Considering the February weather that Torontonians have just endured, the overheated housing market defies all logic. It feels a bit like saying that the average house price in Whitehorse just crossed $1 million.
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Informed Opinions’ “grads” have published hundreds of commentaries in daily newspapers and prominent online sites, generating additional interview requests and exposure as a result. Here are just some of the analyses they’ve contributed as a result of participating in our programs:
ABC 20 March 2015
Eminent marine conservationist and UBC prof Amanda Vincent is leading the way to protect endangered ocean species.
Amanda Vincent is also featured in the summary article
The Toronto Star by Kara Santokie 14 March 2015
Daily Xtra 13 March 2015
UBC Philosophy professor, Carrie Jenkins, is studying the interplay between the biological and sociological aspects of love.
The Vancouver Sun by Penny Gurstein 6 March 2015
If you were the city of Vancouver and were repeatedly criticized for making planning decisions behind closed doors, how would you gain the trust of your citizens? Recently, the B.C. Supreme Court echoed those concerns and put the brakes on a development in Yaletown. Now the city plans to mount a lengthy and costly appeal. Instead, might you want to consider this setback as an opportunity to take a fresh approach?
Metro News 6 March 2015
Annette Henry, UBC and Janni Aragon, UVIC, weigh in on the context for and use of the recently coined, and increasingly popular “mansplaining”
The Toronto Star by Amna Qureshi 2 March 2015
Judge Eliana Marengo has made a serious error by telling a Muslim woman that she must take off her hijab in court before her case would be heard. Her justification — that the woman was not “suitably dressed” — is wrong-headed and a troubling slippery slope.
Victoria Times-Colonist by Maneesha Deckha 1 March 2015
Dignity in death is not just about the right to choose. It’s also about equal treatment.
Alaska Highway News 26 February 2015
UBC immunology professor Pauline Johnson provides expert knowledge on vaccinations.
Global News 23 February 2015
Sheryl Staub-French, of UBC’s Engineering faculty, offers insights into the value of having more women engineers:
BC philosophy professor, Carrie Jenkins, is engaging the public in her research into romantic love.
Ottawa Citizen by Rakhi Ruparelia 18 February 2015
I hear Sister Sledge’s We Are Family running through my head whenever I see evidence of Canada’s self-congratulatory satisfaction in our professed racial harmony and multicultural success. The most recent trigger was the poster created by the government of Canada in honour of Black History Month. It features strong, dynamic, and inspirational athletes beneath the headline: “Proud of Our History.”
Maclean’s 16 February, 2015
Winner of a prestigious 3M Teaching Fellow, UBC’s Sara Harris is using a MOOC to align climate policy with science
Blogging for Equality by Nicole LaViolette 11 February 2015
Much has been made of Immigration Minister Chris Alexander‘s recent announcement that Canada will take in 10,000 Syrian refugees in response to the United Nations’ appeal to help resettle Syrian refugees worldwide. The cause is urgent: millions of Syrians who have fled the brutal civil war are languishing in countries that simply do not have the resources to care for them.
The Toronto Star by Kate Rossiter 5 February 2015
How would you feel about buying a condo in a building that had previously been a residential school or internment camp? Would you feel differently knowing that the people harmed at the institution had been consulted in the redevelopment process?
The Toronto Star by Kara Santokie 23 January 2015
Toronto may be richer than we think, but there are many people in this city who are poorer than we think.
Sex-assault conviction erased, new trial ordered because Alberta judge too sensitive to rape culture
National Post 19 January 2015
University of Ottawa Law Professor, Elizabeth Sheehy provided context to a recent sexual assault trial
Pambazuka News by Kerrie Thornhill 13 January 2015
Violent fantasies are founded on two assumptions. First, that violence can solve one’s problems. Second, that one is good at violence.
Montreal Gazette by Amira Elghawaby 28 December 2014
My dad recently retired from the federal public service after spending over three decades serving this country. His job was to make sure that Canadian-made airplanes were as safe as possible. He was celebrated for his dedicated service by his colleagues and staff upon his retirement. Accolades came in from international safety agencies and aerospace corporations from around the world.
Huffington Post by Amira Elghawaby 19 December 2014
Canada, along with other democratic nations, is against mob rule. That’s essentially what groups like ISIS and their ilk, of various faith denominations and political persuasions, represent. These groups have no time for the rule of law, human rights, or internationally recognized rules of engagement.
Toronto Star by Rosemary Cairns Way 19 December 2014
The latest round of federal judicial appointments offers, yet again, evidence of the government’s utter indifference to the need for a judiciary that actually reflects the population it serves.
Director of the School of Community and Regional Planning at UBC, Penelope Gurstein continues to provide insight into housing issues
Read her additional article in the Vancouver Sun