Cities Centre, University of Toronto


In partnership with the Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation at the Clean Air Partnership, Cities Centre is hosting its first Cities Mixes and Fixes Interdisciplinary Workshop on Complete Streets. Nancy Smith Lea, Neluka Leanage and Michelle St-Amour will discuss road design, land-use planning and community organization. Friday March 25th, 4-6pm, 230 College Street, Rm 066 …more

Canada in 2035: Symposium on the Critical Issues of Canada’s Environmental Near-Future presented by PhD students in Environmental Applied Science and Management at Ryerson University on Thursday, March 24 will include an address by Cities Centre Director Eric Miller entitled Transportation Futures: Challenges & Opportunities. All are welcome to attend the day’s events. For more information

Cities Centre welcomes Alec (Alexander) Hay, a Canada-based serving British Army officer with extensive experience in overseas infrastructure and fortifications design and construction. Alec Hay is a practising Chartered Engineer specialising in infrastructure resilience and holds European Engineer designation. He is a licensed PEng in both Alberta and Ontario and is a Fellow of both the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Royal Engineers. Alec is a founding member and the International Secretary of the Register of Security Engineers and Specialists, which recognises competent professionals in security engineering through demanding peer review. He is currently working on developing an understanding of the interdependencies of critical infrastructure resilience. He has joined the Cities Centre on a part-time basis to assist with the establishment of the Centre for the Resilience of Critical Infrastructure and contribute to its research programme. Contact him at
The Centre of Criminology announces cancellation of the scheduled March 31 lecture Shifting Margins: Bail, Punishment and Specialized Courts.
Centre for Environment’s Carbon Finance Workshops are being held in Toronto in May and in Calgary in June …more
The March issues of e-Environews is now available online here
University of Toronto‘s 15th Annual Friends of Planning Spring Social will be held April 14 …online registration
Now available online, Martin Prosperity Institute’s latest Insight The Rise of the Creative Class, since 1800link
Job Opportunity University of Toronto seeks a Lecturer in Urban Studies, 1 year term, applications due April 14 more

Job Opportunity The City of Providence seeks a dynamic professional to lead the City’s economic development efforts …more

Call for Submissions 2011 Mississauga Urban Design Awards Student Poster Competition Due 4pm, March 21more
Call for Applications Maytree Scholarship Program Offering scholarships to Protected Persons and Landed Immigrants who were Protected Persons entering first year of undergraduate programs at university or community college in Toronto. Due March 25more
Call for Presentations IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Conference September 22-24, Toronto. Apply by April 20more
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, March 18, 12-2pm: Comparative Perspectives on Inequities in Children’s Health and Development: Implications for Societal Strategies Arjumand Siddiqi, Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health , University of Toronto. Presented by CERIS. Room 5150, 252 Bloor Street West, OISE/University of Toronto. Please RSVP to …more
Friday, March 18, 12-2pm: An Enormous Prison Without a Roof: The Influence of Siberian Exile on Tsarist Russia’s Penal Development Andrew Gentes, Department of History, Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois. Presented by Centre of Criminology and Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (CERES). Room 208, North Building, Munk School of Global Affairs (1 Devonshire Place) …register and more
Tuesday, March 22, 4:30pm: A Presentation on Urban Studies Issues and the CAPS Conference Federation of Urban Studies Students at York University will present highlights of their trip to the 2011 Canadian Association of Planning Students’ Conference. Room 701, Ross South, Keele campus, York University. For more info
Tuesday, March 22, 6:30pm: Recent Works Stephen Teeple, Teeple Architects Inc., Toronto. Bulthaup Spring 2011 Lecture Series, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, Room 103, 230 College Street …more
Tuesday, March 22, 7pm: Objectified Documentary film screening. Design Exchange, 234 Bay Street, 3rd Floor, Patty Watt Room. $10-15 admission; RSVP required …more
Tuesday, March 22, 8-10pm: Democracy, Expertise – and Politics (Day 1) The panel will feature: Munir Sheikh, Adjunct Professor, Queen’s University and former head of Statistics Canada; Antonia Maioni, Director, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada; Mel Cappe, President and CEO, Institute for Research of Public Policy and former Clerk of the Privy Council. Moderator: Misha Glouberman, host of Toronto’s popular Trampoline Lecture series. 2011 Walter Gordon Symposium in Public Policy (Day-1) presented by School of Public Policy and Governance, Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. West …more
Wednesday, March 23, 8am-1pm: Democracy, Expertise – and Politics (Day 2) Two panel discussions will take place beginning at 8am with a light breakfast. Both panels will be moderated by Neil Seeman, Director of Health Strategy Innovation Cell. 9am: Talking to the public featuring Don Lenihan, VP of Public Engagement, Public Policy Forum and Karim Bardeesy, Editorial Writer, The Globe and Mail. 10:45am: Serving the public panelists include Karli Farrow, Director, Strategy Management Office, Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre; Anthony Doob, Professor, University of Toronto’s Centre of Criminology; and Paul Thomas, PhD student in Canadian Politics at the University of Toronto. A light lunch will be available following the second panel. 2011 Walter Gordon Symposium in Public Policy (Day-2) presented by School of Public Policy and Governance, Upper Library, Massey College, 4 Devonshire Place. Space is limited to registrants on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration is required: rsvp@waltergordonsymposium.commore
Wednesday, March 23, 1-2:30pm: Tony Dean & Guy Giorno in Conversation Tony Dean is the former Secretary of the Cabinet and Head of the Ontario Public Service. Guy Giorno is the former Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada, the Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper. Presented by School of Public Policy and Governance at CG-150 Canadiana Gallery, Rm. 150, 14 Queen’s Park Crescent West. RSVP to sppg.event@utoronto.camore
Wednesday, March 23, 5:30-7:30pm: Tour of Sony Centre for the Performing Arts Alfredo Romano, Principal, Castlepoint Realty Group, and Dan Brambilla, Chief Executive Officer, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. Presented by ULI Toronto …register and more
Wednesday, March 23, 7:30pm: Paul Robeson: The Tallest Tree in Our Forest A panel discussion challenging race and class within Toronto’s multicultural framework, in honour of the UN Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Moderated by Ken Jeffers, Manager of Diversity in Parks, Forestry and Recreation, City of Toronto. Panelists: Norm Kelly, Playwright/writer; Lee Lorch, Civil rights activist and York Professor Emeritus; Rathika Sitsabaiesan, Community activist and Federal NDP candidate; Cikiah Thomas, Chair Global African National Congress.Co-sponsored by: Hart House, Centre for the Study of the United States, Munk School of Global Affairs and the City of Toronto. Free …more
Thursday, March 24, 9:30am-4:30pm: Canada in 2035: Symposium on the Critical Issues of Canada’s Environmental Near-Future Presented by PhD students in Environmental Applied Science and Management at Ryerson University. Peter Bronfman Learning Centre, 7th Floor Heaslip House (The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education), 297 Victoria Street. For more information
Thursday, March 24, 12:30-2pm: The EU’s external borders and refugee protection: from Dublin to Tunisia – Generation Christina Clark-Kazack, Assistant Professor, Refugee and Humanitarian Affairs, York University and President, Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. Presented by CERIS, Room 519, York Research Tower, York University. Please RSVP to cerisadm@yorku.camore
Thursday, March 24, 1pm: Taxonomy as Technique Amy Kulper, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Ann Arbor. John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto, 230 College Street, Room 106 …more
Thursday, March 24, 4:10pm: When Is It Safe to Swim in the Great Lakes? Marg Sanborn, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University. Environment & Health Seminar Series, Centre for Environment. Rosebrugh Building, Room RS208, 4 Taddle Creek Road …more
Thursday, March 24, 5-7pm: Making Space for Diverse Masculinities: Difference, Intersectionality and Engagement in an Urban High School A Book Launch and Reception with Lance T. McCready, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Urban Education, Ontario Institute for Studies on Education. 252 Bloor Street West, OISE Rm 12-199. RSVP to
Thursday, March 24, 6:30-8:30pm: Billie Tsien Presented by Ryerson University Department of Architectural Science. Design Exchange, Trading Floor, 234 Bay Street …more
Friday, March 25, 7:30-11:30am: Integrating Energy Planning Into Urban Development – Why Should We Care? Keynote Speakers: Gord Miller, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario. Session Moderator: George Vegh, McCarthy Tetrault LLP. With an expert panel: Colin Andersen – CEO, Ontario Power Authority; John W. Livey – CAO, Town of Markham; Plus representatives from Enbridge and Dalkia (tbc). Presented by Canadian Urban Institute. Registration and fee required. Ted Rogers School of Management, Cara Commons Room, 55 Dundas Street West …more and register
Friday, March 25, 10:30am-12noon: Greenbelts: A guide to setting up and running multifunctional peri-urban spaces Marco Amati, Lecturer and Program Director of Environmental Planning, Department of Environment and Geography, Macquarie University, Sydney. Presented by CITY Institute at York, 626 York Research Tower …more
Friday, March 25, 12pm-2pm: Accessing and Using Primary Care Physicians among Immigrant Populations in Canada Lu Wang, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Ryerson University. Presented by CERIS, TRS 3-129, Ryerson University. Please RSVP to cerisadm@yorku.camore
Friday, March 25, 2-4pm: Ruth Wilson Gilmore (City University of New York). F. Ross Johnson Distinguished Speaker Series, Centre for the Study of the United States. Intersections Geography and Planning Speaker Series. Munk School of Global Affairs, 1 Devonshire Place, Room 208N …more
Friday, March 25, 4-6pm: Cities Mixes and Fixes Interdisciplinary Workshop: Complete Streets Nancy Smith Lea, Director, Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation; Neluka Leanage; Michelle St. Amour. Presented by Cities Centre. John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, 230 College Street, Rm 066. RSVP to k.grond@utoronto.camore

Friday, March 25, 4-6pm: Neuro: The New Brain Sciences and the Remaking of the Human Nikolas Rose, London School of Economics. Intersections Geography and Planning Speaker Series, co-sponsored by Health Care, Technology and Place; History and Theory Working Group; Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Issues; Department of Philosophy. University College, 15 King’s College Circle, Room 140 …more
Monday, March 28, 1-2pm: What Effect has the Future Canadian Security Environment on the Resilience of its Infrastructure? Lt. Col. Alec Hay, MBE, P.Eng. Seminar 1 of Resilience of Critical Infrastructure in Canada Seminar Series. Presented by the Dept. of Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering. Bahen Centre for Information Technology, 40 St. George Street, BA1230 …more
Monday, March 28, 1:30-5:30pm: The Big Society: The Current Ethos of Social Engagement in Britain and its Implications for the Role of Government Presented by School of Public Policy and Governance. University of Toronto, Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks St., Main Dining Room. RSVP to sppg.event@utoronto.camore
Monday March 28, 7pm: Local History and Site Specificity in Bridge of One Hair Maggie Hutcheson, PhD Candidate, Environmental Studies, York University. Visible City Working Papers – Winter 2011. Of Swallows, their deeds, & the winter below, 283 College St. …more
Wednesday, March 30, 2-4pm: “Arrival City” The Final Migration and Our Next World 2011 Paul Cadario lecture presented by School of Public Policy and Governance. The Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs, 1 Devonshire Place. RSVP to sppg.event@utoronto.camore
Wednesday, March 30, 2-4pm: International Police Reform Assistance: The Slow Evolution of a Liberal Idea Michael Kempa, Professor, Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa. Presented by Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. The Munk Centre for International Studies, 1 Devonshire Place, 108N, North House …more and register
Wednesday, March 30, 4:10pm: New Directions or No Direction? Climate Change and Global Risk Governance following Cancun Steven Bernstein, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto, Mississauga. Centre for Environment Seminar Series, Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street, Room SS1072 …more
Wednesday, March 30, 5-7pm: Institutions out of Sync: Pressure Points for Change Featured guests will be: Professor Jim Cummins, Research Chair in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at OISE, University of Toronto; Professor David Hulchanski, Associate Director for research at the University of Toronto’s Cities Centre and a professor of housing and community development and the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work; Gina Csanyi, Executive Director of the Roma Community Centre in Toronto, which is the only organization representing the interests of Roma in Canada; Fouzia Warsame, PhD candidate in OISE’s Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education (SESE) and a representative of one of Toronto’s Somali communities. Third annual William Waters Symposium, presented by Centre for Urban Schooling, OISE. Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto. Free admission, ticket required: contact UofTtix Box office, 416-978-8849 or http://www.uofttix.camore
Wednesday, March 30, 7pm: Kama 2011 Benefit Reading Series: Cities Moderator: Ken Greenberg, architect, urban designer, teacher, writer, former Director of Urban Design and Architecture for the City of Toronto, and Principal of Greenberg Consultants. His new book, Walking Home: The Life and Lessons of a City Builder, will be published in May 2011; Suketu Mehta, author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found which won the Kiriyama Prize and the Hutch Crossword Award, and was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize; Doug Saunders, journalist, columnist and reporter for The Globe and Mail, whose writing has won the National Newspaper Award on four occasions, and whose latest book Arrival City explores the effects of the final wave of rural-urban migration on the cities of the world. Presented by World Literacy Canada and the Centre for City Ecology. Park Hyatt, 4 Avenue Road, Toronto. Tickets are $60 with a $30 tax receipt, and include complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds from this event benefit World Literacy Canada …tickets and more

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
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
Wednesday, April 13, 11am (Toronto): Community Policing: Finding Common Ground with Immigrant Communities Cities of Migration webinar …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, 6-9pm: 15th Annual Friends of Planning Spring Social Speaker 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 …register and more
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
March 22-24: Greenbelts: Local Solutions for Global Challenges Presented by Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, Toronto …more
March 23: CanNord 2011 Conference on Sustainable Solutions for Urban Life Hosted by the Embassies and Trade Commissions of Sweden, Norway and Denmark, in cooperation with the Nordic Council of Ministers and the City of Toronto. Allstream Centre, Toronto …more
March 24: 2011 Student Symposium on Urban Youth and the Determinants of Sexual Health Presented by Planned Parenthood Toronto & Gendering Adolescent AIDS Prevention (GAAP). William Doo Auditorium, 45 Willcocks Street …more
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
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 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 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 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
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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