Defeat of challenge to Investment Canada Act ‘very important’

A court decision upholding the law regulating foreign investment in Canada is being hailed as a major victory for the country, wrote The Hamilton Spectator June 16.

The accolades follow a Federal Court decision Monday that swept aside a challenge by US Steel to the constitutionality of the Investment Canada Act. The company was seeking to avoid having to answer a federal government suit alleging it broke promises to maintain production and employment in Canada when it was permitted to buy the former Stelco in 2007.

“This is a very important decision,” said James Gillies, dean emeritus of the Schulich School of Business at York University. “Companies are being told permission to invest in Canada is given under the law and that law has to be obeyed.”

The government suit, launched almost a year ago, marks the first time Canada has acted to enforce such promises. “Canada has been very lax in the enforcement of its investment act,” Gillies said. “The government hasn’t paid attention to this field and because of that we’ve lost our industrial base.”

Durie may be small, but his versatility suits flashy new offence

No Toronto Argonaut veteran has more to learn this training camp than running back Andre Durie, wrote The Globe and Mail June 16 in a story about the former York Lions football player.

The fourth-year Mississauga native has spent most of his career battling injuries, excelling on special teams and getting in a few sparse opportunities in the backfield at his natural position of running back.

Durie concentrated on catching at York University but simply hasn’t had much chance to do anything out of the backfield in the Canadian Football League. A valuable returner who put up more than 1,000 yards last season, he has just two catches and eight carries in his three-year CFL career, which was interrupted in training camp two years ago when he broke his wrist.

Whitby teen’s death sparks charitable cause

The death of a Whitby teen has resulted in a tribute that will benefit future youth with the launch of the Cody DeNoble Music Scholarship Fund, wrote Whitby This Week June 15.

Denoble, 19, died last month after he was involved in a car accident in Peterborough County on April 29.

An avid guitar player, DeNoble had recently completed his first year in the jazz guitar program at York University, which he attended after receiving an honours scholarship from Henry Street High School in Whitby.

“What we have decided to do is start a scholarship that we’re going to give out each year at Henry Street for a promising student going into a musical education,” said his aunt, Debbie Mulder.