Unofficial lobbying highlights battle over South China Sea

The Vancouver Sun Sun Oct 25 2015 By: Chuck Chiang

The Institute of Asian Research at UBC is mentioned in a new Vancouver Sun article as the location for “Track II diplomacy” or informal dialogues on Asia-Pacific issues. These dialogues take place through academic or unofficial channels. Earlier this month, a Philippine official gave a talk at the institute about the sovereignty dispute over parts of the China Sea.

Kofi Gbolonyo to perform at Capilano University

CBC News Sun Oct 25 2015

Jazz educator and UBC music professor Kofi Gbolonyo performed at a concert at Capilano University. The concert theme was the future of traditional African music. According to Gbolonyo, being open to global influences helps enrich African music.

This is how Canada should pursue electoral reform

Ottawa Citizen Fri Oct 23 2015 By: Edana Beauvais and David Moscrop

Determining the future of Canada’s electoral system should start by forming a national citizens’ assembly, according to UBC political scientists Edana Beauvais and David Moscrop.

“If we held a national citizens’ assembly on electoral reform before holding a referendum, Canadians would have an unbiased tool — the recommendation of the CA — to help them make an informed choice about electoral reform and to resist the pressures of moneyed and partisan interests,” they wrote in an Ottawa Citizen op-ed.

Why Trudeau is B.C.’s prime minister

The Globe and Mail Fri Oct 23 2015 By: Ian Bailey

Political scientist and UBC professor emeritus Ken Carty commented on the federal election in a new Globe and Mail article. Carty believes the Liberals’ big win in B.C. reflects the natural volatility of B.C. He also noted that the Liberals have a “remarkable capacity to reinvent themselves and continue to dominate Canadian public life.”

Canada’s new government may be a new beginning for science

Wired Mon Oct 26 2015 By: Thomas Hayden

Canada’s scientists are hoping the Liberal victory will remedy the funding cuts and muzzling of scientists that marked the Harper era.

UBC climate scientist Simon Donner says Justin Trudeau’s promise about trusting science and expertise is heartening but worries that it will take a while for Canadian science to bounce back. “My concern is really structural,” Donner said. “It’s easier to close a lab than it is to start a new one. There’s a structural deficit now and it may take a long time to come back.”

Leaving China? Your books, maps and DVDs may be confiscated

Los Angeles Times Mon Oct 26 2015 By: Julie Makinen

A Los Angeles Times article says Chinese authorities appear to have ramped up efforts to confiscate “objectionable” printed or audiovisual material from foreigners leaving the country, hinting at a growing sensitivity toward material that might stray from the official line on territorial issues.

“Regimes that are anxious about their legitimacy fetishize the signs of legitimacy,” said Tim Brook, a professor of Chinese history at UBC. “So one of the signs of legitimacy is a map–there you are one colour, your borders are all drawn properly and you look like a proper state.”

Elizabeth May as environment minister? 3 petitions vote yes

CBC News Wed Oct 21 2015

UBC political science professor Gerald Baier responded to proposals that Green leader Elizabeth May should be appointed environment minister. If May were to join Trudeau’s cabinet, it would essentially mean abandoning the Greens and being “co-opted into the Liberal caucus,” Baier said.

He thinks it would be preferable for May to be given some sort of other role on environmental issues.

A similar article appeared on Yahoo.

David Moscrop, a PhD student in political science at UBC, told News 1130 that May would be more effective as a critic or private adviser to Trudeau.

NDP will let Thomas Mulcair decide his fate as leader

Toronto Star Tue Oct 20 2015 By: Joanna Smith

Analysts say the NDP won’t push Thomas Mulcair to resign and will let him decide whether he will stay on as leader.

“I know that Tom Mulcair is extremely resilient and that for him, politics is not about himself, it’s for the greater good,” said UBC professor and former Layton environmental policy adviser Michael Byers. “So if he thinks the greater good of the party and country is served by him staying, at least for a while, he will do that.”

A similar article appeared on MSN.

Red wave rolls over North Shore

North Shore News Tue Oct 20 2015 By: Brent Richter

An article on the Liberal victory in all three North Shore ridings featured a roundtable of UBC experts who analyzed the election results.

The academics agreed that the Liberals were the most effective at drawing support from their rival parties.

“As it became clear that the Liberals had the best shot of unseating the Conservatives, I think a bandwagon began to form behind Justin Trudeau,” said UBC political science professor Max Cameron.

How did strategic voting play out on election day?

News 1130 Tue Oct 20 2015 By: Martin MacMahon

UBC political scientist Stewart Prest says strategic voting produced mixed results in specific ridings although it proved effective on a national level.

“The more targeted riding-by riding-approach, it seems like that’s still a work in progress and I’m not sure we’re totally there yet given the complexities of predicting what happens at the riding level,” Prest said.

A busy day at the polls

The Province Mon Oct 19 2015 By: John Colebourn

UBC political scientist Max Cameron said Canadians followed the election closely because many were undecided right up to election day.

He noted that voter turnout goes up when the race is unusually competitive.

B.C. Liberals vow to run deficit-free

Vancouver Sun Tue Oct 20 2015 By: Canadian Press

UBC political scientist David Moscrop is quoted in an article on the provincial Liberals’ plans to continue to produce a balanced budget despite Justin Trudeau’s promise to run deficits.

Moscrop said he expects Trudeau to work much better with cities than Harper did.

Similar articles appeared in The Province and Huffington Post.

Post-election analysis with Peter O’Neil

The Vancouver Sun Wed Oct 21 2015 By: Peter O'Neil

UBC professor Richard Johnston discussed voter apathy, Liberals, and Kinder Morgan in a post-election interview.

Among other things, Johnston talked about the refreshing levels of participation in the election. People were deeply engaged in the issues and did not make excuses for not participating.

“Young people grasped their citizenship with both hands and went out and acted on it, so far as we can tell,” Johnston said.

Election 42: What happened and what now?

Vancity Buzz Tues Oct 20 2015 By: David Moscrop

UBC political scientist David Moscrop admits the election results were “shocking” and offers a few explanations for the outcome.

The Liberals ran a near-flawless campaign focused on substantive issues, while the Conservatives and New Democrats stumbled, according to Moscrop.

“I suspect folks were more concerned about jettisoning the Tories than choosing the Grits,” Moscrop wrote. “I do think the strategic vote coalesced around the Liberals over time, which is why, if you look at a graph of the party’s support between August and October, you can see a steady increase with some surge moments.”

Electoral reform should still be a Liberal priority

National Post Wed Oct 21 2015 By: Spencer McKay

UBC political scientist Spencer McKay urges the Liberals to follow through on their promise of electoral reform and to listen to other voices as they draft policy. “Reform is essential for the long-term success of democracy in this country,” wrote McKay in an op-ed. “The Liberals ran on a platform of ‘Real Change’ and Canadians deserve to see them live up to it.”