Budget 2013: The economists’ wish list

We asked several of our regular Economy Lab contributing economists a simple question: If you could ask for just one thing from Thursday’s federal budget, what would it be?…“If there is one single priority for the budget, it should be to look beyond the immediate fiscal issues and set a clear direction to a new economy based upon high productivity and environmental sustainability,” said Andrew Jackson, York University’s Packer professor of social justice, in The Globe and Mail March 20. Read full story.

Drake raps about Toronto’s Danzig Street killings
Toronto-born Drake raps about the Danzig shootings on Snoop Lion’s newly released reggae track “No Guns Allowed”, reported the Toronto Star March 20. In the song, Drake raps about the “summer day that went horribly wrong.[…]News from back home/ this when it hurts to be gone/ two more young names to be carved out of stone.” On that summer day, July 16, a party on Danzig Street ended in the worst mass shooting in Toronto’s history. The two young names were Shyanne Charles, 14, and Joshua Yasay, 23, who was an honours graduate of York University’s criminology program. Read full story.

Semaine de la Francophonie kicks off in Toronto
The 13th annual Semaine de la Francophonie begins Wednesday, the International Day of La Francophonie, reported the Toronto Star March 20…. Planned activities for the week-long celebration include a forum on French language and culture at York University’s Glendon College, talks with Swiss novelist Joël Dicker and French novelist and philosopher Gwenaëlle Aubry, and two concerts featuring Ontarian talents such as Cindy Doire. Read full story.

One more year for law students?
Melanie Thomas counts herself one of the lucky ones. The second-year law student at York’s Osgoode Hall Law School has already set up a summer position at a law firm where she hopes to article after graduation. “About 35 per cent of Osgoode students received a job through the [on-campus interview] process, but there’s a vast majority of students who didn’t,” said Thomas, a second-year representative on Osgoode’s Student Caucus, in the Toronto Star March 21….Last year, the Law Society of Upper Canada’s task force estimated that one in seven graduates won’t get an articling position in 2013. Read full story.