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June 11, 2010
Disappearing salmon hearings begin
The Cohen Commission of inquiry into the decline of sockeye salmon in the Fraser River will hold opening hearings June 15-17 at the Federal Court, 801-701 West Georgia Street in Vancouver. John Reynolds, an SFU biology professor and salmon conservation and management expert, is not a member of the commission that will be making recommendations to the government based on the hearings. But, as one of six members of an independent panel that will advise the commission on scientific issues, he can discuss what is factually known about the state of Fraser River sockeye productivity. Reynolds and two other salmon experts, including another member of the commission’s independent advisory panel, will also be at a public dialogue on the state of Fraser River sockeye. Hosted by Joyce Murray, MP for Vancouver Quadra, Fraser River Sockeye: Getting the Story Straight, takes place Tuesday, June 29, 7 - 9 p.m. at the Kitsilano Neighbourhood House.

John Reynolds, 604.761.1960 (cell), 778.782.5610,

Labour revolution sweeps China
A very different labour scene is evolving in China from the one that characterized communist China after Mao Tse-Tung’s takeover of the country in the last century. David Thomas, a professor of international management in SFU Business, can talk about the significance of the numerous work-related suicides and labour protests that are now gripping a once acquiescent population. He can comment on cultural differences in how individuals perceive their relationship to the job and how they respond to perceived violations by firms based on his work on ‘cultural variation in the psychological contract,’ which includes China. He can also discuss labour relations in general in the developing world.

David Thomas, 778.782.7709,

Spring Convocation next week
More than 3,600 SFU students are eligible to graduate in ceremonies on the Burnaby campus next week (June 15- 18). They include PhD student Chris Bone and his wife, Beth Richardson, a teacher and education master of arts student, who are celebrating the arrival of baby Mavis; Quyn Le, a blind Vietnamese refugee who earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology, and Kelvin Redvers, a young, nationally acclaimed Metis film maker from the Northwest Territories. For more success stories and details of SFU’s spring convocation ceremonies see:

Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.3210


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