New Publications, April 2011

Friday, April 15, 2011 9:33:00 AM

Publications News


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Larry S. Bourne, Tom Hutton, Richard Shearmur and Jim Simmons (editors).  2011.  Canadian Urban Regions: Trajectories of Growth and Change. University of Oxford Press. 384 pages.
Bringing together some of the most respected scholars in the discipline, this book explores current trends and developments in urban geography. Combining theoretical perspectives with contemporary insights, the text reveals how the economic welfare of Canada is increasingly determined by the capacity of its cities to function as sites of innovation, creativity, skilled labour formation, specialized production, and global-local interaction. The text moves from building a contextual framework, on to practical case studies about evolving political, economic, and urban changes in five of Canada's major cities - Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver - before finally moving on to a discussion of the future of the discipline.

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Larry S. Bourne is Professor Emeritus of Geography and Planning and former Interim Director, Cities Centre, University of Toronto.
Tom Hutton is Professor and Associate Director, Centre for Human Settlements and School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia.
Richard Shearmur is Researching Professor, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Urbanisation Culture, Université du Québec à Montréal.
Jim Simmons is Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography, University of Toronto; and Senior Researcher, Centre for the Study of Commercial Activity, Ryerson University.



Discussion Paper:
David Schindler, Andrew Miall, and Adèle Hurley.  "The Oil Sands Environmental Footprint: Measuring Pollutants and Managing Their Impact". Notes for discussion prepared for Forum "Under New Management? Oil Sands Development As If The Environment Mattered", April 8, 2011, Program on Water Issues, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

The rapid expansion of the Alberta oil sands may cause adverse impacts on air, land and water environments.  A new U of T study recommends that Canada needs a new regulatory checklist to measure and monitor pollution in Alberta's oil sands and that "the issuance of new project approvals and water licenses should be suspended until the federal and Alberta governments have put in place world-class scientific monitoring programs that address these environmental issues and management frameworks that are required to consider them as part of the licensing process."   

The discussion paper, which also included a recommended regulatory checklist, was delivered on Friday April 8  2011 at a forum titled "Under New Management? Oil Sands Development as if the Environment Mattered", organized by the Program on Water Issues at the Munk School of Global Affairs.  The forum was moderated by Professor Andrew Miall of the Department of Geology, recent member of the Federal Oil Sands Science Review Panel, current member of the Alberta Oil Sands Science Review Panel.

Free copy of the discussion paper:

More information on April 8 forum:

David W. Schindler is the Killam Memorial Chair and Professor of Ecology, University of Alberta, Edmonton.
Andrew Miall is Professor, Department of Geology, University of Toronto.
Adèle Hurley is Director of the Program on Water Issues, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

For further information, please contact Adele Hurley at


Earth Tales: 3 Ecofables For Children includes fable by Forestry Professor Emeritus Paul Aird -- Free E-Book now available
CANVAS (Center for Art, New Ventures and Sustainable Development) promotes greater awareness and appreciation for Philippine art, culture and environment, principally through the publication of children's books.  The books are exquisitely illustrated by contemporary Filipino artists.  One of the ecofables, "The King and the Royal Trees", was donated by Professor Emeritus Paul Aird of the Faculty of Forestry to support this project.  Free pdf download available here.