UBC Museum of Anthropology takes on an Asian focus

The Vancouver Sun Fri Oct 9 2015 By: Chuck Chiang

UBC’s Museum of Anthropology has a new Asian focus, with two Asian-themed exhibits in its lineup and two Asia-focused curators appointed last year. The museum hopes to open an Asian wing in the future.

Election 2015: resource ridings seek economic answers

CBC News Thu Oct 8 2015 By: Betsy Trumpener

UBC political science professor Gerald Baier says some Conservative resource ridings could be vulnerable to the Liberal message, but it depends on the type of resource.

Ridings with mining are likely to have strong unions as well, and this will probably benefit the NDP. In ridings with weaker unions, the Conservatives could see gains.

“Oil and gas [ridings] would be an example of this,” Baier said. “I think there’s more of a willingness to say, ‘Well, we just gotta keep pumping the stuff or dig, dig, dig in order to keep the jobs going. They want to see policies that prioritize resource extraction instead of climate change.”

18 months of parental leave: Would it work?

CBC News Fri Oct 9 2015

Analysts believe only a few will benefit from the Conservatives’ promised 18 months of parental leave. Marina Adshade, a professor in UBC’s School of Economics, says such a program doesn’t cost the government anything but it doesn’t deliver much either. Women, who make less, are unlikely to use the added leave because their benefits are low to begin with. She also doesn’t think the plan will help higher-income parents much since benefits are capped at $350 a week.

Challenges looming for those looking to vote strategically

AM 730 Sun Oct 11 2015 By: Simon Little

The Liberal surge in Ontario is making decisions more difficult for B.C. voters looking to vote strategically, according to UBC political science professor Richard Johnston. This is because the NDP “has historically been stronger here than in Ontario, and historically stronger than the Liberals.”

Party leaders are avoiding some inconvenient truths

The Globe and Mail Fri Oct 9 2015 By: Kathryn Harrison

Conservative, Liberal, and NDP politicians are avoiding talking about necessary changes and hard choices around climate change in the current election campaign, UBC political science professor Kathryn Harrison said.

The parties should discuss oilsands expansion and the lifestyle changes Canadians have to make to address climate change, Harrison said.

This op-ed also appeared in the Calgary Herald, Ottawa Citizen and Regina Leader Post.

Minority government could be good for our democracy

The Globe and Mail Mon Oct 12 2015 By: Maxwell Cameron

A minority Parliament could be good for democracy in Canada, argues UBC political science professor Maxwell Cameron in a Globe and Mail op-ed.

“A minority government might better represent the majority of Canadians,” Cameron said. “It could accomplish substantial progress in the areas where the programs of the parties align: economic measures to strengthen the middle class, a more multilateral and less belligerent foreign policy, action on climate change, and electoral reform, to name a few.”

Giving dummies to babies can slow their ability to talk

Telegraph UK Mon Oct 12 2015

Thumb sucking and using pacifiers can delay babies’ speech development, a new UBC study suggests.

Researchers Alison Bruderer and Janet Werker say their finding calls into question previous assumptions that hearing is the main factor in speech development.

“This study indicates the freedom to make small gestures with their tongue and other articulators when they listen to speech may be an important factor in babies’ perception of the sounds,” Werker said.

Trans-Pacific Partnership deal makes Canada a trade leader

MSN Tue Oct 13 2015 By: Chuck Chiang

UBC Institute of Asian Research professor Paul Evans says that without China, the Trans-Pacific Partnership could economically divide the Asia-Pacific region.

“What I’m really afraid of is a dividing line in Asia, where trade arrangements become the foundation of strategic confrontations, so that the region is divided into a China sphere and a TPP-like Western sphere,” Evans said.

Similar articles appeared in Vancouver Sun and Ottawa Citizen.

Opinion: Comparing climate policies

The Vancouver Sun Wed Oct 7 2015 By: Kathryn Harrison

UBC political science professor Kathryn Harrison compares the four national parties’ election platforms and says the Greens offer the clearest program to fight climate change with the NDP running a close second.

“[T]he Conservatives, Liberals, and NDP each have left the door open to one or more pipelines, though the NDP assessments would include climate impacts,” Harrison wrote in a Vancouver Sun op-ed.

PhD student builds school and offers hope for a future

La Source Tue Oct 6 2015 By: Mariam Baldeh

Joash Gambarage, a Tanzanian PhD candidate at UBC, is using some of the funds from his UBC scholarship to make elementary school education more accessible to low-income children from his small town. The Mugeta school project has 105 children enrolled, most of them receiving free education.

UBC Symphony Orchestra to perform free concert in Surrey

Surrey Leader Tue Oct 6 2015 By: Sheila Reynolds

The UBC Symphony Orchestra is celebrating UBC’s 100th anniversary with a free evening concert on Friday in Surrey. Conductor Jonathan Girard will lead the 90-member orchestra.

Careful, the TPP could yet be a ‘pig in a poke’

National Post Wed Oct 7 2015 By: Michael Byers

UBC professor Michael Byers says Canadians should wait until the complete details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership have been revealed before gauging its impact.

Byers, the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at UBC, said it remains to be seen if the TPP deal complies with Canadian law and policy and balances consumer rights and patent protections.

Minority governments can still get things done: professor

CTV News Thu Oct 8 2015 By: Kristy Kirkup

Maxwell Cameron, director of UBC’s Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions, released a paper Thursday that argues minority governments can still be effective.

“Minority or coalition governments can better represent the interests of the majority of Canadians by emphasizing co-operation between parties instead of polarization,” Cameron wrote. “Increased representation of Canadian interests in government yields policies that benefit Canadians broadly.”

A similar article appeared on Yahoo.

Raise tax on high-end Vancouver homes: expert

The Globe and Mail Wed Oct 7 2015 By: Mike Hager

UBC geography professor David Ley proposed a more progressive property transfer tax on luxury homes at the Urban Development Institute forum on foreign ownership Wednesday.

Ley, who studies housing bubbles, said this option would end up lowering prices and improving affordability in Metro Vancouver. He noted that cities like London, Hong Kong and Singapore have raised taxes on the top tier of real estate to between 12 per cent and 15 per cent.

A similar article appeared in the Vancouver Sun.

Trans-Pacific Partnership could benefit Canada-China trade

The Vancouver Sun Tue Oct 6 2015 By: Chuck Chiang

An article on the Trans-Pacific Partnership quotes Yves Tiberghien, director of UBC’s Institute of Asian Research, saying that the TPP is unlikely to dramatically change Canada’s relationship with China.

Tiberghien said TPP has been in the spotlight for at least five years, and Beijing has already put in place counter-initiatives, including the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

“The issue is really not with Canada but a larger, global game between the United States and China,” Tiberghien said.

A similar story appeared on MSN.