SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - December 10, 2010

December 10, 2010

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Media Matters, a daily report on Simon Fraser University in the news, is compiled and distributed by SFU Public Affairs & Media Relations (PAMR). This edition covers the period from 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 9, through 8:30 a.m. today, Friday, Dec. 10.


SFU biologist Leah Bendell was a guest on the CTV Vancouver morning news urging Health Canada to toughen its shellfish consumption guidelines. She said her research shows dangerous concentrations of a potentially hazardous substance in B.C. seafood. "Consumers need to know exactly how much shellfish they can safely eat to ensure that long-term exposure to cadmium doesn't jeopardize their health," Bendell said. She was also interviewed by CKNW.
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The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) launched its social-media initiative yesterday by tweeting police calls it received throughout the day. SFU communication professor Peter Chow-White told The Province social media gives VPD the ability to better control its message.
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The Burnaby NewsLeader spoke with Mae Burrows about being a recipient of the 2010 SFU Outstanding Alumni Award in the Service to Community category.
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SFU business professor Lindsay Meredith was interviewed by CKNW about a report showing 21 B.C. Ferries senior managers each earned more than $200,000 last year. Meredith said the Crown corporation needs to stop acting like a private-sector company when it comes to salaries. The report also revealed B.C. Ferries’ top five managers were paid just under $3 million in compensation.

SFU fish physiologist and conservationist Patricia Gallaugher has been honoured with the 2010 Haig-Brown Conservation award, reported the Burnaby NewsLeader.

The South Delta Leader reported on SFU being named as one of Canada’s top family-friendly employers for 2011. "We understand how important it is to help our faculty and staff balance work with family commitments," said Alan Black, SFU's manager of pensions and benefits. "We want our employees to enjoy coming to work." South Delta’s sister paper, the Surrey Leader, also ran the story.

The 2010 Winter Olympics should be the newsmaker of the year, SFU public policy professor Kennedy Stewart submitted to the Vancouver Courier. “The Olympics because of ... the Olympic Village fiasco. The city now owns nearly $1 billion of high-end real estate it cannot sell or fully use for other purposes and faces major losses on this project. This is significant as the city's entire annual operating budget is only $800 million,” Stewart wrote. “As Mayor Gregor Robertson rashly, and unnecessarily, decided to take political ownership of this boondoggle shortly after the 2008 election, local property taxes will now go toward subsidizing wealthy homeowners rather than, for example, building more homeless shelters. This development will continue to be an issue in this city long after the Olympic torch is passed to Sochi, Russia in 2014. That said, the Sydney Opera House was once considered a policy disaster, but is now a national treasure.”

The Coquitlam NOW ran a brief about SFU health science students working with Central Community elementary kids in Port Coquitlam. The students volunteered at least four hours per week to apply their academic learning, such as developing programs for children to promote public health. "Our kids love the university students and, because of their connections with their SFU friends, many of our kids have experienced successes in their school lives and healthy habits that could have taken longer to achieve," said Nadine Tambellini, the school’s principal.


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