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SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - November 22, 2010

November 22, 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., Friday, Nov. 19, through 8:30 a.m. today, Monday, Nov. 22.

MLA RECALL CAMPAIGN

The Globe and Mail interviewed SFU public policy professor Kennedy Stewart about Oak Bay-Gordon Head MLA Ida Chong, the first target of the anti-HST opponents’ recall campaign. While Chong said there is clearly a political agenda here,Stewart believes her MLA is in serious jeopardy.
Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/ozgIZF

NASTY POLITICS

Those hoping that B.C. politicians will keep their campaigns clean won’t get their wish, said SFU public policy professor Kennedy Stewart. He added that we’re asking too much for politicians to change their behavior. "To say we wish politicians to clean up their act -- it's not going to happen. They're hardwired to behave that way," he told The Province
Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/VrPvQr

CONTAMINATED SHOPPING BAGS

Reusable shopping bags may not be as environmentally as we thought. CTV News Vancouver interviewed SFU health sciences professor Tim Takaro after the media outlet found traces of lead in random testing. According to the report, Health Canada does not set limits on how much lead is allowed in reusable bags, and that it’s up to companies to make sure their products are safe.
Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/YWjXav

B.C. INCOME TAX

Economist Jon Kesselman was on The World Today show on CKNW, telling host Jon McComb that a cut in BC's Harmonized Sales Tax would be better for BC all than the income-tax cut first promised by Premier Gordon Campbell but then withdrawn.

Kesselman: "The proposed income tax cut, which has now gone up in smoke, would have benefitted only three out of five British Columbian adults because two out of five B.C. residents do not pay any B.C. income tax, at low or moderate incomes, so they would have gone nothing from it. A cut in the rate of the HST would have benefited everyone.

"Secondly, because more of the (Harmonized Sales) tax reduction would go into the pockets of the moderate-income households. They are the ones who will probably spend every penny of tax savings, so that's good for stimulus for the B.C. economy; something that we could use now.

"More important is that the HST, despite its great unpopularity with the public, is in fact a very positive type of tax reform for the B.C. economy. It's going to lead to a lot of growth in investment and jobs, particularly in the Interior and the north in those resource sectors that are very capital-intensive, that were feeling the old provincial sales tax before. And if we end up after the referendum killing the HST we will go back to this economically damaging form of tax."

B.C. LIBERAL LEADERSHIP

Gary Mauser, SFU Business prof emeritus, was on the national news on CBC Radio talking about the change in leadership of the B.C. Liberal party. "When premiers or politicians stay beyond the applause, they risk an ugly exit and that's exactly what Campbell has done."

ALSO IN THE NEWS

SFU physicist Michael Hayden did an interview from Switzerland with the Burnaby NOW about his team’s recent scientific breakthrough: capturing and holding antimatter atoms. "We've managed to create a complicated magnetic bottle in which the antimatter can be stored, without ever touching the walls," he told the newspaper. 
Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/gwXpjr

He saw an opportunity and took advantage of it. Today, SFU economics student Jordan Gutierrez runs the largest company that sells Spanish-language medical textbooks online. “I saw the opportunity that nobody was shipping books to other parts of Mexico,” Gutierrez told The Province.
Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/NtJSze

Brittany Palmer funded her university education through scholarships and now the SFU grad is paying it forward. According to The Province, she’s launched a company that shows high-school students how they can take advantage of scholarships, too.
Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/lSHzgm

According to The Province, SFU marketing professor Leyland Pitt has been appointed to the Dennis Culver EMBA Alumni Professorship by the Faculty of Business Administration.

Research by SFU associate international studies professor Alvaro Santos Pereira was cited in an article by the Melbourne’s The Herald (Australia) discussing the economic difficulties the country is facing. Periera’s research estimated some 700,000 Portugese left their country from 1998 and 2008.
Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/zxpoYs

Goldcorp’s donation to SFU Contemporary Arts was referenced in an article by the University of Toronto’s student newspaper. The Varsity interviewed a PhD student Masrour Zoghi from Vancouver who protested a $35-million donation to UT by Peter Munk, who is chairman of a mining company. During convocation, Zoghi refused to accept his diploma and wore a T-shirt that said “U of T Inc.” on the front and “Univ for SALE” on the back.
Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/XFxYDR

SFU ATHLETICS

Both SFU soccer teams had disappointing weekends as each of them failed to advance in the NAIA national championships. The men’s team – which only lost one game all season – fell 1-0 to the University of Great Falls despite out-shooting their opponent by 21 shots. "Today we outshot a team and lost on their only real threat," said SFU head coach Alan Koch in The Vancouver Sun. "It is incredibly disappointing to lose with this talented group. However, an individual approach and a cocky attitude was prevalent today and you will not win matches or have success in the game of life with this approach." On the women’s side, the No. 1-ranked Concordia Cavaliers beat the Clan 2-1 in Oregon. SFU’s Aly Benes scored the lone goal for her team. "It was a really good match between two well-deserving teams," said SFU women’s soccer head coach Shelley Howieson. "A game that really should have been a quarter-final." 
Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/ZBkCgr

Jessica Smith couldn’t keep her perfect record intact at the NAIA cross-country championships in Vancouver, Wash. The SFU runner, who had been recovering from a leg injury, had won all four races she entered this season but finished 18th last weekend, according to The Province. The Clan team finished fifth overall, lead by Helen Crofts.

BoxscoreNews.com reports Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe almost recorded a triple-double in the SFU women’s team 75-69 win against Warner Pacific College last weekend. The sophomore finished with 24 points, 12 rebounds, seven steals, five assists, and three blocks for the Clan in its first game of the season. SFU improved to 2-0 by winning its next game 88-65 against Southern Oregon. Raincock-Ekunwe and her teammate Anna Carolsfeld each posted double-doubles in the victory.
Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/ojOkeA
Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/XXIwRf

SFU’s women’s wrestling team took second place at the 2010 Can-Am Open in North Dakota last week. The Clan also won three dual meets to improve its season dual-meet record to 5-0. The men’s squad was also in action and finished fourth at the 2010 Spokane Open in Washington state.

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