SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - December 15, 2010

December 15, 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., Tuesday, Dec. 14, through 8:30 a.m. today, Wednesday, Dec. 15.


Board games are making a comeback, according to the Burnaby NewsLeader. SFU marketing expert Lindsay Meredithsaid Christmas is the time of year when there’s an increase in the sales of board games.
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Last weekend’s gang shooting on Oak Street has renewed a call for regional and provincial police forces for B.C. Rob Gordon, director of SFU criminology, told CTV Vancouver the Ontario provincial police model is better than what B.C. currently employs.
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SFU professor emeritus Gary Mauser was a guest on CKNW’s The Bill Good Show today talking about gangs and guns. He argued “research shows that imprisoning serious violent offenders for longer periods reduces the homicide rate.” His second point was “there is no research support for restrictive gun laws. Homicide rates have increased in the U.K. since they banned handguns, but down in the U.S. where they both imprison violent offenders and encourage civilians to carry concealed handguns.”


Former B.C. attorney general Mike de Jong announced he advocates lowering the provincial voting age to 16. SFU marketing expert Lindsay Meredith said this is an attempt by the B.C. Liberal party leadership hopeful to differentiate him from the other candidates in the bid to be premier. Fairchild Radio, CBC-Radio, The Province, 24 Hours Vancouver, and AM 1320 all interviewed Meredith about this issue.


CBC-TV’s The National referenced research by SFU for a story about medical tourism. The research showed thousands of Canadians are heading out of the country to get medical treatment, but the downside is there are often complications related to the surgeries. Skipping the line in Canada to get procedures – like cosmetic surgeries or experimental treatments – elsewhere has its own share of problems. When these people return home complications appear, the Canadian health care system – and taxpayers – have to deal with it.

Students from the first bhangra dance class offered by SFU Contemporary Arts had to perform in a group dance as part of their final exam. The 50 students strutted their stuff in front of an audience earlier this month at a bhangra community celebration at the Vancouver Museum, reports Close Look Productions, which recorded the performance. The class was a huge success and is being offered again for Spring semester. Instructor Raakhi Sinha said the next class is already filled.

Business in Vancouver
 wrote about the recommendations from SFU’s Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT) that include transitioning B.C. and Canada to low-carbon economies. One example is to develop a distance-based vehicle insurance program. “It is important to seek win-win approaches that reduce vulnerability to climate change impacts and changing energy supplies, and limit our impacts on the system,” said ACT executive director Deborah Harford.
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Clan running back Bo Palmer was named to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) All-Academic football team. The North Vancouver native held a 3.31 GPA as a communication student in the classroom while piling up 417 rushing yards for SFU on the football field, reports the North Shore News. Palmer backed up Gabe Ephard, another North Van native, as the Clan led the league in rushing.
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