Scrap nukes, bring on wind

York environmental studies Professor Mark Winfield talks about the growing contribution of wind power in Ontario and how the problems caused by the relative operational inflexibility of nuclear facilities begs some serious questions about the wisdom of attempting to refurbish the Darlington nuclear power plant (and build new nuclear facilities), as the province is proposing to do, when less costly, less risky and more flexible options are becoming available on a large scale, in the Toronto Star Saturday, June 2. Read full story.

Gunning for business
“Southwestern Ontario has been really hurt in the automotive sector and this could really help fill in the gaps,” said political science Professor Martin Shadwick, a military analyst at York University in an article about the Canadian military shopping for three new piece of rolling armour and the effect on the manufacturing sector, reported the London Free Press Monday, June 4. Read full story.

What our pensions owe to the scientist known for Halley’s Comet
York finance Professor Moshe Milevsky, of the Schulich School of Business, talks about how 90,000 Ford Motor Co. retired engineers and office workers could figure out which of Ford’s offers – to receive a monthly pension or take a lump-sum buyout – made the most financial sense. The equation to figure it out is some 800 years old, based on something Edmond Halley, of Halley’s Comet fame, developed, says Milevsky in the Hamilton Spectator Monday, June 4. Read full story.

Better aging with (social) chemistry
Margaret Critchlow, professor emeritus at York who studies communal living, talks about a new senior co-housing project in Saskatoon and the importance of putting effort into developing social portfolios for seniors, in the Toronto Star Friday, June 2. Read full story.

Not all foreign takeovers are good for Canada
Gus Van Harten, a professor at York’s Osgoode Hall Law School, discusses whether or not the Harper government is going soft on foreign takeovers of Canadian companies, in the Exchange Magazine, Monday, June 4. Read full story.

The adoration of the monarch
What’s remarkable about the Queen’s tenure is not just her durability, but also that her six decades on the throne have coincided with tectonic changes in the social and geopolitical landscape. “She’s effectively presided over the decline of the British Empire, the shrinkage of the Commonwealth and the emergence of a multiracial, multicultural Britain,” says York history Professor Stephen Brooke in an article in The Globe and Mail on Friday, June 1, about adoration of the monarch and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Read full story.

Learning to love Luminato
York Professor Alan Middleton, of the Schulich School of Business, who sits on the marketing committees of the Royal Ontario Museum and the Pan American Games, says Luminato may be “trying too hard” to be everything to everyone, reported Toronto.Com Friday, June 1, in an article about the festival’s growing pains. Read full story.

Pregnant brides fuel maternity gown demand
Women have choices about the order in which they do things these days, says Andrea O’Reilly, a professor in the School of Women’s Studies at York University, in an article about pregnant brides in the Toronto Star Monday, June 4. Read full story.

Gardiner, DVP closed Sunday for Ride for Heart
York environmental studies student Maya Stern, who had a heart transplant last year, talks about how excited she is to join the Heart & Stroke Foundation’s annual Becel Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart on the weekend, reported the Toronto Star Saturday, June 2. Read full story.