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National Post

What’s the difference between $300 moisturizer and a jar of mayo?

Journal of Commerce

Cost is biggest challenge for UBC wood project

Local News

Global News

Super Bowl ads: Are companies getting their money’s worth?

Global News

Canada has signed the TPP. Now should we ratify it?

Vancouver Sun

UBC gets $1 million donation to expand Asian Garden

Vancouver Sun

Legislate B.C. care home staffing, advocates demand

Vancouver Sun

Student society speaks out on divestment decision

Vancouver Sun

UBC faculty say university in ‘governance crisis’

CBC On The Coast

Black in Vancouver: identity hard to build

Kelowna Now

Kelowna poverty simulation shows how others struggle

 

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What’s the difference between $300 moisturizer and a jar of mayo?
National Post

UBC pharmaceutical sciences professor James McCormack is featured in a National Post article on the big claims made by skin care companies.

“It probably is of some value to put some sort of moisturizer on your face on a daily basis,” said McCormack. “If the pricey stuff makes you happy, use that. If you don’t have a preference, use cream that’s cheaper. It’s every bit as good.”

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Cost is biggest challenge for UBC wood project
Journal of Commerce

Cost was the biggest concern for designing UBC’s 18-storey student housing project, reports the Journal of Commerce.

Eventually, the solution was to build to a simpler design, according to the building’s architect.

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Super Bowl ads: Are companies getting their money’s worth?
Global News

UBC researcher Charles Weinberg, who studies the economics of the movie industry, has found that Super Bowl ads are worth it for the films that advertise during the game. Another advantage for advertisers is that viewers watch the game live and don’t fast forward to skip the commercials.

This story appeared Global BC News Hour, News 1130 and Indo Canadian Voice.

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Canada has signed the TPP. Now should we ratify it?
Global News

Kurt Hübner, director of the Institute for European Studies at UBC, says Canada may have made too many concessions to join the Trans Pacific Partnership and should think twice before ratifying the deal.

“Canada came very late to the game, meaning our previous government tried very hard to join TPP negotiations. They may have made too many concessions,” Hubner told Global News. “The [former] Harper government already signalled there would be payouts for those potential losers, particularly the dairy sector and the food sector.”

A big concern, according to UBC political scientist Yves Tiberghien, is that TPP is being positioned by the Japanese leadership and some sectors in the U.S. as a hedge against China, which would bring a lot of security concerns into trade. On the positive side, the TPP could boost agriculture, Tiberghien told CBC’s Early Edition.

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UBC gets $1 million donation to expand Asian Garden
Vancouver Sun

UBC Botanical Garden has received a $1 million donation that will allow it to expand its 12-hectare Asian garden and support more research and educational opportunities, reports the Vancouver SunCTV News, Global News, Ottawa Citizen, Times Colonist, Castanet and Kelowna Capital News.

The gift, from the Franklinia Foundation, will nearly double the size of the Asian garden and improve irrigation systems over the next 30 years.

The Sun also featured highlights from the Botanical Garden’s 100-year history (here and here).

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Legislate B.C. care home staffing, advocates demand
Vancouver Sun

Advocates are calling for legislation to require better staffing for care homes, according to the Vancouver Sun.

Margaret McGregor, director of primary care and geriatrics with UBC’s family practice department, was quoted in the article.

U.S. research shows the ideal is for long term facilities to provide 4.1 hours direct care per resident per day, said McGregor. Fewer hours can result in health issues for seniors.

A similar article appeared in The Province.

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Student society speaks out on divestment decision
Vancouver Sun

The Vancouver Sun featured the UBC student society’s response to the UBC board’s divestment decision. The society said the board’s proposed sustainability fund “does not go far enough to address the concerns raised across campus regarding investment in fossil fuel.”

A Sun columnist also criticized UBC’s decision.

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UBC faculty say university in ‘governance crisis’
Vancouver Sun

The UBC Faculty Association is calling for an external review of the UBC board of governors to resolve what the association called a “governance crisis”, reports the Vancouver Sun.

The call came in a letter to new board chair Stuart Belkin, copied to the B.C. premier and advanced education minister.

A similar article appeared in The Tyee.

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Black in Vancouver: identity hard to build
CBC On The Coast

A growing number of people from Africa are settling in B.C. but because they’re from different places, they’re finding it difficult to find a unified black identity, according to Handel Wright, an educational studies professor at UBC.

“We don’t have black spaces as such. We don’t have black geography, black neighbourhoods…although some are emerging in the suburbs, New West, maybe, or Burnaby,” Wright, an immigrant from Sierra Leone, told CBC On The Coast.

This story also appeared on Yahoo.

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Kelowna poverty simulation shows how others struggle
Kelowna Now

Kelowna Now featured a poverty simulation to be held March 1 by UBC Okanagan and United Way.

The activity will replicate a month in the life of a family living in poverty.

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