Fall 2015

The Rock-Cut Churches of Ethiopia

Michael Gervers in Ethiopia

Ethiopia is the world’s oldest Christian nation, dating back to the 4th century. Hundreds of rock-cut churches line the country’s highlands, but little is known of how they are built.

Still a student of Canadian public opinion

John Wright

If anyone has a finger on the pulse of contemporary Canada, it’s John Wright (BA, 1980).


Picture of the UTSC Observatory and telescope
  • The roof of the Science Wing offers panoramic views of the Highland Creek Valley—and an opportunity to take a closer look at the universe.
  • There’s a 30-cm reflector telescope up there. It was installed in 1976, but had been out of use for the last 10 years.


Professor Will Kwan

The world is an urban place, and it’s only going to become more so. Cities are magnets for people seeking opportunities for employment and creative pursuits.

What makes a city livable?

Illustrations of elements of a city, such as cyclist, taxi, house, store, tree
Donna Paris

Most people in the world live in cities, but choosing which city is often a personal decision. Perhaps we grew up there or our family and friends are there. Or we might be seeking work opportunities, amenities that matter to us, or simply a place where we will be accepted and included.

Students and the City

Elaine Smith

U of T Scarborough is set among trees and dedicated green space. But there’s no doubt it’s an urban campus with urban students.
This is especially true of Co-op students, who become part of Toronto’s large urban workforce as part of their education

Toronto the Wild

Wild - text with racoon and goldfish
Patchen Barss

Sidling through ravines and parks, creeping across gardens and lawns, swimming down rivers and scrambling up trees, a panoply of beasts makes our city denser and more diverse than any mere human census would suggest.

Not worth its salt?

Image of concrete channel with water flowing

In Toronto, the local water supply is good. But we’re destroying it with pollutants, especially salt.


Window of cities lab in UTSC library

Tucked in the middle of the UTSC library is a space devoted to a better understanding of cities.


Tornado over a field

What if tornado activity could be forecast months—or even seasons—in advance? Thanks to a new model developed at UTSC, this could soon be possible.