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Issues & Experts >  Issues & Experts Archive > Week of June 2-9, 2003

Week of June 2-9, 2003

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Jun 03, 2003
Deal keeps airline afloat…Beleaguered Air Canada narrowly avoided collapse by reaching a tentative deal with its main pilot unions. The six-year deal is expected to save the airline about $250 million a year in costs. SFU geographer Warren Gill, who specializes in transportation issues, is cautiously optimistic. "I think we are still stumbling along on the road of trying to have an airline that can live within its cost structure, without any real assurance that they can succeed as they have squandered every other advantage they've had or have been given," says Gill, who can look at the deal’s impact.

Former premier honored…Former NDP Premier Mike Harcourt will be among five individuals to receive honorary degrees during SFU’s spring convocation ceremonies this week (June 4-6). An honorary doctorate of laws will be conferred on Harcourt during the June 5 (Thursday) afternoon ceremony. Other recipients include John Dixon, president of the BC Civil Liberties Association (Wednesday morning) John Alleyne, artistic director of Ballet BC, (Wednesday afternoon), Jack Kowarsky, noted BC lawyer and community leader (Friday morning) and George Pedersen, former SFU president and chancellor of UNBC (Friday afternoon). The honorary degrees are conferred immediately after the opening addresses by Chancellor Milton Wong and SFU President Michael Stevenson, which follow the procession of graduands down the steps into convocation mall. More than 2,600 students make up this spring’s graduating class. Morning ceremonies begin at 9:45 a.m., afternoon ceremonies start at 2:30 p.m.

Salmon under seige…When scientists, conservationists and fisheries managers from around the world convene a meeting in a UN-style venue next week, they will discuss the declining fate of a species in crisis. SFU’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue will be the site of a world summit on salmon,
June 10-13. "The current global collapse of fisheries underscores the critical objective of this summit—people with world-class skills coming together to look at conservation challenges and search for new solutions. Finding new answers is essential," says Craig Orr, "because conventional approaches are failing." Orr is the associate director of SFU’s centre for coastal studies, the summit’s host. He can expand on topics to be covered at the summit, which include the current stock status for salmon in the Pacific and North Atlantic, factors threatening the future of wild salmon, and incentives for conservation and the prevention of overfishing. http://www.sfu.ca/cstudies/science/summit/Summit_Salmon.pdf