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March 23, 2010
Gang violence rises with more cop presence
A new study suggests that gang violence increases as law enforcement is stepped up to battle the underlying illegal drug trade. “I think the key point here is that destabilizing the market increases the potential for violence,” says SFU criminologist Neil Boyd of the report from a B.C. HIV-research agency. “Making changes in an unregulated economy necessarily provokes instability – new players seek to assert their status and often do so through the medium of violence.” Boyd adds that in an unregulated economy there is no access to a system of dispute resolution. “Additionally, illegal drug markets have proven to be remarkably resilient over the past 50 years, in every corner of the world.” Robert Gordon, director of the School of Criminology and an expert on gangs, can also comment on the study findings.

Neil Boyd, 778.782.3324; 604.947.9569; nboyd@sfu.ca
Robert Gordon, 778.782.4305, 604.418.6640 (cell); robert_gordon@sfu.ca

YouTube beats real tube
An Ipsos-Reid poll shows Canadians are spending more time online than watching TV. But how do we define TV in today’s world? SFU communication professor Peter Chow-White says more TV content is being reproduced online while traditional TV watching is giving way to new methods of shifting media content via computer and other devices. “Pollsters are going to have to re-think what is meant by television. TV is not only on the flat screens in our living rooms. Media companies have been grappling with a changing media ecology for the last 10 years.” Chow-White notes how youth are increasingly multi-tasking their media use. “Maybe overlapping is a better word. Many students I talk to have the TV on and are also on the internet. Our kids are growing up in a completely different media ecology than we did.”

Peter Chow-White, 778.782.7289; peter_chow-white@sfu.ca

The Drive’s destiny
What’s the future of Vancouver’s popular Commercial Drive? That’s the question on the table when students from SFU’s Semester in Dialogue host The Drive to Resilience: Envisioning the Future of Commercial Drive on Friday, March 26, 10 am to 3:30 pm at The WISE Hall, 1882 Adanac. In cooperation with the Commercial Drive Business Society, the free public event will offer local residents, community groups and businesses an opportunity to engage in creative conversation about the future and then translate their best ideas into action. Register by Wednesday, March 24 at www.sfu.ca/resilience or call 778.782.7717.

Isabelle Jacques, 778.866.5433; ija3@sfu.ca

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