November 13, 2020

November 13, 2020

Weekly updates for Student Family Housing residents:

Residence Office and Admissions.

This a friendly reminder that the office is closed during the pandemic to reduce health risks to residents and staff. We are still here to help, but for the health and safety of all, please do not come to our offices unless instructed to do so by a staff member. For assistance please call the Residence Office on 416-978-8304 or

For eligibility concerns or lease information please contact the Admissions at 416-978-8049 or

If you need to deliver cheques, forms and notices please use the secure drop box outside of the Residence Office – suite 102. If you are not sure please call or email ahead of time. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this health emergency and stay safe.

Security. Our Security staff continue to be available 24/7 via phone at 416-729-1592. If your security concern requires any type of follow up, please leave the guard a phone number to contact you, to avoid face-to-face interactions where possible.

Residence Reminders and Updates

Red-Control Zone. As of November 14th, the City of Toronto will be entering the red-control zone of Ontario’s COVID-19 framework. Please take a moment to review any additional restrictions that may affect your family at this time.

Smoking in Residence. In recent months there has been a great increase in smoke complaints in our buildings. This is not acceptable, and we are working to identify units involved, as this is in violation of the lease agreement. If you are smelling smoke, please notify security, as well as emailing your RA or The residence life team will ask further questions to try to identify the offending apartment, with the help of any evidence provided by security. Following both these steps is essential to identifying the issue as soon as possible.

Rent schedule. In order to make this easier to follow and avoid having to pay an extra month’s rent, please use this chart as a guide:
Submit by November 30th to move out on January 31st
Submit by December 31st to move out on February 28th
Submit by January 31st to move out on March 31st

Residence Life Updates and Resources

Happy Diwali to all those residents who are celebrating!

Domestic Violence Awareness Month. November is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, please reach out to your RA for resources or contact any of these resources located on our campus and in our community (list adapted from UofT’s Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Centre) .

Virtual Bulletin Board. To find out what’s going on in our building, campus and community, watch our virtual bulletin board for up-to-date information.

RA Adult Educational ProgramsThe Res Life Team has a number of excellent programs for our adult residents this semester, including ASL Literacy, Biking in Toronto, Indoor Planting, English Conversation and Indigenous Beading. Spots are limited! For more info, contact your RA or email

RA Contact Info and Office Hours. If you’d like to meet with your RA, please visit them during their daily Zoom office hours, or contact them to arrange an online meeting.

Recreation and Community Online. Our Recreation team has some great online programs this fall; visit to register.
For all recreation newsletters, videos and YouTube offerings visit
If you have questions about registration please email

Campus and Community Events and Programs

Updates from the Family Care Office

Family Event: Be Good to Yourself, Whoever You Are

Date: Friday, November 20, 2020
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am
The webinar link to be shared via email.

Often in life and in school, your energy moves quickly towards projects and people but there’s little energy left for yourself. In this family session, using poems and prompts, you will each have an opportunity to write and reflect on what sustains you, what you love and what you need. Take this hour for yourself as a flicker of possibility of how you might take time for yourself in general. No experience necessary. Please have a pen and notebook or whatever you like to write with on hand.

Facilitator:  Ronna Bloom, Poet in Community at University of Toronto. Ronna Bloom is a poet and teacher. Her most recent book, The More (Pedlar Press, 2017) was longlisted for the City of Toronto Book Award. Her poems have been recorded by the CNIB, are featured on Toronto Public Library’s Interactive Poetry Map, and have been translated into Spanish, Bangla, and Chinese. Ronna is currently Poet in Community to the University of Toronto. Join the Poet in Community Facebook group. To learn more about Ronna Bloom, visit:

Registration required at with your name and status at U of T, children’s name and ages. Current University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and their partners are welcome.

Navigating the Early Learning and Care Environment and Transitioning to School: Parent as Partners

Date: Friday, November 27, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
The webinar link to be shared via email.

Participants will gain an understanding of the external resources available for children requiring “Special Education Needs” (SEN) as well as typical developing children, and of the “Every Child Belongs” model (Service Delivery Model: Toronto Children Services).

We will talk about the process of transitioning children from childcare to full day learning and to elementary school, supporting them in childcare and school, and the importance of the collaborative relationship between parents, Resource Consultant, childcare and schools.

Facilitator: Loris Bennett, M.A. – Loris is a Doctoral Candidate in Leadership in Higher Education with a focus on Special Education and an Adjunct Professor in Disability Studies and Early Childhood Education. Loris has over 25 years of extensive experience in the human services field supervising residential programs for children and adults with intellectual disabilities as well as offering comprehensive consultation to families and Early Learning Education and Care organizations that support children with special needs. Her scholarship is centered on teaching and professional activity, focusing on promoting access and equity for people with disabilities within a local, national and international context. Loris’ research interests include the areas of diversity, inclusion, acess and equity for people with disabilities and expanding professional development of human services personnel.

Registration required here. Current University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and their partners are welcome.

Updates from the Centre for Internation Experience

  • November 17: Attend the final Laidlaw Scholars Program Information Session of the year to learn more
  • November 18: Grad Step Up for incoming international grads: Effective Communication for Diverse Platforms and Environments 
  • November 18: Intercultural Film Series explores “Traveling in Films” this month
  • November 19: A facilitated virtual tour around the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) – register by November 6!
  • November 23: Grad Step Up for incoming international grads: Toronto Tips
  • November 25: Grub Club invites you to gather over lunch with other students to listen, learn and bond over mutual interests
  • November 27: End the month with some fun Virtual Trivia