ARTS RESEARCH IN THE NEWS
Metro News Mon December 5 2016 By: Kristen ThompsonMetro News interviewed Ayesha S. Chaudhry, a UBC professor of Islamic studies and gender studies, about the term “alt-right” in politics. “It’s an appealing name and doesn’t actually indicate a central part of their ideology, which is white supremacy,” she said. “’White supremacist’ is the most honest description of (the alt-right ideology).”
Metro News Fri December 2 2016 By: David P. BallMetro News interviewed Kathryn Harrison, a UBC political scientist, about a condition of the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion that calls for B.C. to receive “a fair share of the fiscal and economic benefits.”
Alberta’s government has said it will not pay B.C. a share of its own resource royalties, which means only Ottawa and Kinder Morgan could potentially help satisfy this condition. “I don’t know if there’s any precedent for the federal government to pay B.C. to accept a pipeline,” Harrison said. “It’s arguably within federal authority, but I imagine that’s not a precedent they want to set.”
Vancouver Sun Sun December 4 2016 By: Kim PembertonThe Vancouver Sun quoted Henry Yu, a UBC history professor, for a story on poor health outcomes for Asian-Canadian seniors who are placed in culturally insensitive long-term care homes.
Yu, who helped create the Asian Canadian Seniors Health Network, discussed the long wait for people like his grandmother to get into the linguistically and culturally appropriate care home run by SUCCESS.
“Her last three years she was unhappy living in a facility where no one spoke Chinese and she had chronic indigestion because her diet had changed. She would say, ‘I don’t want to live anymore,’ and she never came off the wait list,” Yu said. “She might have lived a lot longer if she was in a culturally sensitive facility. There are many stories like this, but these are challenges that we can meet.”
Yahoo Fri December 2 2016 By: Elianna LevYahoo quoted David Moscrop, a UBC political scientist, for an article about a website that allows the public to track how Canadian senators are using their time.
Moscrop said accountability problems have always plagued the Senate, though it’s been more challenging recently. “People are offended by the idea that un-elected individual can stall or defeat legislation and not be held accountable by the electorate,” said. “This is part of the on-going attempt to make them more accountable by trying to get them to show up to work, which you would take for granted in most jobs. But some Senators have a history of not showing up.”
CBC Sun December 4 2016 By: Paul HaavardsrudCBC interviewed George Hoberg, a UBC professor of political science, for a story about opposition to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
“The risks and the benefits of a project like this are separated significantly over space,” Hoberg said. “Almost all of the economic benefits go to Alberta and almost all of the environmental risk is here in British Columbia.”
Bloomberg Sun December 4 2016 By: Katia DmitrievaBloomberg quoted David Ley, a UBC geographer, for a story about the increasing number of Chinese home buyers in Seattle following Vancouver’s foreign buyers tax.
“Chinese money isn’t going to sit and wait,” Ley said. “Investors are going to find another city,” and he said Toronto and Seattle are the top two contenders. The story also appeared on MSN, Financial Post and South China Morning Post.
Financial Times Thu December 1 2016 By: Daniel Ben-AmiFinancial Times reviewed a book called Environmentalism of the Rich, written by Paul Dauvergne, a UBC professor of international relations. Dauvergne stresses that he is not opposed in principle to corporate social responsibility, eco-consumerism or partnerships between companies and campaign groups. He writes that these initiatives are positive but not enough to address the global ecological crisis.
Vancouver Sun Wed November 30 2016 By: Jeff Lee and Rob ShawKathryn Harrison, a UBC professor of political science, spoke to the Vancouver Sun about how Christy Clark’s tentative support for the Kinder Morgan could make the pipeline a wedge issue in the May provincial election.
“It lines up the parties in B.C. clearly on opposite sides,” Harrison said. “I think the test will be whether Premier Clark can make a sufficient case to middle-of-the-road voters that she was able to deliver economic benefits and mitigate the environmental risks.”
The story also appeared in the Calgary Herald, Montreal Gazette, and Regina Leader-Post.
Harrison also spoke to CKNW, saying the federal Liberals have spent the last year making many promises.
“Mr. Trudeau and his government have promised to be all things to all people,” she said. “They did it when they were running for office and they’ve done it in this announcement and the series of announcements leading up to it. They promised to deliver a healthy plan for our children, and they promised on jobs and the resource industry and they said we don’t have to choose.”
The story also appeared on AM 900 and AM 730.
Globe and Mail Wed November 30 2016 By: Kathryn HarrisonThe Globe and Mail published an op-ed by UBC political science professor Kathryn Harrison about the impact pipelines will have on the environment despite promises that the project is beneficial for the Canadian economy.
“The business case for the Trans Mountain expansion project is predicated on a world of unchecked global warming,” she wrote. “In approving infrastructure that promises to increase Canada’s bitumen exports for decades to come, the federal government is not reconciling the environment and economy but, rather, placing a bet against the success of the Paris climate agreement.”
Canadian Press Thu December 1 2016 By: Dani-Elle DubéRichard Johnston, a UBC political science professor, spoke to the Canadian Press for an article about electoral reform.
He said the message from democratic institutions minister Maryam Monsef has evolved to be more sensible and responsible than the election promise to shift away from the “first-past-the-post” electoral system.
Johnston said abolishing an established electoral formula in one session of Parliament is a stretch, as Trudeau made the electoral reform pledge in June 2015, when he was trying to capture progressive voters from the NDP.
The CP story appeared on CBC, Huffington Post, Yahoo, CTV, Metro News, Kelowna Capital News and Kelowna Daily Courier.
Dr. Edward Slingerland, Asian Studies
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