Supreme Court rules that law cutting access to early day parole is unconstitutional

In another judicial blow against the Conservative government’s crime-fighting agenda, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that a law that applied retroactively to non-violent offenders, taking away their easy access to early day parole, violates their constitutional rights, reported The Globe and Mail March 20. . . . Benjamin Berger, who teaches law at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School, called Thursday’s ruling “a really sharp affirmation that political goals and expediency are tempered by the rule of law. That’s the very function of constitutional law.” Read full story.

Growing problems
Come April 1, Canada’s 40,000 medical marijuana users – equivalent to a small city – must buy their marijuana from a handful of licensed companies, reported the London Free Press March 20. . . . “People who are unemployed, on welfare or disabled are going to have enormous problems if their consumption is not marginal. But we don’t if that’s 5, 10 or 30 per cent of the population,” said Alan Young, a York University law professor who helped spur the federal government to set up the medical marijuana system. Read full story.

Forget cholesterol numbers … How’s your mitochondria?
David Hood, a researcher at York University in Toronto, says exercise can increase the number of mitochondria by 40 to 50 per cent in six weeks, reported March 18. It’s necessary to walk, run, bicycle or swim briskly for 20 minutes three to four times a week. You must continue these exercises to maintain healthy mitochondria and younger muscles. Read full story.

Why we must build resilience into Canadian cities
Tom Mulcair came to Toronto’s City Hall last month and delivered this simple message: urban issues have to be a federal priority. And, he promised that the NDP would make them so. The occasion for Tom’s visit was my urban summit, “Re-Imagining Our Cities II: The Resilient City”. As the title suggests, this was the second urban summit that I’ve co-hosted in Toronto along with the CITY Institute of York University, reported the Huffington Post March 20. Read full story.

Canadian schools make global ranking
York University’s Schulich School of Business in Toronto and HEC Montréal placed 21st and 63rd respectively in a global ranking of MBA programs by Mexico-based Expansion magazine, a Time Warner business publication, reported The Globe and Mail March 20. Read full story.

An interview with Jennifer Corriero, co-founder of TakingITGlobal
Jennifer Corriero is a Canadian innovator, bringing tremendous insight into understanding, reaching and engaging youth, reported March 21. She is co-founder and executive director of TakingITGlobal, a non-profit organization that has thrived for more than a decade. She has her master’s in environmental studies and serves as adjunct professor with the Faculty of Health at York University, where she helped to design a course titled Agents of Change in a Global World. Read full story.

Rape victim has many who believe in her
Studies and surveys speak of the high levels of assaults against street-level sex workers, reported the London Free Press March 20. “We have a very good sense that there is excessive violence on the street,” said Allan Young, the Osgoode Hall law school professor who argued successfully against the country’s prostitution laws before the Supreme Court of Canada. Read full story.