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
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 !15401306_10157796787985398_33712798_n

GIS Day 2016

Today was GIS day! Students, faculty, and professionals gathered to talk about contemporary issues within the discipline of GIS and learned how relevant the subject is to studying and planning cities/human geography. Thank you for all those who came out to the event!15065048_10208845857238339_1429684955_o-115127558_10208845856718326_1444921127_o

GCSA’s Annual Career and Networking Event!

GCSA is hosting their annual career & networking event on November 15th in the Ralph Campbell Lounge from 6:30 to 8:30pm!
Tickets will only cost $5 for a classy, fun, and beneficial event!
This event is a great opportunity for all students to build their network and interact with not only recent graduates and people in the field, but also other students in the department. We will have people who are in different stages of their education/career, including Masters students, entry level workers, and employees who have been in the field for a while. So if you are in that last year panic or struggling to find something tangible to strive for career wise, this event will help guide you.
The benefits of this event include and are not limited to;
  • Great food, and drinks.
  • A guide for student’s who are concerned about post-graduation paths
  • Help to figure out the possible career paths that are open for under graduates, graduate students and possible PhD.
  • Opportunity to meet like-minded peers and connect with alumni that may be in professions you are interested in.
This event provides a great opportunity for students to see the different career paths that they can follow with a geography and city studies degree! Hope to see you there!
If you wish to purchase a ticket for $5, please contact:



GCSA Camping Trip 2016/17

This past weekend GCSA successfully held their first event of the year: Get Away with GCSA. The camping trip allowed everyone on the team and in the department to gain a better sense of community whilst participating in various activities including hiking, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, and star gazing. Look out for more of our events throughout the year on our website!

Camping Trip at Pinery Provincial Park!

Get away with GCSA the last weekend of September and enjoy a 3 day/2 night camping trip at Pinery Provincial Park! Contact us at for more information and to purchase tickets. There are limited spaces so purchase quick, hope to see you there!

Location: Pinery Provincial Park
Date: September 23-25, 2016
Price: $50 – includes transportation, camping gear & food


Positions available for the 2016 – 2017 academic year!

The fall semester is about to begin and GCSA is looking for representatives to join our team for the 2016-2017 academic year!

We have several term representative positions available and will be interviewing candidates within these upcoming weeks, if you would like to apply, please email GCSA at with your resume and a short paragraph (200 words) explaining why you think you are the best suitable for the role.

The deadline to apply is September 30th at 5:00pm.

Best of luck!

Call For Submissions


The Geography and City Studies Student Association will be holding their first ever conference at UTSC on Friday March 4th, 2016. Presented through the inspiration of Jane Jacobs, celebrating what would have been her 100th birthday year the conference will include keynote speakers, network opportunities, prizes and workshops by well-known city builders and change makers from Toronto. Along with the aforementioned there shall be an art exhibition surrounding the theme of this year’s conference “A City For Everyone”. We are currently accepting submissions of works that represent whatever the idea of a city means to you. All mediums are accepted. We are accepting submissions from artists, allowing them to interpret and visualize their relationship to the city in any way they wish. Selected works will be displayed for the day on Friday March 4th at the GCSA Conference being held in UTSC’s state of the art new, Environmental Science building.

Please download and complete the submission form below. Include it and high-res photos of your works and email all material to with the subject” EXHIBITION SUBMISSION” no later than February 27th, 2016. Selected artists will be contacted with follow up information. Good luck!


GCSA Conference 2016 – Exhibition Submission Form