For many, Canada 150 celebrations pale in comparison to Expo 67

Canadian Press Tue June 27 2017 By: Cassandra Szklarski

Rima Wilkes, a UBC sociology professor, was interviewed for a Canadian Press story about the Canada 150 celebrations. She said there is now more awareness that Canada is “not a perfect country with a perfect history.” The CP story appeared on CTV, National Post and other Postmedia outlets, and 660 News.

“Credible” case Liberals can pay for Throne Speech promises

Global Sat June 24 2017 By: Simon Little

Several UBC professors weighed in on the Throne Speech by the BC Liberals. Global published a CKNW story on the promises in the speech and quoted Kevin Milligan, a UBC economist. He said it’s possible there is enough money to pay for more than $1.5-billion in new spending pledged in the speech.

Max Cameron, a UBC political scientist, was interviewed for a Vancouver Sun story and said it’s clear Clark’s realignment is a cynical move made for political gain. The story also appeared on MSN and Times Colonist. Allan Tupper, a UBC political science professor, told News 1130 “the strategy is to make it difficult for the NDP-Green group to easily vote against it.”

Before Mongolian election, voters fret over China investment

Reuters Sat June 24 2017

Reuters interviewed Julian Dierkes, a professor at UBC’s Institute of Asian Research and expert in Mongolian politics, about the Mongolian election. He said there was a lot of nationalist language in the party manifestos. The story also appeared in the South China Morning Post, U.S. News & World Report, and Jakarta Globe. Dierkes was also quoted in another Agence France Presse story on a similar topic which appeared in the Daily Mail and South China Morning Post.

Google Maps to display Indigenous lands in Canada

Motherboard Wed June 21 2017 By: Bryson Masse

Motherboard reported that Google announced the addition of data reflecting band and reserve territory into Google Maps and Google Earth software. David Gaertner, a UBC professor and Indigenous new media expert, said “colonial understandings of land quite often come down to relationships to maps.”

Aging well: UBC looking for senior study participants

Vancouver Courier Wed June 21 2017 By: Theresa Pauly and Christiane Hoppmann

The Vancouver Courier published an op-ed co-written by Christiane Hoppmann, a UBC psychology professor, about a new study on aging. Hoppmann and her team aim to better understand how people can turn their good intentions into action.

The Federal Reserve risks truncating a recovery with room to run

The Economist Thu June 22 2017

The Economist cited a 2015 paper co-authored by Henry Siu, a UBC economist, in a story about productivity growth. Siu and Nir Jaimovich of the University of Zurich found that America began suffering a rash of jobless recoveries since firms responded to recessions by eliminating routine jobs such as factory or call-centre work.

Montreal-born author appointed chair of UBC’s creative writing program

Canadian Press Tue June 20 2017

Various media outlets reported that Alix Ohlin has been appointed the new chair of UBC’s creative writing program.

Ohlin starts on Jan. 1 2018 and is the current Mordecai Richler writer-in-residence at McGill University.

A Canadian Press story appeared in the National Post and other Postmedia outlets, CTV, Globe and Mail, Metro News and Winnipeg Free Press. Similar stories appeared in Quill and Quire, Vancouver Sun, and Georgia Straight.

There goes the gayborhood

New York Times Wed June 21 2017 By: Scott James

The New York Times featured work by Amin Ghaziani, a UBC sociology professor and Canada Research Chair in Sexuality and Urban Studies.

Ghaziani has written about America’s concentration of young gay men and lesbians in urban centers, known as “gayborhoods.”

UBC Opera Ensemble presents ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’

Vancouver Sun Wed June 14 2017 By: David Gordon Duke

The Vancouver Sun highlighted the run of Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos opera at UBC. The article reported that Nancy Hermiston’s UBC Opera Ensemble is “a preeminent training program.” The story also appeared in the Edmonton Journal and other Postmedia outlets.

Unlearning the Vancouver School

Canadian Art Wed June 14 2017 By: Anton Lee

Anton Lee, a UBC PhD candidate, wrote an op-ed for Canadian Art about a new Vancouver photo exhibition “Pictures From Here.” He wrote that the exhibition “challenges the perception of photoconceptualism as glossy and apolitical—and upends the idea that it dominates local image-making.”

Reviving a lost language of Canada through film

New York Times Sun June 11 2017 By: Catherine Porter

The New York Times quoted Wade Davis, a UBC anthropology professor, about reviving Indigenous languages. He discussed how the loss of one language is comparable to clear-cutting an “old-growth forest of the mind.”

UBC student maps the sounds of Vancouver’s Chinatown

CBC Sun June 11 2017 By: Cherise Seucharan

CBC reported on a project by a UBC student that documents Vancouver’s Chinatown through audio storytelling. UBC student Angela Ho received a grant from the university’s Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies program to expand the map.

As Metro Van’s affordability gap widens, search for answers

Globe and Mail Fri June 9 2017 By: Kerry Gold

The Globe and Mail interviewed David Ley, a UBC professor of geography, about housing affordability in Metro Vancouver. Ley said the days of detached-house ownership are over.

Global Jukebox website continues legacy of Alan Lomax

Vancouver Sun Wed June 7 2017 By: Stuart Derdeyn

Michael Tenzer, a UBC ethnomusicologist, was quoted in a Vancouver Sun story about an online musical resource called The Global Jukebox. He said the site “has been designed with fairly complex theories of Cantometrics and Choroemetrics.” The story also appeared in the Edmonton Journal.

Liberals waive security review for Chinese takeover of firm

Globe and Mail Thu June 8 2017 By: Michael Byers

Michael Byers, the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law, spoke to the Globe and Mail for a story about Chinese investors who were permitted to buy a Vancouver high-tech firm without a formal national security review. Byers was astonished that Ottawa did not do a formal review.