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We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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UOIT researcher showcases carpooling app at CivicAction summit

Dr. Hamid Akbari, Assistant Professor, FBIT.
Dr. Hamid Akbari, Assistant Professor, FBIT.

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s (UOIT) Dr. Hamid Akbari recently showcased Blancride, his innovative carpooling platform, at the 2015 CivicAction Summit – Better City Bootcamp in Toronto, Ontario.

Blancride is a mobile application that incorporates GPS and smartphone technology to match passengers and drivers so they can share a ride. Dr. Akbari, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Business and Information Technology (FBIT) launched the app along with a group of 13 UOIT students and alumni in December 2014.The startup was recently accepted to Spark Innovation Centre’s Thrive Accelerator Program.

“Congratulations to Hamid on this exciting opportunity to raise awareness about his unique carpooling solution,” said Dr. Robert Bailey, Acting Dean, FBIT. “This is just one example of how our faculty and student research can make a real difference, one car at a time.”

The CivicAction Summit is organized by the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance. The goal of the event is to set the multi-sectoral civic priorities for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) for the next four years. It also identifies actions that contribute to the region’s quality of life and its economic, social and environmental prosperity.

Participants have a chance to meet with hundreds of city builders from various sectors across the GTHA to:

  • Communicate and discuss current issues influencing the region’s personal and civic health and well-being.
  • Catalyze action and foster the exchange of ideas between community leaders and organizations.
  • Forge new relationships. 

The Better City Bootcamp focused on five foundational issues and opportunities at the core of the region’s health and resilience: 

  • Childhood health
  • Growing need for mental health support
  • Housing affordability for seniors
  • Public space
  • Tomorrow’s infrastructure needs