York U experts available to comment on 2019 Federal Budget


TORONTO, Monday March 18, 2019 – Skills training, pharmacare, and housing affordability are all expected to play a large role in tomorrow’s federal budget. York University experts are available to answer questions about how the 2019 budget will impact the economy, address issues surrounding housing affordability, poverty and the labour market.

Giuseppina D’Agostino is a professor at Osgoode Hall Law School who co-chairs York University’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Society Task Force. D’Agostino is the founder and director of IP Osgoode. She can comment on the importance of skills training with the evolving nature of the labour market due to the effects of AI, the importance of startups and scaleups in the Canadian economy, regulatory hurdles confronting big data collection, and intellectual Property (IP) and commercialization.

Mary E. Wiktorowicz is a professor in the Faculty of Health in Health Policy and Management and director and special advisor to the dean for Global Health, Community Partnerships and Strategic Projects. Wiktorowicz can speak about a national pharmacare program, healthcare equity for low-income segments of the population, and negotiating the price of pharmaceuticals.

Thomas Klassen is a professor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies in the School of Public Policy and Administration. Klassen’s research focuses on Canadian labour market policy and income security (including pensions and employment insurance).  He can comment on affordable housing and mortgage policies, job training, labour market shortages in the skilled trades, and retirement and pensions in Canada.

Mark Winfield is a professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies and co-chair of the Sustainable Energy Initiative. Winfield can comment on climate change policy, carbon pricing, low-carbon transition and clean technology subsidies, as well as environmental policy.

Dr. James Orbinski, is a professor and the director of the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research. Orbinski is a medical doctor and advocate for global health. He is the former international president of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders. He can comment on the health benefits of a national pharmacare program and how poverty reduction can help improve health outcomes.

NOTE: York University’s media studio is available for double-ended broadcast interviews.

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