Issues and Experts 2023

  • May 05, 2023
    B.C. communities facing floods & mudslides – SFU experts available
    Warnings and advisories have been issued by the B.C. River Forecast Centre for communities in the B.C. Interior that are at risk of or are already experiencing flooding.
  • May 02, 2023
    Coronation of King Charles III – SFU experts available
    With the coronation of King Charles III is set to take place Saturday, May 6 at Westminster Abbey, Simon Fraser University experts are available to discuss the historic event as well as Canada’s ongoing connection to the monarchy.
  • April 27, 2023
    SFU experts on B.C.’s policing decision for Surrey
  • April 19, 2023
    Earth Day 2023 – SFU experts available
    Earth Day (April 22) is celebrated annually by more than one billion people. This year’s theme “Invest in our Planet” emphasizes the importance of engaging governments, institutions, businesses and citizens in maintaining a healthy environment.
  • April 14, 2023
    7th anniversary of B.C. toxic drug crisis - SFU experts available
    Today (April 14th) marks the 7th anniversary of B.C. declaring a public health emergency over the toxic drug crisis. Experts from Simon Fraser University are available to provide insight on the following:
  • April 06, 2023
    Weighing in on wellness as WHO marks 75 years: SFU experts on World Health Day
  • March 27, 2023
    Federal budget 2023: SFU experts available
    The federal government is set to unveil its 2023 budget on Tuesday, March 28. The budget comes after an economically unsteady year that saw many Canadians endure surging interest rates and rising levels of inflation and household debt. The following SFU experts are available to comment on issues related to budget priorities:
  • March 21, 2023
    Preserving water in a changing world—SFU experts on World Water Day
    World Water Day (March 22) celebrates water and raises awareness about the two billion people globally who live without access to safe water. This year's focus is on accelerating change to solve the water and sanitation crisis. In a United Nations report on drinking-water published last March, emerging contaminates of public concern include pharmaceuticals, pesticides, per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) and microplastics. SFU experts are available to speak on a range of issues related to safe water access and the impacts of pollutants and climate change on safe water supplies.
  • March 20, 2023
    Future warming outlined in latest climate change report – SFU experts available
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released its latest report and Simon Fraser University experts are available to comment on the findings and actions required to address the climate crisis.
  • March 07, 2023
    International Women’s Day – SFU experts available
    March 8th is International Women’s Day, which celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women while acknowledging that progress needs to continue on the existing issues facing women around the world. SFU experts are available to speak to the various issues and the ongoing work to create a more fair and just society for all.
  • February 28, 2023
    B.C. budget 2023: SFU experts available
    The B.C. government will unveil its 2023 provincial budget today. Experts with Simon Fraser University are available to discuss various budget-related topics such as affordability, housing and health care.
  • February 15, 2023
    First anniversary of the war in Ukraine - SFU experts available
  • February 08, 2023
    The latest on love—SFU experts on Valentine’s Day
    Reading a partner’s facial expressions may seem straightforward, but a new study finds we may be overestimating our ability to remember negative facial expressions, and hindsight bias —the ability to convince ourselves when looking back that we knew something all along—may be to blame.
  • February 07, 2023
    Health-care funding in Canada - SFU experts available
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with premiers today in Ottawa in an attempt to finalize a health-care funding agreement with provinces. Provinces have been lobbying the federal government to increase its share of health-care funding for months as both sides have debated and challenged each other to improve health-care outcomes more efficiently.
  • February 06, 2023
    Turkey and Syria earthquake - SFU experts available
    Thousands are feared dead after a major 7.8-magnitude earthquake and a series of aftershocks struck Turkey and Syria. Simon Fraser University experts are available to speak to media about this event, continued risk of aftershocks, recovery efforts, earthquakes in general and also British Columbia’s vulnerability and preparedness to earthquakes.
  • January 31, 2023
    Drug decriminalization in B.C. - SFU experts available
    Starting today, British Columbia begins a three-year pilot project that decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of drugs such as opioids, cocaine, methamphetamine and MDMA. Health Canada granted the province an exemption under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to decriminalize people who use drugs. SFU experts are available to comment on the decriminalization and its impacts.
  • January 10, 2023
    Avalanche risk & winter conditions – SFU experts available
    Experts from Simon Fraser University are available to comment on current winter conditions following a devastating avalanche in southeastern B.C.