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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: