Politicians should get over their allergy to academia

Toronto Star Fri October 6 2017 By: Peter W. Klein

The Toronto Star published an op-ed by Peter W. Klein, a UBC journalism professor and executive director of the Global Reporting Centre, about politicians’ aversion to academia. He wrote that “for years policymakers in Ottawa ignored widespread evidence of the effectiveness of harm-reduction efforts like safe-injection sites, and over the past decade, they have silenced scientists who’ve had evidence of environmental harm from economically lucrative industries.”

Gambling disorder top of mind at Las Vegas conference

Stat News Fri October 6 2017 By: Rebecca Robins

Stat News featured research by Luke Clark, a gambling researcher at UBC, in a story about a conference organized by The National Center for Responsible Gaming. Clark’s research examined the methodological rigor of more than 2,500 studies on gambling and found that just six of those were conducted in real gambling environments with real gamblers.

Morneau goes after tiny fish while tax-avoiding whales swim free

Financial Post Thu October 5 2017 By: Terence Corcoran

Kevin Milligan, a UBC economist, was quoted in a Financial Post article about a neutral tax system. He said “the target is for people to make the same decisions under taxation as they would without taxation. This is a free-market goal: business decisions based on business merits.”

China’s Arctic road and belt gambit

Radio Canada Tue October 3 2017 By: Levon Sevunts

Michael Byers, the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at UBC, was quoted in a Radio Canada story about the vulnerability of China’s current trade routes. He said he expects Chinese involvement in the Arctic will grow if the country maintains its vast stores of capital available for investment.

What Jagmeet Singh’s historic NDP leadership win means for Canada

The Conversation Sun October 1 2017 By: Megan Dias

Megan Dias, research assistant for the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions at UBC, wrote an op-ed for The Conversation after Jagmeet Singh became the first person of colour to be elected leader of a major Canadian political party. The article also appeared in Maclean’s and the National Post.

What happens if oil companies must pay for climate damage

Vice Mon October 2 2017 By: Geoff Dembicki

Vice interviewed Michael Byers, the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at UBC, about the role of litigation in combatting climate damage. Byers said litigation will “add another source of pressure that will do increasing amounts of damage—both economic and reputational—to these big [oil] companies.”

‘There’s no sense in speaking up’ despite deadly gas risks

Toronto Star Sun October 1 2017 By: Robert Cribb, Patti Sonntag, P.W. Elliott

UBC journalism students were involved in an investigation into the potentially deadly gas floating over Saskatchewan, the Toronto Starreported. The investigation found many residents and oil industry workers with concerns about the issue.

Todd: How to debate immigration without distorting facts, foes

Vancouver Sun Sat September 30 2017 By: Douglas Todd

The Vancouver Sun cited a study by UBC economists Craig Riddell and David Green and Carleton University’s Christopher Worswick in an article about debating immigration. The article reported the study found “neither a positive nor a negative impact of immigration on jobs and wages.” The story also appeared in The Province and other Postmedia outlets.

What electoral reform could look like in British Columbia

Maclean's Fri September 29 2017 By: Richard Johnston

Richard Johnston, a UBC professor of political science, wrote an op-ed for Maclean’s about B.C. electoral reform. Johnston proponents of electoral reform and of the move to some form of proportional representation should “sell their plan well, and clearly define it from the start.”

Canada at crossroads in tax reform, time to choose a path

Globe and Mail Sun October 1 2017 By: Kevin Milligan

Kevin Milligan, a UBC economist, wrote an op-ed on tax reform for the Globe and Mail. He wrote that “with the use of tax-planning techniques so heavily concentrated among high earners, the fairness of our tax system comes into question.”

Who is New Democratic Party hopeful Jagmeet Singh?

Al-Jazeera English Sat September 30 2017 By: Charlotte Mitchell

Al-Jazeera English quoted Richard Johnston, a UBC professor of political science, for an article profiling Jagmeet Singh. Johnston said “it’s the first time that a turban-wearing Sikh has run for the leadership of a Canadian political party. He poses a challenge to the party; generally in rethinking how it presents itself to the larger electorate.” Johnston also spoke to the Vancouver Sun (also in The Province) about the Vancouver by-election.

Richmond, Downtown Eastside similar levels of low-income people

Global Thu September 28 2017 By: Jesse Ferreras

Daniel Hiebert, a UBC geography professor who has focused on the effects of immigration on Canada’s housing markets, was interviewed for a Global story about the number of low-income people who live in Richmond and the Downtown Eastside. He thinks the relationship between high housing prices and low income in Richmond may be due to undeclared wealth.

Questions about China’s reception for B.C. municipal leaders

Globe and Mail Wed September 27 2017 By: Xiao Xu

Michael Byers, the Canada Research Chair in global politics and international law at UBC, spoke to the Globe and Mail about China’s reception for B.C. municipal leaders. He noted “problems arise if Canadian politicians are provided benefits that could serve as inducements: free trips to China, significant gifts, promises of assistance with re-election campaigns, and other such things.”

One mistake stops you from getting rich and achieving your goals

Mic Mon September 25 2017 By: Anita Hamilton

Jiaying Zhao, a professor of psychology and sustainability at UBC, was quoted in a Mic article about the “scarcity mindset” concept.

Zhao described one example where people take out payday loans to make the rent at high interest rates and end up in the cycle of poverty.

How the polar ice caps became luxury destination

Vanity Fair Mon September 25 2017 By: Evelyn Wang

A Vanity Fair article about Arctic cruises made possible by the effects of climate change quoted Michael Byers, the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at UBC.

Byers said “there’s this terrible irony that these ships can only go to places like the Arctic because climate change has done so much damage already.”