Friday, April 30, 2010

Afghan records release has legal limits: PM : not so fast PMO!

Afghan records release has legal limits: PM

CBC News
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he is open to "any reasonable suggestion" to end the impasse over the release of documents related to Afghan detainees, but stressed that his government must also meet its own legal obligations.
"We look forward to both complying with the ruling and with the legal obligations that have been established by statutes, passed by this Parliament," Harper told the House of Commons on Wednesday when asked if he would fully comply with the Speaker's ruling a day earlier.
"Of course the fact of the matter is, Mr. Speaker, the government cannot break the law and cannot order public servants to break the law, nor can it do anything that would unnecessarily jeopardize the safety of Canadian troops."
Harper said his government wants to proceed in a way that would respect both the Speaker's ruling and its legal obligations and "will be open to any reasonable suggestion to achieve those two objectives."
Dimitri Soudas, spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, said that senior government ministers will meet opposition party officials Thursday in a preliminary bid to find a compromise.
Soudas said Justice Minister Rob Nicholson and government House leader Jay Hill will be at the meeting to demonstrate the government's "spirit of openness" on the matter.
Earlier, Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff said he's willing to work with Harper's government over the issue — if the "extremely secretive" prime minister changes how he does business.Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff called the Speaker of the House's privilege ruling a 'clear defence of democracy.' (Pawel Dwulit/Canadian Press)
Speaking to reporters, Ignatieff said his party will work in good faith toward a process that can determine what in the material can be made public without endangering the operational security of Canada's military mission in Afghanistan.
"I don't think it's difficult to find a solution, but there needs to be good faith on the other side, and there is that good faith on this side," he said after his party's weekly caucus meeting in Ottawa.
On Tuesday, House of Commons Speaker Peter Milliken ruled the government breached parliamentary privilege with its refusal to produce uncensored documents and called on all parties to find a solution within two weeks that would balance Parliament's right to access the material with concerns over national security.
Ignatieff called Milliken's ruling a "clear defence of democracy," saying it reinforces that the federal government must respect the will of Parliament and the will of the people.
Parliamentarians, he said, have been dealing successfully with similar disputes for centuries.
"Let's not make this more complicated than it need be," he said.
Expanding Iacobucci's mandate a 'possible solution'
The government has so far refused to hand over uncensored documents to MPs examining allegations that detainees transferred by Canadian soldiers into Afghan custody were tortured.
Under pressure from opposition parties, it appointed retired Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci to review the material to determine what can be released.
Opposition parties have said his appointment only slows the process and the government is under no obligation to make his findings public.
Justice Minister Rob Nicholson said Tuesday the government welcomed the "possibility of a compromise while respecting our legal obligations," but will not compromise Canada's national security or "jeopardize the lives of our men and women in uniform."
Ignatieff said he would consider a possible solution that would see Iacobucci's mandate changed to have him report directly to Parliament. But under Iacobucci's current mandate, he said, the former judge was "essentially operating as the government's lawyer."
If no agreement is reached on the matter, the government could make it a non-confidence vote in the House, which could trigger a snap election if all three opposition parties vote against the government.
The Conservatives could also attempt to challenge Milliken's ruling in the Supreme Court, but legal observers have cast doubts whether the court would agree to hear such a case. Read more:

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Bill C-440 moves to second reading

URGENT ACTION: As Bill C-440 moves to second reading, email your Member of Parliament and urge them to support the bill.
Bill C-440, An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (war resisters), was introduced by MP Gerard Kennedy (L – Parkdale-High Park) and seconded by MP Bill Siksay (NDP – Burnaby-Douglas) in September 2009. Second reading for the bill will begin on May 25th 2010. If passed, Bill C-440 will allow US Iraq War resisters to apply for permanent resident status in Canada.
Bill C-440 follows on two concurrence motions passed in the House of Commons calling on the government to cease deportation proceedings against war resisters. It reflects the fact that the majority of Canadians do not want soldiers who reject participation in the illegal and immoral Iraq war to be sent back to face punishment.

War Resisters speak about why they came to Canada. Toronto, May 2008
The government of Stephen Harper has ignored these motions and has deported war resisters Robin Long and Cliff Cornell. Robin was sentenced to 15 months in the brig, and received a dishonorable discharge. This is the military equivalent of a felony conviction – meaning that he it will be impossible for him to get a decent job, loans for school or for education, and he is not eligible to return to Canada where he has a young son.
Cliff received and is currently serving a 12 month sentence and received a bad conduct discharge.
There are more war resisters facing deportation by the Harper government. It is time for this to stop. Canadians overwhelmingly oppose the war in Iraq, and they oppose sending young men and women back to jail for coming to the same conclusion. An Angus Reid poll found that 64% of Canadians, including a majority in all provinces, want U.S. Iraq war resisters to be allowed to stay.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I am Very happy!! : Paralysed woman has right to die: Swedish health board.

Paralysed woman has right to die: health board
Published: 26 Apr 10 12:36 CETOnline:
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The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) has advised that a 32-year-old woman who is completely paralysed and has been on a respirator since she was six has the right to decide to terminate her treatment.
Terminally ill man takes his own life (24 Mar 10)
Paralysed woman demands right to die (18 Mar 10)
Welfare board to investigate baby's death (7 Mar 09)"It is always the individual patient who decides, together with their doctor, over treatment and care. While the board does not make decisions in individual cases, we can describe the legal framework that applies and we have now done so," said Anders Printz in a welfare board statement on Monday.In a letter to the 32-year-old woman, sent also to other patients who had submitted similar requests, the board concluded that "health care legislation emphasizes respect for patient autonomy and integrity and that care should as much as possible be designed and implemented in consultation with the patient".The 32-year-old, who was was born with a neurological illness that has led to a continuous deterioration of her condition, was upbeat on Monday after being told of the welfare board's findings."I am very happy and my soul is at ease," she told the Expressen daily.The board clarified that according to existing legislation, "if the patient does not want a life support treatment to be initiated or continued, the physician should respect the patient's wishes".The advisory ruling extends beyond the terminally ill and covers the seriously ill that are being kept alive with medical efforts and thus addresses the controversial issue of euthanasia.The board advises that, in order to discontinue life support treatment, the responsible physicians must have provided a definitive diagnosis to assess disease prognosis and the treatment options that are available.The only exception to the constitutional principle that every citizen should be protected from forced care is when the law allows it, for example the provision allowing for compulsory psychiatric care.The board has also advised that healthcare givers have a responsibility to provide a dying patient with pain killers and treatment for anxiety, for example to issue morphine or soporifics after the suspension of respiratory treatment. "The point of departure is that it is the patient who decides what treatment he or she receives and when it should be stopped," Anders Printz concluded.

Monday, April 26, 2010

infidelity Swedish Royal wedding off.!

Swedish Royal wedding called off over infidelity with Bournemouth student

A Bournemouth student emerged this weekend as the unlikely wedge that drove apart a princess and her playboy fiancé, ending one of Europe’s most glamorous royal romances.
The wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Jonas Bergstrom, a lawyer, was called off on Saturday after Tora Uppstrom Berg, a 21-year-old photography student at Arts University College Bournemouth, claimed that she had had an affair with the prince-to-be.
“They have decided that the best for them is to go their separate ways,” the palace said in a statement, bringing to an end an engagement that reportedly began with a proposal in front of most of the Swedish Royal Family at their summer home.
Ms Uppstrom Berg, who was a Norwegian handball star before coming to Britain, told a magazine that she had slept with Mr Bergstrom, 31, while on holiday at an exclusive Swedish ski resort in February last year, six months before his engagement to the princess was announced.
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“I had an affair with Maddie’s boyfriend. We were intimate. He followed me home in a taxi at four o’clock in the morning ... He was extremely nice and a gentleman all night long,” she told a Norwegian magazine.
She was paid only 12,500 Norwegian kroner (£1,380) for her story, not a large amount for a scandal that has rocked Sweden’s relatively stable royal establishment.
Ms Uppstrom Berg said that Mr Bergstrom, who has a high profile in Scandinavia because of his eight-year relationship with the Princess, concealed his identity when he met her, at the age of 20. It was only when she called his mobile and listened to his voicemail that she realised who he was and his connection to the third-in-line to the Swedish throne.
“Had I known that he had a woman I would never have done anything like this,” she said. “I feel sorry for Madeleine who has an unfaithful man. She deserves better.”
The interview sent the Scandinavian press scrambling to get a glimpse of the woman responsible for derailing the much anticipated royal wedding and reporters and photographers have descended on Bournemouth. So far Ms Uppstrom Berg has eluded the eager press pack, and successfully disappeared, said one classmate. “I have not seen her for a while now.”
“Perhaps she is spending the money [from the interview],” said another.
Back in Sweden, she has been vilified by some. In other quarters, however, she has been hailed as having done the country a service by exposing Mr Bergstrom’s infidelity before the marriage.
Within 24 hours of the break-up being announced, a Facebook group called “Tora Uppstrom Berg, thanks for the taxpayer’s money you saved us” attracted nearly 100 members

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Tories' poll number stable .

New evidence emerged Friday that former MP Rahim Jaffer engaged in what some MPs say was illegal lobbying of his former Conservative caucus colleagues.
In fact, it is those former caucus colleagues who are blowing the whistle on Jaffer. On Friday, it was Environment Minister Jim Prentice who told the House of Commons that Jaffer met last April with one of Prentice's staff to talk about a business idea.
The Conservative strategy "to throw Rahim under the bus," as an NDP MP described it, appears to have helped mitigate any political damage for the federal Conservatives.
Results of a poll, provided exclusively to Canwest News Service and Global National, show that while the gap between the Conservatives and the Liberals has narrowed somewhat over the last two weeks, the Conservatives are maintaining a healthy lead.
The poll finds that the Conservatives enjoy the support of 35 per cent of voters; Liberals are the pick of 29 per cent; and the NDP is at 16 per cent. In Quebec, the Bloc Quebecois is on top with 35 per cent, followed by the Liberals at 24 per cent, Conservatives at 20 per cent and NDP at 11 per cent.
Pollster Ipsos Reid surveyed 1,000 Canadians by phone between Tuesday and Thursday, after Canadians had begun to digest many of the scandalous elements of the allegations involving Jaffer and his wife MP Helena Guergis.
On April 9, Prime Minister Stephen Harper fired Guergis from cabinet, kicked her out of caucus and called in the RCMP and ethics commissioner for unspecified allegations about her conduct. Since then, allegations have surfaced that Guergis and Jaffer were photographed in the presence of cocaine users and prostitutes — allegations which Guergis denies — while multiple complaints about the pair, separate from Harper's, have been laid before Parliament's lobbying commissioner and Parliament's ethics commissioner.
"There's a corrosive effect if it lasts for long enough because if it looks like the government is not in control of the agenda and isn't managing the country," said Darrell Bricker, CEO of Ipsos Reid. "It hasn't started yet."
Two weeks ago, Ipsos Reid found that 37 per cent of Canadians supported the Conservatives and 27 per cent supported the Liberals — a 10-point gap. The gap this week narrowed to six points but Bricker said that movement is small and attributed it largely to the poll's margin of error of three percentage points 19 times out of 20.
"Everything we've seen is within the margin of error but it's a bit of a test when you see the gap reduced by that much," Bricker said. "It's something that's a bit of a watching brief."
Prentice was the second cabinet minister in as many days to release information that seems to contradict testimony Jaffer and his business partner Patrick Glemaud, a former Conservative candidate, gave to the House of Commons government operations and estimates committee earlier this week.
On Thursday, Infrastructure Minister John Baird released a series of documents which showed that Jaffer and Glemaud's company, Green Power Generation, sought up to $135 million in federal funding for three projects.
Baird provided his documents to the committee investigating the activities of Jaffer, Glemaud and Green Power Generation.
But Prentice went further. He said Friday that he has sent his information to Parliament's lobbying commissioner and Parliament's ethics commissioner, in addition to the government operations committee.
It amounts to more bad news for Jaffer, who may now be called back to the House of Commons committee to explain statements he gave there in which he said neither he nor his company engaged in any lobbying and that they "by no means" sought federal financing for their projects.
"You can't come to a parliamentary committee with a boldfaced lie and expect there to be no consequences. We won't accept that," said the NDP's Pat Martin.
The proactive disclosures by Baird and Prentice — neither minister was asked by any official body to disclose any documents or information — reinforced the view of their political opponents that the Conservatives were giving Jaffer special treatment because of his political connections.
"You can't say that Rahim Jaffer is an ordinary citizen," Bloc Quebecois MP Pierre Paquette said. "He's the former chair of the Conservative caucus and the husband of the dismissed minister."
Liberal MP Bonnie Crombie said it doesn't matter that Jaffer never received any funding for his plans — he got special access, she said, to ministers, their aides and government MPs.
The opposition has been calling on the government for a full accounting of all the meetings with Jaffer and Glemaud.
"I think all of the ministers are scouring their calendars to see if there's any record of Rahim Jaffer coming to them," said Martin. "Now that they've made up their mind to throw Rahim under the bus . . . they're going to go to great lengths to distance themselves from any record of contact.
"Minister Prentice has done the honourable thing and come forward, but it does beg the question — why did they wait nine or 10 months?"

Friday, April 23, 2010

University of British Columbia info.

University of British Columbia
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University of British Columbia
Coat of Arms of the University of British Columbia
Tuum est (Latin)"It Is Yours" / "It is up to you"
1906 McGill University College of British Columbia, absorbed into University of British Columbia (1915)
$616 million (FY 2009)[1]
Sarah Morgan-Silvester
Stephen Toope
Dr. David Farrar
36,771 – Vancouver5,609 – Okanagan[2]
9,350– Vancouver406 – Okanagan
Vancouver, Kelowna & Great Northern Way Campus, British Columbia, Canada
Urban, 402 ha (4 km²)
School Song
'Hail, U.B.C'.; 'High on Olympus' [3]
Gold Blue
G13APRUUniversitas 21ASAIHLAUCCIAU, CIS, CWUAA, CUSID, AUFSC, Corpus Christi College (Vancouver), CBIE, CUP.

The University of British Columbia, commonly referred to as UBC, is a Canadian public research university with campuses in the Greater Vancouver area and in Kelowna, British Columbia. The 402 ha (4 km²) main campus in the Greater Vancouver area is located in the University Endowment Lands on Point Grey, a peninsula about 10 km from downtown Vancouver, with smaller speciality and satellite campuses located at Great Northern Way and Robson Street, both in Vancouver proper.[4] The 105 ha (1 km²) Okanagan campus is situated about 20 minutes from downtown Kelowna.[4] While the originating legislation created UBC on March 7, 1908,[5] the first day of lectures was September 30, 1915. On September 22, 1925, lectures began on the new Point Grey campus. The university is the oldest in British Columbia and has the largest enrolment with over 41,000 students at its Vancouver and Okanagan campuses combined.[4][6]
In the 2008 Academic Ranking of World Universities, UBC placed 2nd in Canada, and 35th in the world.[7] In 2006, Newsweek magazine ranked UBC 2nd in Canada and 27th in the world. In 2009, the Times Higher Education Supplement ranked UBC as 2nd in Canada and 40th in the world (Social Sciences 13th, Life & Biomedicine 16th, Natural Sciences 20th, Arts & Humanities 22nd, Engineering & IT 17th).[8][9]
The UBC library, which comprises 5.9 million books and journals, is the second-largest research library in Canada.[10]
1 History
1.1 Establishment of a provincial university
1.2 Early years
1.3 The University today
2 Governance and academics
2.1 Faculties and Schools
2.2 Enrolment
2.3 Quality of education
2.4 Research centres and institutes
2.4.1 TRIUMF
2.5 Aboriginal
3 Finances
3.1 Tuition
4 Campuses and features
4.1 Vancouver
4.2 Kelowna
4.3 Libraries
5 Student life
5.1 Student representation
5.2 Student facilities
5.3 Greek organizations
5.4 Residences
5.5 Athletics
5.6 Fight song
5.7 Campus events
5.8 Student media
6 Notable people
6.1 Rhodes Scholars
6.2 Recipients of honorary degrees
6.3 Notable faculty (former and current)
6.4 Chancellors and presidents
7 In the Media
8 See also
9 Notes
10 References
11 External links
[edit] History

The Chemistry building, one of UBC's oldest, on a summer evening
[edit] Establishment of a provincial university
A provincial university was first called into being by the British Columbia University Act of 1908, although its location was not yet specified.[11] The governance was modelled on the provincial University of Toronto Act of 1906 which established a bicameral system of university government consisting of a senate (faculty), responsible for academic policy, and a board of governors (citizens) exercising exclusive control over financial policy and having formal authority in all other matters. The president, appointed by the board, was to provide a link between the 2 bodies and to perform institutional leadership.[11] The Act constituted a twenty-one member senate with Francis Carter-Cotton of Vancouver as Chancellor.
Before the University Act, there had been several attempts at establishing a degree-granting university with assistance from the Universities of Toronto and McGill. Columbian College in New Westminster, through its affiliation with Victoria College of the University of Toronto, began to offer university-level credit at the turn-of-the-century, but it was McGill that would come to dominate higher education in the early 1900s.

Henry Marshall Tory
Building on a successful affiliation between Vancouver and Victoria high schools with McGill University, Henry Marshall Tory[12] helped to establish the McGill University College of British Columbia. From 1906 to 1915, McGill BC (as it was called) operated as a private institution providing the first few years toward a degree at McGill University or elsewhere. The Henry Marshall Tory Medal was established in 1941 by Henry Marshall Tory (1864–1947), FRSC, founding President of the University of Alberta and of the National Research Council of Canada, and a co-founder of Carlton University.
In the meantime, appeals were again made to the government to revive the earlier legislation for a provincial institution, leading to the University Endowment Act in 1907, and The University Act in 1908. In 1910 the Point Grey site was chosen, and the government appointed Dr. Frank Fairchild Wesbrook as President in 1913. A declining economy and the outbreak of war in August 1914 compelled the University to postpone plans for building at Point Grey, and instead the former McGill University College site at Fairview became home to the University until 1925. The first day of lectures was September 30, 1915, the new university absorbing McGill University College. University of British Columbia awarded its first degrees in 1916.[11]
[edit] Early years

The UBC Vancouver school of theology was built in 1927.
World War I dominated campus life, and the student body was "decimated" by enlistments for active service, with three hundred UBC students in Company "D" alone. By the end of the war, 697 members of the University had enlisted. A total of 109 students graduated in the three war-time congregations, all but one in the Faculty of Arts and Science.
By 1920, the university had only three faculties: Arts, Applied Science, and Agriculture (with Departments of Agronomy, Animal Husbandry, Dairying, Horticulture and Poultry). It only awarded the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.), and Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (B.S.A.). There were 576 male students and 386 female students in the 1920–21 winter session, but only 64 academic staff, including 6 women.[13]
In the early part of the twentieth century, professional education expanded beyond the traditional fields of theology, law and medicine. UBC provided no degrees in these areas, but was beginning to offer degrees in new professional areas such as engineering, agriculture, nursing, and school teaching. Graduate training based on the German-inspired American model of specialized course work and the completion of a research thesis was introduced, with students completing M.A. degrees in natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.[11]
In 1922 the now twelve-hundred-strong student body embarked on a "Build the University" campaign. Students marched in the streets of Vancouver to draw attention to their plight, enlist popular support, and embarrass the government. 56,000 signatures were presented at legislature in support of the campaign, which was ultimately successful. On September 22, 1925, lectures began on the new Point Grey campus. Except for the Library, Science and Power House buildings, all the campus buildings were temporary constructions. Two playing fields were built by the students themselves, but the University had no dormitories and no social centre. Still, the University continued to grow steadily.

View of the north part of the Point Grey Campus.
Soon, however, the effects of the depression began to be felt. The provincial government, upon which the University depended heavily, cut the annual grant severely. In 1932–33 salaries were cut by up to 23%. Posts remained vacant, and a few faculty lost their jobs. Most graduate courses were dropped. In 1935, the University established the Department of Extension. Just as things began to improve, World War II broke out. Canada declared war on September 10, 1939. Soon afterwards, University President Klinck wrote:
From the day of the declaration of war, the University has been prepared to put at the disposal of the Government all possible assistance by way of laboratories, equipment and trained personnel, insofar as such action is consistent with the maintenance of reasonably efficient instructional standards. To do less would be unthinkable.
Heavy rains and melting snowfall eroded a deep ravine across the north end of the campus, in the Grand Campus Washout of 1935. The campus did not yet have storm drains, and surface runoff went down a ravine to the beach. When the University carved a ditch to drain flooding on University Avenue, the rush of water steepened the ravine and eroded it back as fast as 10 feet (3.0 m) per hour. The resulting gully eventually consumed 100,000 cubic yards (76,455 m3), two bridges, and buildings near Graham House. The University was closed for 4½ days. Afterwards, the gully was filled with debris from a nearby landslide, and only traces are visible today.[14]
Military training on the campus became popular, then mandatory. WWII marked the first provision of money from the federal government to the University for research purposes. By the end of the war, it became clear that the facilities at Point Grey had become totally inadequate to cater to the huge influx of veterans returning to their studies. The University needed new staff, new courses, new faculties, and new buildings for teaching and accommodation. The student population rose from 2,974 in 1944–45 to 9,374 in 1947–48. Surplus Army and Air Force camps were used for both classrooms and accommodation. Fifteen complete camps were taken over by the University in the course of the 1945–46 session alone, with a sixteenth camp situated on Little Mountain in Vancouver, converted into suites for married students. Most of the camps were dismantled and carried by barge or truck to the University where the huts were scattered across the campus. (A few huts remain in place today!)
Student numbers hit 9,374 in 1948; more than 53% of the students were war veterans in 1947–67. Between 1947 and 1951 twenty new permanent buildings were erected.
The single-university policy in the West was changed as existing colleges of the provincial universities gained autonomy as universities — the University of Victoria was established in 1963.[11]
[edit] The University today
UBC's current president is Dr. Stephen Toope, appointed on July 1, 2006. He succeeds Dr. Martha Piper, who was the University's first female president and the first non-Canadian born president. The Chancellor of the University, who acts as the University's ceremonial head and sits on the academic Senate and the Board of Governors, is Sarah Morgan-Silvester (as of July 1, 2008).[15] The UBC Okanagan campus is led by Dr. Doug Owram, Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
[edit] Governance and academics
The administration of UBC, as mandated by the University Act, is composed of a chancellor, convocation, board, senate, and faculties of the university [16]. The Board of Governors is responsible for the management of property and revenue, while the Senate is vested with managing the academic operation of the university. Both are composed of faculty and students who are elected to the position. Degrees and diplomas are conferred by the convocation, which is composed of alumni, administrators, and faculty, with a quorum of twenty members. UBC also has a President, who is a chief executive officer of the university and a member of the Senate, Board of Governors, Convocation, and also serves as Vice Chancellor. The President of the University is responsible for managing the academic operation of the university, including recommending appointments, calling meetings of faculties, and establishing committees.
[edit] Faculties and Schools
Main article: Faculties and Schools of the University of British Columbia
UBC's academic activity is organized into "faculties", and "schools".[17] Currently, UBC has twelve faculties and eleven schools on its Vancouver campus and seven faculties and two schools at its Okanagan campus [4]. UBC Vancouver also has two academic colleges: Interdisciplinary Studies and Health Disciplines, while UBC Okanagan also has a College of Graduate Studies. At the Vancouver campus, the Faculty of Arts, which dates back to the 1915 Fairview Campus, is the largest faculty with twenty departments and schools. With the split of the Faculty of Arts and Science in 1964, the Faculty of Science is the second largest faculty with nine departments.
[edit] Enrolment
In 2003, UBC had 3,167 full-time Faculty, and 4,612 non-faculty full-time employees. It had over forty thousand students (33,566 undergraduate students and 7,379 graduate students), and more than 180,000 alumni in 120 countries. Enrolment continues to grow (the numbers listed within the table are as of Nov 2008[4]). The founding of the new Okanagan campus will increase these numbers dramatically. The university is one of only two Canadian universities to have membership in Universitas 21, an international association of research-led institutions (McGill University is the other). [18]
[edit] Quality of education
University rankings
ARWU World[19]
ARWU N. America[20]
ARWU Natural Science & Math[21]
ARWU Engineering & CS[22]
ARWU Life Sciences[23]
ARWU Social Sciences[24]
Newsweek World[25]
THE-QS World[26]
THE-QS Arts[27]
THE-QS Life Sciences/Biomed[28]
THE-QS Natural Sciences[29]
THE-QS Social Sciences[30]
THE-QS Engineering/Tech.[31]
Canadian rankings
Maclean's Medical/Doctoral[32]
UBC consistently ranks as one of the top three Canadian universities by Research InfoSource[33] and ranks as second in Canada and thirty-sixth in the world in the Academic Ranking of World Universities.[7] In 2006, Newsweek magazine ranked the University of British Columbia second in Canada and 27th in the world.[34] The Times Higher Education Supplement of the UK ranked UBC as second in Canada and thirty-third in the world in 2007. According to Maclean's University Rankings, UBC has the highest percentage of Ph. D level professors among all public universities in North America (92%). It has received widespread recognition by Maclean's and Newsweek magazines for its foreign language program; the Chinese program is North America's largest, and the Japanese program is North America's second largest (after the University of Hawaii). The Department of Art History, Visual Arts and Theory has been recognized consistently for the world-class artists who teach there.[citation needed] In 2003 the National Post stated UBC had the highest entrance requirements for undergraduate admission out of all universities in Canada.[35]
[edit] Research centres and institutes
UBC, with a research budget among the top three among Canadian universities, runs many research centres and institutions. UBC operates the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre on Vancouver Island for research biologists, ecologists and oceanographers. As a founding member of the Western Canadian Universities Marine Sciences Society, UBC maintains this field station on the west coast of Vancouver Island, which is jointly run by the University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary. The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies is an interdisciplinary research institute for fundamental research in the Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities. The UBC Farm is a 24 hectare learning and research farm located in UBC's South Campus area is the only working farmland within the city of Vancouver. The farm features Saturday Farm Markets from early June until early October, selling organic produce and eggs to the community.
[edit] TRIUMF
Main article: TRIUMF
TRIUMF is Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics located at UBC. The name was formerly an acronym for TRI-University Meson Facility, but TRIUMF is now owned and operated by a consortium of eleven Canadian universities. The consortium runs TRIUMF through a contribution of funds from the National Research Council of Canada, and makes TRIUMF’s facilities available to Canadian scientists and to scientists from around the world. TRIUMF also houses the world's largest cyclotron.
[edit] Aboriginal
The UBC’s Longhouse is a dedicated space for Aboriginal institutions, a “zone of comfort” for Aboriginal students and a focus for Aboriginal culture and activities on campus. UBC has an Associate Dean of Indigenous Education and offers degrees in First Nations Studies through a program in the Arts Faculty. The UBC’s First Nations Forestry Initiatives was developed in partnership with specific Aboriginal communities to meet specific needs within more remote Aboriginal communities. UBC also offers a Chinook Diploma Program in the Sauder School of Business. UBC also runs the Chinook Summer Biz Camp, which seeks fosters entrepreneurship among First Nations and Métis high school students. UBC hosts a Bridge Through Sport Program, Summer Science Program, Native Youth Program, and Cedar Day Camp and Afterschool Program. UBC has had success in recruiting and retaining Aboriginal faculty. UBC developed governing board and senate policies as well as Aboriginal governed councils within the university structure.[36]
[edit] Finances
For 2006–2007, UBC had expected a $36 million deficit. With various cost cutting measures, the University posted a small surplus of $1.92 million. As of March 2007, UBC had assets of $3.2 billion and liabilities of $1.8 billion. Total revenue for 2006–2007 was $1.59 billion, of which 36% came from the provincial government, 11% from the federal government, 17% from "sales of goods and services", 18% from tuition, and 18% from all other sources. Total expenses were $1.50 billion, of which salaries, wages, benefits, and honoraria were 59%, office supplies and expenses were 12%, amortization was 9%, and all other expenses were 20%.[37] Less than 1% of expenses went to fundraising.[38][39]
[edit] Tuition
In 2001–02, UBC had one of the lowest undergraduate tuition rates in Canada, at an average of $2,181 CAD per year for a full-time programme. This was due to a government-instituted tuition freeze. In 2001, however, the BC Liberal party defeated the NDP in British Columbia and lifted the tuition freeze. In 2002–03 undergraduate and graduate tuition rose by an average of 30%, and by up to 40% in some faculties. This has led to better facilities, but also to student unrest and contributed to a teaching assistant union strike.
UBC again increased tuition by 30% in the 2003–04 year, again by approximately 15% in the 2004–05 season, and 2% in the 2005–06 and 2006–07 years. Increases were lower than expected because, in the 2005 Speech from the Throne, the government announced that tuition increases would be capped to inflation.[40] Despite these increases, UBC's tuition remains below the national average and below other universities in the regions. In 2006–07, the Canadian average undergraduate tuition fee was $4347 and the BC average was $4960.[41] UBC tuition for 2007–2008 is $4,257 for a Canadian student in a basic 30-unit program, though various programs cost from $3,406 to $9,640.
Tuition for international students is significantly higher (2.3–4.6 times higher than domestic students). In 2009, tuition for international students ranged from 16,245 CAD to 25,721 CAD.[42]
[edit] Campuses and features

Aerial View of the Vancouver Campus
[edit] Vancouver
49°16′N 123°15′W / 49.267°N 123.25°W / 49.267; -123.25 The Vancouver campus is located at Point Grey, a twenty-minute drive from downtown Vancouver. It is near several beaches and has views of the North Shore mountains. The 7.63 km² Pacific Spirit Regional Park serves as a green-belt between the campus and the city. Buildings on the Vancouver campus currently occupy 1,091,997 m² gross, located on 1.7 km² of maintained land. The Vancouver campus' street plan is mostly in a grid of malls (for driving and pedestrian-only). Lower Mall and West Mall are in the southwestern part of the peninsula, with Main, East, and Wesbrook Malls northeast of them. Wireless Internet access is available at no charge to students, faculty, and staff inside and outside of most buildings at both campuses.[43]
The University Endowment Lands are not within Vancouver's city limits, and as such UBC is policed by the RCMP rather than the Vancouver Police Department. However, the Vancouver Fire Department does provide service to UBC under a contract. Also, all postage sent to any building on campus includes Vancouver in the address. UBC Vancouver also has two satellite campuses within the City of Vancouver: a campus at Vancouver General Hospital for the medical sciences, and UBC Robson Square in downtown Vancouver for part-time credit and non-credit programmes. Moreover, UBC is also a partner in the consortium backing Great Northern Way Campus Ltd. UBC is affiliated with a group of adjacent theological colleges, which include the Vancouver School of Theology, Regent College, Carey College and the Corpus Christi College.

"Devil-losing bridge" and iris pond in Nitobe Memorial Garden
The campus is also home to numerous gardens. The UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research, the first UBC department, holds a collection of over 8000 different kinds of plants used for research, conservation and education. The original site of the UBC botanical garden was at the "Old Arboretum". Today all that remains of it are trees planted in 1916 by John Davidson. The old arboretum is now home to many buildings including the First Nations House of Learning. The Nitobe Memorial Garden, built to honour Japanese scholar Inazo Nitobe, the garden has been the subject of more than fifteen years' study by a UBC professor, who believes that its construction hides a number of impressive features, including references to Japanese philosophy and mythology, shadow bridges visible only at certain times of year, and positioning of a lantern that is filled with light at the exact date and time of Nitobe's death each year. The garden is behind the university's Asian Centre, which is built from steel girders from Japan's exhibit at Osaka Expo.[44]

Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
The campus also features the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts: a performing arts centre containing the Chan Shun Concert Hall, Telus Studio Theatre and the Royal Bank Cinema. It is often the location of convocation ceremonies as well as the filming location for the 4400 Center on the television show The 4400,[45] as well as the Madacorp entrance set on Kyle XY.[citation needed] It has also been featured as the Cloud 9 Ballroom in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica (Season 1, Episode 11: Colonial Day).[46] It has also been used in Stargate Atlantis (Season 2, Episode 5: Condemned),[citation needed] as well as in the first season of Reaper.[citation needed]

UBC Okanagan Campus
[edit] Kelowna
49°56′N 119°24′W / 49.933°N 119.4°W / 49.933; -119.4 The Kelowna campus, known as UBC Okanagan, is located on the former North Kelowna Campus of Okanagan University College, adjacent to the international airport on the north-east side of Kelowna, British Columbia.[47] This campus offers undergraduate degrees in Arts, Science, Nursing, Education, Management and Engineering as well as graduate degrees in most of these disciplines. The Okanagan campus is experiencing a $450 million CDN rapid expansion with construction of several new residential, teaching and research buildings now underway.
[edit] Libraries
Main article: University of British Columbia Library
The UBC Library, which comprises 5.8 million books and journals, 5.3 million microforms, over 833,000 maps, videos and other multimedia materials and over 46,700 subscriptions, is the second largest research library in Canada.[48] The libraries lent out over 2.5 million print works in 2008/2009 with over 2.9 million visits to the library (measured by gate counters). [49] The library has twenty-one branches and divisions at UBC and at other locations, including three branches at teaching hospitals (St. Paul's Hospital, Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre, BC Children's Hospital), one at UBC's Robson Square campus in downtown Vancouver, and one at the new UBC Okanagan campus.[48] Plans are also under way to establish a library at the Great Northern Way Campus on the Finning Lands.
The former Main Library has undergone construction and has been renamed the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. The new library incorporates the centre heritage block of the old Main Library with two new expansion wings and features an automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS), the first of its kind in Canada.[50]
Major General Victor Odlum CB, CMG, DSO, VD donated his personal library of 10,000 books, which has been housed in "the Rockwoods Centre Library" of the UBC library since 1963.
[edit] Student life
[edit] Student representation
Main article: Alma Mater Society of the University of British Columbia
UBC Vancouver students are represented by the Alma Mater Society, or AMS. The society's mandate is to improve the quality of educational, social, and personal lives of UBC students. The executive – composed of the President; Vice President, External Affairs; Vice President, Administration; Vice President, Finance; and Vice President, Academic and University Affairs – are responsible for lobbying the UBC administration on behalf of the student body, providing services, such as the AMS/GSS Health and Dental Plan, supporting and administering student clubs, and maintaining the Student Union Building (aka SUB) and the services it houses. Graduate Students are represented by the Graduate Student Society (GSS). Recently, the AMS has undertaken an initiative to construct a new Student Union Building (SUB) with a cost of $110 million, of which $80 million is paid by student fees, with 50% more space compared to the current SUB. Construction is slated to begin in 2012.
UBC Okanagan students are represented by The University of British Columbia Students' Union – Okanagan.

Orientation day for first year students at UBC Okanagan.
[edit] Student facilities

The Student Union Building (SUB).
The heart of student activity at UBC Vancouver is the centrally located Student Union Building, which houses offices of many clubs, half a dozen restaurants and cafés, a pub ("The Gallery"), a nightclub ("The Pit"), the inexpensive 425-seat Norman Bouchard Memorial Theatre ("The Norm Theatre"), several shops and a post office. The majority of the outlets and shops in the SUB are run by the AMS, however the addition of major corporate outlets in recent years by UBC Food Services has generated some controversy. The SUB Art Gallery contains mostly students' work. Beside the SUB, there is a small mound called The Grassy Knoll, which was constructed from the contents of the open pool dug near the Aquatic Centre. The Grassy Knoll was slated to be removed for the planned construction of an underground bus loop. However, on October 28, 2009, UBC was advised by Translink that due to its current funding levels it would not be able to provide funds for the construction of the bus loop.[51] As a result, the bus loop project has been cancelled by the administration, although the rest of the renovations of the University Boulevard Neighbourhood are still under consideration.
Other student facilities on campus include the Ladha Science Student Centre, which was funded through a donation from Abdul Ladha, a levy from all Science undergraduate students, the VP Students, and the Dean of Science, and the Meekison Arts Student Space, which is located in the Faculty of Art's Buchanan D building.
[edit] Greek organizations
While UBC's Greek system is somewhat smaller than its counterparts in the United States, it does offer the largest and most active Greek system in Canada. There is a total of 16 Greek organizations. An InterFraternal Council (IFC) is recognized as a club by the Alma Mater Society and meetings of the fraternities under IFC occur at their respective fraternity houses each week. Greek life has its own division within UBC REC[52] and intense competition between the 9 Fraternities for the title of top Athletic Fraternity occur. Alpha Delta Phi currently holds the title of IFC Intramural Champions.
The National Panhellenic Council (NPC) sororities on campus are overseen by the Panhellenic Council.[53] All sororities have a chapter room in the Panhellenic House on Wesbrook Mall; the building also offers housing for 72 college women, with preference given to sorority members. Phrateres is not an official part of the Greek Organization on campus, but interacts with the fraternities on a similar basis as the sororities. Phrateres is an official AMS club and thus does not bar membership to male members, although it is strongly discouraged.
There are nine international fraternities on campus, the first of which was Alpha Delta Phi in 1926. However Alpha Delta Phi was preceded by several local fraternities on campus. Other fraternities include Alpha Epsilon Pi, Delta Kappa Epsilon, Psi Upsilon, Sigma Chi, Beta Theta Pi,[54] Phi Delta Theta, Phi Gamma Delta, and Kappa Sigma.
Beta Theta Pi is the only fraternity on campus not in the Greek Village. They retained their own land on the old Fraternity Row which is closer to campus than the Greek Village. Alpha Epsilon Pi has no house, but plans are underway to provide them the lower level of the newly constructed Hillel House. The Greek Village shares a common underground parking lot and is managed jointly. All the houses on campus were constructed sometime between 2002 and 2003 including Beta Theta Pi. This came about as an agreement between many parties to sell the previous leased land to a development camp.
The seven sororities on campus include Alpha Delta Pi, Delta Gamma, Alpha Gamma Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Alpha Phi, Gamma Phi Beta and Kappa Alpha Theta. The Panhellenic Total for UBC campus is 65, so each sorority has around that number of girls. Chapter meetings are held in the chapter's respective rooms each week and Greek-wide or campus-wide events are attended by members of all the sororities and fraternities. In the fall of 2010, an 8th sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi, will be re-colonizing at UBC campus.
[edit] Residences

Gage Towers

Dene House at Totem Park

Marine Drive
According to a 2009 UBC Student Housing Study, UBC currently provides approximately 8680 beds on the Point Grey campus for an on-campus student population of about 11,000 people.[55] The UBC administration has recognized the need for more student housing on campus, forecasting the need for 6400 new beds on campus within the next 20 years, and has expanded housing recently with the opening of the Marine Drive towers and the MBA house residence on South Campus.[55]
Currently, there are two dormitory style residences on campus, primarily for first and second year students: Totem Park and Place Vanier. Totem Park, housing about 1163 students, consists of six dormitory buildings (Nootka, Dene, Haida, Salish, Kwakiutl, and Shuswap Houses), and a Commons Block (Coquihalla). All houses, except Shuswap, are co-ed, with alternating men's and women's floors. Shuswap house is currently the only house at Totem with co-ed floors (that is, men and women are allowed to live on the same floor).
Place Vanier, housing 1370 people, consists of 12 blocks constructed in 1959 (Robson House), 1960 (Okanagan, Sherwood Lett, Mackenzie, Ross, Hamber and Mawdsley Houses), 1961 (Kootenay House), 1968 (Cariboo and Tweedsmuir Houses), 2002 (Korea-UBC House) and 2003 (Tec de Monterrey-UBC House). The buildings vary from Male and Female only, to alternating gender floors, as well as fully mixed floors. The residences have both single and double rooms, with each floor having a lounge and communal bathrooms.
Older students, above the age of twenty, have several suite-style residence options on the Point Grey campus as well. The Gage Towers are a residence consisting of three 17-floor towers (North, South and East) primarily for second, third, and fourth year undergraduate students. Gage houses the most students and is closest to the Pit Pub. It consists of three interconnected towers (North, South, and East) as well as single student housing (both studio, and apartment) in a separate adjacent building. The towers are composed of "quads" which consist of 4 separate pods, each consisting of 6 individual bedrooms, a bathroom and a communal kitchen/dining area.
Adjacent to the Acadia Park residence area on the east part of campus is Fairview Crescent, a residence primarily for second and third year undergraduate students. Fairview also houses many graduate students. The residence consists of an L-Shaped pedestrian-only street lined with 4, 5 & 6 student (a mix of single-sex and co-ed) townhouses. The Beanery coffee shop is nestled in the middle of the residence.
The Thunderbird residences are primarily for graduate students and fourth year undergraduate students and are located at the southern edge of the academic core campus. The Ritsumeikan-UBC House is a residence with a Japanese cultural setting, named for Ritsumeikan University. Houses Japanese exchange students and Canadian students, who participate in unique inter cultural programmes. The residence's tatami room is used for practice sessions by the UBC Urasenke Japanese tea ceremony club. Two Canadian students are typically paired with two Japanese exchange students.
The newest addition to UBC Vancouver's student housing is the Marine Drive Residence, which is situated on the west side of campus slightly south of Place Vanier. The first phase, consisting of Building 1 (an 18-floor tower) and Building 2 (a 5 floor building commonly called the "Podium") opened Fall 2005, and is the most expensive residence on campus. In February 2006, the Board of Governors approved plans for the second phase of Marine Drive, finally putting an end to the debacle caused by concerns over the view of Wreck beach (Phase I's Building 1 was reduced from 20 floors to 18 because of this). Phase II consists of Buildings 4 through 6 (two towers and another "Podium", respectively), and also the Commonsblock. Buildings 4 through 6 were all open to students as of September 2008. A separate Commonsblock (the current Front Desk being located in building 1) was completed in summer 2009, and contains similar services to the Commonsblocks of other residences, such as exercise, game, and study rooms. Construction at Marine Drive was completed in February 2010, with the opening of a restaurant in building 4.
[edit] Athletics
UBC is represented in Canadian Interuniversity Sport by the UBC Thunderbirds. UBC is considering joining the NCAA Division II.[56][57]

A swimming pool at the UBC National Swim Centre

The Student Recreation Centre (SRC)
UBC REC: UBC's intramural program is one of the largest in Canada, including various leagues and the year-ending Storm the Wall.
Aquatic Centre: offers swimming pools indoors and outdoors. At designated times students can use the facility for free.
Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre: during final exam periods (December and April), hundreds of chairs and tables are placed inside for students to take examinations.
There is a rock-climbing wall in the SUB, hidden behind the movie theatre screen, which is operated by the UBC Varsity Outdoor Club.
The UBC Bike Hub, which houses the AMS Bike Co-op and the Bike Kitchen. The Bike Kitchen is a full service student-run non-profit bike shop, which also runs workshops and provides one-on-one instruction.
The UBC Croquet Society plays friendlies during the week on various lawns and in front of the Koerner Library. Tournaments are held twice a semester.
The Student Recreation Centre houses a gymnasium, sports equipment shop, dojo, and climbing wall, in addition to rooms for special exercise programmes.
The neighbouring Pacific Spirit Regional Park has an extensive network of running trails. On the coast to the west of campus, the park includes Wreck Beach, one of the largest clothing-optional beaches in the world.[citation needed]
[edit] Fight song
Notable among a number of songs commonly played and sung at various events such as commencement and convocation, and athletic games are: "Hail, U.B.C" with words and music by Harold King and "High on Olympus" with words by D.C. Morton and music by J.C.F. Haeffner.[58]
[edit] Campus events
A small number of large-scale, campus-wide events occur annually at UBC which are organized by university institutions, the AMS, and student constituencies of various faculties and departments. UBC Orientations organizes several events for first year students, such as Imagine UBC, GALA, and UBC Jump Start. Imagine UBC is an orientation day and pep rally for first-year undergraduate students that replaces the first day of September classes at UBC Vancouver.
Several athletic events take place at UBC every year. Storm the Wall is an intramural relay race put on by UBC REC in April, culminating in the climbing of a 12-foot (3.7 m) wall. It is one of the largest intramural events to take place regularly in Canada. Day of the Longboat is an intramural event put on at the end of September/early October by UBC REC. It is the largest voyageur canoe race in North America, with teams competing in a challenging 2km paddle around the waters of Jericho Sailing Centre.
Faculty constituencies, such as the Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS) and Science Undergraduate Society (SUS), hold events annually. Many of the major constituencies, such as for Arts, Science, and Engineering, hold their own faculty weeks to celebrate their faculties. The events may include keynote speeches, merchandise sales, and dances. Arts County Fair was an annual concert and party on the last day of classes in April, put on by the AUS and occurring at Thunderbird Stadium. Past headliners have included Sam Roberts, The New Pornographers, and Metric. Due to increasing financial difficulties (mostly resulting from mounting security and related costs) the AUS announced they would not continue the event in 2008. In its place, the Alma Mater Society of UBC hosted the AMS Block Party to celebrate the end of classes.
Additionally, a number of unofficial 'traditions,' exist at UBC: jumping from the UBC Aquatic Centre's outdoor 10-metre diving board late at night; and frequent repainting of the Engineering cairn, refashioning its large red-and-white 'E' into other letters representative of other faculties, clubs, and groups.
[edit] Student media
The Ubyssey, a twice-weekly student newspaper that serves the Vancouver campus. Established in 1918.
"The Phoenix" is a biweekly student newspaper that serves the Okanagan campus. Established in 1989 at Okanagan University College.
The Graduate, a monthly magazine of news, opinion, and humour, by graduate students.
Discorder ("That magazine from CiTR"), a music and entertainment magazine produced by the campus radio station.
CiTR "Thunderbird Radio", the campus radio station.
"The Knoll" is an alternative, politically progressive student publication that serves the Vancouver campus. Established in 2006.
The Point, a weekly student paper of athletics, clubs, and what's happening at UBC.
The Underground, a satirical newspaper of the Arts Undergraduate Society with a vibrant arts and culture section, The Grounder.
The 432 (website), a satirical, biweekly publication of the Science Undergraduate Society. Established 1987.
The Cavalier (website), the official humour and events paper of the Commerce Undergraduate Society (CUS).
The nEUSpaper , a humorous, biweekly publication of the Engineering Undergraduate Society, or EUS.
Perspectives (website), British Columbia's first English-Chinese student newspaper.
PRISM international (website), a quarterly literary magazine published by graduate students in the UBC Creative Writing Program.
Cinephile (website), a biannual, peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by graduate students in the UBC Film Studies Program.
[edit] Notable people
See also: List of University of British Columbia alumni
[edit] Rhodes Scholars
Jack Davis 1939
John Turner 1949
[edit] Recipients of honorary degrees
The 14th Dalai Lama
Louise Arbour, Justice
Rosemary Brown, first black Canadian woman elected to a provincial legislature
Emily Carr, Artist
Raffi Cavoukian, Musician
Robertson Davies, Author
John Diefenbaker, 13th Prime Minister of Canada
David A. Dodge, Economist
Tommy Douglas, former Premier of Saskatchewan
Shirin Ebadi, Lawyer
Atom Egoyan, Filmmaker
Judith Forst, Mezzo-soprano
Michael J. Fox, Actor
Mike Harcourt, former Premier of British Columbia
Ben Heppner, Operatic tenor
Clara Hughes, Olympic cyclist and speedskater
Finn E. Kydland, Economist
Grace McCarthy, former premier of British Columbia
Beverley McLachlin, first Woman to be Chief Justice of Canada
Lester B. Pearson, 14th Prime Minister of Canada and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
Oscar Peterson, Jazz Pianist
Bill Reid, Artist
Carol Shields, Author
Adlai Stevenson, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations
Pierre Trudeau, 15th Prime Minister of Canada
John Turner, 17th Prime Minister of Canada
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
George Woodcock, anarchist philosopher and founding editor of Canadian Literature (journal)
Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
[edit] Notable faculty (former and current)
Joel Bakan, creator of The Corporation
Neil Bartlett, prepared the first known noble gas compound
Sara Davis Buechner, pianist, recording artist, Koch International
Brian Burke, former General Manager of the Vancouver Canucks[59][dead link]
Kim Campbell, former Canadian Prime Minister
Meryn Cadell, writer and performance artist
Hans G. Dehmelt, Nobel laureate in Physics in 1989
Arthur Erickson, architect
James Fankhauser, conductor
John Friedmann, urban theorist
Steven Galloway, novelist and playwright
Michael Ignatieff, academic and Canadian politician
Daniel Kahneman, Nobel laureate in Economic Sciences in 2002
Dale Kinkade, linguist and specialist on Salishan languages
Har Gobind Khorana, Nobel laureate in Medicine in 1968
Larissa Lai, Canadian writer
Ken Lum, noted Canadian artist. Represented Canada at the Sydney Biennale, the São Paulo Art Biennial, the Shanghai Biennale and at Documenta XI
Pat McGeer, neuroscientist and politician
Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
Peter Oberlander, Canada's first professor of urban and regional planning and founder of UBC's School of Community and Regional Planning
Daniel Pauly, fisheries scientist
Richard J. Pearson, archaeologist and gardener
Barbara Pentland, composer
Randy Raine-Reusch, composer and ethnomusicologist
William Rees, planning professor and originator of the ecological footprint
Leonie Sandercock, urban theorist
Michael Smith, Nobel laureate in Chemistry in 1993
George F.G. Stanley, Canadian historian, designer of Canadian flag, Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick
David Suzuki, biologist
Bill Unruh, physicist, discoverer of the Unruh effect
Erich Vogt, physicist
Rudolf Vrba, Holocaust survivor and pharmacologist
Jeff Wall, Noted photographer. Tate Gallery Retrospective, MOMA, Hasselblad Award, key figure in the photoconceptualist Vancouver School
Carl E. Wieman, Nobel laureate in Physics in 2001
Catherine Dauvergne, holds the Canada Research Chair in Migration Law
[edit] Chancellors and presidents
Main articles: List of Chancellors of the University of British Columbia and List of Presidents of the University of British Columbia
[edit] In the Media
Due to the fact that Vancouver, Canada is often the production location for numerous North American TV shows and films, the UBC campus (mainly the Point Grey campus) has also been featured in various TV shows and/or films, including: The Butterfly Effect, Fringe, She's The Man, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and many others.
[edit] See also

The indoor UBC Aquatic Centre pool.
University Endowment Lands
Regent College
Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre
List of universities in British Columbia
Higher education in British Columbia
Education in Canada
List of Canadian universities by endowment
Canadian Interuniversity Sport
Canadian government scientific research organizations
Canadian university scientific research organizations
Canadian industrial research and development organizations
[edit] Notes
^ UBC Financial Statements, March 31, 2009, page 12 – accessed from: [1].
^ UBC welcomes 7,400 new first-year students
^ School Song
^ a b c d e "UBC Facts and Figures". University of British Columbia Public Affairs. 2008. Retrieved 2010-01-26.
^ About UBC
^ Dunae, P.A. (Ed.). (2003). 100 Years of Advanced Education, 1901-2001: Higher Education and Advanced Teacher Training in British Columbia. Retrieved June 1, 2008, from
^ a b "Ranking".
^ University of British Columbia (2008-08-22). "UBC: Our Place Among the World's Best". Retrieved 2008-09-22.
^ "UBC Library Facts & Figures". University of British Columbia. 2009-01-06. Retrieved 2009-09-28.
^ a b c d e "The Canadian Encyclopedia". Retrieved 2008-10-06.
^ "Henry Marshall Tory, A Biography", originally published 1954, current edition January 1992, E.A. Corbett, Toronto: Ryerson Press, ISBN 0-88864-250-4
^ Williams, M. Y. (Winter 1966). "The Grand Campus Washout" (PDF). UBC Alumni Chronicle 20 (4): 9–11. Includes several contemporary photos of the Washout.
^ University of British Columbia (2008-04-14). "Corporate Director and Community Volunteer Elected UBC Chancellor; New Board Members Named". Press release. Retrieved 2008-04-16.
^ "University Act". Laws of British Columbia. Queen's Printer. 05 August 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2009.
^ "Faculties & Schools". University of British Columbia. Retrieved October 20, 2009.
^ "Universitas 21 Member List". Universitas 21. Retrieved 2010-02-02.
^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities". Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-04.
^ "Top 100 North & Latin American Universities". Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-04.
^ "Top 100 world universities in Natural Sciences and Mathematics". Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-19.
^ "Top 100 world universities in Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences". Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-19.
^ "Top 100 world universities in Life and Agriculture Sciences". Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-19.
^ "Top 100 world universities in Social Sciences". Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-19.
^ "Top 100 Global Universities". Newsweek International. 2006. Retrieved 2009-02-25.
^ "World University Rankings". Times Higher Education-Quacquarelli Symonds. 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-31.
^ "THE-QS Top Universities Rankings: Arts and Humanities". Times Higher Education-Quacquarelli Symonds. 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-25.
^ "THE-QS Top Universities Rankings: Life Sciences and Biomedicine". Times Higher Education-Quacquarelli Symonds. 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-25.
^ "THE-QS Top Universities Rankings: Natural Sciences". Times Higher Education-Quacquarelli Symonds. 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-25.
^ "THE-QS Top Universities Rankings: Social Sciences". Times Higher Education-Quacquarelli Symonds. 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-25.
^ "THE-QS Top Universities Rankings: Technology". Times Higher Education-Quacquarelli Symonds. 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-25.
^ "Medical Doctoral Ranking". Maclean's. 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-04.
^ "ResearchInfoSource Top 50".
^ "NOTE: The Web version, unlike the print version of the rankings, fails to take ties into account and therefore places UBC incorrectly at 31st." "Newsweek Top 100 Global Universities".
^ Queen's University's 'back door' is in England: Easier to gain admission to campus at 15th-century castle, Heather Sokoloff, National Post, June 5, 2003
^ ". The University of Winnipeg" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-10-06.
^ UBC Financial Statements, March 31, 2007
^ Canada Revenue Agency, Charities Directorate. "Registered Charity Information Return for "University of British Columbia"". Registered Charities listings. Government of Canada.;jsessionid=GfkvSbvQ0pwsXfp0DQ179PvvpzpqPWPlVvRhQJPn2FQy4ZmM38vx!2042349421?bn=108161779RR0001&fpe=2006-03-31&formId=19&name=UNIVERSITY+OF+BRITISH+COLUMBIA. Retrieved 2007-04-13. This link returns search results with links to UBC tax returns for the last few years. It is a query within the Canada Revenue Agency website. It may not work every time. If it does not, try again, or search the Charities Directorate main page (see reference below) for "University of British Columbia".
^ Canada Revenue Agency, Charities Directorate. "Charities Directorate main page". Registered Charities listings. Government of Canada. Retrieved 2007-04-13. This page allows you search for tax returns from any Canadian registered charity. To find the UBC tax return, search for "University of British Columbia".
^ Premier of British Columbia (2005-02-08). "British Columbia to limit tuition increases". Retrieved 2007-09-03.
^ Stats Canada (2006-09-01). "The Daily". Retrieved 2007-09-03.
^ Tuition & student fees
^ "Welcome to UBC Wireless".
^ "UBC Library History". University of British Columbia. 2005-07-26. Retrieved 2009-01-25.
^ The 4440, locations, IMDb
^ Colonial Day, locations, IMDb
^ "UBC Okanagan campus website".
^ a b "About the Library". Retrieved 2010-02-02.
^ "Report of the UBC Librarian to the Senate". University of British Columbia Library. 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-02.
^ UBC Public Affairs (2008-04-11). "UBC Opens $79.7M Irving K. Barber Learning Centre". Press release. Retrieved 2008-05-08.
^ "Open Letter to the UBC Vancouver Community". Office of the Associate Vice President, University of British Columbia Campus and Community Planning. 2009-10-28. Retrieved 2010-01-26.
^ [2]
^ "UBC Sororities get involved. UBC". Retrieved 2008-10-06.
^ "Home – Gamma Omicron Chapter of Beta Theta Pi". Retrieved 2008-10-13.
^ a b "UBC Student Housing Demand Study". UBC Planning. 2009-12. Retrieved 2010-01-26.
^ "UBC expects visit by NCAA". Retrieved 2008-10-06.
^ "NCAA Division II Consultation". University of British Columbia. Retrieved 2008-10-19.
^ "Fight Songs". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved October 20, 2009.
^ Retrieved on 2009-03-22[dead link]
[edit] References
William A. Bruneau, 'A Matter of Identities: A History of the UBC Faculty Association, 1920–1990'. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Faculty Association, 1990.
William A. Bruneau "Toward a New Collective Biography: The University of British Columbia Professoriate, 1915–1945." Canadian Journal of Education 19, no. 1 (Winter 1994).
Michiel Horn."Under the Gaze of George Vancouver: The University of British Columbia and the Provincial Government, 1913–1939." BC Studies 83 (Autumn 1989).
William C. Gibson 'Wesbrook & His University' (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press)
H.T. Logan, 'Tuum Est: A History of the University of British Columbia.' Vancouver: University of British Columbia, 1958.
Lee Stewart. "It's Up to You": Women at UBC in the Early Years. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1990.
George Woodcock & Tim Fitzharris. 'The University of British Columbia – A Souvenir'. (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1986).
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