Earlier this week, a new Canadian institute was created to ‘help developing countries benefit from their mining resources in environmentally and socially responsible ways’.  Named as the Canadian International Institute for Extractive Industries and Development (CIIEID), it is ‘a coalition between the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and École Polytechnique de Montréal (EPM)’. Read the full media release at: http://news.ubc.ca/2014/01/29/international-sustainable-mining/.

Access recent and/or historical mining engineering research reports, symposium proceedings, theses and dissertations in the Mining Engineering community at: https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/6926.

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Organized by UBC’s Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering in conjunction with Colorado State University and the University of Alberta, the Tailings and Mine Waste 2011 (TMW) conference was held in Vancouver, BC. Here’s a memorable quote about archiving the TMW proceedings in cIRcle: “We are setting a new standard for open source materials of a very important conference series. The help and support from cIRcle to make this real is highly appreciated.” –Dirk van Zyl, Professor, Department of Mining Engineering

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Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the Faculty of Law. It has become part of the accepted corporate governance wisdom in the U.S., as well as in numerous other countries, that boards of directors of publicly-traded corporations should include some, and perhaps a majority of “independent” directors. Yet to-date there has been no consistent evidence that adding independent directors to boards improves corporate performance. Many problems in corporations require a complex balancing act, a weighing of competing interests. Because such problems, by their nature, involve trade-offs and huge uncertainties, we should expect that the calls that directors make will deviate from some hypothetically optimal values in a more-or-less random way, sometimes leading to higher sales growth sometimes not, sometimes producing higher share value, and sometimes not. Research on the role of directors almost universally starts from the premise that corporate boards are supposed to be the “agents” of shareholders, whose job is to maximize the share value of the companies. This principal-agent approach, however, leaves out because no one can be certain they will get what they want if the decision gets bumped “upstairs.”

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As part of the UBC Library, the Irving K Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC) ‘supports the University’s academic and community engagement missions through space, services, programming and more’. Since 2008, it ‘fosters and supports opportunities for engagement with communities across British Columbia’. Years later, it continues to ‘engage the UBC Library and the Learning Centre with faculty and students by promoting their research in an online venue’ via several community outreach avenues such as, for example, cIRcle – UBC’s Digital Repository.

Watch/Hear UBC-based webcast & podcast lectures in cIRcle

Presented by local, national and international guest speakers alike, you can watch, listen and/or download a wide range of webcasts and podcasts in areas of Business, Economics, History, Civilization, Libraries, Literature, Languages, Health, Medicine, Teaching, Education, Religion, Sustainability, Law, Science, the Visual Arts, and more.

Visit the IKBLC Multimedia collection in cIRcle at: https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/27306.

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While it was ‘[c]onstructed around the core of the Main Library of The University of British Columbia, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC) demonstrate[s] the fundamental relationship between the heritage of the past and the potential of the future’. Re-live its grand opening on April 11, 2008 at: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/2520.

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LAW LIBRARY level 3: HV9960.C2 M87 2013
Carmela Murdocca, To Right Historical Wrongs: Race, Gender, and Sentencing in Canada (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K349 .A74 2013
Margaret Davies and Vanessa E. Munro, eds., The Ashgate Research Companion to Feminist Legal Theory (Farnham: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K795 .W67 2013
Lionel Smith, ed., The Worlds of the Trust (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013).
Online access: http://resolve.library.ubc.ca/cgi-bin/catsearch?bid=7005099

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K3585 .Z46 2013
Cathrin Zengerling, Greening International Jurisprudence: Environmental NGOs before International Courts,. Tribunals, and Compliance Committees (Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K5066 .C76 2013
Penny Crofts, Wickedness and Crime: Laws of Homicide and Malice (Abingdon: Routledge, 2013).
Online access: http://resolve.library.ubc.ca/cgi-bin/catsearch?bid=7007085

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KD8344 .N53 2013
Clive Nicholls, Nicholls, Montgomery, and Knowles on The Law of Extradition and Mutual Assistance, 3d ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE3206 .S26 2013
John P. Sanderson & Matthew Wilson, Labour Arbitrations and All That: A Handbook On the Preparation and Presentation of Labour Arbitrations, 4th ed. (Toronto: Canada Law Book, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KE3432 .K37 2013
Ari Kaplan & Mitch Frazer, Pension Law, 2d ed. (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY reference room (level 2): KEB533 .B73 2013
Keith Bracken & Monique W. Dull et al., eds., British Columbia Courtroom Procedure (Markham: LexisNexis, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KF4550 .B35 2013
Jerome A. Barron & C. Thomas Dienes, Constitutional Law in a Nutshell, 8th ed. (St. Paul: West, 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KF9084.Z9 N65 2013
Jacqueline M. Nolan-Haley, Alternative Dispute Resolution in a Nutshell, 4th ed. (St. Paul: West Pub. Co., 2013).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KNQ500 .C55 2013
Yuanshi Bu, ed., Chinese Civil Law (München: C.H. Beck, 2013).

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