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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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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