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Air India, immigration, SFU, Internet - Issues and Experts

March 16, 2005
Air India verdict in...Crowds have been gathering outside the Vancouver courthouse since early morning in anticipation of the verdict in the lengthy and costly Air India trial. SFU adjunct political science professor Shinder Purewal can look at the issues raised in the trial and explain the history of the Sikh separatist movement and the role of terrorism. The author of Sikh Ethnonationalism (published by Oxford in 2000), Purewal's expertise includes ethnic conflict and politics, secessionism, and terrorism. He can trace the Sikh secessionist movement of the 1980-90s, and explain how the separatist push for Khalistan developed in the Punjab and why it turned violent. He can also look at how internal power blocs within Sikhism shaped an exclusionary Sikh identity over the past 300 years. SFU history professor Hugh Johnston, an expert on Sikhism, is also available to comment.



Chinese immigrants: a credential crisis…A recent precipitous decline in the economic performance of Chinese immigrants in Vancouver has been attributed to a lack of credential recognition of their acquired skills. A forum entitled A Chinese Credential Crisis in Canada will be jointly held by RIIM (the centre for excellence for research on immigration and integration in the metropolis) and The World Journal on April 9, 9:30 - 12:30 p.m. in Room 2270 at Harbour Center at SFU Vancouver. SFU economist and immigration expert Don DeVoretz says personal experiences of Chinese immigrants will “aid in dramatically outlining the challenges of credential recognition facing educated Chinese communities.” During the forum, results based on a two-year RIIM study entitled The Challenges and Successes of the Chinese in Vancouverwill be released. The study documents the collective economic and social barriers to gainful employment by the Chinese community in Vancouver, which in turn affects their choice to stay or return to their country of origin. A community-based panel including Vancouver MPs will discuss policy measures that the Liberal government intends to implement to mitigate the impact of the crisis.



Downtown, it's now Simon Fraser University Vancouver…It has been 25 years since SFU first opened a storefront office on Howe Street to offer access to university education in downtown Vancouver. Since then the address has changed to reflect the growth in student numbers and new homes at Harbour Centre, the Wosk Centre for Dialogue, the Chief Dan George Centre, the new Segal Graduate School of Business (opening in fall 2005) and the recently announced relocation of the school for contemporary arts as part of the Woodward's redevelopment. Warren Gill was there to open the first door at 822 Howe St. Today he's vice-president, university relations. He proposed the name change, approved recently by SFU's board of governors, saying, "The university's substantial, and growing, presence downtown really needed a overall name. The new name reflects SFU's commitment to the urban community. When we opened the Harbour Centre campus we said it was to be a university in, and of, the city. Simon Fraser University Vancouver has earned its name."


Beyond Napster…Peer-to-peer computing is about more than swapping music files on the internet, says SFU computing science professor Mohamed Hefeeda. Hefeeda will discuss controversial computer networking protocol at SFU Surrey's inaugural Predicting the Future public lecture on Tuesday, March 22 at 2:30 p.m. The free lecture, Peer-to-Peer Systems: Can we do more than file-swapping? takes place at SFU Surrey in Room 630, located adjacent to the Surrey Central SkyTrain station.“The peer-to-peer (P2P) paradigm has many potential applications in academic and industrial environments,” Hefeeda says. “This is because it has the ability to aggregate computing resources from numerous individual peers (end-system machines) into a large shared-by-all pool of resources.” Hefeeda will give a brief introduction to P2P and then talk about P2P research at SFU Surrey. For more information, contact the computing science department, 604.268.7572.
    Terry Lavender, Media & PR, Surrey, 604.268.7408




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