|Ottawa misses deadline to join China-backed Asian infrastructure bank|
|Globe and Mail|
Canada has missed the Tuesday, March 31 deadline to join the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
Yves Tiberghien, a professor at UBC and senior fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, said Beijing wouldn’t openly block Canadian companies from working in China but there are downsides to staying out of the new institution.
“It won’t be a discriminatory regime, but there’s subtle ways in which, when things are even, and there’s two bids, and there’s a little nudge somewhere,” he said. “Then it’s at that level that the nudge would not come the Canadian way if Canada stayed out.”
|Private school students do fare better — but it’s mainly because of their parents: study|
A new report from Statistics Canada finds that private school students do better academically than their peers in public school but the gap is likely because private school students tend to be wealthier and from more highly educated backgrounds.
UBC research in 2012 came to the opposite conclusion. It found that public school graduates perform better in university math and physics courses because university is more like a public school, with less individual attention.
|Cold-FX users were misled about top-selling cold and flu remedy, lawsuit alleges|
The makers of Cold-FX are battling a class action lawsuit alleging they fraudulently misled customers into thinking the cold and flu remedy relieves cold symptoms, contrary to their own studies.
A series of clinical trials suggest there is no evidence that Cold-FX helps users who begin taking the pills after cold and flu symptoms first appear. An affidavit from Adil Virani, a UBC pharmaceutical sciences professor, says that at most the remedy might help to slightly reduce the number or severity of viruses in users who take the product daily for two to six months.
|Temporary workers face unjust crackdown|
|Winnipeg Free Press|
Sarah Zell, a PhD candidate at UBC and a member of the Migrant Worker Solidarity Network, and Diwa Marcelino, program co-ordinator for Migrante Manitoba, write about Canada’s temporary foreign worker program (TFWP) and the new four-and-four rule, which will begin to impact newcomers today. The four-and-four rule limits the length of time temporary workers may work in Canada to four years.
“The rationale given for the four-year limit is it reinforces the temporariness of the program and ensures Canadians will be first in line for jobs,” they write. “The rule does little to address inherent problems with the TFWP and may in fact exacerbate the vulnerabilities of — and in effect, criminalize — an already vulnerable workforce.”
|Edmonton paralympian rarely rests while sitting down|
Former UBC Thunderbirds volleyball player Austin Hinchey is a veteran with Canada’s Paralympic Volleyball Program.
Hinchey wears a prosthetic device because he was born with Brittle Bone Disease and had his left leg amputated. As Hinchey became more adept at volleyball, he also realized he had the skill and the strength to take the game sitting down. Now he is focused on the Para Pan-Am Games this August and then the Rio Paralympics in 2016.
|Tame playgrounds aren’t moving children, expert says|
Playgrounds are too safe and don’t challenge children, says UBC developmental psychologist Mariana Brussoni. Parents and schools tend to hover over children and make every effort to protect them but these kids grow up to be anxious and unfit young adults.
“Kids born in the ’90s are now adults, so we do have evidence that their anxiety and depression levels are higher, because you have helicopter parents who swoop down to take care of their kids,” said Brussoni. “There has never been a safer time for children than there is now. … Yet there is the perception that the world is a more dangerous place.”
Similar stories also appeared on CBC radio and CKNW.
|UBC astrophysicists catch glimpse of early galaxy formation|
UBC researchers are among an international team of astrophysicists who have captured a glimpse of early galaxy formation. They believe that the telescopes captured images of young galaxies clumping together into the larger galaxy clusters.
“The objects found by Planck appear to be clumps of young galaxies, seen early in the history of the universe,” said Douglas Scott, a physics and astronomy professor at UBC. “By studying them we may be able to learn how clusters of galaxies form and evolve.”
A similar story appeared on Global BC1 and CBC radio.
|Teen entrepreneurs have designs on success|
Coastal Reign is a Vancouver-based clothing printing company started by two teenagers – Eddison Ng and Boaz Chan – when they were both seniors in high school. Ng is now a business student at UBC and Chan is a business student at BCIT.
Ng and Chan started the company in 2013 when they noticed that the grad hoodies being offered to their high school were overpriced, so they found a cheaper alternative to sell back to their school. Coastal Reign is picking up traction at schools across the country.
|Interns enjoying KGH stay|
Friends from Castlegar, Allison Verigin and Heather Gregory, went to high school together, studied dietetics at UBC together and are together for a one-year internship at Kelowna General Hospital.
Interior Health partnered with the UBC dietetics faculty in 2007 to offer an internship program that combines school work with hands-on clinical experience. It also provides interns with short-term placements at facilities throughout IH.