Saudi arms sale: Still time to reverse a terrible mistake

Globe and Mail Wed May 11 2016 By: Michael Byers

Michael Byers, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at UBC, focuses on Prime Minister Trudeau’s decision to honour Canada’s $15-billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia in an opinion piece for the Globe and Mail.

“Mr. Trudeau must re-evaluate his position in light of several game-changing developments that have occurred since he became Prime Minister,” Byers wrote.

Yes, we can work longer

Washington Post Wed May 11 2016 By: Robert J. Samuelson

An opinion piece in the Washington Post discusses the ongoing debate in America over Social Security and Medicare.

The article focuses on a study co-authored by Kevin Milligan of UBC’s School of Economics, which found that the majority of people today are healthy enough to work longer than they do. This finding supports a shift of the current Social Security eligibility age for full benefits from 66 to between 68 and 70. However, the researchers admitted that a rise in the eligibility age would hit the poor hardest, because of their shorter life expectancies.

B.C. political parties begin one-year countdown to provincial election

Global News Mon May 9 2016

One year before the next provincial election, Global News reported on the countdown to the next vote in B.C. “In the province of B.C. generally speaking, the NDP generally wins when the governing party stumbles. And right now there is every reason to believe that Christy Clark and the Liberals are in a very secure position in the province of B.C.,” UBC political science expert Max Cameron said.

‘Unceded Territories’ evokes a spectrum of emotions

CBC News Tue May 10 2016 By: Matt Meuse

CBC News reported on local artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun who discovered the works of Rembrandt, Vermeer and Michelangelo after the law changed and he was allowed to leave a residential school. Paul’s art is currently on display at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology in a new show called “Unceded Territories.”

“We’re not talking about some other foreign country,” Paul told The Early Edition’s Margaret Gallagher. “We’re talking about Canada, that had to change the law for a native to leave the reservation. What kind of democracy are we really talking about?”

Canada adopts UN Declaration on Indigenous Peoples

Vice Tue May 10 2016 By: Tamara Khandaker

Vice reported on Canada’s adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, reversing the previous government’s position.

Sheryl Lightfoot, Canada Research Chair in Global Indigenous Rights and Politics at UBC worries about the continuing lack of laws to support the announcement.

“I’m waiting to hear, what are you actually going to do? How long can they keep asking for more time without actually changing anything? How long are people supposed to wait with no real change?” said Lightfoot.

Psychopathic politicians can be exposed

Georgia Straight Sat May 7 2016 By: Charlie Smith

UBC experts were quoted in a Georgia Straight article on advances in neuroscience that shed light on the nature of psychopathy.

UBC professor emeritus Robert Hare, one of the leading researchers in the area, emphasized in his work that psychopaths aren’t always violent and that in fact there are many to be found in the top ranks of corporations, where they can cause chaos.

Research led by UBC associate psychology professor Michael Woodworth also found that the language of psychopathic murderers makes fewer references to social needs relating to family and friends.

North Shore real estate: The new gold rush

North Shore News Sat May 7 2016 By: Jane Seyd

North Shore News highlighted the gold rush on real estate on the North Shore.

According to David Ley, a UBC geography professor who has studied immigration flows between Asia and Canada, foreign capital is driving the top end of the market, but there are reasons this is being downplayed.

“The market is on such a tear the development lobby is benefitting immensely and the development lobby is an important funder of politicians in this province,” Ley said.

The voice that launched 1,000 homers

Toronto Star Sun May 8 2016 By: Sean Fitz-Gerald

Broadcaster Dan Shulman will lend his voice to the Blue Jays for at least 30 games on Sportsnet this season, reports Toronto Star.

Shulman’s popularity stems from his distinctive baritone, according to experts interviewed for the article. UBC linguistics professor Molly Babel said people generally appreciate speakers with deeper voices.

“I was struck by how in control of his voice he sounded,” said Babel. “And so it reminded me, in some respects, of people who are singers and performers. People are good singers because they have amazing control over their instrument.”

Why Canada can’t have the North Pole

Radio Canada Sun May 8 2016 By: Levon Sevunts

Efforts to map the Central Arctic Ocean in order to put together a scientific case for Canada’s claim to the North Pole are a huge waste of tax dollars, UBC Arctic expert Michael Byers told Radio Canada.

“It’s not simply a question of science, it’s also a question of international law of maritime boundaries…the law concerning the maritime boundaries will put the North Pole well off to the Danish side,” said Byers.

Nepal’s rule-of-law politics demand global attention

Globe and Mail Fri May 6 2016 By: Sara Shneiderman and Ajay Pradhan

A Globe and Mail op-ed co-authored by UBC anthropologist Sara Shneiderman addressed recent challenges to freedom of expression and rule of law in Nepal.

This week, Nepal's government jailed and ordered the deportation of a Canadian for “provocative” tweets about the country’s ongoing political upheaval while many others have been subject to arbitrary force or detention for criticizing government actions. “Nepal’s ongoing 'democratic transition' has taken an authoritarian turn that should command global attention,” write Shneiderman and Pradhan. 

How Donald Trump became the last Republican standing

Global BC Thu May 5 2016

UBC political science professor Maxwell Cameron analyzed Donald Trump’s rise in the Republican stakes in an interview on Global BC.

“I don’t think there’s any way to stop Donald Trump at this point,” Cameron told Global. “Not since Eisenhower has a candidate come forward with no experience in elective office…someone who ran against much of what his party has represented but winning substantial support from grassroots voters who are frustrated by the sense that they have not been heard.”

After jokey start, Trudeau promises wildfire help

Reuters Thu May 5 2016 By: David Ljunggren

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has received some criticism for his initial handling of the Fort McMurray wildfire but UBC political science professor Richard Johnston believes the damage won’t last long.

“The coverage of Fort McMurray is so wall to wall that almost anything else that gets said in the political realm has been really shoved to the side … I don’t see a major misstep here,” Johnston told Reuters.

Opinion: Ottawa must clarify climate test

Vancouver Sun Wed May 4 2016 By: Kathryn Harrison

The federal government’s proposed climate test for pipeline projects is unclear and may make it impossible for any project to fail the test, UBC political science professor Kathryn Harrison wrote in a Vancouver Sun op-ed.

The test fails to consider the downstream emissions that occur when oil is burned, which makes up more than 80 per cent of the emissions from a barrel of bitumen, Harrison said. It also doesn’t factor in how a project’s emissions increase affects Canada’s national target.

“The federal government must clarify the principles that will guide its decisions as to whether projects pass or fail the climate test,” said Harrison.

Experts explain babies’ first words

Globe and Mail Wed May 4 2016 By: Cassandra Szklarski

A new Canadian Press article discussed babies’ first words and what they mean. According to UBC developmental psychologist Janet Werker, while “mama” and “papa” are often babies’ first utterances, they can’t really be called words until there’s intent, which typically happens after 12 months of age.

However, a study by another UBC researcher, Jenn Campbell, found that even six-month-old babies can understand labels for their mother and father, even though they might not make those sounds for another couple of months.

This article appeared in the Globe and Mail, Yahoo, CTV News,Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette, Calgary Herald, Saskatoon Star Phoenix, Edmonton Journal, and The Province.

The indigenous history painter of modern life

Vancouver Sun Wed May 4 2016 By: Kevin Griffin

The Vancouver Sun featured “Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Unceded Territories,” a new exhibition that runs May 10 through Oct. 16 at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Of Coast Salish and Okanagan descent, Yuxweluptun is known for paintings that show the Northwest Coast in 3-D landscapes.