Music prof a leader in Canada’s jazz scene

Music critics at The Ottawa Citizen called David Mott, music professor in York’s Faculty of Fine Arts, “one of the most influential figures in Canadian jazz” in a July 17 roundup of acts playing at this year’s Ottawa International Jazz Festival. Of his quintet, which plays July 23 at the National Arts Centre Studio, they said: “Although an American by birth, baritone saxophonist David Mott has emerged as one of the most influential figures in Canadian jazz, thanks to his long-term position at York University. Mott seldom functions in a lead role, and this new band, featuring bassist Rob Clutton, drummer Jesse Stewart, tenor saxophonist Peter Lutek and trumpeter Gord Allen, provides him with plenty of improvisational firepower to tackle his thorny compositions.”

Aggressive girls have problems with their moms

“The mother-daughter relationship is crucial in a girl’s development,” said Debra Pepler, psychology professor in York’s Faculty of Arts, in an article on violent young females carried in Maclean’s July 21 issue. “When you look at the background of aggressive girls, most have problems with their mothers.” Pepler also said, “By not taking girls seriously, we’ve forgotten that they become the mothers of tomorrow.”

Peter Hogg is scholar-in-residence at law firm

Law firm Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP announced July 16 in The Globe and Mail and the National Post that Peter Hogg, outgoing dean of York’s Osgoode Hall Law School, has returned to the Toronto office as the firm’s scholar-in-residence. The firm said Hogg would be acting as counsel to Blakes in his areas of expertise, producing a new edition of Constitutional Law of Canada and assisting the firm with continuing legal education and student recruitment.

Surveyed by York institute

In an opinion piece July 17 about the implementation of a new smoking bylaw, a London Free Press contributor noted that Lambton County residents had been surveyed about the future bylaw by York’s Institute for Social Research.

On air

  • Jamie Cameron, professor at York’s Osgoode Hall Law School, was interviewed about same-sex marriage laws and what the federal government wants to do in terms of definition of marriage, on “Newsline” on CFAX-AM, Victoria, July 14.