What economists will be looking for in the first Trudeau budget

Maclean's Sun Mar 20 2016 By: Jason Kirby

Maclean’s asked several economists to share what they will be watching for when the Trudeau government unveils its first budget on Tuesday. UBC economist Kevin Milligan says he’ll be looking for how Ottawa taxes corporate distribution of profits, noting that in the past, firms took to reorganizing into income trusts “solely to game the taxation of distributions.” This article also appeared on MSN.

Danes may be the world’s happiest, but we’re pretty close

The Globe and Mail Sat Mar 19 2016 By: Jeffrey Simpson

The annual World Happiness Report, co-edited by UBC economist John Helliwell, was the focus of a Globe and Mail column. The report uses six measurements of happiness: gross domestic product per capita, life expectancy, social support, freedom to make life choices, generosity and perceptions of corruption. Of 156 countries surveyed, Denmark was ranked the world’s happiest, with Canada in sixth place.

Ottawa’s methodology for measuring upstream greenhouse gases

Yahoo Fri Mar 18 2016 By: Lauren Krugel

Ottawa has proposed a method for measuring upstream greenhouse gas emissions before new resource projects are approved, reports the Canadian Press. However, the method is far from clear on how a project could get approval since oil and gas operators vary widely in their emissions performance, according to UBC political science professor Kathryn Harrison. The projects’ production forecasts should also consider Canada’s emissions reduction target, added Harrison. This story appeared on Yahoo, Ottawa Citizen, Winnipeg Free Press, and Castanet.

Opinion: Federal leadership is essential for a working climate change policy

The Vancouver Sun Wed Mar 16 2016 By: Kathryn Harrison

UBC political science professor Kathryn Harrison urged the federal government to take the lead in shaping climate change policy as the provinces vary in their “carbon intensity.” In a Vancouver Sun op-ed, Harrison wrote: “It’s time for the Medicare moment in Canadian climate policy. Federal leadership is essential to ensure not just that Canadian governments get along, but that we achieve our international targets and fulfil our obligation to future generations.”

Shakespeare offers insight into trans struggles, scholar says

CTV News Fri Mar 18 2016 By: Canadian Press

A character in the Shakespeare play The Tempest undergoes experiences that echo those of trans individuals, according to UBC English professor Mary Ann Saunders. Saunders will present her analysis at this weekend’s Moving Trans History Forward conference in Victoria. This article appeared on CTV News, Yahoo, City News, Metro and Castanet.

Group messaging apps are stressing some people out

Fast Co. Thu Mar 17 2016 By: Sean Captain

Slack, the group messaging app touted as an alternative to email, was the focus of a new article in Fast Co. The article also mentioned a 2015 study on email by Kostadin Kushlev and Elizabeth Dunn at UBC.

Trudeau’s OAS announcement dumps big bill back on millennials

Huffington Post Fri Mar 18 2016 By: Jesse Ferreras

Ottawa’s plan to restore Old Age Security eligibility from 67 to 65 years old will burden millennials, reports the Huffington Post. UBC economist Kevin Milligan said the reversal could cost Canadians up to $6 billion in expenditures in 2030.

The happiest country in the world is not the U.S. — it’s Denmark

New York Daily News Wed Mar 16 2016 By: Keri Blakinger

An international study on happiness co-authored by UBC economist John Helliwell was highlighted in the New York Daily News, Shape, Metro US, and Vancity Buzz. Denmark was ranked number one, with Canada coming in at sixth place. The evaluations were based on personal responses to a Gallup poll. Helliwell said there’s a lot of consistency at the top of the rankings, reflecting mainly that “life evaluations are based on life circumstances that usually evolve slowly, and that are all at high levels in the top countries.”

Arlo Guthrie coming to the Chan Centre at UBC

The Georgia Straight Wed Mar 16 2016 By: Charlie Smith

American antiwar folk singer Arlo Guthrie will play the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC, The Georgia Straight reported. “We are honoured to welcome Arlo Guthrie, the musical poet and living legend of folk music history,” said Joyce Hinton, co-managing director of the Chan Centre. “Over a career spanning five decades, Arlo has been a voice to generations, speaking out against injustice with his whimsical wit.”

Why the Saudi arms deal is void

The Globe and Mail Thu Mar 17 2016 By: Michael Byers

Canada’s $15 billion sale of armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia is void because of the Middle Eastern country’s crimes against humanity in Yemen, argued UBC’s Michael Byers, in a Globe & Mail op-ed. “With Saudi Arabia having already been found by a UN panel to be committing actions that amount to such crimes, the presumption must be that it will continue doing so,” wrote Byers, Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law.

UBC prof looks at role of recent immigrants in B.C. housing market

BC Business Mon Mar 14 2016 By: Felicity Stone

A new study by UBC geography professor Dan Hiebert examined the impact of recent immigrants on B.C.’s housing market. More than half of immigrants to B.C. become homeowners within five years of arriving, Hiebert told BC Business. These immigrants purchased about 100,000 homes in Metro Vancouver, and Hiebert speculated that they bought across a wide spectrum of prices.

UBC gets new $10-million data research grant

The Vancouver Sun Tue Mar 15 2016

UBC has received $10 million to establish a new centre for innovative data in economics, reports the Vancouver Sun. A new economist has also joined the school to research big data: Erik Snowberg, the first Canada excellence research chair in the social sciences.

Democracy concerns when campaigns look backwards

Regina Leader Post Tue Mar 15 2016 By: Emma Graney

Social media gaffes and similar trends in the Saskatchewan provincial election campaign could affect the quality of future candidates, says UBC political scientist David Moscrop. Moscrop told the Regina Leader Post that the possibility of being dissected or attacked online are turning off prospective politicians. “A lot of people look at it, and think, ‘Why would I want that abuse? Why would I risk my name and quality of life?’ ” said Moscrop.

Denmark recovers top spot on world happiness ranking

The New York Times Wed Mar 16 2016 By: Sewell Chan

The New York Times and other media outlets highlighted the results of the new World Happiness Report, prepared by an international panel of social scientists including UBC economist John Helliwell. Denmark is the world’s happiest nation, followed by Iceland, Norway, Finland, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden. The report compiled individual responses to a global poll conducted by Gallup to come up with country rankings. It found a strong link between inequality and unhappiness. Similar articles appeared in Bloomberg, CNN, Yahoo, International Business Times UK, Global News and Fox, ABC, and NBC affiliates.

Shakespeare’s transgender spirit sparks UBC professor’s talk

CBC News Mon Mar 14 2016 By: Gavin Fisher

The Ariel character in Shakespeare’s play The Tempest echoes the experience of many trans people, according to UBC English professor Mary Ann Saunders. Saunders told CBC News that some of Ariel’s experiences speak to the anxiety of many trans people that they wouldn’t be loved for who they are. Saunders is a giving a talk at the Moving Trans History Forward conference at the University of Victoria, which opens March 17.