Toronto Cares Challenge reveals personal impact of gun violence

Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

In response to the devastating tragedies related to gun violence in Toronto this past year, 45 shooting deaths and a 32 per cent spike since 2017, Scadding Court Community Centre launched the #TO Cares Challenge – a platform for Torontonians to share their feelings on how to reclaim Toronto and the peaceful city through the arts. 

Scadding Court Community Centre and OCADU are hosting the first ever #TO Cares Challenge Art Awards and Exhibit to honour all submissions and gun violence experts, community leaders, academics and victims of gun violence will also discuss the importance of community-led approaches to reducing gun violence as well as using art as a form of healing, standing together to speak out against violence. 

Torontonians voted on 68 multimedia submissions which were received from people across the GTA and included creations from children as young as five to seniors. Awards will be distributed according to public voting:

The exhibition will continue online as testament to the city’s strength:

When: Saturday, October 27, 2018. Doors: 3pm/Speakers and Awards: 4pm-5pm/Close: 6pm.

Where: OCAD U, 100 McCaul Street, MCA-190, Main Auditorium


  1. Ian Clarke, Associate Dean, OCAD University
  2. Kenisha Peters, Vice-Chair of the Scadding Court Community Centre Board
  3. Dr. Wendy Cukier, Director, Diversity Institute, Ryerson University
  4. Louis March, Founder of the Zero Gun Violence Movement
  5. Kelly Whetter, mother of a victim of gun violence & Co-Founder of Communities for Zero Violence

Media Contact:  416 392-0335



Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street, MCA-190, Main Auditorium

Register now for Ontario Climate symposium

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Monday, September 17, 2018

OCAD University is hosting the 2018 Ontario Climate Change Consortium symposium on October 11 and 12. The symposium will explore how the development of positive, innovative, interdisciplinary visions can facilitate a transformative cultural shift toward low-carbon communities, sustainable adaptation and the adoption of green infrastructure and design in cities.

The two-day event is open to all, with students receiving a discounted rate. Come participate in a wide range of activities including a neighbourhood tour, short films, interactive presentations, a guided tour of the AGO’s Anthropocene exhibition, workshops and other activities. OCAD U Associate Professors Selmin Kara and Alia Weston are among faculty speaking or leading workshops.

Programming aims to foster a collective discussion on urban landscapes and highlight the interconnection of policy, public health, urban planning, climate change adaptation and mitigation and urban growth.

Register online for this exciting and informative event.

Established in 2011, the OCC works collaboratively with university researchers and partners from the public, private and NGO sectors on projects aimed at answering specific questions related to climate change and creating the intelligence necessary to address climate risk. Its formal mission: To arm decision makers with “regionally-specific climate data, intelligence and adaptation services that enable effective policy and investment responses to climate uncertainty in Ontario.”


Call for proposals: OCAD U hosts Ontario Climate Symposium

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Monday, April 9, 2018 - 2:30pm to Friday, May 11, 2018 - 5:00pm

OCADU is pleased to announce that it will be hosting this year’s Ontario Climate Symposium: Adaptive Urban Habitats through Ecological Design. By exploring how ecology meets tactical urbanism, the Symposium will showcase real-life examples of how technology, policy, green infrastructure and strategic design can come together to transform cities. We are currently accepting innovative papers and multidisciplinary proposals and visions that highlight a transformative cultural shift toward low-carbon communities, sustainable adaptation and the adoption of green infrastructure and design in urban cities.

Non-traditional styles of research/concept presentations will be prioritized. These include, but are not limited to, exhibitions or installations, short films and documentary screenings, themed sessions/panels, art and digital media, workshops/interactive sessions, and posters. For more information email All proposals will be reviewed by the Symposium organizing committee with decisions made by May 11th, 2018..

For more information on submissions, visit Climate Connections website