How to deal with abusive, histrionic and misunderstood bosses

Two in five office workers claim they’ve worked for a bad boss at some point…. “Some really difficult people are very high performers,” said Paul Fairlie, a psychologist who teaches human resources management at York University, in the Financial Post Dec. 4. “There are a lot of ways of getting good results from your employees. Some difficult bosses do get high performance from their staff, but in the worst ways possible, and it’s not sustainable.” Read full story.

York Region chairperson selection dynamics in spotlight
Since this is the first time regional council has selected a new chairperson since Fisch was appointed to the job in 1997 and since there is a strong chance the chairperson will be elected by voters across the region beginning in 2018 if provincial legislation is changed, the dynamics of selecting a regional chairperson for this term are in the spotlight, York University political science Professor Robert MacDermid said in the Newmarket Era Dec. 3. Read full story.

Manitoba expert in patient safety predicts ‘silver tsunami’ of injuries
An expert in patient safety said he expects to see a lot more reports of seniors falling in personal care homes, reported CBC News Dec. 3…. “That gives us a great cause for concern,” says Darrell Horn, who teaches courses on medical investigations at York University.  He was also a patient safety officer with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. “Falls are considered using the best possible fall protection techniques to be highly preventable. But my experience as an investigator, they are some of the most difficult problems to tease out and to address.” Read full story.

Jesus, the reluctant bridegroom
Now filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici and biblical scholar Barrie Wilson have whipped up a new addition to the Jesus-is-married-stewpot – their hot-selling new expose, The Lost Gospel: Decoding the Ancient Text that Reveals Jesus’ Marriage to Mary the Magdalene. Wilson teaches at Toronto’s York University, reported the Boston Globe Dec. 4. Read full story.

Autism research: 4 things we learned in 2014
Researchers added even more to pregnant women’s arsenal this year, reported Fox News Dec. 3. Scientists at York University discovered that abnormal levels of a specific molecule in a pregnant mother’s brain can change the baby’s brain development. The molecule, called PGE2, can make certain autism-associated genes more prevalent and may increase autism risk. Read full story.

Music review: Golden chord regal end for early music concert
Royal pomp was on offer Wednesday evening at Christ Church Cathedral − complete with trumpets, drums, a jowly bishop and a boy king − as Daniel Taylor and Lisette Canton co-conducted the Theatre of Early Music and assorted guests in a program of music fit for a coronation, reported the Ottawa Citizen Dec. 4. The TEM choir was augmented by members of University of Toronto’s Schola Cantorum, which Taylor directs, and the York University Chamber Choir, led by Ottawa’s Lisette Canton. Read full story.

Matt Dusk headlines Meaford Hall Christmas celebration
The Meaford Hall and Culture Foundation invites the community to support its Annual Christmas Celebration, taking place at Meaford Hall from Dec. 11 to Dec. 13. The Foundation presents a silent auction and a concert with jazz darling Matt Dusk, who is an alumnus of the St. Michael’s Choir School and studied under jazz piano legend Oscar Peterson at York University, reported the Meaford Express Dec. 3. Read full story.

2014 Campus Freedom Index: These 10 universities are no place for free speech, report says
The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms cited a decision by York University to remove club status for a group known as Students Against Israeli Apartheid after it allegedly disrupted campus events on numerous occasions, and banned it from re-applying until January 2014, reported the Huffington Post Dec. 3. It later obtained club status once more, the index said. Read full story.