Media Advisory: York University experts available to discuss provincial budget


TORONTO, Thursday, April 27, 2017 – York University experts are available to discuss today’s provincial budget, including homelessness, a balanced budget, the housing market and infrastructure projects, climate change, provincial marijuana laws, as well as federal-provincial relations.

Stephen Gaetz, Professor in the Faculty of Education and Director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, can comment on homelessness and housing issues, including how federal and provincial policies and funding should be coordinated to improve access to affordable housing for all Canadians.

Robert Drummond, Professor Emeritus of political science in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, can comment on federal-provincial relations and balancing the budget.

James McKellar, Professor and Director, Brookfield Centre in Real Estate and Infrastructure, Schulich School of Business can comment on infrastructure and cities; infrastructure projects and plans; urbanization, and the housing market.

Thomas Klassen, Professor of public policy and political science in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies can comment on: social assistance and income security, unemployment, job training, industrial policy and federal-provincial relations. (Available for phone, Skype or email interviews.)

Mark Winfield, Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies and co-chair of the Sustainable Energy Initiative, can comment on electricity pricing and issues, climate change policy at the federal and provincial level, carbon pricing, low-carbon transition and clean technology strategies, environmental assessment and pipelines, as well as environmental policy.

Alan Young, Associate Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, can comment on the legalization of marijuana, provincial marijuana laws and procedure.


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