SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - November 24, 2010

November 24, 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, Nov. 23, through 8:30 a.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 24.


SFU environmental economist Mark Jaccard is a nominee for The Globe and Mail’s list of 25 Transformational Canadians. He is a prominent leader in sustainable energy policy and “has spent the past 25 years working to prevent climate change, conveying the urgent need for regulations and energy policies that will prevent greenhouse gas emissions.”
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The Tri-City News highlighted the Banner Bags program headed by SFU’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE). The students recycle banners previously used for events and on city streets and turn them into colorful bags.
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Duc Nguyen, husband of SFU biology grad assistant Marlene Bockmann-Nguyen, just returned from visiting the world’s most dangerous and war-torn countries. He visited 15 countries on his trip to spread a message of peace on behalf of his wife. "Bring our kids home," he told the Burnaby NOW. "There are no just wars, only atrocities and sufferings."
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Postmedia News spoke with SFU criminologist Neil Boyd about the decline in solving homicides. A recent study showed B.C. and Quebec are the worst at solving murders. Boyd isn’t surprised by the findings. He said “killings with handguns are now twice as common as they were 15 years ago, and homicides committed with guns are more likely to be targeted hits – which are more difficult to solve.”
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The Globe and Mail interviewed Mike Volker, director of SFU’s Industry Liaison Office, for an article about the new breed of investor: the “super angel.” He said super angels are vital to business investment “as other funding sources dry up.”
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The sale of Vancouver’s Tinseltown theatre was a hot topic of discussion in SFU filmmaker Colin Browne’s screenwriting class at SFU Contemporary Arts. He told The Globe and Mail that his students were worried the new owner, Cineplex, will stop showing less mainstream films.
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In a Vancouver Sun opinion piece, SFU public policy professor Jon Kesselman said axing the proposed income tax cut could be good news for the HST. “Revoking the income tax cut opens the opportunity for an alternative, superior form of tax relief for British Columbians,” he wrote. “The best candidate would be to reduce the HST rate by one point to 11 per cent, with B.C.'s portion dropping from seven to six per cent.” 
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A New Westminster company is behind the idea to bring the Atmosphere Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race (MOMAR) to Burnaby Mountain in 2011. According to the Burnaby NOW, participants will compete in orienteering, trekking, kayaking, and mountain biking all over Burnaby Mountain and the SFU campus.
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The SFU men’s hockey club team handily beat Okanagan College 6-1 in a battle for first place in the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League, reported the Kelowna Daily Courier.
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SFU women’s soccer player Lauren Lachlan has been named the NAIA Association of Independent Institutions (AII) player of the year for the second time in three years. On the men’s side, sophomore Max Baessato was also selected player of the year. Joining him is his coach, Alan Koch, who was named coach of the year.
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