Will US drug firms boycott Canada?

Dr. Joel Lexchin, professor with York’s School of Health Policy & Management, told the National Post Aug. 7 that US pharmaceuticals manufacturers “are not looking at putting Canadian access to these drugs in jeopardy.” Lexchin was commenting on the possibility that US-based drug companies may halt their sales to Canada to prevent Canadian companies from selling US-manufactured drugs back into the United States at steep discounts. Lexchin said re-importation happens only because drugs in Canada are inexpensive, and so US companies need to address their prices, not who resells their products.

It’s an honour

The Globe and Mail, Aug. 6, noted that Peter W. Hogg, former dean of Osgoode Hall Law School, was one of the 109 Canadian entertainers, business leaders, philanthropists, writers, athletes and politicians given new appointments to the Order of Canada.

The Supreme Court’s democracy gap

A National Post editorial Aug. 7 on the Supreme Court’s “democracy gap” cited Osgoode Hall Law School Dean Patrick Monahan, who noted that the Supreme Court has become increasingly activist by striking down government laws, conduct, or decisions. The success rate for Charter of Rights claimants was 63 per cent in 2002, the highest rate in the previous 10 years.

On Air

  • An interview with York Professor Desmond Ellis, expert on youth violence and conflict resolution, aired on “The World at Six” (CBC Radio, National), Aug. 6. Ellis offered his views on the tough new stance taken by the city’s police chief, Julian Fantino, against violent crime and youth gangs.
  • The media’s strong interest in York’s role in the Mars mission continued. Earth & Atmospheric Science Professor Peter Taylor appeared on numerous broadcast outlets explaining the mission, its goals and how scientists will be searching for water on Mars as well as determining how much there might have been on the red planet in the past. Shows included: “Morning Edition” (CBK-AM) Sask.;”On the Island” (CBCV-FM) Victoria; “Ottawa Morning” (CBO-FM); “Metro Morning” (CBL-FM) Toronto; “Canada at Five” (CBC Radio) National.