York University Foundation ads in The Globe and Mail Oct. 17 proclaimed the addition of three more stellar corporate members to its board of directors: John Hunkin, Chair and CEO of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce group of companies, Robert W. Martin, a retired president and CEO of Consumers’ Gas and currently Chair of Acres Inc., and Steve T. Mirkopoulos, vice-president of Cinespace Film Studios and president of the Ontario Film & Television Owners Association. Hunkin and Martin are members of York University’s Board of Governors. Mirkopoulos created the Hellenic Studies Chair at York University.
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Jack Granatstein, professor emeritus and renowned Canadian historian, unleashed a controversy with the publication of Who Killed Canadian History?, according to the National Post Oct. 17. But The Contested Past, edited by Marlene Shore, co-Chair of York’s history department, and published recently by the University of Toronto Press, suggests the controversy was just a minor battle in a century-long academic turf war. “Controversy has afflicted professional historians in Canada since day one,” Shore told the Post. Much of it had to do with questions like: “What is Canada, what is it national identity, and what should the role of the historian be?”