Canada needs sound fiscal thinking, not balanced budget laws

“In last year’s Speech from the Throne, the Harper government promised to introduce legislation to require ‘balanced budgets during normal economic times, and concrete timelines for return to balance in the event of an economic crisis,'” wrote Andrew Jackson, the Packer Professor of Social Justice at York University, in The Globe and Mail.

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Librarians protest Canada cutbacks

A move by the Canadian government to shrink the number of its departmental research libraries is drawing fire from some academics. “We have no real assurances, other than them telling us so, that things have not been lost,” said John Dupuis, head of York University’s Steacie Science and Technology Library, in the New York Times.

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A convenient solution

York alumnus Ins Choi’s comedy Kim’s Convenience is opening at the National Arts Centre this week, reported the Ottawa Citizen. It wowed audiences at the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival, was picked up by Soulpepper Theatre the next year and won two Toronto Theatre Critics awards, and is now on a national tour.

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The wealth of Canadians: How much, in the hands of how few?

“National wealth is an important yardstick for comparing ourselves with other countries, and we can only judge the real extent of economic inequality when we look at the distribution of wealth among households, and not just annual income flows,” wrote Andrew Jackson, Packer Professor of Social Justice at York University, in The Globe and Mail.

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Toronto Eaton Centre asks shoppers to use its 'true name'

“There is no real benefit in getting the exact name . . . especially not something as awkward as Toronto Eaton Centre,” said Schulich School of Business Professor Detlev Zwick in the Toronto Star. “If you were really serious about imprinting this name onto all stakeholders and consumers, it would mean a massive [financial] effort.”

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