|Canadian-helmed DSquared2 faces backlash over new fashion line|
|Globe and Mail|
The Toronto-based design label DSquared2 is under fire for using the hashtag #dsquaw in marketing its new fashion line.
“Squaw” is a derogatory term for a First Nations woman, says Patricia Mills, a UBC adjunct mining engineering professor and an expert in Canadian Aboriginal rights.
“It was used extensively in the 19th century to make reference to women (alone) on the street who were of Indian ancestry or First Nation ancestry,” Mills said.
A similar story appeared in News 1130.
|UBC stands behind vaccine studies discredited by WHO|
|Globe and Mail|
UBC is defending two of its researchers who have published vaccine-related studies–Christopher Shaw, an ophthalmology and visual sciences professor, and Lucija Tomljenovic, a post-doctoral research fellow in Shaw’s department.
Two studies conducted by the researchers suggested a link between aluminum in vaccines and rising autism rates.
|Submarines in Canada’s shipbuilding procurement strategy|
Michael Byers, the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at UBC, looks at the government’s submarine strategy.
“Does the government have any plan for replacing the Victoria-class submarines? Will the new submarines be built in Canada? …And why are submarines not included in the much-vaunted National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, which is supposed to continue until 2041?” Byers asks, noting that major military procurements in Canada are now taking 15 to 20 years to complete.
|Port Metro Vancouver fire: What you need to know|
UBC public health professor Karen Bartlett comments on the chemical fire at Port Metro Vancouver Wednesday afternoon.
Trichloroisocyanuric acid, the chemical involved, can irritate skin and eyes.
“In large qualities, it can be potentially fatal but we’re hoping no one gets close enough to inhale that kind of quantity,” Bartlett said, adding that people can head to shopping malls because they have robust air filtration systems.
Similar stories appeared in Yahoo and Global BC.
|First Nation lawsuit could impact controversial Site C dam|
B.C.’s Blueberry River band has launched a legal challenge that could affect the province’s planned Site C dam project and future gas, oil and mineral extraction.
The lawsuit alleges its treaty rights have been violated by decades of development.
UBC aboriginal law professor Gordon Christie thinks the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision last year on the Tsilhqot’in case could eventually impact the Blueberry River lawsuit.
A similar story appeared in the National Post.
|Broadway bus pass-ups unacceptable: UBC president|
Metro Vancouver’s transit system hasn’t kept up with the growing number of student riders, says UBC president Arvind Gupta.
Gupta noted that thousands of university students are passed up by full buses along the Broadway corridor.
“We know the campus is growing quickly and by 2040 we’ll have almost 40,000 people on this campus,” Gupta said. “We’re going to see lots of two-way traffic. In every direction we know a yes vote will help a lot.”
|How reliable are Metro Vancouver’s transit ridership projections?|
Riderships and costs for new transit projects are difficult to predict accurately, says Robin Lindsey, a professor at UBC’s Sauder School of Business.
“Costs are often 25 per cent higher than first expected and ridership is often overpredicted,” Lindsey said.
“You’re projecting out 10, 20 or 30 years and you don’t know what’s going to happen to the road network…You don’t know about population growth. The projection for Metro Vancouver is another million people by 2040 but that’s probably subject to an error of several hundred thousand.”
|UBC scientists find key to deadly poplar tree fungus|
Scientists have discovered why a certain non-native fungus is killing poplar trees. UBC forestry professor Richard Hamelin and co-researchers mapped the fungus’s DNA and found that it uses extra genes to produce a deadly toxin.
The discovery could lead to better methods of stopping the fungus from spreading to black cottonwoods, a type of poplar found on B.C.’s coast that provides wildlife habitat and helps prevent soil erosion.
Similar stories appeared in the Edmonton Sun, Times Colonist and 24 Hours.
|Vancouver doctor donates $5 million to UBC for sports medicine|
Chan Gunn, the Vancouver physician who developed a way to ease pain from nerve damage, has donated $5 million to build the first phase of a new sport medicine building at UBC.
Construction of the centre is expected to start in December.
A similar story appeared in The Province.
|Real-estate exec on Chinese money|
An article on inflated housing prices in Vancouver includes research done by UBC geographer David Ley, who studies housing bubbles.
Ley says Vancouver officials lack interest in regulating real estate investment.
“There is much more intervention occurring in other expensive cities, even those with free-market governments, like London, Hong Kong and Singapore,” Ley said. “By doing nothing we are driving out young people and families born in this region.”
|Group activity unites breast cancer survivors|
A project at UBC Okanagan is looking at ways to increase physical activity among women with breast cancer following treatment.
Survivors can apply for funding of $2,000 which can be spent on physical activity such as Nordic pole walking or Zumba classes, says health and exercise sciences professor Cristina Caperchione, who is leading the study.
|Die Fledermaus is a positively effervescent production|
A review of Vancouver Opera’s production of Die Fledermaus notes: “[I]n the hands of director Nancy Hermiston, who also helms the UBC Opera Ensemble, it’s a positively effervescent production that only rarely slips into buffoonery.”
|Vancouverites rely on Bank of Mom and Dad|
|Business in Vancouver|
Very high prices for detached houses means under-40 Vancouverites looking to purchase their own place are turning to their parents to bankroll part of the costs.
Tsur Somerville, a professor at UBC’s Sauder School of Business, says factors such as limited housing stock and immigration trends are a few of the factors driving housing prices sky-high.