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RU Planning Expo 2016

An entire weekend centred around planning

RAPS is excited to announce the 2016 RU Planning Expo. Join us for informative sessions, panels, networking, and more.

The RU Planning Expo is a two-day exhibition, packed full of opportunities for you to develop and advance your planning career. This year, the expo features keynote speakers and panelists that range from Former Chief Planners to Students, and Accessibility Advocates, to Architects.

Ryerson University’s School of Urban and Regional Planning Student Association is excited to

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Waterloo-Ryerson Undergraduate Planning Conference

The Waterloo-Ryerson Undergraduate Planning Conference is a yearly tradition that aims to promote collaboration and networking between Waterloo and Ryerson Planning Students. This year, Ryerson’s School of Urban and Regional Planning is proud to host this conference, which will include walking tours, lectures from the faculty, and a friendly game of planning jeopardy between Ryerson and Waterloo students at the end of the day. Light refreshments will be provided through the day.

Agenda coming soon. Tickets available here.

A Note Regarding 2016 CAPS Conference

The purpose of this message is to state both RAPS and RPGSA’s position with regard to issues and concerns raised about the upcoming CAPS 2016 conference.

RAPS and the RPGSA are strongly discouraging all Ryerson M.Pl, BURPl, PLAB and PLAD students, and SURP faculty from attending the CAPS 2016 conference in Banff, Alberta. We are also requesting that no school funds be issued to subsidize participation in this event. This position was developed in three ways: through ongoing discussions with planning student associations from across Canada; through consultation with the M.Pl. student body on November 10, 2015; and through a RAPS meeting on November 9th, where recent undergraduate concerns about the conference were brought up and addressed. Read More →

The 42nd Federal Election

Can you believe that over 1400 students voted at Ryerson in the past four days? Students cast their ballots despite very long lines. Its no secret that students are determined to make their voice heard this Federal Election!

From October 5-8, polling stations were set up in 38 campuses across Canada, thanks to the Canadian Federation of Students working with Elections Canada to make voting more accessible for students. Over 42,000 students cast their ballot in the polls on college campuses!

Didn’t get to vote this week? You can still cast your ballot and make your voice heard.

1) Vote for any riding at an Elections Canada office 

Like the campus polling station, this allows you to vote for a candidate in your home riding. The closest Elections Canada Office to Ryerson is at Bloor and Sherbourne:

425 Boor Street East, Suite 300
Toronto, Ontario M4W 3R4

Hours of operation:

  • Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Closest TTC: Sherbourne Station

To find your local Elections Canada office, visit the Elections Canada WEBSITE.

The deadline to cast your vote for any riding (to vote by special ballot) is Tuesday, October 13 at 6p.m.

You don’t need to register in advance; you can register and vote at the polling station.

2) Vote in your home riding on Advance Voting Days

Going home this weekend? There are four advance voting days. Polls are open from noon to 8:00 p.m.

  • Friday, October 9
  • Saturday, October 10
  • Sunday, October 11
  • Monday, October 12

Your VOTER INFORMATION CARD tells you the address of your advance polling place. Don’t have a voter information card? You can also easily find your advance polling station on the Elections Canada WEBSITE.

You don’t need to register in advance; you can register and vote at the polling station.

3) Vote by mail

APPLY on the Elections Canada website to VOTE BY MAIL. The deadline to apply to vote by mail is Tuesday, October 13 at 6p.m.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your ballot is returned to the Elections Canada Office in Ottawa before 6p.m. on October 19, otherwise your vote will not be counted.

Visit the elections Canada WEBSITE for more information on how to vote by mail.

4) Vote on Election Day, October 19, 2015

If these options don’t work for you, you can still vote on Election Day,October 19, 2015.

If you received your voter information card by mail, it will have information on when and where you can vote. Haven’t received your voter information card? Visit the Elections Canada website to see where you can vote. Polls are open 9:30a.m.-9:30p.m.

You don’t need to register in advance, you can register and vote at the polling station.

More information

The Elections Canada website has information on ID REQUIREMENTS to vote, and VOTING FOR STUDENTS.

Let’s make Ryerson’s voice heard this election, go out and VOTE! 

This is an opportunity to set the direction and send a message about the kind of Canada you want!

Questions? Contact Elections Canada or CESAR at COMMUNICATIONS@MYCESAR.CA

Auckland Conversations: Transportation in New Zealand’s Biggest City

RAPS is pleased to welcome Darren Davis, principal public transport planer at Auckland Transport to discuss Auckland’s new network for public transport and $124 million 3-year cycling plan encompassing 52km of separated cycleways.



This is a great opportunity to see what planning international cities do in terms of transportation and what challenges and successes they have had.

All Ryerson planning students are invited to join us for an engaging evening. This event will take place in SBB 312 at 3:30pm on Tuesday, October 6th.


Darren Davis

image003Darren Davis is a proudly car-free principal transport planner at Auckland Transport with 20 years’ plus experience in transportation in Auckland, starting out as a rabble-rousing public transit lobbyist and evolving into being a planner, strategist and consultant. He has produced high-level strategic policy, successfully influenced regional and national government agencies, been involved on-the-ground in major transportation infrastructure such as the New Lynn Transit Oriented Development project, carried out public transport service design, led public transit communications and marketing, advised the rail electrification project and participated in town centre revitalization projects.

You can check out Darren on Twitter where he tweets about transportation and urbanism at @DarrenDavis10.


*topics subject to change without notice

September Pub Night

Pub night is a way for new and old planning students to grab a drink, catch up with each other, and relax before the going gets tough with studio and everything else. We’ll be providing free appetizers too, so there’s no reason not to come! We can’t wait to see you there.


The PLAB/PLAD Welcome is an event held each year to welcome the incoming PLAB/PLAD students to the third year of the Planning Program. Returning students and professors alike are welcome to attend! Following the end of PLAB/PLAD introduction classes held over a two week period on August 24th, RAPS will lead the PLAB/PLAD class and professors from the planning program to the Library Pub, where a small social will occur. Snacks will be provided.

We look forward to seeing you on August 24th from 4:00pm – 6:00pm!
(For incoming first year students, this event is not part of your orientation on September 3rd).


Student Campus Groups Fair

The Student Campus Groups Fair is a yearly event where students can learn about Ryerson’s over 300 campus groups, and what they have to offer. Held along Gould Street and in the Quad from 11:00am until 4:00pm, RAPS will proudly take part. We want to make sure planning students know just what we have to offer in the coming year!