Vancouver expects to collect $30M from empty homes tax in 2018

Star Vancouver Mon April 23 2018 By: Jen St Denis

The Star Vancouver interviewed Nathanael Lauster, a UBC sociology professor, about Vancouver’s new empty homes tax. Lauster said the empty homes tax does seem to have been effective at communicating to property owners that empty homes are “negative for the city.”

Race and gender still an issue at academic conferences

The Conversation Sun April 22 2018 By: Sara Cannon, David A. Reid, Kiely McFarlane, Leonora King, Lucy MacKenzie, Marc Tadaki, Michele Koppes

The Conversation published an op-ed by Michele Koppes, the Canada Research Chair in Landscapes of Climate Change at UBC, and a group of UBC PhD candidates, about issues of representation at academic conferences. “Our research supports the argument that there are cultural norms in science that cater to people in power,” they wrote.

Why Mongolia hopes to host a Trump-Kim Jong Un meeting

Washington Post Fri April 20 2018 By: Adam Taylor

The Washington Post interviewed two UBC experts about the possible meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un. Julian Dierkes, a professor at the Institute of Asian Research, spoke about the possibility of the meeting taking place in Mongolia.

Mendee Jargalsaikhan, a political science PhD candidate, discussed travel logistics of the meeting. Dierkes also spoke to The Telegraph (also on Yahoo) about the same topic.

City council floats idea of giving civic voting rights to permanent residents

Star Vancouver Tue April 17 2018 By: Wanyee Li

Star Vancouver interviewed two UBC experts about the possibility that permanent residents could be given the right to vote in Vancouver. Nathanael Lauster, a demographer and UBC sociology professor, explained that some permanent residents never become Canadian citizens and therefore never get the right to vote. Richard Johnston, a UBC political scientist, suggested he would not be surprised if the B.C. government supported the change.

Sex robots could improve marriages, says Vancouver prof

Radio Canada Wed April 18 2018

Radio Canada and Huffington Post (also on Yahoo) interviewed Marina Adshade, a professor at UBC’s Vancouver School of Economics, about sex robots. She suggested that sex robots could help marriages by easing the demands people place on their partners in monogamous relationships. Similar stories appeared on JezebelThe Mirror UKCBCCBC Radio’s On the Coast and Castanet.

Timothy Taylor writes with one eye on the reader

North Shore News Mon April 16 2018 By: Jeremy Shepherd

North Shore News highlighted the work of Timothy Taylor, a UBC creative writing professor and author. Taylor’s new book is called The Rule of Stephens. The story also appeared in the Vancouver Courier.

Trans Mountain pipeline expansion meeting

Canadian Press Fri April 13 2018 By: Mia Rabson

UBC Arts experts weighed in on the pipeline project meeting involving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, B.C. Premier John Horgan and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. Kathryn Harrison, a political scientist, told the Canadian Press she doesn’t believe there is a way for everyone to come out of the meeting with a win. The CP story appeared on BNN, Financial Post, National Observer, Yahoo, and CTV Vancouver.

Max Cameron, a political scientist, spoke to the Vancouver Sun and News 1130, saying no magical resolution should be expected from the meeting.

Gays, lesbians face subtle discrimination from neighbours

Business Standard Sun April 15 2018 By: Tessa Vikander

Business Standard highlighted a study led by Amin Ghaziani, a UBC sociology professor that explored LGBT discrimination. “Prejudice and discrimination still exist — it is just more subtle and difficult to detect,” he said. The research was also featured in Hindustan Times and City Winnipeg. Ghaziani also spoke to StarMetro Vancouver about a similar topic.

B.C. businesses’ political donations shifted after NDP takeover

StarMetro Vancouver Wed April 11 2018 By: David P. Ball

The StarMetro Vancouver interviewed Maxwell Cameron, a UBC political science professor, about the NDP’s change to political donation rules. Cameron praised the new ban on corporate and union donations, and $1,200 cap on individual gifts.

Twitter isn’t voice of the people, media shouldn’t pretend it is

CBC Wed April 11 2018

CBC reported that Heidi Tworek, a UBC professor who teaches the history of information, published an essay in the Columbia Journalism Review about how journalists have become dependent on Twitter.

Canadians struggle to find home rentals as prices climb, availability declines

Globe and Mail Tue April 10 2018 By: Peter Caulfield

The Canadian Press interviewed Craig Jones, a UBC geography PhD candidate, about the high housing costs in Canada. He said the situation is largely the result of the federal government’s move away from building rental housing in the early 1990s, along with the profitability of building condominiums over rentals in the private sector. The story appeared in the Globe and Mail, the StarThe ProvinceVancouver Courier and Castanet.

B.C. could face budgetary backlash for Kinder Morgan stance

Vancouver Sun Mon April 9 2018 By: Rob Shaw

The Vancouver Sun interviewed Richard Johnston, a UBC political science professor, about Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. He said the pressure is on Alberta and potentially Ottawa to invest public dollars into the project to prevent it from collapsing. The story also appeared in the Calgary Herald.

Is there a housing crisis solution in B.C. municipalities?

Journal of Commerce Mon April 9 2018 By: Peter Caulfield

Journal of Commerce quoted David Ley, a UBC geography professor emeritus, for a story about a possible housing crisis solution.

What Europe can teach Canada about protecting democracy

The Conversation Thu April 5 2018 By: Chris Tenove and Heidi J.S. Tworek

The Conversation published an op-ed by two UBC academics about shielding Canadian democracy from digital manipulation. “Working with Europe, which has an economy larger than the U.S. economy, could be the only way for Canada to create change,” wrote Chris Tenove, a postdoctoral research fellow at UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and Graduate School of Journalism, and Heidi J. S. Tworek, a professor of international history.

World trading order facing biggest threats since WWII: Freeland

Canadian Press Wed April 4 2018 By: Mike Blanchfield

The Canadian Press interviewed Paul Evans, a professor of international relations at UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, about the international implications of the U.S.-China trade dispute. “Global supply and value chains are going to be disrupted, the norms and rules of the global trading system eroded further and a whole new level of uncertainty built into the global economic system,” Evans said. The CP story appeared on Business News Network and 660 News.