With the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump, media clamoured to explore a wide range of topics. In the early days of his presidency, Trump’s actions prompted controversy not only in the United States, but around the world. Western researchers provided expertise for stories in print, broadcast and online media, including WIRED, Global News, Postmedia News, and Blackburn News.
Following the release of an Oxfam report on global wealth disparity at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Western economist Jim Davies was sought by Canadian media to provide comment and context. Davies was featured in articles in the Toronto Star, CBC, Le Devoir, and La Presse and was interviewed on CBC Ontario Morning.
Western researchers were featured in multi-media documentaries in January. Ruth Lanius was featured in an episode of CBC’s The Nature of Things exploring the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and possible treatments. Radio Canada International featured an interview with Gordon Osinski in a piece discussing the possibilities of life on Mars. British publication The Guardian featured Western’s Tima Bansal in a podcast discussion of the challenges of communicating about climate change.
Paul Kovacs, executive director of Western’s Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR), provided comment on two matters of public safety. Kovacs was featured in CBC’s coverage of an earthquake-planning exercise in British Columbia and a Globe and Mail piece on cyber-security reporting from the federal government.