Toronto lawyer joins Liberal leadership race

Toronto technology lawyer, author and York University law Professor George Takach has joined the race to lead the federal Liberal party, reported the Toronto Sun and others Nov. 29. He’s never held political office, but doesn’t see that as an impediment as he takes on high-profile politicians like Members of Parliament Justin Trudeau and Marc Garneau. Read full story.

Two students receive Simcoe County Women’s Institute scholarships
The Simcoe County Women’s Institute sponsors two scholarships each year for qualifying local students who are continuing their post-secondary education each fall, reported the Orillia Packet and Times Nov.28.…One scholarship awarded this year went to Melissa Calanza of Orillia, who is enrolled in York University’s Bachelor of Public Administration program through the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. Read full story.

Exam rescheduling, early intervention can help students’ mental health
A commission at Queen’s University has made 116 recommendations for improving students’ mental health in a new report released today – the latest in a wave of efforts to heighten awareness of campus mental health challenges at schools across the country.…Elsewhere in Canada, York University recently held a two-week mental health campaign, kicked off with a conference attended by more than 200 students, reported The Globe and Mail Nov. 28. Read full story.

York U program offers peer support to students with Asperger’s
A mentorship program for students with Asperger’s syndrome at York University is gaining recognition, reported The Charlatan Nov. 28. York is one of a handful of Canadian universities to offer a mentorship program for students with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of high-functioning autism characterized by trouble with social interaction. Read full story.

Making your practice culturally diverse
Adding ethnic diversity to your client base can help you build your business, said Alan Middleton, executive director with the Schulich Executive Education Centre at York University, in Investment Executive Nov. 28. Read full story.

Editorial: York admin on the right track
University campuses all over Canada have an issue with assault, reported The Charlatan Nov. 28.…York University’s administration took a big step this week when the president sent an e-mail to students, openly admitting that there is a problem and something more must be done. Read full story.

Bravado! to perform One World, One Voice concerts
Barrie’s show choir Bravado! is going global for Christmas. The mix of music runs the gamut from Bollywood to African and includes a couple of firsts for the choir and Barrie. There are two One World, One Voice concerts this weekend….For the first time, Bravado! has invited special guest conductor, composer and global music specialist Dr. Gerard Yun, who teaches and conducts at York University, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo. Read full story.

Even Mark Carney’s wife is subject of scrutiny by British press
London’s leading newspapers are having a field day putting Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney under the microscope since the stunning news he would be taking over as head of the Bank of England, reported the Toronto Star, Nov. 28.…But while the appointment of a “colonial” to England’s second-most powerful job likely ruffled many feathers among the “old boys” club that runs the central bank, the British press has been generally positive, said Alan Middleton, a professor with York University’s Schulich School of Business. Read full story.

Argo’s Win: Impact of Toronto’s Grey Cup victory and tips for boosting your small business next time
The Madison Avenue Boutique Hotel and Pub was one of many small businesses in Toronto reaping the benefits of ecstatic crowds attending the Canadian Football League championship.…Part of the business boost could have come from the Madison’s use of social media – a vital factor for tapping into major sporting events, said Vijay Setlur, professor of sports marketing at York University’s Schulich School of Business, in the Toronto Star Nov. 27. Read full story.

For victims of the Iranian regime, it’s a long quest for justice
In New York on Tuesday, the United Nations (UN) adopted a Canadian-drafted resolution demanding that the Iranian government live up to its human rights obligations as a UN member state.…But while the diplomatic rituals were being re-enacted at the UN, 48-year-old Shokoufeh Sakhi, studying for her PhD in political science at York University, was imagining how the nightmare might finally end. Sakhi is one of thousands of the regime’s survivors scattered throughout the Iranian diaspora who have struck on an idea: an end has to have a beginning, reported the Ottawa Citizen Nov. 28. Read full story.

Why blame an innocent mother for her children’s murder?
On Oct. 25 in Manhattan, Marina Krim returned from taking her three-year-old daughter to the pool, to find her other two children – Lucia (6) and Leo (2) – stabbed to death in the bathtub of the family apartment.…The nanny has since been charged with the murders. While expressions of support, sorrow and sympathy have dominated Internet reactions, this blog addresses a prominent and problematic set of other reactions, co-wrote Sarah Sahagian, doctoral candidate in women’s studies at York University, in the Huffington Post Nov. 28. Read full story.

Digesting campus food options
Although Sodexo is the most dominant retail food operator at Queen’s, this isn’t the case at most Ontario universities.…Aramark, the most popular food services operator in the province, supplies schools such as York University, University of Toronto, Carleton University and Wilfrid Laurier University, reported The Journal Nov. 29. Some universities operate independently and don’t have contracts with large companies. Read full story.