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Grabbing hold of the reins of politicking
Vancouver Sun, Nov. 7

The Non-Partisan Association Party (NPA) is taking some strident measures to regain control of the reins of politicking in the campaign leading up to Vancouver's municipal election. That's how SFU political scientist Kennedy Stewart interprets the NPA's recent release of an economic strategy and references to the Coalition of Progressive Electors' (COPE) link to the NDP. It is an attempt to shift the election news agenda from the Downtown Eastside and Mayor Philip Owen's rupture with the NPA to the NPA's traditional key issue, the economy, says Stewart. He adds that the strategic shift is meant to appeal to the NPA's core base of supporters on the west side. “Usually when you attack during campaigns, it's a tactic that shows you're behind,” explains Stewart. “If you're the front runner, you just want to talk about your record and pretend the other party doesn't matter.”


Repercussions of biting the hand of nature
Business in Vancouver, Nov. 5

A new report suggests that publicly funded fish hatcheries, which are designed to be lifesavers for declining fish stocks, may be doing little more than biting the hand of nature. The report presents evidence that fish hatcheries are causing irreversible damage to the wild salmon gene pool and contributing to an escalation in the numbers of threatened and endangered salmon populations off the coast of B.C. About 40 people from various stakeholder groups prepared the report following workshops and a think tank session coordinated by SFU's centre for coastal studies (www.sfu.ca/coastal studies). Craig Orr, an associate director of the centre and co-author of the report says, “We have no evidence that hatcheries do anything except produce fish to kill. Hatcheries create domestic selection. Hatchery fish don't have the genes of their wild progeny. It is not as robust a fish. There's a lot of evidence suggesting that nature, not humans, produces fitter salmon.”


The trick to wearing two hats
Vancouver Sun, Oct. 31

SFU professor emeritus Hal Weinberg is going into this month's municipal elections on a winning note, albeit his win is totally unrelated to his role as an incumbent mayoralty candidate in Anmore. Weinberg, who has served more than 10 years as mayor of Anmore, was honoured in October for his achievements as a brain researcher of 40 years. The Science Council of B.C. awarded Weinberg the Chairman's Award for Career Achievement. Since 1979, regional and municipal politics have been as big a part of Weinberg's life . Formerly a professor of psychology and kinesiology and now SFU's first director of research ethics, Weinberg says wearing two hats has never been a problem for him. “By internet or telephone or whatever, it's basically just a bunch of questions and issues, and you shift back between one or another,” explains Weinberg.


The terrible twos should not be ignored
Whitehorse Daily Star, Oct. 30

A SFU researcher, who spent five years studying 600 young offenders convicted of violent offences in Greater Vancouver, says the terrible twos may not be just a passing phase in a child's development. Irwin Cohen, a professor of criminology, says that violent behaviour in the normal individual usually peaks at about two years old and that's when kids typically display unfettered behaviour, such as pulling hair. Cohen warns that if the behaviour doesn't subside by age three, it could be a signal that the child is a candidate for serious behavioural problems that need to be addressed as quickly as possible.















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