Job creation and lingering activism: Experts on LNG tax breaks

CBC Fri March 23 2018 By: Clare Hennig

CBC interviewed Kathryn Harrison, a UBC political scientist, after Premier John Horgan announced that tax breaks will be available for a potential $40 billion LNG terminal in Kitimat. “All governments like to entice big investment and create lots of jobs. The NDP is no different in that respect despite what they might have said in opposition to the Liberals,” she said.

Experts call for transparency around how political parties mine data

Canadian Press Sun March 25 2018 By: Geordon Omand

The Canadian Press quoted Alfred Hermida, a UBC digital media scholar, for a story about political parties mining data. He said political campaigns have been getting more targeted for years as the raw power of data analytics and computing grows. The CP story appeared on iPoliticsNews 1130Castanet, in the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star.

‘Island of Death’: Canada’s forgotten racist leper colony

Vice Thu March 22 2018 By: Mark Lamoureux

Henry Yu, a UBC history professor who researches historical racism in Canada, spoke with Vice for a story about a racist leper colony that existed in B.C.’s Gulf Islands. He explained how D’Arcy Island is a dark spot in Canadian history.

Is it time to #DeleteFacebook?

Global Wed March 21 2018

Taylor Owen, a UBC journalism professor, was interviewed on Global about Facebook facing scrutiny over how well it guards user privacy. Owen discussed if people should reconsider how they engage with the social media platform.

Trade fight

CBC Thu March 22 2018

CBC interviewed Wenran Jiang, a senior fellow with UBC’s Institute of Asian Research, about Donald Trump’s plans to level tariffs on Chinese imports. Jiang said the rest of the world disagrees with Trump’s plans. The story also appeared on Yahoo.

Canada’s curiously cautious commemoration of women suffragists

The Conversation Mon March 19 2018 By: Veronica Strong-Boag

Veronica Strong-Boag, a UBC professor emerita, wrote an op-ed about women suffragists for The Conversation. “Today, just as when women won the vote, democracy remains a work in progress, its allies imperfect, its opponents many,” she wrote.

We must wake up from our Western dream for China

Globe and Mail Sat March 17 2018 By: Yves Tiberghien

The Globe and Mail published an op-ed by Yves Tiberghien, director emeritus of the Institute of Asian Research at UBC, about the Western dream for China. “Asia is more than just China – Canada needs to have a balanced and strategic approach to the entirety of the region,” he wrote.

UBC prof has advice for anyone thinking of running for office

Vancouver Courier Thu March 15 2018

Maxwell Cameron, the director of the Institute for Future Legislators and a UBC political scientist, spoke to the Vancouver Courier about advice for anyone who wants to run for political office. “Know why you wish to serve,” he said. “It is vital to have a compelling answer to this question.”

Perhaps tired of winning, U.S. falls in World Happiness rankings

Washington Post Wed March 14 2018 By: Alex Horton

The Washington Post reported on the 2018 World Happiness Report rankings, which was co-edited by John Helliwell, a UBC professor emeritus. “The most striking finding is the extent to which happiness of immigrants matches the locally born population,” Helliwell said. “The happiest countries in the world also have the happiest immigrants in the world.” Similar stories appeared on BBCReutersUSA Today, the Hindustan TimesJapan Times, and Global.

The power and patterns of pipeline protests

CBC Tue March 13 2018

David Tindall, a UBC sociology professor, was interviewed on CBC Radio’s On the Coast about social movements in light of recent pipeline protests in B.C. “Certain provinces like B.C. and Quebec are much more concerned about this issue, and much more opposed to the pipelines,” he said.

Canadian CEOs are taking an ever larger share of pie

Huffington Post Tue March 13 2018 By: Albert Van Santvoort

Thomas Lemieux, a UBC economist, was interviewed for a Huffington Post article about the pay gap between Canadian CEOs and average workers. “The fact that CEOs are paid more or even substantially more than the average worker is not very surprising. The real puzzle is why it has grown so much over the last 30 years or so,” he said.

Alix Ohlin: Ideal candidate to take over UBC’s creative writing program

Globe and Mail Wed March 14 2018 By: Marsha Lederman

The Globe and Mail profiled Alix Ohlin, the new chair of the creative writing program at UBC. Ohlin completed her undergrad degree at Harvard University, graduating magna cum laude, and her MFA at the Michener Center for Writers, University of Texas at Austin.

Poor, minority moms face tough judgments over kids’ weight

US News Tue March 13 2018 By: Robert Preidt

US News & World Report highlighted UBC research that showed low-income mothers who receive food assistance face close scrutiny over their children’s weight, whether the kids were overweight or underweight. “All parents face some scrutiny over their kids’ bodies when they go to the doctor, but our findings suggest poor mothers experience more scrutiny,” said study co-author and UBC sociology assistant professor Sinikka Elliott. The story also appeared on

Out-of-province homebuyers could rush to sell if B.C. slaps speculation tax

Financial Post Mon March 12 2018 By: Geoffrey Morgan

The Financial Post interviewed Joshua Gottlieb, a UBC economics professor, about the speculation tax that could impact B.C. housing prices. He said the effectiveness of the proposed tax will depend on who is granted exemptions. The story also appeared in the Vancouver Sun and Calgary Sun.

Indigenous advocates excited by funding to preserve B.C.’s oldest languages

The Tyee Mon March 12 2018 By: Duncan Anderson

The Tyee interviewed Mark Turin, chair of the First Nations and Endangered Languages Program at UBC, about funding to revitalize B.C.’s dozens of Indigenous languages. “One of the unique features of B.C.’s linguistic landscape is the rich and robust documentation that already exists for many of the First Nations languages that are spoken here,” Turin said.