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Issues & Experts >  Issues & Experts Archive > Week of September 4 -11, 2003

Week of September 4 -11, 2003

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Sep 03, 2003
The risky business of balancing rights…Vancouver Police and Kamloops RCMP finally got their man, but not before he had allegedly raped five women, stolen an SUV and held up a bank, brandishing a gun. The alleged crime spree of Charles Robert Jamieson over the last week has BC's solicitor general wondering why neighbours of the half -way house where Jamieson was living were not warned of his past criminal record. Jamieson had previously been convicted of violent and sexual assaults and was on parole for a property crime. SFU criminologist David MacAlister can offer some enlightening information on the rules and regulations which mandate that corrections officials’ balance protecting the rights of offenders and their potential future victims. "The difficulty resides in identifying the truly dangerous and singling them out for special treatment, something which mental health experts have not yet perfected, although they have come a long way with actuarial risk assessments," offers MacAlister.

Managing educational crises…While kids and teachers get a break from the stress of school, during the summer, school administrators are perpetually accountable. They are constantly measured on their ability to overcome educational challenges, such as improving the academic performance of disadvantaged minority groups in multi-cultural settings. SFU’s new dean of education Paul Shaker has a wealth of experience and a proven track record in this area. He can talk about his success in California and desire to see SFU play a more prominent role in helping Lower Mainland inner city schools conquer educational challenges.

Unsung school heroes…They work quietly in the background, helping students to overcome social and academic roadblocks and guiding them toward productive careers. School counsellors are integral to student success, and yet their role is often overlooked or misunderstood by parents and students themselves. Education professor David Paterson can offer insight into the most urgent issues facing school counsellors today, and how students and parents can work more effectively with them.