Air Canada battles labour woes, competition and poor earnings

Despite all the sabre-rattling in current labour talks with its pilots,  economics Professor Fred Lazar of York’s Schulich School of Business doesn’t believe Air Canada will impose a contract on them, reported the Toronto Star Feb. 9. If they did, he said, the worry is that it would become tied up at the labour board and rank-and-file pilots could wreak havoc with work-to-rule campaigns or random protest walkouts – right before the March break high-traffic period. Read full story.

Goldcorp boss Ian Telfer says gold to hit $5,000
Even though he invests in it himself, Moshe Milevsky, a finance professor at York’s Schulich School of Business, poured some cold water on miner Ian Telfer’s predictions about the price of gold reaching unheard of heights, in the Toronto Star Feb. 4. “He’s a bit of a cheerleader for gold, so you’ve got to take it with a grain of salt,” Milevsky said. Read full story.

Grammys 2012: Toronto promoter Elliott Lefko hits it big in LA
Former Toronto concert promoter and York grad Elliott Lefko (BA ’92), now a prominent executive at Los Angeles-based Goldenvoice, still covertly campaigns for the Canadian acts that capture his imagination, wrote The Canadian Press Feb. 9, in a preview of the Grammy Awards. But he’s also not afraid to roam farther afield in the search for talent. “It’s a long way from York University to Alaska,” he says, “but again, that’s my thing – figuring things out.” Read full story.

Composing a multi-note Opus
“I’m young, I have energy and I have never done well with just one task at hand,” York grad Andrea DeGasperis-Ronco (BAS Spec. Hons. ’04) told the Toronto Star, in a feature story Feb. 3 about one of the very few women home builders. She was explaining how she had time to launch a new company, Opus Homes, in 2011 just days before her second child’s due date. Read full story.