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SFU Ideas & Issues

Wednesday 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Josephine Okunubi, Josephine Fehintola Okunubi, Josephine Fehintola Okunubi
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Stories, research and events from Simon Fraser University students, experts and campuses.

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Reading Break & Black History Month

Josephine hosts with guests Frieda and Kassie, SFU Students
Today on the show, Josephine speaks to two awesome SFU students Frieda (Cmns) and Kassie (Business) about reading break at SFU, including their plans and how they turned out, and how time off effects students and mental health. Plus, they discuss the potential of a fall reading break.

Then Josephine, Frieda and Kassie talk about the question: “Where are you from?” which is also an event at the Calabash, Feb 11 2016.

As written on the official Facebook event page,
“Where are you from?” is a common question that resonates within the Black Community here in Vancouver. It is usually the first question in a ceaseless line of inquiry to get the respondent to tell the inquirer, where they are “from-from”? This experience would seem harmless in many ways, but is often in a context where many individuals are left marginalized and feeling like outsiders.

Putting together a unique project that responds this narrative by asking "How does this question make you feel?" are two awesome artists: Floyd Sandiford ( and Shahanah Shivji ( They will be capturing the stories of 40 members of the Black community in the Greater Vancouver Area in pictures, as well as expressing the diversity of the community in paint.”

Finally, we hear an excerpt from a reading by Vancouver poet Wayde Compton at SFU Special Collections.

The Tartan from SFU's the Peak

Volume 2 - poetry, and more
hosted by Josephine Okunubi, PA assistant and SFU workstudy!

Josephine attended UBC African Awareness Initiative's annual conference, about two weeks ago, the week of January 18th. UBCAAI had incredible speakers and performers share poetry, music, dance and words. We feature Mwango Moriaga's spoken word piece called Indaba, and music from ASA.

Rachel Wong tells us about her participation in Defeat Depression:

Editors and contributors from the second edition of the Tartan come by the studio to read from the latest issue! Thank you to Austin, Amneet, Rachel, Stephanie, and Iker.

Burnaby Mountain After One Year; and, What's Medical School Really Like?

Commemoration by Tsleil‐Waututh Sacred Trust; Health Matters: the Medical School Episode
We interview attendees from the Burnaby Mountain Resistance One Year anniversary celebration (Nov 22, 2015) to give a sense of why students and activists are joining indigenous leaders to resist Kinder Morgan's Burnaby TransMountain Pipeline.

The event was presented by the Tsleil‐Waututh Sacred Trust, Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, and many allied organisations, on Nov 22, 2015 at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre. For more on the Kinder Morgan project, check in with Community Forum January 28, 2015 4pm.

Then, Haaris Mahmood talks to Medical School students and applicants to see what it really takes.

African History & SFU; Int'L Festival; SFU Dance Marathon

Upcoming Events - Jan 21, Jan 22 and Feb 20! plus Trevor Boddy on SFU Architecture
co hosted by Josephine Okunubi, CJSF Public Affairs Assistant Spring 2016

First up, Sarshar Hosseinnia talks with Trevor Boddy about, and presents excerpts from, his tour of SFU Architecture. Why does SFU look like a prison? Find out!

Then, upcoming events!

Shipra Sharma, founder of the SFSS International Festival, joins us live in studio to talk about the inaugural event this Friday January 20, 12-4pm on Burnaby Campus.
The free event features music and dance performances by clubs, cultural fashion show, free food and games, such as popcorn, and activities such as photobooth, henna, Dance Dance Revolution and more.
SHIPRA SHARMA- or 6043962220
For all particpating clubs and more about the event,

Then Sasha Voznyuk stops by to tell us about the SFU Dance Marathon Club, which will be at the Int'l Fest and having their big event Feb 20th. The event raises money for BC Children's Hospital, the club having raised almost $30,000 in their 3 years. Sign up or volunteer!

Finally, Sarah Walshaw, lecturer on African History at at SFU and UBC, previews her lecture PostColonial Possibilities: Why it Matters that SFU Emerged During African Independence January 21 6:30 p.m.

Student Sustainability Summit

Embark is live in studio
On February 4, Embark (SFU’s student sustainability society) will be empowering students by hosting the first ever Student Sustainability Summit. The Summit will unite students from all campuses to create a Student Sustainability Vision for SFU. The Vision will detail what students would like a future sustainable SFU to look like, and will identify specific goals that will help SFU achieve that future.

The Summit is a unique opportunity for students to be engaged members of the SFU community. The university’s current Sustainability Strategic Plan (SSP) is entering its final year (2013-2016) and SFU’s Sustainability Office is facilitating a university-wide engagement process (dubbed “SFU 2021”) to create the next SSP. This new plan will commit the university to a longer-term vision by establishing sustainability priorities for the university over a five year period (2017-2021). The Summit will complement SFU 2021 as a partner event, and the Student Sustainability Vision it produces will be submitted to the university for consideration in the next SSP.

The Summit aims to attract student participants from across the mosaic of academic disciplines and student societies at SFU. Whether from biology or business, students can contribute their thoughts and ideas on sustainability.

“We need to hear from a diversity of students to ensure we create a Vision that is representative of the student body,” said Josh Cairns, Executive Director of Embark. “Sustainability is a concept that can mean different things to different people. That’s why we are taking an open and inclusive approach to the Summit.”

The engagement process for the Summit began in November 2015, when Embark’s team tabled at all three campuses to solicit student responses to the question “what does sustainability at SFU look like?” Students can be now involved by either completing an online survey to share their thoughts on sustainability priorities, or by applying to attend the Summit itself.

Bill Nye the Science Guy!

and a review of 2015 by Peak Speak!
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Bill Nye the Science Guy was a big hit speaking at Convocation Fall 2015. Listen in to hear about Changing the World. Trust him: he's a "doctor".

Then, selections from Peak Speak 2015 to get you up to speed on SFU for the new year! From apps to apes, recycling to elections, food waste to food that's genetically modified, programs at campuses to programs in the Downtown East Side and more more more.

Peak Speak is a weekly segment on SFU I&I that highlights stories in the Peak, SFU's Student Newspapaer ( Hosted by Austin Cozicar and founded by Chris Spangenburg in the Public Affairs Dept, Peak Speak features writers and readers from SFU's campuses presenting student and campus stories.

Want to get involved in Peak Speak, SFU Ideas & Issues or CJSF? Email or use to attend an orientation.

An Oral History of SFU

Dec 23 12p: SFU First 50 - The Instant University
An Oral History of SFU: The Instant University was produced by the SFU Retirees Association (2006), directed by Joel Shwartz. Edited for CJSF by Gurpreet Kambo.

Listen again:

Vancouver's Viaducts - Future Past

the reasoning and questions around removing the viaducts from Vancouver, from City Conversations August 2015
originally aired August 27, 2015 on Community Forum (Thursdays 4pm)

UPDATE: the Viaducts are coming down according to City Council, this conversation looks at the recommendations.
Check out feedback and resources from the event:…ouver-viaducts.html…iaducts-study.aspx

Two years ago, a unanimous City Council asked staff to prepare a report on the condition of the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts, and to explore what opportunities might exist if they were to be removed. The Staff Report will go to Council in September, following public consultations, and SFU City Conversations is getting a preview.

The plan is designed to remove the viaducts’ physical and psychological barrier that, since the 1970’s, has separated Chinatown, Strathcona, Crosstown, and the False Creek neighbourhoods.

Presenting the plan will be Vancouver city staff Holly Sovdi, lead urban planner for downtown, and Devan Fitch, lead transportation engineer for the Viaducts Project. We’ve also invited a representative of ReConnect Vancouver, a grassroots citizens’ organization supporting a new future for the top end of False Creek.

Music: Gary Neuman, Cars

UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples; Final Exam Prep

IHRD 2015; Health Matters
In commemoration of International Human Rights Day Dec 10, we revisit our piece from IHRD 2014 on UNDRIP or the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which was a live in studio conversation between Clay Gray, criminology student

then, a repeat of November's Health Matters which had technical issues. We'll have our monthly episode last week of December as usual!

Campaign for Safe SASC

students call for Sexual Assault Support Centre at SFU
SFU has one of the oldest still running university Women's Centres in Canada, with a women-only space and an all genders resource centre. But SFU lacks a Sexual Assault Support Centre to provide sexual assault specific services, for all genders. Students from various Simon Fraser University groups are coming together to ask SFU to fund a separate all genders centre to support students and community members who have faced sexual assault, an event that is still too common on university campuses.

For more information, check out
To show support, tweet with #SFUSASC.
To get involved, contact or

Nov 25th was International Violence Against Women's Day and Dec 6th is the commemoration of the L'Ecole Polytechnique Massacre in Montreal. Consider attending a memorial event, and tune into IntraVenus Dec 2 4pm and Community Forum Dec 3 4pm for more stories looking at violence against women.

Dec 5th (on Dec 3rd) Vigil at the Women's Centre at SFU

Jesse Brown: Keynote Speech MDD 2015

plus Peak Speak looks at Mosquitos, and Coho Salmon
This week:

Peak Speak - Mosquitos; Coho Salmon from Chantelle & Austin


excerpts from the Media Democracy Days 2015 Keynote Speech from Jesse Brown (CANADALAND Mondays 5pm on CJSF)


Health Matters: Exam Prep - this weeks ep suffered from technical difficulties, we will re air when it is ready!

Music: Andre Chrys, window to nowhere

What does Terry Fox Mean to You? and Women Designing Cities

the First 50 at SFU; City Conversations
Today on the show:
Peak Speak - Research Roundup with Chantelle and Austin

SFU's 50th Anniversary on CJSF: the First 50 - Terry Fox
Sarshar H talks to attendees at the 2015 Terry Fox Run at SFU Burnaby, as well as words from the man himself.

City Conversations: Would Cities be Different if They Were Designed by Women? Nov 5, 2015 (excerpts)

Tune in to the full conversation here:

While there are many inspirational female architects, planners and municipal politicians in cities around the world, the biggest decisions about urban development are often made by men.

A 2014 campaign by Women Transforming Cities highlighted the fact that just 16 percent of mayors and 26 percent of city councillors across Canada were women. Relatedly, The Guardian has reported that all over the world urban development professions remain heavily male-dominated, more so than other spheres such as education or healthcare.

Moreover, a recent report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, took stock of how women are faring in five key areas in our country’s biggest cities and finds that when it comes to pay, jobs, and safety, men and women still don't get equal treatment.

Does this lack of female representation affect the design of our cities? Would our housing, office buildings, streetscapes, and public spaces look or feel any different if more women were a part of designing them? Would women fare better in cities if they played a larger leadership role?

This provocative issue will be explored by Ellen Woodsworth, Chairperson of Women Transforming Cities, Carla Guerrera, Vice-President, Planning & Community Development at Darwin Properties, and Iglika Ivanova, a senior economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Sandy Garossino, Editor-in-Chief of the Vancouver Observer will be moderating the conversation.

Note, this week's episodes of WINGS (Weds 4pm) also looks at women and cities! WINGS #30-15 Safer Cities for Women Delhi is doing
The Centre in Delhi has 10 years' experience in applied research and multi-stakeholder organizing from the ground up, to make cities safer for women to enjoy. Kalpana Viswanath directs Gender Inclusive Cities, a project of the Montreal-based nonprofit Women in Cities International. A longtime researcher on women's issues with a PhD in Sociology, she is the former director and a current board member of Jagori. She addressed the International Association of Women in Radio and TV in September 2015.

Media Democracy Days 2010

Wed Nov 11 12p
Conversations from organizations and attendees at the 2010 Media Democracy Days Media Fair, by Bruce Whittington

Tune in to Community Forum Nov 12 and future episodes of SFU Ideas & Issues for more from Media Democracy Days 2015.

Bike to Work Week & SURJ at SFU

Bike Cafe Comments; SFU's first scienctific undergrad research journal
It's Bike to Work Week at SFU. To celebrate we hear some comments from one of SFU's best kept secrets, the Bike Cafe Series, in a story from Maggie Porier.

Then, this month on Health Matters, Haaris Mahmood talks to SFU's first science undergraduate research journal or SURJ! Specifically Emma Atkinson, one of the founders, discusses what the journal is about, and how students can get involved. For more information about SURJ, people visit:

Health Matters is a student oriented health show produced by Haaris Mahmood, airing the last Wed of the month.

Health & Brewing

Movember 2015; CARMAH (Mental Health Research); SFU Brews
Today on the show:

Tyler Small of Movember talks about the new MOVE initiative, and how men have a hard time talking about their health.

CARMAH (Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction) talks to Prince Bapakaye about their most recent research on youth mental health indicators.

From Nov 2014, Neelam Gandiva attends the launch of the SFU Craft Brewing Certificate, which ends its first year this fall.

SFU Young Conservatives; Students United for Disability Support

#Elxn42 at SFU; Disability Awareness Week
Correction! During the intro to our talk with Weldon Haywood, we said "co-founder" rather than "president" - SUDS has been around for 20 years and CJSF doesn't want to undermine the incredible work of the founders, our apologies!

This week we talk to:

Weldon Haywood about Students United for Disability Support ( and the first Disabilities Awareness Week at SFU Oct 19-23rd, 2015.
Info, Schedule & Registration:

Sherri Brown, SFU Political Science & Labour Studies professor, about Medicare For Autism Now, a non-profit organization that advocates that science-based autism treatment ABA/IBI be covered under Medicare. MFAN has a campaign 'One in 68', asking candidates running for MP in targeted ridings all over Canada if they were to be elected would they support and implement changes to the Canadian Health Act to include autism treatment.

SFU Young Conservatives join us in studio. You can hear from the SFU NDP and SFU Geens on our CJSF is happy to give students a chance to discuss their chosen party's and what it means to them as students and youth. Please compare the platforms and discussions as each of our visitors was given fairly free space to present their points of view.

SFU's First 50, the 2015 Stirling Prize, Tuition Increases

guests: George Bowering, Stephen Collis, Lynne Quarmby, Anchit Bansal
On today's show:

SFU's First 50 - George Bowering
Bowering, poet, former SFU professor, and SFU alumni, talks about the past, present and future of SFU's radical politics during his NOve 2014 reading at SFU Special Collections in connection to Bowering's Books from the Capilano Review. t,-a-special-issue-of-The-Capilano-Review/

The Stirling Prizes
We hear an interview about the work that earned
"Stephen Collis, a professor in Simon Fraser University’s Department of English, and Lynne Quarmby a professor in SFU’s Department of Molecular Biology and Chemistry...the 2015 recipients of SFU’s Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy for their extensive work in sustainable energy and materials policy surrounding pipeline issues."

SFSS Advocacy for Students re: Tuition Increases
Anchit Bansal, 2nd Year Business student and President of Humans of Mutual Engagement (HOME) has a petition to call for and support the Advocacy Committee at SFU to advocate against the tuition increases at SFU.

Clubs Spotlight; Health Matters

SFU Surrey Clubs Days; Bounce Back
After your weekly Peak Speak we have:

Clubs Spotlight! Live from Surrey Clubs Days 2015
Excerpts from our live broadcast Sept 29 featuring music and interviews with the Bit Coin Club and Sketch Club

Health Matters: We have Carmella from the Canadian Mental Health Association, and she tells us about a really great opportunity called the Bouce Back program. This program is awesome for students dealing with any kind of anxiety or depression! For more information about this great program, please visit:

Indigenous Food Catering; #ELXN42; Yes to Build SFU

student & federal campaigns for change
Stories this week:

Though it was in process, the fate of Indigenous Catering at SFU has hit a road block. We speak with the First Nations Student Union Catering Committee about the issue, as well as talking on the values and accessibility of student movements on campus.

We preview some of the conversation we had with Burnaby North (Seymour) Federal MP Candidates Lynne Quarmby (SFU Biology, Green Party) and Terry Beech (Entrepreneurship Program, Liberal Party). Listen to more on Community Forum, Sept 24 4pm.

Then, live in studio, we have members of No to Build SFU and Simon Fraser Student Society (Yes to Build SFU) to talk about the vote on Sept 22 which passed the bylaws that would ensure funding for the project.

The Tartan; SFU Indigenous Day

SFU's newest publication; artists celebrate culture
We talk to members of the Tartan Magazine, a hefty quarterly from the weekly Peak SFU.

Then more conversation with artists from SFU Indigenous Day (check out our September 10 episode).

SFU Indigenous Day - September 24, 2015

2nd annual celebration of indigenous cultures
Tune in for a preview of the second annual SFU Indigenous Day, September 24 2015 with Laura Forsyth, First Nations Student Association (among many other roles) and of the Red River Settlement Winnipeg Manitoba,
and Michael Harris of the Gitxsan Nation, Elder of Talking Circles.

Music: Kristi Lane Sinclair

Embark Sustainability; Mayor Jonathan Cote

Sustainable SFU rebrand; New West Transit
Leadership from EMBARK, aka the new Sustainable SFU, tell CJSF discuss why they are changing it up. The rebranding - in other words a reorientation of the goals and approach of the organization - was led by SFU students. Embark launched on September 1, 2015.

Just before the rebrand, what was formerly SFU Sustainability welcomed a new executive director. Meet them here:

Then, Mayor Jonathan Cote, New Westminster: the SFU Alumni talks about his reaction to the "failed" MetroVan Transit Tax referendum, the Mayor's Council and New West Transportation Plan, and where he thinks funding should be coming from.

Previously, we talked to two activists about the ref:

Orangutans, Letters From the Inside, Alternative Medicine

Peak Speak, a chat with SFPiRG, Health Matters
Orangutans and Kindness -Peak Speak has some choice stories from the Peak SFU.

An interview with Lisa Ortan, coordinator of Letters From the Inside at the SFU Public Interest Research Group, from the Aug 6, Prisoner Justice Day edition of Community Forum.

And the monthly feature: Health Matters, Alternative Medicine.

SFU Labour Update

Aug 19 12p - live in studio
The Teaching Support Staff Union is back in studio to update us on the current situation with SFU.

And Tamara Connor, SFU student, joins us to tell us why she is ashamed of the situation here at SFU.

Previous stories on the recent job action: