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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The walking dead

York University sociologist Deborah Davidson is developing what she believes will be the world’s first comprehensive digital archive of memorial tattoos, envisioned as a “cultural heritage site” for the various remembrances that literally left their mark on those left behind, reported the Vancouver Sun.

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