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.”

TV experiment will train a Labrador to become a pilot

The Independent Fri Nov 6 2015 By: Adam Sherwin

A new UK television series will place dogs in the cockpit in an attempt to discover if a dog can be trained to become a pilot.

But Stanley Coren, an emeritus professor at UBC, doubts that dogs will someday replace human pilots, saying that the mental capacity of a superior dog is equivalent to a three-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.”

Similar articles appeared in the Daily Mail and Times of India.

Trudeau’s Liberal cabinet strikes right B.C. balance: UBC prof

Metro News Tue Nov 3 2015 By: Matt Kieltyka

UBC political scientist Max Cameron approves of the Liberals’ choice of three B.C. MPs for Justin Trudeau’s cabinet.

“There were some complicated choices when you’re balancing regions, gender balance and expertise,” Cameron said. “I think [the cabinet] sounds about right and has a reasonable regional balance for B.C.”

Better relations between the feds and the province

News 1130 Wed Nov 4 2015 By: Martin MacMahon

Justin Trudeau’s decision to formally take on intergovernmental relations signals future changes in the relationship between the federal government and the provinces, says UBC political scientist Max Cameron.

“The decisions about how funding will be allocated to the provinces [could change],” Cameron said. “Mr. Harper’s approach was, ‘here’s a set amount,’ and provinces will do what they like with that.”

Hunter Tootoo, minister of the Arctic Ocean

CBC North Thu Nov 5 2015 By: John Van Dusen

The appointment of Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo as minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard is significant, says Michael Byers, the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at UBC.

It shows that Canada is taking its role in the Arctic seriously, Byers said.

“Canada has the longest coastline of any country mostly because of the 19,000 Arctic islands that exist in Nunavut and it is therefore our longest and arguably our most difficult coastline and one that needs a minister that fully understands that fact,” Byers said.

Bill Morneau, ‘enlightened Bay Street type’, named to Finance

iPolitics Wed Nov 4 2015 By: Deane McRobie

Canada’s new finance minister is Bill Morneau, former head of a firm that has contracts with Veterans Affairs Canada, the Office of the Auditor General and Industry Canada.

UBC professor and Liberal party economic adviser Kevin Milligan says Morneau “has a bigger vision for the country beyond just dollars and cents” but adds that it’s only fair to ask to what’s going to happen with his business interests.

Trudeau hasn’t mentioned electoral reform referendum: Dion

iPolitics Thu Nov 5 2015 By: James Munson

The Liberal government has indicated it won’t reform Canada’s federal electoral system by referendum.

Experts like UBC’s Max Cameron say that Canada’s election laws don’t come out of a charter document and therefore can be changed through legislation. But, Cameron cautions, politicians should be aware of the importance of public support when they try to change the way people vote.

The University of British Columbia | Vancouver, B.C.

Macleans Thu Nov 5 2015

Maclean’s ran a piece on UBC as part of its University Rankings 2016, listing standout programs such as the distributed M.D. program, designed to increase the number of rural and Aboriginal students going into medical careers; and the interdisciplinary Arts One/Science One program. The article also mentioned “cool courses” including Wade Davis’s cultural anthropology introductory course and Ernest Mathijs’s cult cinema overview.

A companion piece focused on the student experience.

China passes Canada to become largest U.S. trading partner

The Globe and Mail Thu Nov 5 2015 By: Iain Marlow

China’s overtaking of Canada as the United States’ largest trading partner signals the growing importance of China in the global economy. UBC professor Paul Evans, author of Engaging China: Myth, Aspiration and Strategy in Canadian Policy from Trudeau to Harper, says the transition will drive changes in Canadian consciousness about China’s role globally and in Canada.

“There is no reason to be alarmed by being No. 2,” Evans said. “But it does demonstrate that continental proximity is no longer economic destiny.”

A similar article appeared on BNN.

Trudeau Liberals to bring back mandatory long-form census

Huffington Post Thu Nov 5 2015 By: Althia Raj

The return of the long-form census ensures that policy decisions will be based on reason and evidence, according to UBC professor and Liberal advisor Kevin Milligan.

“There was no sensible public policy case for the decision to move away from the mandatory census,” Milligan said. “The replacement cost more and was demonstrably lower quality. Attacking this important institution was simply vandalism.”

Trudeau sworn in as Canada’s prime minister, three from B.C. named to cabinet

The Vancouver Sun Thu Nov 5 2015 By: Peter O'Neil

The federal cabinet positions given to two B.C. Liberals are “major coups for the province”, says UBC political scientist Richard Johnston.

Jody Wilson-Raybould was named Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of Canada, and Harjit Sajjan was named Minister of National Defence. Both ministries are senior assignments.

A similar story appeared on CBC’s The Current.