News archive - April 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

In the media: Dawn Parker weighs in on what's causing the hot housing market

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Despite claims that land shortage is at the heart of the hot housing market in Waterloo Region, new research from the Neptis Foundation reveals that's not the case. To find out what could be causing the shortage of single detached homes, CBC recently reached out to School of Planning professor Dawn Parker who told them there are a number of factors that could be at play, including a self-reinforcing "panic response" to real or perceived scarcity and construction along the LRT line. Read the full article

Friday, April 7, 2017

SERS grad students moves on to finals in national Storytellers challenge

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It’s been a year of firsts for School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability (SERS), Master’s student Cheryl who was runner-up in the University’s 2016 3MT competition and is now a Top 25 finalists in The Storytellers competition. “I’d never done anything like this before,” she laughs, “but I’d never done anything like the 3MT either. You just have to believe that you can do it.”

Monday, April 3, 2017

TD Walter Bean visiting professor Jeffery Sachs shares an urgent but hopeful message

The good news, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs told the sold-out audience at the University of Waterloo’s Humanities Theatre last week, is that we can end extreme poverty, “and it’s not even a heavy lift.” But the bad news: “We're on the verge of wrecking it all.”

Sachs was visiting the University of Waterloo as the 2017 TD Walter Bean Visiting Professor in the Environment. A best-selling author, Director of the United Nations Sustainable Development Network and widely considered one of the leading minds in economic and global development, Sachs’s talk Rising Nationalism versus Global Cooperation for Sustainable Development sold out three weeks before the event.

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