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November 16, 2005
Voter turnout could influence civic contests

A good voter turnout in the Nov. 19 civic elections could be good news for Vancouver/COPE and the Surrey Civic Coalition in each of those hotly contested mayoralty races, says SFU political scientist Kennedy Stewart. Advanced poll numbers have been high, indicating a higher than average turnout in both cities is likely, he notes. Stewart will be keeping a close eye on both races. Meanwhile SFU political scientist Patrick Smith, who specializes in municipal politics, can assess election outcomes, while Kathleen Cross, a PhD student in SFU's school of communication, is researching media coverage of elections.

Kennedy Stewart, 604-268-7913, kennedys@sfu.ca
Patrick Smith, 604-291-1544 (home); psmith@sfu.ca
Kathleen Cross, 604-251-7697; kacross@sfu.ca

Federal election: sooner or later?

Additional tax relief was at the core of what experts are calling a pre-election budget, unveiled by the federal government after a weekend ultimatum was delivered to Prime Minister Paul Martin by the three opposition parties. They want him to call an election in early January or face defeat in a confidence motion that could come as early as next week. “I expect that the Liberals will hang tough and refuse to heed the motion of the three opposition parties to advance the election date,” says Doug McArthur of SFU's public policy program. But the opposition parties can't back off now, he adds. “So it will all come down to how many people are 'sick' on the day of the non-confidence vote,” he predicts. If not enough MP's show up to vote against the government, however, he says it will hurt the opposition parties in the election when it comes.

Meanwhile two SFU business professors and political analysts, Gary Mauser and Lindsay Meredith, are following the story. Mauser notes that the Liberals under Martin are refusing to do what the Progressive Conservatives did under Joe Clark. “His government was defeated in early December 1979, but, as a courtesy to the Canadian public, he agreed to hold off the election until the following year,” he says.

Doug McArthur, 604-291-5208; doug_mcarthur@sfu.ca
Gary Mauser, 604-291-3652; mauser@sfu.ca
Lindsay Meredith, 604-291-5554; lindsay_meredith@sfu.ca

Could our fisheries drive some species to extinction?

Canada's traditional fisheries management policies have been based in part on concerns that over-exploited fisheries would produce low yields. But there is now growing concern that over-fishing some species could actually lead to their biological extinction. So how can we bridge the gap between traditional management concerns and new attempts to assess the risk of extinction of some fish species? That's one of the questions SFU biologist John Reynolds will address during his lecture Fisheries and extinction risk: insights from the fundamentals of fish ecology on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7:00 p.m. at SFU Vancouver, room 7000. The free lecture is part of SFU's Speaking of Science lecture series. For more information or reservations phone 604-291-5100 or go online to www.sfu.ca/cstudies/science/science.htm.

John Reynolds, 604-291-5636; reynolds@sfu.ca