The University of Toronto’s Urban Studies Student Union, Urban Studies Program and Innis College are proud to present a book panel discussion of John Sewell’s recently published book, How We Changed Toronto: The inside story of twelve tumultuous years in civic life, 1969-1980. We invite you to take part in the panel’s discussion of the book’s themes of urban planning, heritage preservation, citizen engagement, and broadly speaking, city-building.

Free registration: https://how-we-changed-toronto-sewell.eventbrite.ca


John Sewell – Author and Former Mayor of Toronto

Catherine Nasmith – Heritage Architect and President of the Architectural Conservancy Ontario

Paul Bedford – Former Chief Planner of Toronto and Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University


Ceta Ramkhalawansingh – Former Ward 20 City of Toronto Coucillor and Member, Innis College Council

Please email urssuinfo@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns.

URSSU and TUGS Bonfire Social Thursday Oct. 8th!


The Urban Studies Student Union (URSSU) and Toronto Undergraduate Geography Society (TUGS) are co-hosting our first social event of the year: a bonfire at Dovercourt Park. You can look forward to marshmallows, mingling, and fire-and-student-union-fueled feelings of warmth. And to make the evening even more awesome… the bonfire will be followed by an unofficial pub night! We hope to see you there!

Show up any time between 6pm and 10pm on Thursday, October 8, at Dovercourt Park, 155 Barlett Avenue.

Feel free to skim the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1070597306313959.

URSSU Executive Elections

Interested in joining the team that runs URSSU next year? Run for an position on the executive! You’re eligible as long as you’re currently registered in an Urban Studies subject POSt. Opportunities include:

– Co-President (2)
– Secretary
– Treasurer
– Student Liaison
– Lower-year Representative
– Upper-year Representative

All you need to do is show up and be prepared to make a short statement!

When: March 27th, 2015 @ 6pm

Where: Innis Cafe

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1623521494535815/

Hunger and Homelessness in Toronto Symposium

Hey Everyone! The Trinity College Volunteer Society is hosting a very cool event that you might want to check out- see the details below!

The Trinity College Volunteer Society will be hosting a symposium called “Hunger and Homelessness in Toronto.” We will be bringing together students, professors, community members and frontline workers to facilitate discussion and learn about the aspects of these problems.

The discussion will take place at 6:00pm on March 18th in Seeley Hall which is located in Trinity College. Speakers will include the director of The Meal Exchange, Anita Abraham; the director of the Out of the Cold program for the homeless, Joyce Rankin; Canadian food insecurity researcher, Valerie Tarasuk, and Jacob Kearey-Moreland from the Toronto Seed Library.
From the increasing severity of homelessness to high rates of food insecurity, there’s a lot to discuss.

This event is free. Register here: https://docs.google.com/…/1ox4bPPSc0-yYilyDFMjPi4_…/viewform

Hope to see you there!


Please join us tonight from 6pm-8pm at the Innis Events Room to discuss youth engagement in Toronto!

Below is an update list of confirmed speakers:

Morgan Baskin the 19-year old candidate in the recent mayoral election

Eli Shields from UNIMKT

Marsha McLeod the Co-Editor in Chief of the feminist letter writing society HERE

Alex Mazer the city councillor candidate in Davenport co-founder of Better Budget TO

Alison Read from the Toronto Youth Cabinet

Marcin Kedzior from SITUATE | DESIGN | BUILD and the Daniels Faculty of Architecture.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1423215811309447/


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The Urban Studies Student Union presents:



Interested in learning more about how you can get involved with civic affairs and urban issues in Toronto? Drop by the Innis Events Room on Wednesday, March 11th between 6 pm to 8pm to learn about how you can become a young leader within your own community — whether it’s on campus, in your neighbourhood, or the GTA.


You’ll have the opportunity to hear about how you can get involved from recent mayoral candidate Morgan Baskin, Amanda Armstrong from Youth Challenge International, Eli Shields from Unimkt, Marcin Kedzior from SITUATE | DESIGN | BUILD and the Daniels Faculty of Architecture. Additionally, other members from youth-focused organizations will be in attendance to engage with students. Stay tuned to this page to hear more about our panelists and organization partners!


The event is free and light refreshments will be served! Students from programs besides Urban Studies are encouraged to attend.


Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1423215811309447

For more info on our organization partners check out their pages!


Morgan Baskin – https://www.facebook.com/morganbaskinTO

Youth Challenge International  – https://www.facebook.com/yci.org

Unimkt – https://www.facebook.com/Unimktco

Marcin Kedzior – https://www.facebook.com/UofTDaniels and http://www.situatedesignbuild.com/

Creativity, Planning, and Regional Prosperity

The Urban Studies Program, in partnership with URSSU and Innis College, presents:


An evening with U of T alumna, Lori Martin, the Senior Cultural Affairs Officer at the City of the Toronto.

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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