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Media Matters, a report on Simon Fraser University in the news, is compiled and distributed by SFU Public Affairs & Media Relations. (PAMR). This weekly edition covers media coverage from Nov. 29 to Dec. 3.


After almost three years in the making, a new environmental school has been approved in Maple Ridge. The school will feature split classes of students from kindergarten to Grade 7, taking part in hands-on, project-based classes outdoors, reported the Maple Ridge News. SFU researchers have funding for five years to train teacher and develop the school’s curriculum.
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Forensic scientists are now considered cool thanks to TV shows like CSI. SFU criminologist Gail Anderson is quoted in a Postmedia News story about the upcoming Canadian Society of Forensic Science conference.
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SFU public policy professor Doug McArthur co-authored a ThinkCity report that said municipalities have to find a new way to generate revenue instead of relying on property taxes and user fees. According to their opinion piece published in The Vancouver Sun, shifting the tax burdern from businesses to residents is not sustainable.
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Vancouver Sun international affairs columnist Jonathan Manthorpe reviewed Castles Made of Sand, a new book by SFU international security expert Andre Gerolymatos. The book “looks at the fumbling and often counter-productive efforts by Britain's intelligence agencies and Washington's CIA to manipulate events in the Middle East,” according to the newspaper.
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Two SFU students were profiled by the Burnaby NOW. Alain Ndayishimiye and Delphine Umutoni are studying on Burnaby Mountain through the World University Service of Canada’s student refugee program.
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A new performance called Extra Extra starts this Wednesday and it’s based on the huge dichotomy in current media. According to The Province, it is the latest dance piece from Vancouver choreographer SFU Contemporary Arts instructor Judith Garay.
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Randy Shore, who writes The Green Man blog for The Vancouver Sun, spoke with SFU communication professor emerita Pat Howard about genetically engineered food. Shore asks the question: Are we playing with fire?
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According to a Globe and Mail survey of more than 20 Canadian universities, there is a “combined pension plan solvency deficit of at least $2.59 billion, and since some schools last crunched their numbers before 2008, that figure could still grow.” SFU shows a 15.9 per cent loss in 2008, with an estimated solvency deficit of $21.7 million.
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SFU grad Jeanna Hamlett was profiled by her hometown newspaper the Oelwein Daily Register (Iowa) for her work with a Nepal orphanage. She had just returned from a six-week trip with the Volunteer Alliance program. Hamlett participated in the program because she “wanted to experience life in a different culture before beginning studies in a graduate program in physical therapy.”
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A new Angus Reid poll shows 50 per cent of Canadians – and 54 per cent of British Columbians – support the legalization of marijuana. "I think most people are now willing to accept that using a criminal prohibition against adults who use cannabis is counter-productive," SFU criminologist Neil Boyd told The Province.
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In an editorial, The Vancouver Sun endorsed a proposal by SFU public policy professor Jon Kesselman suggesting the province reduce the HST by one point. He suggests using the revenue that would have been lost through Premier Gordon Campbell’s income-tax cut.
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SFU prof Birute Galdikas is the star of the cover story in the Smithsonian magazine: "One woman's lifelong quest to Save the Orangutan."

"Galdikas, 64, has been living among orangutans since 1971, conducting what has become the world's longest continuous study by one person of a wild mammal. She has done more than anyone to protect orangutans and to help the outside world understand them. . . .'To me, a lot of my experiences with orangutans have the overtones of epiphanies, almost religious experiences,' she says with a far-off gaze. 'Certainly when you are in the forest by yourself it's like being in a parallel universe that most people don't experience.'"
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SFU adjunct business professor Steven Globerman had an opinion piece published in the Financial Post about how the term, “strategic asset,” has no obvious meaning when applied to foreign takeovers.
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The SFU branch of the B.C. Young Liberals are not pleased that executives from the organization’s provincial office have publicly endorsed George Abbott’s bid for the party leadership without its approval. According to The Georgia Straight, SFU club president James Plett is asking the B.C. Young Liberals executive to retract a news release.
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“Good bloody luck” is the response SFU marketing expert Lindsay Meredith gave to 24 Hours when asked to pick a front-runner in the leadership race. “This could go any way off of centre. At this point in time I would be very reticent to throw anyone out of the lineup,” he told the Vancouver newspaper.
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SFU political science professor Marjorie Griffin Cohen spoke to Reuters News and New Tang Dynasty Television news about whether B.C. Liberal policies will change with a new leader in place. “Shifts will be minor, such as incremental increases in the minimum wage until it reaches something like $10 in about 1.5 or two years,” said Griffin Cohen. “The major change will be to present the leader as a kinder, gentler person than Campbell … but I can’t think of any policy – other than the HST – that will change.” CKWX News1130 also interviewed Griffin Cohen.
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SFU political science professor Marjorie Griffin Cohen did multiple interviews this week. CKWX News 1130 radio interviewed her about the B.C. Liberals leadership race, while The Province asked her why British Columbia doesn’t have a poverty reduction plan, and then she spoke to CKNW about MLA Jenny Kwan’s statement about NDP leader Carole James.

Political scientist Kennedy Stewart was on CKNW, saying BC NDP Leader Carole James should have booted rebel MLA Jenny Kwan when she first stood up against James at last month's NDP Council meeting. Stewart said of James:
"She's late on this one. But she really just needs to get rid of Jenny Kwan and that might stop the whole thing in its tracks. She's obviously been the lead dissident in this revolt and if James doesn't fire Jenny Kwan then she really has to resign, she's got no choice here."

Jenny Kwan’s call for an NDP leadership review is about “sour grapes,” SFU public policy professor Kennedy Stewart told CKNW. "There seems to be no policy differences between Carole James and herself. None that have been indicated anyway,” he said. “So this just seems to be a personal squabble. Perhaps relating to Jenny Kwan being in the spotlight and in recent years she's been moved out of the spotlight and it sounds just sour grapes."

In another interview for Stewart, he said an Angus Reid poll last October that showed Gordon Campbell with a nine per cent approval rating cost the premier his job. “I think it really played on the cabinet’s mindset. I think they decided Gordon Campbell was a liability and had to get rid of him,” he told The Georgia Straight.
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The Hindustan Times – third largest English newspaper in India – wrote an article about the SFU communication students’ project to create awareness among local Punjabi farm workers about how to safely wash their clothes after using pesticides. Called Wash with Care, the students created two Bollywood-style videos that have been aired on Shaw TV’s Multicultural Channel and also presented in Lower Mainland Sikh temples.


A study by SFU researchers shows wind speeds over land in the Pacific Northwest are declining. The discovery is linked to climate change and may prove to be a new challenge for wind farms, reported The Vancouver Sun. "One [implication] is that this is something that needs to be taken into account for wind power," said Karen Kohfeld, an assistant professor in SFU's School of Resource and Environmental Management. "It needs to be estimated into their calculations of what the payback time (for a project) is."
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Kohfeld also appeared on CBC-Radio’s The Early Edition this morning, and was scheduled to be a guest on CBC-Radio’s On the Coast show.


A tuition increase for international students at Capilano College may benefit other Lower Mainland schools like SFU, reports the North Shore News. The new rate in 2011 will be $475 per credit and closes the gap between the school and surrounding universities.
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Canada’s criminal justice system “should be a last resort when dealing with child prostitutes,” SFU criminologist John Lowman told Postmedia News. The article talks about how child prostitution charges are dropping, but child advocacy groups still aren’t satisfied.
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B.C.’s provincial government is keeping people poor, SFU political science professor Marjorie Griffin Cohen told The Province. She responded to an article by the Economist that singles out British Columbia as “one of the keenest slashers” of public spending. The story continues: “Despite being one of the richest provinces, (B.C.) has one of the highest rates of child poverty (10.4%).”
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The SFU-based Human Security Report Project (HSRP) released its latest study yesterday at the United Nations. Project director Andrew Mack spoke at the news conference and said despite concerns of increased threats to global security, long-term trends indicate the risks of war are decreasing, according to CFAX (Victoria) talk-show host Dave Dickson interviewed Mack yesterday, while Global TV news sent a reporter to speak with HSRP research manager Sebastian Merz at Harbour Centre.
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SFU criminology grad Brandon Norgaard hopes he can cross off an item on his bucket list by appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He doesn't just want tickets to the show; he wants to dance down the aisle with the talk-show host, reports the Maple Ridge News.
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In an editorial, The Calgary Herald cited SFU public policy professor Jon Kesselman’s assertion that the Canada Pension Plan needs a major boost.
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Through the C.D. Howe Institute, SFU environmental economics professor Mark Jaccard released a study this week explaining how Canada could tax carbon emissions and return the money to the emitting provinces to cut taxes, reports The National Post.
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The Burnaby NOW covered the official grand opening of University Highlands elementary school. Education Minister George Abbott and local MLA Harry Bloy were in attendance.
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After the first major snowstorm of the season, News 1130 radio spoke with TransLink’s Ken Hardie, who said a gondola would’ve been helpful. Classes at SFU’s Burnaby campus were cancelled in the afternoon last Thursday and TransLink bus service suspended temporarily due to unsafe road conditions.
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The Abbotsford Times reported on Liz Elliott, co-director of SFU’s Centre for Restorative Justice, winning the Ron Wiebe Award. She was also instrumental in establishing a restorative justice program in Mission.
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Jon Kesselman was cited in a Toronto Star article about how the spotlight is now on public-sector pensions versus those in the private sector. The SFU public policy professor advocates an expanded Canada Pension Plan.
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CKNW’s The World Today show spoke to SFU communication professor Peter Chow-White about the issue of employees getting fired after posting unflattering messages about their boss or workplace.

Talk-show host Dave Dickson from CFAX radio (Victoria) interviewed SFU health sciences professor Angela Kaida about World AIDS Day (Dec. 1) and talked about new research for HIV and reproductive health. She is also scheduled to speak with SFU’s radio station, CJSF, tomorrow.

CBC-Radio North interviewed SFU communication professor Peter Chow-White about family and friends who set up websites and Facebook pages to mourn loved ones.

Brenna Murray, a master of public health student, was interviewed by CJSF, SFU’s campus radio station, about issues relating to HIV as part of its coverage for World AIDS Day, Dec. 1.

SFU international expert Andre Gerolymatos spoke to Global TV news about the North and South Korea conflict, plus China’s assertiveness over its regions. Global TV and CBC News both also interviewed him about the controversial Wikileaks story involving a website disclosing the content of secret diplomatic cables.

The Burnaby NewsLeader wrote a preview of the Arthritis Society of B.C.’s third annual Jingle Bell Walk & Run and interviewed SFU kinesiology student Kadi Nicholson. She was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis at age 16.
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SFU communication professor Robert Anderson had a letter to the editor published in The Globe and Mail regarding Canada’s relations with southeast Asia.
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SFU’s Surrey campus will host the community’s third annual WinterFest event Feb. 26. There will be performances on an outdoor stage at Central City Plaza and indoors in the campus’s mezzanine, according to the Surrey NOW.
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Research by SFU fish biologist John Reynolds was cited in a Postmedia News article about the connection that open net-pen fish farms have on the level of sea lice infection in wild salmon.
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A 77-59 loss to UC San Diego dropped the SFU men’s basketball team’s record to 0-3 to start the season. According to the, the Clan play their home opener this Wednesday against Quest University, while they host Montana State Billings in the West Gym in its first Great Northwest Athletic Conference match-up.

Legendary women’s basketball coach Allison McNeill’s hometown newspaper profiled the former SFU bench boss, who was recently honored with an award for being a role model. The Salmon Arm Observer said the award “recognizes extraordinary achievements and contributions by women to sport in B.C.”
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The Province wrote a season preview of the SFU women’s basketball team, noting coach Bruce Langford is using Badlands, a Bruce Springsteen song, as the team’s anthem this season. "If you look at the lyrics, everything there is a metaphor for basketball or life – whichever way you want to go with it," he told the newspaper. The squad lost 11 of 15 players from last season’s squad as it makes the move to playing in the NCAA Division 2’s Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Langford’s team went 32-1 last year and won the CIS championship, but is going with a roster that has only nine players this season. Full story:

The SFU women’s basketball team lost for the first time at home since Feb. 29, 2008, last night in its Great Northwest Athletic Conference debut against the Montana State-Billings Yellowjackets, who prevailed 66-59. "It was so frustrating," the Clan’s Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, who fouled out with 4:01 to play and the visitors ahead 58-49, told The Province. "After that I had to play so much more cautious and that really limited me. I guess I came out too aggressive, too fierce for my own good."

Both SFU basketball teams are in action Saturday night – the women host UBC at 5:15 p.m. in the annual Barbara Rae Cup, while the men start their GNAC season against Montana State-Billings at 7:30 p.m.
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