SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - October 27, 2010

October 27, 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 Oct. 26 through 8:30 a.m. today, Wednesday, Oct. 27.


SFU criminologist David MacAlister authored a report for the B.C. Civil Liberties Association showing British Columbia had twice as many jail and police-related deaths than Ontario during a recent 15-year period, said The Globe and Mail. The study said B.C. had the “highest number of deaths (per) year of any of (the) six provinces and territories for which numbers were available.” What’s interesting is the fact that Ontario has three times the population of British Columbia, yet B.C. had the greatest number of deaths per capita, with one per 254,550 people a year, compared with one for every 1.63 million people in Ontario. “We have what looks like people dying at a higher rate in British Columbia than in any other jurisdiction in the country that provided data,” said MacAlister.
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It’s no surprise to see crime statistics dropping in Surrey, said Rob Gordon, director of SFU criminology. In The Province, he credited “positive redevelopment” in the community that is displacing “drug addicts and drug houses” with young families and condos. "You look for crack shacks and then you get out the bulldozer," Gordon said. "That process removes the problem people as well as problem buildings." Gordon added crime rates are going down across Canada because proactive crime-reduction strategies are working.
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Get that Freak: Homophobia and Transphobia, a book co-authored by SFU criminologist Brian Burtch about gay and transgendered youths, was featured in the New Westminster NewsLeader. Burtch’s writing partner, Rebecca Haskell, told the paper that bullying isn’t the only form of abuse that teens face. “The teens we spoke to told us homophobia was something they encountered every day,” Haskell said. The real concern is these youths feel many teachers, administrators and other students aren’t addressing the issue.
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SFU biologist Nick Dulvy told Postmedia News that Canada needs to show “much more leadership on protection of marine species” in response to a study stating 20 per cent of the earth’s vertebrates are threatened with extinction. The study, released by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) this week to coincide with a biodiversity conservation conference in Nagoya, Japan, highlights the need for countries around the world to step up their efforts. Dulvy, who is also co-chair of the IUCN’s shark specialist group, said many “sharks, rays and fish are now threatened with extinction because they are ‘largely unseen and unmonitored collateral damage of fisheries.’” He added the IUCN study offers evidence that conservation efforts are effective globally but much more can be done. Dulvy also spoke to The Vancouver Sun and did a series of eight interviews with CBC-Radio stations across Canada.
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The Aga Khan, hereditary leader of the world’s 15 million Ismaili Muslims, has “championed pluralism, and Ismailis have earned a reputation as quick adapters in societies that welcome diversity, including Canada,” reports Maclean’s magazine. And having to fit in to their surrounding culture has made Ismailis “extremely adaptive,” said Amyn Sajoo, an Ismaili author and a visiting scholar to SFU. “You don’t misread tradition,” he said, “as a comfortable home where you can hide from changing realities.”
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Fantastic freshmen: The Province focused on three first-year players with SFU’s football team who are making an impact this season. Lineman Mattias Goossen, linebacker Casey Chin, and quarterback Greg Bowcott have won starting jobs with The Clan as true freshmen as the school plays its first season in the NCAA Division 2. Clan head coach Dave Johnson is pleased with his homegrown talent leap-frogging over junior college recruits for playing time. "We made a real push to get into the California junior college market," Johnson said of this past year's recruiting efforts, "but believe it or not, some of those kids are being beat out by B.C. high school kids." In SFU’s last game versus Dixie State, Bowcott led the Clan to a season-high 504 years, including going 16-for-36 for 233 yards and a rushing TD. "Straight out of high school and competing in the trenches at Div. 2, that's pretty much unheard of," said Johnson.
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New assistant coach: Jeff Drinkwine is joining SFU’s men’s basketball team as an assistant coach. Clan bench boss James Blake said Drinkwine brings extensive NCAA and NAIA experience. In his most recent job as head coach for Evergreen State, he had a 60-31 record and took the school to two NAIA championships. “I’m incredibly pleased to bring Jeff aboard our staff, I feel his experience really rounds out our coaching staff,” Blake said on “He will assist in our recruiting, and having coached in this conference before his experience and advice will be invaluable.”
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