Paul, Patricia and Jeffery Brantingham (Credit: Simon Fraser University)
Is there a reason why certain areas of town have reputations for being “sketchy,” “dangerous,” or full of crime? What impact does an urban area’s design and layout have on promoting criminal activity?
One Simon Fraser University husband and wife research team–Paul and Patricia Brantingham–have been working to analyze urban crime patterns and find solutions and recommendations for how to make things better. Specifically, they study the impact of factors such as the placement of certain buildings, transit systems and roads as well as hours of shopping centres on the frequency and severity of crime in an area.
The criminologists, who founded SFU’s Institute of Canadian Urban Research Studies (ICURS) in the early 1990s, have recently been given a monetary show of support for their work in the form of a RCMP supported $4-million, five-year renewal of their research chairs to . . . → Read More: SFU Researchers Fight Crime with Urban Design
Jeff Chiba Stearns (Credit: Emily Carr University of Art + Design)
Emily Carr University of Art + Design alum Jeff Chiba Stearns has been awarded the Edith Lando Peace Prize for this documentary film—which focuses on perceptions of multiculturalism—”One Big Hapa Family.”
The Edith Lando Peace Prize was awarded at the recent Reel to Real International Film Festival in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Jeff Chiba Stearns Wins the Edith Lando Peace Prize at the Reel to Real Film Fest [Emily Carr University of Art + Design]
Topping off last month’s National Poetry Month, Emily Carr University of Art + Design Associate Professor Rita Wong‘s book “forage” has been selected as the winner of Canada Reads Poetry competition for 2011.
The Canada Reads Poetry competition—hosted by the CBC and the National Post—took place over three weeks and included the works of five poets. Each work was defended by a panelist online and then put to a public vote.
Wong, an Associate Professor in Critical and Cultural Studies, had her work defensed by Sonnet L’Abbe in the competition. Speaking of the win, L’Abbe said “when I chose forage as the poetry book Canada should read, I thought I was going out on a limb, recommending a young writer’s book, so experimental in style and so vocal about its environmentalism. But since the Canada Reads Poetry contest began, people have written to tell me how much they love . . . → Read More: Emily Carr professor’s book forage wins Canada Reads Poetry 2011
Canadian businessman John C. Kerr has been reappointed as the Chancellor of the Emily Carr University of Art + Design. This will be Carr’s second term in the role.
In addition to his place as university Chancellor, Kerr is the Managing Partner of two companies—Lignum Forest Products LLP and the Vancouver Professional Baseball LLP—as well as co-ower of the Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club.
Chancellor John C. Kerr Reappointed [Emily Carr University of Art + Design]
Water is one of the essential building blocks of life, but some Canadian communities may not have access to clean, drinkable water. With over 150 boil-water advisories currently in place on Canadian First Nations reserves, many First Nations people feel that their water is not safe to drink. Researchers suggest that consuming this unsafe water may have slow-showing but long-term health repercussions for those that consume it.
A new documentary called Crisis on Tap: First Nations Water for Life looks at shortages of clean water in First Nations communities and the resulting health implications of these shortages.
Produced by the University of Victoria’s Centre for Aboriginal Health Research (CAHR) and Cedarwood Productions, the documentary will be screened on Tuesday, April 26th at 3:30pm at the University of Victoria.
The trailer for the film can be seen below:
DON’T DRINK THE WATER [University of . . . → Read More: UVIC Documentary examines water quality of First Nation reserves
Andrew Dadson's "Black Bush" (Credit: Emily Carr University)
Emily Carr University of Art + Design student Andrew Dadson has been selected to receive The Brink Award for 2011 from the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington.
The biennial award is given in recognition of an artist on “the brink” of their promising career in art. Recipients of the award receive a $12,500 monetary prize and a solo exhibition of their work. Additionally, one of Dadson’s pieces will be acquired as part of the gallery’s permanent collection.
Does supervised injection reduce the incidence of illicit drug overdose deaths? According to a new study from researchers at the University of British Columbia and the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, the answer is yes.
Drug addiction is a dangerous and unstable affliction that puts users at great risk for overdose and often death. Faced with this reality, an experimental medically-supervised injection facility called Insite—the first in North America—was opened in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside in September of 2003. The controversial facility operates as a place where users take pre-obtained drugs under the supervision of trained nurses. The facility also provides users with access to counselors and addiction treatment options.
The UBC study compared coroners’ records for illicit drug overdose deaths in Vancouver between January 1, 2001 and December 31, 2005. Overdose deaths in the immediate vicinity of Insite declined by 35 per cent after the opening . . . → Read More: Impact of Insite: UBC Study of Vancouver’s Supervised Drug Injection Facility
It seems commonsense that as the Canadian population ages—with more baby boomers entering later stages in life that require more health care—the cost of supporting health care will increase. However, according to researchers from the University of Victoria, Canadians should be careful not to throw all the blame for mounting health expenditures on our aging population. In fact, as outlined in a new report entitled “An Evidence-Based Policy Prescription for an Aging Population,” the primary causes of escalating healthcare costs are technology and growing services to people of all ages—and there may be ways to more efficiently balance these costs.
Led by Neena Chappell, the Canada Research Chair in Social Gerontology at the University of Victoria, and Marcus Hollander, president of Hollander Analytical Services, the report points out ways for Canadians to create a more cost-efficient system by utilizing better organized and more integrated management healthcare systems and services.
. . . → Read More: Cost of Care: UVIC Researchers Seek More Cost-Efficient Healthcare for Canadians
Home is where the heart is, but is it always safe for small children? Simon Fraser University‘s Bruce Lanphear is working to find out—and suggests Canadian policy makers do the same.
“Injuries that occur in the home are the most common and preventable injuries. Cuts, bruises, burns, poisonings or falls are not usually severe or fatal, but falling down stairs or out of an open window can result in serious injuries or death. Ingestions, fires or poisonings occur frequently and can be serious or fatal.”
A Randomized Controlled Trial of Home Injury Hazard Reduction, published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine in April 2011, is a two-year study out of Cincinnati, OH exploring the use of safety devices in 300 households with young children and their effectiveness in protecting well-being, versus the households that used no safety devices at all.
Bruce Lanphear (Credit: . . . → Read More: Safeguarding Children: SFU Study on the Efficacy of the Baby Gate
M. Jerry McHale, Q.C. (Credit: University of Victoria)
The University of Victoria has appointed distinguished lawyer M. Jerry McHale, Q.C. as the Lam Chair in Law and Public Policy.
McHale will serve a two-year term—beginning in July—in the position and will serve to provide his expertise in the area of dispute resolution to students and researchers at the university.
“We are pleased to announce this joint appointment,” says dean of the Faculty of Human and Social Development, Mary Ellen Purkis. “Mr. McHale’s experience as a practitioner and policy expert will be a valued addition to our program and the broader social justice interests within our faculty.”
Distinguished Lawyer Named Lam Chair At UVic [University of Victoria]