UBC prof calls for proportional representation in Canada

Georgia Straight Wed September 28 2016 By: Carlito Pablo

An electoral reform submission written by Maxwell A. Cameron, a UBC political science professor, was featured in the Georgia Straight. Cameron argued for proportional representation, which would lead to fewer “false majority governments.”

“Party leaders would have to learn to work together, as competition among parties would be tempered by the recognition of the need for cooperation between elections,” he wrote in his paper to the House of Commons committee. “This would reduce the incentives for permanent campaigning and the use of wedge issues.”

The man who shaped Canadian identity

BBC Wed September 28 2016 By: Thomas Rogers

BBC featured UBC alumnus Pierre Berton a historian who has been credited with helping to shape Canadian identity.

Berton, an author and journalist, wrote many historical books including the popular story Klondike, and once had three books on the bestseller list simultaneously.

What’s next for Pacific NorthWest LNG project?

CBC Thu September 29 2016 By: John Paul Tasker

Two UBC professors weighed in on the recently approved liquefied natural-gas mega-project in B.C. CBC quoted George Hoberg, a professor of environmental and natural resource policy at UBC’s Institute for Global Issues. “The Liberal government keeps making decisions that are adding new pulses of GHGs to Canada’s emissions,” he said. “It makes it harder to meet our 2030 climate targets.” The story also appeared in Yahoo Finance.

MSN Canada published a Vancouver Sun story that also quoted Hoberg. The approval is “a major step backward for the Trudeau government’s commitment to meet its Paris climate target,” Hoberg said. Kathryn Harrison, a professor of political science at UBC, spoke toCBC’s Early Edition (at 02:11:15) about the project. “The Trudeau government has been presenting inconsistent messages for a long time,” she said. “This approval was quite telling that they’re going to lean on the side of more nice rhetoric but business as usual in other respects.”

Of unknown origin in a strange wood without leaves

Radio Praha Sat September 24 2016 By: David Vaughn

Radio Praha featured UBC professor emeritus Markéta Goetz-Stankiewicz who won the George Theiner Prize, which honours people who have helped promote Czech literature around the world.

Goetz-Stankiewicz was the former head of UBC’s Germanic Studies department.

Snap polls suggest Clinton wins first debate against Trump

Global BC Mon September 26 2016 By: Nick Logan

Global BC interviewed Paul Quirk, the Phil Lind Chair in U.S. Politics and Representation at UBC, for a breakdown of the U.S. presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Quirk said both the Republican and Democratic parties will likely view the debate as a win for themselves, but practice was the key.

“It was clear that preparation obviously paid [off],” Quirk told Global News. “[Clinton] was able to make points in a much more organized and effective way…Trump appeared to be repetitive and rambling.”

How we came to tout positivity for the ill

Globe and Mail Fri September 23 2016 By: Wendy Leung

Judy Segal, a UBC English professor, spoke to the Globe and Mail for a story on the idea that sickness should be met with positivity.

Segal said people in poor health may find it more difficult to express their negative thoughts and instead feel responsible for their loved ones. “When I told somebody that I had cancer or I was with someone who knew that I did, I felt like I had to look after them. I didn’t want them to be too sad,” she said. “I felt responsible for how bad they felt because they felt bad for me.”

Weeks left in race to White House

Toronto Sun Sat September 24 2016 By: Antonella Artuso

Dominik Stecula, a UBC political science PhD candidate, spoke to the Toronto Sun for a story on the American presidential election.

“Trump kind of blew the door off of this whole thing,” Stecula said. “He really knows how to get the media to cover him. He can always come up with a new controversy just so he is the one that is being talked about.”

Is free speech in China really getting better?

The Diplomat Fri September 23 2016 By: David Volodzko

The Diplomat interviewed Tim Cheek, a UBC historian who studies Chinese intellectualism, for a story on how free speech is not improving in China.

“I didn’t see it coming and I don’t think many of us did,” said Cheek. “I thought the party would become more latitudinarian and more flaccid [under Xi]. But this is a real muscle-up to grandpa’s way.”

UBC experts discuss China-Canada ties

CCTV Sat September 24 2016

UBC professors Paul Evans and Yves Tiberghien spoke toCCTV, China’s national TV, about the relationship between Canada and China following Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to Ottawa.

“What Mr.Trudeau and his government is trying to say is that we need to live together,” said Evans (at 2:03 mark), a professor at UBC’s Institute of Asian Research and Liu Institute For Global Issues. “It’s not fundamentally a matter of changing China but living with China, and that’s a new story for Canada.”

Yves Tiberghien, director of UBC’s Institute of Asian Research, discussed the differences (4:40 mark) between Trudeau’s approach to relations with China and former Prime Minister Harper’s approach. “Fundamentally Prime Minister Trudeau indeed carries on from where his father left, which is a vision that whatever differences Canadians may have with China on different issues, China is a central global player and one with whom we have to work and build bridges,” he said.

Evans also spoke to the Globe and Mail and Ottawa Citizen on the same topic.

China pushes its Panchen Lama into spotlight

Washington Post Mon September 26 2016 By: Simon Denyer

The Washington Post interviewed Tsering Shakya, a UBC professor at the Institute of Asian Research and Canada Research Chair in Religion and Contemporary Society in Asia, about the man being groomed by China’s Communist Party as an alternate to the Dalai Lama.

The Chinese-appointed Panchen Lama does not seem to be known by many people in Tibet, the article reported.

Shakya said the fact that the Panchen Lama does not live in his traditional seat in Tibet’s Tashi Lhunpo Monastery showed that monks there still did not accept him.

Royal couple will help tell Canadian story

BBC Thu September 22 2016 By: Jessica Murphy

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to Canada, which will include a stop at UBC Okanagan was featured on BBC, International Business TimesHollywood Life and Castanet.

The Canadian Press also interviewed Sarika Bose, a UBC lecturer in Victorian literature about the upcoming royal visit. Bose said the tour will centre on family, environment and community participation.

The CP story appeared on CTV, Maclean’s and the Vancouver Sun.

Chinese ‘Fox Hunt’ looms over Li’s visit to Ottawa

CBC Wed September 21 2016 By: Mike Blanchfield

Paul Evans, a professor at UBC’s Institute of Asian Research, spoke to the Canadian Press for a story on China’s pursuit and harassment of so-called economic fugitives and other dissidents.

“Our government has not led a discussion on this. And people have been reluctant to speak about it,” he said. “On a 10-point scale, this is not a Level 7 or 8 emergency, but it is a serious concern that needs to be watched.”

The story appeared on CBC, the National Observer and Metro News.

Divorce rates coming down despite Jolie vs. Pitt split

Vancouver Sun Tue September 20 2016 By: Gordon McIntyre

Marina Adshade, a lecturer at UBC’s School of Economics who studies marriage, divorce and love in middle age, spoke to theVancouver Sun about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s divorce.

“Given the hundreds of headlines I’ve seen over the years that those two were breaking up, it gives the impression that people in Hollywood are breaking up all the time,” Adshade said. “But they’re not. A study which most people find surprising found the divorce rate for the top movie stars isn’t much different than for everybody else.”

The story also appeared in the Ottawa Citizen and The Province. Adshade also spoke to Roundhouse Radio.

Extradition treaty with China would be an affront to human rights

Globe and Mail Tue September 20 2016 By: Michael Byers

The Globe and Mail published an op-ed by Michael Byers, the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at UBC, on Canada’s extradition treaty with China.

“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is naive if he thinks an extradition treaty with China could respect human rights. He is even more naive if he thinks that, by negotiating such a treaty, he can exert a positive influence on China – somehow forcing police, prosecutors and judges there to comply with international norms,” Byers wrote.

Outrageousness is Trump’s trump card

USA Today Tue September 20 2016 By: Jessica Tracy

USA Today published an op-ed by Jessica Tracy, a UBC psychology professor, detailing why the absurd actions of presidential candidate Donald Trump have contributed to his success in the political arena.

“Trump has attained power not despite his egotism, aggression, and practices of intimidation, but because of those behaviours,” she wrote.