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.

Ecosystem-based management research for Canada's Sablefish fishery

The fishery for British Columbia's Sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria) is one of Canada's most valuable marine fisheries. This project addresses the two primary strategic challenges currently facing this fishery: (1) lower harvest quotas aimed at rebuilding the spawning biomass to more productive levels risks the economic sustainability of the industry and (2) future access to fishing grounds could be in jeopardy without improved information about the ecological impacts of fishing on non-target species and seabed habitats.

Dreamcatcher Informatics: a Web-based and Mobile Information System to Support Land Management, Consultation, and the Preservation of History, Culture and Traditional Ecological Knowledge

The role of this internship is to assist in reaching the SSHRC goal for the Dreamcatcher system of capturing cultural data, traditional ecological knowledge, and traditional land use. This internship will contribute to the growing area of critical Indigenous research in Canadian planning practice and theory.

Snow avalanche risk management

Managing the risks from snow avalanches during winter mountain travel is vital for the Canadian avalanche industry. An average of 14 avalanche-related fatalities per year occurred between 1997 and 2014 with the majority of those
triggering the avalanches themselves. We propose a detailed examination of avalanche risk management practices using the conceptual model for avalanche hazard and the Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing 5-Step Checklist System.

Analyse socioéconomique de la situation des acteurs de la chaine d’approvisionnement de l’industrie du rechapage du pneu au Brésil

Cette étude a pour objectif principal de documenter les pratiques de gestion et les conditions de travail des acteurs de la chaine d’approvisionnement de l’industrie du rechapage de pneu de camions au Brésil. L'étude consiste en une collecte terrain qui alimentera une analyse sociale du cycle de vie du rechapage au Brésil selon trois scénarios: 1) scénario de base "valorisation" (le pneu est valorisé en fin de vie); 2) scénario "rechapage"; 3) scénario "recreusage puis rechapage". En parallèle, une analyse environnementale du cycle de vie est aussi menée.

Analyse socioéconomique de la situation des acteurs de la chaine d’approvisionnement de l’industrie du rechapage du pneu au Brésil

Cette étude a pour objectif principal de documenter les pratiques de gestion et les conditions de travail des acteurs de la chaine d’approvisionnement de l’industrie du rechapage de pneu de camions au Brésil. L'étude consiste en une collecte terrain qui alimentera une analyse sociale du cycle de vie du rechapage au Brésil selon trois scénarios: 1) scénario de base "valorisation" (le pneu est valorisé en fin de vie); 2) scénario "rechapage"; 3) scénario "recreusage puis rechapage". En parallèle, une analyse environnementale du cycle de vie est aussi menée.

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