Op Eds, Essays, and Reports

Coronavirus & Cities

Brail, S. How the coronavirus pandemic is changing Toronto life and business – for better or worse. The Conversation. May 3, 2021.

Li, Youjing and Brail, S. Toronto after the 1st wave: How COVID-19 affected three key markets. Spacing, April 29, 2021.

Brail, S. Patterns Amidst the Turmoil: COVID-19 & Cities. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science. 2021.

Brail, S., Heblich, S., McGahan, A. The Innovation Imperative: How the pandemic has changed the urban environment where innovation thrives. Financial Post, March 10, 2021.

Brail, S. COVID-19 driving change in Canada’s urban centres. The Hill Times, February 17, 2021.

Brail, S., Des Rosiers, N., McGahan, A. For the arts, the show must go on after COVID-19. Policy Options. June 29, 2020.

Brail, S. Coronavirus and Engaging Cities: Towards Community Recovery (English). (French version here). Bang the Table. June 26, 2020.

Brail, S. An opportunity to reimagine the role for platform economy firms. Policy Options. June 23, 2020.

Brail, S. and Donald, B. From Gin to Gel, why Canada’s manufacturing capacity matters. Policy Options. April 21, 2020.

Brail, S. Cities lead the charge on coronavirus front lines. The Conversation. April 2, 2020.

Digital Cities & Urban Innovation

Brail, S. and Donald, B. Robotic Cargo Transport: New Technologies, Novel Practices & Policy Readiness in Canada. Report for Transport Canada, 2021.

Brail, S. The Innovation Imperative: Why Canada needs to harness the power of the platform economy. Financial Post, March 31, 2021.

Brail, S. Climate Crisis, Equitable Engagement, Inclusive Cities: Rethinking Urban Mobility. Bang the Table. November 2020.

Brail, S., Hadfield, G. and Stein, J. Governance Innovation Final Report. Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. June 2020.

Brail, S. Cities need to innovate to improve transportation and reduce emissions. The Conversation. November 24, 2019.

Brail, S. and Donald, B. Canada left behind as ride-hailing services go global. The Conversation. September 10, 2018.

Brail, S. Smart cities and lessons from India. Policy Options. August 7, 2017.

Community & Economic Development

Brail, S. How partnerships can help cities cope with technological disruption. Policy Options. July 3, 2018.

Brail, S. What TCHC needs to do next with Regent Park. Spacing Toronto. June 25, 2018.

Brail, S. Community Engagement with the Changing City. Bang the Table, 2018.

News Media

Coronavirus & Cities

Pizzas, burgers, sandwiches. More of these restaurants opened during the pandemic. Will the trend continue?Toronto Star, May 27, 2021.

The Surprising Resilience of Restaurants. University of Toronto Magazine, Spring 2021.

Looking at Toronto after the first wave. The Medium, January 24, 2021.

The restaurant industry is hurting. That’s not stopping these entrepreneurs. The Globe and Mail, December 3, 2020.

As the COVID-19 crisis cuts jobs, Canadians cash in on hobbies with ‘side hustles’. Canadian Press, November 17, 2020.

Untethered by the pandemic, urban workers consider a pastoral life, Christian Science Monitor, September 16, 2020.

Wide sidewalks key to help commercial real estate weather the pandemic, The Globe and Mail, September 8, 2020.

How will commuting change after coronavirus? Experts weigh in. Global News. June 24, 2020

Why COVID-19 has city-dwellers trying to get out of Dodge. TVO. June 18, 2020.

Coronavirus and the City: Experts share insights on COVID-19 recovery via U of T School of Cities series. U of T News. May 26, 2020.

Space is the new luxury: Could the coronavirus prompt an urban exodus in Ontario?. Global News. May 25, 2020.

Public washrooms remain closed as other services reopen. Yahoo News. May 25, 2020.

Why face masks will become the new normal in Canada. Now Toronto. May 2, 2020.

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie has more power after coronavirus emergency declaration. Mississauga.com. March 30, 2020.

Despite COVID-19 restrictions, Airbnb, Vrbo listing abound in Ontario. The Logic. April 27, 2020

Toronto’s public life all but vanishes amid COVID-19 crisis. Toronto Star. March 17, 2020.

How can Canadians quarantine from COVID-19 if they can’t afford it?. National Post. March 11, 2020.

Digital Cities & Urban Innovation

Une communauté veur créer une ville <<intelligente>>. Le Devoir. October 23, 2021.

What’s next for Quayside? The resumes of the four teams vying to reimagine Toronto’s waterfront might offer a hint. Toronto Star. October 20, 2021.

Toronto named tech hub of Canada and a hot spot for talent in North America. BlogTO. November 2020.

How technology can empower communities. MaRS Discovery District. November 26, 2020.

Sidewalk Labs pulls out of Toronto’s Quayside Project, blaming COVID-19. Toronto Star. May 7, 2020.

Sidewalk Labs pulls out of Toronto Quayside project. State Scoop. May 7, 2020.

Here’s where U of T experts stand on Sidewalk Toronto’s controversial smart city plan. The Varsity. January 12, 2020.

Academics face many challenges researching Uber, Airbnb and their ilk. University Affairs. November 25, 2019.

How Uber’s new safety features aim to stop murders, kidnappings and other crimes. Cnet. October 4, 2019.

The Alphabet of Sidewalk Labs’ plan for Toronto’s waterfront. Toronto Star. March 22, 2019.

Can a Ridehailing App be Ethical?. Vice. March 7, 2019.

City of the Future? Humans, Not Technology, Are the Challenge in Toronto. The New York Times. December 29, 2017

Lyft to Begin Operations in Toronto, Its First Market Outside the U.S.. The New York Times. November 13, 2017.


Stuck in the past, can Mississauga ever quit the car? Councillors frown on plans to reduce parking. The Pointer, June 4, 2021.

As city committee debates e-scooters, concerns over a ‘missed opportunity’. Toronto Star, April 27, 2021.

Mississauga triples some parking fines in waterfront area amid high COVID-19 demand. Mississauga.com, April 23, 2021.

Mobility tech offers cities enormous opportunities for helping residents get around – if they can avoid the quagmire. Toronto Star, January 11, 2021.

Planning the future of transportation? Think sustainability, social equity, experts say. CBC News, September 25, 2020.

In the middle of a pandemic, those of us without cars are left spinning our wheels. Toronto Star. May 21, 2020.

Can we fix Toronto’s transit by 2030? With an expected population of 8 million, experts say it’s already too late. Toronto Star. March 5, 2020.

Can Innisfil, a town without its own bus service, build a transit-centred city of the future?. Toronto Star. December 8, 2019.

Toronto’s newest car-share company caters to a need for speed. CTV News. July 20, 2019.

Lyft and Uber Want to Fund Better Roads…For Lyft and Uber. Vice. April 25, 2019.

Community & Economic Development

Economic recovery and the Edmonton election: Compare the mayoral platforms. CBC News, October 5, 2021.

Is NIMBYism behind frustration on development or do Vaughan residents not realize sweeping change is happening?, Vaughan Citizen, August, 9, 2021.

The East Harbour transit hub site can’t have housing because it’s been set aside as an employment zone for ‘high value’ jobs, city councillor says, Toronto Star, May 21, 2021.

With Rail Deck Park probably dead, here’s where Toronto could look for other new green spaces, CBC News, May 14, 2021.

Here’s the advice experts have for solving London’s vacant property problem. CBC. March 25, 2021.

Doug Ford’s government ignored a local community by destroying the Dominion Foundry site. Here’s why all Toronto should care. Toronto Star. January 21, 2021.

Forget Sidewalk Labs. Quayside plans promise ‘iconic’ architecture and – affordable housing. Toronto Star. December 27, 2020.

Tanner Zipchen speaks out on former Cineplex gig, says at first all he got were Scene points. Toronto Star. February 15, 2020.


Radio, TV, and Podcasts

How some restaurants opened and adapted during the pandemic and what’s next? The Toronto Star This Matters Podcast, June 4, 2021.

The urban environment after immunity. After Immunity Podcast, June 2, 2021.

How COVID-19 is changing Toronto business and life. The Weekend Morning Show with Dave Trafford, Newstalk 1010 Radio, May 8, 2021.

Demand for industrial storage space spurs boom in warehouse real estate. The Cost of Living, CBC Radio, February 21, 2021.

My Perfect City: Employment in Toronto. The Compass, BBC News World Service, December 23, 2020.

The Spark Guide to Civilization, Part One: Movement. Spark – CBC Radio. September 25, 2020.

Will COVID-19 be followed by an urban exodus?. Global News Radio. May 28, 2020.

Episode 12 – Shauna Brail. The Art of the Neighbourhood Podcast. May 23, 2020.




Urbanization and Sustainable Development: What We Know, Policy Implications and Citizen Engagement. University of Guyana, GREEN Institute, October 20, 2021.


Digital Infrastructure: Reconfiguring future urban infrastructures, University of Manchester / Melbourne / Toronto, June 24, 2021.

Shared Mobility: Responding to new societal norms, The Globe and Mail Events, March 24, 2021.

Cities Post-Covid: What Does the Future Hold? Toronto Association for Business & Economics. January 14, 2021.

COVID, Inequalities and the Future of Cities. LSE International Inequalities Institute, December 7, 2020.

Urban Leadership and Innovation During Times of Crisis. Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. December 3, 2020.

Sustainability in Urban Planning. University College Literary & Athletic Society, October 21, 2020.

Urban Transformation & the Pandemic: Shifting Mobility in Cities. Urban Economy Forum, October 5-6, 2020.

The Future of Cities: Urban Life and Work Beyond COVID-19. Rotman School of Management. July 15, 2020.

Will the Future of Planning Change Due to the Pandemic?. June 23, 2020.

Cities after COVID. Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. June 16, 2020.

Webinar: The Social Benefits of On-demand Transit. Pantonium – Tomorrow’s Transportation Today. June 5, 2020.

The World after COVID-19. Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. May 12, 2020.

How COVID-19 is affecting global supply chains?. Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. April 30, 2020.