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Congratulations to Lake Sagaris, who was recently awarded the Cycling Embassy of Denmark’s Leadership Award for Cycling Promotion 2011 at the Velo-City 2011 conference. The judges state “Lake Sagaris is an outstanding example of how a committed activist can raise public awareness and mobilize citizens in a joint effort to demand a livable city. The results of her great dedication and professionalism are an inspiration not only to Chile but also to the rest of the world.” Lake is a Ph.D. student in Geography, working under the supervision of Professor Andre Sorensen, and president of Ciudad Viva (Living City) in Santiago, Chile …more
Everyone is invited to attend the graduate student presentations for JPG1111: Research Practice in Geography and Planning. Students will present their proposals from 3 to 5 pm in Sid Smith 2125 on Tuesday, April 5. Please feel free to drop by and learn more about their interesting research projects. Delicious snacks will be served.
Today is the last day to register at the reduced early-bird rate—a savings of $100—for this year’s Complete Streets Forum taking place on Thursday, April 28 at Hart House followed by a full day of workshops on Friday, April 29. Cities Centre is proud to co-sponsor this event. Some of the world’s foremost authorities on active transportation as keynote speakers for this event: Mia Birk from Portland, Oregon (President of Alta Planning + Design and author of Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet); Michel Labrecque from Montréal, Quebec (Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Société de transport de Montréal and former President of Vélo Québec); Roelof Wittink from Utrecht, The Netherlands (founding member of I-CE and recipient of the 2010 Leadership Award for Cycling Promotion from the Cycling Embassy of Denmark). Special note for students: A few ING Direct Student Scholarships are still available at a reduced rate of $50. For more details, contact The Forum is organized by the Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation (TCAT), a project of the Clean Air Partnership; this is TCAT’s fourth annual active transportation policy conference. …register
Martin Prosperity Institute published an Insight on March 30, Jobs and Amenities: Modeling Talent Mobility and Regional Satisfactionlink
Call for Presentations 18th annual A.D. Latornell Conservation Symposium – Water: The Future of the Source due April 8 more

Call for Applications Authors Meet Critics Joint initiative of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR) and the Studies in Urban and Social Change book series published by Wiley-Blackwell will award 20 grants to Ph.D candidates or Ph.Ds in the early stages of their career. Due April 10more

Job Opportunity University of Toronto seeks a Lecturer in Urban Studies, 1 year term, applications due April 14more
Call for Volunteers Jane’s Walk taking place May 7-8 …more

Call for Presentations IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Conference September 22-24, Toronto. Apply by April 20more
Call for Applications CERIS Graduate Student Research Award Graduate students are invited to apply for ten awards of up to $500.00 to support significant research projects on immigration and settlement issues in Ontario. Due 4pm, April 29more
Call for Submissions The Urban Studies Foundation is pleased to announce that it is funding the first round of a competition to host an urban research seminar series. The Foundation will fund up to £20,000 of reasonable costs and expenses for the running of the event. There are no geographical restrictions. Submissions are invited for seminar or conference events taking place during the 12 months following the closing date for applications (30 April). For further information please contact Kenneth Gibb, Urban Studies Journal, Scotland at
Call for Papers “Queen Jane Jacobs” – Jane Jacobs and paradigm shifts in urban planning and urban redevelopment HafenCity University, Hamburg, May 12-13. Abstracts due May 4. For more information: Prof. Dr. Dirk Schubert, HafenCity University Hamburg,
Call for Entries American Society of Landscape Architecture Professional and Student Awards Due Friday, May 6 for Student Award …more
Call for Entries 2011 Toronto Urban Design Awards City of Toronto. Due Thursday, May 19more
Call for Nominations Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s Excellence in Education Award Due May 31more
Call for Nominations Heritage Toronto Awards Categories: William Greer Architectural Conservation and Craftsmanship, Book, Media, Community Heritage Award. Due June 1more
Call for Book Proposals Lorimer is a Toronto-based book publisher focusing on the following subject areas: economics, education, gender studies, history, native studies, political science, public policy, sociology, and urban studies. They are actively looking for book proposals and will carefully consider all submissions that fall within their publishing mandate. Please send a covering letter, outline, writing sample, and cv to: Editorial Director, Lorimer, 317 Adelaide St. W., Suite 1002, Toronto, ON M5V 1P9.
Call for Nominations 2011 Zerofootprint Re-Skinning Awards Entries due August 31more

Friday, April 1, 12noon-2pm: Immigration Dialectic: Imagining Community, Economy and Nation Harald Bauder, Associate Professor, Graduate Program in Immigration and Settlement Studies, Geography Department, Ryerson University. 340 Church Street / 60 Gould Street, Kerr Hall East, Room 321A, Ryerson University. Presented by CERIS. All welcome. Please RSVP to cerisadm@yorku.camore
Friday, April 1, 12:30-2pm: Shifting Empowerment, Remixing Values Heather Haynes (Toronto Free Gallery) & Mark Campbell (, Sociology & Equity Department at OISE). The City Institute at York University (CITY), 305 York Lanes …more
Friday, April 1, 4-5:30pm: Critically Assessing Conservation: Reflections from the Field Dr. Zinta Zommers, Wildlife Conservation Research Group, University of Oxford. Environment and Development Seminar and Jane Goodall Scholarship Presentation. Presented jointly by the Centre for Environment and the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada. Room 1050, Reichman Auditorium, 5 Bancroft Avenue, University of Toronto, Earth Sciences Centre. Free event, limited seating, tickets required
Monday, April 4, 12:30-2pm: Arbitration, Equity, and Summary Justice in Eighteenth Century London Greg Smith, Department of History, University of Manitoba. Presented by Centre of Criminology. Boardroom (Room 265), 14 Queen’s Park Cres. W …more
Tuesday, April 5, 7:30pm: Rabih Mroué with Elle Flanders Urban Field Speakers Series, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, 401 Richmond St. West, Suite 124. For more information:
Wednesday, April 6, 6pm: The Power of Pro Bono: 40 Stories about Design for the Public Good by Architects and their Clients John Cary, President and CEO of Next American City and former executive director of Public Architecture. Presented by The Centre for City Ecology at Urbanspace Gallery,401 Richmond Street West. Followed by reception, book sale and signing. Please RSVP to
Thursday, April 7, 5:30-7:30pm: Changing the Channel on the Immigration Debate Frank Sharry, Founder and Executive Director of America’s Voice, former Executive Director of the National Forum on Immigration and well-known leader, activist and trainer on messaging and media. The evening will be hosted by Ratna Omidvar, President of Maytree who will engage Frank in an informal conversation. Presented by Maytree. The Arts & Letters Club, 14 Elm Street, Toronto. Free, limited seating, ticket required …more
Thursday, April 7, 7:30pm: Alex Sainsbury in Conversation with Margaret Zeidler Urban Field Speakers Series, programmed by Janine Marchessault and Scott McLeod and presented by Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art in association with the Visible City Project and Archive of York University. Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, 401 Richmond St. West, Suite 124. For tickets and info:
Friday, April 8, 12noon-2pm: Sex Trafficking of Women to Canada: Results from a Qualitative Metasynthesis of Empirical Research Natalya Timoshkina, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, York University. Richard Ericson Seminar Room, Centre for Criminology, University of Toronto, 14 Queen’s Park Crescent W. Please RSVP to cerisadm@yorku.camore
Wednesday, April 13, 11am (Toronto): Community Policing: Finding Common Ground with Immigrant Communities Cities of Migration webinar …more and register
Wednesday, April 13, 4-5:30pm: Development charges across Canada: Can they be used to promote sustainability? Keynote Speaker: Mia Baumeister, Master of Urban and Regional Planning Candidate, University of Toronto. 2011 Graduate Fellowship Seminar Series presented by Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance …more and register
Thursday, April 14, 12:30-2pm: Power/Knowledge Failure: The East German Secret Police, the Opposition, and the End of Socialism Andreas Glaeser, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago. Presented by Centre of Criminology, co-sponsored with CERES. Boardroom (Room 265), 14 Queen’s Park Cres. W …more
Thursday, April 14, 1-5pm: Moving Forward: Older Immigrant Women Speak Up Supported by funding from Department of Justice Canada for the National Victims of Crime Awareness Week: Many Voices, Many Paths. ENG 102, George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre, Ryerson University. Please RSVP
Thursday, April 14, 6-9pm: 15th Annual Friends of Planning Spring Social “Luminato: Painting the Canvas of a City” presented by Mr. Tony Gagliano, Co-Founder of Luminato, President of the AGO Board of Trustees and Executive Chairman and CEO of St. Joseph Communications. Great Hall, Hart House, University of Toronto, 7 Hart House Circle …register and more
Friday, April 15, 12noon-2pm: Immigrant Professionals in Ontario: Rebuilding Professional Lives as Settlement Workers Adnan Turegun, Adjunct Research Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University, Ottawa. Presented by CERIS. Room 519, York Research Tower, York University. Please RSVP to cerisadm@yorku.camore
Friday, April 15, 9am-5pm: HUBURBS: Metrolinx Mobility Hub Symposium Hosted by the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto and generously supported by Metrolinx. Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto, 2 Sussex Avenue. Free admission, RSVP required: nene.brode@daniels.utoronto.camore
Monday, April 18, 12noon-1:30pm: "ÅRE-Project," How to Design a City! Dag Holmgren, Professor in Industrial Design, Designer MSD, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical School of Engineering, Jönköping. Brown Bag Lunch presentation at Martin Prosperity Institute, MaRS Centre, 101 College Street, Ste. 420, 4th Floor …more
Tuesday, April 19, 3-4:30pm: Embodied Geographies Down Under: Race, Ethnicity And Lesbian And Gay Bodies In Australia Andrew Gorman-Murray, Professor, Geography Dept., University of Wollongong, NSW Australia. Sponsored by the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies and the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies. University College Rm 251.
Wednesday, April 20, 2-7:30pm: Design & Innovation Forum Christina Kakaflikas, Manager Special Projects, Markham Economic Development; Samantha Sannella, President and CEO, Design Exchange; Davide Tonizzo, Design D. Presented by Town of Markham, Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario, and Design Exchange. Markham Convergence Centre. Information and registration:
Wednesday, April 27, 8:30am-3:30pm: RBC Conference: Civic Engagement and Economic Development in Canadian Cities 9:15-10:15am“Regional Stewards and Economic Innovation” presented by Doug Henton, Chairman and CEO, Collaborative Economics Inc.; 10:30-11:30am “The Social Dynamics of Economic Governance In Canadian City-Regions: Theory And Practice” presented by Neil Bradford, Associate Professor, Political Science, University of Western Ontario ; 11:30am-12:30pm “Civic Governance and Social Inclusion In Ottawa” presented by Caroline Andrew, Professor, School of Political Studies and Director, Centre for Governance, University of Ottawa; 12:30-2:30pm “Reflections On Civic Leadership” presented by Gord Nixon, President and CEO, Royal Bank of Canada; 2:30-3:30pm “Civic Engagement and Civic Leadership in Toronto’s Future” presented by David Wolfe, Professor, Political Science and RBC Chair in Public and Economic Policy, University of Toronto. George Ignatieff Theatre, Larkin Building, 15 Devonshire Place, University of Toronto …register for sessions and more
Thursday, April 28, 12noon-2pm: Social Innovation and Collaboration Presenters include Jeff Melanson, Executive Director and Co-CEO of Canada’s National Ballet School and Art’s Advisor to the Mayor of Toronto; Dr. Hooley McLaughlin, Chief Science Officer and Vice President of Science Experience; Naki Osutei, Vice-President of Strategy for the VP, Strategy, Greater Toronto Civic Action Alliance; and Director of Youth Programs at the Design Exchange Katie Weber. The salon will be hosted by Executive Director of the Children’s Own Museum and Founder of the Monkey and the Lotus Studio, Che Marville. Presented by Design Exchange and Childrens Own Museum. The Design Exchange, 234 Bay Street, Patty Watt Room. Register: daniela.mason@dx.orgmore
Friday, April 29, 7:30-11am: Congestion Rising – Understanding the Consequences of the New Geography of Office Employment Session Moderator: Fred Eisenberger, President & CEO, Canadian Urban Institute. Keynote Presentation: Glenn Miller, FCIP, RPP, vice president, CUI and Iain Dobson, Principal, Real Estate Search Corporation and senior associate, CUI. Plus an Expert Panel. Canadian Urban Institute Urban Leadership Series, cosponsored by the Toronto Office Coalition. Sutton Place Hotel, Stop 33, 955 Bay St. …register and more
Friday, April 29, 12noon-2pm: Citizenship and Urban Space: Intersections of Belonging, Housing and Settlement for Newcomers to Kingston – Galloway / Orton Park Girish Daswani, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto. Presented by CERIS, Room 246, Anthropology Department, 19 Russell Street, University of Toronto. Please RSVP to cerisadm@yorku.camore
Thursday, May 12: Toronto The Good Presented by ERA Architects, co-sponsored by Cities Centre. Great Hall, Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto. Details TBA.
Thursday, June 9, 5-9pm: Urban Leadership Awards 2011 Presented by Canadian Urban Institute. Liberty Grand, 25 British Columbia Road, Exhibition Place, Renaissance Room …more and register
Saturday, June 11, 10:30am-3:30pm: Geotrip to Koffler Scientific Reserve at Jokers Hill Organized by UTAGA and Senior College …moreregister
April 1-2: Out of Water John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design 230 College Street, Auditorium, Room 103 …more
April 7-8: Toward a New Globalization: The Challenge of Innovation Program of the 3rd CRISES International Symposium Université du Québec à Montréal …more
Friday, April 15, 9am-5pm: HUBURBS: Metrolinx Mobility Hub Symposium Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto. Free admission, RSVP required: nene.brode@daniels.utoronto.camore
April 16: Finding Meaning in Multiculturalism 40 Years Later CERIS – The Ontario Metropolis Centre Graduate Student Conference, Ryerson University. For more information: internsforceris@gmail.commore
April 20-22: Staging Sustainability Accolade East Building, Keele campus, York University …more
April 23: Revisiting Suburbia 10th Annual Graduate Art History Student Association Symposium, York University. Information ahgsay.comm@gmail.commore
April 27: RBC Conference: Civic Engagement and Economic Development in Canadian Cities Keynote speaker: Gord Nixon, President and CEO, Royal Bank of Canada. Other speakers include Doug Henton, Chairman and CEO, Collaborative Economics Inc.; Neil Bradford, Associate Professor, Political Science, University of Western Ontario ; Caroline Andrew, Professor, School of Political Studies and Director, Centre for Governance, University of Ottawa; David Wolfe, Professor, Political Science and RBC Chair in Public and Economic Policy, University of Toronto. George Ignatieff Theatre, Larkin Building, 15 Devonshire Place, University of Toronto …register and more
April 28-29: Complete Streets Forum Presented by Clean Air Partnership, co-sponsored by Cities Centre. Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto ..more
May 2-3: Water Finance Program Centre for Environment …more
May 12-13 “Queen Jane Jacobs” – Jane Jacobs and paradigm shifts in urban planning and urban redevelopment HafenCity University, Hamburg. For more information:
May 25-26 Carbon Finance Workshop Centre for Environment, University of Toronto, Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle …more and register
May 31-June 1: 2nd Annual Greening Government Conference Toronto Board of Trade …more
June 3-5: 2011 Ontario Heritage Conference Town of Cobourg …more
June 14-15: Transforming and Revitalizing Downtown Summit Metro Toronto Convention Centre …more
June 21-23: Canadian Housing and Renewal Association Annual Congress Regina …more
August 22-26: Montreal 2011 EcoCity World Summitmore
August 26-29: Urban Morphology and the Post-Carbon City 18th International Seminar on Urban Form (ISUF), Montreal. Reduced registration fee before April 2 more
September 22-24: IIDEX/NEOCON Canada National Design Expo and Conference Direct Energy Centre, Toronto …more
Oct. 3-4: Canadian Brownfields 2011 Presented by Canadian Urban Institute and Canadian Brownfields Network. Allstream Centre at Exhibition Place, Toronto …more
October 12-14: Ontario Professional Planners Institute 2011 Conference Ottawa Convention Centre, Ottawa …more
Continuing to July 15: MOCKED UP: IN FOOTNOTES ― Beyond Office dA Nader Tehrani, a founder of Office dA and the newly formed NADAAA. He is the 2010-2011 Frank Gehry International Visiting Chair in Architectural Design at the University of Toronto. John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto, 230 College Street …more

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