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Anonymous posts raise safety concerns on campus

U of T’s vice president sent out an alert to all students regarding anonymous threats made against the school on a public blog. Students should be vigilant about suspicious activities on the university campus due to the threatening online comments, Cheryl Regehr said in an email to students, faculty and staff.

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Election pollsters tuning out traditional technology

Naheed Nenshi was not supposed to become the mayor of Calgary in 2010. Polls predicted he’d finish a distant third and a Calgary Herald poll, taken a few weeks before the election, gave Nenshi only nine per cent of the popular vote. “Recent history in polling has not been strong in this country,” he told students in Toronto recently. In fact, Nenshi won the 2010 Calgary election with 40 per cent of the vote.

U of T named best in Canada

The University of Toronto has been named the top university in Canada, and is among the top 20 universities in the world, according to the latest QS World University Rankings.

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Canadian warns U.S. citizens abroad of new tax collector

Former American Peter Dunn wants Americans living in Canada to ask themselves an important question. “Am I really an American citizen?” Dunn, 50, has recently co-founded the Isaac Brock Society, a group raising awareness about the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). Dunn settled permanently in Canada in 1994.

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Fighting body image stigmatization

Sam Abel has dealt with stares, embarrassment and harassment from strangers most her life. “Just a few months ago I was at Yonge (Street subway) station and I was waiting for a train,” she said. “There were a group of teenage boys on the platform and as I got on the train, they said ‘You’re fat bitch.’ … Being fat means your body’s taken out publicly and people feel (they have) the right to comment on it in a way they might not if you weren’t fat.”

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Geek culture emerges from the basement

Albert Milaim, a game development student at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, considers himself a geek. But unlike times past, being a geek is no longer a basement culture. “Before geeks were looked down upon,” he said. “Now people will look up to you for knowing what to do.”