Don’t reward corporations for donating food waste, critic says

The Tyee Fri Nov 13 2015 By: Andrew MacLeod

Amid reports that around 40 per cent of the food produced in Canada is wasted, UBC professor emeritus Graham Riches argues that corporations shouldn’t be offered tax breaks for donating excess food.

Riches says the donation would reward overproduction and wouldn’t alleviate the issue of hunger.

Canada-China diplomatic relations at 45

CBC News Thu Nov 12 2015

Yves Tiberghien, director of UBC’s Institute of Asian Research, talked about the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Canada and China on CBC Early Edition.

Canada’s early start in opening relations between the two countries remains significant, Tiberghien said, adding that Pierre Trudeau’s China visit in 1973 was a strategic move that acknowledged China’s importance in the international system.

UBC marked the anniversary with a day of panel discussions featuring academics, diplomats and people from industry.

Moderating Japan’s UNESCO policy

The Diplomat Fri Nov 13 2015 By: Trevor Kennedy

Japan is keen on promoting its 15 UNESCO cultural sites and four natural sites, which provide much needed economic stimulus through tourism. However, the country should avoid politicizing the nomination process for heritage designation, writes UBC master’s student Trevor Kennedy.

Kennedy cited Japan’s attempt to nominate documents pertaining to the use of forced labour of 450,000 captured Japanese in the USSR, a move that drew criticism from Russia.

China set to make its mark on the G-20

Nikkei Thu Nov 12 2015 By: Yves Tiberghien

The G-20 leaders’ summit this weekend is unlikely to produce any big changes but the next summit, hosted by China, would probably be more ambitious, according to UBC political scientist Yves Tiberghien.

“China will embark on a different agenda with its G-20 presidency,” Tiberghien wrote in a Nikkei op-ed. “[Chinese President] Xi Jinping is signaling a real commitment to global economic institutions. China is clearly ready to invest significant time and effort on the 2016 G-20 summit and in advancing the global agenda on several key fronts.”

Liberal government’s census claim contains ‘a little baloney’

Huffington Post Thu Nov 12 2015 By: Jordan Press

UBC economist Kevin Milligan is quoted in a Canadian Press analysis of whether the long-form census saves as much money as its proponents are claiming.

According to Milligan, the return of the long-form census produces wider economic benefits, in the sense that better quality data could reduce planning costs for municipalities and school boards.

Similar articles appeared on CTV News and Metro News.

45th anniversary of Canada-China diplomatic relations

Radio Canada Tue Nov 10 2015

Yves Tiberghien, director of the Institute of Asian Research at UBC and a senior fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, is interviewed on Radio Canada on the 45th anniversary of the diplomatic relationship between Canada and China. Listen to interview.

Vancouver Sun op-ed mentioned the UBC event to be held Nov. 12 to commemorate the anniversary.

Com Dev takeover avoids government scrutiny

The Globe and Mail Mon Nov 9 2015 By: Richard Blackwell

UBC political science professor Michael Byers said Ottawa should at least be able to review the takeover of Canadian satellite equipment maker Com Dev by U.S. technology giant Honeywell International.

The sale of Com Dev’s space hardware business to Honeywell made sense since U.S. ownership would help Com Dev win U.S. military contracts, Byers said. But a review by Ottawa could turn up ways to assist the company while keeping it in Canadian hands.

“This is precisely the kind of economic activity that a serious developed country wants to have,” Byers said.

A similar article appeared on BNN.

Canada, Denmark should share control of Arctic island: experts

The Globe and Mail Wed Nov 11 2015 By: Bob Weber

UBC international law professor Michael Byers and a Danish colleague will present on Thursday a novel solution to who controls Hans Island, a tiny island midway between the two countries.

The two Arctic experts recommend that Canada and Denmark share sovereignty over and jointly manage the 1.2-square-kilometre rock located between Ellesmere Island and Greenland.

“It would resolve a long-standing dispute that, although insignificant, has some small potential to cause friction in the future,” Byers said.

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Someone is teaching dogs to fly planes

Maxim Wed Nov 11 2015 By: Gabrielle Paiella

A Maxim story on dog flight experiments in the U.K. mentions UBC psychologist Stanley Coren, who commented:  “I do consider dogs to be intelligent, with the average dog having a mental capacity equivalent to a two-and-a-half-year-old child. Given that we would not expect a human three-year-old to be able to fly a plane, I would not expect that a dog could do so either.”

The Heat: Keystone XL Pipeline

CCTV America Tue Nov 10 2015 By: Anand Naidoo

Philippe Le Billon, a professor at UBC’s Liu Institute for Global Issues discussed Barack Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline.

“It’s a major setback but you have to remember tar sands production is slowing down at the moment and as such there’s no immediate need for outlets,” Le Billon said. “Justin Trudeau has a year or two before the pressure mounts for a solution.”

What university was like for these 25-year-olds

Maclean's Thurs Nov 5 2015 By: Zoe McKnight and Zane Schwartz

Jessica Tung, a dual master's of library and information studies and master's of archival studies student at UBC, was featured in a Maclean's article on university through a 25-year-old lens. Tung is currently completing a co-op term at UBC's Rare Books and Special Collections.

Our failures abroad stem from a lack of imagination

Washington Post Mon Nov 9 2015 By: Derek Gregory

In a Washington Post piece, UBC geography professor Derek Gregory warns against oversimplifying geographies and setting up false boundaries. He noted that prior to the invasion of Iraq, “the media published endless maps reducing Baghdad to an array of targets.”

“We continue to privilege ‘our’ space and separate it from ‘their’ space,” Gregory wrote. “If we can imagine such horrors happening to us, why is it so difficult to imagine them being visited on others?”

U.S. rejects Keystone XL pipeline

CTV News Mon Nov 9 2015

UBC professors Kathryn Harrison, George Hoberg, and Paul Quirk spoke about the U.S. decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

“I was most struck by how important it was to Barack Obama to talk about how this action was part of a role modelling by the United States as a climate leader and I think that has big implications for Canadian energy and climate policy,” said George Hoberg, UBC professor of environmental and natural resource policy to CTV.

“I was particularly struck that the President framed his decision in terms of climate change,” said Kathryn Harrison, a political science professor at UBC. “I think that represents an economic challenge to Canada, an environmental challenge to Canada, and an intergovernmental relations challenge to Canada.”

Similar stories appeared on Global News and Fairchild.

Now the honeymoon ends and work begins

Vancity Buzz Wed Nov 4 2015 By: David Moscrop

UBC political scientist David Moscrop is cautiously optimistic about the new cabinet and says that it appears “competent enough” to deliver on promises made during the campaign. Moscrop noted that the economic portfolios went to centrist or centre-right politicians.

“These choices could signal that while the Trudeau government is committed to middle-class tax cuts, raising tax rates on the top earners, and running short-term deficits to fund infrastructure, those in charge of developing and implementing these promises aren’t going to stray too far from the fiscal-policy shore,” Moscrop said.

Intent versus reality incentivize banks

Times of India Thu Nov 5 2015 By: Amartya Lahiri, Dilip Mookherjee

UBC professor Amartya Lahiri and Dilip Mookherjee of Boston University recommended that interest rate ceilings be removed to encourage more lending institutions to provide more credit to India’s agriculture sector.

“Interest rate ceilings often lead to credit being rationed by lending agencies,” they wrote in an op-ed. “They create an appearance of helping poor farmers, but end up with opposite results.”