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.

Geological Engineering director discusses fracking and earthquakes

Director of Geological Engineering Erik Eberhardt discusses natural gas operations after the recent news that hydraulic fracturing caused an earthquake in B.C. Eberhardt says the issue is being monitored closely to improve safety: “It’s a known hazard and it’s a known concern, so there’s active monitoring, people involved from researchers here at UBC to the regulator at the BC Oil and Gas Commission, of course the oil and gas companies who are operating there, who are monitoring and developing safety procedures.”

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SCARP researcher notes foreign ownership as possible issue for B.C. homes

Penny Gurstein, School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) researcher, has a theory about the frustrations of Vancouver’s rising housing prices. “If you cannot go and get into a housing market, then it doesn’t make you necessarily want to stay here,” she notes. Gurstein suggests foreign ownership as a possible cause for the issue and adds, “But until we actually have measured data on this…we’re not going to be able to understand the issue.”

SCARP director joins heated debate on Shaughnessy heritage homes moratorium

A Globe and Mail article discusses the temporary moratorium on demolitions of the Shaughnessy estate houses, Vancouver’s oldest and most prized heritage homes. Penny Gurstein, School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) director, sees this proposal as a “good move.” Opposition states that the heritage homes should be replaced by buildings that would sell at higher prices.

UBCO engineers pledge to code of ethics with new Iron Pin ceremony

This September, UBC Okanagan Engineering students will receive an iron pin when they begin their engineering degree, starting a new tradition that the school hopes will create early appreciation of the engineering code of ethics.

Traditionally, graduating engineers pledge to uphold the code of ethics, accepting an iron ring as they do so. They wear the ring on the little finger until retirement.

New iron pin ceremony re-enforces code of ethics for students at School of Engineering

School of Engineering brings code to reality as students embark on their studies

Most universities are steeped in tradition and that’s certainly the case with UBC Okanagan’s School of Engineering (SoE).

But this September, the SoE is embracing a new tradition. While the Iron Ring Ceremony, a presentation made as Canadian students graduate as engineers will continue, this year all faculty, students, and staff will be presented with an iron pin.

UBC Applied Science launches new professional programs

The Faculty of Applied Science is launching seven new professional Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) programs.

After extensive consultation with industry and other stakeholders, these programs address the need for pro­fessionals to have both integrative technical knowledge across an industry sector and the ability to manage projects and people in a business environment.

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