SFU People in the News

May 25, 2012

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 24 to 8:30 a.m. today, Friday May 25.

Open House | Pattullo Bridge | Police | Criminology | Delta | BC Hydro | Shipbuilding


  • Fiona Burrows, assistant director of community relations at SFU, spoke to News1130 about the university’s upcoming Open House.
    "The open house is evidence of our commitment to being Canada’s most community-engaged research university and it will enable members of the public to learn first-hand about our innovative educational programs, exciting research initiatives, and far-reaching community connections,” says Burrows.
    “For more than 110,000 people who have graduated from SFU, our open house is a chance to re-engage with your university family and for all those families who are contemplating enrolling in Simon Fraser University, this is a chance to personally experience the enthusiasm and energy that characterizes our university.”
    She also notes that more than 100 interactive exhibits, displays and presentations showcasing approximately 145 program offerings will be showcased,
    She adds SFU president Andrew Petter and chancellor Carole Taylor will kick off the event.
  • Burnaby Now ran a brief on the Open House.
    “The Burnaby campus will have tons of things on display, like theatre, dancing, music and improv in the atrium in Saywell Hall,” it says. “SFU athletics and recreation staff and student athletes will be on the grassy area, across from Strand Hall, with visitor information and activities. BC Lions player Dean Valli will be there, signing autographs from noon to 1 p.m. The School of Interactive Arts and Technology is bringing high-tech exhibits and activities.”
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  • The New Westminster board of education has unanimously opposed expansion of the Pattullo Bridge.
    Gordon Price, director of SFU’s The City Program, and Anthony Perl, director of SFU Urban Studies will be part of a discussion to figure out what to do with the bridge, reports the New Westminster News Leader.
    The community forum is being set up for Wednesday, June 6, 7 p.m., on the upper floor of River Market. Organizers are seeking a discussion about whether to tear it down or possibly turn it into a pedestrian/bike bridge.
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  • Robert Gordon, director of the school of criminology at SFU, spoke to the Province about recent RCMP news.
    RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson says the case of Donald Ray - who was docked 10 days pay, given a formal reprimand, and demoted one rank from staff sergeant to sergeant for sexual misconduct  - underscores a need to revamp the force's disciplinary system. He adds that the force is pursuing legislative changes to make that happen.
    Gordon says Paulson is sending a zero-tolerance message.
    "This is laudable, but he has a very difficult road ahead as he tries to move swiftly and decisively from words to action," said Gordon, who called Ray's punishment "remarkably lenient."
    "The RCMP is still in a lot of trouble and suffering from a legitimization crisis in the eyes of the public."
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  • As reported by the Billings Gazette, SFU criminologist Gail Anderson was a featured trainer at the Wildlife Field Forensics Seminar held in the Seeley Lake area last week.
    Anderson had her students use maggots to investigate a wolf corpse, but the maggots abandoned the carcass.
    The maggots moved up to 30 feet away from the corpse to lay new eggs, and Anderson noted the importance of gathering them.
    “It only takes 10 or 15 minutes to collect these,” says Anderson.
    “But it can make all the difference in court.”
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  • At a public information meeting in Delta last Tuesday, Gordon Price, director of The City Program at SFU, said decisions that could dramatically alter Delta's landscape shouldn't be done behind the scenes or in isolation.
    In a follow-up interview with the Delta Optimist, Price says the municipality and others must be allowed to be part of the decision-making process, having open conversations about future needs, and the best land uses.
    "There well may be some cases where trade-offs have to occur. . . . Delta doesn't get to make these decisions on its own. You have to consider options, that's what planning is all about," Price says.
    "You look at your resources, you project to the future, you look at the directions you can take, weigh the pluses and minuses, you have an open process, you involve as many people as reasonably should be stakeholders as you can, and then someone has to make a political decision."
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  • Political science professor Marjorie Griffin Cohen continued her busy week in the news, appearing in a article about the divide in MLA opinions regarding the BC Hydro rate increases.
    The article quoted Griffin’s website, where she says government policy has pushed the organization into expensive purchases, "causing an escalation of BC Hydro's debt," forcing their hand.
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  • Business professor Aidan Vining and public policy professor Doug McArthur were both in a Globe and Mail feature on the politics of shipbuilding, be it commercial or naval.McArthur recalls his time as former premier Glen Clark’s deputy minister, when the Fast Cat ferries were being developed.
    No West Coast shipyard was capable of constructing the ferries, so the government decided to recruit almost every yard in the region to build the ship in components.
    McArthur says this model "internalized control," though it "internalized risk."
    Vining, however, talks about the political aspects of shipbuilding.
    More specifically, he comments on how governments can use expensive shipbuilding projects as grounds for “political showboating.”
    He adds: "Normally, the government wants to take political credit for job creation in the regions . . . Normally, the 'winners' in these ‘tournaments’ are very happy while the 'losers' are highly dispersed."
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