Student leadership director honours his late sister

Over $100,000 has been raised by participants in the campus run over the past eight years, wrote the North York Mirror Sept. 9 in a story about the Terry Fox Run at York University and related fundraising events. Frank Cappadocia, York’s director of student community & leadership development, said he’s shaving off his locks in honour of his sister Sandy Cappadocia (BA ’01), who passed away at age 33 from brain cancer in 2005.

“She had just graduated from York before she was diagnosed,” he said. “All her hair fell out when she had chemo and it didn’t grow back. Shaving my head is a way for me to reconnect with her. It gives me a little taste of what she had to live through and the courage she showed. I practise leadership so this is a chance for me to practise what I preach.”

Glendon prof running for Greens in Scarborough Rouge River

The Green Party of Canada is ready to go with Shodja Eddin Ziaian, a course director in the Department of French Studies at York’s Glendon College, as its candidate for the federal election campaign in Scarborough Rouge River, perhaps among the safest Liberal ridings in the country, wrote the Scarborough Mirror Sept. 8.

York grad in race to be mayor of Cape Breton

York alumnus Alan Nathanson (BA ’81) has thrown his hat into the ring, becoming the third candidate for mayor in the Oct. 18 election in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, wrote the Cape Breton Post Sept. 12.

Nathanson, a third-generation retailer with a political science degree from York University, last ran for the job in 2000, finishing with 2,318 votes for seventh place in a field of eight candidates.

He has pledged to hold monthly meetings at each of the citizen service centres in Glace Bay, New Waterford, North Sydney and Louisbourg. He said there will be no screening of phone calls or appointments needed, and all opinions will be heard and respected.

Osgoode alum came within whisker of beating Bill Davis

A handsome man with dancing blue eyes and a magnificent smile, Allan Lawrence (LLB ’54) was the consummate constituency politician, wrote The Globe and Mail Sept. 12 in an obituary of the alumnus of Osgoode Hall Law School who died Sept 6. Trained as a lawyer, he won 10 successive provincial and federal elections for the Progressive Conservative Party from the late 1950s to the late 1980s, and served as attorney general in Ontario and solicitor general in Ottawa.

He will always be remembered as the man who almost beat William Davis for the leadership of the Ontario Tory Party in 1971. Only 44 votes separated them when the final ballots were counted.

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  • Bernard Wolf, economics professor in the Schulich School of Business at York University, spoke about gas prices on CBC News, Sept. 11.