About University of Toronto Magazine

In each issue of University of Toronto Magazine, you’ll find ideas from University of Toronto faculty, students and alumni that address the intriguing questions of our time. We share the latest and most important research advances, dig into the university’s rich history and introduce you to alumni who are making a difference in Canada and around the world.

University of Toronto Magazine is published twice a year in print – in April and September – and sent to more than 350,000 of the university’s alumni and friends around the world. The magazine also publishes stories online between issues, and these are sent to subscribers via email another four times a year: in January, May, July and November.

The magazine is also available on campus to students, faculty and staff. Although the print edition is available only to members of the University of Toronto community, anyone can sign up for our email newsletter.

Since 2005, University of Toronto Magazine has won more than 50 awards from the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education in Washington, D.C. In that time, the magazine has also been nominated for six National Magazine Awards.

University of Toronto Magazine and the environment

The magazine bears the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Mix label, which means that the wood used to make the paper is from FSC-certified material, recycled materials and other controlled sources.

University of Toronto Magazine is printed on FSC-certified Flo Gloss (45-pound) paper. The magazine cover and gatefold is printed on Somerset Gloss (70-pound). No ancient forests are being used for the pulp of either stock.

Sometimes, the University of Toronto’s colleges and faculties choose to package their own publication with University of Toronto Magazine. This enables them to save money on postage and it reduces the environmental impact of multiple mailings.

However, this process requires the use of a plastic polybag. Some readers have expressed concern over the potential waste and environmental damage of using such a wrap.

We wish to assure readers that the clear polybag we use within Canada, manufactured by EPI Environmental Technologies, is completely recyclable. If it does enter landfill, it will disintegrate within two years. Unfortunately, the polybag used in the U.S. is composed only partly of recycled material and does not readily decompose in landfill.

We encourage readers who would like to help us reduce our environmental footprint even further to trade their paper edition of the magazine for the electronic one. Electronic subscribers receive an email message six times a year with links to the magazine’s latest stories. By reducing our print and mailing costs, we are able to invest more in the editorial content of the magazine.

Letters to the editor and website comments

University of Toronto Magazine seeks to promote understanding and awareness of the university and encourages readers to express their opinions on the issues presented in its pages. The magazine welcomes comments at its website and publishes letters to the editor. All comments and letters may be edited for clarity, civility and length. Due to space constraints, the magazine may be able to publish only a representative sample of letters received. As a guideline, we generally don’t publish letters or comments longer than 150 words.

The University of Toronto recognizes that all members of the university community have the right to freedom of speech and expression, which means the right to comment on any issue as well as the right to criticize the university. The university also fosters an environment of tolerance and mutual respect. Every member should be able to work, live, teach and learn in a university free from discrimination and harassment.

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We send University of Toronto Magazine to all alumni and friends of the university free of charge. If you enjoy receiving it, we ask you to consider a donation to help defray the costs associated with printing and distribution. Every cent of your contribution (for which University of Toronto graduates will receive an income tax receipt) will be spent on the magazine.

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