Links between aquatic macrophytes, nutrient concentrations and deep-water oxygen in an Ontario lake

Human activity near lakes can have a profound impact on the state of the lake. When nutrient-rich pollution enters the lake it can cause toxic algal blooms, decreased oxygen levels, a loss of diversity, fish kills and degradation of water quality. Aquatic plants may limit nutrients in run-off from entering the main lake. Aquatic plants along the shoreline take up the nutrients that potentially enter the lake before they get to the open water zone. At Chandos Lake, Ontario, the species of aquatic plants living along the shoreline have changed due to an invasive plant entering the area.

Understanding the Evolving Nature of Refugee sponsors in Canada

This project examines the type of refugee sponsorship groups, their relation to the sponsored refugees, and the challenges and successes that they have faced. This is primary research, using the data that is at this point available but not organised by the partnership organization. It will benefit the partnership organization in giving it an overall, empirically valid assessment of areas of improvement in public policies that are adapted to changing circumstances.

Integrated post-harvest wash systems for fruit and vegetable decontamination for reducing water usage and decrease emission of disinfectant byproducts in wastewater streams

The Canadian Food Guide has recommended an increase in fresh produce in the daily diet. Although the nutritional benefits of fresh produce are well established there are continuing food safety issues, high wastage and water consumption. To enhance safety and shelf-life it is common practice to pass produce through a post-harvest wash using chlorine as sanitizer. Chlorine is reactive and forms disinfection byproducts from constituents released from produce during washing. The byproducts are considered environmental pollutants but also has low antimicrobial activity.

An emerging aquatic invasive species in Saskatchewan: distribution and ecology of the Prussian carp

Invasive aquatic species are one of the largest threats to aquatic ecosystems and cost Canadians around $343 million annually. Aquatic invasive species negatively impacts recreational use of freshwater and can decrease water quality, reduce native populations, and can cause fisheries to collapse. Prussian carp are an invasive species native to Asia that have recently been introduced to Alberta and has now expanded into Saskatchewan. To reduce the negative impact on Canadians, it is crucial to develop an effective management strategy, but to do that certain information is required.

Facilitators and barriers to cycling uptake in London, Ontario

Cities need an evidence-based understanding of cycling barriers and facilitators to support policy and programming aimed at promoting cycling. In London, this evidence is currently limited. The London Cycling Survey aims to address this gap. The purpose of this Survey is to examine the barriers and facilitators to cycling in the context of London and to identify key issues and opportunities to improve cycling for transportation in our community. First, focus groups (interviews) will be conducted to capture the perspectives of cyclists in London.

A capacity building initiative for rural community health research in Northern Newfoundland and coastal Labrador

Rural physicians are well positioned to conduct impactful community-based research but their research progress is often impeded by scarce funding and a lack of research assistance to bring projects to fruition. These issues are profound in Northern Newfoundland and coastal Labrador (NNCL), some of the most geographically remote areas of the province.

Integrating Board Tasks into the Board Attributes and Firm Performance Relation

As the corporate board can be seen as a type of group, scholars from the group perspective have found that tasks performed by groups are unalike, and the effect of group attributes on performance largely depends on which type of tasks the group perform. Based on the survey data expected to be collected from our industry partner, we intend to bring the idea of group tasks into board research and closely examine the influence of board tasks.

Artistic Voices: An Oral History Community Heritage Project at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, Kingston ON

Using oral history interviews, this collaborative project will document and explore the social history of the efforts made by the Kingston arts community to preserve the historic Morton Brewery and Distillery and to create the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, a vibrant community arts hub. Supplemented by archival research, I will interview the artists, cultural organizations, and community members to document this community history and privilege the voices of those who worked so hard to create this space.

Toolkit: Alternative Models for Affordable Housing

Metro Vancouver is in the midst of an affordable housing crisis. While responses to the crisis have tended to focus on our most at-risk populations, the reality is that even with a stable income, the high cost of housing is one of the primary reasons people and families of all ages are leaving the region. This research project will explore non-profit development of affordable ‘workforce’ rental housing for household’s earning between $20,000-$100,000 per year.

A Professional Learning Community of Coaches (PLCC): supporting science teaching in Chinese international education

One of the main concerns in modern educational research is how to implement classes that are interactive and to provide a better learning environment for students. Among these trends, ambitious teaching refers to a set of principles that emphasize student-centered and investigative learning. However, teachers need support from their trainers to successfully implement these ideas. In this project, we aim to investigate the benefits of using a professional development training called Professional Learning Communities among science coaches to improve teachers' practices.

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