The pros and cons of reforming B.C.’s electoral system

Vancouver Sun Mon Oct 22 2018 By: Gordon Hoekstra

The Vancouver Sun quoted Richard Johnston, the Canada Research Chair in public opinion, elections, and representation at UBC, and Maxwell Cameron, a UBC political science professor, in an article about the pros and cons of electoral reform.

“The clarity of responsibility is the great virtue of (the first-past-the-post) system,” Johnston said. Cameron said a government created by first-past-the-post is a compelling vision of democracy. The story also appeared in the Edmonton Journal. Cameron also spoke to Breakfast Television on the same topic.

Where’s the diversity on Vancouver’s new council?

CBC Mon Oct 22 2018 By: Bethany Lindsay

J.P. Catungal, a professor in critical race and ethnic studies at UBC’s Social Justice Institute, was interviewed for a CBC story on the lack of diversity on Vancouver’s new city council. “The issues that are important to racialized folks might not get airtime on council,” he said.

Saudi Arabia has little bargaining power over Canada and U.S., expert says

Global Mon Oct 22 2018 By: Eric Stober

Global interviewed Hani Faris, a political science professor at UBC who specializes in Middle East politics, for a story about relations between Saudi Arabia and Canada and the U.S. Faris said Canada can turn to many other countries for oil, such as Mexico, Venezuela, Iran or Kuwait.

Ballot roll-off could happen in Vancouver: UBC prof

Georgia Straight Thu Oct 18 2018 By: Carlito Pablo

Richard Johnston, a UBC political science professor, was interviewed for a Georgia Straight article about the Vancouver municipal election. He noted that voters may be overwhelmed with 158 candidates vying for 27 positions.

Canada’s happiest people are teenaged boys, elderly women

Maclean's Thu Oct 18 2018

Maclean’s quoted John Helliwell, a UBC professor emeritus of economics and a happiness expert, in a story about Canada’s happiest people. He noted “the opportunities and performance of young women have increased dramatically compared to young men” in education and the job market recently.

Can’t figure out who to vote for? UBC prof shares tips on navigating choices

CBC Tue Oct 16 2018 By: Claire Hennig

CBC interviewed Gerald Baier, a UBC political science professor, for an article on navigating choices in municipal elections. He discussed how voters can find neutral information on the candidates.

Climate change solutions may lie in ancient wisdom: Davis

Chronicle Herald Sun Oct 14 2018

The Chronicle Herald featured an interview about climate change with Wade Davis, a UBC anthropology professor. “One of the things that is coming out of this climate change dilemma is a recognition that we are all in this together,” he said.

A stubborn person’s guide to improving your mood

NY Magazine Thu Oct 11 2018 By: Katie Heaney

New York Magazine interviewed Elizabeth Dunn, a UBC psychology professor, for a story about improving your mood. Her research found people are happier spending a set amount of money on someone else than spending the same amount on themselves.

Is a $15 minimum wage worth it? Here’s what the numbers say

Globe and Mail Mon Oct 15 2018 By: Joseph Marchand and David Green

David Green, director and professor in the Vancouver School of Economics at UBC, co-wrote an op-ed for the Globe and Mail about a $15 minimum wage. “Whether the wage increases should be implemented depends on analyses of accompanying costs and benefits and, potentially, on the state of the economy,” wrote Green and Joseph Marchand.

Latest word on ‘levidrome’: Oxford says it’s not ready, but linguist begs to differ

Times Colonist Sun Oct 14 2018 By: Cindy E. Harnett

The Times Colonist interviewed Stefan Dollinger, a UBC linguistics professor, about the criteria for getting new words in the dictionary. He said the criteria for dictionary inclusion may need updating.

Soyuz rocket failure: Russia has lost its reputation as a space leader

Globe and Mail Thu Oct 11 2018 By: Michael Byers

The Globe and Mail published an op-ed by Michael Byers, a professor and Canada Research Chair in global politics and international law at UBC, about the Soyuz rocket failure in Kazakhstan. Byers writes that the failure of the rocket has huge implications for the International Space Station and for Russia’s standing as leaders in the space program.

In fighting the next recession, politics will be crucial

Economist Thu Oct 11 2018

The Economist mentioned Francesco Trebbi, a professor at the Vancouver School of Economics at UBC, in an article about potential world recession and the part politicians play. Trebbi noted in 2014 that political polarization and factionalization almost inevitably follow crises. Voters are more attracted to ideological extremes, and political coalitions grow weaker.

UN climate report adds weight to liquefied natural gas concerns in B.C.

Star Vancouver Tue Oct 9 2018 By: Ainslie Cruickshank

An article appeared in Star Vancouver about a United Nations climate report that has renewed criticisms of B.C.’s decision to develop an LNG project in Kitimat. Simon Donner, a climate scientist and professor of geography at UBC, said that it’s almost impossible to reconcile Canada’s commitment to the Paris climate agreement – to avoid two degrees of warming – with the decision to expand the LNG industry.

This is how Europe’s national borders could be redrawn after Brexit

The Independent Tue Oct 9 2018 By: Alessio Colonnelli

The Independent mentioned a 2015 study by Kurt Huebner, a professor of European studies at UBC, in an article about how Brexit may lead to changes in the borders of three European regions. The study looked at different scenarios for Northern Ireland and found that billions of euros-worth of value could be generated for the region if it left the U.K. and joined the Republic of Ireland.

Under USMCA, Canada is neither strong nor free

Globe and Mail Wed Oct 3 2018 By: Wenran Jiang

Wenran Jiang, a senior fellow at UBC’s Institute of Asian Research, wrote an op-ed for the Globe and Mail about the USMCA agreement. He discussed the clause that allows U.S. control over Canadian diplomacy and means Canada is no longer free to pursue a free-trade agreement with China.