BC Hydro’s Site C dam rises from the historic Peace River

Vancouver Sun Fri May 27 2016 By: Larry Pynn

Karen Bakker, Canada Research Chair at UBC, was interviewed for a Vancouver Sun story on the continued construction of the Site C dam on the Peace River.

“B.C. has significant unused capacity to generate more electricity from existing dams,” she said. “Site C is not the cheapest option, if we look at the bigger picture.”

She said solar and wind power should be considered. The story also appeared on the Ottawa Citizen, The ProvinceMontreal Gazette and Saskatoon Star Phoenix.

A simple solution to Canada’s climate challenge

Toronto Star Fri May 27 2016 By: Ambarish Chandra, Werner Antweiler and Sumeet Gulati

The Toronto Star published an op-ed co-authored by UBC economics professors Werner Antweiler and Sumeet Gulati on a solution to climate change.

The authors say the answer is “a nationwide carbon price high enough to meaningfully change the behaviour of Canadians.” Research on carbon tax in B.C. found obvious evidence that the tax is politically achievable and environmentally effective.

Obama’s Hiroshima visit to cement ties with Japan

Kyodo News Sat May 28 2016 By: Kakumi Kobayashi

A Kyodo News story about U.S. President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima features an interview with Yves Tiberghien, head of the Institute of Asian Research at UBC.

Obama spoke near the site where the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb 71 years ago. The visit was said to strengthen Japanese-American relations.

“The hope is that it can nudge Japan to lead similar peaceful visits to Korea, China, and indeed other countries in East Asia in a similar way as President Obama came to Hiroshima,” Tiberghien said. Tiberghien was also quoted on this topic on Japan Today.

Geographer saw early signs of Chinese buyers in Vancouver

Globe and Mail Fri May 27 2016 By: Jim Sutherland

UBC geographer David Ley is featured in a Globe and Mail story on foreign investment in Vancouver real estate.

Vancouver has been listed as one of the top three intended destinations for the majority of people in China who have liquid assets of over $2 million.

“The top end of the market is not being supported by local conditions,” says Ley. “We’ve got a housing market that is totally out of whack with the labour market.”

Using smartphone excessively gives you faux-ADHD

Quartz Fri May 27 2016 By: Kostadin Kushlev

A University of Virginia-UBC study links smartphone alerts to symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, reports Quartz.

“The results were clear: more frequent phone interruptions made people less attentive and more hyperactive,” wrote study author Kostadin Kushlev, a psychology research scientist at the University of Virginia, who led the study with UBC colleagues.

The study followed 221 UBC students and found that when they had their phones’ notification alerts on and kept their phones within reach, they were more inattentive and hyperactive than when interruptions were kept to a minimum.

Writer who witnessed China’s cultural revolution dies at 104

New York Times Thu May 26 2016 By: Amy Qin

Christopher Rea, an associate professor of modern Chinese literature at UBC, was quoted in a New York Times obituary for the respected writer Yang Jiang who wrote about China’s cultural revolution.

“‘Six Chapters’ gave people a new sense of dignity,” Rea said of Yang’s famous memoir. “It helped them emerge from the Cultural Revolution as individuals, not just as victims.”

Rea edited a book on Ms. Yang’s and her husband’s writing. This story also appeared on the Boston Globe and the Globe and Mail.

The enduring relevance of ‘The Little Prince’

National Post Thu May 26 2016 By: Sabrina Maddeaux

The National Post interviewed Judith Saltman, a professor at UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies for a story on how ‘The Little Prince’ is still relevant 73 years after it was first published.

“The themes include the value of friendship, the meaning of love, what loss is, what loneliness is, how important creativity is, that divide between adult and child levels of imagination, and how some adults keep the imagination of childhood and others don’t,” said Saltman.

Liberals celebrate dramatic return from the scrap heap

CBC News Thu May 26 2016 By: Aaron Wherry

UBC political scientist Richard Johnston was interviewed for a CBC News story on the success of the federal Liberal party. Johnston said that Canada’s democracy is strange because the Liberals, a party of the centre, dominates rather than a right or left-wing party.

Lucky $888,888 price tag targets Chinese home buyers

CBC News Tue May 24 2016

A CBC News article on the trend of targeting Chinese homebuyers using the lucky number eight includes research from UBC economics professor Nicole Fortin.

In a 2012 study, Fortin calculated that Vancouver addresses ending in the number eight sold at a 2.5 per cent premium. A house in Victoria hit the market with a price tag of $888,888. The story also appeared on Yahoo Finance.

Breaking down the Brexit vote

CBC News Tue May 24 2016

Yves Tiberghien, the director of the Institute of Asian Research at UBC did an interview for the Early Edition on CBC News regarding the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom.

“Deep down it’s an issue of identity for the British at this moment. But I think there’s a growing awareness that the gains of leaving are not that great right, they’re symbolic whereas the loss of leaving are big, are real,” he said. The segment begins at 02:18:12.

Most B.C. residents think their government is an oligarchy

National Post Tue May 24 2016 By: Maxwell A. Cameron

UBC political scientist Maxwell A. Cameron wrote an op-ed for the National Post about a recent poll showing British Columbians believe elections can be bought and why he says this needs to change.

“According to an Insights West poll, 90 per cent of British Columbians think corporations are influential in shaping public policy, and roughly half think they are the most influential group in politics,” Cameron wrote.

Note to Swiss: Basic income plans have a basic flaw

Bloomberg Markets Tue May 24 2016 By: Luke Kawa

An article on Bloomberg Markets highlights research by UBC economist Kevin Milligan in advance of the upcoming Swiss vote on universal basic income.

Milligan found that it’s unlikely any basic income initiative will accomplish all of its professed goals and any plan will require trade-offs. His “impossible trinity” model, including a phase-out rate, the size of the payout, and the overall cost of income assistance programs, are are all desirable factors but can’t happen at the same time.

Vancouver’s ‘freak show’ property market

BBC News Tue May 24 2016

BBC News interviewed UBC geographer David Ley and UBC economist Thomas Davidoff for a radio story on the unaffordable nature of Vancouver’s real estate market.

Ley spoke about the influence of Chinese money on places like Vancouver. Davidoff discussed how a shift in taxes could contribute to a more vibrant economy. Ley’s segment begins at 06:48 and Davidoff’s starts at 15:37.

Sweden pays parents for having kids

Vox Mon May 23 2016 By: Dylan Matthews

A story published on Vox focussed on universal child benefits and included research co-authored by UBC economist Kevin Milligan. The research found that Canada’s child benefit expansions have increased test scores and health outcomes.

In appreciation of Morley Safer

Globe and Mail Thu May 19 2016 By: Peter Klein

Peter Klein of UBC’s Global Reporting Centre wrote an op-ed for the Globe and Mail on journalist Morley Safer who passed away Thursday. Safer helped create CBS News and was best known for his work on 60 Minutes.

“While his early career was focused on hard news and war, Morley grew into a thoughtful elder statesman of television broadcasting, reporting on ideas as often as corruption,” Klein wrote.