Evaluation of Changes in Urban Forests in The Annex Neighbourhood, Toronto from 2010 to 2022

Urban forests are an essential component of green and sustainable communities. They play a critical role in ecological and social wellbeing by providing beneficial ecosystem services which improve environment and human health. Nonetheless, urban and infrastructure development, invasive species, and environmental stresses threaten urban tree survivorship. While public trees are often well-documented, there is limited knowledge and research related to trees on private land.

The impact of women-led market networks on the sustainability of global fish

My proposed project intends to investigate the export of dagaa (dried fish) from the African Great Lakes to Canada. My research examines the ecological impacts, the consumption patterns, and sustainability of both ends of the dried fish value chain. This builds on my doctoral research which looked at the sustainability of fisheries-based livelihoods on Lake Tanganyika. Now I wish to expand this to Lake Victoria, the borders of which are shared by Tanzania, Congo, Uganda and Kenya, and to include in the analysis, the economic activities of sub-Saharan African migrants to Canada.

North Park Neighbourhood Needs Assessment

The North Park Neighbourhood Association in partnership with the University of Victoria will undertake the planning process for a future community needs assessment to gather information on the health, wellness, and social inclusion of those who live, work, and spend time in North Park. The planning process will be done in partnership with the NPNA to develop key informant interview guides, and community townhall facilitation guides.

A Needs Assessment and Preliminary Program Evaluation of a Community Social-Emotional Learning Program

Mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression, are becoming increasingly common among children and adolescents, yet still only a small portion of youth receive the support they need. For these reasons, many community organizations have been focused on helping children develop the social and emotional skills which help to support children’s mental health and avoid mental illness. This project involves evaluating such a program, called Brainworx!, which is run by a Canadian not-for-profit, Start2Finish.

Queering the Tech Ecosystem in Canada: Understanding challenges, intersections, barriers, and opportunities

LGBTQIA2S+ individuals face barriers and challenges in gaining employment in tech, resulting in their underrepresentation in the industry. Research on this issue is sparse and incomplete. To address this labour-market gap in Canada and improve opportunities, we propose a mixed-methods research study that includes a quantitative survey about LGBTQIA2S+ experiences in tech companies and qualitative interviews with a representative sample.

Minimizing Mental Health impact of Burnout and Vicarious Trauma on Front-line Workers of the Residential Care Agencies

The Ontario Association of Residences Treating Youth (OARTY) is a provincial association of private
residential services. OARTY members provide support to individuals needing temporary, short or longterm
residential care; including those suffering the aftermath of abuse and neglect, and those with
developmental challenges, among others.
The problem that OARTY and its members are facing is a high staff turnover.

The Transitioning Youth with Disabilities and Employment Project – “The TYDE Project” – Focus on Gender Equity: Why are jobs distributed so unequally across gender?

Employment is important for ensuring social inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who commonly use the identity term self-advocates in Canada. Self-advocates are much less likely to be employed, and work fewer hours a week and often earn only minimum wage. When gender is taken into account, men are hired more frequently, work longer hours, and earn higher wages. A better understanding of employment barriers facing women and gender diverse self-advocates is needed to protect and promote the right to work.

Canadian School Food Program Survey and Research Briefs

Internationally, school food programs (SFPs) are one of the most successful drivers of improved health, education, and economic growth. Yet, Canada is among the minority of countries without a nationally harmonized SFP. This project involves the creation of research briefing notes on key areas of impact of SFPs to support the Coalition for Healthy School Food’s (part of Food Secure Canada) engagement with the federal government.

Advancing Fisheries Adaptation to Climate Change in Canada

Climate change is rearranging the distribution of ocean life and threatening the viability of world-wild fisheries that people depend on for food, income and well-being. While ample evidence shows the impacts of climate change on fisheries, Canada is lagging behind in developing the science and solutions needed to help Canadian fisheries be more responsive and resilient. This Mitacs intern will develop and pilot-test a scientifically rigorous qualitative framework to assess the degree to which Canada’s commercial fisheries management is responsive and resilient to climate change.

COVID-19, Mental Health, and Racialized Women in the Workforce

This project explores the mental health impacts of COVID-19 on racialized women in the workforce in Ontario. As groups overrepresented in poverty rates, unemployment rates, and low-waged and precarious work prior to the pandemic, racialized women are more likely to experience poor or negative mental health and wellbeing during the pandemic. Despite being one of the most vulnerable groups in Canada during a worldwide mental health crisis, racialized women have yet to be the focus of any serious study related to mental health in the pandemic.

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