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April 29, 2008
UN takes action on food crisis
The aging state of Canada’s cultural infrastructure

UN takes action on food crisis

A United Nations task force is being set up to tackle the global food crisis and avert mounting social unrest. It will also work to meet a $755 million (US) shortfall in World Food Program funding. The crisis threatens to wipe out years of progress in the fight to end poverty. SFU communication professor Robert Anderson, just back from Beijing, specializes in international development and communication and is following the story. Geographer John Brohman (in South America until May 5) studies issues related to strategies and practices of Third World development. SFU Business professor Judy Zaichowsky can explain the impact of rising prices on consumers.

Robert Anderson, 778.782.4265; randerso@sfu.ca
John Brohman, 778.782.4412; john_brohman@sfu.ca
Judy Zaichowsky, 778.782.7710; judith_zaichowsky@sfu.ca

The aging state of Canada’s cultural infrastructure

The vast majority of Canada’s cultural infrastructure – much of it, built in the 1960s - is aging and crumbling, and in need of a “substantial reinvestment” to repair or replace it. That’s according to the preliminary report of a series of regional roundtable discussions held across the country between November 2007 and March 2008, organized by the Centre of Expertise on Culture and Communities (CECC) at SFU.

The roundtables invited participants to discuss challenges and solutions relevant to their own communities. The report notes that many Centennial buildings are reaching the end of their life cycles and that issues of safety, comfort and acoustical challenges have become paramount over the past decade. The report will be discussed on April 30 during the Creative Construct International Symposium being held this week in Ottawa (see http://www.symposium2008.ca/e/index.html)

Nancy Duxbury, adjunct professor in the School of Communication, and executive director of the CECC (in Ottawa for the event) can comment on the report findings.

Nancy Duxbury, 778.868.7413 (cell); nancy_duxbury@sfu.ca