Thesis defences — July 15

PhD in Biological Sciences – Christopher CarterChristopher Carter will present his thesis defence on Monday, July 18 at 10:30 a.m. in H313. The title of his thesis is “Identification of novel retinoid receptors and their roles in vertebrate and invertebrate nervous systems.” Examining committee members are Michael Plyley, chair; Martin Petkovich, Queen’s University, external examiner; Gaynor Spencer and Robert Carlone, supervisors; David Gabriel, internal examiner; A. Joffre Mercier and Jeffrey Stuart, committee members. All are welcome to attend.PhD in Psychology – Marie GoodMarie Good will present her thesis defence on Friday, July 29 at 2 p.m. in Plaza 600F. The title of her thesis is “Exploring the Development and Psychosocial Correlates of Spirituality/Religiosity across Adolescence.” Examining committee members are Michael Plyley, chair; Michael Pratt, Wilfrid Laurier University, external examiner; Teena Willoughby, supervisor; Donato Tarulli, internal examiner; Linda Rose-Krasnor and Tanya Martini, committee members. All are welcome to attend.MSc in Kinesiology – Daniel CateriniDaniel Caterini will defend his thesis “The influence of Length Change Speed and Direction on Dynamic Function Potentiation in Fast Mouse Muscle” on July 18 at 1 p.m. in WC204B. Supervisors: Rene Vanderboom; advisory committee: Brian Roy and Philip Sullivan; external examiner: Robert Grange, Virginia Tech; chair: Dr Sandra Peters. (Teleconference)MA Physical Health and Education – Lindsay ClineLindsay Cline will defend her thesis on Wednesday, Aug. 3 in WC204B at 10 a.m. Title: “The Moderating Effects of Appearance Commentary on the Relationship between Weight Status and Physical Activity Participation in Female College Students.” Supervisor: Kimberley Gammage;advisory committee: Panagiota Klentrou and Philip Sullivan; external examiner: Krista Chandler, University of Windsor; chair: David Gabriel. read more

Private sector to sell marijuana in Ontario turnaround report

TORONTO — The Ontario government will reportedly allow private stores to sell marijuana once recreational cannabis becomes legal on Oct. 17.A source in the provincial government told the Globe and Mail that Finance Minister Vic Fedeli and Attorney General Caroline Mulroney are expected to make an announcement as early as next week to outline a plan to let the private sector own and operate cannabis shops.The source, who spoke on condition of not being identified, also indicated that the government would still control the distribution of the product to the stores and manage online sales.The previous Liberal government under Kathleen Wynne had planned to give the Liquor Control Board of Ontario a monopoly on the sale of recreational cannabis, with 40 stores slated to open this year under an LCBO subsidiary called the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS).The new system would mirror the Alberta model, which will allow for privately run cannabis stores to sell marijuana with licences granted by the liquor commission.Ontario Premier Doug Ford has already indicated that he was considering the private sector, saying in late June that he doesn’t believe “government should stick their nose into everything.”A spokesman for the Ontario Ministry of Finance wouldn’t comment on the details but said the province will be ready by the time marijuana is legal in October. read more