ARTS RESEARCH IN THE NEWS
CBC News Tue Nov 24 2015
The federal government is expected today to announce details of its plan to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the year’s end.
As to where the refugees will live once they’re here, it’s likely they’ll end up in major cities across the country, according to UBC geography Dan Hiebert. But he also said: “We don’t yet know what [the government’s] geographical strategy is going to look like.”
News 1130 Sun Nov 22 2015 By: Kenny Mason
Syrian refugees go through a multiple-phase screening process before they’re resettled in Canada, UBC geography professor Dan Hiebert explained in a News 1130 article.
Overseas, screening is done by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, after which a recommendation is made to Canada for resettlement of that person in Canada. Once the refugees are in Canada, they will be vetted by CSIS and the RCMP.
CBC News Sat Nov 21 2015UBC professor Glen Coulthard spending half his teaching time at Dechinta, a N.W.T. learning centre located near Yellowknife as part of a new Dechinta-UBC partnership. Dechinta offers a mix of academic lectures and traditional aboriginal practices. The plan is for Dechinta to establish an accreditation for students from the North who want to get credits transferred to UBC. A similar article appeared on Yahoo.
Maclean's Sun Nov 22 2015 By: Chris Sorensen
Vancouver is at risk of becoming a resort city if sky-high real estate values push out industries as well as management and professional talent and their families, according to a Macleans article.
UBC geography professor David Ley notes that much industrial land has already been lost in Vancouver since 1970. False Creek was one of the early cases of conversion of industrial land to housing. If property prices continue to rise, the city might turn over waterfront lands in East Vancouver to residential use, Ley said.
Psychology Today Fri Nov 20 2015 By: Steven Schlozman
Gift giving makes people happy and could actually be a good way to overcome the holiday blues, according to a new article in Psychology Today. The author described a Harvard-UBC study that assessed individuals who both gave and received money. The researchers found that those who gave were happier, and that they were happier for a longer period of time.
The researchers also discovered that among employees who received bonuses, those who donated some of their bonus money to charity were happier.
The Guardian Sun Nov 22 2015 By: Ben Cardew
A new Guardian article questions the use of virtual reality (VR) tools to deliver immersive journalism.
Some critics say VR can confuse the audience about the authorship and authenticity of the information.
“The pretence of VR is seeing something that actually happened as opposed to something obviously constructed, so authorship is more blurred,” notes Taylor Owen, assistant professor of digital media and global affairs at UBC. “[VR] is a highly constructed environment but the pretence to the viewer is that it isn’t.”
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