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March 22, 2006

Queen of the North sinks off BC coast

The sinking on March 22 of the BC ferry Queen of the North enroute from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert highlights the need to replace and refit the province’s antiquated coastal ferry fleet, says SFU transportation expert Warren Gill. He can comment on the late-night mishap.

Ethics commissioner rules

The country’s ethics commissioner has cleared Prime Minister Stephen Harper and floor-crossing MP David Emerson of any ethics code violation related to Emerson’s move from the Liberals to a Tory cabinet post. But the ruling did acknowledge the resulting public discontent and a need for further debate. SFU political science professor Patrick Smith can gauge reaction as local constituents continue to rally against their MP’s move.

  • Patrick Smith, 604.291.3088 (o), 604.291.1544 (h),

Paris riots of 1968 recalled

Andrew Feenberg,
Canada Research Chair in SFU’s school of communication, was in Paris during the infamous May 1968 riots, when student protests left the streets awash with posters, newspapers, leaflets and other detritus. At the time he collected as much of this ephemera as he could get his hands on. He’ll talk about his experiences on March 22 at 7:30 p.m. at SFU’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, room 320. (Reserved seating at 604.291.4658)

BC’s future well-being

The future well-being of BC will be at the center of discussion during Imagine BC’s public dialogue, entitled Our Future Well-being: Alternative futures and signs of progress, on March 30 , 11:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at SFU’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. The discussion will feature John Helliwell, a director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research’s (CIAR) social interactions, identity and well-being program. His research focuses on the determinants of well-being at the individual, community and national levels. The event will be broadcast live on CBC Radio’s Almanac show from noon - 2 p.m. This spring, Imagine BC discussions will be extended into other regions of BC The initiative creates opportunities for public dialogue on BC's social, economic and cultural future.

  • Joanna Ashworth, director, dialogue program, 604.268.7883

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