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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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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