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One man’s view of feminism

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on April 05, 2017

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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The powerful business case for sustainability

Posted by Michelle Cholak on March 02, 2016

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With an investment of $46,186 between 2006 and 2008 to improve energy efficiency in his facility, Paul Rak, president of industrial capital...

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The world's 10 biggest cities in 2050

Posted by Michelle Cholak on February 29, 2016

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The global population will grow at an unprecedented rate in the next century and research is being conducted by UOIT associate professor Daniel...

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Why companies are embracing the new sustainability imperative

Posted by Michelle Cholak on February 17, 2016

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Business leaders are paid to focus on the bottom line, and they should. They acknowledge that environmental and social concerns deserve attention,...

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The stars align again for Oshawa – Electric vehicles on the rise

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on January 25, 2016

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People looking to the night skies this month have been treated to a rare alignment of the planets. Looking a little farther out on the horizon we...

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UOIT hosts Electric Vehicles in Ontario Workshop

Posted by Michelle Cholak on January 18, 2016

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With the world promising to limit global warming to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels by the end of the century, we need to explore...

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UOIT Breakfast Briefing explores Paris climate agreements

Posted by Michelle Cholak on January 14, 2016

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Leaders from 195 countries reached a landmark agreement in December at the United Nations’ 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) that aims...

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Five birds, one stone: Improved transportation in Ontario

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on December 15, 2015

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The adage ‘two birds with one stone’ is a bit outdated with the decline of hunting, and really, who uses a sling shot today? But the...

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UOIT Event: Post-COP21 Breakfast Briefing and Electric Vehicle Workshop

Posted by Michelle Cholak on December 10, 2015

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On Thursday, January 7, 2016, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and Durham Strategic Energy Alliance (DSEA) are hosting a...

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We'll always have Paris

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on December 09, 2015

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Two weeks ago, in a Paris café not unlike La Belle Equipe where 19 people died during the terrorist attacks of November 13, I sat with...

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Lost and Found: Thank you Maurice Strong

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on December 07, 2015

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Everyone has a special spot, a place they feel most at home; their querencia. For Maurice Strong it was Lost Lake and his ‘cabin’ near...

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Banting and Best for Canada?

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on November 09, 2015

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Quick: name the world’s largest diabetes company. It should be Canadian right? After all it was Frederick Banting and Charles Best at the...

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A call to arms: Report by world's largest oil and gas development company says climate change is irrefutable

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on November 04, 2015

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What if Smith and Wesson or Remington Arms wrote a report calling for gun control? Or Philip Morris suggested the banning of cigarettes; would we...

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Canada and the Seven Cs

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on October 23, 2015

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Canada’s incoming Liberal government campaigned on a program of support to cities and new infrastructure spending. There are several ways to...

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Giving Thanks

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on October 06, 2015

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October 10, Thanksgiving Day, 2050. An open letter to the people of Toronto in 2015, Thanksgiving Day is a wonderful time to pause and reflect on...

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Looking before I Leap

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on September 16, 2015

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A colleague – actually more than a colleague, a kindred spirit in this sustainability business – sent me ‘The Leap’...

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Remembering a City Worker Who Made a Difference

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on September 09, 2015

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People wandering through the labyrinth of booths of yet another UN urban conference in Nanjing (2008) or Rio de Janeiro (2010) may have stumbled...

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Reports support objectives of Toronto Climate Summit

Posted by Michelle Cholak on July 08, 2015

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Ahead of this week’s Climate Summit of the Americas, two new reports have been released which support the importance of reducing greenhouse...

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Two Sides to the Transportation Equation

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on July 02, 2015

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By now most people are aware of the new HOV lane restrictions on local highways. Many of us fume as we sit in traffic, maybe watch a car with one...

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Think Snow

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on May 06, 2015

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Truth be told, when I was a kid I found my dad’s constant grumbling about winter annoying. He would complain incessantly about the cold and...

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The Long Goodbye: A Life of Loss and Plenty

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on April 08, 2015

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Last week, after a long fight with Alzheimer’s, my mother passed away. A few weeks earlier, sitting in the seniors’ home looking on...

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Field trip to Kawartha Ethanol

Posted by Michelle Cholak on March 24, 2015

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Energy Systems Engineering students in this semester's fourth year Emerging Energy Systems class had the unique opportunity to visit Kawartha...

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Linking Up - Getting There Is Key

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on March 05, 2015

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A few recent news items might seem unrelated, but they are linked in just the same way the Toronto area needs to be. Nowhere in Canada is linking...

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A Big Hope – A Bigger and Better Toronto

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on February 18, 2015

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Toronto passed a major milestone last week. Statistics Canada stated the Toronto Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) population is 6,055,724. For the...

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Santa’s Canadian – And He Loves Milk and Danish

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on December 17, 2014

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Everyone knows that Santa Claus is Canadian. Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander issued Santa Canadian citizenship last year, and...

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New studies show cities are key to driving economic growth and fighting climate change

Posted by Guest Author on November 26, 2014

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How cities develop will be critical to achieving economic growth and tackling climate change, according to a series of studies released this week...

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New Climate Normal: World Bank study reveals the unavoidable impacts of climate change

Posted by Guest Author on November 24, 2014

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According to a new scientific study by the World Bank Group, as planet temperatures rise, heat-waves and other weather extremes that occur rarely,...

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Now it gets Interesting – Time to call on Canada’s Cities

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on November 13, 2014

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There was much fanfare this week as the US and China signed a climate agreement. The two countries are the world’s largest energy users and...

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Canada’s Remembrance – A View from the City

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on November 11, 2014

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This year on the 100th Anniversary of the start of First World War, it is worth thinking about Canada’s soldiers. Where did they come from...

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Saving the world’s wildlife: Starting at a city near you

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on October 07, 2014

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He hath eaten me out of house and home (Shakespeare, Henry IV Part II). The recent Living Planet report by WWF and the London Zoological Society...

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Should mayors rule the world? They already do.

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on September 30, 2014

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Working at the World Bank makes you think ministers of finance rule the world. Sure, heads of state make all the speeches at places like the UN,...

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Ontario’s place in an urbanizing world

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on September 29, 2014

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A response to Lieutenant Governor Dowdeswell’s call for a discussion on Ontario’s priorities. Ontario is home to one of North...

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World leaders announce significant commitments to climate change at UN Summit

Posted by Guest Author on September 24, 2014

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More than 100 heads of state and government were joined by more than 800 business, finance and civil leaders in New York on Tuesday for the UN...

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Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide participate in climate march

Posted by Guest Author on September 22, 2014

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From Manhattan to Melbourne, more than half a million people across the planet took to the streets on Sunday to demand action from world leaders in...

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Cities set to embark on third wave of urbanization

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on September 09, 2014

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Around 5000 years ago, the first cities emerged in Mesopotamia and the fertile valleys of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. Agricultural surpluses...

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Ontario universities make significant strides towards greening their campuses: COU Report

Posted by Michelle Cholak on August 19, 2014

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The Council of Ontario Universities’ (COU) released their fifth annual report last week on their sustainability initiatives taking place...

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A League of their Own: Cities Working Together for a Better World

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on August 18, 2014

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In 1845 Alexander Cartwright, a Brooklyn shipping clerk, drew up a formal set of rules and established the Knickerbockers Baseball Club. Before...

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SustainableJoes' #RETHINK Tour Visits UOIT

Posted by Mehdi Hosseini on August 13, 2014

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SustainableJoes founder Stephen Szucs is traveling via a solar and pedal powered tricycle from Canada to Key West to ask individuals, communities,...

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If Sustainability was the Game – Leafs Win the Stanley Cup

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on August 12, 2014

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The National Hockey League recently released what is probably the most comprehensive sustainability report ever prepared by a professional sports...

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Shooting for the Moon – From a City Near You

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on August 07, 2014

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From 1942 to 1946 more than 100,000 scientists, engineers, military strategists, factory workers and financiers came together at a cost of $2...

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A New Climate for Ontario

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on July 02, 2014

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Crystal balls are notoriously unreliable. Climate modelling is almost as challenging. But there are a few inexorable and inevitable trends already...

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Hillary Clinton’s Thoughts on Energy

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on June 24, 2014

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Peter Mansbridge interviewed Hillary Clinton, the former U.S. Secretary of State, recently while she was in Toronto selling her new book. At the...

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Insights on Climate Change Study

Posted by Mehdi Hosseini on June 17, 2014

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Cities consume most of the world’s energy, so they release the greatest amount of global carbon emissions. They are also the primary...

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Why a City's Not a Duck

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on March 21, 2014

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Up north on the lake, every year near our cabin, we see a pair of nesting ducks. We call her Mrs. Merganser as she leads her 8 to 16 ducklings...

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Hydro Power - Building Better Cities

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on March 20, 2014

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Often I can hide it – posing maybe as an economist, risk manager, a finance-guy, public-policy wonk; I’ve even once been complimented...

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Socioeconomic Pathways and Regional Distribution of the World’s 101 Largest Cities

Posted by Mehdi Hosseini on January 28, 2014

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Regional trends in population, urbanization, resource availability and scarcity, as well as economic growth and decline are often best observed in...

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Why Running a City is Like Paddling a Canoe?

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on January 24, 2014

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Canadians are supposed to be good in a few things: skating, painting trees and rocks, welcoming newcomers, writing engaging stories that surely...

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The Old Man is Snoring

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on January 23, 2014

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‘It’s raining, it’s pouring. The old man is snoring.’ Truth be told, I apparently snore, and I suppose I’m not that...

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Peak Waste and Poverty – A Powerful Paradox

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on January 23, 2014

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Urbanization is the most powerful force shaping the planet today. This can be good news as urbanization is the best bet we have to meet our global...

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