Our faculty are thought leaders undertaking ground-breaking research around the most relevant issues facing humanity today. They are often asked to comment on issues impacting society and contribute to discussions on current events. Browse through recent media where LA&PS professors have been called upon for their expertise.
Federal election 2021: More supply won’t solve Canada’s housing affordability crisis
Promises to build more homes is not a meaningful solution to Canada’s housing affordability crisis, notes Joel Roberts Social & Political Thought PhD candidate: "High house prices are not due to supply shortages."
Ugly Anti-Masker Protests Plague Canadian Election
It’s unsurprising that the anti-vaccine and anti-lockdown protesters are targeting Justin Trudeau’s events, notes Professor Cary Wu, as political ideology is the single best predictor of pandemic behaviours, such as mask wearing.
Jagmeet Singh says ending for-profit long-term care will be ‘less costly.’ Why it’s not necessarily that simple
While government funding helps non-profit operators build capital, it doesn't necessary benefit taxpayers explains Professor Pat Armstrong: “We are paying for a building that then they own in the end.”
‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ 10 years later: Self-publishing wasn’t novel then, but now it’s easier to reach a niche audience
Over the past 10 years, the publishing industry has seen a rise in self-published books, indicating that it could have a permanent place in the publishing ecosystem according to Communication & Culture PhD candidate Elizaveta Poliakova.
Hurricane Ida shows the increasing impact of climate change since Katrina
"While no two disasters are the same, looking at differences between past and present disasters can help us to better understand what is needed to prepare for future disasters" explains Professor Jack Rozdilsky.
Pandemic changes spark rage and debate on social media
The lack of affordable housing, province-wide lockdowns and vaccinations are the most prevalent issues that have been brought up during the pandemic and created a division among Ontarians, notes Professor Yvonne Su.
With COVID-19 restrictions lifting, ‘immune-insecure’ people have to navigate added risks in social life
“COVID-19 has exacerbated existing inequalities, creating pathways of harm and destruction that reflect socioeconomic differences, structural racism and hazardous living conditions,” says Professor Michael Nijhawan.
Long-term care after the COVID-19 disaster: 3 promising ways to move forward
LA&PS researchers Professor Pat Armstrong and Ruth Lowndes note increased family councils, recognition of families' contributions to care & the necessity of social care as promising developments in long-term care post-pandemic.
Black Inclusion Matters: Changing the culture of an institution
“Progress demands a fundamental shift in the way we think and in the way York operates as a university,” says Professor Andrea Davis, a special advisor on York University’s Action Plan on Black Inclusion.
How emojis are enhancing our communication
How can emojis enhancing our communication? “They could replace some of the cues that are missing” from text messages and emails says Linguistics professor Sheila Embleton.