Archaeology is important in understanding our past cultural heritage. Traditionally, this is accomplished through the excavation of, and the analysis of artifacts discovered at archaeological sites. Excavation, however, is an inherently destructive process, as once a site is excavated, the original state is lost. This has negative impacts on both the cultural significance of the site and the ability to conduct future. It is beneficial to look for additional ways to study sites that are less destructive, and to preserve the archaeological site when possible.
The main aim of this research project is to utilize the paper mill sludge, an organic waste product, as a value added product by converting it to animal feed that can be used by the poultry and aquaculture industries. The local paper mill produces wet paper sludge daily as an organic waste material. Currently this organic waste is burnt in the boiler by mixing it with bark and used oil. The research study will optimize the parameters needed to successfully complete the process with minimum retention time.
Plenty Canada has partnered with the University of Guelph to launch a biocultural knowledge and mapping project to begin restoring Indigenous knowledge, visibility, and character to the Greenbelt as an important Indigenous cultural landscape in Ontario. Our proposed work builds upon the success of a pilot project that we launched with the Canadian Commission for United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (CCUNESCO) to document and safeguard important Indigenous heritage resources along the Niagara Escarpment.
The proposed project will assess the potential for converting many small patches of farmland to natural habitat. In particular, it will assess both the ecological effectiveness and the economic feasibility of such land restoration. It will map unproductive patches of land within fields where soybean is grown, across all of Southern Ontario, using a combination of in?field observations and satellite images.
Toronto has been experiencing a housing affordability crisis for almost two decades and the house prices continue to increase. The increasing unaffordability causes many problems in the city including increasing social inequality and difficulty of accessing affordable housing essentially for newcomers and racialized communities. This project aims at focusing on the discussion of “missing middle” and attempting to analyze what type of redevelopment is necessary in order to create an affordable housing system in Toronto.
High-skill clean-tech, such as adaptive grazing (AG), has the potential to both increase soil carbon sequestration and assist producers in developing more sustainable operations. This research aims to address these gaps through a multi-year analysis of a peer-mentor AG training program. Working in combination with the NGO Seed Change we propose to conduct a mixed-methods study with the overall goal to determine the factors influencing the adoption and long-term implementation of AG.
Most tall-grass prairie in Canada has been lost over the last century, leaving only a handful of small, disconnected patches of habitat. The Poweshiek skipperling – a small prairie butterfly - has become critically endangered as a result. The Manitoba Tall-Grass Prairie Preserve (MTGPP) is home to the last surviving Canadian population of the species.
This research is designed to advance understandings and monitoring of the recreational and Indigenous food salmon harvests and their management within the Central Coast of BC. Further, this collaborative research project is being led by the Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance and four partnering First Nations (Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xai'xais, Nuxalk and Wuikinuxv Nation) to develop a salmon catch monitoring framework.
This project will explore cultural asset mapping on the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland and Labrador, a region with rich cultural heritage but which also faces challenges with supporting entrepreneurship and promoting new economic opportunities. The project will explore options for the creation of a cultural asset mapping tool on the GNP through a community engagement process that will involve both traditional knowledge-holders and cultural entrepreneurs.