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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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Tsatia Adzich, Metis Youth Leader on Student Life

Health Matters & Meditation
Josephine speaks to Metis Activist and recent SFU Grad Tsatia Adzich.

Then, the last show of the month means it's time for Health Matters. This time Haaris takes a look at Meditation, a practice done for centuries. We investigate some of the phenomenal
health benefits as well as some useful tips and techniques.
Featuring Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe, and SFU's Dr Erica Horowitz.

Come tune in to see how meditation can work for you!

Convocation Stories


Host Josephine highlights some of the stories from the most recent Convocation at SFU!

Liquefied Natural Gas in BC: Risk or Reward.

from Carbon Talks and the Pacific Institute for Climate
from Carbon Talks and the Pacific Institute for Climate, hosted by SFU Vancouver November 2012.

featuring: Marc Lee, Senior Economist with the BC Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and Co-Director of the Climate Justice Project. Author of BC’s Legislated Greenhouse Gas Targets vs Natural Gas Developments

Me Before You; SFU Surrey's Top 25 Under 25

w Micaela Evans
In the first half, Josephine speaks with Micaela Evans, SFU student accessibility advocate, about the movie 'Me before you' which has sparked discussion concerning the portrayal of people living with disabilities. For example, here is an article mentioned in their discussion:

In the second half, Josephine takes a look at some of the SFU students featured in the 2016 Surrey Top 25 Under 25 awards.

SFU in the Movies

plus Health Matters: Strokes
First up, this week on the Health Matters show we investigate: Strokes.

From the various misconceptions to treatment options, we have Margaret Hansen from the Stroke Recovery Association of B.C talk about it all! Join us for this very informative episode.

For more info you may need:

Then, Josephine Okunubi discusses films featuring SFU.

thanks to Every Frame a Painting, local film vlog, for the clip from Vancouver Never Plays Itself

Deepak Sharma, SFSS President 2016

plus STEM and Nigerian student associations at Clubs Days
On this week's episode, we have Deepak Sharma, the new Simon Fraser Student Society, SFSS president. Sharma speaks to us about what to expect from the new SFSS board including new programs such as the Vancouver campus committee.

In the second half, Josephine and Frieda Ohuabunwa talk about their upcoming summer plans. We also hear from Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Mathematics) and the Nigerian Students Association at the summer 2016 club's days.

An SFU Perspective on UNDRIP

UN Declarations on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples - Canada moves from objector to acceptor
The federal government has officially adopted the UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The declaration recognizes the rights of indigenous peoples around the world on issues such as culture, self-determination, traditional territories, education and language.

Read or listen to the declaration:
Adopting the declaration, along with Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution, means Canada is now a frontrunner in the world, and actively committed to improving its relationship with Indigenous Peoples, says William G. Lindsay (Cree-Stoney), director of SFU's Office for Aboriginal Peoples.

We speak live to William Lindsay about implications for SFU policy and students, including the confirmation of Metis rights as indigenous rights (here is the Tsatia Adzich the interview we reference

Then, we hear from Clay Gray, activist and student of justice and indigenous rights who interviews Prof Ted Palys ( about UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the fact that Canada was in 2010 the last to ratify the 2007 Declaration (but was an objector) and the local impact of UNDRIP.

Korean Traditional Music

SFU Student Inho Cho hosts
When you hear Korean Music do you think KPop? Well Korean Music is so much more. Inho Cho, an SFU student, leads us in their overview of indigenous, traditional, vocal and orchestral Korean music.

originally aired Dec 2013.

Accessing the SFSS Accessibility Fund Part 2

plus Health Matters End of Semester Best Of!
In the first half, Josephine recaps content about our look at the SFSS Accessibility Fund that didn't make it to air last week, and any comments and responses to the story.

Written Statements and audio can be accessed here:

Then, from Health Matters from Haaris Mahmood. With the school year now coming to an end, Health Matters takes a look back at some of the great interviews throughout the year! Come listen to segments of some of your favourite interviews, and also some interviews that you may have missed. Thanks for another school year with Health Matters!

Accessing the SFSS Accessibility Fund Part 1

Josephine Okunubi investigates the processes of the SFSS Accessibility Fund
Josephine Okunubi, host and lead reporter of SFU Ideas & issues, investigates the processes of the SFSS Accessibility Fund.

In this week's episode Josephine outlines the facts and processes as they stand, and the questions that still need to be answered.

Due to time issues, we didn't get to play the full on air versions interviews of all conversations, however, we will be posting these air versions online asap.

We also did not read the full statement from SFPiRG, but it is copied below. We look forward to hearing more from all mentioned, and will be reaching out again to all now that the story has aired.

Then will provide more context, responses from students and sources, and editorial in Part 2 on April 27 before the monthly episode of Health Matters.


From SFPiRG to CJSF:

The Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group, or SFPIRG for short, is SFU's centre for social and environmental justice. Part of our approach to social justice includes a commitment to disability justice, accessibility, and inclusion.

In August 2015, six community organizations came together to run Fat Camp, a 9-day intersectional exploration of the ways in which systems of oppression intersect with fatness. The community organizations include Out On Campus, the SFU Women's Centre, PeerNetBC, Fat Panic! Vancouver, the Radical Access Mapping Project, and SFPIRG.

Several participants for Fat Camp registered and indicated that they required ASL interpretation, Deaf-Blind interpretation, and Deaf-Blind intervention in order to fully participate in the series of events. Organizers were confident that these accommodations could be provided. Because Out On Campus and the SFU Women's Centre are both departments of the Simon Fraser Student Society, or SFSS for short, they have access to the SFSS Accessibility Fund, a fund that students created to ensure that events and programming at SFU are fully accessible.

An application to the Accessibility Fund was made, requesting over $16,000 in funding for these accommodations. Although this amount may seem quite high, it is consistent with similar accommodation costs incurred by SFU's Centre for Students With Disabilities. When it became clear that the request would not be funded in a timely manner, SFPIRG paid for the accommodations upfront, with the intention of being reimbursed via the Accessibility Fund.

From the initial application in July 2015, through to the present day in April 2016, there has yet to be an official and clear response from the SFSS regarding the application.

We have been told that there was no process in place for receiving applications.
We have been told that it was unclear whether the event was an SFSS event.
We have been told that retroactive payments cannot be made from the fund.
We have been told that a new policy has been developed to address applications to the Accessibility Fund.
We have been told that requests for accessibility funding now require at least 30 days' notice before an event takes place.
We have been told that changes to securing accessibility funding will occur again next year.

We have been told many things. However, many things remain unclear.

It is unclear whether the request for accessibility funding for Fat Camp has been denied.
It is unclear whether ANY SFU student or student organization could successfully apply for funding through the Accessibility Fund, whether it be for any event or for any accessibility measures.
It is unclear whether the SFSS will honour its obligations to the student body, who voted in 2005 to establish the Accessibility Fund for the very purposes it has been used for in the past, and for which it should be used in this very instance.

All SFU students should be deeply troubled by the fact that the Accessibility Fund seems to be no longer accessible. Accessibility and inclusion are how we show that all members of our community matter. The Accessibility Fund is one way that SFU students have shown over the past decade that they care about the inclusion of EVERYONE at SFU.

It is worth noting that the Accessibility Fund is quite large, and many, many thousands of dollars are currently sitting in the fund at this moment. Rather than limiting the use of the fund, the SFSS should be identifying ways to increase spending from this fund on direct accessibility measures and on community education of the importance of accessibility, inclusion and disability justice.

As long as the application process for the Accessibility Fund remains unclear and in flux, and as long as dollars pile up unused in this fund, it is clear that priorities are not in order. The consequence is that SFU students, their communities and their loved ones are left divided, isolated and excluded.

We look forward to the day when accessibility and disability justice are once again at the forefront of all student organizing at SFU.

To quote Mia Mingus, a brilliant writer and advocate for disability justice, "I imagine a world where our organizing and activism is less segregated, where our movements and communities are accessible and don’t participate in the isolation of disabled communities. I imagine places where we fight for whole and connected people, families and communities."

Affordable Housing and Filipino Student Association updates!

SFU Residence response; events from Barkada SFU and Philippine Women's Association.
Host Josephine has a response from SFU Residence about the ongoing issues around affordable housing at SFU.

For more on this, here's a past interview about the event:

Then, to support two announcements about events coming up from our local, incredible Filipino Community, we re-air a talk from Dr. Habiba Zaman from SFU, at the 2014 History, Rupture, and Continuity from the Philippine Women Centre of BC. Zaman describes the reasons behind their activism and call for an end to unjust labour policies.

To listen to more about the conference from organizers, tune in to Peggy Lam talking to Arielle Lauryn De La Cruz Yip, Cecilia Diocson, and Joy Shioson last year:

The Events:

April 17, 1-3pm: The Philippine Women Centre of BC (PWC-BC) is hosting another “Sinigang Sundays”, a bi-weekly Filipina feminist hangout in Vancouver.
Through discussions, art and workshops, this gathering invites women to discuss Filipina feminism, history and identity. This gathering is dedicated to speaking out, sharing our stories and strengthening our connections. We hope to collectively envision what the future of Filipina feminism looks like. We see sharing food and space as a way for us to understand our personal histories and identities while paying tribute to the legacy of 25+ years of activism by progressive Filipinas in British Columbia.

Kindly RSVP to to join. Invite your friends, family (bring your lola and anak), colleagues & please share our event poster!

April 23 5-7pm: Barkada SFU (the Filipino Students Association) invites you to Tagalog Today, a grassroots campaign by young Filipinos in BC. We invite you to join us in celebrating Filipino culture and heritage through song, food, and spoken word. Hosted by the Philippine Studies Series (UBC PSS) & the Tagalog Today campaign. Barkada SFU is proud to help engage the community and be a part of a grassroots youth-driven initiative to see Tagalog (Filipino) offered as an accredited language course in BC Schools.

RSVP now!

Social and Political Inequality

SFU Public Square
Robert Reich has been making statements about the US Election, and to learn a bit more about his philosophy we (re)present this recording of a Q&A from An Evening with Robert Reich, hosted/moderated by Anna Maria Tremonti, of CBC Radio One's The Current. Part of the 2013 Community Summit presented by SFU Public Square (October 13 2013).…/evening-reich.html

from :: ROBERT B. REICH is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He served as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, for which Time Magazine named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the twentieth century. He has written fourteen books, including the best sellers “Aftershock, “The Work of Nations," and"Beyond Outrage," and, his most recent, "Saving Capitalism." He is also a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine, chairman of Common Cause, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and co-creator of the award-winning documentary, INEQUALITY FOR ALL.

Headlines & Health Tips

a semester roundup with a look to exams and courses in summer 2016
Host Josephine has a headline and SFU news round-up, including some tips for this last exam filled part of the semester!

And on this month's Health Matters, with summer enrollment currently taking place, this week on Health Matters we take a look at some of the great health related courses offered at SFU! Join us as we delve into some of the awesome science courses that will keep your summer semester interesting!

And as exams approach, remember our exam tips from Health Matters past eps!

SFU Red Cross

Canadian Red Cross First Contact Program and the Immigrant Services Society of BC
Josephine Okunubi hosts guest from SFU Red Cross coming to talk about their and the donation drive to support the Canadian Red Cross First Contact Program and the Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC) as they provide much needed assistance to the growing number refugees in Vancouver.

Non Exec Debate - March 10 - Burnaby

SFSS General Elections 2016
Tune in for excerpts from the CJSF recording of the SFSS Non Exec Debates on Burnaby Campus. This is the first of four debates for the SFSS General Election and the first of two at the Burnaby campus. Questions submitted in person and via @SfssElections.

For the full debate, with minimal production, visit

The following positions participated:

Positions listed in the order they will appear during the debates:
-2 At-Large Reps
-Applied Sciences Rep
-Arts and Social Sciences Rep
-Business Rep
-Education Rep
-Environment Rep
-Health Sciences Rep
-Science Rep

Me Week: March 15-18; Affordable Housing

from the HiFIVE Movement; updates on Louis Riel House
Host Josephine speaks to HiFIVE Coordinator Jennifer about the upcoming ME week at Simon Fraser University's Burnaby campus.

ME Week 2016 from HI FIVE is March 15 - 18.
Full schedule:

More on HiFIVE

Plus, Theresa of joins us with an update, demolition of Louis Riel House, one of the few affordable housing spaces on campus, is being demolished this month.

To hear the history, check out her interview on this past episode:

For updates from SFU check here:
March 2016: Exterior demolition will begin.

Freedom to Read Week Retrospective


For those who missed it, Josephine hears from organizers at Freedom to Read Week about what they hope happens next and the importance of the freedom to read.

Plus an interview about justice at SFU.

Clothing, Culture, and Childhood Cancer Research

Spring Swap; Int'l Fest; Health Matters
This week, Josephine talks to organizers of the SFU Spring Clothing Swap happening RIGHT NOW in Forum Chambers.

Plus, voices from the first SFU International Festival, a gathering of clubs and orgs which celebrate ethnicities and nationalities.

You can hear the whole interview from a few weeks ago here:

Then, this month on Health Matters host Haaris Mahmood takes a close look at Childhood Cancer Research and the many issues involved. Luckily, we have Gloria Cuccione from the Michael Cuccione Foundation to help further explain the current research and progress that we are making. The Michael Cuccione Foundation provides millions of dollars towards childhood cancer research. This is a great foundation for any SFU students looking to get involved, as there are many volunteer opportunities! To learn more, please visit:

Where Are You From?

SFU Students attend event celebrating Black culture in Vancouver!
Josephine Okunubi hosts and brings us stories from the Where Are You From event at the Calabash this past week. L Last week she asked students to answer the question where are you FROM-from to interesting result. This week we hear from the organizers and attendees, including SFU students, about their experiences at the event and in Vancouver.

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.”

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!
Bill Bill Bill Bill!

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.