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Week of Dec. 9 – 16, 2002

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Dec 11, 2002
"I told you so."…So says Gary Mauser, a professor in SFU’s faculty of business administration, about the auditor general’s damning report on the cost of the federal Liberal government’s gun registry program. The report has sparked calls for the program to be scrapped because it reveals that the program’s launch cost more than $1 billion — about 400 times the original cost estimate of $2 million. Before the program was implemented Mauser predicted in his 1995 study, Misfire: Firearm Registration in Canada, published by the Fraser Institute, that the program would be a "white elephant" costing Canadians $1-1.5 billion. Mauser now predicts the bill could easily hit $2 billion by 2005 if the program enforcing universal gun registration continues "on the same path." Mauser can elaborate on this new prediction and comment on the row that the auditor general’s report has caused in Parliament. Gary Mauser, 604.291.3652, 604.936.9141, mailto:gary_mauser@sfu.ca (gary_mauser@sfu.ca) New plan targets border security…Under a new Canada-US accord focusing on security, US forces would be allowed to cross the border in emergency situations, while Canadian forces could be deployed in the US. Both actions would be under the control of the host country’s military operations. The move towards a joint operations and military plan as a response to terrorism is a step in the right direction, according to SFU political scientist Alexander Moens, who specializes in security issues. "We need to see more of this," says Moens, who can look at the accord and issues relating to cross-border security. A new bi-national planning group will also look at how the two countries could jointly deploy military forces as well as an emergency response. Alexander Moens, 604.291.4361, mailto:alexander_moens@sfu.ca (alexander_moens@sfu.ca) Census shows high impact of immigration…Statistics Canada has released its Census results and its findings are not surprising. They show that immigrants from China, India and the Middle East are replacing European groups and changing the face of many major Canadian cities. In BC, while immigration boosted the province’s total population by 4.9 per cent between 1996 and 2001, it also experienced a net loss of 23,630 people to other provinces. During that time, 151,700 people moved into B.C. from other provinces during that period while 175,330 left for other regions. SFU demographer Andrew Wister can look at the swing of residents, the impact of immigration and the general demographic implications of the Census results. Andrew Wister, 604.291.5044, mailto:andrew_wister@sfu.ca (andrew_wister@sfu.ca)