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Advocates hopeful for ‘real progress’ on housing crisis
The Tyee
Wed, 10/21/2015
Author: Katie Hyslop and David P. Ball
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Housing experts aired hopes that the new government will rectify decades of federal neglect of social housing.

Penny Gurstein, director of UBC’s School of Community & Regional Planning, lauded the Liberals’ promise to pursue a national housing plan, although it may take a while for these changes to affect housing markets in Vancouver and Toronto.

AMS will not be collaborating with Uber, considering other short-term transit options
The Ubyssey
Mon, 10/19/2015
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After the failed transit plebiscite one month ago, the AMS is looking into other short-term solutions to solve the congestion issue in Vancouver that could have been relieved with the proposals in the plebiscite. Last summer, the AMS declined Uber’s proposal to advocate for ride-sharing but another option was suggested to the council.

Kristoffer Vik Hansen is a UBC Engineering alumnus and one of the founders of Spare, a ride-sharing service where drivers do not have to go on trips they aren’t already going. The experience is similar to that of carpooling with friends, except individuals meet via the app. According to Hansen, since drivers are not making money from the service, they do not need extra insurance nor face the legal issues in dodging Uber.

A Night of Women in Science inspires attendees while supporting programming for kids
Wire Service
Sun, 10/18/2015
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STEM Talks, which happened on October 13th, was a huge success in inspiring those who attended as well as raising over $10,000 for Science World’s Scientists and Innovators in Schools program. Guest speakers at the event included Dr. Elizabeth Croft, professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UBC.

"The evening's guest speakers are great role models for women interested in pursuing careers in the STEM fields," said Dr. Sandy Eix, Science Learning Lead for Science World British Columbia. "There are many amazing women working in these fields and we need to share their stories and help change the existing science landscape to become more inclusive."

UBC expert helps B.C. prepare for an earthquake
UBC Reports
Thu, 10/15/2015
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UBC earthquake safety expert and Civil Engineering Professor Carlos Ventura talks about the nature of earthquakes and what’s being done to ensure that the buildings where we live, study and work are earthquake-ready.

Minority government good for action on Vancouver housing: UBC prof
Metro Vancouver
Wed, 10/14/2015
Author: Matt Kieltyka
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A minority parliament may work well to address the issue of housing affordability in the Lower Mainland, says Penny Gurstein, director of the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning.

Gurstein graded each federal party’s platform on homelessness and housing, finding “medium confidence” in the NDP and Liberal plans, and “very low confidence” in the Conservative plan. The Green Party was lauded for its ambition.

“[Affordability] is becoming more and more of an issue. We see new studies almost every day,” said Gurstein. “I believe that government policy really does shape what happens in the market. It can be done by any government of any stripe.”