Are playgrounds really for everyone? Disabled children’s experiences at playgrounds designed for inclusion

negative attitudes toward disability. To address the exclusion that disabled children and their families often experience on playgrounds, inclusive playground initiatives have become increasingly common, promising accessibility, fun, and belonging for kids and families. Despite the advancement in inclusive playground design, there is recent research evidence to suggest that disabled children and their families continue to face mistreatment and exclusion at playgrounds.

Understanding in/exclusion in health and wellness programming across minoritized differences: A collaboration with the YWCA Hamilton

The YWCA Hamilton advocates for the improved status of individuals experiencing oppression; however, they have noticed high drop-out rates in their health and wellness programming. This collaborative study aims to unpack the relationship between health and/or wellness, physical activity participation, and inclusion/exclusion. Specifically, we seek to understand, strengthen, and build up the facets of physical activity participation that make them inclusive for marginalized/minoritized differences across age, disability, body size, gender, income, race, and/or sexuality.

Developing species-habitat conservation models for priority, wetland-dependent birds in Eastern Canada

Wetland-dependent birds, notably waterfowl, are prominent features of the conservation landscape in Eastern Canada, Ducks and geese in particular denote seasonality through their spectacular migrations, are key harvested species in many regions, and are often visible to connect the public with the sense of “wild”. However, populations of most of these species in Eastern Canada remain below targets set under the North American Waterfowl Conservation Plan, which may be due in part to threats or changes to breeding habitats.

A Story-Based Positive Youth Development Program For Young Hockey Players

Despite the numerous benefits of participating in child and youth sport, they not guaranteed. Purposeful efforts must be made to ensure that sport offerings are age appropriate, promote engagement and enjoyment, and involve quality social relationships. This project represents a partnership with the objective of finalizing and delivering a story-based positive youth development (PYD) program—The 1616 Program—for young hockey players (10 years of age) in North America.

What athletic therapists need to know about pain and pain medication: an evidenced based approach

The Canadian Athletic Therapy association (CATA) is the governing board for athletic therapist, health care professionals who rehabilitate athletes who are injured or in pain. Over-the-counter and prescription medications are often used by athletes as a pain management strategy, although they can have negative impacts on their health if misused. Since Athletic therapists follow athletes on the field and in the clinic, they are likely their most available health care professional. They should therefore be able to accurately educate and answer questions regarding pain medication and management.

The State of Bonne Bay: An Historical and Contemporary Study of the Littoral and Marine Ecology

This project will contribute to an assessment of the historical and contemporary “state of the environment” of Bonne Bay. The aim is to establish the extent to which its marine and littoral ecosystems are resilient and “healthy”, and what changes, if any, have occurred in recent decades to its physical, biological and ecological components. These would include pelagic and demersal fish, marine plants, tides, water temperature and chemistry. Particular attention will be paid to the diversity and habitats of fish and other marine organisms, as well as to estuaries, shorelines and deltas.

Pathways to a More Inclusive Labor Market in Calgary

An inclusive economy aims to provide all members of society with the opportunity to contribute to and benefit from a community’s economic activities and systems. Calgary Economic Development acknowledges that helping all Calgarians achieve their personal potentials is imperative to leveraging Calgary’s rich diversity to bring innovation and creativity into our industries and businesses. However, we are still facing challenges regarding diversity, equity and inclusion in Calgary labour market.

How are rapid environmental changes influencing Canadian-origin Yukon River Chinook declines?

Yukon River Chinook salmon have experienced devastating declines in recent years, leading to significant impacts on Yukon First Nation citizens. To address this growing conservation issue, we have collaborated with Yukon First Nations to understand their desires for improving salmon conservation capacity, and how we can support them in this endeavour. Together, we have identified some key avenues for research: first, what is responsible for salmon declines – climate change, fishing pressure, habitat loss, too many hatchery fish, or a combination?

The Role of Cattle-based Nitrogenous Waste as a Nutrient Source for Aquatic Food-webs

This research will explore how nutrients from cattle manure moves through aquatic ecosystems in a Saskatchewan agricultural landscape. Cattle with access to the banks of water ways have the ability to alter the health of water ways and the plants, bugs, and fish that inhabit them. Indicators of ecosystem health such as water quality, algae growth, benthic macro invertebrate community structure will be analyzed in areas with and without grazing cattle.

Access and Equity for LGBTQ2S+ Businesses in Canada

The Diversity Institute (DI) aims to work in partnership with CGLCC to identify barriers for entrepreneurship in the LGBTQ2S+ community and drive inclusive innovation in the Canadian business ecosystem. Through in-depth interviews with LGBTQ2S+ business owners across Canada, recruited through CGLCC’s supplier network and diverse partners, the project aims to fill the gap in available data on these businesses.