Program Guide

SFU Ideas & Issues

Wednesday 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Stories with SFU flavour

Stories, research and events from the Simon Fraser University campuses and surrounding communities.

Upcoming Highlights

Health Matters; SFU Club Spotlight

May 26 12p - Back Pain, Asian Club Spotlight
Today we have another Club Spotlight, where we highlight a club or collection of clubs at SFU. This time, we highlight Clubs Days and Asian Heritage month at once: we talked to clubs with an Asian connection who were tabling at SFU Burnaby the afternoon of May 21.

Plus Health Matters is back!
Haaris Mahmood brings back this regular segment of a health story that connects with students and more. This week we talk about back pain - all the sitting students and many modern workers do, back pain is a big part of our lives. There's new research that shows that while we can reduce this issue, humans are actually predisposed to back pain - blame the chimp! Conclusion? The one strap is out!

Today's Health Matters Meditation is brought to you by the sound of rain.

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Yes to Transit: An SFU Rally and a Radio Drama

two productions from SFU Students support the Yes Transit Referendum
Part 1: excerpts and interviews from the April 2015 rally from SFU Geography students and Sustainable SFU.

Part 2: from Semester in Dialogue SFU Spring 2015, a radio drama: the Magic School Bus Breaks Down! with intro from Maggie Poirier.

Peak Speak; South Asian Women Against Violence Against Women

Weds 12p: Exploring voices from the Campuses & People of SFU
It's Peak Speak Week! Jamal Dumas talks UPasses becoming Compass Cards and SFU students’ smart paper towel dispenser wins sustainability award.

Then, May is Asian Heritage Month!

Neelam Gandevia presents excerpts from Breaking the Silence Dec 5th, from South Asian Women Against Violence Against Women, founded by SFU Alum Sunny Mangat…e-against-women/…allery/813949/

this program premiered IWD March 8, 2015
Listen to Sunny talk about her projects on IntraVenus (Weds 4p)

The Trottier Observatory

Howard Trottier, SFU Physics, live in studio
listen in on the opening ceremony (April 17, 2015) of the Trottier Observatory. Then Prof Howard Trottier talks about the observatory and the power of astronomy and science. He's joined by Matthew Cimone, SFU Resident Life Advisor and filmmaker of Chasing Atlantis. (for more info)

The Observatory is an integral part of the Trottier Studio for Innovative Science Education. The studio provides a home to more than 20 free Faculty of Science programs for school-aged children and youth, while the Observatory is a hub for the Starry Nights @ SFU outreach program, the SFU Astronomy Club and SFU astronomy classes.
The total cost for both facilities is $5.1 M
The Trottier Family Foundation contributed $2.7 M of the total cost
Huge starry walls feature large illuminated charts of stars as they are seen throughout the year
A concrete plinth describes cosmic structures from below an atom’s nucleus to beyond the cosmic horizon. Colored lights built into the plinth depict the spectra of six elements important to life, including hydrogen and helium
The equatorial sundial was created by students from BCIT’s Mechanical Technology (Manufacturing option) program, along with donations from the SFU Department of Mathematics and the North American Sundial Association. The sundial shows local clock time as well as sun time. Sun time is the sun’s position relative to the horizon, which means it does not recognize time zones or standard time/daylight time changeovers.
The 0.7-meter telescope is housed in a six-meter-diameter dome, with a state-of-the-art control system, an advanced camera, and stunning wide-field views through the eyepiece.


SFU's Press Release:

Thanks to a $2.7M gift from the Trottier Family Foundation, SFU will enable local astronomers and stargazers to engage the universe

The Trottier Studio for Innovative Science Education, which opened at the Burnaby campus in spring 2014, is a state-of-the-art learning space for the thousands of children and youth who attend free science workshops.

The Trottier Observatory and Science Courtyard features a six-meter-diameter dome housing a 0.7-metre-diameter reflector telescope capable of tracking distant galaxies billions of years old.

The telescope, which is among the largest in the province, delivers a digital feed that community groups and schools across Canada can remotely access and deploy. The viewing plaza and courtyard will feature illuminated star charts, areas to set up personal telescopes and a sundial built by BCIT students.

Both initiatives will strengthen SFU’s commitment to being Canada’s most community-engaged research university.

SFU Works - Labour Rights

Workers Memorial day - Apr 28, MayDay - May 1
We look at labour at SFU!

April 28 was Workers Memorial Day and the TSSU has a message for you, plus an update on their labour action.

MayDay is on Friday, May 1. What does that mean?
We look at related events like:
the Media Works Project that CJSF and SFU participated in.
MayWorks Arts Festival

Against Intellectual Property - David K. Levine

from the SFU I&I archives (Oct 2009)
David K. Levine is John H. Biggs Distinguished Professor of Economics at Washington University in St. Louis. His ongoing research in general equilibrium theory focuses on growth theory, innovation, and intellectual property. He blogs about copyright issues at

He spoke on "intellectual property" as a propaganda term at SFU Vancouver in March 2009.

Copyrights and patents have come to be called "intellectual property",a phrase which suggests that they are much akin to ordinary property. They are not: they are a government grant of monopoly power. The argument in favour of intellectual property must then be that these monopolies provide important offsetting incentives for innovation and creation.
However, all the available evidence suggests that patents and copyrights are a failure, and inhibit innovation and creativity at least as much they encourage it.

In this lively and entertaining lecture, Dr. David Levine documents the history of intellectual property, arguing that the best strategy for stimulating creativity in 21st century society is to eliminate copyrights and patents entirely.

Taxi Disruption!

an SFU City Conversation on Jan 15, 2015
In this City Conversation presenters and attendees talk about how new taxi-style services like Uber and Lyft disrupt traditional taxi and transit:
- the masters thesis by Ben Proctor, SFU that's mentioned can be found here
- benefits of taxi services as part of public transit service
- user experience re: taxi safety, reliability, cost
- privacy and safety issues with private drivers
- the accessibility of holding a taxi licensing (which is not the same as being a driver) in terms of cost and availability
- how the taxi system interacts with political system, for example with restrictions on numbers of taxis operating
- how freelance taxi services like Uber or Lyft address, mimic or miss what taxis do or do not provide

From the City Conversation event page: The taxi industry in Vancouver (and cities around the world) have operated under similar rules for decades. Those regulations provide stability, but leave many customers dissatisfied. Companies with new technology are disrupting the industry, making city regulators and the establishment angry, but often attracting new customers. While Uber and its aggressive tactics got the headlines as Vancouver booted them out, there are other kinder and gentler challengers. What do these challenges mean for taxi riders, drivers, the industry and cities?

To describe these changes and what they might bring, our presenters are columnist and former city councilor Peter Ladner; and Mohan Singh, President of the B.C. Taxi Association.

Peak Speak; Affordable Housing at SFU

live & from the archives
The debut the first edition of the biweekly segment, Peak Speak on CJSF - headlines from The Peak (SFU)!

Plus Gurpreet Kambo updates us on the Louis Riel House evictions.

In the second half, from the archives we hear an interview with Peter Ladner, Associate Fellow at the SFU Centre for Dialogue on housing, about his past project Homes Now!

Peter Ladner is a Dialogue Associate of the SFU Centre for Dialogue. His book The Urban Food Revolution: Changing the Way We Feed Cities, was published by New Society Publishers in fall, 2011, following a two-year Fellowship at the SFU Centre for Dialogue on Planning Cities as if Food Matters. He is a former Vancouver City Councillor, Metro Vancouver director, and publisher of Business in Vancouver newspaper, where he writes a weekly column. Twitter @pladner

Wedny Sarkissian - Kitchen Table Sustainability

from the CJSF Archives
In February of 2009, Wendy Sarkissian talked about Kitchen Table Sustainability as Community Engagement at SFU Harbour Centre.

Kitchen table sustainability: Practical recipes for community engagement with sustainability identifies 12 “ingredients” that help promote inclusive community engagement.

SFU Brews; Shiraz Ramji

a new brewmaster certificate; SFU Poetry
Neelam Gandeiva, our SFU Surrey Liaison, reports from the launch of SFU's Brewing Certificate.

Plus in a CJSF archive interview, Carly from Folk The Man talks to Shiraz Ramji, SFU poet. Shiraz is a fixture at social justice and writing events around SFU Burnaby and Vancouver. He always has a smile and maybe even a poem to give away.

Listen to another CJSF interview with KP!

Daphne Marlatt - Poetry, Feminism and more

by Beyan Farshi and Madeline Schmidt
Daphne Marlatt spoke at SFU Library on February 19. CJSF producers Beyan Farshi (Talking Life in Literature Weds 10a) and Madeline Schmidt caught up with Daphne at a coffee shop to talk about her poetry, feminism and nature.

Daphne Marlatt was born in Australia and immigrated to Vancouver as a child. She studied English and writing at U.B.C. (B.A. 1964), where she was a member of the TISH group of young writers that included Fred Wah, Frank Davey, and George Bowering. She is known best as a poet but has also published works of fiction, criticism and oral history, and has worked extensively as an editor and a teacher. In 2004 she became writer-in-residence at S.F.U., the first in three decades to hold this post. She was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2006, and in 2009 was awarded the Dorothy Livesay Prize for Poetry for her long poem, The Given. In 2012 she received the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award. Her recent work includes The Gull, the first Canadian play staged in the tradition of the Noh theatre. The play won the Uchamura Naoya Prize in 2008.

Political Action on SFU Campus

Gurpreet Kambo and Maegan Thomas host
Today we look at the many ways the SFU Burnaby campus is a hotbed of political action.

Election Officer Oscar talks SFSS Board Elections March 24-26

Teaching Support Staff Union Chief Steward Regan announces strike vote March 24-26 and tells us about the issues the TSSU is facing and what a strike might mean.

Louis Riel House Resistence - Mai and Teresa are part of the fight to stay at Louis Riel House after their notice of eviction. They talk about their love of the community there. the health and maintenance issues they are fighting for, and how SFU has been handling the situation (spoiler alert: not well).

Freedom to Read Week; Campus Activism Updates

live in studio
This week we chat with:
Holly Hendrigan about Freedom to Read Week at SFU
Steven Galloway, Freedom to Read Guest

Nathan Trudeau with a discussion of last week's transactivism, the SHIT IN

CJSF members Madeline and Gurpreet talk about the current status of Louis Riel House expulsion

African Student Association

Munatsi (Pres) and Ruramai (VP) guest
Munatsi Mavhima (Pres) and Ruramai Munyanyi (VP) of the African Student Association talk about upcoming events, issues for the African Diaspora on campus, racism and some of the things they discuss at the ASA.

Their free conference happens Feb 25/26, check out the info here:

Featuring music from the African Diaspora:
Aby Ngana
Ten Cities

Wayde Compton, a poet and more

a reading at SFU Special Collections, a conversation with Obediya Jones-Darrell
Obediya Jones-Darrell speaks to poet, author, organizer and SFU Creative Writing Program Director Wayde Compton after his reading at SFU special collections Feb 4, 2015.

Wayde Compton is the author of 49th Parallel Psalm, a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize; Performance Bond; After Canaan: Essays on Race Writing and Region, which was nominated for a City of Vancouver Book Award; and The Outer Harbour: Stories. He also edited the anthology Bluesprint: Black British Columbian Literature and Orature. He is a co-founder of the Hogan’s Alley Memorial Project, an organization that has collaborated on multiple projects intent on preserving the public memory of Vancouver’s original black community. Compton is the program director of Creative Writing in Continuing Studies at Simon Fraser University.

Dr Afua Cooper

from the archives, Dr Cooper speaks on BC's Black History
CJSF Talkie Jennifer interviews Dr Cooper before her 2009 talk at the SFU Teck gallery about BC's Black History, and her historic and poetic writing.

Dr. Afua Cooper is an historian and writer held the SFU Ruth Wynn Woodward Chair 2008 - 2009, and currently holds the James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies at Dalhousie.

Dr Cooper holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in the history of the African Diaspora with specialties in Black Canadian history. Dr. Cooper’s research on Black Canadian history has made her a leading authority in the field. History was made in Vancouver, when scholars and community activists from various parts of Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom formed the Black Canadian Studies Association (BCSA). The formation of the BCSA was the outcome of a very successful three-day workshop. The BSCA aims to create a common forum for scholars and activists from the various Black communities to study, research and share ideas to advance the interest and understanding of Black Canada and the Diaspora. Workshop organizer, Dr. Afua Cooper was elected interim Chair.

Her co-authored publication We’re Rooted Here and They Can’t Pull Us Up: Essays in African Canadian Women’s History won the Joseph Brant Award for the best history book. Her ground-breaking book on Canadian slavery, The Hanging of Angelique: The Untold Story of Slavery in Canada and the Burning of Old Montreal was nominated for the Governor General’s Award. Dr. Cooper has curated exhibits on African Canadian history and culture, and the transatlantic slave trade for all three levels of governments. She is the recipient of the Harry Jerome Award for Professional Excellence, and the Planet Africa Renaissance Award.

Afua is also an accomplished poet and novelist. She has published five books of poetry, including the critically acclaimed Copper Woman and Other Poems, and two historical novels. Her work in the creative arts has been recognized with the Premier of Ontario Award for Excellence in the Arts, and the Red Maple Fiction Award.

Featured poetry:

Gender & Gaming; Sustainability Week

two SFU Conversations
Having recently had a great talk about women & nerd culture with a feminist academic, gaming is on my mind.

So from the CJSF archives is a convo from the archives about Gender & Gaming, plus a talk from Sustainable Opportunities week 2013. - Maegan, CJSF talk coord

Occupy Socialism

Ingo Schmidt at SFU Harbour Centre
Ingo Schmidt is an economist, a writer, and a labour educator. He is the Coordinator of the Labour Studies Program at Athabasca University.

originally aired in 2012, this is the 2012 Peace Forum Teach In.

SFSS Special General Meeting

student update on SGM Jan 21, 1:30pm
SFSS VP Student Services talks about agenda for Special General Meeting, and responds to questions/concerns about AGM and Build SFU.

No to Build SFU tell CJSF about their concerns about the Build SFU project, whose funding loan will be put to vote on Jan 21.

SFU & the DTES

an ARX project from Andrea Creamer (2011)
An Action Research Exchange project on SFU (Woodwards) and the DTES from Andrea Creamer, who now works with SFU Community Engagement. re-aired Jan 6, 2015, originally aired in 2011.

For more on Andrea and ARX, read here:…/AndreaCreamer.html

[excerpt] In her 3rd year at SFU, Creamer opted to participate in an action research exchange, or ARX, in lieu of writing a paper for one of her upper division classes. Through her ARX, Creamer explored the level and nature of engagement that exists between students, studying at the SFU Woodward’s campus, and the Downtown Eastside community. She was particularly interested in exploring whether students who come and go to school downtown have distinct roles and responsibilities owing to the community around them (spoiler: she says they do!). Her project culminated with a one hour spoken word program that aired on CJSF Radio.

It was her ARX that lead Creamer to the Vancity Office of Community Engagement at SFU Woodward’s. Feeling a responsibility and desire to build more connections with the DTES community, Creamer began volunteering on a number of projects....

go2gether + the Business of Doing Good

an SFU Alumni interview and talk highlighting socially conscious business
aired originally Summer 2014, CJSF speaks to SFU alum Alice Park about go2gether, the rideshare program she founded after being inspired by SFU/RADIUS instructor Shawn Smith.

Then stick around for remarks from SFU Alumni Event "The Business of Doing Good" featuring SFU alumni Wes Regan (HastingsXBIA), Denis Taschereaug (FairWare) and Shawn Smith (RADIUS).…-app-go2gether.html…-aaggm-may2014.html

Phinder Dulai & Renée Saklikar: Tragedy, Truth & Resonance

Readings at SFU Special Collections (Oct 9 2014)
Dulai and Saklikar speak to their recent works - narrative and poetic - centered on IndoCanadian history, witnessing, archiving and resonating accounts of trauma. SFU Special Collections plays a feature role as a resource and space of discovery for both authors.

Renée Sarojini Saklikar is a mentor and instructor for Simon Fraser University’s writing and publishing program, Renée is the cofounder of a new poetry reading series, Lunch Poems at SFU. She writes thecanadaproject, a life-long poem chronicle that includes poetry, fiction, and essays. Published work appears in journals, anthologies, and newspapers, including, ti-TCR / a web folio (The Capilano Review), Literary Review of Canada, The Vancouver Review, Geist, Arc Poetry Magazine and many more. The first completed book from thecanadaproject is Children of air india, un/ authorized exhibits and interjections (Nightwood Editions, 2013), winner of the 2014 Canadian Authors Literary Award for poetry and a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Award.

Phinder Dulai is the Surrey-based author of dream/arteries (Talonbooks, Fall 2014) and two previous books of poetry: Ragas from the Periphery (Arsenal Pulp, 1995) and Basmati Brown (Nightwood, 2000). His most recent work has been published in Canadian Literature and Cue Books Anthology; earlier work has appeared in numerous other Canadian magazines. Dulai is a cofounder of the Surrey-based interdisciplinary contemporary arts group The South of Fraser Inter Arts Collective (SOFIA/c).

Fearless City

The politics of fear.
Communications PhD Fiona Jeffries of Simon Fraser University's Centre for Policy Studies on Communities and Culture. She gave a talk titled Fearless City, about the politics of fear and public resistance to fear, at SFU Harbour Centre Oct 16, 2012.

SFU Ideas & Issues airs every Wednesday from 12-1pm on CJSF 90.1 FM.

Indigenous Land Rights

Burnaby Mountain Resistance; UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Focusing on Indigenous Land Rights as Human Rights, in the first half of this hour we hear voices from the resistance of the Kinder Morgan TransMountain Pipeline Project. Features excerpts from the Nov 14 rally at SFU Burnaby: First Nations Student Association (Michael Vay), Kat Norris, Burnaby Mountain Caretakers (Mia Nissen, Adam Gold), and music from Lucas O'Connell's Wet Moccasin Moondance. For more from CJSF on this, check out our SoundCloud:

In the second half hour, activist and student of justice and indigenous rights Clay Gray speaks live with Prof Ted Palys ( about UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People's including the implications of the language and non binding quality of the Declaration, the status of Indigenous People's under the law in Canada, and the fact that Canada was the last to ratify the 2007 Declaration in 2010.

CJSF broadcasts on Unceded Coast Salish Airwaves.
For our Int'l Human Rights Day schedule and archives, visit

Feminist Response to Rape on Campus

Roundtable presented by Vancouver Rape Relief Nov 2013
While this discussion was sparked by incidents at University of British Columbia, rape culture is an issue at campuses around the country, making this very much an SFU issue.

SFU's Women's Centre or Out on Campus can provide resources if you feel unsafe, have been assaulted and/or wish to take a stand against potential violence on campus.

See also this IntraVenus discussion on rape culture from CFUV, the community radio station at University of Victoria.