University of Toronto

Strident opponent of assisted dying to chair review of advance requests

A Toronto doctor who once likened assisted dying to Nazi genocide has been put in charge of a federally mandated process to determine whether Canadians should be able to make advance requests for medical help to end their lives.<p>The appointment of Harvey Schipper to chair a working group of experts …

Government

Born to Bottom? Researchers Report Biological Correlations in Anal Sex Role in Gay Men

While a single factor (the elusive “gay gene,” for example) has yet to emerge in the ongoing scientific investigation of what determines sexuality, …

Research

Frequent readers make the best lovers, say dating-app users

Heavy reading increases empathy – and makes users of dating sites more likely to click on your profile<p>A dating website claims to have discovered what kind of reading preferences make one more attractive to potential partners. According to eHarmony, women who listed <i>The Hunger Games</i> among their …

Relationships

Mac’s longest-serving president, Peter George, ‘bled maroon and grey’

Peter George said goodbye on the cusp of spring seven years ago.<p>It was essentially a retirement speech for McMaster University's longest-serving …

Canadian News

Foreign buyers feast on Canadian AI startups as another domestic firm sells out

Another Canadian artificial-intelligence startup has made a quick exit by selling for a relatively modest sum to a U.S. buyer.<p>Toronto-based Outside Intelligence Inc. (better known as OutsideIQ), a seven-year-old provider of AI-enabled software to help financial institutions perform due diligence …

Artificial Intelligence

The Challenges Of The Big City Boom

Richard Florida, senior editor at The Atlantic and University Professor and Director of Cities at the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, joins us to discuss his book, <i>The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening</i> …

Cities

University of Toronto researchers discover 507-million-year old sea creature

Fossil provides an important link to other species, researcher says<p>Insects and other crawlies might not be the most pleasant creatures to some, but …

Dinosaurs

Woman on crane: How and why she got there are mysteries

By CHARMAINE NORONHA<p>TORONTO (AP) — A woman who was stuck on the top part of a construction crane in downtown Toronto for hours was rescued Wednesday …

Canada

McMaster professor wins Canada-wide award

A McMaster medical professor has been named as one of four inaugural winners of new prizes in Canadian health research.<p>Gregory Steinberg, a professor …

Health

Why sex assault complainants are turning to human rights tribunals, instead of criminal justice system

The challenges of criminally prosecuting sexual assault cases have some complainants turning to human rights tribunals in an effort to bring about …

Human Rights

Union slams TTC over subway air pollution study, raises concerns about worker health

Airborne pollutants in subway system up to 10 times higher than outside air, study found<p>The largest TTC workers' union has slammed the transit …

Pollution

The lowdown on phone addiction and how to get over it

The endless notifications, the rolling instant messages and the boundless bombardment of email may feel like a part of life, but psychologists say …

Addiction

Meet the fixer: This scientist brings social justice to her field.

Growing up in New York, Cynthia Malone had clear goals. “I had this vision of becoming the next Jane Goodall — the black Jane Goodall,” she says. She …

Environmentalism

Scarborough residents, community groups press province to consider a subway alternative

Community groups, environmental activists and more than 500 residents are calling on Premier Kathleen Wynne to properly study a subway extension in …

Cities

Lost in housing hysteria, middle-class neighbourhoods have gone extinct

<i>Richard Florida is author of</i> The New Urban Crisis, <i>and director of cities at the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.</i><p>In recent years, the young, educated and affluent have surged back into cities, reversing decades of suburban flight and urban …

Housing

The important questions: When is it okay to lie?

We tell lies on a daily basis, sometimes without even realizing it, whether it’s saying we love our friend’s new bangs even though we never have and …

Toronto

Editorial: The benefits of name-blind hiring in the public service

Scrubbing résumés of names is the latest strategy the federal government is trying in its efforts to build a more diverse public service.<p>The logic to …

Canada

Canada 150: Dorothy Livesay, early feminist, international journalist

<i>To mark Canada’s 150th birthday, we are counting down to Canada Day with profiles of 150 noteworthy British Columbians.</i><p>Among the finest poets of her …

Canada

Ontario police forces share carding data with Mounties, CSIS

Ontario’s counterterrorism plan directs local and provincial police to share relevant information gleaned from street checks — or “carding” …

Surveillance

Toronto incubator aims to bridge gap between art and business

Years ago, Tim Jones never would have called himself a businessman, even though he co-ordinated the grants and ticket sales that allowed his indie theatre productions to go on.<p>Now the CEO of Artscape, a Toronto-based non-profit that supports creativity in communities, Mr. Jones says that many …

Toronto

Not all probiotic yogurts are created equal. Does yours measure up?

If you eat probiotic yogurt to ease irritable bowel symptoms such as bloating and gas – or to ward off colds and flu – you might want to rethink your reason for doing so.<p>It turns out that many probiotic yogurts sold in grocery stores contain too few good bacteria to offer the health benefits …

Clinical Trials

Modadoro's Stylish Lab Coats Are Changing the Game in STEM

Models wearing Modadoro designs (Photo: Michael Linda Wu)<p>A University of Toronto science student is experimenting with a new take on the traditional …

Fashion

Toronto's view of Lyrid meteor shower peaks this weekend

The skies are hosting a special treat for Earth Day weekend with a view for Toronto of the annual Lyrid meteor shower.<p>The meteors, which appear …

Astronomy

Abuse changes women's brains — but exactly how isn't known

Brain injury a 'significant' issue for women who survive violence, but most research focuses on men<p>Between 30 and 80 percent of women who survive …

The Brain

Federal government to test name-blind hiring for public service

The federal government will be testing whether hiding the names of job applicants would improve its hiring practices, in what it calls an effort to strengthen diversity and inclusion in the public service.<p>The Public Service Commission of Canada project, unveiled Thursday at Toronto’s Ryerson …

Canada

Drivers must first experience Gardiner angst to change their habits

It could take weeks for Toronto drivers to move on from the loss of the Bay Street 'hot wheels' ramp when trying to move off the Gardiner …

Canadian News

OSC singles out Home Capital as Canadian housing concerns grow - Article

Andrew Bell<p>Anchor, Reporter<p>Follow|Archive<p>Housing: It’s the magic lamp turning Canadian home owners into millionaires (on paper, anyway) or an …

Canada

A clear call to move Canadian research forward

<i>Dr. Alan Bernstein is President & CEO of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and was the inaugural president of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Dr. Janet Rossant is President & Scientific Director of the Gairdner Foundation, a senior scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children</i> …

Canada

Should athletes use caffeine to boost performance?

That depends on genetics, experts say. Toronto scientists are publishing research about caffeine and athletes next month.

Canadian News

The real story of us: We can’t agree on anything

<i>Mark Kingwell is a professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto.</i><p>I feel like I should plead guilty right up front. Yes, it’s true: I am one of the talking heads in the much-abused CBC history series <i>The Story of Us</i>. There are a few of us, and maybe at some point we will form a support group. …

British Columbia