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August 11, 2009
Report targets RCMP self-investigations
The RCMP should not investigate its own members in cases involving death if it wants to avoid a possible conflict of interest, according to a report by the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP. The commission spent 19 months studying the controversial issue of the RCMP investigating itself. Robert Gordon, director of SFU’s School of Criminology, is on administrative leave this summer but can be reached by cell phone for comment on the commission’s findings. SFU criminologist Rick Parent, an assistant professor with the police studies program, can also provide reaction.

Robert Gordon, 604.418.6640 (cell);
Rick Parent, 778.782.8418;

Tracking trends in tourism
It’s little secret that tourism in B.C. is down this summer, given the economic downturn, and even though there are “tons of deals” Peter Williams says many people are opting for “stay-cations” – staying home and taking in the ever-growing number of local festivals. Williams, the director of SFU’s tourism policy and research centre, says border “thickening” (tougher rules to get into the U.S.) may also be keeping people at home on both sides of the border. Williams is currently studying another tourism phenomenon – so-called residential tourists, those who visit a location and then eventually return and stay longer, and in doing so, have an effect on changing those communities. Among areas being looked at is an Okanagan region near Kelowna where nearly one-third of the population are residential tourists. “We’re looking at how big this is and what it means for local communities,” he says. Williams is currently at his cottage in Ontario (himself a residential tourist) but can be available for interviews.

Peter Williams, 1.604.836.6672;

‘Ancient’ website touted world’s best e-content

An SFU-designed website that portrays the Fraser Valley as it was hundreds of years ago has emerged ahead of 20,000 other e-projects from around the globe to win the World Summit Award, the United Nations-based contest for e-content and creativity. A Journey into Time Immemorial (, which is based on First Nations traditional knowledge and oral history, was selected from 500 finalists by a team of international e-content experts in New Delhi. The site, which has already gathered numerous national and international awards, was created by SFU’s Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and new media specialists from the Learning and Instructional Development Centre (LIDC), in concert with the Xa:ytem Centre in Mission, B.C. Of the contestants, chair Peter A. Bruck says: “We do not see a digital Hollywood or Fleet Street... rather, the most interesting e-contents come from smaller markets and players – they appear to be much more in touch with users and their communities.”

Ivana Filipovic, LIDC, 778.782.3092;


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