Exploring the impacts of COVID-19 on service provider habits and knowledge and parental experiences with postpartum mood and anxiety disorders

This study will survey health care and social service providers, as well as parents, in a Northern Ontario community to determine how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted availability of and access to services for postnatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs).

The effect of bioceramic textiles on skin temperature in older adults

When absorbed through the skin, far-infrared radiation increases body temperature by improving blood flow. Bioceramic textiles are fabrics that emit mild, safe levels of far-infrared radiation, and clothing made from these materials may improve blood flow to increase body temperature. As we age, our body’s ability to regulate blood flow and control temperature is reduced, and whether bioceramic clothing can still improve body temperature in older adults is unknown.

Assessing the Impact of the Program Integrity Framework: Engaging Family-Links in the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) Program in the Context of Program Assurance

Canada’s Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) program has gained a lot of international attention from countries around the world. Since the program’s inception, emerging literature has appropriately captured the increasing shift from the ‘welcoming the stranger’ model to ‘kin-linked’ based sponsorships. Today, linked-sponsorships make up the majority or private sponsorships. The sponsor community is anticipating the rolling out of the new Program Integrity Framework (PIF).

Guide to Establishing an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCA) Innovation Centre

This project aims to document the process that was undertaken to establish the first Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area (IPCA) Innovation Centre. This documentation will serve as a roadmap and assist in the establishment of future IPCA innovation centres across Canada and internationally. The establishment of IPCAs are essential if Canada hopes to protect biodiversity and ultimately achieve Target 1.

Development and evaluation of WinSport’s IPLAY program: A mixed methods examination of a physical literacy-based initiative for newcomer youths

Physical literacy (PL) programs focus on developing competence, confidence, and the knowledge to be physically active (PA) across the lifespan. Given that current rates of PA among children are continuing to decline, with only 9% of children meeting the Canadian PA guidelines, PL programs provide a unique opportunity to facilitate a lifelong interest in PA. The partner organization, WinSport, is interested in developing, rigorously evaluating, and iterating a community outreach program which seeks to promote health, PA, and engagement among new immigrant youths.

Documentary Digital Storytelling & Decolonization: Discussion Series on Co-Creating Media with a purpose in Indigenous Communities

This study aims to examine Indigenous methodological and participatory approaches to co-creating media with Indigenous storytellers and communities. Additionally, this study aims to generate information about ways to decolonize the media production process through better understanding co-creation and engagement practices.

Fostering Food Security through Local Cultures: Living Heritage Insights from Rural Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Communities

Current challenges, like climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, have brought new awareness to how we consume, produce, and distribute food. In Saskatchewan, climate change is already impacting the quality and quantity of southern water supplies and strategies used for hunting, gathering, and fishing in northern areas. Amidst these challenges, this project examines whether local tradition and heritage can help revitalize food systems in the post-pandemic period.

Solidarity not Charity: Mutual-aid volunteer engagement, experiences, and retention strategies with the Bike Brigade in the context of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has produced a heightened interest in, and need for, mutual aid: a collective effort to meet community needs and redistribute resources. Mutual aid has been a long-standing practice of Black communities, and existed before terms like ‘caremongering’, ‘crowdfunding’ and ‘the sharing economy’ became popularized. Mutual aid is also more than just a crisis response; it builds solidarity and sustained relationships across community members.

The effects of racialized culture in recruiting diverse talent

This project focuses on the visible minorities with higher education or work skills (e.g., international graduates or skilled workers immigrants) and investigates the barriers for these immigrants to find a job at their level of skill and education. More specifically, this research seeks to understand how much racialized culture plays a part in recruiting diverse talent. There will be no limitation in terms of the industries of the employers in our sample population. For our sample population, we focus on and include as many employers as possible from the Windsor area.

Examining the Relationship between Men’s Use of Flexible Work Arrangements and Parental Leave

This project will provide new evidence on fatherhood in Canada, regarding fathers’ engagement with both parental leave and flexible work policies. By examining in-depth the relationship between parental leave policy use, and flexible work policy use, we can determine how and whether fathers use this suite of policy options, and the impact it has on their division of household labour, and family wellbeing.