SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - November 3, 2010

November 3, 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. 2, through 8:30 a.m. today,Wednesday, Nov. 3.


Despite legal threats from the provincial government against Sears, SFU marketing expert Lindsay Meredith likes the plan by the company to offer an HST rebate if the tax is repealed next fall. "Five-hundred-thousand (petition) signatures are not to be ignored," Meredith told CBC News. "Sears are using a pretty good marketing strategy to capitalize on that."

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The police believe a serial killer is responsible for three unsolved murders in B.C., according to the Toronto Star. The Mounties are investigating three unsolved murders from 1995 but has ruled out Robert Pickton as the suspect. Although the cases have similarities, the RCMP believes someone else is responsible. Rob Gordon, director of SFU criminology, said the RCMP has a difficult case on its hands. “The chances of the police being able to identify the person responsible is frankly zero,” said Gordon. “The trail is obviously stone cold.”

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The Nanaimo Daily News spoke with SFU business professor Mark Wexler about a potential conflict-of-interest case involving a city councilor. Wexler told the paper a good test in these situations is whether financial gain is involved. "Follow the money," said Wexler. "If a person stands to gain as a consequence of the decision that is usually a smoking gun,” he said.

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An eight-minute short film created by an SFU student is being shown at the Banff Mountain Film Festival, reports the Banff Crag & Canyon newspaper. Interactive arts and technology student Adam Greenberg’s short, called Wild Places, was also submitted for the festival’s film competition. "I'm super stoked. When I found out, I was dancing around my room," Greenberg said.

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Switching to a voluntary long-form census will hurt non-status Indians and Metis people, SFU public policy professor John Richards told The Vancouver Sun. Richards, who has done extensive research on Aboriginal issues in Canada, said “programs for them -- or for other groups such as immigrants who need second-language instruction -- cannot be targeted fairly and proportionately if there's no data on where they are.”

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The Quesnel Observer referenced SFU criminologist Neil Boyd in an article about the new impaired driving laws that brought in stiffer penalties for those whose breathalyser readings are between .05 and .08. The paper notes Boyd agrees with the Vancouver Police union that police resources are being stretched too thin enforcing the new legislation.

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SFU arts student Kate Mitchell is one of eight people in Canada receiving the UCBeyond Crohn’s Disease scholarship. It is given to students “rising above and beyond the limitations of their disease in spectacular ways,” said the Burnaby NewsLeader.

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The Canadian Federation of University Women’s Bursary Foundation has given SFU political science student Danielle Ouimet Sanderson a bursary through its White Rock/Surrey chapter. Applicants must have graduated from a secondary school in School District 36 or resided in White Rock or Surrey for five years.


Former SFU women’s basketball coach Allison McNeill is receiving the In Her Footsteps Award for her “outstanding contribution to sport and athletic achievement, dedication, and leadership,” according to the Vancouver Courier. The award celebrates women in sport and the influence individuals have on inspiring girls, teens, and women.

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