Welcome to The Pub.
This is the media collective created by students of the Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs program at the University of British Columbia.
Read the latest insights and perspectives on global policy issues from MPPGA students.
Earlier this month, Yolande Bouka joined students at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs as a part of the Women in Leadership speaker series. Her talk focused on an intersectional approach to policy between academia. development, and security research agencies.
It has been one month since Juan Guaidó invoked Article 233 of the Venezuelan Constitution, which, in a power vacuum, calls the President of the National Assembly to serve as interim President of the Republic until free and fair elections are held within the following 30 days. However, with the deadline approaching and Nicolás Maduro unwilling to give up his stranglehold on power, Venezuela is heading down a path filled with question marks.
After media broke the news that Canada had arrested Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on December 5, 2018, the Chinese government responded with initially a series of severe warnings. Since understanding China is the key to bringing the two Canadians home and repairing Sino-Canadian relations, we must examine this question in depth: why is China angry?
Since Canada’s legalization of recreational cannabis, the border running along the 49th parallel has become thicker. American Customs and Border Protection officers fear they are ill-equipped to do their jobs in the face of more Canadians having easy access to the drug. Are we next in line for a border wall?
Vancouver has been facing a community deficit that contributes to general feelings of isolation and loneliness for various people. All the mechanisms are in place to alleviate the social problem, yet there are no facilitators to consistently enact them. What can be done?
The School of Public Policy and Global Affairs kicked off the 2019 Lind Initiative speaker series last week, with this year’s theme being “America and the Climate Crisis.” The first event featured Professor Robert Bullard, whose talk discussed the links between social inequality, racism, and environmental issues in the United States.
The political crisis in Venezuela has escalated, putting Maduro’s claim to the presidency in jeopardy. As the 2013-2019 presidential period ended, the opposition has created a strong social and political momentum around the non-recognition of last year’s presidential elections with the support of the international community.
Many northern British Columbians are isolated because the inter-city transportation infrastructure that was lost when Greyhound discontinued its BC routes has not been fully replaced. The BC government is trying to fill the gaps with new private providers—but is this too narrow of an approach?
After ten years of political stability and one of the broadest social reform agendas implemented in its history under President Rafael Correa government, Ecuadorian people voted in a historic referendum, which will have an enormous impact on the country´s institutional future.
A weekly podcast with discussions on current events and the most pressing policy issues, as well as interviews with industry professionals and the academic community.
On today’s episode Guilherme Rosales sits down with Josh Tafel on discussing rent control in Vancouver, diving into the history of rent and vacancy control in the city, and the issues that surround these policies today.
Today Guilherme Rosales and Chris Stoicheff dive into a discussion on the Syrian Refugee Crisis from the Canadian perspective, mainly on how the Federal Government has handled the issue with their international participation and response.
In this episode, MPPGA students Andrés Peñaloza and Alessia Rodríguez, joined by Professor Max Cameron, discuss current events and their relation with topics like interventionism and humanitarian aid.
In the latest episode of PRT Specials, Guilherme Rosales and Chris Stoicheff have an informed conversation about the current rise of authoritarianism seen throughout the world and the challenge posed to democracies globally.
On this episode PRT weekly's Nicholas Lloyd-Kuzik sits down with Dr. Moura Quayle, author of Designed Leadership and Director pro tem of UBC's Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs, to discuss why leaders in public policy should harness the power of creativity.
On this episode PRT weekly's Nicholas Lloyd-Kuzik and Luthfi Dhofier sit down with the Honourable Mr. Tom Mulcair, former Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, Leader of the Official Opposition under Stephen Harper's government, and current Member of Parliament for Outremont, Quebec.
This section showcases the projects students have worked on within the MPPGA program. Recently, the first-year MPPGA cohort was involved in a major assignment with the UBC SEEDS Sustainability Program, where they worked with various student societies on implementing sustainable policies.
This is a press release authored by the UBC SEEDS group that worked with the Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS) to improve waste management in the Buchanan Building.
The UBC SEEDS group that worked with the Engineering Undergraduate Society (EUS) describe how their policy recommendation can allow the society to meet UBC’s lofty goals of achieving 80 percent diversion of waste from landfill sites by the year 2020.
The UBC SEEDS group that worked with the Science Undergraduate Society (SUS) on sustainability awareness campaigns argue that universities cannot just write surface-level reports on achievements in sustainability, but provide more resources to grassroots groups on campus.
The UBC SEEDS group that worked with the Science Undergraduate Society on improving the visual design of their student centre describe the process of their policy recommendations.
The UBC SEEDS group that collaborated with the Engineering Undergraduate Society focused on effective waste management during events and functions. A key provision in their recommendation was to eliminate the use of solo cups.
The UBC SEEDS group that worked on improving interior design with the Arts Undergraduate Society discusses sustainable interior design, focusing on functionality, accessibility, and aesthetics while expanding the focus to include environmental considerations.
In their class on policy analysis this semester, first-year MPPGA students collaborated with undergraduate societies across campus to implement sustainable initiatives in various buildings.