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Macleans Thu Nov 5 2015

Maclean’s ran a piece on UBC as part of its University Rankings 2016, listing standout programs such as the distributed M.D. program, designed to increase the number of rural and Aboriginal students going into medical careers; and the interdisciplinary Arts One/Science One program. The article also mentioned “cool courses” including Wade Davis’s cultural anthropology introductory course and Ernest Mathijs’s cult cinema overview.

A companion piece focused on the student experience.

China passes Canada to become largest U.S. trading partner

The Globe and Mail Thu Nov 5 2015 By: Iain Marlow

China’s overtaking of Canada as the United States’ largest trading partner signals the growing importance of China in the global economy. UBC professor Paul Evans, author of Engaging China: Myth, Aspiration and Strategy in Canadian Policy from Trudeau to Harper, says the transition will drive changes in Canadian consciousness about China’s role globally and in Canada.

“There is no reason to be alarmed by being No. 2,” Evans said. “But it does demonstrate that continental proximity is no longer economic destiny.”

A similar article appeared on BNN.

Trudeau Liberals to bring back mandatory long-form census

Huffington Post Thu Nov 5 2015 By: Althia Raj

The return of the long-form census ensures that policy decisions will be based on reason and evidence, according to UBC professor and Liberal advisor Kevin Milligan.

“There was no sensible public policy case for the decision to move away from the mandatory census,” Milligan said. “The replacement cost more and was demonstrably lower quality. Attacking this important institution was simply vandalism.”

Trudeau sworn in as Canada’s prime minister, three from B.C. named to cabinet

The Vancouver Sun Thu Nov 5 2015 By: Peter O'Neil

The federal cabinet positions given to two B.C. Liberals are “major coups for the province”, says UBC political scientist Richard Johnston.

Jody Wilson-Raybould was named Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of Canada, and Harjit Sajjan was named Minister of National Defence. Both ministries are senior assignments.

A similar story appeared on CBC’s The Current.

Why Canada wants to hit pause on the Keystone pipeline

TIME Thu Nov 5 2015 By: Joanna Plucinska

Canada’s new Prime Minister faces the task of balancing his country’s relations with the U.S. and the need to support Alberta’s troubled oil industry, according to a TIME article on the Keystone pipeline.

Analysts believe Justin Trudeau will have to soon clarify his environmental policies at the upcoming climate conference in Paris and other international meetings.

“If [Obama] has been pressuring Canada to take stronger actions to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, particularly from the tar sands, as a condition for approval, there could be pressure for greater clarity on that issue from the new Liberal government,” said Kathryn Harrison, a political science professor at UBC.

Justin Trudeau names smaller and more diverse cabinet

Financial Times Wed Nov 4 2015 By: Anna Nicolaou

UBC political science professor Max Cameron says Justin Trudeau “clearly wants to be seen as a man of the people” and as a more collaborative leader than Stephen Harper was.

However, Cameron thinks Trudeau’s political honeymoon could last a while as many Canadians were glad to see Harper leave office.

Canada PM Trudeau reveals diverse gender-equal Cabinet

Reuters Wed Nov 4 2015 By: Randall Palmer, David Ljunggren

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has picked a young, ethnically diverse and gender-equal Cabinet, media outlets reported on Wednesday.

With so many new faces in the Cabinet, rookie mistakes could be made, cautions UBC political science professor Gerald Baier in a Reuters article: “It seems as though the balance is tipped towards youth as opposed grizzled veterans, but to have a few there I think is important and helpful.”

Baier also gave comments to the Globe and Mail.

Andre Alexis wins Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

News 1130 Tue Nov 3 2015 By: Victoria Ahearn

The Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize went to Toronto author Andre Alexis for “Fifteen Dogs.” B.C.’s Annabel Lyon, who teaches in the creative writing program at UBC, won the Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Award, which goes to a mid-career writer for a body of work.

A similar story appeared in Metro News.

Liberals’ B.C. promises

CBC Early Edition Tue Nov 3 2015

UBC political science professor Gerald Baier commented on the promises made in B.C. by Justin Trudeau’s Liberals, saying B.C. mayors’ priorities would probably be to push for action on the missing aboriginal women file, as well as more local issues such as water treatment, simple infrastructure projects like roads, and housing.

Segment starts 2:21:00.

Is this the world’s most super-diverse neighbourhood?

The Vancouver Sun Tue Nov 3 2015 By: Douglas Todd

UBC geographer Daniel Hiebert says neighbourhoods in which a single ethnic group dominates tend to do better than places with a multitude of ethnic backgrounds.

Both types of enclaves could benefit from cross-cultural diversity, but the first type also provides residents with the economic advantages of being near people who share their ethnicity and cultural background.

The 7 bad morning habits that can ruin a day

Huffington Post Mon Nov 2 2015 By: Andrea Atkins

How people start their morning has a big influence on how the rest of their day unfolds, according to a Huffington Post article. The article mentioned a recent UBC paper that found higher levels of stress among people who checked their email regularly throughout the day, than those who checked them just three times a day.

UBC Creative Writing wins two Writers’ Trust Awards

Writers' Trust of Canada Thurs Nov 5 2015

Congratulations to author and Creative Writing Assistant Professor Annabel Lyon, who won the 2015 Writers' Trust Engel/Findley Award. Lyon was recognized for her remarkable body of work, and in anticipation of her future contributions to Canadian literature. 

Congratulations also to Optional Residency MFA alumna Deirdre Dore, winner of the 2015 Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize for her short story, "The Wise Baby". The Journey Prize is awarded annually to a new and developing writer of distinction for a short story published in a Canadian literary publication.

UBC Linguistics PhD student places second in Global U21 3MT event

UBC 3MT Tues Nov 3 2015

Congratulations to UBC Linguistics PhD student Zoe Wai-Man Lam, who won the second place Highly Commended award in the third annual Universitas 21 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Global Final. Earlier this year Zoe was awarded top prize in UBC’s annual event for her presentation, Perception of Lexical Tones by Heritage Speakers of Cantonese.

"What I love about 3MT is its power to break stereotypes – images of the ivory tower, graduate students staying in their own bubble, or journal papers that the rest of the world will never read," said Zoe. "I feel honoured to have played a part to bring a change and make a difference."

Full results for the U21 3MT 2015 competition can be found on

Freed journalist, bullied woman among TEDxVancouver speakers

The Province Mon Nov 2 2015

Three UBC faculty members are on this year’s list of TEDxVancouver speakers: Mohamed Fahmy, journalist in residence; Marina Adshade, who teaches a popular course on the economics of sex; and Lara Boyd, a neurobiologist.

A similar article appeared on MSN.

B.C. Conservatives re-evaluate identity

The Globe and Mail Mon Nov 2 2015 By: Ian Bailey

B.C. Conservatives are looking to redefine their role in provincial politics following the federal Tories’ defeat in the recent election.

UBC political scientist Richard Johnston said that the Tories should learn from the provincial Liberals’ approach of holding to Conservative economic philosophy while being “less tone deaf on coastal issues.”