Bosma Case: Why three murder cases don’t necessarily mean a serial killer

“There is no legal perspective on a serial killer. It’s a criminological or social science concept,” said Osgoode Hall Law School Professor Alan Young in the Hamilton Spectator April 11. “A serial killer goes through a pattern of killing and respite and is fuelled by certain triggers. It seems to become almost an involuntary response in an episodic fashion.” Young said it was too early to say whether the deaths of Tim Bosma, Laura Babcock and Wayne Millard were indicative of serial murders. Read full story.

York U president says Flaherty’s death has left many ‘shocked and deeply saddened’
York University President Mamdouh Shoukri is among those paying tribute to the late Jim Flaherty, Canada’s former finance minister who graduated from York’s Osgoode Hall Law School in 1973, reported the North York Mirror April 11. Read full story.

Did the 1995 referendum kill Quebec separatism?
“What if the 1995 Quebec referendum on sovereignty – which presented a real existential threat to Canada – was in fact the most positive thing for national unity in a half-century?” wrote Eugene Lang, BMO Visiting Fellow at the Glendon College Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, in the Toronto Star April 13.  Read full story.

Star obtains list of red-flagged drugs
“I can see how redacting and summarizing information from these reports could get expensive but that is money Health Canada should be spending,” said Joel Lexchin, an emergency physician with University Health Network in Toronto and a professor in the School of Health Policy and Management at York University, in the Toronto Star April 12. Read full story.

Lottery controversy shows weakness of B.C. conflict-of-interest rules, critics charge
Richard Leblanc, a professor of law, governance and ethics at York University, called both the government and BC Lottery Corp. rules “deficient”. “The government is deficient for not having a [conflict-of-interest] statement prohibiting employment with a private-sector employer until after a cooling-off period, which should be greater than a year for gaming, and subject to further conditions, prospectively,” said Leblanc in The Globe and Mail April 13. Read full story.

The continuum of in-house counsel education
Legal Leaders for Diversity, a collective of general counsel in Canada committed to diversity in the workplace, launched a mentorship program with York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School in October 2012. “This mentoring program complements a number of other programs through which our students experience the in-house world and helps them to determine if this might be a career path they wish to pursue,” said Osgoode Dean Lorne Sossin in National magazine April 11. Read full story.

The great post-retirement opportunity
Moshe Milevsky, an internationally renowned author and finance professor at York University in Toronto, spoke at the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia Investment Interchange lunch in Sydney last week, reported Investment Magazine April 14. Read full story.

Markham hopes for home run in York U pitch
As early as next week, the city plans to make a pitch to York University as to why Markham is the best location for a campus, which could include two site options. The city is expected to use to its advantage its reputation as the province’s high-tech capital, reported the Markham Economist & Sun. Read full story.