University of Regina researchers team up with residents of Île-à-la-Crosse, Saskatchewan, on a platform to support enduring solutions to the COVID-19 crisis. The initiative has the potential to expand beyond the region and address other challenges.
In many remote locations, access to medical supplies, which can make the difference between a speedy recovery and death, can be limited because of their sensitivity to temperature variations during transport.
One company that’s addressing the need for a vaccine is Medicago, a biopharmaceutical company that’s using a new manufacturing technology based on Plants and Virus-like Particles (VLP). Medicago is creating a vaccine that has the potential to promote antibody production, and unlike cell culture systems, plant systems do not require complicated growth or storage conditions.
With the goal of improving access to healthy, quality, affordable and sufficient food for the residents of Montréal’s Little Burgundy, a Mitacs-funded project humanizes innovation by developing a socially relevant autonomous shuttle bus.
The world’s honeybee populations are declining: ravaged by a phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder that kills entire hives with no warning. Up to 30 percent of the world’s food supply relies on honeybee pollination, yet scientists don’t yet know what causes the problem.
Institutions, not-for-profit organizations, and businesses across Ontario are frequently caught off-guard and are at risk of non-compliance with the recent Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA); the Act requires improved accessibility in buildings. Without a clear inventory of problem areas, organizations are often unknowingly at risk for penalties.
“When companies need to recall food due to a listeria outbreak, it costs a lot of money,” says Éric Biron, a professor at Université Laval. “At the same time, the loss associated with animal deaths caused by clostridium in livestock farming is estimated to be around $2 billion per year.”
For First Nations communities in northern Canada and other remote regions, access to safe and clean water, toilets, and food preparation areas presents a serious challenge to communal gatherings. For elders, women, youth, and gender-diverse community members, this often means they simply do not participate in community events.