SCARP prof edits book on Vancouver developers and “racist label”

A book published in 1998 by UBC Press and edited by Aprodicio Laquian, School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) professor emeritus, is discussed in a Vancouver Sun column. The book documents how Vancouver real-estate developers started using the “racist” label to shut down advocates of slow growth in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

NURS prof discusses social pressure of drinking

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Victoria found that up to six out of 10 young Canadians are consistently drinking more than the recommended daily limits of three drinks a day for women, and four for men. School of Nursing (NURS) Professor Elizabeth Saewyc says part of the problem is the way young people are socialized. She points out that drinking has become a normal part of having fun or having a nice evening, whereas for young men, there is added pressure in the sense that hard drinking is equated with being a man.

EERF director calls for seismic upgrades at B.C. schools

More than 100 schools in B.C. are considered at high risk of earthquake damage. Carlos Ventura, director of UBC’s Earthquake Engineering Research Facility (EERF), says schools are potentially very dangerous. There are 36 in particular that are classified as H1, the highest risk level. The schools haven’t been approved for seismic upgrades. “The longer you wait the risk keeps increasing,” says Ventura.

SCARP prof skeptical about Green party’s housing strategy

Giving every low-income person a guaranteed livable income so that they can afford housing is unlikely to work, according to Ann McAfee, School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) adjunct professor. The proposal is part of the Greens’ housing strategy, announced recently. According to McAfee, some jurisdictions in the U.S. tried this out in the 70s, but it failed to help tenants. Landlords just charged more rent because they knew their tenants had more money.