SFU People in the News
Media Matters, a report on Simon Fraser University in the news, is compiled and distributed by SFU Public Affairs & Media Relations (PAMR).
This edition is a daily roundup that lists the main items of known media coverage from 8:30 a.m. Thursday May 17 to 8:30 a.m. today, Friday May 18.
- Thomas Gunton, director of the resource and environmental planning program at SFU, wrote a letter to the editor of the Victoria Times Colonist criticizing the BC government’s stance on the Enbridge pipeline.
“[An] editorial criticized the BC government for not taking a position on Enbridge [regarding the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project],” he writes.
“The B.C. government in turn criticizes the NDP for taking a position before the evidence is in and the hearing process complete.
“[However,] the position of the BC government is based on a serious misunderstanding of how the review process works.
“The failure of the B.C. government to provide evidence means that the decision on one of the largest projects in B.C. history will be based on an insufficient scientific understanding of the impacts on B.C.
“This . . . has seriously jeopardized the interests of all British Columbians,” he concludes.
- Public policy professor Doug McArthur was featured in a Georgia Straight article about the relationship between the tar sands and economic woes.
“This is distorting our economy,” he says. “As long as this situation remains (where tar sand developments are driving up the value of the dollar and harming the manufacturing sector), we’ll face the Dutch-disease problem. The manufacturing sector was essentially destroyed by high gas prices in the 1980s.
“By the time…the richness of these resources began to decline, they had no sector left to make the kind of investments that are needed. And they ended up being a de-industrialized economy.”
- SFU student Japreet Lehal wrote an opinions piece for the Surrey Leader, saying there are no ‘useless’ majors. His article was in response to a recent article Daily Beast article that ranked the 13 most ‘useless’ post-secondary majors.
“In the article, rankings were mainly based on the employment rate, earnings and projected growth,” wrote Lehal.
“Details aside, what really annoyed me was the fact that these majors were listed as ‘useless.’
“Yes, graduates with some specific majors have faced bleak employment prospects over the years. But does this give anyone, especially a popular news outlet, the right to group 13 majors under the umbrella of ‘useless?’”
Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/bVlmIn
- Facebook is going public, but some are wondering if it’s worth the investment. Communications professor Peter Chow-White spoke to The Vancouver Sun on the matter, though he doesn’t see Facebook depreciating any time soon.
“Is this bubble popping? I don’t see any sign of it slowing down, not in Facebook’s case,” says Chow-White.
“One way to think about it—to beat Facebook all you have to do is come up with a billion users. When that happens, if you’re Facebook, then there’s probably something to worry about.”
- May 26 marks the 90th anniversary of the unveiling of the Stanley Park memorial to poet and First Nations advocate Pauline Johnson, and English professor Carole Gerson spoke about her legacy.
Johnson reached across complex cultural divides in the early history of Vancouver, says Gerson in the Vancouver Courier article.
"She was given the role of a First Nations champion," she says. "There were very few highly educated, articulate, visible First Nations social figures at the time—especially female."
“When she died, the day of her funeral was declared a civic holiday, and there are photos of thousands of people watching her funeral procession.
"That didn't happen very often in Vancouver.”
Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/llqsVF
- Angell Lu-Lebel, a third-year kinesiology student who will be running in the Rick Hansen Man in Motion World Tour, was featured in a Surrey Now article.
Lu-Lebel, who is blind, will be running with her guide dog Kobe.
She says she wants to take part to advocate for those with disabilities.
"I have a disability. Raising awareness helps people understand better," she says.
"Misunderstandings can cause awkward situations."
"To me, it's not about overcoming my disability, because I haven't known any other way. It's more about helping people around to understand it.”
The relay retraces the Canadian segment of Hansen’s original tour, and over 7,000 Canadians will be participating.
Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/uDKanT
- SFU Clan football alumnus Jerod Zaleski, who signed a two-year contract with the Montreal Alouettes last week, will head to Montreal at end of this month for the club's rookie camp, reports Kelowna Capital News.
If all goes to plan, Zaleski will be on the roster for the Alouettes' first exhibition game June 14 against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
"I still get a bit giddy when I think about it, but I know I have to keep it all in perspective and stay grounded," Zaleski said. "I still have to go down there and make the team, I know nothing's going to be given to me. I'm excited to give it my best shot and see what happens."
Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/jngaEn
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