Written by Arthur Kaptainis
Published in U of T News
“We gave them a time crunch,”Edwin White Chacon, one of the founders of CivicSpark, said at the conclusion of its first Undergraduate Public Policy Case Competition.
Yes, they did. Thirty minutes of prep time? Ten minutes to present your ideas on revitalizing the famously inadequate space under Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway? Pretty tight parameters.
But a team of three city studies undergraduate students from the department of human geography at the University of Toronto Scarborough, Abbas Ali, Robert Tran and Rebecca Roach rose to the challenge and emerged victorious Saturday in the suitably innovative environment of the MaRS Discovery District.
The morning began in the MaRS auditorium with pep talks by CivicAction project coordinator Adrianne Yiu and R. J. Kelford, a youth recruitment manager from MaRS (which supplied the space pro bono). Then the five teams got to work, presenting cases prepared in advance on the timely subject of transportation in Toronto.
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