Climate change: Evolution spurs speedy plant migration

Vancouver Sun Sat July 30 2016 By: Randy Shore

The Vancouver Sun featured a UBC geography study on how scientists may be underestimating how quickly the Earth’s plants can change location in response to climate change.

The study found that as global average temperature increases, the comfort zones of many plants and trees move north or into higher elevations, but the speed with which they move is driven by evolutionary responses.

“Our results show that evolution is a driving mechanism behind how fast plants can move and that evolution is making the migration move faster,” said lead author and geography professor Jennifer Williams. “In the case of our plants, in the evolving populations, their seeds can disperse a bit further.”

The story also appeared in the Ottawa Citizen.

Discussing the reasons for hoarding

CBC Thu July 28 2016

UBC psychology professor Sheila Woody was interviewed by CBC on the topic of hoarding.

“Most people take account of what space they have to live in their home and they adjust the amount of things that they’re bringing into the home accordingly,” she said. “People who hoard, the possessions are so attractive to them, the choosing between the possessions is so painful that they’re unable to make those choices.”

The segment starts at the 27:50 mark.

Discussing the Democratic National Convention

CBC Thu July 28 2016

CBC featured an interview with Paul Quirk, a UBC political sciences professor and Phil Lind Chair in U.S. Politics, on the topic of the Democratic National Convention.

“The difference between the two conventions is much more stark and dramatic than usual,” he said.

The segment starts at 1:10. Quirk was also interviewed by CKNW and Roundhouse Radio.

BC Liberal social media attack on NDP desperation sign

News 1130 Thu July 28 2016 By: Martin MacMahon

News 1130 interviewed UBC political science PhD candidate David Moscrop for a story on how the BC Liberals are going after the NDP’s housing critic on social media.

“It’s nasty and desperate,” Moscrop said. “It sends a signal that you’re really scared of something. To essentially be undertaking aerial bombardment this far out of a campaign. It sort of cedes the point that maybe the caucus is a little bit nervous about their command of the issue.”

5 tips to avoid the loneliness of working from home

Success Magazine Fri July 29 2016 By: Patty Onderko

Success Magazine highlighted UBC research for a story on avoiding loneliness while working from home.

The psychology study found that interactions with those on the periphery of our social networks can have a positive effect on our emotional well-being. The article also recommended taking breaks, working out and setting a routine.

More resources needed to deal with hoarders

CBC News Wed July 27 2016 By: Rafferty Baker

CBC reported on a UBC psychology study that found seven per cent of Downtown Eastside SROs in Vancouver have excessive clutter.

“I actually think we need a coordinated system for helping people with these kinds of issues, but I don’t know many places, even in the world, that have gotten there yet,” said Sheila Woody, a UBC professor of psychology.

She added that Vancouver is doing better than many cities.

A similar story appeared on Yahoo News Canada, Vancouver SunThe Province and Times Colonist.

Journalism ethics should go global not local

Sydney Morning Herald Tue July 26 2016 By: Stephen J. A. Ward

The Sydney Morning Herald published an op-ed by UBC ethics professor Stephen J. A. Ward.

Ward advocated for journalists working as global communicators rather than only framing stories from their one perspective.

“We need to construct global journalism ethics that transcends parochialism in two ways. First, we use global values to restrain the worst forms of parochialism. Second, we replace parochialism with globalism as the norm. Globalism makes global values primary,” he wrote.

Discussing the Democratic National Convention

Roundhouse Radio Wed July 27 2016

Eric Merkley, PhD candidate in UBC’s department of political science, spoke on Roundhouse Radio about the Democratic National Convention.

Merkley also discussed what Hillary Clinton needs to do in order to win the presidential election.

“Part of her success will come from tapping into the coalition Obama has built in the last two terms and that means reaching out to young people,” he said.

From living space to bygone tradition, porches a platform for nostalgia

Globe and Mail Wed July 27 2016 By: Sarah Hampson

The Globe and Mail interviewed retired UBC history professor Peter Ward for an article on how the popularity of porches and verandas has shifted with societal changes.

“Notions about socializing and privacy have changed over the last few generations,” said Ward. “We are choosier about the public we want to have an exchange with.”

B.C.’s foreign-buyer tax could help China fight corruption: ex-envoy

Globe and Mail Wed July 27 2016 By: Steven Chase and Robert Fife

The Globe and Mail interviewed Paul Evans, a professor at UBC’s Liu Institute for Global Issues and Institute of Asian Research, for a story on how the new foreign-buyer tax could help China fight corruption.

He said he doesn’t believe the new tax will impact Canadian-Chinese relations. The two governments are believed to be trying to find a way to negotiate a free-trade deal.

“They have free-trade agreements, they have deep political relationships with several countries that have something similar to this – Australia is the most important example,” Evans said. Australia has a similar foreign-buyer tax.

Could this be the way to stop Kinder Morgan?

Vancouver Magazine Mon July 25 2016 By: Max Fawcett

UBC political science professor Richard Johnston was interviewed for a Vancouver Magazine story on an HST-style referendum that could stop the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline.

The Dogwood Initiative wants a province-wide vote on the issue but Johnston said it is unlikely.

“I think the odds that they would successfully clear the qualification thresholds for an initiative on this one are pretty long,” he said.

Electoral reform committee hears from trio of academics

Ottawa Citizen Mon July 25 2016 By: Kady O’Malley

The Ottawa Citizen reported on the special committee on electoral reform panel session that included a talk by UBC political scientist professor emeritus R. Kenneth Carty.

“National general elections are one of the few things Canadians do together,” Carty reminded the committee. He said he hopes we don’t discard that aspect of the system.

Carty was also quoted in an iPolitics article.

McCue named new host of CBC Radio’s Cross Country Checkup

CBC News Tue July 26 2016

CBC News reported that UBC journalism professor Duncan McCue was named the host of Cross Country Checkup, CBC Radio’s call-in radio program covering current news and policy issues.

McCue officially takes over as the show’s host on Aug. 7 but will remain a UBC professor.

A better way to tax vacant Vancouver homes

Globe and Mail Mon July 25 2016 By: Joshua Gottlieb

The Globe and Mail published an op-ed by UBC economics professor Joshua Gottlieb about a proposed tax to make housing more affordable in Vancouver.

“The city would introduce a property tax surcharge, but owners could credit their income taxes against this surcharge. Only those who don’t already pay income taxes in Canada – those who leave properties vacant or don’t declare their income – would end up paying the surcharge,” he wrote.

This week the B.C. legislature is scheduled to address Metro Vancouver’s high real estate prices.

Pokémon Go could help people with depression conquer ‘barriers’

CTV News Fri July 22 2016 By: Graham Slaughter

CTV News featured an interview with UBC psychology professor Amori Mikami for a story on the psychological impacts of playing the popular smartphone game Pokémon Go.

Mikami studies social interactions and their effects on mental health and said the social nature of Pokémon Go could be beneficial for some players, especially those with depression and social anxiety.

“For individuals with depression, they want to get out in the world and engage and do things, but the depression is really a barrier to everything. It just feels too difficult, too tiring,” Mikami said. “I think Pokémon Go provides a way to get over some of those barriers. It’s a structured and fun activity that really draws you into walking around outside, seeing new places.”

A similar story appeared on Global News, in the Vancouver Sun,Saskatoon Star Phoenix, Times Colonist and on News 1130 and 24 Hours Vancouver.

CBC News and Yahoo Canada also mentioned the study for a story on a cancelled Pokémon Go meet up.