State subsidised child care is no Nirvana

Irish Times Sun Sept 27 2015 By: Breda O'Brien

More research is needed to understand the long-term impact of subsidized child care, according to an Irish Times article which noted that a large-scale Canadian study recently cast doubt on the benefits of universal child care in Quebec. The study was authored by researchers Kevin Milligan, UBC; Michael Baker, University of Toronto; and Jonathan Gruber, MIT.

Other articles discussing the Quebec study appeared in Macleans, MSN and Globe and Mail.

Parties running neck-and-neck as a Canadian election nears

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sun Sept 27 2015 By: Andrew Cohen

Canada is heading into the last three weeks of the campaign with no clear winner in sight. Observers say each party has the support of less than a third of voters.

The article quotes UBC political scientist David Moscrop as saying: “We don’t know what’s going on, because this has never happened before.”

A similar article appeared on MSN. Moscrop was also quoted in a National Post article on “pollster gridlock.”

UBC frosh QB O’Connor meets lofty expectations

The Province Thu Sept 24 2015 By: Howard Tsumura

Thunderbird freshman quarterback Michael O’Connor is living up to big expectations, according to an article in The Province.

O’Connor transferred from an elite NCAA Div. 1 program.

Museum of Anthropology unveils three innovative in-house shows

The Province Thu Sept 24 2015 By: Stuart Derdeyn

UBC’s Museum of Anthropology has announced three new shows for 2015-16: In)visible: The Spiritual World of Taiwan Through Contemporary Art, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Unceded Territories and In the Footprint of the Crocodile Man: Contemporary Art of the Sepik River, Papua New Guinea.

MOA director Anthony Shelton said the museum seeks to actively represent contemporary debates around issues of art and culture.

What does politics look like to a partisan?

Macleans Thu Sept 24 2015 By: David Moscrop

UBC political scientist David Moscrop focuses on partisanship in a new article for Macleans.

Identification with a party could be the deciding factor for some voters, Moscrop said. “[I]n Canada’s closest election ever, it could be partisans who decide which party governs Canada after Oct. 19–and whether that party enjoys a minority or a majority government.”

7 incredibly useful career tips from women

MSN Thu Sept 24 2015 By: Jessica Hullinger

An MSN article on tips for success recommends career experimentation, noting that it takes time to figure out how to turn passion into a career.

The article quotes economists’ research that shows people don’t find their “true calling” until mid-career. Says UBC economist Henry Siu: “The more you experiment early on, the more likely you’ll make higher wages and have greater fulfillment.”

Where is Canada in the world’s affairs?

Yahoo Fri Sept 25 2015 By: Dene Moore

An article on Canada’s foreign policy ahead of next week’s Munk Debate noted that the parties have given few specifics on their foreign policy plans.

Stewart Prest, a PhD candidate in political science at UBC, noted the lack of conversation about the Arctic.

“It is strange that we’re not hearing more about it because it was such a signature issue for the Conservatives for a number of years,” Prest said. “One of their big foreign policy gambits was to secure the Arctic and it’s just sort of fallen away.”

Canada PM faces ‘anyone but Harper’ strategic voting in election

Reuters Thu Sept 24 2015 By: Julie Gordon

A number of groups are asking Canadians to vote for anyone but Stephen Harper. Experts like Richard Johnston, a UBC political science professor, say this type of strategic voting has had little impact on past elections, because voters need strong signals on who they should back.

“In the past, when there hasn’t been such signalling, people have tended to follow the trends in national polls,” said Johnston.

Similar articles appeared in the Daily Mail (UK), Yahoo, The Star (Malaysia), Channel News, Toronto Sun and other publications.