Sask. teacher group driving anti-racism effort with conference

CBC Saskatoon Mon October 30 2017

CBC Saskatoon featured a speech by Sarah Hunt, a UBC professor in the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies. Hunt was the keynote speaker at a Saskatoon conference aimed at finding ways to prevent racism from filtering into the education system.

Liberals cautioned about approving China bid for Aecon

Canadian Press Mon October 30 2017 By: Mike Blanchfield

The Canadian Press interviewed Paul Evans, a professor at UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, for an article about a Chinese state-owned company’s bid to take over Aecon construction of Calgary. Evans said Canada needs to pursue free trade talks with China otherwise it will become “hostage to an American negotiating strategy and the fate of NAFTA.” The CP story appeared on CTVBNNiPoliticsGlobe and Mail and Times Colonist.

Xi’s China a source of worry and wonder for Canadians

Globe and Mail Thu October 26 2017 By: Paul Evans and Xiaojun Li

The Globe and Mail published an op-ed by two UBC researchers about Chinese-Canadian relations. Paul Evans, a professor in UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and Xiaojun Li, a political science professor, wrote that “the hardest challenge is to better understand and address the apprehension at home about a deeper embrace of China.”

Percentage of immigrants settling in B.C. still falling: Census

Globe and Mail Thu October 26 2017 By: Sunny Dhillon

Henry Yu, a UBC history professor, was quoted in a Globe and Mailarticle about census results that show the number of immigrants settling in B.C. is decreasing. Yu said the province’s housing and job markets are challenging for immigrants who arrive with not much savings.

Canada stays civil amidst the polarization of American media

Globe and Mail Thu October 26 2017 By: John Ibbitson

The Globe and Mail interviewed Kirk Lapointe, a UBC journalism instructor, in a story about the polarization of American media. He said the large U.S. population means that fringe publications can profitably publish, which gives extremists a voice.

Senate Democrats plan to cut child poverty nearly in half

Vox Thu October 26 2017 By: Dylan Matthews

Vox mentioned work by Kevin Milligan, a UBC economist, in an article about child poverty in the U.S. Milligan and Mark Stabile of the University of Toronto found that Canada’s child benefit expansions boosted test scores and health outcomes.

More than two-thirds of Canadians support free trade deal with China

National Post Mon October 23 2017 By: Marie-Danielle Smith

The National Post highlighted a UBC poll that found almost 70 per cent of Canadians support a free trade deal with China. Researchers Paul Evans and Xiaojun Li wrote that “there is a visible lack of confidence about the role of the United States.” The story also appeared in the Regina Leader Post.

Experts say Facebook’s ‘election integrity’ plan misses the mark

Toronto Star Sat October 21 2017 By: Sabrina Nanji

Taylor Owen, a UBC professor of digital media and global affairs, was quoted in a Toronto Star article about Facebook’s election integrity plan. “The economics and the functioning of the platform bump right up against our ability to govern our elections — and we’re not going to solve that through news literacy. We can only solve that by much more dramatic policy measures from governments, not from Facebook,” he said.

Facebook, politics and foreign influence

CBC Sun October 22 2017

CBC Radio’s Spark featured an interview with Heidi Tworek, a UBC international history professor, for an article about foreign-planted news stories. She said that the lines between journalism, propaganda and purported espionage have long blurred, “since [modern] journalism began in the 19th century.”

Catalonia walks the independence tightrope

The Tyee Thu October 19 2017 By: Jon Beasley-Murray

Jon Beasley-Murray, a UBC professor of Hispanic studies, wrote an op-ed for The Tyee about Catalonia’s bid for independence. “Barcelona and Catalonia as a whole are now suffering increasing unemployment, poverty, and social inequality, but in large part this is thanks to policies promoted by the Catalan government itself,” he said.

North Korea uses video to ‘humanize’ their capital city

Global Wed October 18 2017 By: Leslie Young

Paul Evans, a professor at UBC’s Institute of Asian Research and the Liu Institute for Global Issues, spoke to Global about a video showing an aerial view of Pyongyang. Evans said the fact that the North Korean authorities allowed the video to be taken means there is a message behind it.

U.S. stood by as Indonesia killed a half-million people: Papers

New York Times Wed October 18 2017 By: Hannah Beech

The New York Times quoted John Roosa, a UBC history professor, about the purge of Indonesians in 1965-66.

Roosa, who wrote a book on the event, said “the U.S. was following what was happening very closely, and if it weren’t for its support, you could argue that the army would never have felt the confidence to take power.”

Photos highlight gentrification in uber-hip neighbourhood

Metro News Fri October 13 2017 By: Christopher Cheung

Metro News interviewed Zachary Hyde, a UBC sociology PhD candidate, about gentrification on Main Street. He said Main is showing signs of what academics call “super-gentrification,” when displacement is driven by global and corporate wealth.

Satellite launched despite Inuit concerns over toxic splash

Radio Canada Fri October 13 2017 By: Levon Sevunts

Michael Byers, Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at UBC, was quoted in a Radio Canada story about a European satellite launched into orbit despite Inuit concerns over toxic splash. He said “I am disappointed with the Government of the Netherlands and the European Space Agency for proceeding with the launch despite the scientific evidence of devastating health and environmental damage caused by similar returning rocket stages in Russia and Kazakhstan.”

Campaigns worry about lacking interest in city council by-election

Globe and Mail Fri October 13 2017 By: Frances Bula

The Globe and Mail quoted Richard Johnston, a UBC political science professor, about the Vancouver city council by-election. He said studies have shown that in by-elections where the new candidate won’t change the balance of power, “there is a modest tendency to bring out negative voters.”