SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - October 7, 2010

October 7, 2010

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Media Matters, a report on Simon Fraser University in the news, is compiled and distributed daily by SFU Public Affairs & Media Relations (PAMR).


CTV News did a story on how businesses are delaying opening at Vancouver’s struggling Olympic Village, until more of the condos sell and the population grows. Marketing prof Lindsay Meredith was quoted: "What comes first, the chicken or the egg? Always get the consumers first. No business will ever invest where they see an empty hole in the marketplace. They have to be able to fill those units, get a population down there, and then they can start to attract the business infrastructure that in turn will attract more consumers."

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The Canadian Press reported that BC is aiming to protect the province's fossil sites. “But Agriculture and Lands Minister Steve Thomson downplayed calls from scientists for an all-encompassing law that prevents plundering of dinosaur finds and mining of fossil beds for cat litter.” This followed a Canadian Press story yesterday in which SFU palaeontologist Bruce Archibald said he's met with three BC cabinet ministers over the past decade about government protection of fossil sites, “but the destruction continues.”

Today’s story (via CTV News): The initial Archibald story (via CBC News):


The OnCampus website of Maclean’s magazine ran a story on how “Simon Fraser University students may be getting a new way to hitch a ride to school”—by aerial gondola. “’It would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 1,870 tonnes in the first year alone,’ says Gordon Harris, president and CEO of SFU Community Trust.”

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The Mission City Record reported that civic leaders in BC now plan to press federal cabinet ministers and BC Conservative MPs to pay a larger share of RCMP policing. “Rob Gordon, director of SFU's School of Criminology, supports a provincial police force replacing the RCMP for all but federal policing matters and predicts costs would come down. But he said . . . . there's no chance now to form a provincial force and terminate the RCMP in 2012.”

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The news-and-commentary website of reported Ottawa will offer skilled Canadian immigrants intern experience in federal departments and agencies.  “The program is a small step, considering notable problems immigrants to Canada have with credentializing foreign education and having skills and experience recognized, but it’s an important one, says Peter Hall, an associate professor in the urban studies program at Simon Fraser University.”

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Randall Peterman of SFU’s School of Resource and Environmental Management (Canada Research Chair in Fisheries Risk Assessment and Management) was on the BC Almanac show (Mark Forsythe) on CBC Radio, talking about a study showing the Pacific Ocean is becoming "overcrowded with salmon.” Peterman also spoke with AM1150 Radio in Kelowna

Initial article in Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamic Management and Ecosystem Science: SFU news release


The record of the Clan men’s soccer team remains unblemished at 9-0-0 after SFU defeated the Seattle Pacific University Falcons 3-2 in overtime, and moved into sole possession of first place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. SFU scorers were Sang Hwang (on a free kick), Helge Neumann and Joseph Martin.

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A Kent Gilchrist column in The Province sports pages said of Friday’s Shrum Bowl football game between SFU and UBC: “What you hope is that they battle to a high-scoring draw and everyone goes home entertained. The reason for that is that both Clansmen boss Dave Johnson (the mentor) and Shawn Olson of UBC (the student) are such decent, caring head coaches.”

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SFU was mentioned in numerous media outlets as they noted that former Clan star Jay Triano, Toronto Raptors head coach, is in Vancouver for a training camp and was at the exhibition game last night between the Raptors and the Phoenix Suns (Steve Nash). The Raptors won 129-78. (Incidentally, Triano tried to recruit Nash to SFU in 1992.)


The Georgia Straight carried a story in which SFU President Andrew Petter discussed a $10-million gift to SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts. This from mining company Goldcorp Inc., which has been criticized for its practices and policies in South America.

“I think it would be horrible, ironic, and counterproductive if arts institutions or universities were to prevent individuals or corporations from doing good things because some people object to some other things they’re doing.”

(Goldcorp contributed $5 million each to the university’s capital campaign and to an endowment to finance community-engagement programs in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.)

Full story: SFU News release:

The Straight also told readers how political journalist Lawrence Martin has a new book out: Harperland: The Politics of Control, which examines Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s command-and-control regime.  In that context, the Straight asked Ravi Patel, fourth-year political science student at SFU: “What is your level of trust in Prime Minister Stephen Harper?” The answer began: “Not that high. He runs a very tight-knit ship, very authoritarian, like they won’t allow for any dissent.”

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And the Straight noted that Jack Lee, pipe-sergeant of the SFU Pipe Band, won a “champion of champions” Clasp award at the Northern Meeting piping competition in Inverness, Scotland. As a result, he’s invited back to Scotland for the last big bagpipe event of the season, the Glenfiddich Solo Piping Championships, on Oct. 30.

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Very well done Jack... awesome as usual. Hope you do well in competition end of October. Band did an excellent job...even though they didn't win yr is coming fast

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