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September 23, 2010

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

TRANSLINK GONDOLA PROPOSAL

TransLink is moving forward with a plan to build a gondola to the top of Burnaby Mountain and eliminate buses that now serve Simon Fraser University, according to BCLocalNews.com. http://at.sfu.ca/UMrqWS All the major Vancouver media outlets covered this story, including CBC-Radio, CBC-TV, The Province, Metro Vancouver, CKNW, Global TV and CTV News. Vancouver Sun: http://at.sfu.ca/WjfWoj

K’NAAN CONCERT

Canadian-Somali poet and musician K’naan waited in his limo and refused to take the stage at a charity concert Tuesday night at Simon Fraser University after last-minute negotiations broke down between organizers and his agent, according to Metro Vancouver. http://at.sfu.ca/kNaxCk

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ROB GORDON, CRIMINOLOGY

In every major city in every province other than British Columbia, there is one dominant police force. SFU’s Rob Gordon said in The Province that B.C. should consider creating a regional police force because they’re proven to be effective. "There's no shortage of models of what it would look like. We know exactly what it would look like and how to set it up," he said. "This stuff has been put in place in other jurisdictions a long, long time ago and it works." http://at.sfu.ca/zMvpCZ

RICHARD SMITH, COMMUNICATION

CTV News interviewed Richard Smith about the launch of Netflix in Canada. This service allows Canadians to watch movies streamed directly to their computers and devices like iPhones and iPads.

GERVASE BUSHE, BUSINESS

Vancouver city hall has hired its first-ever “change manager” and is conducting its first-ever employee survey this week as part a drive to reshape its 10,000-person bureaucracy, reports The Globe and Mail. http://at.sfu.ca/KJRmAp

SHADRACH KABANGO, STUDENT

A rapper by night and a liberal studies student by day, Shad is the opening act for K’Naan this weekend at Malkin Bowl, according to The Province. http://at.sfu.ca/MUGHYS

BENEDIKT FISCHER, HEALTH SCIENCES

A new study out of SFU finds there isn't enough information about who is using common painkillers and whether they're abusing them, reports CKWX News 1130. http://at.sfu.ca/WQFKTm

MARK JACCARD, RESOURCE AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

An SFU environmental economist continues to back Premier Gordon Campbell’s efforts on the environment, calling the B.C. Liberals “amazing ground-breakers” for bringing in the carbon tax. http://at.sfu.ca/fQMaIx

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Alan James

Translink Gondola

One item missed in the list of concerns is that the gondola would go through the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area. This was set aside to provide habitat for wildlife, and protect the headwaters of Stoney and Eagle Creeks, which are critical salmon-bearing streams. Construction would cut across those streams and add to the already high sediment load. Adding more mountain bike traffic will also increase erosion.

Translink, SFU, and UniverCity must ensure the streamkeepers in the area are consulted early in the design process.

What we do, we do for the fish,

Alan C. James

Secretary, Stoney Creek Environment Committee

stoneycreek@handshake.ca

www.vcn.bc.ca/stoney

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