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January 7, 2011
Gender and the leadership race
While former B.C. cabinet minister Harry Lali, now an NDP leadership candidate, thinks his party’s gender equity quotas discriminate against older white males SFU public policy expert Kennedy Stewart disagrees.  Stewart has penned a new study that suggests women are at a representational disadvantage in provincial NDP races and the party’s gender quotas are still needed to discourage that. Stewart’s findings will soon be published in Party Politics, the journal of the American Political Science Association. Meanwhile SFU political scientist Marjorie Cohen can assess the lack of women mentioned in the NDP leadership race. “Libby Davies and Dawn Black are both high-profile women who have performed well at the federal level and are well-recognized names in B.C.,” she suggests. “But so far none of the more viable candidates have declared they are running – even among the male leaders.”

Kennedy Stewart, 778.782.7913, Kennedys@sfu.ca or via Dawn Geil, public policy program manager, 778.782.5289, mpp@sfu.ca
Marjorie Cohen, 778.782.5838; mcohen@sfu.ca

Canadian Press story: http://i.sfu.ca/zXHOma

Special avalanche warning issued
The avalanche risk in southern B.C.’s backcountry is expected to be high over the next few days – enough so that the Canadian Avalanche Centre has issued a special warning that includes the South Coast, North and South Columbia and Kootenay-Boundary regions. A clearing trend is expected to see more outdoor enthusiasts head for the mountains and the centre advises those thinking about the backcountry to reconsider. SFU avalanche safety researcher Pascal Haegeli is watching conditions on B.C. mountains this winter and can talk about avalanche warnings, risks and safety measures. He advises all outdoor enthusiasts to check www.avalanche.ca/cac/bulletins/latest before venturing out.

Pascal Haegeli, 604.773.0854; pascal@avisualanche.ca; twitter @pascalhaegeli

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