Lac-Megantic disaster shows Canada needs a national oil-transport plan

Only a few short months ago, the rush to move crude oil onto rail cars in North America was described in The Globe and Mail as a “giddy procession of profit”. No one is laughing any more. Saturday’s derailment in Lac-Megantic, Que., in which 73 rail cars loaded with highly flammable cargo thought to be heavy crude oil careened out of control and exploded destroying a small town and resulting in a horrific loss of life, has already been deployed as a slam-dunk argument in favour of pipeline expansion and the expedited approval of the Keystone XL, writes Professor Dayna Nadine Scott in The Globe and Mail July 10.

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From Gettysburg to Confederation

“Four years to the day after fighting at Gettysburg erupted, Canadian Confederation came into being,” wrote York political science Professor James Laxer in the Toronto Star. “The battle and the new country were intimately linked.”

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Fermilab names Nigel Lockyer as new director

York University alumnus and physicist Nigel Lockyer has been appointed the new director of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois. In September, he will move from his post as director of TRIUMF, Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics in Vancouver.

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Study details Canada’s ‘perfect storm’ housing problem

Stephen Gaetz, director of York University’s Canadian Homelessness Research Network, said Vancouver deserves credit for its “interesting and innovative” approaches to the housing crisis, including implementing a “Housing First” strategy, where some chronically homeless are provided with stable housing and support services in a more holistic way, reported The Tyee.

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Crush your mortgage

Schulich School of Business Professor Moshe Milevsky says people applying for mortgages should pull their credit scores six to 12 months in advance to make sure there’s nothing wrong. Also, try to avoid job volatility for at least six months before applying, as this will make your income appear more stable in the eyes of the banks, he said in MoneySense.

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Politician, not jury, to pick Holocaust monument design

The federal government has assembled an eminent seven-member jury, including prominent York University history Professor Irving Abella, to evaluate entries in a design competition for the new national Holocaust monument planned for a site across from the Canadian War Museum, reported the Ottawa Citizen.

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