UBC Reports | Vol. 47 | No. 04 | Feb.
Experts raise level of key public debates
The following excerpts feature some of the many members of the
who have recently shared their expertise with local and national news media.
Lead Time, UBC Public Affairs' on-line guide to UBC
experts at www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/experts/ fielded more than 590
inquiries from the media last month.
Invest for a non-Third-World future
The Vancouver Sun, Jan. 26, A17, Editorial
If you are concerned about negative impacts of the oft-publicized
what you have read is nothing compared to what could happen at
and colleges within a decade...
Without an excellent academic community, it is virtually impossible to make
pioneering discoveries, transform them into innovative
technologies, and thereby
create economic opportunities that will continue to support our enlightened
Failure to do so may mean telling our children they are better off
pursuing their education and creative aspirations elsewhere. Then, like many
Third World nations, our most tragic export will be our brains.
professor and director of CORD at UBC.
It's just a matter of time
The National Post, Jan. 29, C12
People toying with the prospect of juggling a job and university
ask... should they take their degree part-time or leave their job and pursue
Andrew Arida, co-ordinator of Student Recruitment at the University
of British Columbia, suggests people decide what is best for their
"The key is to do stuff that you are comfortable with and to work at
a comfortable pace. Diving headlong into it is great for some people but for
others you are going to need to kind of slowly work yourself into it," Mr.
Canada's `time warp'
Ottawa Citizen, A1, Feb. 15
President George W. Bush's choice of Mexico rather than Canada
for his first
foreign visit is a "wake-up call" for Canadians, says former
minister Lloyd Axworthy...
"We've been too reliant on the historical perception that we have a `special
relationship' with the United States," said Mr. Axworthy, who is now director
of the University of British Columbia's Liu Centre for the Study of
"We need to broaden our perspective, priorities and policies into a North
Study probes organ donation impediments
The Vancouver Sun, A5, Jan. 30
Anecdotes abound about the apparent incompatibility between some
and organ donation, but finally, B.C. researchers are setting out to
gauge the actual attitudes and beliefs among some of the province's largest
Michael McDonald, director of the University of B.C.'s Centre
for Applied Ethics, said that in some ethno-cultures, there is a reluctance
to consider donating organs because of a belief that it may
interfere with "bodily
integrity and wholeness after death."