Affordability Dashboard - Vancouver

The VEC, under its Economic Transformation Lab and in partnership with SFU and MITACS, seeks to research, design, and publish an affordability dashboard that consolidates all important metrics/statistics on affordability, relevant to Vancouver businesses and talent. The Dashboard will not only focus on affordability of office, retail, and industrial space, as well as other pertinent business operation affordability metrics, but will also contain affordability metrics that inform businesses of the cost of living for their talent.

Restoration Opportunities for the Lost Creeks of South Etobicoke

Extensive development in south Etobicoke resulted in creeks historically viewed as a nuisance being buried, culverted or piped underground. However, creeks don’t just disappear, during large rainfall or snowmelt events. These buried creeks have been found to be a catalyst for flooding and reduce water quality because of reductions in storage and absorption of stormwater run-off over vegetated surfaces resulting in a ‘flashy’ response to stormwater. This project will investigate restoration options for the remnant portions of the lost creeks and investigate green infrastructure (i.e.

Middle ear optical coherence tomography imaging system

This project will develop a microscope to allow ear surgeons to non-invasively see through the ear drum and into the middle ear. 250,000 ear surgeries are conducted annually in the US, but currently ear surgeons do not have a good diagnostic tool for imaging the middle ear non-invasively. For many forms of conductive hearing loss, conclusive diagnosis is only achieved in the operating room once the eardrum is cut open.

Antioxidant capacity and anti-inflammatory bowel diseases effect of hemp seeds grown in Canada

Hemp seed is a super fruit because its bioactive compounds have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial capabilities. Hemp seeds have the potential as a food therapy to reduce inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). In this project, we will collect hemp seeds from 20 hemp cultivars grown in different provinces in Canada. Antioxidant capacities of hemp seeds will be determined by using different chemical assays. Selective hemp seeds of different levels of antioxidant capacities will be used to investigate the anti-IBD effect using both in vitro ?gut-on-a-chip?

Molecular effects of novel high-CBD Cannabis cultivars: from mechanisms to novel applications and therapeutics

With the legalization of cannabis, a serious issue facing Canadians is: how will consumers know their products are safe and created with their health in mind? Many Cannabis products claim diverse health benefits, ranging from treating pain to reducing inflammation and affecting tumor growth. While this is incredibly exciting, have all of these products been researched to ensure their claims are rooted in scientific proof?

Les microplastiques et contaminants associés dans l’estuaire et le golfe du Saint-Laurent : caractérisation environnementale, sociale et bioaccumulation ou dépuration chez les bivalves

Ce projet propose de définir les enjeux socio-environnementaux et socio-économiques reliés à la présence de microplastiques (MP) marins dans l’estuaire et le golfe du Saint-Laurent, une région hydrologique complexe sous-étudiée vis-à-vis cette problématique. Ceci permettra d’orienter les décisions visant à protéger l’environnement tout en soutenant les secteurs maritimes, notamment ceux reliés aux ressources marines commerciales.

Cannabis used for medical purposes by children in Canada

Cannabis products are being used for a variety of conditions. In Canada, there are no cannabis products approved for use in children. Without evidence from clinical trials doctors are hesitant to recommend cannabis products for children. In order for doctors to feel confident in advising parents on medical cannabis they need better information on if these products work, how to dose them and long-term safety. Our national collaboration between parents, doctors, researchers, industry and policy makers will study the use of medical cannabis in children.

Identification of heterotic gene pools to accelerate hybrid breeding in Brassica napus (canola) - Year two

Heterosis is a natural phenomenon where offspring (hybrids) outperform their parents in many agronomic traits, although exploited in breeding the mechanisms controlling heterosis remain elusive. Genetic distance between parents has been positively correlated with heterosis, yet does not adequately explain the phenomenon. Dividing lines from any crop into heterotic groups that provide optimal combining ability upon crossing, is one of the most important goals of any hybrid breeding program. The main objective of this proposal is to define the heterotic pools of Brassica napus (canola).

Intelligent Character Recognition (ICR), Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and machine learning based corrections of data transcription from scanned business documents

SS&C processes more than 80% of financial scanned and faxed documents in the US and requires large amount of manual labor in order to map information from a document into another form. Advances in neural networks applied to computer vision have produced text detection and recognition that nears human performance.

The impact of an online remittance channel on the size and frequency of money transfers by international migrants in Canada

International transfer of funds (also known as remittance) plays an important role in the global economy. Existing research has studied the impact of international remittances on economic development, poverty, employment, and education. In developing countries such as Lesotho, remittances constitute 20% - 30% of the gross domestic product (World Bank, 2006). Policy makers worldwide have made an attempt to reduce the historically high cost of international remittances.

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