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.

Rise of the robots

The Walrus Tue November 14 2017 By: Sharon J. Riley

The Walrus interviewed Henry Siu, a UBC economics professor who studies the decline of routine jobs, for a story about the role of robots in the workforce.

“Of course [robots] take our jobs,” he said. “But they create new jobs….The issue is that if it happens to be your job that’s taken, you need to have the flexibility and skills to adapt."

What dreams will die because of Quebec’s Bill 62?

Toronto Star Tue November 14 2017 By: Ayesha S. Chaudhry

The Toronto Star published an op-ed by Ayesha Chaudhry, the Canada Research Chair in Religion, Law and Social Justice at UBC, about a piece of legislation in Quebec. “There is nothing good in Bill 62 — it is xenophobia and hatred that cannot tolerate difference,” she wrote.

Jobs with the highest and lowest wage growth in Canada

Global Fri November 10 2017 By: Erica Alini

Global cited research by David Green, a UBC economist, in a story about wage growth in various jobs Canada. Research by Green and his co-authors found that the resource boom in Canada created well-paying jobs that didn’t require a university degree as the manufacturing sector kept shedding good jobs.

B.C. grapples with future of Site C, Horgan sends ministers north

Canadian Press Sun November 12 2017 By: Dirk Meissner

The Canadian Press interviewed Karen Bakker, the director of UBC’s Program on Water Governance and environmental studies expert, about the future of the Site C dam project. She said the B.C. Utilities Commission’s recent report shows the project’s cost could increase to $12 billion in order to provide energy that isn’t required. The CP story appeared in the Financial PostCBC, the Montreal Gazette, and The Province.

How blockchain technology has medieval roots

The Conversation Thu November 9 2017 By: Victoria Lemieux

Victoria Lemieux, a professor in UBC’s, school of library, archival and information studies, wrote an op-ed for The Conversation about blockchain technology, which chains together records of transactions. “In a tokenized, blockchain record-keeping system, literally everything potentially becomes a record,” she wrote.

Chinese-Canadian veterans fought in secret WWII unit, helped changed laws

Canadian Press Fri November 10 2017 By: Camille Bains

The Canadian Press interviewed Henry Yu, a UBC history professor, for a story about Chinese-Canadians in Canada’s armed forces. Yu said the federal government did not want Chinese-Canadians fighting in the war because of fears they would demand the right to vote. The CP story appeared in the Globe and MailMetro NewsCTV and National Post.

Building community through little free libraries

The Tyee Wed November 8 2017 By: Katie Hyslop

The Tyee mentioned research on book exchange boxes conducted by three UBC graduate students from the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies. The research found the average number of transactions per week, leaving or taking a book, ranged from 12 to 139 from mid-June to mid-October in 2013.