AGYU to screen local student video productions at York

Brookview Middle School students will screen their video productions at York University Wednesday, June 11, wrote the North York Mirror June 10. Architecture of the Imagination, made up of eight videos by 26 Grade 8 students, will be screened in the Accolade East Building, Keele campus, from 7 to 8pm.

The project, organized and presented by the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), marks the culmination of a multidisciplinary arts program led by a team of Toronto-based artists and educators.

Over four months, Brookview students took field trips to York University where they participated in tours of Saskia Olde Wolbers’ exhibition at the AGYU, as well as storytelling and drama workshops.

Works relate to artist’s spirituality; Japanese paper

The current show at Arts Sutton Gallery – "Works on Washi" by Lorraine Pritchard – reveals a dialogue between the artist and her medium, wrote Quebec’s Brome County News June 11. Her art is as much concerned with the texture and substance of Washi, handmade Japanese paper, as it is with the visuals she imprints upon it.

The exhibit includes a large floor installation – Dream of Fields, a series of pillows covered in Washi nested on rectangles of Washi with irregular motifs of dots and lines. “The installation hovers just above the floor, above the material plane. Artists have a great opportunity to be a bridge between the material and the spiritual world by expressing their connection to their inner being in art.”

Born in Manitoba, Pritchard studied art history and Asian art at York University. Her work has been exhibited in North America, Europe and Japan.

BCE case pits Osgoode prof against his benefactor

The BCE-bondholder litigation has more twists and turns than a mountain road and the stakes are inordinately high, particularly for the BCE litigation team, wrote legal columnist Jim Middlemiss in the National Post June 11. There are a lot of reputations riding on this case. Speaking of BCE, one sideshow worth noting involves Stephen Jarislowsky and Stikeman Elliott lawyer Ed Waitzer, now a professor at York’s Osgoode Hall Law School, who advised BCE’s special committee on the bid process under scrutiny.

Jarislowksy, a prominent money manager and co-founder of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance, weighed in on the side of the bondholders in their Supreme Court briefs. That seems to put him at odds with the special committee advised by Waitzer and his legal team, which operated under the principle that BCE’s board had to maximize shareholder value.

Last July, shortly after the BCE deal was struck, Waitzer was appointed the Jarislowsky Dimma Mooney Chair in Corporate Governance, a joint initiative between York’s Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business at York.

The position was created thanks to $2-million in funding, including $1-million from the Jarislowsky Foundation. William Dimma, a businessperson, former Schulich dean and a member of the York University’s Board of Governors, and Gary Mooney, president and COO of Fidelity National Financial, provided the balance.

The chair is part of an effort to build a corporate governance centre at the university. Waitzer is responsible for raising corporate governance issues in the public. He does this through writing and speaking opportunities, conducting research and presenting papers and holding seminars on such issues. This case has certainly done that.