UBC Reports | Vol. 49 | No. 1 | Jan.
IN THE NEWS
Highlights of UBC Media Coverage in December 2002.
Compiled by Brian Lin
Freddie Wood alumni speak up
At the UBC theatre school 50th anniversary gala reunion,
alumnus John Gray told the Toronto Star that UBC empowered
us, at a time when few other theatre schools were willing
to take chances.
To the people we met here, theatre really mattered,
said actress Nicola Cavendish. It made us feel that
it was the best, the bravest, the finest thing you could do
with your life, and Ive carried that feeling with me
Harcourt injured in fall
Former B.C. premier Mike Harcourt was saved from almost certain
death by his wife, Beckie, after he fell eight metres down
an oceanside cliff and into frigid water.
Harcourt, who once played for UBCs basketball team,
fell from the deck to the ground, and then tumbled a few metres
to go over an eight-metre cliff outside his cottage, overlooking
the Strait of Georgia.
Harcourt served as B.C.s premier from 1991 to 1996,
and for three terms was mayor of Vancouver, from 1980 to 1986,
following four terms as Vancouver alderman, from 1972 to 1980.
He is a senior associate of the Liu Institute for Global
Issues at UBC and a senior associate with the Sustainable
Development Research Institute at UBC. His son, Justen, is
a recent graduate of UBC.
Ontario to turn away students
Plagued by the double cohort, Ontario universities are reluctantly
considering turning away qualified students from outside the
Universities used to give special priority to provincial
high school graduates, but admissions policies have shifted
over the years to recognize transferability and encourage
The question is, do we want to get back to more parochial
places, UBC education studies prof. Bill Bruneau told
the National Post.
The release of the Romanow commission report on Canadas
health care system sparked wide discussion on the future of
UBC health-care economist Steve Morgan told Global that on
the whole [the report] is a move in the right direction. The
key now is to establish federal and provincial co-operation
to make sure that changes do take place, to make sure that
we have new programs for pharmacare, home care, and new diagnostic
equipment, said Morgan. If we can get co-operation
between the provincial governments and the federal government,
this program could significantly improve the health-care system
UBC attractive to international students
With a cooling climate toward immigration in the United States,
UBC may become even more attractive for undergraduate
international students in the next few years.
There is going to be a significant increase in the
number of international students coming to UBC, Don
Wehrung, director of the UBC International Students Initiative
told the Canadian University Press.
Wehrung said he expects the average number of international
student enrolments at UBC to grow from the current 27 per
cent per year to as high as 35 per cent in the next few years.
Americans stumped by survey
A new survey released by Leger Marketing found only eight
per cent of 1,500 adult Americans named Jean Chrétien
when they were asked to identify Canadas prime minister.
Five per cent gave other answers, including Pierre Trudeau,
who died two years ago after last being in power in 1984,
while a whopping 86 per cent said they didnt know or
refused to answer.
UBC Political Science professor Colin Campbell told the Toronto
Star hes not at all surprised by the findings. I
think Canadians are much more citizens of the globe than Americans
are, and I think theyre much more attuned to their own
nation than Americans are, Campbell said.
Thanks to UBC marine conservation scientist Amanda Vincent,
the seahorse has become the first marine fish genus to have
its trade regulated internationally.
At the recent Convention on the International Trade in Endangered
Species in Chile, three-quarters of all the signatory nations
in attendance voted to place all 32 species of the seahorse
on its Appendix II list. Previously, no fish species had ever
been accorded such protection.
Theres an opinion that marine fish cannot go
extinct, Vincent told the Vancouver Sun. A lot
of conservationists make the mistake of believing that when
a species has been listed, its a victory. Its
not. The victory comes when we can go to the signatory nations
and say the issues have been addressed and the problems solved.