Jamia inks MOU with York University

Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with York University. The agreement was signed by the Registrar of the University Professor S M Sajid and Patrick Monahan, York vice-president academic & provost, along with Marilyn Lambert-Drache, York associate vice-president international. The agreement will promote exchange of students, as well as faculty members on reciprocal basis and exchange of publications and research materials, newsletters etc., reported the India Education Review Oct. 1. Read full story.

District energy a powerful opportunity for Toronto
“We have a situation here where municipalities expand without any thought whatsoever about energy,” Jose Etcheverry, a professor of environmental studies at York University, was reported as saying the Toronto Star Sept. 28. “Markham has shown the great advantage that a little bit of energy planning can put on the table,” he said, adding that Guelph and Hamilton are also showing leadership. “Enwave, in many ways, opened people’s minds about the potential.” Read full story.

James: TTC abandoned by city, province
The TTC is quickly becoming an orphan, abandoned by the city and province at precisely the time commuters need it most. The backbone of the region’s transportation system, a spinal older cousin to the GO Transit network, is not in danger of collapse. Not yet. But the forces are so arrayed against it that contraction and retrenchment is a distinct possibility. On Friday, transit advocates talked to each other at York University event called “Going to School: A Transit Summit.” They touched on all the important issues, but who is listening? wrote Royson James in the Toronto Star Sept. 28. Read full story.

Charbonneau commission: The issue with corruption is how to combat it, expert suggests
“Whenever you’ve got an opportunity to make a lot of money, people are going to be corrupt – people are going to be involved in it,” said Margaret Beare, a professor at York’s Osgoode Hall Law School and author of books on organized crime, in the Montreal Gazette Sept. 29. Read full story.

Refugee claimants still hiding out in churches despite lack of sanctuary laws
Church arrests are bad optics, particularly as sanctuarytakers are not working illegally or drawing social services, said Sean Rehaag, a professor at York’s Osgoode Hall Law School. Besides, “what government wants to take on a religious community acting to uphold the value of providing refuge to strangers in need?” he said, reported the National Post Sept. 30. Read full story.

Why the 10 per cent saving rule doesn’t always apply
Do these two nuggets of wisdom sound familiar? Save 10 per cent of your salary and invest your age as a percentage in bonds. If I have seen it once, I have seen it a thousand times and it annoys me every time anew, wrote Moshe Milevsky, a professor at York’s Schulich School of Business in the MoneyVille Sept 30. Read full story.

Seven students win awards of excellence
Seven inspiring students were recognized by their community Sunday and encouraged in their academic pursuits, including York political science student Janneisa Claxton, who hope to continue on to law school. The 11th annual awards of excellence were presented to the students by the regional chapter of the Congress of Black Women Canada and Caribbean-Canadian Association of Waterloo Region, reported The Record.com Oct. 1. Read full story.

Who’s behind the Nuit Blanche apocalypse at City Hall?
Should a visitor from another planet land during Toronto’s seventh annual Nuit Blanche late Saturday or early Sunday, he (or she, or it) could be forgiven for concluding our civilization is on the verge of a major meltdown. After all, what to make of hundreds of thousands of people of all ages swarming hither and thither on foot in the dark, lining up to gape at weird things with no useful purpose in out-of-the-way locations, eating kebabs and crepes at 5 a.m., then going home to sleep at an hour when otherwise they’d be waking up? Collectively titled The Museum for the End of the World, the City Hall/ Nathan Phillips Square exhibition comprises 14 projects, commissioned and curated by Janine Marchessault of York University and Michael Prokopow from the Ontario College of Art and Design, wrote The Globe and Mail Sept. 28. Read full story.

Glendon College and the 21st-century campus
Of all Toronto’s campuses, Glendon comes closest to resembling a country club. It began life in the 1920s as the E.R. Wood estate. During its brief heyday 70 or 80 years ago, Bayview was popular with wealthy businessmen who worked downtown but preferred life in the country. Back then, Bayview made that possible. That’s all changed today; the farmers’ fields that once lined the street have long since disappeared. Most of the estates — Cheddington, Armadale, Sunnybrook — have been developed and disfigured beyond recognition. By contrast, Glendon Hall, though substantially altered, retains much of its innate Italianate charm, wrote Christopher Hume in the Toronto Star Sept. 28. Read full story.

Experts bemoan gridlock over taxes at Transit Summit
Toronto and the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) have become bogged down in gridlock and congestion. The only way to alleviate what has now become a drag on economic output and quality of life is an immediate and ongoing investment in public transit. This is hardly news. At least not to those attending last Friday’s Going to School: A Transit Summit at York University. The Transit Summit wound up concluding that without more and better transit, this region will lose whatever competitive edge it now possesses in raising, developing, and attracting the best and brightest. It is simply that important. Full stop, reported the Torontoist Oct. 1. Read full story.