Building the cycling economy beyond the urban core

Cycling for transportation increases local economic benefits by: improving the local business environment; reducing commercial vacancies; and increasing sales and employment opportunities (Stabinski, 2009; Walljasper, 2012; Racca and Dhanju, 2006; New York City DOT, 2013). This project will study how targeted interventions to increase cycling for transportation in Scarborough can advance cycling participation, job creation, social inclusion and environmental quality.

New methods and applications for monitoring bacteria inwater

We have previously developed and commercialized a bacteria detection technology that is now being marketed for testing E. coli and coliform bacteria in water. The work proposed here will provide tests for additional bacteria types, and new applications of current tests. Each new test will be a combination of new sample handling methods and additional test ingredients, as needed. Our partner is Pathogen Detection Systems, Inc. (PDS), a subsidiary of Veolia Water in Veolia's Endetec group.

Asset-Based Community Enterprise Development in Bolivia Year Two

This cross-sectoral research project will track the process of supporting four nascent community-based enterprises (CBEs) in indigenous communities in the Bolivian highlands, examining the complex interaction of factors that contribute to successful CBEs.

Asset-Based Community Enterprise Development in Bolivia Year Two

This cross-sectoral research project will track the process of supporting four nascent community-based enterprises (CBEs) in indigenous communities in the Bolivian highlands, examining the complex interaction of factors that contribute to successful CBEs.

Training, engagement, and retention: a ?learning region? approach to rural youth

Youth are tomorrow?s leaders, parents, professionals, and workers, as well as today?s assets. However, the disengagement and out-migration of rural youth are critical challenges for rural communities and regions. In the Lower Columbia and surrounding West Kootenay-Boundary region these challenges are compounded by struggles to meet existing labour force needs. This project will review, summarize, and distribute existing information related to youth training, engagement, and retention to help inform relevant actors in the region.

Assessing and modelling climate – pollutant interactions in marine food webs in the Pacific and coastal British Columbia, Canada

Healthy ocean food webs are key to the socio-economic viability of coastal communities in British Columbia. The Vancouver Aquarium’s Coastal Ocean Research Institute (CORI) was established in 2014 to provide an ongoing assessment of the health of Canada’s oceans. This project supports this strategic priority of the CORI initiative and advances the organization’s mission to conserve aquatic resources though display, interpretation, education, research and activities.

Geo+Social Analytics for Healthy Urban Environments

We will develop new computational tools that will mine and classify social media for statements that represent varying types and degrees of emotional stress. These tools will allow us to apply geospatial analysis methods to define dynamic stress landscapes, or stresscapes, that will help us to understand how stress varies from place-to-place and from time-to-time within urban centres. This will lead to new insights into how emotional stress is related to particular conditions (e.g. traffic congestion), place types and designs (e.g.

Chemical modification of biopolymers and cellulose nanocrystals for the development of bioactive films

The proposed project is aligned in the chemical modification of polymers and cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) to improve the nanoparticle-polymer interactions and maximize i) the reinforcing effect of nanoparticles (polymer filling) as well as ii) interactions nanoparticles bioactive-agent in the manufacture of bioactive packaging films.

Hypothesis: The chemical modification of polymers and CNC optimizes interactions bioactive polymer-CNC-agent and significantly improve the functional properties of bioactive films.
Objectives:
1) Optimize four methods of functionalization of bioactive movies:

An integrated solid state fermentation approach for production of enzymes from agro-wastes / Une approche solide de fermentation à l'état intégré pour la production d'enzymes à partir de déchets agricoles (Nouveau)

One third of the total apple production in Canada (447,035 ton/year) is processed to produce juices, flavours and concentrates and Quebec has 32 % share (2007 statistics) in it. The end result is a solid residue containing high moisture content (70%–75%) and biodegradable organic load (high BOD and COD values). These wastes have low nutritional value and their high biodegradability causes environmental problems. A typical apple processing industry generates 25%–30% apple pomace and 5%–11% sludge (liquid waste obtained after clarification).

Harmful algal blooms: Links between lake ecology, chemistry, and drinking water treatment

Overall project:
Human activities can profoundly alter aquatic ecosystems and create major challenges for the provision of safe drinking water. For example, high nutrient loads can dramatically increase algal productivity. This in turn can alter lake chemistry and ecology, which can have significant effects on water treatment processes. Ecological changes can include the occurrence of harmful algal blooms. An increase in the frequency and severity of algal blooms is a major concern across Canada and globally.

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