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March 30, 2011
Tracking election polls
Keep an eye on the polls. SFU political scientist Andrew Heard maintains a webpage that aggregates national and regional polls, so you can keep track of changes in voters' preferences as the federal campaign unfolds.
His polling site: http://at.sfu.ca/lEsfXI

Andrew Heard, 778.782.3043; aheard@sfu.ca

Cummins new B.C. Conservatives leader
No one else put their names forward by the midnight deadline so Tory MP John Cummins will be acclaimed as the leader of the B.C. Conservative Party in May. SFU public policy professor Doug McArthur has followed the events leading up to this latest development and can comment on how it affects the political landscape in B.C.

Doug McArthur (available only for phone interviews) ,604.786.0016 (cell), 778.782.5208 (w); doug_mcarthur@sfu.ca

Responding to the climate change challenge

Curbing carbon emissions is a global challenge no matter how the issue of climate change is interpreted. Thomas Pederson, director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) at the University of Victoria, will give a talk on Wednesday, March 30 at 12:30 p.m. in the IRMACS Theatre, Burnaby campus, about the steps that could be taken now to slow Canada’s CO2 emissions. He’ll also discuss the impact of directives carried out without appropriate scientific input, like the U.S. ethanol debacle – and describe PICS initiatives designed to help yield solutions.

The seminar can be viewed live at: http://www.irmacs.sfu.ca/about/live-video.
Previous seminars in this series can be viewed at: http://www.irmacs.sfu.ca/events/global-warming-seminar-series-2011.

Claire Cupples, SFU Faculty of Science dean, 778.782.3771; scdean@sfu.ca
Colin Jones, lecture series organizer, (contact through assistant, Rosemary Hotell, 778.782.3772); cwjones@sfu.ca

Vancouver story time
Students from SFU's Semester in Dialogue will celebrate Vancouver’s 125th birthday this weekend by hosting a free afternoon of storytelling, walking tours and gardening and art workshops on Saturday April 2, 1-5 p.m. at Granville Island’s Performance Works. Their goal is to promote and propagate fresh perspectives of Vancouver and encourage community engagement in anticipation of the next 125 years.

For more, including reservations: http://at.sfu.ca/bkcbQs

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