Let’s Talk Toronto: Discussion of Vital Signs Report


Let’s Talk Toronto presented by the Association of Political Science Students – APSS, Hart House Debates Committee, the Urban Studies Students’ Union, and the Centre for Community Partnerships
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 from 2-4PM in the Debates Room, Hart House

It’s time for us to talk about our city.
October 27, 2014 is election day in the City of Toronto. The Toronto Vital Signs Report is released annually by the Toronto Foundation to assess the quality of life in Toronto and to identify opportunities for improvement. Let’s Talk Toronto will be an opportunity to bring together students and Toronto leaders to discuss the findings of the 2014 Report, released on October 7th, and the state Toronto is in. Students will have an opportunity to pick up a copy of the Report and interact with the keynote speaker and panelists. The keynote speaker will be Rahul K. Bhardwaj, President & CEO of the Toronto Foundation, and panelists will include Susan McIsaac, the CEO of United Way, and Professor Shauna Brail from the Department of Urban Studies. This discussion will be moderated by Professor Anthony Careless from the Department of Political Science.

Read more about the Vital Signs Report here: https://torontofoundation.ca/torontos-vital-signs-report

Check out the Facebook event group here: https://www.facebook.com/events/780585948671307/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

URSSU Recruiting Upper Year Reps!

Interested in becoming part of the URSSU community? Become an upper year rep for Urban Studies Student Union! Upper year reps facilitate communication between Urban Studies courses and the URSSU executive team. To apply, just send us a short paragraph explaining what you could bring to the URSSU community at urssuinfo@gmail.com by October 1st!



End of Term Elections and Social!

The Urban Studies Students Union will be holding its annual elections meeting and social on the same day! Come to the Innis College Student Lounge (IN105) at 4:00pm on Friday, April 4th if you would like to run for a position on next year’s council!

Positions include: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, and multiple General council positions (i.e. Class Representatives, Social Media Coordinator).

Be prepared to make a brief statement about why you think you are a successful candidate and should be elected to a certain position.


After the election all Urban Studies students and faculty are invited to join URSSU for dinner at the Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar to celebrate the end of the academic year. Refreshments will be provided.

Detailed descriptions of positions:
*All members must be enrolled in the Urban Studies Program*

Executive Council:

Primarily responsible for coordinating executive activities and duties, planning council meetings and events, attending all ASSU meetings.
Acts as the official chair of all meetings of Council, and acts as the official representative of Council at external functions.
Signing officer of Council

Vice President
Primarily responsible for executing the duties of the president in his/her absence, and supporting the council at all meetings.

Primarily responsible for overseeing financial transactions and preparing financial statements for Council.
Signing officer of Council

Primarily responsible for maintaining records of Council and completing clerical tasks.
Acts at as the information officer of council and prepares all information releases.

General Council:

Class Representative
Primarily responsible for representing the views of Urban Studies classmates and relaying information about events to students and professors.

Social Media Coordinator
Primarily responsible for updating all social media networks (twitter, facebook, blog, etc) with events, program information, and general meeting updates.

Graphic Design Coordinator
Primarily responsible for creating event posters and distributing them to the council for advertising on various networks.

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Please join the us for an academic seminar including presentations and discussion about housing policies and redevelopments in North America. Dr. David Hulchanski (Professor of Housing and Community Development in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work) and Dr. Shauna Brail (Director of the Urban Studies Experiential Learning Program and Senior Lecturer) will present their key ideas and findings about the effectiveness of housing redevelopments in North America. This will facilitate a critical conversation about the current strengths and weaknesses of mixed income housing redevelopments, and how to apply these ideas to foster change and reduce inequalities. Light refreshments will be provided.

When?: March 13th, 2014: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Where?: Hart House Board Room (7 Hart House Circle – 2nd floor)



We look forward to seeing you at the seminar!

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Planning School Seminar

Thinking of applying to a Masters in Planning after graduation? Come hear Pierre Filion from Waterloo Planning Admissions speak about the application process, tomorrow, on Thursday, October 24 at 2:00pm-3:00pm in SS 2124a. Learn about the basic requirements, as well as some tips for creating a strong application. A current U of T Masters in Planning student will also be present to answer some questions about the program. Free food and refreshments will be provided. Come by and learn more!

U of T Graduate Planning:


U of W School of Planning:



Urban Studies Orientation – 4:30-6pm TODAY!

Please join us this afternoon, September 11th from 4:30 – 6pm at the Innis College Cafe for the annual Urban Studies Orientation! The orientation is an opportunity to meet Urban Studies faculty and staff members, learn more about the Urban Studies Program, get to know fellow students and enjoy a snack. This is a fun and casual event and we look forward to welcoming you back to campus!

We hope to see you there!

Free Toronto Tour

Mid-summer boredom setting in? It’s a great time to take advantage of a free summer activity like a tour of Toronto: Tour Guys is offering a free tour on a regular basis this summer. The “Heart of Toronto” tour takes place every weekday at 10 AM, leaving from the steps of Old City Hall (more information here). Happy touring and hope you’re enjoying your summer!


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