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Jennifer Keesmaat to teach at University of Toronto

Former chief planner of Toronto will teach a course at the university about how to improve the city.

Jennifer Keesmaat’s next stop will be in a classroom, not on the political campaign trail.

The city’s former chief planner will be teaching in the geography and planning department at the University of Toronto for the rest of the academic year, the school announced this week.

Keesmaat was approached by the department to accept the John Bousfield Distinguished Visitorship in Planning, a residence that will run until April. She will give lectures and teach a course to graduate students.

“It’s yet to be determined, but the studio (course) will most likely be something on . . . how we can transform the city to become a safer, more livable, pedestrian place,” Keesmaat said in a phone interview Wednesday.

Keesmaat said the class will also do “a bit of a deep dive into the public documentation that’s available in the budget.”

“I know where all the bodies are buried,” she said with a laugh.

Dr. Richard DiFrancesco, the director of graduate programs in the planning department, said they are “thrilled” that Keesmaat has agreed to join U of T.

“Jennifer’s unique blend of urban planning knowledge, knowledge of Toronto planning in particular, and her high-energy/high-clarity style made her an attractive candidate for us,” DiFrancesco said in an email.

Written by: Jaren Kerr

Original Article: thestar.com 

Interest(s): Date: October 6, 2017

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