SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - November 8, 2010

November 8, 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. 5, through 8:30 a.m. today, Monday, Nov. 8.


It’s still difficult for the public to comprehend why people choose to work in the sex industry without coercion or financial stress, SFU prostitution researcher Tamara O’Doherty told The Ubyssey, UBC’s student newspaper. She said her research shows sex workers like the “flexible work schedule, high pay, and anonymity.” A UK study published in May found 16.5 per cent of undergrad students would consider working in the sex industry, with 93 per cent citing money as one of the main motivations.
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The Toronto Star interviewed Gordon Harris and wrote a feature about UniverCity, noting it as Canada’s greenest community. The article said if there’s one thing about urban planning that people hate more than sprawl, it’s density. “People are afraid of the word density,” Harris said in the story. “Planners must think of better ways of describing what are really aspects of density — livability, affordability and sustainability. In the suburbs, rising energy costs mean diminishing prospects for personal affluence.”
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The Vancouver Sun’s education reporter, Janet Steffenhagen, blogged about SFU education professor Kieran Egan’s new book, Learning in Depth. According to the blog post, the book encourages a “simple but ambitious” change in K-12 curriculum that focuses on assigning a topic to students in their first week of schooling. “The expectation is that this process will transform for most children their relationship to, and understanding of the nature of, knowledge. It should also transform for each child the experience of schooling,” Egan said in his book.
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B.C. Health Minister Kevin Falcon told The Vancouver Sun he would probably not enter the B.C. Liberal leadership race if Carole Taylor changes her mind. Taylor, recently announced as SFU’s new chancellor and will assume the role in June 2011, keeps getting mentioned by pundits as a possible leadership candidate. "I hope I'm not seen as a front runner,” Falcon said. “I appreciate that some people think I'm a good candidate. But we have good candidates in our caucus, and we've got individuals like Carole Taylor, a former MLA, who's a strong candidate too.”
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Premier Campbell’s surprise resignation is likely not good news for NDP leader Carole James, SFU public policy professor Kennedy Stewart told the Canadian Press. James was looking forward to matching up with Campbell in the next provincial election but will now face a different opponent, likely one with less baggage. "It is a nightmare for Carole James," Stewart said. "There's going to be tremendous pressure on James to pick up her game, because she's risen up to power opposing two taxes, the carbon tax and the HST."
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Should the police be allowed to investigate themselves? That’s the question the Victoria Times Colonist asked. SFU criminologist David MacAlister said B.C. could save money if it learned a few lessons from Ontario’s model of a civilian-led investigations unit. "We don't have to go through the same lengthy process that Ontario went through.... If we know the kind of problems that are going to be faced, presumably we can head those off."
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Anthony Perl, director of SFU’s Urban Studies program, believes peak oil will one day devastate the world’s transportation industry. His presentation at the recent ASPO-USA conference is available online via
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SFU public policy professor Jonathan Kesselman’s call for an expanded Canada Pension Plan was referenced in The Financial Post. The article said getting Canadian provinces to accept the idea may be difficult: “CPP reform requires two-thirds of provinces to approve it and some, notably Alberta, prefer a private-sector solution.”
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Kessleman was also interviewed by the Burnaby NOW for his opinion on B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell’s resignation. “I was not surprised. The popularity rating on the premier personally has sunk to very low levels, and although I don't have any inside knowledge, I would suspect inside his caucus there would have been pressure to expedite his retirement,” he said in the newspaper.
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Five SFU business students – Chantelle Buffy, Josephine Gunawan, Aren Hanson, Sabaina Saif, and Kenny Wee – gave back to the community this past weekend by coordinating The Good Drive. As part of a project management course, the students collected household goods for the non-profit group, Gather and Give.
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The Province columnist Jon Ferry referenced SFU business professor Mark Wexler’s view that politics in Canada is now “more like professional wrestling.” He wrote: “Certainly, visceral anger is the political currency of the day, fuelling both the Tea Party success in the U.S. and the election of abrasive outsider Rob Ford to the mayor's chair in Toronto. But I don't agree there's anything very new about this. Politics has always been a blood sport.”
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What an amazing season it’s been SFU’s men’s soccer team. The squad won 16 games in a row en route to a 17-1 record and capturing the conference championship in its first year in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC), according to The Province. This marks the first time a Canadian school has ever won an NCAA conference championship. While the squad is not eligible for the NCAA playoffs, it will participate in the NAIA playoffs instead.

SFU’s women’s soccer team is also headed to the NAIA playoffs after compiling a 9-4-3 GNAC record. Ranked second going into the 2010 Association of Independent Institutions Championship, SFU won four of its last regular-season games. The winner of the championship receives an automatic berth to the NAIA national championships, according to

On the mat: SFU’s women’s wrestling team registered 35 points and claimed the overall title last weekend at the 2010 Hargobind Invitational in Surrey. Danielle Lappage and Helen Maroulis led the way for the Clan, reported

Hoops action: Eastern Washington University handed SFU’s women’s basketball team a 76-63 exhibition loss Sunday in Cheney, Wash. Clan sophomore Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe led all players with 20 points and 13 rebounds, reported She also had three assists and a pair of blocks,
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