Outsourcing has a bad reputation but are there reasons to be cheerful?

“[Outsourcing] can provide people in developing countries with job opportunities that might not otherwise have been available,” wrote Paul Klein, member of the Schulich School of Business Advisory Council of the Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business, in the Guardian. “And, those with low incomes in developed countries can, as Walmart claims, ‘save money and live better’ by accessing goods at lower costs as a result of outsourced operations.”

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TDSB trustee wants legal opinion on Regulation 274, the seniority hiring rule

“The diversity of our students has definitely grown, so if you’re hiring teachers who graduated a few years ago and have been occasional teachers for a longer time, they may not be as diverse a group,” said Ron Owston, dean of York University’s Faculty of Education, in the Toronto Star. He believes boards can avoid nepotism better by using standard hiring processes than with the “heavy-handed” tool of seniority.

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In Toronto, filmmakers show support for Canadians detained in Egypt

On Tuesday, filmmakers Alex Gibney, Atom Egoyan and Sarah Polley joined writer Michael Ondaatje and others at the Toronto International Film Festival in a public demand that Egyptian authorities free York University Professor John Greyson and Western University Professor Tarek Loubani who have been held without formal charges in Cairo since Aug. 16, reported the New York Times.

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Recalls of faulty birth control pills alarm Canadian doctors

York University Professor Joel Lexchin says the birth control recalls point to a broader issue. “For economic reasons, most of the drugs sold in North America are manufactured in part or total in low-cost countries, where there are thousands of plants,” he said in the Toronto Star. “That doesn’t mean the companies want substandard products. But when economics is the bottom line, that is sometimes the consequence.”

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