Hospital lotteries prey on vulnerable people with gambling addictions

“I see hospital lotteries as a problem and a contradiction,” said York University Professor Thomas Klassan in the Toronto Star. “On one hand we expect our government and hospitals to take care of us; on the other hand, the government and these hospitals and foundations are encouraging us to take part in what could be a dangerous activity for a certain vulnerable group of people in society.”

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Nine reasons to upgrade your executive education

The Schulich School of Business at York University offers a Master of Finance geared specifically to regulatory affairs…and offers a newly launched Master of Science in Business Analytics that looks to teach technicians how to better communicate with managers and executives, reported The Globe and Mail in an article that shows how today’s programs better meet the needs of students.

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Ontario teachers need better math training, minister says

“The arts are always a valuable foundation for teaching. However, we do need more applicants to our programs with math and science backgrounds,” said York’s Dean of Education Ron Owston in The Globe and Mail. “Although the design of our new program is far from completed, I expect us to increase the emphasis on math education.”

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The ‘dematerialization’ of society in the digital age

Today, this formative act of consumption no longer requires we physically possess an object, reported Salon.com. Music, along with photos, videos, even our written words are “largely invisible and immaterial until we choose to call them forth,” writes Schulich Professor Russel Belk in Extended Self in a Digital World, published this May.

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Egypt, let our people go

Canadians John Greyson and Tarek Loubani, who are detained by the Egyptian government without charge, should be released immediately, reported The Globe and Mail. Greyson is a professor at Toronto’s York University, a prominent gay activist, an artist and one of Canada’s most noted film directors.

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The secret of America’s enduring power

“A common view is that the power and influence of the United States is in decline,” wrote York Professor Thomas Klassen in the Toronto Star. “Yet America will continue to dominate the world stage for many decades, if not centuries, because it has a unique advantage that has little to do with its economy or military prowess.”

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Why Canada needs the Senate

“Many senators and their committees[…]have proven over the years to be quite capable of achieving fairly deep policy knowledge, and even technical legislative expertise, that can be important in shaping better public policy and improving legislation,” wrote Eugene Lang, a BMO Visiting Fellow in Glendon’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, in the Toronto Star.

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Data science: Teaching and mastering analytics

In September 2012, four students began in the inaugural year of Schulich’s Master of Science in Business Analytics program, reported Marketing magazine. Judging by the fact that all its students have been hired (except for one starting her PhD), it would seem there is a demand in the market.

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Stanley Park, the natural wonder of Vancouver, was shaped by humans

One of the biggest misconceptions about Stanley Park is that it was virgin forest until Europeans arrived in the Vancouver area. In fact, First Nations people had been living there for hundreds of years. “There’s 14 archeological sites in Stanley Park registered with the province’s archeological branch,” said York Professor Sean Kheraj in the Vancouver Sun.

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