ARTS RESEARCH IN THE NEWS
Globe and Mail Mon July 25 2016 By: Joshua GottliebThe Globe and Mail published an op-ed by UBC economics professor Joshua Gottlieb about a proposed tax to make housing more affordable in Vancouver.
“The city would introduce a property tax surcharge, but owners could credit their income taxes against this surcharge. Only those who don’t already pay income taxes in Canada – those who leave properties vacant or don’t declare their income – would end up paying the surcharge,” he wrote.
This week the B.C. legislature is scheduled to address Metro Vancouver’s high real estate prices.
CTV News Fri July 22 2016 By: Graham SlaughterCTV News featured an interview with UBC psychology professor Amori Mikami for a story on the psychological impacts of playing the popular smartphone game Pokémon Go.
Mikami studies social interactions and their effects on mental health and said the social nature of Pokémon Go could be beneficial for some players, especially those with depression and social anxiety.
“For individuals with depression, they want to get out in the world and engage and do things, but the depression is really a barrier to everything. It just feels too difficult, too tiring,” Mikami said. “I think Pokémon Go provides a way to get over some of those barriers. It’s a structured and fun activity that really draws you into walking around outside, seeing new places.”
A similar story appeared on Global News, in the Vancouver Sun,Saskatoon Star Phoenix, Times Colonist and on News 1130 and 24 Hours Vancouver.
CBC News and Yahoo Canada also mentioned the study for a story on a cancelled Pokémon Go meet up.
Vanity Fair Thu July 21 2016 By: Keith OlbermannA Vanity Fair story about Donald Trump assessed the presidential candidate’s psychological profile using a tool created by UBC criminal psychology professor emeritus Robert D. Hare.
Hare’s test of sanity was introduced in 1980 and is called the “The Hare Psychopathy Checklist.”
Olbermann analyzed Trump methodically using Hare’s checklist and concluded Trump would probably not pass the test.
Vancouver Sun Thu July 21 2016The Vancouver Sun cited a study by UBC economist Kevin Milligan for an op-ed on the Provincial Sales Tax.
In his study commissioned by the Business Council of B.C., Milligan offered several alternatives for government consideration: replace the PST with other revenue sources like the carbon tax, improve the PST by exempting business inputs and expanding it to cover more services, or replace the PST with a new B.C.-VAT, an alternative form of value-added tax.
The Tyee Thu July 21 2016 By: Linda GivetashThe Tyee interviewed UBC economist Kevin Milligan for a story on post-work plans for several Vancouver workers.
Milligan found middle-income earners who made an average of $50,000 per year over their careers would currently get about $12,500 from the Canadian Pension Plan. With the new program, that yearly payout will jump to $16,667.
Though higher CPP benefits may be welcome, workers still face a substantial decrease in income pay after they retire.
“People who don’t have a company-based plan, 40 per cent of them end up in retirement with too little retirement income to maintain their lifestyle,” Milligan said.
Roundhouse Radio Wed July 20 2016Roundhouse Radio interviewed Paul Quirk, UBC political scientist and chair in U.S. politics and representation, about the Republican National Convention.
Quirk explained how Donald Trump’s campaign is unprecedented in many areas.
“The criticisms of the campaign go to all of the professional staff, it’s very thin and very inexperienced, but also the resources for advertising and the organization on the ground and in all of the states, it’s just radically deficient in all of these areas,” he said.
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