Sex robots could improve marriages, says Vancouver prof

Radio Canada Wed April 18 2018

Radio Canada and Huffington Post (also on Yahoo) interviewed Marina Adshade, a professor at UBC’s Vancouver School of Economics, about sex robots. She suggested that sex robots could help marriages by easing the demands people place on their partners in monogamous relationships. Similar stories appeared on JezebelThe Mirror UKCBCCBC Radio’s On the Coast and Castanet.

Timothy Taylor writes with one eye on the reader

North Shore News Mon April 16 2018 By: Jeremy Shepherd

North Shore News highlighted the work of Timothy Taylor, a UBC creative writing professor and author. Taylor’s new book is called The Rule of Stephens. The story also appeared in the Vancouver Courier.

Trans Mountain pipeline expansion meeting

Canadian Press Fri April 13 2018 By: Mia Rabson

UBC Arts experts weighed in on the pipeline project meeting involving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, B.C. Premier John Horgan and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. Kathryn Harrison, a political scientist, told the Canadian Press she doesn’t believe there is a way for everyone to come out of the meeting with a win. The CP story appeared on BNN, Financial Post, National Observer, Yahoo, and CTV Vancouver.

Max Cameron, a political scientist, spoke to the Vancouver Sun and News 1130, saying no magical resolution should be expected from the meeting.

Gays, lesbians face subtle discrimination from neighbours

Business Standard Sun April 15 2018 By: Tessa Vikander

Business Standard highlighted a study led by Amin Ghaziani, a UBC sociology professor that explored LGBT discrimination. “Prejudice and discrimination still exist — it is just more subtle and difficult to detect,” he said. The research was also featured in Hindustan Times and City Winnipeg. Ghaziani also spoke to StarMetro Vancouver about a similar topic.

B.C. businesses’ political donations shifted after NDP takeover

StarMetro Vancouver Wed April 11 2018 By: David P. Ball

The StarMetro Vancouver interviewed Maxwell Cameron, a UBC political science professor, about the NDP’s change to political donation rules. Cameron praised the new ban on corporate and union donations, and $1,200 cap on individual gifts.

Twitter isn’t voice of the people, media shouldn’t pretend it is

CBC Wed April 11 2018

CBC reported that Heidi Tworek, a UBC professor who teaches the history of information, published an essay in the Columbia Journalism Review about how journalists have become dependent on Twitter.

Canadians struggle to find home rentals as prices climb, availability declines

Globe and Mail Tue April 10 2018 By: Peter Caulfield

The Canadian Press interviewed Craig Jones, a UBC geography PhD candidate, about the high housing costs in Canada. He said the situation is largely the result of the federal government’s move away from building rental housing in the early 1990s, along with the profitability of building condominiums over rentals in the private sector. The story appeared in the Globe and Mail, the StarThe ProvinceVancouver Courier and Castanet.

B.C. could face budgetary backlash for Kinder Morgan stance

Vancouver Sun Mon April 9 2018 By: Rob Shaw

The Vancouver Sun interviewed Richard Johnston, a UBC political science professor, about Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. He said the pressure is on Alberta and potentially Ottawa to invest public dollars into the project to prevent it from collapsing. The story also appeared in the Calgary Herald.

Is there a housing crisis solution in B.C. municipalities?

Journal of Commerce Mon April 9 2018 By: Peter Caulfield

Journal of Commerce quoted David Ley, a UBC geography professor emeritus, for a story about a possible housing crisis solution.

What Europe can teach Canada about protecting democracy

The Conversation Thu April 5 2018 By: Chris Tenove and Heidi J.S. Tworek

The Conversation published an op-ed by two UBC academics about shielding Canadian democracy from digital manipulation. “Working with Europe, which has an economy larger than the U.S. economy, could be the only way for Canada to create change,” wrote Chris Tenove, a postdoctoral research fellow at UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and Graduate School of Journalism, and Heidi J. S. Tworek, a professor of international history.

World trading order facing biggest threats since WWII: Freeland

Canadian Press Wed April 4 2018 By: Mike Blanchfield

The Canadian Press interviewed Paul Evans, a professor of international relations at UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, about the international implications of the U.S.-China trade dispute. “Global supply and value chains are going to be disrupted, the norms and rules of the global trading system eroded further and a whole new level of uncertainty built into the global economic system,” Evans said. The CP story appeared on Business News Network and 660 News.

Charitable giving by corporations is also about getting: New study

New York Times Tue April 3 2018 By: Eduardo Porter

The New York Times reported on an economic analysis about how corporate America is spreading its philanthropic wealth.

UBC academics Matilde Bombardini and Francesco Trebbi worked with other researchers to examine charity donations linked to members of Congress.

Revised housing tax turns off out-of-B.C. homeowners

Financial Post Thu March 29 2018 By: Naomi Powell

Joshua Gottlieb, a UBC professor of economics, was quoted in the Financial Post about B.C.’s revised housing tax. He said the taxes imposed remain “reasonable,” especially when compared to current levels.

Job creation and lingering activism: Experts on LNG tax breaks

CBC Fri March 23 2018 By: Clare Hennig

CBC interviewed Kathryn Harrison, a UBC political scientist, after Premier John Horgan announced that tax breaks will be available for a potential $40 billion LNG terminal in Kitimat. “All governments like to entice big investment and create lots of jobs. The NDP is no different in that respect despite what they might have said in opposition to the Liberals,” she said.

Experts call for transparency around how political parties mine data

Canadian Press Sun March 25 2018 By: Geordon Omand

The Canadian Press quoted Alfred Hermida, a UBC digital media scholar, for a story about political parties mining data. He said political campaigns have been getting more targeted for years as the raw power of data analytics and computing grows. The CP story appeared on iPoliticsNews 1130Castanet, in the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star.