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Jul 10, 2003

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A compendium of articles that appeared in the media during the last few weeks quoting members of the SFU community.

Drug busts won't deter Calgary criminals
Calgary Herald, June 28

Despite the announcement by Calgary city police that they had arrested the masterminds of a violent Asian street gang and recovered more than $3 million in illegal drugs, SFU criminology professor Neil Boyd doubts the news will have much impact on the city's crime scene. “It almost certainly disrupts the operations of one particular criminal network,” said Boyd. “But will that affect the price of illegal drugs in Calgary? Probably not. Will it affect the potential for violence? Perhaps in a small way - but probably not.” Boyd said a major problem with combatting the illegal trade is its sheer size. There are multiple networks and thousands of distributors in Canada, most of whom aren't even aware of the existence of the other,” he said.

Anti-prostitution law will lose in court
Surrey Now, June 28

SFU criminology professor John Loman, who has spent 25 years studying prostitution law enforcement in Canada, says a proposed Surrey bylaw to fine hookers and johns is illegal and won't survive a court challenge. “The by-law is clearly designed to control street prostitution. The purpose of section 213 of the criminal code is to do precisely that, control street prostitution, not prostitution itself. Consequently, the Surrey bylaw infringes federal jurisdiction and would be doomed if challenged in court,” Lowman argued.

Vancouver win makes someone a loser
Vancouver Sun, July 3

Thousands of excited Vancouverites celebrated at GM Place on July 2 after the International Olympic committee awarded the 2010 Olympic winter games to Vancouver and Whistler. But as SFU marketing professor Lindsay Meredith observed after hearing the news, one group's win is another's loss: “As soon as you select one project for development, you have automatically said no to five or six other ones. One of the issues you will hear very much from the centre of British Columbia is that there are a lot of other ways this provincial government could have spent its cash than having great big sports days.”

Three weddings and funeral for B.C. Hydro
Mackenzie Times, June 30

In an opinion piece, SFU political science and women's studies professor Marjorie Griffin Cohen argued that the B.C. government's “massive redesign” of the province's electricity system “will result in three weddings and a funeral for B.C. Hydro, and by the time the ceremonies are over, the utility that has served the B.C. public so well will be left a shell of its former self.” She said the proposed union between B.C. Hydro and three private companies are likely to be “extremely costly and unstable,” and inject “considerable risk into a very stable system.These changes are radical, and under international trade agreements they will be binding. Yet they are occurring without public debate and without a clear mandate from the public. Because they are so serious and irreversible, they deserved much more public scrutiny.”

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