Seen and Heard: The Growing Income Gap in Toronto

Shannon Brooks On October 15th, 2015, United Way hosted an open discussion on income inequality entitled, “What’s next on the agenda and what can we do?” The panelists included Kofi Hope, David Hulchanski, Susan McIssac, and Graeme Stewart, each armed with a different set of background knowledge on the topic of social inequality in Toronto. In light…

If They Don’t Complain, We Will (Continue to) Build It: China’s Latest Fait Accompli in the South China Sea

Ernest Chong Geopolitical debate often aspires to acta non verba (“deeds, not words”). In the South China Sea, Beijing has seemingly embraced this aspiration wholeheartedly as the region’s honey badger. China’s latest act of fearless indifference? Spending the past year terraforming brand-new islands in the Sea’s hotly-contested Spratlys region. While it is not the first…

Building Resilient Cities in Canada

On March 13th and 14th 2015, students from the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance joined the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan for the sixth annual Ford+SPPG Conference. The event brings together students from both schools in a team-based learning environment where they are challenged to analyze, evaluate,…

Unleashing the Ring of Fire

Connor Colvin  Politicians have described the Ring of Fire as a “game changer”, a “multi-generational economic opportunity” and “the most promising mining opportunity Canada has seen in a century.” In fact, a recent report by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) corroborates these optimistic claims and has described it as an “unparalleled opportunity for Ontario…

Where Are We Going? Public Transit and Racial Equity in Toronto

Scarlett Jones Overt institutional racism may no longer be socially acceptable in Canada, as it was during the days of the Chinese head tax, yet it has certainly proven to be persistent. Racial inequities continue to exist along institutional fault lines. For example, there is a disproportionate correlation between race and poverty, with visible minorities…