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September 22, 2006

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Simon Fraser University staff and faculty frequently contribute their expertise and opinions to the media. In this new MediaBytes column we give you a taste of the widespread media attention that they garner each week.


September 1, 2006

Criminologist Neil Boyd was quoted in a Calgary Herald story about crime in that city's streets, and a wave of gang killings.

CBC's French radio network, Radio Canada, is running a series on French immersion. Claire Trépanier, of SFU's bureau des affaires francophones et francophiles, volunteered to talk to them.

The Financial Post section of the National Post wrote about a 2002 study by Karen Ruckman, now of SFU's faculty of business, which compared management expense ratios of mutual funds in Canada and the U.S.

The Surrey Now newspaper quoted business guru Lindsay Meredith in a story on how the Royal Bank has been recruiting local people and visible minorities for Surrey branches. The all-news radio station, CKWX 1130, quoted Meredith on the potential damage to tourism of the reported water shortage in Tofino.

CTV News consulted psychology professor Stephen Hart after a string of arson fires that destroyed or damaged buildings in the Strathcona area of Vancouver. "There's a buzz, an activity, and it's psychologically arousing (for an arsonist)."

The Vancouver Sun looked at how some tourists are becoming year-round residents and changing the makeup of resort communities. This from preliminary findings of a two-year study led by Peter Williams, director of SFU's centre for tourism policy and research.


September 9, 2006

The Edmonton Sun, the Corner Brook (NF) Western Star and three Ontario papers (the Stratford Beacon Herald, the Sault Star and the North Bay Nugget) were the latest to use a Canadian Press story on how thousands of seniors in Canada are thriving in retirement through continuing education. Alan Aberbach, director of the seniors program at SFU, was quoted in it.

Duncan Cameron, visiting professor of Canadian studies at SFU, was quoted in a National Post story on how Liberal leadership contender Ken Dryden wants to overhaul the student loans system.

The Globe and Mail ran a story about a conservative blogger who accused Liberal leadership candidate Michael Ignatieff of plagiarizing a report on climate change. However, the co-author of the report in question, SFU's Mark Jaccard, said he had given permission to Ignatieff to use his words.

A report by Marina Morrow of SFU health sciences, on the impact of cuts to mental health and social services in B.C., was cited this week in a lead editorial in the Vancouver Sun, and in a Burnaby Now story on homelessness. (An earlier Sun column mentioning the report also turned up this week in the Charlottetown Guardian in PEI. )

The Vancouver Sun's story on plans for the Dalai Lama centre that will come to Vancouver in three years mentions the SFU connection: The founding director is Victor Chan (a longtime friend of the Dalai Lama) now working out of the continuing education centre at SFU Vancouver. Another trustee is Evan Alderson, former dean of arts at SFU.

Political science professor Patrick Smith was quoted in a Vancouver Sun story on the federal government's last-minute decision to keep Vancouver's supervised drug-injection site open until Dec. 31, 2007. The story also ran in the Edmonton Journal. And a report by criminologist Ray Corrado was mentioned in CBC Radio and Montreal Gazette stories on the federal decision.














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