Remembering Professor David Onley (1950-2023)

David Onley

It is with deep sadness that we mourn the loss of Professor David Onley.

David joined our department in 2014 after completing a seven-year term as lieutenant-governor of Ontario, which followed his career in broadcast journalism. As a proud graduate of the University of Toronto Scarborough he was always an enthusiastic champion for UTSC. He was passionate about the two courses he developed for our department on the role of the Crown in the Canadian political system and on the politics of disability in Canada. He was deeply devoted to his students. Throughout his career, his insight and advocacy improved accessibility in Canada and, indeed, in our own university and department. We are fortunate to have known David and to have had such a kind and caring colleague and teacher. Our community will organize to honor his memory and his many contributions. We will keep you updated once we have more information to share.

In the meantime, it is important that you remain connected and care for yourself and others.  You are encouraged to reach out and connect as needed to the following supports, including:

UTSC Health & Wellness Centre to book an appointment to meet with a counsellor online or in person.


For students at: 

Health & Wellness Centre (St. George)

Health & Counselling Centre (UTM)

In addition to the services offered by the Health & Wellness Centres, MySSP provides U of T students with immediate and/or ongoing confidential, 24-hour support for any school, health, or general life concern at no cost. 

To access MySSP, call 1-844-451-9700 or visit

Students also have access to Good 2 Talk (1-866-925-5454), a free confidential helpline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.