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Mentors help students find their inner strength

29 Apr 2019 - 4:45pm
Samra Zafar and Sabeen

Sabeen* had survived two abusive marriages. She had entered the first – an arranged marriage – in Lahore, Pakistan, at the age of 21. After almost 10 difficult years, she boarded a plane with her children to start again in Canada. At 35, she then tried marriage a second time. This husband quickly turned emotionally abusive. To Sabeen, living with him felt like “living with the devil,” and she began fearing for the safety of her children. In a matter of months, she found the strength, yet again, to leave.

Seizing 'the opportunity to lead and to serve’

25 Apr 2019 - 9:45am
Sherice Robertson

After 25 years of recognizing outstanding student leaders with an award in his name, Gordon Cressy still insists on taking photos with each of the winners.

Since the Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award was established by the University of Toronto Alumni Association and the Division of University Advancement in 1994, about 4,000 U of T students have been recognized for their outstanding extracurricular contributions – to their college, faculty, school or to the university as a whole.

Childhood trauma has impact on adult mental health of immigrant population

24 Apr 2019 - 10:04am
Vincent Kuuire

Immigrants to Canada who suffered physical or sexual trauma as children are much more likely to have mental health issues as adults than other immigrants, says a new study by Vincent Kuuire, an assistant professor of geography at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

The findings suggest that the health-care system should take a holistic view of immigrant well-being.

U of T President Meric Gertler offers 'deepest condolences' after terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday

23 Apr 2019 - 10:38am
A woman prays at St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo on April 22, a day after the building was hit as part of a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka

University of Toronto President Meric Gertler has condemned the string of bombings in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday that left nearly 300 people dead and hundreds more injured.

“The University of Toronto community shares in the shock and sadness felt around the world in response to the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka yesterday,” President Gertler said in a statement on Monday.

Earth Day: Six things you can do right now to help the environment

22 Apr 2019 - 10:29am
Photo of Ward Island beach covered in litter. The Toronto skyline is visible in the background.

The headlines about the state of the environment make for grim reading. 

Canada is warming about twice as fast as the rest of the world, according to a federal report released this month, and it’s falling short of its target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 70 per cent of 2005 levels by 2030.

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