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GCSA Conference in 4 days!

We are only 4 days away from the biggest GCSA event of the year! Tickets will be available throughout this final week, so if you and a friend are interested in purchasing, you still have time. Be sure to reach out to us to reserve yourself a spot at the conference!
 
Tickets are only $5 and the conference will take place on March 17 from 9:30 to 4:00 pm at AA160.
 
Rachel Lissner, founder of the Young Urbanists League, will be another keynote speaker at the event, below you can find her bio.
 
We are excited as you are for the event, make sure to purchase your ticket soon!
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GCSA Conference in 6 days!

Today is March 11, you know what that means? This is the last day before clocks spring forward for daylight saving time woo! But it also means we are 6 days away from the conference and tickets are still available! Be sure to reach out to us to reserve yourself a spot at the biggest GCSA event of the year!
 
Tickets are only $5 and the conference will take place on March 17 from 9:30 to 4:00 pm at AA160.
 
Nicole Swerhun will be joining us for the event as the workshop facilitator, below you can find her bio.
 
We are excited as you are for the event, make sure to purchase your ticket soon!

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GCSA Elections

Another academic year is coming to an end, and as a result, GCSA is looking for new members to join our team for the 2017-2018 academic year!

If you enjoyed our past events, or are simply looking for a great opportunity to gain experience and network, feel free to apply and participate in the elections. Refer to our constitution on our website for all positions and their requirements.

If you want to run for an executive position please fill out a nomination form below and email it to us by March 18. If you want to run for a non-executive position please email us the position you’re interested in by March 18. Don’t forget to attend the AGM on March 21st!

The elections take place March 21st, time and location TBD

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GCSA Second Annual Conference on Friday March 18th!

The Geography and City Studies Students Association (GCSA) are hosting their second annual conference on Friday, March 17 from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm. The theme of the conference is “We are all City Builders” and aims to show us how we can be active participants in city processes, community, and development. If you want to know how you can create change in your city, not just through planning, but through avenues of consultation, community engagement, and policy change, then please join us!

We have two amazing keynote speakers who will be joining us;

George Dark, a partner and landscape architect at Urban Strategies Inc. He’s also the Chair of Evergreen Toronto and has 3 decades of experience working on urban regeneration projects, community plans, and policy generation.

Rachel Lissner, the creator, and administrator for the Young Urbanist League, actively engaged with over 3000 members of Toronto’s community. You will also be able to attend a workshop that teaches real world skills for working with the city such as consultation and grant writing.

Tickets are only $5, you can buy tickets by emailing us, Facebook messaging us or messaging a GCSA member, limited tickets are available so make sure you buy your ticket as soon as possible!

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Informal Convo Feb 9th

There will be an informal conversation on Feb 9th. This will serve as a safe space for conversation and listening, rather than political discussion, of the recent events in the US and Canada. Do come out if you are interested!16299155_1872719316292248_691112995849261082_n

Call for Volunteers!

The Community Development Council Durham (CDCD) and Durham Mental Health Services (DMHS) are conducting a Point-in-Time (PiT) Count of the nature and extent of homelessness in the Durham Region and they are looking for survey volunteers – who are 18 or older.

There are several predetermined locations throughout Durham Region (Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, Scugog, Uxbridge, Brock, Clarington) that is convenient to you for this opportunity. The event is on the evening of February 15th over a 3 hour period (but volunteers are required to commit to a 4-hour shift and completion of online training before the count).

This is a great opportunity for Geography and City Studies students to get involved in community development research, learn different survey methods, see the application of their studies in a larger scale, and make connections with community organizations. The goal of the Count is to gather information on the number of homeless people as well as their demographic characteristics and service needs in order to assess Durham Region’s progress towards addressing homelessness. Data accumulated will be used to aid organizations and the government plan for the funding to reduce homelessness by helping them move into permanent housing. Pit Count is funded by the federal government through the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS).
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact:

Doreen Hume McKenna
dhumemckenna@dmhs.ca
905-666-0831 (x3245)

For more info check the attachments below.

UTSC Sustainability Maker Challenge 2017

The Sustainability office and the UTSC library marketplace will be hosting an exciting event over the February reading week called the “UTSC Sustainability Maker challenge 2017”. This challenge focuses on collaborating with other students to find multiple solutions to as many of the sustainable development goals as possible. This straightforward yet complex challenge involves a great deal of creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking, consisting of student anchor teams with a student leader, faculty mentor and an external mentor from a relevant professional field. The teams are asked to pick a sustainable development goal of their choice, then will work together to create a vision for how the maker culture can help progress toward that goal. Once the teams have finalized their designs, they will create a prototype/model in the Makerspace that is emblematic of their visions. The challenge will last for 10 days over the reading week, ending with a final group presentation. This opportunity will not only allow you to gain insights from faculty and industrial leaders, but it’s an opportunity to make connections, establish yourselves as highly motivated and collaborative individuals and showcase your talents. If successful, the teams will be given the opportunity to implement their visions of sustainability on campus, leaving their mark on UTSC.

If you are interested in this amazing opportunity, have any questions or would like to discuss the challenge further, feel free to reach out to Kayla at kayladaneal@gmail.com !15401306_10157796787985398_33712798_n