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SFU Ideas & Issues

Wednesday 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

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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:

Campus Freedoms - to read, to access washrooms, to live affordably

repeat of live studio show Feb 25
originally aired Feb 25, 2015 live in studio

Holly Hendrigan about Freedom to Read Week at SFU
Steven Galloway, Freedom to Read Guest
(For an interview with Raziel Reid check out this link to NCRA Program Exchange/ Endeavours website.

Nathan Trudeau with a discussion of an act of transactivism, the SHIT IN

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

Elise Chenier on PinkWashing: Queer Critique of Israel's ProLGBTQ Politics

12p Wed Aug 5 Pride Edition
In this hour, we present an interview with Elise Chenier by Madeline Taylor (IntraVenus 4pm), and a recording of her lecture PinkWashing: The Queer Critique of Israel's Pro-Lesbian and Gay Politics in a Historical Perspective. In 2014 Queers Against Israeli Aparthied spoke against an ad in the Vancouver Queer Film Festival program from "Yad b’Yad:. They noted "Yad bYad" is a pinkwashing organization devoted to promoting ties between the state of Israel and LGBTQ communities in Canada." QuAIA has retired as an organization, but other organizations are continuing the boycott in 2015.

Check out any missing on air content and more Pride Programming here:

Elise Chenier is an Associate Professor in the Simon Fraser University Department of History and an associate faculty member of the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. Her research focuses on aspects of sexuality and gender in twentieth century Canada and the United States. Dr. Chenier is also the Director of the Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony.

More info: If you are an SFU student we suggest you contact Out On Campus for their perspective on this issue. There are many resources to be found, here are a few CJSF ran into while researching this topic.

2015 updates on VQFF

Video & Online Resources
Center for Gay and Lesbian Studies panel

A WINGS Episode on the Queer BDS moment

Mayor Jonathan Cote, New West, on MetroVan Transit Tax Referendum

July 29 12p - plus regular features Peak Speak and Health Matters
Peak Speak - Renaissance Coffee, Food Waste

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.
Last week we talked to two activists about the ref:

Then the monthly Health Matters. This month: Ethics with Prof Jeremy Snyder.

LNG in BC: Risk or Reward

an SFU conversation
Liquefied Natural Gas in BC: Risk or Reward

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

David Austin, Associate Counsel Clark Wilson LLP, and a leading lawyer in British Columbia in the field of energy and electricity

Canada's Role in Global Food Security

featuring SFU International Studies Prof Ramiro Lopes de Silva
Feb. 8 2013: Georgia Straight editor Charlie Smith moderates a dialogue that will discuss Canada’s Role in Global Food Security. The panel featured an array of expertise on the subject, including Gerardo Otero, SFU International Studies professor, Ramiro Lopes de Silva, UN World Food Program assistant executive director, Evelyne Guindon, vice president of CARE Canada’s international program and Stephen Nairne, managing director of the Lundin Foundation.

The free public dialogue was part of a discussion of international development and global food security, as part of the Canadian International Development Agency’s (CIDA) International Development Week (IDW).

“IDW is dedicated to raising awareness of global issues and features how Canada and is making a difference internationally,” explains Sarah Dench, executive director for SFU International.

aired originally August 2013.

Transit Referendum - Failure or Near Miss?

with guest Andrew Longhurst, MA Candidate Geography (Urban)
Many are disappointed in the transit referendum failing. Why did it fail? And why might socially progressive lovers of public transit have voted no? On the July 8th edition of ‪#‎SFU‬ Ideas & Issues (Weds 12p), we talk to Urban Geography MA Candidate Andrew Longhurst about the taxation, planning and poverty issues obscured by the Yes and No referendum campaigns.

For further reading, Andrew suggests:

BC's Regressive Tax Shift: A Decade of Diminishing Tax Fairness, 2000 – 2010 and - See more at:

SustainableSFU Staff Segue; Health Matters

SFU I&I Weds 12p
Today on the show, SustainableSFU's Mike Soren (exiting exec director) and Joshua Cairns (incoming exec director) talk about what's next for the organization.

Then, each last Weds of the Month, we hear from Haaris and Health Matters - topics that matter to students and their health. Today's topic: alternative medicine.

Culture, Community and Collaboration

George Nicholas introduces IPinCH

Culture, Community, and Collaboration: New Directions for Protecting Indigenous Heritage

The Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage (IPinCH) project is the first-ever recipient of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Award. In recognition of this award, President Petter is sponsoring a special presentation by George Nicholas, Director of the IPinCH project.

Questions about who “owns” or has the right to benefit from Indigenous heritage are at the core of ongoing political, economic, and ethical debates taking place at local, national, and international levels. When it comes to research in this area, Indigenous peoples have typically had little say in how studies related to their heritage are managed. Increasingly though, efforts are being made to decolonize research practices by fostering more equitable relationships between researchers and Indigenous peoples, based on mutual trust and collaboration.

In this presentation George Nicholas reviews debates over the “ownership” of Indigenous heritage and provides examples of new research practices that are both more ethical and more effective. These collaborative research models, in which the community leads the research, highlight important new directions in protecting Indigenous heritage.

Dr. George Nicholas is a professor of archeology at SFU who has worked for more than 20 years with Indigenous peoples in British Columbia and elsewhere. He is the Director of the Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage (IPinCH) project, an international initiative that focuses on the rights, values, and responsibilities of material culture, cultural knowledge, and the practice of heritage research.

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.

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.