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HISTORY: Lane name pays tribute to a mare named Crestfallen (May 2024)

June 14th, 2024 · No Comments

Early vaccine for diphtheria developed in local laneway

The Annex laneway where Dr. Fitzgerald kept a stable and developed a diphtheria vaccine. MIA KESKINEN/GLEANER NEWS

By Mia Keskinen 

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NEWS: U of T builds tower out of structural timber (Mar. 2024)

April 7th, 2024 · Comments Off on NEWS: U of T builds tower out of structural timber (Mar. 2024)

Resurgence of sustainable wood beams and columns 

View looking northwest across Varsity Field at a rendering of the new timber tower under construction.
RENDERING BY PA+MJMA ARCHITECTS

By Ammara Khan

The University of Toronto is currently in the process of constructing the tallest academic timber building in the world, predicted to be complete by mid-2026. 


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NEWS: University Women’s Club of Toronto celebrates 120 years (Summer 2023)

September 14th, 2023 · Comments Off on NEWS: University Women’s Club of Toronto celebrates 120 years (Summer 2023)

Over a century of events and philanthropy

Past President Judith Lewis doing the honours of cutting the UWC’s anniversary cake. She was president from 2002 to 2004 and again from 2008 to 2017. HAILEY ALEXANDER/GLEANER NEWS

On April 23, the University Women’s Club of Toronto (UWC) celebrated 120 years with over 160 members. The celebration took place on May 1 at the University of Toronto’s Faculty Club at 41 Willcocks Street, east of Spadina, where the club holds its events.

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NEWS: U of T plans two towers for Bloor and Spadina (Mar. 2023)

April 12th, 2023 · Comments Off on NEWS: U of T plans two towers for Bloor and Spadina (Mar. 2023)

University chooses developer of Mirvish Village to lead project

A huge swath of U of T property at Bloor and Spadina is planned for re-development with two towers housing residential, academic, and commercial uses. COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO MEDIA RELATIONS

By Fox Oliver

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DEVELOPINGS: Developments on your doorstep (Spring 2022)

April 11th, 2022 · Comments Off on DEVELOPINGS: Developments on your doorstep (Spring 2022)

New and continuing developments in the Annex

By MADELINE SMART 
with files from HENRY WIERCINSKI, Annex Residents’ Association 
Photos by BRIAN BURCHELL, renderings from developers’ and city’s websites



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CHATTER: Groundbreaking at Sussex (Winter 2022)

March 14th, 2022 · Comments Off on CHATTER: Groundbreaking at Sussex (Winter 2022)

The University of Toronto officially broke ground at the site of a yet-to-be-named 23-storey student residence at Spadina and Sussex. Concessions to city planning and the HVRA allowed the development to proceed: preserving the heritage building at 698 Spadina, and creating the new Robert Street Park. U of T is pleased to be able to offer 509 additional future students the experience of on-campus living, which has been shown to improve their academic performance and mental health. The residence will use an innovative geoexchange system for heating, cooling and hot water, dramatically reducing emissions. (From left), Scott Mabury (VP, Operations), Mitchell Cohen (President & CEO, The Daniels Corporation), Meric Gertler (President, U of T), Brian Lawson (Chair of the Governing Council, U of T), Rose Patten (Chancellor, U of T), and Vishar Yaghoubian (Student Governor, Governing Council). NICOLE STOFFMAN/GLEANER NEWS

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EDITORIAL: Ford’s school plan is a fail (July 2021)

August 16th, 2021 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL: Ford’s school plan is a fail (July 2021)

Ontario parents have been eagerly awaiting the “robust” plan for a safe re-entry back to classrooms Premier Doug Ford promised in June. The past year has been brutal for both the education and mental health of Ontario students, as they have spent more time out of classroom than young people in any other part of the country. However, the 26 page document outlining how the government intends to keep students safe does them no favours: it’s late (coming out less than a month before the start of school) and is little more than a carbon copy of last year’s failed plan.

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NEWS: U of T’s unique laneway homes (Aug. 2020)

September 9th, 2020 · Comments Off on NEWS: U of T’s unique laneway homes (Aug. 2020)

Sustainable design was key to plan to build these and more

The University of Toronto has invested heavily into energy efficient laneway houses as part of a pilot project — as seen here in a laneway just east of Huron St. near Robarts Library. MARY AN/GLEANER NEWS

By Mary An 

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FOCUS: Robert Street Field site of geothermal energy (Mar. 2020)

March 24th, 2020 · Comments Off on FOCUS: Robert Street Field site of geothermal energy (Mar. 2020)

U of T seeks big win on greenhouse gas reductions

The University of Toronto has embarked on the largest geo-thermal installation in the country which is located on the Aura Lee playing field on Robert Street. TANYA IELYSEIEVA/GLEANER NEWS

By Nicole Stoffman

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NEWS: U of T loses eight in plane crash (Feb. 2020)

February 27th, 2020 · Comments Off on NEWS: U of T loses eight in plane crash (Feb. 2020)

Community mourns the deaths of students, staff

U of T flies its flag at half mast to honour victims of the shooting down of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752. BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS

By Tanya Ielyseieva

The University of Toronto has confirmed that eight members of the university community died in the crash of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752, on January 8. 

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CHATTER: U of T re-build gets Heritage Toronto Award (Nov. 2019)

December 9th, 2019 · Comments Off on CHATTER: U of T re-build gets Heritage Toronto Award (Nov. 2019)

Recently renovated, the building at 1 Spadina Crescent received an award for its impressive transformation at the 2019 Heritage Toronto Awards last month.

On Oct. 28, Heritage Toronto announced the winners of its annual awards recognizing exceptional contributions to the conservation and celebration of heritage in Toronto.

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NEWS: Cities trump space (May 2019)

May 28th, 2019 · Comments Off on NEWS: Cities trump space (May 2019)

U of T School of Cities build to replace McLaughlin Planetarium

Architects’ rendering of the new U of T building to be erected on the site of the Planetarium. COURTESY DILLER SCOFIDIO + RENFRO

By Ahmed Hagar

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ON THE COVER (Dec. 2018)

December 30th, 2018 · Comments Off on ON THE COVER (Dec. 2018)

“Foreground of Hart House and University College” is one of six pieces by Nicholas Hornyansky in the Art Museum at the University of Toronto. Hornyansky was a Canadian-Hungarian artist who moved to Canada in 1929. His work includes many local scenes, including Hart House, Convocation Hall, University College, and the Soldiers’ Tower. The Art Museum is made up of the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at Hart House, and the University of Toronto Art Centre at University College. It’s one of the largest gallery spaces for visual art exhibitions and programming in Toronto.

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