link at UTM’s global sustainability conference last week.  “We think we can do things without unintended consequences. 

“We are at a moment without any precedent in the 4.5 billion years Earth has existed. … We are so powerful that we are the main force altering the physical, biological and chemical properties of the planet. This truly is the Anthropocene (human-centred) Epoch.”

In pursuit of truth: Daniel Dale delivers 2019 Snider Lecture

18 Oct 2019 - 12:52pm
Daniel Dale

Daniel Dale is a truth seeker. A fact-checker. A journalist who after 11 years at the Toronto Star has made the leap to his latest position as a reporter on CNN. He's also this year's Snider Lecturer, a series that started in 1974 with the goal to enrich UTM's intellectual and cultural life and present voices that make people think about the world around them.

U of T honours 'excellence and dedication' of more than 100 volunteers at Arbor Awards

18 Oct 2019 - 11:46am
Chris Thompson (HBA 2012) and Gabriella Fermo (BSc 1995)

Earlier this month, the University of Toronto held its 30th annual Arbor Awards gala, held at the Carlu in downtown Toronto. The awards, the highest honour granted by the university, recognize U of T’s most outstanding volunteers. One such volunteer is Christopher Thompson, past president of the U of T Mississauga Student Union and the U of T Mississauga Alumni Association.

This is U of T: Akwasi Owusu-Bempah on why he became an advocate for cannabis amnesty

18 Oct 2019 - 11:24am

Akwasi Owusu-Bempah calls the end of almost a century of cannabis prohibition “such a fascinating time in history.” 

UTM remembers Professor Emeritus Peter Silcox

16 Oct 2019 - 11:47am
Professor Emeritus Peter Silcox smoking a pipe and holding a fish by the gills.

U of T alumnus, administrator and professor emeritus of political science Peter Silcox has died. Born in Dudley, England, Silcox studied at the University of Bristol and the London School of Economics before accepting a Commonwealth Scholarship to study at U of T in 1961. The move launched what became a forty-year career with the university when Silcox accepted a faculty position with the university in 1964, teaching British and Canadian politics at U of T’s St. George and Erindale College campuses until his retirement in 2003.