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Issues & Experts >  Issues & Experts Archive > Education, health, leadership, justice - issues, experts and ideas

Education, health, leadership, justice - issues, experts and ideas

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October 17, 2005
Issue: Fixing a broken bargaining system

SFU Surrey education professor Dan Laitsch, an expert on education policy issues, calls BC's current education bargaining system "broken," saying it "handicaps the extent to which employers can negotiate with teachers." He recommends that whoever negotiates a new contract, local school boards or the BC Public School Employers' Association, should “have the full authority to negotiate a settlement in good faith and not be handicapped by provincial legislation.” He says the same goes for arbitration, adding, “the result should be binding on both parties, and not something that the government can choose to ignore or legislate around. Without these conditions, teachers are put in a defensive position from the start."


Issue: The four horsemen of the coming pandemic

In his recently published, three-year study of the ecology of epidemic disease Cartographies of Disease: Maps, Mapping and Medicine, SFU adjunct professor of gerontology Tom Koch points to four conditions that through the ages have been “harbingers of viral or bacterial evolution and their incursion into our lives” -- increasing global and regional trade and travel; increasing urbanization; increasing income inequality; and war. He says another pandemic, “nature's judgment on the society and culture we have made,” is inevitable and that we are not prepared for the coming disaster.


Idea: The four faces of leadership

What's your leadership style? Can you adapt your particular leadership skills to suit a career move, a change in organizational operations or even a career switch? SFU business professor Mark Wexler has the answers in his latest book, Leadership in Context, to be launched Oct. 20 at SFU Vancouver's Segal Graduate School of Business. Wexler can talk about how to modify and adapt personal leadership styles to work within new career contexts and constraints, and offer comment on the leadership style of business and political personalities in the news.


Issue: The community goes to court

Liz Elliott, SFU criminologist and co-director of the Centre for Restorative Justice, can comment on the viability and benefits of a recommendation by BC's chief justices to create a new community court that would get the public involved in punishing and rehabilitating chronic repeat offenders of property crime, many of whom suffer from drug addictions and mental health problems.