Young Toronto gamers show off at Level Up showcase

Ontario’s next generation of game designers will show off their creations at Toronto’s Design Exchange on Wednesday night, reported CityNews April 3. Around 600 people are expected to attend the Level Up event, put on by graduating students at 12 colleges and universities from across Ontario. Participating schools include York University, University of Toronto, OCAD U, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Centennial College, Humber College, Seneca College, Sheridan College, George Brown College, TriOS College, Brock University and Ryerson University. Read full story.

Where to study: Green planner
As more and more condos stud the skyline, the need to make the most of our remaining green space – and figure out alternative ways to increase oxygen, decrease carbon and keep the city moving – is of utmost importance….A degree in architecture or geography is a good first step to becoming an urban planner. A grounding in politics, engineering, economics and aesthetics is beneficial, too. It’s smart for upcoming urban planners to have a postgraduate degree in sustainable or environmentally aware planning, and according to NOW Magazine April 3, York University is one of the places you can study. Read full story.

Rooming houses: Carroll eager to strike a balance
For Don Valley East Councillor Shelley Carroll, legalizing banned rooming houses boils down to protecting postsecondary students, the population most likely seeking out cheap housing in the neighbourhoods around schools such as Seneca College and York University. She is particularly concerned about vulnerable international students, thousands of kilometres from home, with few, if any, supports on which to rely, reported the North York Mirror March 27. Read full story.

Who’s who in CSR in Canada: Part two, Schulich School of Business, York University
If anything, the challenge for Toronto-based Schulich sustainability MBA students is where to go after graduation. As Andrew Crane, George R. Gardiner professor of business ethics, notes, business education in Canada in general is quite advanced….But there are a limited amount of sustainability job opportunities in Canada. Students are encouraged to look abroad as well as locally, with many more job possibilities in Europe, the US and emerging markets, reported Justmeans April 2. Read full story.

Highlights from the 2013 ‘sunshine list’
One of the province’s top earners in the public sector in 2012 was York University’s former vice-president academic & provost Patrick Monahan, earning $488,723.41, reported the Toronto Star March 28. Note that the earnings figures combine salary with taxable benefits. Read full story.