|Mongolia elects new PM as economy stalls|
|UK Daily Mail|
Chimed Saikhanbileg is the new prime minister of Mongolia after a parliamentary vote Friday.
The opposition party, the Mongolian People’s Party, boycotted the vote.
“In many ways Saikhanbileg’s election in the absence of the MPP signals a continuation of the previous government,” said Julian Dierkes, a UBC expert on Mongolia. ”The next decision to watch will be the appointment of a cabinet where a larger number of professionals and bureaucrats may signal a greater pragmatism and recognition of pressing challenges to be addressed by the government.”
|NDP move to limit B.C. municipal campaign donations|
|Globe and Mail|
The provincial New Democrats are tabling legislation to ban corporate and union donations in B.C.’s municipal elections.
UBC political scientist Max Cameron said while finance reform is needed, the dollar amount of the donations is relatively modest.
“There are townhomes in Yaletown you couldn’t buy with that,” he said.
|This Movember, how do we convince men to get healthy?|
|Globe and Mail|
A UBC nursing professor is among three experts that offer advice on how to convince men to take their health more seriously in a new column in The Globe and Mail.
“Men aspire to be there for their buddies,” said John Oliffe, who also appeared on City’s Breakfast Television. “Visible male help can provide permission for men to talk openly about, convince and coach each other to look after their health.”
|Is Hepner’s promise of light rail in Surrey by 2018 possible?|
|Globe and Mail|
Surrey mayor-elect Linda Hepner’s promise of building P3 light rail transit in her city by 2018 is possible, says UBC Sauder School of Business professor Thomas Ross.
“If she’s really just talking about the first 10 kilometres running in 2018, that doesn’t seem impossible to me,” Ross said. “We have a fair bit of experience now doing P3s in British Columbia, which means, I think, we can do them faster.”
|The Maclean’s 2014 Power List|
UBC president Arvind Gupta has been named one of 2014′s most influential Canadians by Maclean’s.
Gupta is ranked 39 on the magazine’s annual Power List.
|Vancouver housing prices tied to China’s economic growth|
A link exists between Vancouver’s rising housing market and China’s economic growth, according to a new column in the Vancouver Sun.
The article mentions research by UBC geography professor David Ley that found a correlation between international immigration and the city’s property prices from 1977 to 2002.
|Farah Shroff on mother-baby bonding|
Farah Shroff, a UBC population and public health professor, talks about mother-baby bonding on CBC Vancouver.
“It is really important for mothers and fathers, and their babies, to bond in the first hour of birth. That ‘golden hour’ is really important,” she said. “Skin-to-skin contact, placing the baby right on the mother’s chest or the mother’s belly, is the best care we can have.”
|1000 children on B.C. adoption waitlist|
|CBC Early Edition|
Adoption wait times in British Columbia are discussed on CBC Early Edition as the province announces they’re on target to reach their goal of placing 300 children in adoptive homes for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.
“The delays are longest with older children and teens and they do have something to say about the choice and so they should,” said UBC social work professor Richard Sullivan. “That can take longer.”
|Finch family creates scholarships for UBCO students|
|Kelowna Capital News|
A local Kelowna family is donating more than half a million dollars to UBC Okanagan.
Ken and Jean Finch’s donation of $600,000 will establish the Finch Family Undergraduate Award and the Finch Family Graduate Award. The awards recognize outstanding students for their academic success and community involvement.
“Ken and Jean have shown remarkable leadership by investing in our students…,” said Deborah Buszard, UBC Okanagan’s deputy vice-chancellor and principal. “Their contribution will allow us to nurture incredible young talent.”