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Empty nesters on the rise
Canadian Press, Oct. 25

Canada is becoming a country of home boys and girls as more young adults - especially men - are roosting in the parental nest longer and later. Slightly more than 41 per cent of Canada's 20-somethings were living with their folks last year when Statistics Canada took its five-year snapshot of the population. Men were the hardest to dislodge. Among those aged 20 to 24, two thirds - 64 per cent - lived with their parents. Some 52 per cent of women in their early 20s lived at home. ‘'I think that for many young people it has become almost a lifestyle choice,'' says Barbara Mitchell, an SFU sociologist who has studied the phenomenon for a decade. ‘'The stigma that we saw associated with it in the 70s has really lessened.'' The increase comes despite a strong economy in the latter half of the 1990s that undercut the No. 1 rationale for adult children living in their parents' homes: economic necessity.

Candidates are all over the spectrum
Richmond News, Oct. 23

There's no shortage of acronyms in civic politics. But besides catchy names, the letters of association catch phrases give candidates immediate recognition and signify where he or she may sit on the political spectrum. Having those letters next to a name on a ballot slip is a relatively recent phenomenon for civic voters in B.C. In fact, says SFU political scientist Kennedy Stewart, until a decade ago, that sort of stated political affiliation with a group or organization was basically outlawed under the Local Elections Act in every municipality except Vancouver. Then-B.C. premier Mike Harcourt removed that impediment in 1993. With that action he “basically opened the doors to B.C. municipal slates,” says Kennedy. While candidate alignment with organizations is not new, such groups have formalized since the Harcourt decision.

Canadian tool could help track killer
National Post, Oct. 17

Kim Rossmo was in the midst of training an agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in Washington when an unknown sniper started killing people in the suburbs of the U.S. capital. “Talk about being thrown into the fire,” says Rossmo, who was training his new apprentice while helping investigators hunt for the killer. Rossmo, one of a few certified geographic profilers in the world, perfected his craft while earning a PhD in criminology at SFU. After obtaining evidence from crime scenes, he plugs the coordinates into his patented computer software to calculate the amount of effort necessary to commit the crimes from various home bases. “Criminals want to operate in a comfort zone,” he says. “But they don't want to operate too close to home.”

‘Old wives' tales' a disparaging term
Vancouver Sun, Oct. 17

The term “old wives' tale” brings to mind the image of an old hag, but purveyors of such advice -grandmothers, aunts, neighbours, mothers - were just passing on hints from their elders. Such tales are so old their sources cannot be confirmed, but they're so much a part of our culture most of us will try the cure just in case it works. SFU psychology professor Barry Beyerstein defines the term as a slur describing superstitions and other falsehoods. “Throughout history, older women tended to be the repositories of medical knowledge and social wisdom and practical wisdom,” says Beyerstein, who is teaching a course this semester looking at why seemingly educated people believe in such superstitions or old wives' tales. He says we believe because of the human tendency to seek patterns from random events.

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