Canada’s immigration targets ‘form of housing policy:’ Study

Vancouver Sun Thu December 21 2017 By: Douglas Todd

Vancouver Sun columnist wrote about a study that suggests Canada’s high immigration rates have a major impact on housing affordability in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. “First and foremost immigration policy is, essentially, also a form of housing policy,” said Daniel Hiebert, a UBC geographer and study author. The story also appeared in the Montreal Gazette.

The perils of #MeToo as a Muslim

The Atlantic Thu December 21 2017 By: Jalal Baig

Ayesha Chaudhry, a UBC professor of Islamic studies and gender studies, was quoted in a story in The Atlantic about the unique pressures faced by Muslim women who report sexual harassment. Chaudhry said the voices of marginalized groups like women are important because those in power do not see themselves clearly.

Experts reveal what makes for a happier holiday

Slate Wed December 20 2017 By: Brigid Schulte

Elizabeth Dunn, a UBC psychology professor, was interviewed for a Slate article about happiness.

Dunn and Ashley Whillans, a professor at the Harvard Business School, shared five strategies that social science research suggests will help you have a happier holiday.

Outlook 2018: Calculating the cost of Site C dam

Business in Vancouver Tue December 19 2017 By: Nelson Bennett

Business in Vancouver interviewed George Hoberg, a UBC political science professor specializing in environmental and natural resource policy for a story about the Site C dam. He said politically, the decision to complete the project could result in some defections from the BC NDP.

Journalism in the age of fake news

CBC Mon December 18 2017

CBC Radio’s Ideas reported on a journalism panel moderated by Peter Klein, a UBC journalism instructor. The panel is centred on reporting in the age of fake news.

Why you might feel guilty while everybody else celebrates

Reader's Digest Mon December 18 2017 By: Sydney Loney

Jessica Tracy, a UBC professor of psychology, was quoted in a Reader’s Digest Best Health article about guilt. “Guilt can be an adaptive emotion and is associated with reparative behaviours – it’s actually good to experience guilt for many reasons,” Tracy said.

Penny rounding adds millions a year to grocery stores’ bottom line

Canadian Press Sun December 17 2017 By: Gemma Karstens-Smith

A UBC study examined the financial benefits of penny rounding for grocery stores, the Canadian Press reported. Christina Cheng, a UBC economics and math student, found that each grocery store she studied made about $157 a year from rounding up to nearest five-cent increment. The CP story appeared in the Globe and MailCTVCP 24Toronto StarWinnipeg Free PressRegina Leader-Post and Times Colonist, and a similar story appeared in the Vancouver Sun and The Province.

Pokémon GO helps people who struggle socially

Daily Mail Tue December 12 2017 By: Alexandra Thompson

The Daily Mail, CTV and Roundhouse Radio highlighted UBC research that showed augmented reality games, such as Pokémon GO, could help introverts.

“Video games have a lot of social aspects and therefore require players to have good social competence to do well playing them,” said lead author Adri Khalis. “The game provides a context in which interacting with others might be easier than walking up to a stranger and striking up a conversation from the get-go.”

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.