China to retry Canadian on drug charge amid diplomatic spat

New York Times Sat Dec 29 2018 By: Chris Buckley and Dan Bilefsky

The New York Times quoted Wenran Jiang, a senior fellow at UBC’s Institute of Asian Research on Canada-China relations. He said it’s unclear whether the Chinese government is behind the Robert Lloyd Schellenberg case but that “China seemed to be pointing fingers at Canada at a time when Canada was accusing China of breaching the rule of law.”

A wiser government would have warned Meng Wanzhou to stay away

Globe and Mail Fri Dec 14 2018 By: Michael Byers

Michael Byers, the Canada Research Chair in global politics and international law at UBC, wrote an op-ed for the Globe and Mail about the arrest of Meng Wanzhou.

Douglas Todd: How migration impacts Vancouver’s housing prices

Vancouver Sun Fri Dec 7 2018 By: Douglas Todd

Research by UBC geographers Daniel Hiebert and David Ley is mentioned in a Vancouver Sun op-ed about how immigration affects the Vancouver real estate market. Hiebert’s study found most immigrants show a greater desire to purchase real estate in Canada’s three major cities compared to Canadian-born citizens. His study echoes Ley’s earlier research, which found a strong correlation between rapid immigration and expensive housing in Vancouver and Toronto.

‘People are still suffering’: B.C. aid group nears Ukraine frontlines to bring food to victims

CTV Fri Dec 7 2018 By: Nick Wells

CTV quoted Florian Gassner, a professor with UBC’s department of Central, Near Eastern and Northern European Studies, in an article about ongoing poverty and unrest in Ukraine. “There is constant shelling all day, there are military and civilian casualties every day and if anything, the aggression has increased in the past six months,” he said.

Paris Peace Forum no-shows prove liberal global order is in ‘crisis’

iPolitics Fri Dec 7 2018 By: Tommy K.S. Koh and Yves Tiberghien

iPolitics published an op-ed by Tommy K.S. Koh, MPPGA candidate at UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, and Yves Tiberghien, a professor of political science at UBC. They wrote about the absence of Donald Trump and Theresa May at the Paris Peace Forum.

Plastic bag fees: Helping the environment or big profit for retailers?

CTV Thu Dec 6 2018

CTV mentioned UBC environmental sociologist Emily Huddart Kennedy in an article about whether plastic bag fees actually help the environment or bring profits for the retailers. Huddart Kennedy said charging for bags puts more of the responsibility on consumers.

After Huawei arrest, China should take a deep breath and wait for the evidence

Globe and Mail Thu Dec 6 2018 By: Wenran Jiang

The Globe and Mail published an op-ed by Wenran Jiang, a senior fellow at UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, about the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou. “All sides should take a deep breath right now and tread carefully before things snowball out of control, doing permanent damage to a delicate Canada-China-U.S. relationship,” he said.

UBC experts comment on B.C. climate plan

CBC Thu Dec 6 2018 By: Liam Britten

UBC experts gave comments on B.C.’s climate plan in several media outlets. Geography professor Simon Donner told CBC and Star Vancouver the LNG component of the plan may make it harder to achieve the overall target. George Hoberg praised the plan, saying “It’s actually quite remarkable to have a government that gets it and is doing their best to act on it,” in a Star Vancouver article.

The dark triad and the evolution of jerks

Wall Street Journal Thu Dec 6 2018 By: Glenn Geher

The Wall Street Journal mentioned Delroy Paulhus, a professor of psychology at UBC, and Kevin Williams, a PhD student, in an article about personality traits such as altruism and narcissism. In a 2002 paper, Paulhus and Williams defined a group of negative traits as a “dark triad” consisting of narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy.

One thing saving California Republicans from annihilation? An earlier wave of misunderstood migrants

Washington Post Tue Dec 4 2018 By: Andrew Van Dam

Washington Post mentioned UBC professor Henry Siu in an article about the origins of farmers in California. In an analysis, Siu and his colleague Jason Long of Wheaton College found that fewer than expected Dust Bowl migrants became farmers.

Women happier at work when there are fewer men, according to UBC research

CBC Sun Dec 2 2018

CBC reported on a UBC study that found women are happier working with other women. Yue Qian, a sociology professor and one of the lead authors of the study, said women in male-dominated occupations face negative stereotypes and higher performance standards than their male co-workers.

Four things to know about the history of NAFTA, as Trump takes another step toward replacing it

Time Fri Nov 30 2018 By: Olivia B. Waxman

Time spoke to Max Cameron, a professor of political science at UBC, in an article about the history of NAFTA. Cameron said that a debt crisis in Mexico led to the free trade agreement between the U.S. and Mexico, and Mexico’s then-president wanted to “legitimize his presidency by announcing that Mexico is essentially joining the First World by signing a free-trade agreement with the U.S.”

How video gaming is helping boys land better careers – and hurting girls

Globe and Mail Wed Nov 28 2018 By: Darah Hansen

The Globe and Mail reported on a study by UBC economist Nicole Fortin, suggesting that playing video games can lead to higher math test scores. Fortin analyzed math test scores from more than 56 Organisation for Economic Development and Co-operation (OEDC) countries, finding that teenage girls scored two to three percentage points lower than boys on standard math tests. Up to a third of the test results can be attributed to computer gaming, the study suggests.

Anti-Semitism on the rise in Europe, CNN poll shows

Global Tue Nov 27 2018 By: Rebecca Joseph

Global interviewed UBC history professor Richard Menkis for a story on anti-Semitism in Europe. “From all of the qualitative and impressionistic data, the rise of anti-Semitism in the last while is not a surprise,” Menkis said. “There are a lot of people in Europe and elsewhere who are feeling that they are losing the power that they traditionally had.”

Building a made-in-Canada solution to harmful online hate

CBC Fri Nov 16 2018

Heidi Tworek, assistant professor in international history at UBC, was interviewed on CBC‘s Spark about a report she co-authored. The report is aimed at helping the government find ways to regulate harmful speech online. Tworek uses the term “harmful” instead of “hate” and says that it covers “all sorts of abuse and harassment that happens online that may not be illegal but is still hampering our democratic discourse.”