Discussing the importance of documentary films

Roundhouse Radio Fri February 17 2017

Alejandro Yoshizawa, a professor in UBC’s department of theatre and film, was interviewed on Roundhouse Radio about why documentary films matter now more than ever. He said the power of film is that it allows us to view complex issues more deeply.

Douglas Todd: How would Vancouver’s housing bubble burst?

Vancouver Sun Sat February 18 2017 By: Douglas Todd

Work by David Ley, a UBC geographer, was mentioned in a Vancouver Sun article about the housing bubble in Vancouver. Ley wrote that Canada is ranked on the list of countries that don’t publish foreign investment data.

Problem gamblers enter trancelike ‘zone’ playing slots: study

Vancouver Sun Mon February 20 2017 By: Randy Shore

The Vancouver Sun highlighted a UBC study that supports the idea of a “slot machine zone” in which players escape from negative emotions and stress.

Spencer Murch, a UBC psychology graduate student, said problem gamblers seem to forget about everything else when they get in this zone.

Will development in neighbourhood lead to displacement?

CBC Mon February 20 2017

Craig E. Jones, a UBC geography PhD candidate, spoke to CBC for a story about the impacts of development on communities in Metro Vancouver. Jones studied the Maywood neighbourhood in Burnaby, and says a largely immigrant neighbourhood was forced to move after rezoning for increased density around the SkyTrain.

The next leader of the Conservatives is one of these fourteen

Toronto Star Sat February 18 2017 By: Alex Boutilier and Alex Ballingall

David Moscrop, a UBC political science PhD candidate, spoke to the Toronto Star for an article about the contenders for the federal conservative party leadership.

Moscrop called the race “strange” and said some of the politicians may try to make headlines with wild tactics. The story also appeared on Metro News.

Budget 2017: What might come of tax expenditure review

Canadian Press Sun February 19 2017 By: Joanna Smith

The Canadian Press mentioned a paper by Kevin Milligan, a UBC economist, who was named to the review panel at Finance Canada. The 2014 paper for the C.D. Howe Institute argued for eliminating boutique tax credits like those for public transit and volunteer firefighters. The story appeared on Global, Metro News, the Montreal Gazette and other Postmedia outlets.

Trudeau’s visit to Germany

CTV Sat February 18 2017

Kurt Huebner, the director of UBC’s Institute for European Studies, was interviewed on CTV News about Justin Trudeau’s trip to Germany. Huebner discussed the parallels between Canada and Germany.

Endangered B.C. languages

Castanet Thu February 16 2017

Castanet highlighted an upcoming symposium that aims to protect B.C.’s 34 endangered First Nation languages. Jeannette Armstrong, Canada Research Chair in indigenous philosophy and professor of Indigenous studies at UBC’s Okanagan campus, said time is running out on languages across B.C.

Patricia Shaw, a UBC professor of linguistic anthropology, said the symposium will allow people to share and co-create a common body of knowledge, from which a collaborative indigenous language fluency degree can be developed.

Some pricy Vancouver neighbourhoods lost hundreds of residents

Metro News Wed February 15 2017 By: Jen St. Denis

Nathanael Lauster, a UBC sociology professor, spoke to Metro News about census data that shows a drop in the number of residents in certain west side Vancouver neighbourhoods. According to Lauster, an increase in the number of unoccupied homes and a lack of new homes are some of the factors that can lead to a population decline.

Canada doesn’t deserve its reputation as a defence laggard

Globe and Mail Thu February 16 2017 By: Michael Byers

Michael Byers, the Canada Research Chair in global politics and international law at UBC, wrote a Globe and Mail op-ed about Canada’s national defence spending. Byers wrote that next steps for increasing spending would be to increase funds for maintenance, training, housing and health services.

Monkeys, dogs judge humans on how they treat others

Daily Mail Wed February 15 2017 By: Cecile Borkhataria

Kiley Hamlin, a UBC psychology professor, was mentioned in a Daily Mail article about a study that found dogs and capuchin monkeys prefer people who help others. Hamlin said the ability to judge others may help stabilize complex social groups by helping individuals exclude negative social partners.

Big corporate donors give big to the B.C. Liberals

Vancouver Sun Fri February 10 2017 By: Gordon Hoekstra

Matilde Bombardini, a UBC economics professor, spoke to the Vancouver Sun for an article about the influence of corporate donors. She said it is a good idea in principle to favour small campaign contributions from a large number of people, rather than concentration from big donors. The story also appeared in The Province.

Tory, NDP leadership races show parties soul-searching: Experts

Canadian Press Mon February 13 2017 By: Gemma Karstens-Smith

The Canadian Press interviewed Maxwell Cameron, a UBC political science professor, after the first candidate for the NDP leadership was announced. Cameron said Peter Julian’s announcement speech suggested a desire to shift the NDP back towards the left of the political spectrum.

The story appeared on Huffington Post, CTV, Yahoo, Maclean’s and Castanet. UBC political scientist David Moscrop also commented on Julian’s candidacy in an interview with CBC.

Trump’s anti-immigrant stance may fuel racism in Canada: experts

Canadian Press Thu February 9 2017 By: Sheryl Ubelacker

The Canadian Press interviewed Rima Wilkes, a UBC professor of sociology, for a story on the impact of Trump’s anti-immigrant policies.

She said it’s crucial to recognize that Canada is not innocent when it comes to discriminatory attitudes and policies, citing examples like the maltreatment of indigenous people, the 1923 Chinese Exclusion Act, the internment of Japanese-Canadians and the refusal to accept Jews fleeing Nazi Germany during World War II. The story appeared on Huffington Post, iPolitics, CTV, Ottawa Citizen, and the Vancouver Sun.

Where you live affects your personality, study says

CNN Fri February 10 2017 By: Natalie Jacewicz

CNN quoted Mark Schaller, a UBC psychology professor, for a story about how our personalities are affected by where we live. In his studies, Schaller found that extraversion is less common in countries that have traditionally had a higher prevalence of infectious diseases.