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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

To Watch: The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces

This highly influential film in architecture and planning circles by William H. Whyte analyzes the success and failures of urban spaces. Observing the natural order of spaces and the way people move through them, Whyte provides an intuitive critique of urban spaces and ways these spaces can be improved.

(Source: Luke Keller, IMDB)

RAPS Election Results: A Message From Your Presidents

RAPS is happy to announce the results of our Fall By-Election! Big thanks go out to everyone who ran, and congratulations to our new RAPS Council members!

The winners are:

VP Social Affairs
Santiago Acevedo-Martinez

PLAB/PLAD Class Ambassador
Champa Maduranayagam

First Year Class Ambassador
Kat Northern Lights Man

OPPI Junior Representative
Tetyana Bailey

Here’s to a great year!


Jordan McLeod and Nikolas Koschany
Co-Presidents, Ryerson Association of Planning Students 2015-2016

TO WATCH: “The Human Scale”

The human scale questions our assumptions about modernity, exploring what happens when we put people into the center of our equations.
For 40 years the Danish architect Jan Gehl has systematically studied human behavior in cities. His starting point was an interest in people, more than buildings – in what he called Life Between Buildings. What made it exist? When was it destroyed? How could it be brought back? This lead to studies of how human beings use the streets, how they walk, see, rest, meet, interact etc. Jan Gehl also uses statistics, but the questions he asks are different. For instance: How many people pass this street throughout a 24 hour period? How many percent of those are pedestrians? How many are driving cars or bikes? How much of the street space are the various groups allowed to use? Is this street performing well for all its users?
Jan Gehl made his first studies in Italy and later he inspired the planning of Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, for 40 years. His ideas inspired the creation of walking streets, the building and improvements of bike paths and the reorganization of parks, squares and other public spaces throughout this city and in many other cities in the Nordic region. Around the world cities like Melbourne, Dhaka, New York, Chongqing and Christchurch are now also being inspired by Gehl’s work and by the developments in Copenhagen.”
(Source: http://thehumanscale.dk, 2015.)

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!


For the first time, RAPS is pleased to announce our participation in OpenStreetsTO this year! OpenStreetsTO is an event that opens up portions of Yonge and Bloor Streets to pedestrians to redefine what public space really is, and get people to enjoy and participate in the city they live in.

On August 16th and September 6th, from 8:00am-1:00pm RAPS will have a station set up at Bloor and Spadina, where we will hosting two events:

  1. Blackout poetry using planning policy.
  2. Drawing your neighbourhood from memory.

You can get involved in several different ways:

  • As a participant by showing up and taking in the event
  • As an evaluator by signing up here (free snacks, t-shirt, and swag!)
  • As an OpenStreetsTO Volunteer by signing up here

To learn more about OpenStreetsTO, visit their website: http://www.openstreetsto.org.

RAPS Orientation

The RAPS Planning Orientation for first year students will take place on September 2nd from 10am to 1:30pm, meeting in the South Bond Building. The RAPS orientation is a great way to get to know the people studying planning at Ryerson, as well as to explore campus and the surrounding area of Downtown Toronto.

This year we will be continuing the tradition of the Amazing Planning Race. Students will be instructed to travel on foot around and near the Ryerson campus, taking photographs and gathering objects worth points. The team with the most points will win a prize, and lunch will be provided to all!