Liberal government’s census claim contains ‘a little baloney’

Huffington Post Thu Nov 12 2015 By: Jordan Press

UBC economist Kevin Milligan is quoted in a Canadian Press analysis of whether the long-form census saves as much money as its proponents are claiming.

According to Milligan, the return of the long-form census produces wider economic benefits, in the sense that better quality data could reduce planning costs for municipalities and school boards.

Similar articles appeared on CTV News and Metro News.

45th anniversary of Canada-China diplomatic relations

Radio Canada Tue Nov 10 2015

Yves Tiberghien, director of the Institute of Asian Research at UBC and a senior fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, is interviewed on Radio Canada on the 45th anniversary of the diplomatic relationship between Canada and China. Listen to interview.

Vancouver Sun op-ed mentioned the UBC event to be held Nov. 12 to commemorate the anniversary.

Com Dev takeover avoids government scrutiny

The Globe and Mail Mon Nov 9 2015 By: Richard Blackwell

UBC political science professor Michael Byers said Ottawa should at least be able to review the takeover of Canadian satellite equipment maker Com Dev by U.S. technology giant Honeywell International.

The sale of Com Dev’s space hardware business to Honeywell made sense since U.S. ownership would help Com Dev win U.S. military contracts, Byers said. But a review by Ottawa could turn up ways to assist the company while keeping it in Canadian hands.

“This is precisely the kind of economic activity that a serious developed country wants to have,” Byers said.

A similar article appeared on BNN.

Canada, Denmark should share control of Arctic island: experts

The Globe and Mail Wed Nov 11 2015 By: Bob Weber

UBC international law professor Michael Byers and a Danish colleague will present on Thursday a novel solution to who controls Hans Island, a tiny island midway between the two countries.

The two Arctic experts recommend that Canada and Denmark share sovereignty over and jointly manage the 1.2-square-kilometre rock located between Ellesmere Island and Greenland.

“It would resolve a long-standing dispute that, although insignificant, has some small potential to cause friction in the future,” Byers said.

Similar articles appeared on YahooHuffington PostCTV NewsGlobal NewsCityNewsToronto StarTimes Colonist and News 1130.

Someone is teaching dogs to fly planes

Maxim Wed Nov 11 2015 By: Gabrielle Paiella

A Maxim story on dog flight experiments in the U.K. mentions UBC psychologist Stanley Coren, who commented:  “I do consider dogs to be intelligent, with the average dog having a mental capacity equivalent to a two-and-a-half-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.”

The Heat: Keystone XL Pipeline

CCTV America Tue Nov 10 2015 By: Anand Naidoo

Philippe Le Billon, a professor at UBC’s Liu Institute for Global Issues discussed Barack Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline.

“It’s a major setback but you have to remember tar sands production is slowing down at the moment and as such there’s no immediate need for outlets,” Le Billon said. “Justin Trudeau has a year or two before the pressure mounts for a solution.”

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.