Man on the Move New Toronto mayor John Tory aims to get the city back on track By John Lorinc On his short morning subway ride to City Hall one bitterly cold day in January, Toronto mayor John Tory found himself chatting with a young woman heading to work. As he often does when approached […]Keep Reading
Leanne Rasmussen received her BA and MA in Political Science from the University of Toronto. As an under-graduate, Leanne majored in International Relations (IR) and served as co-President of the University of Toronto’s Oxfam chapter. As a graduate student, Leanne extended her research interests in IR through the inclusion of political economy and international development. […]Keep Reading
Mark Lloyd came to the Department of Political Science in 1991, and worked with Clifford Orwin and Thomas L. Pangle, before completing his PhD in 1999. Following his PhD and while working as an Assistant Professor, Mark decided to pursue an alternative career path and today Mark is an Investment Advisor & Associate Portfolio Manager […]Keep Reading
Seven years after graduating from Erindale College, Mike Layton was on Toronto’s City Council, representing Trinity-Spadina. He must have been told a hundred times that he had politics in his blood. His great-grandfather and grandfather were cabinet ministers (in Quebec and Ottawa). His father Jack led the federal NDP. That’s not quite where he was […]Keep Reading
Julie Bristow was always interested in politics. One of her uncles was Michael Pitfield, for a time the most important public servant in Ottawa, so she grew up with swirls of conversations about what was happening in Ottawa. It seemed natural to concentrate in Political Science for a B.A. she completed in 1986. Since then, […]Keep Reading
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