SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - November 30, 2010

November 30, 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, Nov. 29, through 8:30 a.m. today, Tuesday, Nov. 30.


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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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.


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.


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