Dan Kanter: The man behind the Biebs

“York’s [music] program is very interdisciplinary. In my first year I was working a lot with film majors and dance majors,” said Justin Bieber’s musical director, York alumnus Dan Kanter (BFA ’07), in The Grid July 25. “That really helped me when I started working with Justin because so much of my job as part of his creative team is conceptualizing concerts.”

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Not your grandmother’s retirement home

Despite attractive demographics, seniors housing “is not for the faint of heart,” warned Schulich School of Business Professor James McKellar in The Globe and Mail. He cited increased regulation, labour costs and the mental “hurdle” for affluent seniors to choose retirement-home living.

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MBAs: Schools answer call for big data experts

There is demand for more commercially savvy IT professionals, and business schools are responding to this call, reported the Financial Times. The first cohort of the Masters in Business Analytics course at York’s Schulich School of Business is about to graduate, having spent a year studying the subject.

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Bee rustlers on the loose in Ontario

York University postdoctoral researcher Clement Kent is convinced the masterminds behind the thefts must have intimate knowledge of bees and almost certainly want the hives for themselves. “I’m saddened, not surprised,” said Kent in the Toronto Star.

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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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