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Juveniles, bullying, food scarcity - Issues and Experts

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March 02, 2005
Determining the fate of juveniles…The U.S. Supreme Court has banned the execution of convicted murderers under the age of 18. The decision affects 19 American states and wipes out the death sentences of about 70 murderers. Although Canada hasn't had the death penalty for years, SFU psychologist Ron Roesch and SFU criminologist Ray Corrado, say the US ruling contains comments relevant to the handling of juveniles in Canada. Roesch and Corrado have written extensively about the efficacy of the Canadian justice system in punishing and attempting to rehabilitate juveniles convicted of murder. “The U.S. judgment discusses a number of key issues related to developmental maturity, impulsivity and decision making that should affect how we think about youth who commit crimes,” says Roesch.

Boosting awareness of bullying…A national conference on bullying, Beyond Rhetoric: Canada's Second Conference on Bullying, is expected to draw hundreds of academic/community-based researchers, service providers and policy makers to Ottawa. Gerald Walton, a SFU research grants facilitator in education, who is doing his doctorate on homophobic bullying, will be speaking at the conference, March 21 to 23. Walton can provide feedback on high profile issues at the conference, such as the validity of anti-bullying strategies. He can also talk about the relevance of these issues to bullying problems in B.C.
See: www.bullyingawarenessnetwork.ca/

Securing the safety and accessibility of food…Increasingly, people worldwide are concerned about food security, meaning universal access to affordable, nutritious and culturally appropriate food. Community Education Programs at SFU through continuing studies is hosting a one-day free event investigating how the availability of safe and plentiful food is compromised. Speakers and participants will talk about some creative solutions to challenges facing food producers and suppliers. Food Security: Effecting Positive Change takes place Saturday, March 5, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at SFU's Chief Dan George Centre for Advanced Education, 639 Hornby Street (behind Cathedral Place) in downtown Vancouver. Debbie Bell, director of Community Education Programs at SFU, can talk more about the event.Debbie Bell, 604.291.5145, debbie_bell@sfu.ca