Could we use rising sea water to flood desert regions?

CBC Fri December 8 2017

Michelle Koppes, a UBC geography professor, was featured on a CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks segment about the idea of using sea water to flood deserts as a way to deal with climate change. Koppes said the idea is interesting but unrealistic.

An avalanche of money

Globe and Mail Thu December 7 2017 By: Kerry Gold

The Globe and Mail quoted David Ley, a UBC geography professor and expert in immigration and housing markets, about income disparities in Vancouver. “Two things are happening: there is gentrification in the inner city, but then there’s what I call ‘capital deepening,’ which is an area that is becoming richer,” he said.

Will Trump tax cuts hurt Canada’s competitiveness?

Global Mon December 4 2017 By: Erica Alini

Global interviewed Kevin Milligan, a UBC professor of economics, for a story about the tax reform bill in the United States. Milligan explained how one provision in the bill could cause a short-term investment spike but starve the economy of investment dollars later on.

Tylenol may help ease the pain of hurt feelings

NPR Mon December 4 2017 By: Allison Aubrey

NPR interviewed Todd Handy, a UBC psychology professor, about the impact of Tylenol on hurt feelings. “Through reducing our attention to the outside world, acetaminophen appears to nudge us into a more psychologically insulated state,” he said. The story also appeared on Southern California Public Radio and Public Broadcasting Atlanta.

Now is the time for a strong Canada-China energy partnership

Globe and Mail Mon December 4 2017 By: Robert Johnston and Wenran Jiang

The Globe and Mail published an op-ed co-written by Wenran Jiang, a senior fellow at the Institute of Asian Research, school of public policy and global affairs at UBC. Jiang and Robert Johnston, the CEO of Eurasia Group, wrote that “Canada and China should work on demonstration of policies and technologies that can be deployed in southeast Asia and India.”

Canada and climate change: Are sustainable cities for the rich?

Vancouver Observer Mon November 27 2017 By: David Champagne

The Vancouver Observer published an op-ed by David Champagne, a UBC sociology PhD candidate, about sustainable city policies. “Sustainable city policies can be more than greening measures that conceal current inequalities,” he wrote.

LGBTQ2S+ apology

CBC Tue November 28 2017

CBC Radio’s On the Coast interviewed John Paul Catungal, an instructor in critical race and ethnic studies at UBC’s Social Justice Institute, about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s planned formal apology on behalf of all Canadians to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people who have been persecuted because of their sexuality. The segment runs from 15:10-21:00. Catungal also spoke to News 1130 on the topic.

Alternatives to Site C dam will create more jobs: UBC analysis

DeSmog Canada Thu November 28 2017 By: Judith Lavoie

DeSmog Canada reported on a UBC analysis that found alternatives to the Site C dam will create more jobs. By 2054, the B.C. Utilities Commission alternative portfolio will have created three times as many jobs as Site C,” said Karen Bakker, one of the authors of the report and co-director of UBC’s Program on Water Governance.

NDP pushes electoral reform, but keeping an ‘open’ mind

Vancouver Sun Thu November 23 2017 By: Vaughn Palmer

The Vancouver Sun quoted Max Cameron, director of the centre for democratic institutions at UBC, in a story about electoral reform. Cameron, one of the academic advisors recruited by the NDP, said that proportional representation would better represent the public and force parties to work together.

Inuit want free travel over international waters between Canada, Greenland

Canadian Press Thu November 23 2017 By: Bob Weber

The Canadian Press interviewed Michael Byers, Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at UBC, about the possible co-management of Arctic habitat. “As long as two bordering countries agree, they can craft just about any kind of co-management regime for a transboundary ecosystem,” he said. The CP story appeared on Huffington PostiPoliticsCBC NorthNational Post, and Times Colonist and a similar story appeared on Radio Canada.

Why Black Friday should be Buy Nothing Day

IBT Thu November 23 2017 By: Kashmira Gander

International Business Times cited UBC psychology research in a story about the benefits of spending money on time-saving services. The research team found that directing our dollars towards services like a cleaner or grocery delivery is linked to a rise in happiness.

UBC political scientist decorated in France

CBC Radio Canada Wed November 22 2017

Yves Tiberghien, a UBC political science professor, will be awarded the National Order of Merit in France, CBC Radio-Canada reported. Tiberghien said the honour is a reminder of his French roots.

The Justin Trudeau lovefest gets a reality check

Bloomberg Tue November 21 2017 By: Josh Wingrove

Bloomberg interviewed David Green, a UBC economist, in a story about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first term. Green found that Canadian wage growth, driven largely by oil, has helped avoid U.S.-style anxiety and antiglobalization sentiment.

Black men sentenced to more time for same crime as white person

Washington Post Thu November 16 2017 By: Christopher Ingraham

The Washington Post featured work by Marit Rehavi, a UBC economics professor, that examined the role of race in sentencing criminals. Rehavi and Sonja Starr found that prosecutors “have a huge impact on sentences,” as they have broad discretion in how to charge an offender or whether to offer a plea-bargain. Similar stories appeared on Huffington Post and Vox.

Compassion is the key to solving our problems

The Tyee Thu November 16 2017 By: Pauline Le Bel

Chris Erickson, a UBC political science professor, was interviewed for an article in The Tyee. In his book The Poetics of Fear, he examines fear as a political tool.