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Work, politics, hockey, drugs, sustainability - issues, experts and ideas

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July 25, 2005
Issue: Workplace accidents perceived as inevitable

A national study of attitudes toward work-related injury shows that more than 60 per cent of Canadians believe workplace accidents and injuries are inevitable. The attitudes were benchmarked against another important cause of injury and death, drinking and driving. Nearly two-thirds of respondents rejected the idea that accidents caused by the latter factor were an inevitable part of life. The study was undertaken by SFU business professor Rick Iverson, who specializes in human resources management, and Queen's University associate dean Julian Barling. The two presented a keynote address on the current culture of workplace injury at the WCB 2005 public forum in Vancouver on July 25 (10:30 a.m.). The complete results of their study are being made available at the forum.
    Rick Iverson, 604.291.4150; riverson@sfu.ca (Iverson is available July 25 in the afternoon)

Issue: Climbing the political ladder

From working as an advocate for the homeless to making a run for the mayor's chair, can Vancouver councillor Jim Green successfully make the leap? SFU political scientists Patrick Smith and Kennedy Stewart, experts on civic politics, can take a look at Green's chances of succeeding under the banner of a new civic political party that he has formed.

Issue: It's back and who cares?

The deal's done and NHL hockey will relaunch in the fall with new team rosters and a new set of rules. It may be big news in Canada, but south of the border there's hardly any buzz. SFU lecturer Irwin Shubert, who studies Canadian hockey and teaches a course called Hockey in Canadian Popular Culture (spring semester), is spending the summer in California--a state with three NHL teams and apparently as many NHL fans. He can speak on the the cultural significance of the NHL comeback on both sides of the cultural divide.

Issue: Tunneling for drugs

Anti-drug trade enforcement police have been lauding the discovery of a secret cross-border tunnel for drug transportation in the Fraser Valley as a major blow to the drug trade. Not so, says Neil Boyd, a criminologist and the author of a book on the war against illegal drugs. "The tunnel is not as significant as claimed," says Boyd. "There remain the options of driving, walking and flying across the border at many points between BC and Washington. Nothing has changed as a result of the arrests in this discovery." Boyd believes a strong north-south trade in cannabis, rather than cocaine, would have likely turned the tunnel into an illicit transportation route for pot.

Idea: Proposed bike trail the focus of sustainability study

An alternative transportation trail that will eventually link cyclists and roller bladers from Science World to the New Westminster Quay is the setting for a class of university students learning about the complex decision making that goes into community sustainability projects. The course, Action and Awareness: Focus on Urban Sustainability, is a study of the Central Valley Greenway project. It's being offered through the new Great Northern Way campus and ends July 29. On Wednesday, July 27, from 9-12 noon, the students will give presentations on their studies, including ways to revitalize the water cycle along the greenway and how to create a sense of place with public art. A mobile exhibit and video about the project will also be highlighted.

Members of the media are welcome to attend or follow up with instructor Janet Moore, a post-doctoral researcher at SFU's centre for community development. For more information check /www.learningcity.gnwc.ca