Testing nutrient profiling tools and portion size based initiatives (education, regulation and reformulation) for public health policy in Canada

Poor diet is one of the factors associated with obesity and overweight, which may increase the risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Two ways to improve the diets at the population level are to 1) establish public health initiatives (e.g.

Inclusionary Zoning as a Municipal Tool to Support Affordable Housing in Winnipeg

In 2011, 21% of Winnipeg residents (or 61,790 households) were living in unaffordable housing, as defined by Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) is a tool available to municipalities to respond to this issue by ensuring all new residential development includes a certain percentage affordable housing. Inclusionary Zoning is used successfully across the United States, Europe, and Australia to create affordable housing, but implemented differently by each city to respond to local need.

Feasibility Study of Biometric Technologies for Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre Society

This project focuses on solving problems related to safety and security of clients and personnel of the Calgary Drop-in & Rehab Centre Society. Their IT department tasked the Biometric Technologies Laboratory Lab, University of Calgary with determining what biometric technologies can be used for identification of clients for access to services, to monitor the safety of both clients and the personnel. The Lab will investigate the feasibility of usage of infrared and video recordings of face biometrics for these purposes.

Valuing Youth Voice after Disaster: Recovery & Resilience in Wood Buffalo

In the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, a lot can be learned from young people who experienced the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire disaster. Knowing and hearing their concerns will be critical for shaping how they and their communities recover and build a more resilient future. This means ensuring that youth have support to explore and implement creative solutions to complex, post-disaster challenges.

Ontario Primary and Mental Health Policy Decision Tool

The Ontario government provides healthcare funding to fourteen Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) across Ontario. LHINs in turn are responsible for structuring health care delivery and allocating funds to best meet the needs of the population in the region. However, there are limited tools available to help LHINs evaluate the system-wide implications of proposed policy changes.

Tenants and Radon: Legal Rights, Remedies and Opportunities for Reform

Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas produced by the natural decay of uranium in rocks and soils. It is the second-leading cause of lung cancer (after smoking) and the primary cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. 16 per cent of lung cancer deaths in Canada are attributable to radon exposure—approximating 3000 people a year. Radon can become trapped and accumulate in buildings, potentially reaching high levels in indoor air (Khan and Gomes, 2017).

Level the field: sport and disability inclusion

Canadian Sport Policy states a desire to provide sport programs that are accessible and reflect the full diversity of Canadian society. However a recent evaluation of 61 sport organizations in British Columbia revealed that most organizations are ill-equipped to serve people with disabilities wishing to partake in their leisure and sport programs (with some individuals with specific types of disabilities and impairments having little to no opportunity to get involved).

Examining Best Practices of Engineers Who Have Commercialized Technologies

Entrepreneurship is the embodiment of innovation and its presence is a significant indicator of the power of an economy. Engineering is an essential sector for production of high technology products, services, and jobs, and is often at the forefront of innovation. This research aims to strengthen the current understanding of entrepreneurial success of engineers in Ontario. Data will be gathered from several academic, and business sources, as well as practicing entrepreneurs with engineering backgrounds.

Assessing options for the regulation of non-medical drug use in Canada: a systematic literature review

Canada is in the midst of an unprecedented overdose crisis, with 922 people dying of overdose in the province of British Columbia in 2016. Pivot Legal Society has a mandate to represent drug users and advance their hu-man rights. It is embarking on a project to bring together drug policy experts across Canada and around the globe to propose regulatory models for all currently illicit substances.

Reducing homelessness using direct cash transfers and motivational interventions

This project aims to examine the effect of unconditional direct cash-transfers to recently homeless individuals in Vancouver, BC, Canada. We will conduct a randomized controlled trial to distribute a one-time unconditional $7,500 cash lump sum to 50 recently homeless individuals from shelters in Vancouver. We will also provide a supplementary motivational training for half of the participants. We will also recruit 50 recently homeless individuals as a control group, and half of these participants will also receive motivational training.

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