Can you get addicted to trolling?

Vice Wed September 6 2017 By: Virginia Pelley

Vice interviewed a UBC psychology PhD candidate about people who troll online. Erin Buckels, the lead author of a 2014 study titled “Trolls Just Want to Have Fun,” discussed the psychological research examining personality traits of people who troll.

B.C. NDP can’t break election promise on fundraising

Maclean's Mon September 4 2017 By: Geordon Omand

UBC political scientist Maxwell Cameron says the BC New Democrats should follow through on their election promise of political fundraising reform. Speaking to the Canadian Press, Cameron said: “It is actually in their own best interest to tie their own hands and introduce legislation. Trying to drag this out is only going to make it more difficult in the future and will be a major betrayal.”

The CP story appeared in Maclean’sCBCMSNYahooVancouver SunNews 1130Metro NewsCastanet and other outlets.

Who controls the Northwest Passage? It’s up for debate.

Public Radio Mon September 4 2017 By: Carolyn Beeler

UBC Arctic expert Michael Byers was quoted in a Public Radio International story on the dispute over the legal status of the Northwest Passage.

Byers, a professor of international law at UBC, said the impact of climate change on Arctic sea ice makes it necessary to resolve the issue as soon as possible, adding that the law should keep up with climate change. The story appeared on Kera News and other outlets.

These Scottish islands may hold the secret to happiness

BBC Tue September 5 2017 By: Kathryn Macleod

BBC story on the Outer Hebrides, which recently gained fame as one of happiest places in Britain, quoted economist John F Helliwell, professor emeritus at UBC. Helliwell’s research found that people in smaller communities had higher levels of trust and a greater sense of community belonging.

Canada may have role in mediating North Korean tensions

Globe and Mail Thu August 31 2017 By: Nathan Vanderklippe

The Globe and Mail interviewed Paul Evans, a professor at UBC’s Institute of Asian Research and the Liu Institute for Global Issues, in a story about the potential for Canada to mediate tensions between North Korea and the United States. Evans said “there are mixed signals from Washington about whether even a limited Canadian initiative would be welcome.”

Trades stigma fading in minority communities

Business in Vancouver Tue August 29 2017 By: Chuck Chiang

Henry Yu, a UBC professor and expert on Asian-Canadian history and immigration, spoke to Business in Vancouver about the stigma among minority communities of working in trades.

He said the views in minority communities towards favouring certain types of jobs tend to relax as people integrate into their new surroundings.

Study suggests correlation between perfectionism and suicide risk

Global Tue August 29 2017

Paul Hewitt, a UBC psychology professor, co-authored a paper that suggests people intent on perfection may be at greater risk of suicidal thoughts and suicide, Global reported.

Taiwan seeks Ottawa’s aid to stop drug smuggling from Canada

Globe and Mail Wed August 30 2017 By: Xiao Xu

The Globe and Mail interviewed Michael Byers, the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at UBC, after a Taiwanese prosecutor appealed to Ottawa to provide better co-operation to help stop the flow of Canadian marijuana. Byers said the increased economic ties between Canada and Taiwan requires police and judicial co-operation because many kinds of criminal activities are associated with economic activity.

CPP reform to help lift plan’s assets above $15 trillion by 2090: analysis

Canadian Press Wed August 23 2017 By: Andy Blatchford

The Canadian Press interviewed Kevin Milligan, a UBC economics professor, about Canada Pension Plan reform. He said “the fascinating thing to me about the base CPP report … is the assets are still growing when you hit the end of the horizon, 2090…there’s no projection right now that it’s running dry.” The story appeared on CTV.

Linguist: Official languages foster conversation

Richmond News Tue August 22 2017 By: Graeme Wood

Bonny Norton, a UBC linguist, was interviewed for a Richmond News story about multilingualism in Canada. She discussed her research into the differences between willingness and opportunities to learn English or French.

After the party: Welcome to the gaybourhood?

Metro News Tue August 22 2017 By: Vicky Mochama

Amin Ghaziani, a UBC sociology professor, was quoted in a Metro News article about safe spaces for LGBTQ people. Ghaziani explained that queer-friendly pockets are increasingly spreading out across cities.

Are counter-protests effective?

Vancouver Courier Fri August 18 2017 By: Tessa Vikander

Rima Wilkes, a UBC sociology professor, spoke to the Vancouver Courier about the efficacy of counter-protests. She said such protests are effective in sending a message through the media but ineffective at creating dialogue between opposing groups.

Doklam: From British to Chinese interests, follow the money

SCMP Sat August 19 2017 By: Tsering Shakya

Tsering Shakya, the Canadian Research Chair in Religion and Contemporary Society at UBC, wrote an op-ed for South China Morning Post about the history and political implications of exploring the Himalayas. He wrote that “the centre of world manufacturing and economic power has shifted to China, where commercial organisations and businesspeople are demanding roads and trade in the Himalayas.”

History professor discusses anti-immigration rallies

CBC Wed August 16 2017

Henry Yu, a UBC history professor, was interviewed on CBC Radio’s BC Almanac about anti-immigration rallies. Yu discussed the history of structured racism throughout the United States. Yu’s segment starts at 9:16.

Opinion: Reconciliation at 150 — Canada’s Great Challenge

Vancouver Sun Wed August 16 2017 By: Jason Tockman and Sheryl Lightfoot

The Vancouver Sun published an op-ed about Indigenous reconciliation co-written by Sheryl Lightfoot, a UBC professor in First Nations and Indigenous studies, and Jason Tockman, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies.

Lightfoot and Tockman wrote that “Indigenous nations must be able to consistently participate at the highest levels, including in subsequent, shared decision-making with regard to new laws and policies. This is what reconciliation looks like.”