Schulich reaches the top

York University’s Schulich School of Business is rated the world’s 17th-leading business school, according to a new, largely student ranking of the top 100 MBA programs by the Economist Intelligence Unit, which is affiliated with the Economist magazine. While Schulich is the top-rated Canadian school, the leader worldwide is the Kellogg School at Northwestern University in Illinois. This new ranking focuses heavily on students’ responses, reflecting how well programs meet their expectations, reports The Globe and Mail Oct. 11.

Less room for double cohort

A National Post story Oct. 9 said the Ontario government underestimated the space needed at universities to accommodate the double cohort. It reported that only three of 17 Ontario universities say they can take more freshman students next fall. The government has yet to release a new forecast of additional spaces required, but Queen’s University, for one, has said it will not take any more students. At York, “[o]bviously, we’re not infinitely flexible. We’ll do our bit,” said Sheila Embleton, vice-president, academic. “We would just take our share, no more than that. We should be okay.”

Strategic lift

With American ambassador Paul Cellucci criticizing Canada’s military capabilities, Canadians are debating where they would spend if they had the money. “Strategic life seems to be taking on a life of its own,” Martin Shadwick of York’s Centre for International and Security Studies told Canadian Press Oct. 10 in a story that was printed Oct. 11 in The Edmonton Sun.

Smart as chimps

“The level of intelligence they show is at least as significant as that in chimpanzees,” Anne Russon, psychology professor and leading primate researcher, said of orangutans during a talk at the Calgary Public Library on the plight of orangutans, reported The Calgary Sun Oct. 11.

Childhood poverty determines adult health

“Knowing that children living in poverty grow up at greater risk of diabetes, heart disease and obesity – all of this costly to a government health care system, by the way – would we not expect that governments at all levels would promote the health of Canadians by assuring the quality of these social determinants of health? . . . And yet, we hear little from these sources except to be preached to about the importance of making ‘healthy lifestyle choices,’ even though these behaviours are relatively unimportant to the health of Canadians,” wrote Dennis Raphael, professor of health policy and management, in The Toronto Star Oct. 11.

On the air

Jack Granatstein, professor emeritus and military historian, discussed Canada’s military history with callers on “The Bill Good Show” (CKNW-AM), Vancouver, Oct. 10.