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RSS Feeds

New: Upcoming Events and Past Events Tabs

These feeds could now be displayed by date. Use rssparsefeed_date.php with &pastevents=1 as the url parameter to show "Upcoming" and "Past" tabs.

<!--#include virtual="/utilities/feed/rssparsefeed_date.php?num=4&size=4&title=1&date=0&desc=1&button=1&inbody=1&forhome=0&titlelink=0&nopad=0&linkhide=0&althead=1&pastevents=1&url=" -->

In order to insert an RSS feed on a page, you must include the script. The following variables can be used to customize it to your liking.

  • The first variable must be prefaced with a '?'. The remaining variables all use an '&' as a preface.
  • The last variable must be '&url'. If other variables follow it, the script may not work correctly or at all.
  • The URL must be 'https://'. This will prevent a mixed content blocking/warning error that might prevent the images from showing up as expected.
  • The order of the variables before the &url is irrelevant.
  • You may omit variables you do not want to use; this will set them to 0 by default.
  • Except where otherwise indicated, accepted options are 0 or 1.
  • num - This specifies the number of items to load. Typically, this will be between 3-10. Accepted options are 1-10.
  • size - This specifies the size of an image to display, to be displayed with the specified column width out of 12. For example, if the number specified is 3, the image will be 1/4 (3/12) of the available space. To display a full-width image in a sidebar, specify a size of 12. For any number less than 12, the description will be aligned to the right of the image. If a 0 is specified, the image will be hidden. Feed items that do not have a featured image attached will be formatted correctly regardless of this setting. Accepted options are 0-12.
  • title - This will show or hide the title.
  • date - This will show or hide the date.
  • desc - This will show or hide the description.
  • button - This will make the 'Read more' link a button or text.
  • inbody - This will enlarge the headings for better legibility in the body of a page.
  • forhome - This will change the entire layout for use on the homepage. This should ONLY be used on the homepage; most other variables will be ignored when this variable is enabled.
  • titlelink - This will link the title, making it teal.
  • nopad - This will reduce the padding around each feed item.
  • linkhide - This will show or hide the link. This will override the button setting. If this is set to 1, the title will be linked automatically.
  • althead - This will underline the headings.
  • url - This specifies the feed URL. It must be an RSS XML feed.
<!--#include virtual="/utilities/feed/rssparsefeed.php?num=4&size=4&title=1&date=0&desc=1&button=1&inbody=1&forhome=0&titlelink=0&nopad=0&linkhide=0&althead=1&url=" -->

The above code will display the below feed:

Professorship boosts microbiologist’s research

   Wednesday, May 31 2023

Dr. Jonathan Van Hamme has been awarded the Northcote and Brink Professorship for his research into breaking down toxic ‘forever chemicals.’

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A man sitting on a rock in the middle of a rushing creek.

Club founder bridges campus and community

   Wednesday, May 31 2023

Amit Thakur is a founder of TRUSU India Club, formed in 2009 to engage Indian students and introduce Indian culture to the community.

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Carpenters work at a construction site

Carpentry students gain industry experience

   Wednesday, May 24 2023

A day at the City Gardens construction site provided an eye-opening opportunity for TRU’s carpentry students recently.

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Explore Riverside Park with the Eco Day Scavenger Hunt

   Friday, May 19 2023

TRU is hosting a free digital scavenger hunt to encourage the public to learn about environmental sustainability.

Read more
<!--#include virtual="/utilities/feed/rssparsefeed.php?num=3&size=12&title=0&date=0&desc=0&nopad=1&linkhide=1&url=" -->

The above code will display the below feed:

A man sitting on a rock in the middle of a rushing creek.
Carpenters work at a construction site

Event Feeds

Event feeds work almost identically to RSS feeds. However, the only options are: num and inbody. The 'inbody' element will enlarge the font size of the feed.

To create the URL for an events feed, go to and view the category or tag of the feed you want to display, then add 'eo-events?event_start_after=now' to the end of the URL. The include statement should look like the following:

<!--#include virtual="/utilities/ics-parser/parseEvents.php?num=4&inbody=1&url=" -->

The above code will display the below feed:

Green up TRU at tree planting day

  Date: June 8, 10:00am - 12:00pm
  Location: Procurement\, Facilities &\; Materials Distribution

A total of 30 staff, students and faculty are needed to plant 15 large fruit and nut trees on campus.

Dates & Deadlines Feeds

To display a feed of upcoming Dates & Deadlines, it is configured much like the other feeds.

The defaults are:

  • Number of items: 5 (num=5)
  • Link the title with the URL (url=1)
  • Use smaller text (h4 for titles, p for dates)
  • Show all dates (audience=all)
  • Display as a list (blockgrid=0)
  • If blockgrid is enabled, display a grid of dates 3 wide on medium screens (grid=3)

The possibilities for the size variable are: 12,14,16,20,24,28,32. This will change the date size; the title will be 4px larger. For instance, if &size=20, the dates will be 20px and the titles will be 24px. Enlarging the fonts will allow the text to be visible on CCTV screens.

The options to display in a block grid are: &blockgrid=1 to enable, &grid=2 (typically 2-4 is appropriate, default is 3).

The options to for the audience variable are: &audience=staff or &audience=student. The default (left blank) will display all dates.

<!--#include virtual="/utilities/dates/dates-list.php?num=8&url=0&size=14&blockgrid=1&grid=4" -->

The above code will display the below feed:

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Podcast Feeds

Podcast feeds work almost identically to RSS feeds. Set the button variable to "2" to convert the RSS to the podcast feed.

Add the link to the podcast feed (can be taken from the podcast hosting service) to the end of the URL. The include statement should look like the following:

<!--#include virtual="/utilities/feed/rssparsefeed.php?num=3&size=3&title=1&date=0&desc=1&button=2&inbody=1&forhome=0&titlelink=1&nopad=0&linkhide=0&althead=1&url="-->

The above code will display the below feed:

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