York prof picks winner

Moshe Milevsky, Schulich School of Business finance professor, bested eight other contenders to win stock-picking contest and snare the coffee mug prize, reports The Globe and Mail Jan. 6. Milevsky chose Ketch Energy Ltd. as his pick for the newspaper’s annual My One and Only stock-picking contest. “I wish I could claim some special skill, but the truth is, as someone who is not in the business of managing other people’s money, I can openly admit it was dumb luck,” the professor modestly declared. The rules allow each contestant to pick just one stock trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange at $1 or more. The stocks must be held for a year.

Kyoto consequences nebulous

Stepan Wood, an expert in Canadian and international environmental law and politics at Osgoode Hall Law School, downplayed warnings from Alan Gotlieb, Canada’s former ambassador to the United States, that the federal government can expect provincial challenges if it implements the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change and international lawsuits if it balks, reports the National Post Jan. 4. “There’s a complicated and nebulous set of rules about what the consequences will be if countries don’t meet their Kyoto targets. The rules are still being negotiated.”

Blurring the edges

“Conventional advertising is becoming so cluttered. Everybody is looking for ways to break through to the viewer. It’s very clear what [marketers] are doing. They’re trying to blur the edges” between advertising and other content, says Alan Middleton, marketing professor at York’s Schulich School of Business. He was referring to a new deal in which Labatt’s beer will be featured on Fox TV’s “The Best Damn Sports Show Period”, reports The Globe and Mail Jan. 4.

PM avoids buying new choppers

“He will have been able to get through his tenure without having to sign that helicopter contract,” Martin Shadwick, of York University’s Centre for International and Security Studies, said about Prime Minister Jean Chrétien in an Ottawa Citizen story Jan. 3 about not replacing the armed forces aging helicopters for another two years. “I don’t think anyone in the fall of 1993 would have believed that was possible. It’s a good thing the Sea King is a rugged old beast.”

Airlines have little to cheer

“The industry is just facing so much uncertainty. For the airlines and their management and their employees, it’s really just survival mode,” said Fred Lazar, a business professor at York’s Schulich School of Business and long-time airline observer, in a Toronto Star story Jan. 4 on the 100th anniversary of powered flight.

On the air

Canadian Living TV (LIF-TV) rebroadcast an interview Jan. 2 with Prof. Andrea O’Reilly, of York’s School of Women’s Studies and Association for Research on Mothering, about the guilt of motherhood and why many women feel their best is not good enough…. Comments by Osgoode Hall Law School Prof. Alan Young about a Windsor judge throwing out a marijuana possession charge against a 16-year-old youth were carried on CBC and CTV national news programs across Canada and on local television programs such as “Evening News” on CKPR-TV in Thunder Bay.