York U sings praises of proposed new campus

Officials said this week that the proposed York University campus near the new Pan Am Centre in Markham will make the most of resources already in place, which could be an advantage in its bid, reported the Markham Economist & Sun Nov. 26…. The soon-to-be-built movie theatre would ideally be used for classrooms during the day. Other surrounding facilities include Bill Crothers Secondary School, which may come to good use if sporting fields are required throughout the duration of each semester. The YMCA is also nearby as is the Unionville GO station, which is being transformed into a transportation hub for trains and buses. Read full story.

Heavy – and happy – is the music that crowns a king
“The concert is played on period instruments and combines choristers from the Theatre of Early Music, the University of Toronto Schola Cantorum and the York University Chamber Choir,” said Daniel Taylor in the Ottawa Citizen Nov. 26, about the musical performance he is delivering Dec. 3. “Just as choirs were combined for the major events, so do we bring together 60 young choristers and musicians. We open with the tolling of the bells, a trumpet fanfare and cries of Vivat either side of the procession of the drums – it’s fantastic stuff.” Read full story.

Toronto universities, colleges launch stand against ISIS
A nationwide campaign that aims to counter ISIS attempts at recruiting students from college and university campuses is under way in Toronto, reported Metro Nov. 26. Stop the CrISIS was officially launched last week, initiated by members of Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association. The campaign, which includes efforts at Ryerson, University of Toronto and York University, is described as “a riveting, eye-opening look at guarding against radicalization.” Read full story.

Golden sun, golden medals
Taylor Pischke and her Team Canada beach volleyball partner from York University, Melissa Humana-Paredes, are currently ranked 34th in Fédération Internationale de Volleyball World Tour rankings and are steadily rising, reported the Manitoban Nov. 26. Read full story.

Revenue Canada privacy breach concerns artists, writers
A digital spreadsheet the Canada Revenue Agency erroneously sent to CBC this week included the names of several hundred mostly prominent Canadians, as well as their home addresses and the value of charitable tax receipts they had been given for donating art, manuscripts, sculptures, photographs and other objects to museums, art galleries, archives and other cultural institutions, reported CBC News Nov. 26…. Toronto broadcaster Dini Petty, whose donation of videotapes and a manuscript to York University appears on the list, said she was “disappointed” by the CRA breach. Read full story.

‘It is not my practice to litigate my cases in the media’: Who is Jian Ghomeshi’s lawyer Marie Henein?
Marie Henein’s position as the most high profile criminal defence lawyer in the country has been cemented with her decision to represent disgraced CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi, reported the National Post Nov. 26…. According to a Toronto Star profile published in 2003, Ms. Henein’s family immigrated from Egypt when she was four years old. The lawyer attended York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School and was described as “hardworking, dedicated and extremely tenacious,” by Ed Greenspan, whose firm hired her after she was called to the bar. Read full story.