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URSSU Growing With an Audience


Growing With an Audience
Thursday, March 3 at 6 PM Innis College Residence Events Room (111 St George St)

Whether they’re analyzing policy decisions, media cycles, or planning developments, good Urban Studies students are always aware of the various stakeholder interests at play. At the URSSU Winter Academic Seminar, join us and hear from senior civil servants and policy researchers on how they balance competing interests at the City and regional levels. Our panelists are:

Peter Wallace
City Manager, City of Toronto

Tanzeel Merchant
Director of Partnerships and Consultation, Ontario Growth Secretariat

Dina Graser
Director, Graser Enterprises
Senior Advisor, Institute of Municipal Finance & Governance, Munk School of Global Affairs

Moderated by:

Shauna Brail
Associate Professor, Urban Studies, University of Toronto
Senior Associate, Innovation Policy Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs
Presidential Advisor on Urban Engagement, University of Toronto

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URSSU (W)inter(n) Social 2016

wintern socialSo, internships. You can find the subject in labour geography (Frenette; Perlin; Andrew Ross) and in popular journalism (intern But what is the on-the-ground experience of University of Toronto undergrads in intern positions? What are the benefits? What are the challenges? How is the undergraduate subjectivity negotiated in an intern capacity? In other words, what are our hopes and dreams, our weaknesses and challenges, and how do they fill into or spill out of our dual roles as undergraduate students and interns? The struggle is real.

URSSU is hosting a discussion featuring only undergraduate panelists and we hope to shed some light on the undergraduate internship experience. Following the panel, please join us for pub night and revel in more undergraduate solidarity.

*~*~*~Drinks are on us!~*~*~*


6-7pm: Panel Discussion at Innis College Residence Events Room
7pm onwards: social at the Regal Beagle, 355 Bloor St. W.





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:


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 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:

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

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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:…/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:


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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.


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


Morgan Baskin –

Youth Challenge International  –

Unimkt –

Marcin Kedzior – and

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.