UBC Reports | Vol. 48 | No. 6 | Apr.
In The News
Highlights of UBC Media Coverage in March 2002
Compiled By Brian Lin
UBC Tuition Fee Hikes
While a group of students occupied the Old Administration Building
in protest, UBC's Board of Governors approved tuition fee hikes
of up to 321 per cent on March 14.
UBC Vice-President, Students, Brian Sullivan said that the hikes
will guarantee the quality of education. "We've had what we
would regard as artificially depressed tuition levels in some of
these programs and haven't been able to necessarily offer the value
we want," Sullivan told the National Post.
Province columnist Michael Smyth said there's no such thing as
a free lunch. "It's time B.C. students started paying some
of the freight after riding the gravy train for so long," he
Chinese newspaper Ming Pao Daily raised the issue of conflicts
between student protesters and the AMS. Protesters took over AMS
president Kristen Harvey's office, claiming she had turned her back
on her election promise to help lower tuition.
The provincial government an-nounced a $134 million investment
to almost double the number of doctors graduating in B.C. from the
current 128 a year to 224 by 2005.
UBC will receive $110 million for a new Life Sciences Centre with
the rest going to UVic and UNBC for new medical teaching facilities.
Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer calls the investment a "commendable
According to a new CTV documentary, Michael J. Fox was just one
of four film industry people who worked on a sitcom shot in Vancouver
in the late 1970s who were later diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.
Donald Calne, of UBC Hospital's Neurodegenerative Disorders Centre
told Good Morning America, experts have long theorized that exposure
to environmental toxins or viruses can trigger Parkinson's Disease
UBC Health Policy Researcher Barbara Mintzes is concerned about
the overflowing of U.S. drug ads into Canada. "The ads look
like any other ad, and it makes it also look like taking a prescription
drug is just like going out and buying a candy bar, it really trivializes
the medical treatment," she told CBC News.
UBC Medical Genetics Prof. Patricia Baird calls the new CIHR guidelines
for government-funded stem cell research an important first step.
"I think [the guidelines] are reasonable and humane, but they
don't remove the need for legislation," Baird told the Vancouver
UBC Family Practice Prof. David Kuhl told the Oprah Winfrey Show
on March 1 that people often achieve their greatest sense of personal
growth while dying.
"Dying people want to speak the truth and dying people want
to be seen as living," said Kuhl. "People with terminal
illnesses also want to connect with their own sense of self, with
their close family and friends and with God or some power higher