Summer school for teachers

For many teachers, there’s no summer holiday, reported the Kingston Whig-Standard July 25. Michael Muise, 35, is a Grade 6 teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. He hasn’t had a summer holiday in his 10 years of teaching. This summer, again, he was preparing to take a course after his Grade 6 students started their vacation. Muise knows what it’s like to be a student. With a 1993 BA in English from York University, a bachelor of education degree from Lancaster University in England, a master’s in education from Mount St. Vincent in Nova Scotia and a doctorate in education from Indiana University, he ought to.

Thinking about cities

The National Post reprinted an Ottawa Citizen editorial July 25 praising the creation of city research centres. The CanWest News Service editorial argued that the world’s population is becoming increasingly concentrated in urban environments, and it’s important that policy-makers research implications of this phenomenon. Happily, Ontario is becoming a major centre for just this kind of research. York University already has The City Institute, and now the University of Toronto is injecting $1.75 million to build a new Cities Centre.

Music for grown-ups

CanWest News Service has picked up a July 24 Ottawa Citizen story about how it’s not too late for adults to learn a musical instrument. There’s always “unknowable stuff about music and art, but fundamentally some (jazz) basics are very simple things you can learn,” says Mark Eisenman, a Toronto jazz pianist and York University instructor.

Law grad named president of Barrie Rotary Club

George Cameron, newly inducted president of the Rotary Club of Barrie, is proud to lead it into its 60th anniversary year, reported the Barrie Examiner July 25. Cameron does corporate and commercial law as a partner in the firm Graham, Wilson & Green. He received a master of laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1999 with a specialty in bankruptcy and insolvency.

On air

  • Bernie Wolf, economics professor at York’s Schulich School of Business, commented on foreign purchases of Canadian companies in the wake of Advanced Micro buying ATI Tech of Markham, on “680 News” in Toronto.