Study suggests correlation between perfectionism and suicide risk

Global Tue August 29 2017

Paul Hewitt, a UBC psychology professor, co-authored a paper that suggests people intent on perfection may be at greater risk of suicidal thoughts and suicide, Global reported.

Taiwan seeks Ottawa’s aid to stop drug smuggling from Canada

Globe and Mail Wed August 30 2017 By: Xiao Xu

The Globe and Mail interviewed Michael Byers, the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at UBC, after a Taiwanese prosecutor appealed to Ottawa to provide better co-operation to help stop the flow of Canadian marijuana. Byers said the increased economic ties between Canada and Taiwan requires police and judicial co-operation because many kinds of criminal activities are associated with economic activity.

CPP reform to help lift plan’s assets above $15 trillion by 2090: analysis

Canadian Press Wed August 23 2017 By: Andy Blatchford

The Canadian Press interviewed Kevin Milligan, a UBC economics professor, about Canada Pension Plan reform. He said “the fascinating thing to me about the base CPP report … is the assets are still growing when you hit the end of the horizon, 2090…there’s no projection right now that it’s running dry.” The story appeared on CTV.

Linguist: Official languages foster conversation

Richmond News Tue August 22 2017 By: Graeme Wood

Bonny Norton, a UBC linguist, was interviewed for a Richmond News story about multilingualism in Canada. She discussed her research into the differences between willingness and opportunities to learn English or French.

After the party: Welcome to the gaybourhood?

Metro News Tue August 22 2017 By: Vicky Mochama

Amin Ghaziani, a UBC sociology professor, was quoted in a Metro News article about safe spaces for LGBTQ people. Ghaziani explained that queer-friendly pockets are increasingly spreading out across cities.

Are counter-protests effective?

Vancouver Courier Fri August 18 2017 By: Tessa Vikander

Rima Wilkes, a UBC sociology professor, spoke to the Vancouver Courier about the efficacy of counter-protests. She said such protests are effective in sending a message through the media but ineffective at creating dialogue between opposing groups.

Doklam: From British to Chinese interests, follow the money

SCMP Sat August 19 2017 By: Tsering Shakya

Tsering Shakya, the Canadian Research Chair in Religion and Contemporary Society at UBC, wrote an op-ed for South China Morning Post about the history and political implications of exploring the Himalayas. He wrote that “the centre of world manufacturing and economic power has shifted to China, where commercial organisations and businesspeople are demanding roads and trade in the Himalayas.”

History professor discusses anti-immigration rallies

CBC Wed August 16 2017

Henry Yu, a UBC history professor, was interviewed on CBC Radio’s BC Almanac about anti-immigration rallies. Yu discussed the history of structured racism throughout the United States. Yu’s segment starts at 9:16.

Opinion: Reconciliation at 150 — Canada’s Great Challenge

Vancouver Sun Wed August 16 2017 By: Jason Tockman and Sheryl Lightfoot

The Vancouver Sun published an op-ed about Indigenous reconciliation co-written by Sheryl Lightfoot, a UBC professor in First Nations and Indigenous studies, and Jason Tockman, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies.

Lightfoot and Tockman wrote that “Indigenous nations must be able to consistently participate at the highest levels, including in subsequent, shared decision-making with regard to new laws and policies. This is what reconciliation looks like.”

How do we ready kids for the next generation of fake news?

The Tyee Mon August 14 2017 By: Katie Hyslop

The Tyee quoted two UBC researchers in an article about media literacy. Eric M. Meyer, a professor in the school of library, archival and information studies, said lessons on evaluating and critiquing media sources should be taught earlier. Ron Darvin, a UBC language and literacy education PhD candidate, discussed the ways of integrating digital literacy into the classroom.

UBC experts on war of words between North Korea and the U.S.

CBC Fri August 11 2017 By: Nelson Bennett

Two UBC professors weighed in about the war of words between the leaders of North Korea and the United States. Michael Byers was interviewed on CBC Radio’s Early Edition and said he is not concerned that nuclear weapons will be used anytime soon between the two countries. The segment starts at 2:31:40.

Donald Baker, a professor at UBC’s department of Asian studies, spoke to News 1130 and said the possibility of war between North Korea and the United States is unlikely.

B.C. joins legal battles against Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

CBC Thu August 10 2017

UBC experts were interviewed by various media outlets after the B.C. government announced its plan to join the legal fight against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion because Kinder Morgan has not “meaningfully” consulted with Aboriginal communities.

George Hoberg and Werner Antweiler were interviewed for a CBC Vancouver story. Hoberg, a professor at UBC’s Liu Institute for Global Issues, said intervenor status for the government won’t be “particularly consequential.” Antweiler, a professor at the UBC Sauder School of Business, agreed that the province’s threats will not amount to much. Hoberg also spoke to CTV News on the same topic.

The shifting sands of B.C. politics

Vancouver Sun Sun August 13 2017 By: Philip Resnick

Philip Resnick, a UBC professor emeritus in the department of political science, wrote an op-ed for the Vancouver Sun about the changes in B.C. politics. He wrote that “the traditional mould of B.C. politics, based on a coalition of the centre-right, may have been broken and a new era in provincial politics may have begun.”

Christy Clark’s resignation a short-term gift to NDP

Business in Vancouver Tue August 8 2017 By: Nelson Bennett

Business in Vancouver interviewed Richard Johnston, a UBC political scientist, about the implications of Christy Clark’s resignation. Johnston said the key to a Liberal party reinvention will be winning back support in Metro Vancouver in places like Surrey.

14 ways to squeeze more joy out of every day

Time Magazine Mon August 7 2017 By: Ellen Seidman

Time Magazine cited a study co-authored by Elizabeth Dunn, a UBC psychology professor. Dunn’s research found people consistently felt happier on days when they interacted with others.