End of election blackout puts B.C. in ‘anomalous situation’

CBC News Tue Oct 20 2015

UBC political science professor Richard Johnston says Canada made election blackouts law in 1938, out of concern that knowing how people voted in other parts of the country would affect voters in other parts.

“The worry was either there’d be an impact on turnout, i.e. discouraging it, or that it might even facilitate strategic voting by some people as an option that wasn’t available to others,” Johnston said.

Unofficial results show surge in voter turn-out

CBC News Tue Oct 20 2015

Max Cameron, a political science professor at UBC commended Elections Canada for helping people get out to vote, such as offering advance voting and plenty of information.

Cameron added that the new government should give Elections Canada more funding for the future.

A similar article appeared on Yahoo.

Ignorance drives the global stigma of mental illness

The Globe and Mail Tue Oct 20 2015 By: Peter Klein

Stigma still surrounds mental illness across the globe, says UBC professor Peter Klein in an article in the Globe and Mail.

Klein added that a project of the UBC International Reporting Program found that in many countries, mental illness is often regarded with fear and superstition, due mostly to lack of knowledge about what mental illness means.

“Ignorance is the cause. Science and education are the cure,” Klein said.

Social media changed how–and when–the West got early election results

The Globe and Mail Tue Oct 20 2015 By: Terri Theodore

On election night, UBC political scientist David Moscrop said seeing the election results from other provinces was unlikely to affect how Western Canadians voted.

“If it’s a close vote elsewhere, it will encourage people to go out and vote, and vote perhaps strategically and to try and engineer the sort of government they want,” Moscrop said.

Similar articles appeared in Huffington Post and Metro News.

Justin Trudeau: ‘I will be the prime minister of all Canadians’

CBC News Mon Oct 19 2015 By: Kathleen Harris

The long campaign worked in Trudeau’s favour, giving him time to present himself as the fresher face, according to UBC political science professor Gerald Baier.

Baier added that the Liberals’ promise to run three consecutive deficits was a turning point, as was Trudeau’s performance in the leaders’ debates.

A similar article appeared on Yahoo.

Trudeau’s Liberal Party surprises with victory in Canada

Bloomberg Mon Oct 19 2015 By: Theophilos Argitis, Josh Wingrove

The Liberals’ comeback is essentially due to “a repudiation of the Conservatives under Harper,” says Maxwell Cameron, a professor of political science at UBC.

“Clearly people want change, and they want Harper out, and they’ve decided quite unequivocally that agent of change is Trudeau.”

A similar article appeared in Chicago Tribune.

Analyst view: Canadian Liberal leader Trudeau sweeps to power

Reuters Tue Oct 20 2015

Richard Johnston, the Canada Research Chair in public opinion, elections and representation at UBC, is quoted in a Reuters roundup of expert comments.

Johnston argues that everyone underestimated Justin Trudeau and that the Liberal leader’s success probably comes down to the fact that younger voters identified with him.

Similar articles appeared on Yahoo and Business Insider UK.

No, the Dalai Lama did not go on a ‘date’

Washington Post Tue Oct 20 2015 By: Emily Rauhala

A Vice blog recently published an essay that included a picture of a man that the writer claimed was the Dalai Lama.

But Tibet experts contested the claim.

“The photo accompanying the article is not of the Dalai Lama,” said Tsering Shakya, a UBC professor who was a high school student in England at the time the photo was taken.

‘Banger’ Deschamps leads UBC to huge rout of Golden Bears

The Province Sat Oct 17 2015 By: Howard Tsumura

UBC running back Brandon Deschamps led the Thunderbirds to a 54-10 victory over the Alberta Golden Bears Saturday.

Vancouver exhibition wins Governor General’s award

The Vancouver Sun Fri Oct 16 2015

“Casnaem, The City Before the City,” a Vancouver exhibit that tells the story of Vancouver’s indigenous foundations has won this year’s Governor General’s history award for excellence in museums.

The exhibition is featured at the Museum of Vancouver, UBC’s Museum of Anthropology and the Musqueam Cultural Centre.

Party leaders headed here for last B.C. rallies

The Vancouver Sun Sat Oct 17 2015 By: Peter O'Neil

The parties headed to B.C. for end-of-campaign rallies this weekend.

UBC political science professor Max Cameron says Canadians “may be talking about Quebec more than B.C.” Monday night given the volatile situation in Quebec compared with B.C.’s “stable” three-way tie.

Leaders wrap marathon campaigns in B.C.

CBC News Sun Oct 18 2015

Gerald Baier, a UBC political science professor, commented on B.C.’s pivotal role in the election.

“[If] we’re anticipating a minority or a very close parliament, the truth is 10 to 15 seats a party could pick up could form a majority or get them over their nearest opponent.”

In polls we trust?

National Observer Fri Oct 16 2015 By: Charles Mandel

UBC political scientist Richard Johnston is quoted in an article on the accuracy of election polls. Johnston said the polling industry has made “some particularly spectacular” mistakes in the last few years, including the 2012 Alberta election and the 2013 B.C. election.

Three-way race in B.C. could be pivotal for deciding election

The Globe and Mail Sat Oct 17 2015 By: Ian Bailey

B.C. is locked in a three-way race between the Conservatives, the Liberals and the New Democrats and the outcome could decide the election.

UBC political scientist Max Cameron believes a Liberal or NDP minority government would likely mean new clout for some of the urban ridings that have historically voted NDP or Liberal.

Permanent resident mailed voter card despite being ineligible

CTV News Sun Oct 18 2015

UBC political scientist David Moscrop says mistakes like sending a voter card to ineligible Canadian residents happen every election.

“There are 26 million voter cards that go out, and a few of those are going to be mistaken,” Moscrop said, noting that voter information cards are produced by a variety of sources including the Canada Revenue Agency.