Town & Gown Association of Ontario


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U of O's 'Dump and Run' salvages items students leave behind

The University of Ottawa holds its annual 'Dump and Run' event on April 28, 2018. Volunteers salvage usable items left behind by students moving out of their dorm rooms

May 1, 2018

Ontario Delivering New Postsecondary Campus in Milton

Province Improving Access to Education and Training for Students in Halton Region

April 18, 2018

Living Classroom’ Program Launched to Address Shortage of PSWs in Dryden

Confederation College Partners with Local Healthcare Organizations to More Closely Align Education with Work Experience

March 26, 2018
Confederaqtion College

Police chief says St. Patrick’s Day was a success even if crowds larger

“No small feat to contain” a 22,000 person street party, says Chief Bryan Larkin, Waterloo Region Police

March 21, 2018
Waterloo Region Record

The Red Buses That Could — and Did

The University Transit System, as it was originally called, turns 50

March 6, 2018
UC Davis University News

CityStudio a matchmaker between City and UFV

UFV and the City of Abbotsford are launching CityStudio, an initiative tackling civic challenges by combining the creative energy of students with the know-how of city staff

February 5, 2018
University of Fraser Valley

Simcoe County recognized for $1 million donation

Warden Gerry Marshall and members of Simcoe County Council presented Lakehead University with a $1 million cheque on Wednesday to support growth and access to learning opportunities for students in the region.

January 24, 2018
Lakehead University

Lakehead University and the City of Thunder Bay sign MOU to pursue shared opportunities

Dr. Brian Stevenson, Lakehead University’s President and Vice-Chancellor, and Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs signed a memorandum of understanding today to pursue new collaboration opportunities that will build on mutual strengths and interests.

December 20, 2017
Lakehead University

How do town and gown communities respond to large scale post-secondary student street parties?

TGAO is hosting an online seminar on the large-scale street party: Find out what is happening in Town and Gown communities across the province as TGAO facilitates a discussion about large-scale student street parties. From Homecoming to St. Patrick’s Day, we will draw on the experience of participants from Waterloo, Guelph, Hamilton, and you to talk about the role that we can each play in responding to events, how we collaborate with community partners to minimize negative impacts, and what we can do to strengthen our communication before, during, and after these events. Details: Wednesday, November 29th, 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm. RSVP by emailing info@tgao.

November 17, 2017

Helping international students thrive

The Gazette talked with Arunima Khanna, Cross-Cultural Advisor with Student Wellness Services, as part of our coverage of International Education Week. Dr. Khanna provides counselling services to the 2,496 international undergraduate and graduate students studying at Queen’s, who come from 108 countries. Her work focuses on helping international students to navigate and adjust to campus life, as well as connecting them with resources and counselling for a range of personal and interpersonal issues that have an impact on physical and and mental health.

November 16, 2017
Queen's Gazette

Student mental health an issue for group

Post-secondary coalition call for beefed-up efforts.

November 3, 2017
Waterloo Region Record

Canada organises east coast tour for Chinese media

A week-long media tour of educational institutions in Canada has given a group of Chinese journalists a first-hand glimpse of the country’s international education landscape. The Canadian government hopes the tour will enable the Chinese public to “gain a better understanding of and appreciation for Canadian education”.

October 11, 2017
The PIE News

Our city deserves better’: Goal renewed to stop huge Mac student parties

McMaster University is calling on its students to "do better" and vowed to work harder to prevent a repeat of a massive, out-of-control party over the weekend that saw more than 2,000 students take over a street.

October 2, 2017
Hamilton Spectator

Mental health housecalls new student strategy at University of Guelph

Students in residence at the University of Guelph shouldn't be surprised if the president of the school knocks on their door starting Monday.

October 2, 2017

Council asks for bylaw to target student housing

Councillors unanimously passed Sendzik’s motion directing city staff to prepare a report and draft bylaw to regulate and license rental housing in the city. The bylaw — which would still have to be approved by council after public input — will aim to target student housing problems in residential neighbourhoods.

September 25, 2017
St. Catharines Standard

New federal student co-op program aims to help 'bridge the gap' from school to work

Employment Minister Patty Hajdu on soft skills, internships and labour shortages

August 28, 2017

Ryerson introduces 'all-gender' student housing option

Students no longer required to reveal gender identity on housing applications

August 23, 2017

Ontario needs better tracking of campus suicides, critics say

Chase Graham’s mother thinks the coroner should track university deaths

August 15, 2017
Waterloo Region Record

Seneca Students make recommendations about hiring students

Public Administration students recently presented recommendations to municipal leaders about future staffing issues in the public sector. “The collaboration with ONWARD was a win-win for all involved,” says Prof. Jon Olinski. “It allowed students to provide recommendations and solutions directly to the decision-makers on a real issue impacting all levels of government.”

August 9, 2017
Seneca College

Proposed Calgary tower aims to meet student-housing demand

A Toronto-based developer has applied to transform a site in Calgary into a 28-storey residence, primarily for undergraduate housing, and hopes to break ground by the end of the year.

June 23, 2017
Globe and Mail

Ontario employers say it’s challenging to find qualified talent: report

Ontario businesses are finding it more and more challenging to recruit properly qualified talent, according to a report from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce.

June 20, 2017
CTV News

A College Built for Canadian Settlers Envisions an Indigenous Future

Indigenizing western campuses creates unique difficulties, benefits

June 19, 2017
New York Times

Canadian Postsecondary Education Partnership -- Alcohol Harms launches with mandate to reduce alcohol-related harms on campus

The Postsecondary Education Partnership — Alcohol Harms (PEP–AH) launched today with a strong commitment to taking steps to address collectively alcohol-related harms on Canadian campuses. PEP–AH is a partnership among Canadian universities and colleges, Universities Canada and the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA, formerly known as the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse). Members of PEP–AH are collaborating to share strategies and best practices specific to alcohol issues on campuses.

June 14, 2017

Students navigate tough course in off-campus housing

First, a note of consolation: If you’re a young university student still living at home, don’t – repeat, DON’T – feel like you’re falling short of independent, responsible adulthood.

June 5, 2017
Globe and Mail

SFU students launch 'Airbnb of parking' to rent out your spot

City of Vancouver says renting parking is 'typically not allowed' without permits

May 30, 2017

Demand for youth mental health services is exploding. How universities and business are scrambling to react

Data collected from across the country shows the extent of the problems. “There is a perception that this age group is healthy, but they’re not.”

May 29, 2017
Toronto Star

New Research Data Centre opens at Nipissing University

Nipissing University is now home to a Statistics Canada Research Data Centre (RDC), a high-level, secure network and data lab that provides researchers with local access to Statistics Canada’s confidential, large-scale survey data.

May 24, 2017
Bay Today

Four Ingredients for Cultivating Vibrant Campus-Community Connections

It can be challenging for post-secondary education (PSE) institutions and the municipalities they operate in to connect with one another. Complex historical, socio-political, and geographic divisions can be difficult to overcome.

April 18, 2017
The Conference Board of Canada

The Supply of and Demand for Off-Campus Student Housing

The construction of housing geared to students has ramped up since 2011, especially in the City of Waterloo. This construction was encouraged by the strong growth in enrolment at the city’s two universities between 2001 and 2010. However, construction of housing geared to students now outpaces the increase in enrolment, which has slowed. This report will delve into the supply of and the demand for off-campus student housing and look at whether the market is oversupplied.

February 27, 2017
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

McMaster buys 9 houses near campus for planned student residence

McMaster working with a developer to build a new residence adjacent to campus on land occupied by single-family homes. This will be McMaster’s first off-campus, university owned-managed residence.

February 23, 2017

Lincoln and Brock sign MOU to focus on community priorities

Brock University and the Town of Lincoln formalized an agreement that could help the municipality and the school identify joint projects that enrich Brock’s educational opportunities while advancing the town’s economic, social and community development.

February 23, 2017
Brock University

MSU’s Town & Gown commits $25K for Economic Development Corporation building in Murray State, Kentucky

The campaign for the new building is being led by the Murray-Calloway County Economic Development Corporation, a member of the Town & Gown partnership program, along with the Murray-Calloway County Industrial Authority.

February 23, 2017
The Lane Report

Drinking on London rooftops target of new beefed-up bylaw proposal

Faced with too many inebriated students climbing to the rooftops to party during Homecoming and other celebrations, city hall is set to pass a bylaw making the practice illegal.

February 22, 2017
London Free Press

College students to patrol McMaster neighbourhoods looking for messy yards

The City of Hamilton will pay co-op college students to patrol perceived messy student neighbourhoods around McMaster University.

January 2, 2017
Hamilton Spectator

City of Waterloo and Laurier to launch innovative CityStudio project

Wilfrid Laurier University and the City of Waterloo are partnering to launch CityStudio, an innovation hub where students, city staff and community stakeholders co-create solutions that support the city’s strategic priorities.

November 14, 2016
Wilfrid Laurier University and City of Waterloo

How Canadian universities are helping businesses succeed

Canada is poised to teach the world a thing or two about partnerships. While other countries are finding the effort frustrating and, for the most part, are failing to yield the fruit of their collaboration attempts, Canada already has a proven recipe for success.

November 4, 2016
Globe and Mail

ON university presidents discuss how to deepen connections between universities, communities

Three crucial steps to make a more porous boundary between universities and their surrounding communities.

October 19, 2016
Waterloo Region Record

New UTM students quest, solve puzzles and explore campus through RPG-style game

The University of Toronto Mississauga has created a new mobile game called Guardians of UTM that will introduce incoming students to the campus and university life.

October 12, 2016
The Mississauga News

Research Builds our Communities

A collection of stories showcasing the transformative impact of research on Canadians and their communities

October 12, 2016
Canadian Foundation for Innovation

Western president explores the many values of international education

“The intrinsic value of developing a broad world view through international education is self-evident,” writes Western University President Amit Chakma. The author highlights a number of strides the federal government has made to boost the role of international education in Canada, which include rebranding the country as an education destination, improving the Express Entry program, and renewing the country's commitment to study abroad. Chakma also takes time to remind readers that in addition to the country's ambitious targets, “what’s more important to consider is the philosophy behind the idea, along with the merits of pursuing such a policy more aggressively to better support the development of our future global citizens.” Chakma concludes with a discussion of the barriers currently faced by students looking to pursue study abroad and how institutions and governments might better address them.

September 20, 2016
Universities Canada

Niagara Falls and Ryerson partner on application to provide postsecondary education downtown

The City of Niagara Falls is partnering with Ryerson University in an effort to bring postsecondary education to the city’s downtown. Ryerson has filed a proposal for a Niagara Falls/Ryerson Innovation Zone, according to Acting Manager of Public Affairs Johanna VanderMaas, which “will be an ‘incubation to acceleration’ hub for digital technologies linking Niagara region’s (small and medium-sized enterprises), startups and incubation services to the broader ecosystem of southern Ontario.” VanderMaas adds that “it is not a new satellite campus.” Introducing postsecondary education to the downtown has reportedly been a priority for Major Jim Diodati since his election in 2010, and the Niagara Falls Review reports that the city “will need to provide more information for the application to move forward.”

June 27, 2016
Niagara Falls Review

The San Luis Obispo Tribune City of SLO, Cal Poly, Cuesta receive 'town and gown' award from ITGA

The Abernathy Award is given out each year to the city and university that best exemplify the mission of the ITGA: “strengthening town/gown ...

June 27, 2016
The San Luis Obispo Tribune

Trent University and City of Peterborough Celebrate Grand Opening of Trent Sports Fields

New field of dreams to increase recreational opportunities for Peterborough community. The Trent Sports Fields project is a cooperative project between the City of Peterborough and Trent University, with support from the Peterborough Baseball Association (PBA) and the Peterborough Recreational Baseball Association (PRBA).

June 22, 2016
Trent University Daily News

Why Student Housing May Be The Next Big Investment Opportunity

Scholastic expansion doesn't necessarily extend to student residences, which creates a need in the rental market -- and thus an opportunity for investors.

May 3, 2016

Committee approves pair of 26-storey, car-free towers in ByWard Market

Textbook Student Suites wants to build two, 26-storey towers at 256 Rideau St. and 211 Besserer St., to be joined by a three-storey podium, to create 275 units intended for students. There would also be a 529-square metre retail space on the ground floor.

April 28, 2016

uOttawa to seek ways to 'shift' fossil fuel investments

The University of Ottawa Board of Governors has voted to try to “shift” the school’s investments in fossil fuel industries, but stopped short of full divestment as many campus activists had pushed it to do.

April 27, 2016
Ottawa Citizen

Did Nova Scotia miss the mark on Post Secondary spending?

Postsecondary students in Nova Scotia are criticizing the provincial government for “missing the mark” on higher ed in its 2016-17 budget. With a reported surplus of $17 M, the budget is the first to be balanced since 2013.

April 19, 2016

Support service program launched at University of Lethbridge

An online peer support service aimed at helping students through the stresses of their lives is launching at the University of Lethbridge in what organizers are calling a Canadian first.

April 6, 2016
University of Lethbridge

Canadian education a bargain for U.S. students

Canada’s diminished dollar and the possible presidency of a pumped-up Trump have the potential to prompt U.S. business students to look north, especially those with dual citizenship.

March 23, 2016

New research shows which degrees lead to high-paying jobs

Ross Finnie is collecting information on the job market and human capital. For students especially, it will be a gold mine.

March 16, 2016

How do we better support students in times of transition?

Any time a student moves from high school into postsecondary education, or from postsecondary into the workforce, stakeholders on either side of the transition seem to say to the other side, “You got this, right?”

March 9, 2016

How schools are working with their communities to change behaviours

A model of reciprocity between the school and surrounding community is at the core of CEBRIC: the Centre for Education, Behavioural Research and Intervention in the Community. The centre officially launched in 2013, after five professors spent six years developing it as a way of maximizing the expertise of St. Lawrence College in applied behavioural analysis (ABA).

March 8, 2016

Wilfrid Laurier University cracks down on St. Patrick’s Day

Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont., has authorized swift measures to purge the Irish-tinted celebration from its campus.

March 3, 2016

Supporting Indigenous students on campus: Finding the best approach

For First Nations, Metis and Inuit students to find academic success, schools need to rework their programs, curricula and campus cultures


Universities are essential to health, social development of Ontario: report

Ontario universities are integral to the health and social development of the province, says a new report that positions postsecondary institutions as an important element in the upcoming provincial election.

The Globe and Mail

Royal Bank study says focus on ‘human skills’ needed to navigate workplace automation

A year into its effort to help equip youth for the rapidly evolving workforce, one of the country's largest banks says enhancing young Canadians' human skills will be critical in navigating the machine-led disruption that lies ahead.

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