New opioid study

The opioid crisis in BC continues to capture news headlines as a growing epidemic alongside COVID-19. UVic economist, Chris Auld and co-author UCLA School of Law Vice Dean and UVic adjunct professor, Jill Horwitz published an innovative study, “Regulating Opioid Supply Through Insurance Coverage,” which appears in the September 2020 issue of the leading health policy journal Health Affairs.

Expert Q & A on police, protests and media

Amid mass protests across North America, the focus of media has shifted to police defunding and the role of police in society reflecting tensions between police violence and basic principles of democracy. University of Victoria political scientist Michelle Bonner, is an expert in the media analysis of police violence and protests. She says we are witnessing a rare opportunity when the media have included (on occasion) other voices, such as the protesters themselves, in their stories.

Trudeau scholar addresses gender violence

Can Indigenous diplomatic legal principles help lead communities away from gender violence? Jasmine Dionne, a UVic PhD student in political science, is working with the Cree and Metis community of Saka Wiyiniwak (Cree for “Boreal Forest Peoples”) in Northeastern Alberta to reimplement Indigenous legal principles, as part of a three-year scholarship, announced this month by the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation. She is one of only 16 Canadian doctoral students receiving a $180,000 award.