York alums share a Macau connection

A 10-block stroll down Georgia Street from his 10-lawyer firm’s Royal Centre office would show Anthony Remedios (LLB ’81) a symbol of olden days in his native Macau, wrote columnist Malcolm Parry in The Vancouver Sun Aug. 16 in a story about the Vancouver neighbourhood. He’d see the nutty house the one-time Portuguese colony’s casino czar, Stanley Ho, finessed city hall into letting him build at the entrance to Stanley Park. Remedios, who studied law at York’s Osgoode Hall Law School, notes that fellow alumnus and Macau Chief Executive Edmund Ho (BBA ’78) graduated from York’s Schulich School of Business.

York Regional Police chief keeps special photos in his cap

Tucked inside the cap of York alumnus and York Regional Police Chief Armand La Barge (BA ’95), where no one can see them, are five laminated photographs, wrote the Toronto Star Aug. 16 in a profile of him. There are pictures of Consts. William Grant, 26, and Douglas Tribbling, 49, both of whom died in the line of duty in 1984, and two of La Barge’s cousins, who were killed fighting for Canada in World War II. The most recent addition is a photo of Det. Const. Rob Plunkett, the 22-year veteran who was run down by a driver and killed two weeks ago during what started as a routine surveillance detail. "If you don’t pay tribute to those who sacrificed their lives, then they died two times," La Barge says.

He has been a police officer for 35 years and York Region’s police chief for five, but La Barge’s profile has never been higher. La Barge became chief in 2002 after joining the force in 1973 as a cadet. The Star said he was one of the first graduates of Atkinson’s certificate program in multicultural studies.

Kinesiology student likes his ‘hood

Even though he doesn’t spend much leisure time hanging out in Bloor West Village, York student Andrew Torres certainly appreciates his ‘hood, wrote the Toronto Star in a story about the neighbourhood Aug. 16. Home to young families, aged residents who’ve lived here for decades and some Toronto VIPs (including Mayor David Miller), the community might be a little sleepy for a 22-year-old. But after a wild night out in Toronto’s club district, Torres is always happy to return to this quaint area, west of High Park and north of Swansea. A third-year kinesiology student, Torres takes a bus to school that stops a few feet from the house he shares with his parents, near Keele and Dundas streets. He has lived there for eight years.

Atlantic universities eyeing GTA students

The eligible students wanting to attend one of Toronto’s three universities will be enough to fill another York University, or about two Simon Fraser Universities, wrote the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal Aug. 16 in a story about recruitment efforts by Atlantic universities to attract some of a projected 40,000 new students. The impending space crunch even has University of Toronto president David Naylor suggesting that Toronto’s Ryerson University, York, U of T and Oshawa’s University of Ontario Institute of Technology may team up to build a feeder university where students could earn a bachelor’s degree and have the option of switching to one of the older universities for their upper-year studies.

On air

  • Saeed Rahnema, political science professor in York’s Atkinson School of Public Policy & Administration, spoke about the most recent bombings in Iraq, on CBC Newsworld Aug. 15.