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One man’s view of feminism

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on April 05, 2017

Samantha Nutt in Gewane, Afar, Ethiopia. (Photo: War Child Canada)

Samantha Nutt, the CEO of War Child, physician, professor and frequent media spokesperson, gave a talk last week at UOIT titled When Women Lead...

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Toronto: The elephant not in the room

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on March 22, 2017

An elephant outside looking in

There’s much talk lately on the pace and scale of global change. What’s driving it, who benefits, who gets short-changed, and who...

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Go ahead, hug a Rotarian

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on February 21, 2017

Along with their partners, Rotary International has helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries and reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide.

In 1979, Rotary clubs helped deliver polio vaccines to more than six million children in the Philippines. This effort expanded in 1985 through the...

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Closer to Doomsday for Toronto? Politics takes an Enormous Toll

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on January 30, 2017

Traffic on the DVP

Last week the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved the ‘Doomsday Clock’ 30 seconds closer to midnight[1] and catastrophe. Since 1947,...

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Canada Not Yet Making the Electric Vehicle Grade

Posted by Michelle Cholak on November 15, 2016

Province-by-province EV Policy Report Card finds insufficient support for electric cars

Canadian provinces are not doing enough to get electric vehicles on the road, according to a new report from Simon Fraser University’s...

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The shifting power of cities

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on October 03, 2016

City buildings

Population predictions for the world’s largest cities in the 21st century (Part 2 of 2): New figures show the population of the world’s...

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Cities on the twenty-ninth day

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on October 03, 2016

Water lillies covering a pond

Population predictions for the world’s largest cities in the 21st century (Part 1 of 2): rapid urbanisation, if managed sustainably, could...

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The City: Where Hope Trumps Fear

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on August 05, 2016

Civility is the glue that holds together the bricks and steel of cities, and needs to be constantly nurtured.

There are two important vantage points in every city – one from the rooftops and penthouses down, the other, from the ground up.Few are...

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The Brexit Vote: A Cities’ Perspective

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on July 05, 2016

The result of the British referendum to withdraw from the European Union will likely give rise to a renewed global role for cities.

From the 14th to 17th Century, a collection of cities made up the Hanseatic League in what is now northern Europe. Stretching more than 2000 km...

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Making of a miracle – Canada’s approach to carbon-free energy

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on March 10, 2016

If Canada is to come anywhere close to meeting the challenge of being net carbon-free by 2050, we cannot wait for miracles.

Last December the world got a better understanding of the enormity of our energy challenge. In the year leading up to the Paris meeting, the...

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