The train stops here

The first GO Train to the new York University station at 595-A Canarctic Drive was celebrated on Sept. 6 with an official opening at York. On hand for the ceremonies at the station and at a news conference at  Vari Hall were York President and Vice-Chancellor Lorna R. Marsden, Tina Molinari, MPP for Thornhill, Eldred King, vice-Chair of the GO Train board of directors, and Bill Fisch, Chair of the York Region. The province invested $850,000 in the new station.

“Today”s announcement marks another important step forward for York University and our public transit partners,” said Marsden. “Students, staff and faculty travelling from York region now have another alternative to private vehicles — which should result in reduced traffic congestion, preservation of the environment, and less pressure on the University”s parking capacity.” Molinari echoed  those sentiments, glad to know that the GTA traffic gridlock might be eased.

Parking and Transportation Services is now operating a vehicle to shuttle between the GO Train station and York University. Check this site for the shuttle schedule:

Want to know the cost? Check GO Transit”s Fare Finder at  under Tickets and Fares, input your starting location and select York University as the destination.

Bonding with Brazil

On Sept. 5 at a ceremony in the Brazilian embassy in Ottawa, Brazil invested York University Research Fellow Ed Dosman with the Ordem do Rio Branco for helping to strengthen ties between Brazil and Canada. Dosman, senior research Fellow at York’s Centre for International and Security Studies, was a founder and executive  director of FOCAL, an organization devoted to increasing awareness on Brazil in Canada. He worked with Brazilian ambassadors in Ottawa to organize academic events, and was instrumental in the very recent establishment of a University Chair on Brazilian Studies in Canada.

He”s pretty defensive

Last week York defensive lineman Jeet Rana was named Canadian Football League CIS Players of the Week. Last Monday he led the York Yeomen defence in an impressive 23-11 victory over the Guelph Gryphons. The former two-time OUA All-Star recorded five solo tackles, three quarterback sacks and one knockkdown during his first game in two years. Rana, an Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies administrative studies student, missed all of the 2001 season due to an injury.