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October 20, 2010
Calgary chooses Muslim mayor
Given Alberta’s often-conservative political stripes, many political pundits are surprised by Calgary voters’ selection of Canada’s first Muslim mayor. But Naheed Nenshi’s election to the city’s top office is no surprise to SFU political analyst Patrick Smith. He says, “Given the changing nature of Canada’s social fabric, election of what have been minority representatives is a simple extension of Canadian cities’ maturation. For long established ethnic communities from South Asia or China, this has been a long time coming.”

Patrick Smith, 778.782.3088, 604.291.1544; patrick_smith@sfu.ca

Threatening seas
SFU earth scientist John Clague, who has written extensively about natural disasters, will deliver a lecture about how rising sea levels, coastal flooding and erosion are threatening all forms of life, on Wed., Oct. 27. Clague’s talk, Threatening Seas, is part of a free public lectures series hosted by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions. Clague’s lecture will be 7 to 9 p.m. at SFU’s downtown Harbour Centre campus. Online registration is recommended at www.picspubliclecture.eventbrite.com.

John Clague, 778.782.4924; jclague@sfu.ca

SFU Surrey celebrates Diwali
For the first time, Simon Fraser University’s Diwali celebration will be held at the university’s Surrey campus on Tues., Nov. 2, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Dale B Regehr Grand Hall. This will be SFU’s third annual Diwali celebration, a South Asian cultural and business-networking event that features a glowing display of lit oil lamps, traditional cuisine and dancing. Funds raised from the event will support SFU scholarships for students to work and volunteer in India. Ticket information: http://www.sfu.ca/ceremonies/diwali.html

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