Genetic factors underlying the survival of Legionella in water

One of the best-studied water-borne bacterial pathogens, in term of its interaction with phagocytic protozoans, is Legionella pneumophila. This species is an important, but often underestimated, cause of community-acquired and nosocomial pneumonia. Transmission occurs primarily by inhalation of contaminated water droplets, but the exact mechanism and other factors influencing virulence remain unclear. Once in the lungs, Legionella infects and replicates inside alveolar macrophages and causes widespread tissue damage.

An Economic Analysis of Improving the Grain Export Capacity at the West Coast Terminals

It was evident in the 2013/14 crop year that when limited export capacity is rationed by price, large export basis reduces Saskatchewan prices at a substantial cost to grain producers and the provincial economy. Given the increasing long term yield trend, the projected 10 million tonne increase in crop production under the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth, and the continued growth in Asian grain markets, West Coast export capacity is likely to be an issue for decades to come.

Shared Platforms: Creating Sustainable Social Enterprise

The shared platform model is emerging as an innovative organizational structure. The proposed research aims to gain a deeper understanding of shared platforms strengths, barriers to success, and their potential impact on the social enterprise sector in a rural area. The shared platform organizational model provides two distinctive features for both business supports and mentorship through an administrative hub, and the opportunity to collaborate, create Communities of Practice to drive innovation.

By the North with the North: Community Building in Northern Saskatchewan

This unique research project, undertaken by Master of Northern Governance and Development (MNGD) students, contributes significantly to our understanding of the North. The research focuses on community-based responses to rapid economic, social, and environmental changes and the development of the local capacity to respond. The analysis is collaborative, involving key stakeholders at the community and multi-community levels, and is informed by their values and interests.

BC recreational fisheries: exploring potential for development of kokanee program Year Two

The proposed project aims to evaluate the potential for a kokanee species based recreational program in stocked lakes of B.C. Recent data collected by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. (FFSBC) suggests that effort can increase by up to 400% once kokanee are large enough to be caught. The main benefit of this program is a potential increase in fishing effort and the recruitment of new anglers. The project will include estimating the biological capacity for kokanee using state-of-the-art stock assessment models of fisheries science.

Building ecologically robust lakes for offsetting fisheries productivity

In order for Canadian industry to continue to meet the high demand for energy they must adhere to the social and environmental pressures to reclaim and restore the extraction sites to fully functioning ecosystems, and to offset environmental destruction when appropriate. Recent changes to Canada’s Fisheries Act in 2012, have enshrined offsetting strategies as a legislative means of compensating for the loss of commercial, recreational or Aboriginal (CRA) fisheries. In Alberta’s Oil Sands Region, the creation of new lakes (i.e.

Metagenomics to assess impacts of the Mount Polley Mine tailings dam breach onassociated ecosystems

The Mount Polley tailings impoundment failure released 24 million m3 of mine-influenced water and sediment into the surrounding watershed. The scale of this spill is unprecedented in BC history, and the effects on current and future ecosystems are unknown. Of paramount concern is the containment of toxic metal-containing compounds that threaten aquatic life. My research addresses the role of wetlands and riparian soils in remediation of this spill. I established permanent monitoring sites under a Mitacs Accelerate award to track the progression of contaminants throughout the watershed.

Metagenomics to assess impacts of the Mount Polley Mine tailings dam breach on associated ecosystems

The Mount Polley tailings impoundment failure released 24 million m3 of mine-influenced water and sediment into the surrounding watershed. The scale of this spill is unprecedented in BC history, and the effects on current and future ecosystems are unknown. Of paramount concern is the containment of toxic metal-containing compounds that threaten aquatic life. My research addresses the role of wetlands and riparian soils in remediation of this spill. I established permanent monitoring sites under a Mitacs Accelerate award to track the progression of contaminants throughout the watershed.

Battery Rickshaws in New Delhi: Socio-Economics and Environmental Impact

In the past four years, the number of battery-powered rickshaws in New Delhi has grown from a few dozen to around 100,000. These vehicles have zero-emissions, play an important role in the urban transport system and provide employment opportunities for low-income groups. However, they are not covered by existing transport regulations and there is currently debate amongst local and national policymakers, the judiciary, operators and civil society as to how to regulate them.

Regenerative Neighbourhoods Project

The research undertaken through the Regenerative Neighbourhoods Project explores the ways that specific building and infrastructure projects can act as catalysts for transformational change at the neighbourhood scale with respect to sustainability objectives. It encompasses both substantive performance improvements and the changes in the project delivery processes required to achieve them.

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