COVID-19, Women’s Mental Health and Therapeutic Recreation in Yukon Territory.

The impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of women is currently unknown in Yukon Territory. Women have experienced unemployment, domestic violence and greater caregiving responsibilities because of COVID-19. It is important to support women's mental health during the pandemic. Therapeutic Recreation is a healthcare profession that uses leisure and recreation to improve health and wellbeing. Therapeutic Recreation provides positive leisure experiences that can reduce the impacts of C19 on women’s mental health.

Integration of Simultaneous Localization And Mapping (SLAM) to improve workflow of reconstruction projects and space utilization

The focus of this project will be how modern technologies, specifically static and mobile laser scanners, drone photogrammetry, and Virtual Reality (VR) can be applied to solve issues related to renovating and utilizing (repurposing) old buildings. This is a multi-disciplinary approach with college interns from Geomatics Engineering and Architecture Engineering programs.

Measurement of Tailings Particles Transport Driven by Wind Erosion at Porcupine Tailings Storage Facility

This project is designed to characterize the effect of flocculant addition to mine tailings for the reduction of mine dust dispersion. Mine dust prevention is of importance for mine management as well as to reduce the possible dispersion of dust to nearby urban centers like Timmins and Porcupine Lake. To assess the effect of flocculation, we will use collected micrometeorological data as well as tailings material characterization to parameterize wind erosion and dispersion models. The project results will help provide recommendations towards the development of a dust emission management plan.

Integration sound considerations into the Montreal nightlife policy

Noise affects everyone, and our cities try to limit noise impacts through effective policy. We focus on the issue of night noise, where the needs of different people can vary widely between wanting quiet for sleeping and for the great nightlife that cities are known for. This collaboration between the City of Montreal and the Sounds in the City research team uses Montreal as a living laboratory to develop new tools and methods to take sound into account when developing and evaluating a new nightlife policy.

Pulsating Airlift Pumps for Vertical Farming Applications

The need for food (26.6% increase since the year 2000 according to Statistics Canada 2016) and the cost of energy are increasing rapidly as the world population continues to grow exponentially. Moreover, world-wide demand for fresh water is rapidly increasing while supply is very limited. Agriculture uses 70% of the global fresh water supply as compared to hydroponics that only use 10%. However, these systems require large amounts of energy to operate. Reducing energy cost and improving productivity is critical for the sector to expand.

Governing innovation and knowledge sharing to increase adaptive capacity of forest industry in Quesnel, British Columbia

In Quesnel, British Columbia, efforts to stimulate innovation and diversify actors of local forest industry can be challenging for emerging locally-driven small forest enterprises that have limited capacity and resources. Building an inclusive forest industry that constitutes existing large forest enterprises and locally-controlled small forest enterprises in the landscapes therefore involves strengthening networks of knowledge and innovation.

Optimising Green Rainwater Infrastructure for Rain City Strategy Targets

The City of Vancouver’s Integrated Rainwater Management Plan and Rain City Strategy provides rainwater management targets and design standards for public spaces (streets, public spaces, parks) and private spaces (private property, City-owned property) in the City of Vancouver. To reach these targets, the City has adopted several Green Rainwater Infrastructure (GRI) approaches to achieve the design standards in both types of spaces. The GRI types that will help the City meet its targets sustainably include green roofs, rain barrels, and rain.

Bullying Purposely Left Out?: Canada’s amended Labour Code and its potential impact on Indigenous workers

Workplace discrimination is common for Indigenous people (1,2). Unacceptable behaviours may take place at work, such as threats, intimidation, or violence (2). The workplace is a location where behaviour labeled as ‘bullying’ occurs (1,3). When examining Indigenous workers, the impacts of behaviour defined as bullying (and the mere act of defining the behaviour as bullying rather than racism, violence or harassment) may be exacerbated given the unique history of Indigenous people.

Development and Evaluation of Interventions for Farm Machinery Operators to Improve Musculoskeletal and Cognitive Health

Producers and farm workers are exposed to whole-body vibration (WBV) on a regular basis when operating farm machinery. The short-term effect of WBV include cognitive impairment and musculoskeletal disorders, such as low back pain. To aid in promoting worker cognitive and musculoskeletal health, rest and/or activity breaks may provide relief from these hazards and can be implemented immediately without cash investment. For these breaks to be appealing, they must be effective in reducing adverse health effects from WBV exposure, and must be feasible for field implementation.

Synthesis and Development of Low-Cost and High-Quality Graphene Nanostructures

Graphene is the thinnest, lightest, strongest, and a highly conductive material discovered to date, which makes it attractive for diverse applications, ranging from energy storage devices, electronics and automotive to construction. Despite the unique properties of graphene and its potential application in various industries, the widespread application of graphene is still limited due to the high cost of starting materials, high production cost, or low production volume.

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