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Book collecting, tougher sentencing, gang recruiting

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November 7, 2007
When is a book like money in the bank?
As part of SFU Library’s continuing public lecture series, city librarian Paul Whitney will examine the risks and rewards of book collecting at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. His talk, “Honey, it’s just like money in the bank, and other myths: The confessions of a modern firsts collector,” will focus on his 30-year experience as a collector of fiction, recorded music, and underground comics.

To arrange an interview: Eric Swanick, 778.782.4626,

Getting tough on gun crime
The recent spate of targeted shootings in Vancouver has raised the issue of tougher sentencing for crimes involving guns. Stockwell Day commented this morning that his government wants to introduce stiffer sentencing as a way to control gun crime, a move that retired SFU Business professor and gun advocate Gary Mauser supports: “Violent criminals receive shorter sentences on average the more often they are apprehended. That’s not protecting the public. Violent crime has fallen faster in the US than in Canada in large part because violent criminals are more likely to be apprehended, convicted and sentenced for a longer period of time there than here.”

But for SFU criminologist Neil Boyd, “The issue isn’t sentencing, it’s enforcement. These people are killing each other and they don’t particularly care what the penalty is.”

Gary Mauser
, 604.936.9141,
Neil Boyd, (h) 604.947.9569,

Gang recruitment booming
SFU criminologist and youth gang expert Ray Corrado says if gang activity is on the rise in the Lower Mainland it means that the recruitment of adolescents into gangs is increasing at the same rate. Corrado says that any increase in activity would translate into a “job boom” for older children leading a criminal lifestyle and already familiar with the drug scene. Corrado can expand on this and talk about his involvement in a five part television series looking at drugs, crime and policies governing young offenders. Various metro Vancouver chambers of commerce and boards of trade are financing the series.

Ray Corrado, 778.782.3629,