Times Higher Education world university rankings

Times Higher Education Wed November 8 2017 By: Ellie Bothwell

UBC’s psychology department was ranked 10th in the Times Higher Education ranking of the world’s best universities for psychology. Stanford University took the top spot and other U.S. schools dominated the top 10.

Playwright Marcus Youssef wins $100K Siminovitch Prize

CBC Mon November 6 2017

CBC featured Marcus Youssef, a UBC adjunct creative writing professor, who won the $100,000 Siminovitch Prize, the biggest honour in Canada’s theatre world. The Vancouver playwright and actor explores themes of otherness and diversity in his work. A similar story appeared in the Globe and Mail.

Vancouver to apply for heritage site designation for Chinatown

Vancouver Sun Thu November 2 2017 By: John Mackie

Henry Yu, a UBC history professor, was quoted in the Vancouver Sun about the possibility of the city’s Chinatown becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site. “There are literally hundreds and hundreds of these designated sites all over the world,” Yu said. “In essence the designation recognizes that this spot is important and significant.” The story also appeared in The Province.

Student calls for return of Louis Riel’s walking stick to Métis

Vancouver Sun Thu November 2 2017 By: Jen Gerson

Susan Rowley, a UBC professor and curator at the Museum of Anthropology, spoke to the Vancouver Sun after an online petition demanded that a walking stick in the Manitoba Museum be returned to the Métis. “More and more people are understanding that these pieces are not items or objects, but they’re belongings,” she said.

Foreign buyers not swayed by housing tax

Globe and Mail Wed November 1 2017 By: Mike Hager

Joshua Gottlieb, a UBC economics professor, was quoted in the Globe and Mail regarding government data about housing purchases. The data showed that locals spent more on Vancouver properties in September, and Gottlieb said foreign buyers could be looking toward the condo market and the suburbs.

Liberal bill leaves hole in Arms Trade Treaty obligations: Study

Globe and Mail Wed November 1 2017 By: Steven Chase

The Globe and Mail mentioned a UBC report co-authored by Michael Byers, Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at UBC. The report by Byers and PhD candidate Parmida Esmaeilpour said that the Liberals haven’t addressed a major gap in Canada’s arms-control regime.

East Vancouver becoming less diverse, census shows

CBC Sat October 28 2017 By: Roshini Nair and Tara Carman

CBC interviewed Henry Yu, a UBC history professor, about census data showing Mount Pleasant and Commercial Drive neighbourhoods have fewer visible minorities. He said the demographics of Vancouver’s neighbourhoods have had a racial component to them from the time white settlers arrived and took land from the Indigenous people that lived here.

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.