SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - December 7, 2010

December 7, 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., Monday, Dec. 6, through 8:30 a.m. today, Tuesday, Dec. 7.


Things don’t look pretty for the B.C. NDP party in the short term, SFU public policy professor Kennedy Stewart told The Globe and Mail. “I think they're going to go down the rabbit hole," he said.
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Infighting within the B.C. NDP party will make it hard for any leader assuming the reins, said Stewart in another interview. "A minority has shown it can defeat the majority and then you have to go in and either dismantle the minority or acquiesce to their demands, whatever they may be," he said in The Vancouver Sun. "It's not a very pleasant situation." Stewart was also interviewed by Vancouver Metro newspaper.
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The Province interviewed Stewart for two articles. In the first one, Stewart said he expected a snap election to be called sometime next spring. In the second article, he suggested James’s supporters would want revenge, creating an even bigger mess for the NDP.
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In an interview with CTV VancouverStewart predicted Health Minister Kevin Falcon will likely replace Premier Gordon Campbell. "He's very savvy politically and he's looking at this situation and saying ‘I can not only pull the party back from the brink, I can have a majority going right into 2015.'" Stewart said.
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SFU public policy professor Doug McArthur, who is currently in the UK, did a telephone interview with CKNW talk-show host Phillip Till. While some people believe the new Liberal leader will call a snap election, McArthur advised such a quick decision might backfire.

The media also reached out to SFU political scientist Marjorie Cohen Griffin on Carole James’ resignation. 24 Hours, Ming Pao newspaper, CKNW, and Fairchild Television did interviews with her. While News1130 and 103 Juice radio (Kelowna) spoke with SFU marketing expert Lindsay Meredith to get his take on the B.C. political scene.


Rob Gordon, director of SFU Criminology, said it’s “extraordinarily unusual” for the RCMP to send the body of a murder victim to another jurisdiction for further investigation. That’s exactly what’s happening in the case of 15-year-old Loren Donn Leslie, whose body was discovered last week in northern B.C., reports The Globe and Mail.
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Two SFU grads – Loreen Paananen and Bev Park – were named to the Women’s Executive Network’s Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women list. These women were chosed as 2010’s top achievers and leaders in our nation’s private, public, and not-for-profit sectors.

Former SFU physiotherapist Alex McKechnie is the newest inductee into the Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame. In addition to working with the Clan, he also assisted with the Vancouver Whitecaps NASL teams, and the 1976 Canadian Olympic soccer team.

Jon Driver, SFU vice-president, academic, was interviewed by CBC-Radio Kelowna about the university continuing to offer First Nations language and culture programming with the Tk’emlups First Nation.


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