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George Bush, homophobia, child obesity - Issues and Experts

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November 24, 2004
Bush to visit Canada….US President Geroge W. Bush is showing a willingness to renew relations with his northern neighbour by visiting Canada at the end of November, says SFU political science professor Alexander Moens, author of The Foreign Policy of George W. Bush: Values, Strategy and Loyalty -- which hits bookstores next week. “As Canadians we need to deal with President Bush and his Republican Party in a courteous, respectful manner -- or we will suffer the consequences,” he says. Moens is following recent changes in Bush's administration and can provide analysis during his visit to Canada.

Schoolyards reflect societal views on homophobia…Gerald Walton is following closely a B.C. Human Rights Tribunal hearing that could make school boards more mindful of how they conduct public meetings. A research grants facilitator in the faculty of education at SFU, Walton is researching how schools deal with homophobic bullying for his doctorate in education at Queen's University. He sees a connection between what has led parents to accuse the Surrey School Board of discriminatory behaviour and what makes homophobic bullying the most prevalent form of bullying in schools. The case before the tribunal involves two parents, a lesbian couple, who suggest the school board failed to address discrimination, when other parents allegedly peppered them with homophobic comments, at public meetings held to address the use of books for primary-aged school children that depict same-sex relationships.

Tackling the obesity problem among youth…Child obesity is a problem that is more widespread than parents or their children realize, according to an internal Health Canada report obtained by the media. It notes that the obesity problem is underestimated and that more emphasis is being placed on exercise than healthy eating. SFU kinesiology professor Diane Finegood is leading a national study on obesity and can look at the extent of the problem and the steps researchers are taking to track it.

Firsts for UniverCity…The first residents are in and the first businesses are open. The initial phase of UniverCity, the new community at SFU is quickly taking shape. To mark the firsts, SFU President Michael Stevenson and UniverCity President Michael Geller will share a coffee break -- after they officially open the Renaissance Coffee Café in the new Cornerstone building on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 8:45 a.m. More than 100 of the building's 115 apartment units have been leased in the mixed-use building and potential businesses to come include everything from a butcher to a pub. The firsts follow nine years of planning and construction. Geller can bring the progress up to date.