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Transforming Toronto: U of T experts on Blue Jays buzz

World Series fever may affect civic pride, fitness.. and the return of MLB to Montreal
Arthur Kaptainis

As a few hibernating mammals in the Arctic might not be aware, the Toronto Blue Jays are in the playoffs. The success of the team has galvanized the city, the country – and the campus.

We asked U of T experts for their thoughts on the surge and what it might mean for Toronto, civic spirit and the potential of a victorious sports franchise to give fitness a boost.

U of T is top Canadian university, 16th best in the world: U.S. News & World Report

Ranking confirms U of T is "Canada’s leading research powerhouse," says President Gertler
Terry Lavender

The University of Toronto has been named the top Canadian university in the second annual U.S. News & World Report Best Global Universities ranking.

U of T placed 16th overall in the rankings released October 5, behind such institutions as Harvard, MIT, Stanford and Oxford. Only two other Canadian universities made the top 100 – the University of British Columbia (33rd) and McGill University (tied for 53rd).

Election 2015: Canada's role on the world's stage

Noreen Ahmed-Ullah

With the federal election less than two weeks away, internal reports leaked last week had senior Foreign Affairs officials raising the alarm on Canada’s international reputation being “eroded.”

The reports specifically identified climate change, helping to build stronger democracies and engaging the United Nations as key areas where Canada’s influence is dwindling. And they called for a post-election focus on improving the country’s image.

The University of Toronto and the three priorities

Alan Christie

U of T president Meric Gertler has released a discussion paper on addressing the priorities he identified at the outset of his term.

“This paper reflects a strong consensus among members of the university community,” Gertler told U of T News. “I invite everyone to make additional comments and suggestions over the next two months.”

Election 2015: who says young people won’t vote?

Democracy Week, civic engagement events aim to empower students
Veronica Zaretski

They call themselves the election committee – but they want University of Toronto students to do more than just vote on Oct. 19.

Civic and social engagement is also on the agenda for the committee, composed of staff and students from across all three U of T campuses.

“U of T and other higher education institutions have a culture of community engagement and caring about the community,” says John Beebe, manager of outreach at Samara, a non-profit organization that works to boost civic engagement.

U of T ranks No. 1 in Canada, 19th globally: Times Higher Education

Teaching, research strongest pillars in U of T's ranking
Brianna Goldberg
Times Higher Education magazine named U of T the top university in Canada and 19th globally in its 2015-2016 World University Rankings released on Sept. 30.
“These results demonstrate the University of Toronto's stature as Canada’s top university and as one of the world’s great institutions of higher learning,” said President Meric Gertler.

Light up the night at U of T: Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Five installations to catch before sunrise
Sarah McDonald

One night a year for the past decade, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche has transformed Toronto into a colossal celebration of art, illuminating the city’s incredible talent and imagination for all to enjoy.

With so many amazing installations and locations to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start your Nuit Blanche adventure. Fortunately, U of T students, faculty and staff don’t have to go far to immerse themselves in the Nuit Blanche experience as the university welcomes the city to a number of on-site installations.

MacArthur Fellowship goes to U of T classicist

“Genius grant” with no strings attached encourages creativity for the benefit of humanity
Kim Luke

They call them genius grants – and the University of Toronto’s Dimitri Nakassis in the department of classics, is among the 24 people receiving one this year.

Plans for St. George campus get public viewing

Pedestrian-friendly ideas proliferate as four teams weigh in
Arthur Kaptainis

A pastoral pond in front of Hart House. An elevated walkway to Queen’s Park Crescent. Public art around King’s College Circle. A skating rink outside the J. Robert S. Prichard Alumni House.

These are only a few of the improvements envisioned by the four design teams shortlisted in the Landscape of Landmark Quality process aimed at renewing and restoring the historic core of the St. George campus.

Moon a no-show, but the U of T eclipse viewing party goes on

Big crowds at moon-watching events on downtown, Scarborough campuses
Arthur Kaptainis

An estimated 12,000 aspiring moon-watchers crowded the front campus Sunday night to see the last total eclipse visible from Toronto before Jan. 20, 2019.

Unfortunately, cloudy weather also materialized, leaving the multitudes imagining what the event might have looked like.

“Managed to take a single capture during a 10sec break in the clouds,” tweeted one astrophotographer from a parallel gathering at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

“Well done," tweeted another. "Nothing but cloud and light for me.”

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