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U of T graduate students explore new wards for Urban Policy Lab program to help Toronto voters

Transit problems. Traffic congestion. Lack of affordable housing. They are three of the leading issues on the minds of Torontonians as they get ready to cast their votes in Monday's municipal election.

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U of T expert on cannabis pardons – and how racialized Canadians are disproportionately affected by drug laws

On Wednesday, the day that cannabis became legal in Canada, the federal government announced that it will bring in legislation to allow Canadians with criminal convictions for small amounts of marijuana apply for pardons.

It's an issue that Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Toronto Mississauga, has been at the centre of as the director of research for the Campaign for Cannabis Amnesty, a non-profit advocacy organization.

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Who's in control? U of T researcher examines why it's so difficult to disconnect from social media

Academics have spent the last decade studying connectivity and social media – a trend that has more than two billion people around the world on Facebook and counting. 

For Tero Karppi, however, the focus has instead been disconnection.  

“I always tended to go against the grain,” says Karppi, an assistant professor at the University of Toronto Mississauga’s Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology who specializes in social media and media theory. 

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