Opposition to bill C-10 gains momentum

Students at York’s Osgoode Hall Law School have joined the list of those opposed to the Conservatives’ proposed bill C-10, the safe streets and communities act, reported Canadian Lawyer magazine March 8 in its “Legal Feeds” blog. The Osgoode Legal & Literary Society (LLS) released a statement on March 8 listing its reasons for opposing the bill. LLS president and Osgoode student Dave Shellnutt said it’s important for students to take a stand against the bill. “We just feel that, while there may be positive initiatives in this bill, in its entirety it’s very harmful, very expensive and overall detrimental to our justice system,” he said, adding Osgoode, along with its partners, plans to lobby politicians to make their voices heard. Read full story.

The search for pad Thai
Author and York University nutritional anthropologist Penny van Esterik, based in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, has an interesting perspective on pad Thai and other foods that are more than mere dishes, reported the Kitchener Post March 8: they encapsulate a great portion of ethnic identity, she said. Read full story.

One school system for all?
Despite Catholic school boards’ denominational rights, which are guaranteed in Section 93 of  Canada’s Constitutional Act, other provinces have already moved to stop funding faith-based schools, reported MyKawartha.com March 8. If the federal and provincial government legislatures adopt the change, for a constitutional amendment, the two school systems could merge, Peter Hogg, author of Constitutional Law of Canada and former dean of York’s Osgoode Hall Law School recently told media. Persuading both sides that it’s a good idea, could get tricky, he said. Read full story.

New owner for Pickering Panthers
The Pickering Panthers have a new owner, wrote DurhamRegion.com March 8. The Ontario Junior Hockey League club announced on its website Wednesday that York grad Steven Tuchner (MBA ’91) has purchased the team. Tuchner is the CEO of Triumph Asset Management, a boutique hedge fund, and a chartered accountant with an MBA from the Schulich School of Business. Read full story.

Business student tunes into winning idea for Green Student Challenge
A business administration student from York University has won fourth place in the Walmart Green Student Challenge, reported InsideToronto.com March 8. Hassan Valiji‘s proposal to turn off TVs on display in the retailer’s stores to save energy earned him a $6,000 prize in the contest final. Read full story.