Discussing the B.C. election outcome

CBC Wed May 10 2017

Various media outlets interviewed UBC professors about the results of the B.C. election. UBC political scientists Richard Johnston and Gerald Baier spoke to CBC’s The National (at 10:09). Johnston also spoke to the Globe and Mail and CTV. Baier also spoke to Global.

Kathryn Harrison, a political scientist, and Ross Hickey, an economics professor, spoke to CBC about the uncertainty of the election results. David Moscrop, a political scientist, spoke to the Canadian Press (Huffington Post, Castanet and 660 News) about anticipation for the absentee ballots.

Is an open marriage a happier marriage?

New York Times Thu May 11 2017 By: Susan Dominus

Work by Carrie Jenkins, a UBC professor of philosophy, was featured in the New York Times. In her book, What Love Is, Jenkins questions the likelihood that humans were built for one mode of child rearing or sexual partnering.

Discussing B.C. election results

Canadian Press Wed May 10 2017

Several UBC political scientists spoke with numerous media outlets about the results of the B.C. election. Richard Johnston told the Canadian Press there’s a possibility there won’t be a minority government. The CP story appeared on CTV, the Toronto Star, Toronto Sun and Metro News. Johnston was also quoted in the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, the Vancouver Sun, The Province, and The Tyee. Johnston and Kathryn Harrison also spoke to the National Observer, the Canadian Press (Castanet and Huffington Post) and Metro News. Harrison also spoke to CBC about the flawed narrative that Green voters split the vote on the left. Maxwell Cameron spoke to the Vancouver Sun about the potential shift to a green economy with the influence of the Green party. Gerald Baier spoke to CBC about the NDP ignoring rural ridings is a risky electoral prospect. He was also quoted in another CBC story on the Greens’ historic win and in a CTV story. Global News interviewed David Moscrop, a UBC political scientist about the “fairly uncommon” nature of a minority government in B.C. Moscrop also spoke to the National Post and Metro News about the influence of the Green party. Carey Doberstein spoke to the Kelowna Daily Courier about the decrease in popular vote support for the NDP in the Central Okanagan.

Energy projects hazy as B.C. Liberals lose majority

Reuters Wed May 10 2017 By: Nicole Mordant and Ethan Lou

George Hoberg, a UBC professor of environmental and natural resource policy, spoke to Reuters about the impact of the Green party’s influence on energy projects in B.C. Hoberg also spoke to the Calgary Herald about Andrew Weaver’s role in future provincial policy decisions. The story also appeared in The Province.

BC Liberals cut to minority with Greens holding balance of power

Globe and Mail Wed May 10 2017 By: Justine Hunter

A number of UBC political science experts weighed in on the results of the B.C. election.

Richard Johnston, the Canada Research Chair in public opinion, elections and representation, spoke to the Globe and Mail. He also spoke about voter turnout on CBC Radio’s Early Edition (starts at 1:41:41 mark).

Max Cameron provided live commentary on the election on CBC. He also noted that other democratic countries have figured out ways to create stable governments out of “unstable seat distributions.”

Gerald Baier told CBC that while the Greens fell short of obtaining four seats, their historic success gives them much greater power.

Kathryn Harrison was quoted in Metro News about the Green Party. She said the Greens will have notable influence on the key issues that matter to them.

David Moscrop told the Times Colonist possible scenarios include a minority government or a coalition.

Brain injury causes impulse control issues in rats: UBC study

Metro News Mon May 8 2017 By: Wanyee Li

Metro News reported on a UBC study that found that mild brain injury can cause impulse control issues in rats. Cole Vonder Haar, lead author of the study and a former postdoctoral research fellow in the UBC department of psychology, said researchers saw that relatively mild brain injury can induce a long-term impulsive state.

Debt could add $8 billion to Massey bridge cost, says NDP

CBC Fri May 5 2017 By: Mike Laanela

Kevin Milligan, a UBC economics professor, was quoted in a CBC story about the cost to replace the Massey Tunnel with a new bridge. He explained the way a financial analysis would be done to determine the cost of the project for taxpayers. The story also appeared on Yahoo.

Discussing census results on Canadian age demographics

Roundhouse Radio Thu May 4 2017

Roundhouse Radio interviewed Nathanel Lauster, a UBC sociology professor, about the census results that shows the Canadian population is aging. Lauster discussed the implications of the Statistics Canada findings. He also spoke to Fairchild Television about the same topic.

Syrian refugees settling in ‘non-traditional’ B.C. locations

Vancouver Sun Thu May 4 2017 By: Jennifer Saltman

The Vancouver Sun quoted Dan Hiebert, a UBC geography professor, after the Immigrant Services Society of B.C. released a report tracking settlement patterns of government-assisted Syrian refugees in B.C. He said refugees are often on a search for affordability. The story also appeared in The Province.

B.C. NDP vows to fight Trans Mountain pipeline, but won’t say how

Canadian Press Mon May 1 2017 By: Doug Ward

Richard Johnston, a UBC political scientist, was quoted in a Canadian Press story about the NDP’s platform when it comes to the Trans Mountain pipeline. The story appeared on City, Montreal GazetteNews 1130 and Times Colonist.

Pact with mining company vital for future: Algonquins

Montreal Gazette Tue May 2 2017 By: Christopher Curtis

Charles Menzies, a UBC anthropology professor spoke to the Montreal Gazette about mines on Algonquin territory.

Menzies said the actions of mineral and other resource extraction companies mean First Nations communities often have little choice but to sign impact benefit agreements.

Green votes could hand Clark victory, warns Tzeporah Berman

The Tyee Mon May 1 2017 By: Doug Ward

Kathryn Harrison, a UBC political scientist and climate change policy expert, spoke to The Tyee about the role of the green vote in the upcoming B.C. election. She is not surprised that “there’s concern in the environmental community about splitting the ‘small-g’ green vote.”

The future of working, a Tyee Beyond the Headlines event

The Tyee Mon May 1 2017

Henry Siu, a UBC economics professor, will be speaking at an event put on by The Tyee about working in Canada. Siu studies automation, the decline of middle-class jobs and recessions among other topics.

#IamLinda encounter continues to plague Clark, BC Liberals

Globe and Mail Mon May 1 2017 By: Ian Bailey

The Globe and Mail interviewed Alfred Hermida, director of UBC’s graduate school of journalism, about the social media impact of Christy Clark’s interaction with an unsupportive voter. Hermida said it could be problematic for the BC Liberals if this encounter becomes the dominant narrative about the party being “aloof.”

Canada 150: Historian wrote the definitive book on B.C.

Vancouver Sun Mon May 1 2017 By: Stephen Hume

The Vancouver Sun named historian and UBC alumna Margaret Anchoretta Ormsby to its list of 150 notable British Columbians. Ormsby was also appointed head of UBC’s history department and held the position from 1965 to 1974.