Is Canada ready for a nuclear strike from North Korea?

CTV Mon September 18 2017 By: Josh K. Elliott

Allen Sens, a UBC political science professor, was quoted in a CTV story about the possibility of a nuclear strike from North Korea on Canada. He said the Americans would try to intercept an incoming strike with ballistic missile defences, regardless of whether they thought it was headed for Canada or the U.S.

The hidden risks of opening up trade with China

MSN Mon September 18 2017 By: Joe Castaldo

Michael Byers, a UBC political scientist, was quoted in a Canadian Business story published on MSN, about trade between Canada and China. Byers said “the Trudeau government is only just learning that China needs to be treated with extreme caution as an investment partner.” The story also appeared in Maclean’s.

Acting against racism

North Shore News Sat September 16 2017 By: Brent Richter

Sunera Thobani, a professor in the department of Asian studies at the Institute for gender, race, sexuality and social justice, was quoted in a North Shore News article about combatting racism. Thobani said “the everyday forms of racism that are connected to … extremist versions are overlooked and they continue to be either justified or normalized.”

Trudeau’s tax reforms: Here’s how the loopholes work

Global Sun September 17 2017 By: Erica Alini

Kevin Milligan, a UBC professor of economics, spoke to Globalabout federal tax reforms. He said “the legislation might be ambiguous.” Work on the same topic by Milligan was also mentioned in a Financial Post article (also in the Regina Leader-Post) and in the Globe and Mail.

If you think everyone else has more friends, you’re not alone

NPR Thu September 14 2017 By: April Fulton

NPR reported on a UBC study that found believing you have fewer friends than others is enough to make people feel worse about themselves. Ashley Whillans, a professor at Harvard Business School who led the study as a PhD candidate at UBC, said “even if you’re someone who is doing pretty well socially, if you think everyone else has more friends, you experience lower levels of well-being and belonging.” A similar story appeared on Quartz.

Site C called first test for NDP’s commitment to Indigenous rights

The Tyee Wed September 13 2017 By: Zoë Ducklow

Sheryl Lightfoot, the Canada Research Chair in Global Indigenous Rights and Politics and a UBC professor, spoke to The Tyee about how the government recognizes Indigenous rights. She said partnership at all stages of decision making is a core way to implement free, prior and informed consent.

NDP sets course for a more affordable province

CBC Fri September 8 2017 By: Chad Pawson

Two UBC Arts professors spoke to local media about B.C. politics following the throne speech. Maxwell Cameron, a UBC political scientist, told CBC “if there is one thing the NDP must do, it’s get big money out of politics. This was a campaign promise.”

Richard Johnston, a political science professor, told Business in Vancouver “the nature of the relationship between the Greens and NDP is as critical as it was before."

Media diversity initiative among B.C. projects to get cash

Canadian Press Fri September 8 2017 By: Laura Kane

The Canadian Press interviewed Ayesha S. Chaudhry, a UBC professor in Islamic and gender studies, about a project to increase diversity in Vancouver’s news media.

She said “it’s really important that we have a diversity of voices, not just in terms of gender, but class, sexuality and race, so that the people who are watching the news see themselves represented and their concerns and their perspectives are also captured.” The CP story appeared on CTV and in the Vancouver Sun.

B.C. budget update an appetizer for next year’s main course

Canadian Press Sun September 10 2017 By: Geordon Omand

Kevin Milligan, an economist at UBC’s Vancouver School of Economics, spoke to the Canadian Press about the B.C. budget update. Milligan said he expects the update to include provisions for promises in the Green-NDP governing agreement. The CP story appeared in the Financial Post and National Observer.

Can you get addicted to trolling?

Vice Wed September 6 2017 By: Virginia Pelley

Vice interviewed a UBC psychology PhD candidate about people who troll online. Erin Buckels, the lead author of a 2014 study titled “Trolls Just Want to Have Fun,” discussed the psychological research examining personality traits of people who troll.

B.C. NDP can’t break election promise on fundraising

Maclean's Mon September 4 2017 By: Geordon Omand

UBC political scientist Maxwell Cameron says the BC New Democrats should follow through on their election promise of political fundraising reform. Speaking to the Canadian Press, Cameron said: “It is actually in their own best interest to tie their own hands and introduce legislation. Trying to drag this out is only going to make it more difficult in the future and will be a major betrayal.”

The CP story appeared in Maclean’sCBCMSNYahooVancouver SunNews 1130Metro NewsCastanet and other outlets.

Who controls the Northwest Passage? It’s up for debate.

Public Radio Mon September 4 2017 By: Carolyn Beeler

UBC Arctic expert Michael Byers was quoted in a Public Radio International story on the dispute over the legal status of the Northwest Passage.

Byers, a professor of international law at UBC, said the impact of climate change on Arctic sea ice makes it necessary to resolve the issue as soon as possible, adding that the law should keep up with climate change. The story appeared on Kera News and other outlets.

These Scottish islands may hold the secret to happiness

BBC Tue September 5 2017 By: Kathryn Macleod

BBC story on the Outer Hebrides, which recently gained fame as one of happiest places in Britain, quoted economist John F Helliwell, professor emeritus at UBC. Helliwell’s research found that people in smaller communities had higher levels of trust and a greater sense of community belonging.

Canada may have role in mediating North Korean tensions

Globe and Mail Thu August 31 2017 By: Nathan Vanderklippe

The Globe and Mail interviewed Paul Evans, a professor at UBC’s Institute of Asian Research and the Liu Institute for Global Issues, in a story about the potential for Canada to mediate tensions between North Korea and the United States. Evans said “there are mixed signals from Washington about whether even a limited Canadian initiative would be welcome.”

Trades stigma fading in minority communities

Business in Vancouver Tue August 29 2017 By: Chuck Chiang

Henry Yu, a UBC professor and expert on Asian-Canadian history and immigration, spoke to Business in Vancouver about the stigma among minority communities of working in trades.

He said the views in minority communities towards favouring certain types of jobs tend to relax as people integrate into their new surroundings.