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Testing a rapid laboratory method for tracking permafrost thaw slump activity

Testing a rapid laboratory method for tracking permafrost thaw slump activity

by Claire O'Hagan Permafrost is permanently frozen ground, and is critical to the ecosystem health and function in northern landscapes. It is important for maintaining the stability of the soil, as well as the welfare of the organisms that inhabit northern areas. Permafrost thaw, ongoing as a result of anthropogenic climate change, has increased the

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Ontario must commit to affordable housing for all, not attainable housing

Ontario must commit to affordable housing for all, not attainable housing

by Murat Ucoglu and Ute Lehrer During his provincial election victory speech on June 2, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said he aimed to build more housing to make the housing market more “attainable” for everyone. Although most people probably didn’t pay close attention to the specific choice of words Ford used during his speech, it’s alarming

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All about bees: Common misconceptions, helping pollinators and how to actually ‘save the bees’

All about bees: Common misconceptions, helping pollinators and how to actually ‘save the bees’

A Garden for the Rusty-Patched Bumblebee: Creating Habitat Gardens for Native Pollinators is an inspiring and practical guide that will help gardeners create habitats full of life and learn about what is needed to take action to support and protect pollinators  By Lorraine Johnson and Sheila Colla Native, or “wild” bees — that is, bees that occur naturally

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How COVID-19 lockdown measures — and their outcomes — varied in cities around the world

How COVID-19 lockdown measures — and their outcomes — varied in cities around the world

by Roger Keil, Philip Harrison and Xuefei Ren During the COVID-19 pandemic, Chinese cities have repeatedly imposed lockdowns following their central government’s stubborn pursuit of Zero-COVID. But lockdowns weren’t limited to authoritarian regimes such as China. Many democracies also imposed some form of lockdowns to curb the virus transmission. How effective were they? Was it worth

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Exploring local elephant knowledge in the Boteti River Region, Botswana

Exploring local elephant knowledge in the Boteti River Region, Botswana

Sharing local elephant knowledge to enhance human-wildlife coexistence by Stephanie Bell What local ecological knowledge (LEK) exists in relation to the African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana) in Botswana communities? How will LEK aid in mitigating human-wildlife resource competition? The research project “Exploring Local Elephant Knowledge in the Boteti River Region, Botswana” addresses these questions. Recent

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Exploring the experiences of racialized residents in two Toronto neighborhoods

Exploring the experiences of racialized residents in two Toronto neighborhoods

Racialized residents in Jane and Finch and St. James Town neighbourhoods identified structural and systemic barriers to accessing, using, and navigating greenspaces, the study finds. Park Perceptions and Racialized Realities is a community-based participatory research project that explores the experiences of racialized and Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) in public greenspaces. The research,

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Digital charter bill will do little to protect Canadians' personal data

Digital charter bill will do little to protect Canadians' personal data

Bill C-27 is a welcome sign that the government is taking Big Data seriously, but it needs some serious finessing before it’ll do more than reinforce the status quo - Kean Birch The federal government has tabled Bill C-27, the digital charter implementation act, which covers consumer privacy, data protection tribunal processes and the regulation

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New webinar series on disaster ethics begins April 6

New webinar series on disaster ethics begins April 6

The nine-part webinar series titled “Exploring Ethics: Lessons from COVID-19 and Other Catastrophes” kicks off on Wednesday, April 6 and will run on select Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. until June 2022.   With nine speakers participating across multiple continents, collaborating universities of this joint project include York University, Roskilde University and Arkansas Tech University. By

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Building a 7-generation community in Markham

Building a 7-generation community in Markham

What really matters to you? This is the question that 7-generation Markham is trying to address to co-create the first 7-Generation City learning from the past and looking to the future to thrive in the present. EUC Professor José Etcheverry is leading York University’s engagement in this multi-stakeholder project seeking to re-examine community through intergenerational

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Novel approaches to restoring Indigenous governing authority over lands and waterways

Novel approaches to restoring Indigenous governing authority over lands and waterways

What is the relationship between infrastructure and jurisdiction? How can remaking the material systems that sustain collective life enact Indigenous jurisdiction? How can the “just transition” to sustainable economies be imagined and infrastructured to foreground Indigenous knowledges and governance systems? These are the questions that Osgoode-EUC Professor Dayna Nadine Scott and project co-director Professor Heidi

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