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April 27, 2010
Parliamentary contempt?
Peter Miliken, speaker of the House of Commons, is set to rule today on whether the Harper government is in contempt of Parliament for refusing to release unredacted documents on the Afghan detainee issue for examination at standing committees. Michael Markwick recently earned his PhD from SFU Communication with a thesis that takes aim at the impact of the war on terror on democratic communication: “Miliken’s decision marks yet another threshold in determining whether we are in fact seeing Canada behave as a free and democratic society ought to behave post-9/11.”

Michael Markwick, 778.847.1426; markwick@sfu.ca

Abortion alarm
SFU Health Sciences professor Marina Morrow says the Conservative government’s reluctance to fund foreign-aid programs that include abortion has significant implications for women’s health. Morrow, co-author of Women’s Health in Canada: Critical Perspective on Theory and Policy, can provide reliable statistics on how many women die as a result of illegal abortions in developing countries.

Marina Morrow, 604.561.4005; mmorrow@sfu.ca

No strings
SFU Education’s Yaroslav (Slava) Senyshyn is a concert pianist as well as an expert on music education. He can talk about the impact of the Vancouver School Board’s proposed cancellation of 32 band and 19 string programs across the district.

Slava Senyshyn, 778.997.6500; senyshyn@sfu.ca

Whodunit wannabes
If writing the great Canadian whodunit is on your bucket list, you don’t need Sherlock Holmes to tell you where to find inspiration. Join Gail Bowen, Michael Slade, William Deverell and other masters of the genre at the new week-long Mystery Writers’ Retreat offered by SFU Summer Publishing Workshops June 6-11 on Saltspring Island, B.C.

Suzanne Norman, 778.782.5241; pubworks@sfu.ca

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