Fall 2015

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.

It's a double life

Ravi Gukathasan
Berton Woodward

If you meet Ravi Gukathasan (U of T PhD, 1986; UTSC BSc, 1982), he is bound to strike you as a joyful person—bright eyed, high energy, full of smiles and laughter. In October 2013, he had every reason to be joyful about his nearly three decades in business.

Privatizing the Peace

Picture of security guard at Vancouver Olympices
John Lorinc

Law enforcement spending has long been the third rail in most democratic societies, and calls to cut funding for cops are often seen as political suicide. But U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, facing severe budget pressures, has made dramatic moves to rein in police expenditures.

Pan Am ignites the summer

Wheelchair tennis athletes

This summer, spectators came to our sparkling new Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre and the new UTSC Tennis Centre to watch top athletes compete in the

TPASC gets a gold of its own

Canadian athletes aren’t the only winners to emerge from the Pan Am & Parapan Am Games.


The word campus suggests an inward-looking community, set apart. That may have made sense several generations ago. But a modern university campus must be deeply engaged with both the local and the global.

High honour for community builder

Karen Young, winner of the 3M National Student Fellowship

Karen Young, a fourth-year Psychology and Health Studies major in UTSC’s Co-op program, is the first UTSC student to receive the prestigious 3M National Student Fellowship, which recognizes 10 students across Canada each yea

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.