The Next 36 – a groundbreaking initiative to transform the country’s most promising undergraduates into Canada’s top entrepreneurs – has chosen its 2013 cohort, including 36 young innovators representing 19 universities, one of which is York University. Finalists flew from across Canada and from as far away as Singapore to compete for a spot in the program’s National Selection Weekend in Toronto, reported GlobeAdvisor.com Dec. 3. Read full story.
Markham dancer in Nutcracker battle scene
A Markham resident will be dancing in the National Ballet School of Canada’s production of the holiday classic The Nutcracker in downtown Toronto, reported the Markham Economist Sun Dec. 3. Isabella Gallo, who is pursuing a double major at York University in dance and education, auditioned for the battle scene in September and has been travelling to the National Ballet every week for practices since the beginning of November. Read full story.
NHL Lockout: Owners and union fight but regular folks get bruised
Eleven weeks after National Hockey League (NHL) owners locked out the players’ union, the principals in the long-running labour dispute brought in a mediator, hoping a third party could end the work stoppage and return the NHL to arenas across the continent. Daryl Lee Pack needs them to hurry up. The 21-year-old York University student built his entire class schedule around his job as a server at the Air Canada Centre, and based his budget on money he’d bring in working four nights a week from mid-autumn to early spring, reported the Toronto Star, Dec. 3. Read full story.
Canadian solar test facility to verify international photovoltaics energy yield standard
Natural Resources Canada has made a $1-million investment through the ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative for a research project that will verify a new International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standard for solar photovoltaic module power and energy ratings under outdoor conditions. York University is one of the many partner organizations involved in the project, reported Global Renewable News Dec. 3. Read full story.