Future of Cantonese in Canada

Fairchild TV Mon Sept 21 2015

UBC faculty members Ross King, head of the Asian studies department, linguistics researcher Zoe Lam, and Cantonese lecturer Raymond Pai discussed the future of the Cantonese language on Fairchild TV.

Even if Cantonese is still being spoken by large numbers of adult speakers, a language shift will happen in 50 years if the children don’t pick up the language, Lam said.

View part 1 and part 2.

Watts campaign flyer in Surrey

News 1130 Wed Sept 23 2015 By: Simon Druker

UBC political scientist Stewart Prest commented on a Conservative flyer showing up in Surrey that featured an ISIS-related theme.

Prest said the party seems to have ramped up its message.

“It is increasing the rhetoric, not just saying that Canadians in general are threatened or there is the potential for a lone-wolf type attack,” Prest said. “But to suggest that essentially, once you get to the bedroom, if you’re not safe there, the implication is you’re not safe anywhere.”

Thousands of Metro Vancouver mansion owners avoiding taxes

The Vancouver Sun Sat Sept 26 2015 By: Douglas Todd

Statistics Canada data show that the expensive Metro Vancouver neighbourhoods where more than 30 per cent of adults are claiming poverty have high proportions of immigrants, according to a study by UBC geographer Dan Hiebert.

The article added that this reported-earnings anomaly is linked to the scenario of wealthy immigrant households that do not declare global income and whose school-age children live in Vancouver while the husbands work offshore.

Similar articles appeared in Calgary Herald and The Province.

Liberals reveal cost of election platform

660 News Sat Sept 26 2015

The Liberals’ plan to add $146.5 billion in new spending and still balance the budget isn’t far-fetched, UBC economics professor Kevin Milligan said.

“There is going to be more expenditures on things like infrastructure in the first two years and then they kind of ramp them down in years three and four of the plan,” said Milligan. “On the revenue side they have some plans to raise some additional revenue in years three and four of the plan which will again help pull us towards a balanced budget.”

A similar article appeared on News 1130.

Getting beyond foreign money denial

Globe and Mail Fri Sept 25 2015 By: Kerry Gold

Denying the effect of foreign buyers on Vancouver housing prices isn’t helpful for understanding and addressing the issue of affordability, says a new article in the Globe and Mail.

The article mentions research by UBC geographer David Ley. Ley’s analysis showed that the arrival of around 70,000 millionaire migrants in the past decade is directly correlated with the rise of real estate prices.

State subsidised child care is no Nirvana

Irish Times Sun Sept 27 2015 By: Breda O'Brien

More research is needed to understand the long-term impact of subsidized child care, according to an Irish Times article which noted that a large-scale Canadian study recently cast doubt on the benefits of universal child care in Quebec. The study was authored by researchers Kevin Milligan, UBC; Michael Baker, University of Toronto; and Jonathan Gruber, MIT.

Other articles discussing the Quebec study appeared in Macleans, MSN and Globe and Mail.

Parties running neck-and-neck as a Canadian election nears

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sun Sept 27 2015 By: Andrew Cohen

Canada is heading into the last three weeks of the campaign with no clear winner in sight. Observers say each party has the support of less than a third of voters.

The article quotes UBC political scientist David Moscrop as saying: “We don’t know what’s going on, because this has never happened before.”

A similar article appeared on MSN. Moscrop was also quoted in a National Post article on “pollster gridlock.”

UBC frosh QB O’Connor meets lofty expectations

The Province Thu Sept 24 2015 By: Howard Tsumura

Thunderbird freshman quarterback Michael O’Connor is living up to big expectations, according to an article in The Province.

O’Connor transferred from an elite NCAA Div. 1 program.

Museum of Anthropology unveils three innovative in-house shows

The Province Thu Sept 24 2015 By: Stuart Derdeyn

UBC’s Museum of Anthropology has announced three new shows for 2015-16: In)visible: The Spiritual World of Taiwan Through Contemporary Art, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Unceded Territories and In the Footprint of the Crocodile Man: Contemporary Art of the Sepik River, Papua New Guinea.

MOA director Anthony Shelton said the museum seeks to actively represent contemporary debates around issues of art and culture.

What does politics look like to a partisan?

Macleans Thu Sept 24 2015 By: David Moscrop

UBC political scientist David Moscrop focuses on partisanship in a new article for Macleans.

Identification with a party could be the deciding factor for some voters, Moscrop said. “[I]n Canada’s closest election ever, it could be partisans who decide which party governs Canada after Oct. 19–and whether that party enjoys a minority or a majority government.”

7 incredibly useful career tips from women

MSN Thu Sept 24 2015 By: Jessica Hullinger

An MSN article on tips for success recommends career experimentation, noting that it takes time to figure out how to turn passion into a career.

The article quotes economists’ research that shows people don’t find their “true calling” until mid-career. Says UBC economist Henry Siu: “The more you experiment early on, the more likely you’ll make higher wages and have greater fulfillment.”

Where is Canada in the world’s affairs?

Yahoo Fri Sept 25 2015 By: Dene Moore

An article on Canada’s foreign policy ahead of next week’s Munk Debate noted that the parties have given few specifics on their foreign policy plans.

Stewart Prest, a PhD candidate in political science at UBC, noted the lack of conversation about the Arctic.

“It is strange that we’re not hearing more about it because it was such a signature issue for the Conservatives for a number of years,” Prest said. “One of their big foreign policy gambits was to secure the Arctic and it’s just sort of fallen away.”

Canada PM faces ‘anyone but Harper’ strategic voting in election

Reuters Thu Sept 24 2015 By: Julie Gordon

A number of groups are asking Canadians to vote for anyone but Stephen Harper. Experts like Richard Johnston, a UBC political science professor, say this type of strategic voting has had little impact on past elections, because voters need strong signals on who they should back.

“In the past, when there hasn’t been such signalling, people have tended to follow the trends in national polls,” said Johnston.

Similar articles appeared in the Daily Mail (UK), Yahoo, The Star (Malaysia), Channel News, Toronto Sun and other publications.