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Community-Based Research

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Community-Based Research

Current Projects

2019-2020 Projects:

Below is a list of available projects in the Peterborough area for the upcoming academic year. If you are a student researcher and see a project that you are interested in or would like to learn more about, contact the TCRC.

Also listed below, are projects offered by U-Links Centre for Community Based Research, which partners students with projects in the Haliburton area. Please Note: Student travel between Peterborough and Haliburton County is provided. Learn more about U-Links Projects here


#4679 
Redevelopment of the TCRC Database

The TCRC uses a database to organize and coordinate community-based research projects. This database contains information on each individual project undertaken, including tasks (to be) completed, faculty and students assigned to it, and notes regarding the projects process. The database is an essential tool for the TCRCs project coordinators, however its functionality is currently substandard. There is a need to redevelop/upgrade the database to make it more user friendly and the information it contains more accessible through, for instance, the development of a better filtering system and the ability to conduct searches of the database.

Research Theme(s): Culture

 

#4693
Cooperative Cafe Membership Outreach Survey

Seasoned Spoon LogoThe purpose of this project is to survey members and patrons of the Season Spoon Cafe to seek their feedback about the cafe. As the  Spoon matures it has gone from an organization that is 100% volunteer/member-driven to one that is primarily run by paid staff. While we feel that this is a good development, we want to ensure that, as a cooperative, we are in touch with our membership base. In addition to a survey, this project will undertake research into the history and viability of cooperative organizations. 

Research Theme(s): Culture; Social

 

#4786 
Economic Impact of Financial Institution Closures to Rural Communities 

Peterborough and the Kawarthas Economic Development Logo

Within the last few years, several townships in the County of Peterborough have been faced with closer of the sole financial institutions in rural communities.  The impact of financial institutions withdrawing from rural townships is currently unknown. This project will study the social, business, and economic challenges faced by residents of rural communities when they are left without a banking institution, as well as possible responses to these challenges. The impact of financial institutions withdrawing from rural townships is currently unknown.

Research Theme(s): Economics; Social

 

4841
Service Mapping of Adult Learners in Peterborough and City of Kawartha Lakes

adult education students

The purpose of the project is to better understand where people accessing adult education and literacy training services live. Anecdotally, we can say that most are coming from within the urban centre where training service providers are located: what we don’t know with any certainty is the ratio of urban vs rural adult learners. From both the urban and rural perspective, knowing where adult learners are coming from and how they are accessing the service is only known to each agency. The intent of this project is to map the locations of learners over a given time-period. This information will be used to demonstrate gaps in service and offer evidence for mobilizing creative programming and outreach activities to engage with communities of adult learners.

Research Theme(s): Economic; Social

 

#4848
The economic impact of international students in Peterborough and surrounding areas  (This project has been matched and is no longer available)

Workforce Development Board is a not-for-profit organization located in Peterborough and serving Northumberland, Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton. The WDB is funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to provide labour market information, coordinate employment and training services, and engage employer communities. The WDB / LEPC is proposing a research project that examines the economic impact of the rising number of international students attending Trent University and Fleming College, as well as identifies available supports (both social and employment related). There are close to 6,500 international students enrolled at Trent University and Fleming College, the two post-secondary institutions in the LEPC catchment area.There is very little data, however, on the economic impact these students bring to the community. 

Research Theme(s): Culture; Economic

 

#4850 
The Impact on Artists and the Community of Public Energy Performing Arts Programming.
Public Energy photo of dance class

Public Energy’s mission is to be Peterborough’s cultural catalyst, electrifying the community with powerful dance, theatre and performance. The purpose of this project is twofold (1) to examine the impact on artists, both in and outside of the community, of being presented and supported by Public Energy Performing Arts; (2)to assess the impact of Public Energy Performing Arts Outreach Activities on the community. The results will be compiled to identify common themes and recommendations for future outreach programming.

Research Theme(s): Culture; Social

 

#4853
Age-friendly Report

In an effort to disseminate the recommendations of the Age-friendly Peterborough Community Action Plan, Age-friendly Peterborough proposed the production of a half hour television program to air on YourTV. This is not a traditional research project. Students will be sourcing stories, interviewing subjects, using cameras and lighting, and, potentially, learning editing. Future stories will include awareness around Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, finances, food security, elder abuse, faith-based voluntarism, mentorship, second careers, technology, activism, grandparent’s rights, physical fitness and more.

Research Theme(s):  Culture; Economics; Social

 

#4854
Age-friendly Report Business Opportunities

The Trent Centre for Aging & Society draws together interdisciplinary faculty, students and community stakeholders to work together building dialogue around issues related to aging and critically informed aging research. In an effort to disseminate the recommendations contained within the Age-friendly Peterborough Community Action Plan, and encourage seniors to play an important role in their communities by volunteering, participating in and leading community activities, Age-friendly Peterborough's volunteer based Learning & Contributing Working Group proposed the production of a half hour television program to air on Peterborough, Ontario's local television station, YourTV. The program will also have a home on-line (web and social media), which will give viewers from Peterborough County, Curve Lake First Nation, Hiawatha First Nation and beyond the opportunity to connect with it and form an on-line community of feedback and mutual support.

Research Theme(s):  Economics

 

#4857
User Profiles and Data for Skiers Utilizing Kawartha Nordic

Kawartha Nordic LOGOThe Kawartha Nordic Ski Club, located 40 minutes north of Peterborough is home to 46km of classic cross country skiing. The organization is currently involved in a 5 year strategic plan and is looking to hear from users of the Ski Club. Students will design and administer a user survey and produce a final report that identifies key trends and demographics. Ideally, the research would commence in January, with a final report due by the end of April 2019.

Research Theme(s):  Economics

 

 

#4858
Applied Behaviour Analysis for Community Living

To provide community-based specialized support and clinical services for individuals, families, and service providers that contribute to the enhancement of the quality of life of persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities and/or Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Research Theme(s):  Social

 

 

 

#4859
The Living Library: Documenting Newcomer Experiences of Transition, Settlement, and Belonging

The New Canadians Centre strives to empower immigrants and refugees to become full and equal members of Canadian society and to provide community leadership to ensure cultural integration in a welcoming community. This project seeks to document stories of newcomer transition, settlement, and belonging though podcasts / audio-visual means. We would like to document their story, so the community can have access to it for educational purposes to help build the community’s capacity to welcome and understand newcomers.

Research Theme(s):  Culture; Social

 

#4863 
The Causeway - the road to economic prosperity  (This project has been matched and is no longer available)

County of Peterborough LogoThe mandate of the County of Peterborough is to provide regional public services which includes promoting regional economic development and tourism opportunities, land use planning and development, transportation systems, waste management, public health, social services and emergency medical services. The James A. Gifford Causeway is the busiest stretch of roadway in Peterborough County and it is currently in great despair. Rebuilding will take a number of years, and large budget to bring it to the vision that has been approved by Peterborough County Council. The goal of this project is to evaluate past, present and future economic impacts that the James A. Gifford Causeway has on the Greater Peterborough Area.

Research Theme(s):  Economics

 

#4869 
Rugby Ontario Registration Report (This project has been matched and is no longer available)

Rugby Ontario LogoThe purpose of the project is to assess and analyze Rugby Ontario and provide a detailed look at registration trends over the last 5 years for junior and minor rugby in the province. The results from the project will assist in identifying gaps in the organization and will provide a platform to make evidence-based decisions on the direction of the sport. This project will take a deeper look into the registration numbers and identify trends in registration, retention numbers and new player registration. 

Research Theme(s):  Economics

 

#4870
50% LocalFood 2030 Economic Impact & Jobs Report

Intended as the Goal setting Report for raising awareness,support and funding for the community to come together to build the economic and physical infrastructure to support a dynamic local Food Supply Chain to the level of 50% of  food purchased at consumer prices for home consumption by 2030. This is all in line with the SPP aspiration goal of feeding ourselves in the city and County of Peterborough by 2036. 

Research Theme(s):  Culture, Environment; Social; Economics

 

 

 

#4874
Public Operating Trusts as Non-Political Economic Infrastructure for the Equitable Distribution of Non-Capital Public Funds

Transition Town Peterborough is a not for profit social enterprise focused on building both personal and community resilience through economic localization of life essentials including food ,water, energy, wellness and culture; squarely facing together, at the same time, the compounding Environmental, Energy, Economic and Equality crises that are upon us. The purpose of this research project is to lever local community financing to serve citizens of Peterborough City and County, locally -owned businesses, local charities and not-for-profit organizations in responding to the interconnected Energy, Economic, Environmental and Equity impacts of the Climate/Energy Crisis. The City and County of Peterborough have not yet faced the enormous costs of adapting to the worst effects of the Climate Crisis, nor do they have the non-political infrastructure to equitably distribute funds to build the local economy. 

Research Theme(s):  Culture, Environment; Social; Economics

 

#4875
The Ganaraska River as a source of motive and electric power, past, present, and future.

This TCRC project will provide a context for, and explore the possibility of, development of the Ganaraska River as an environmentally-responsible source of hydroelectric and motive power using innovative small scale technologies. The mandate of the Town of Port Hope Centre of Excellence (CoE) is to engage in research and education; reduce the environmental footprint; reduce waste to the landfill; eliminate incineration and burning; engage all levels of government in the dialogue; and engage local recycling businesses and develop new ones. 
 
Research Theme(s):  Environment; Social; Economics
 
 

 

 

#4882
ASHMuskoka  (This project has been matched and is no longer available)

The ‘ASHMuskoka’ project seeks to address the environmental issue of diminishing concentrations of calcium, an essential mineral to plants and animals, in Muskoka forests, and indirectly, lakes by supplementing forest soils with residential wood ash – a natural calcium rich by-product of wood burning in fireplaces. By applying residential wood ash to forest soils, residents of Muskoka can convert a readily available waste product that is often landfilled, into a useful forest soil additive. The project has three goals: 1) to improve public engagement in environmental restoration and protection; 2) to launch a major wood ash recycling programme to help Muskoka’s forests and lakes; and 3) to test the efficacy and ecological sustainability of residential wood ash application to solve ecological osteoporosis in Muskoka’s forests and lakes. 

Research Theme(s):  Environment

 

#4883
Strengthening Opportunities with Havelock Farmer & Artisan Market Attendees

 

We are interested in learning more about the people who attend the market. Understanding the interests, numbers and where attendees are from will help us tailor the market to meet the needs of the clients.

Research Theme(s): Environment; Social; Economics
 
 

 

 

 

#4886
State of the Kawartha Lakes Symposium 2020: organizing a science-based forum to share local expertise and other relevant information with respect to the health of water bodies in the Kawartha Lakes. 

The purpose of the project is to bring together all stakeholders who are actively studying or managing the water resources of the Kawartha Lakes to share each other’s activities and results. Sharing of information and communicating what each stakeholder is doing, in terms of scientific-related study and other activities to improve the health of the lakes, is paramount towards effective management of the Kawartha Lakes. Sharing of information will help to build new and strengthen existing partnerships, create efficiencies and reduce duplication of efforts, and lead to an increase in the collective understanding of lake-based issues and opportunities to ensure ongoing and future efforts are focused and relevant. 

Research Theme(s): Environment; Social

 

#4887 
Wetland offsetting: Emergent protocols and techniques for prioritizing site specific wetland services (This project has been matched and is no longer available)

The purpose of this study is to understand, document and build on the experiences of landscape managers who have been evaluating and prioritizing the offsetting of wetland services for proposed development sites based on their potential contribution to integrated regional needs. 

Research Theme(s): Environment

 

 

 

#4888
Viable Alternatives to Spraying Roundup along Guider Rails and in Forest Trails in Northumberland County

Northumberland County Council recently agreed to cease spraying guide rails and forest trails in Northumberland County and return to the practice of mowing as was done prior to 2017 with the provision that this practice be evaluated this fall. Blue Dot Northumberland requested this change to comply with the healthy environment resolution council had passed. The purpose of this project is to provide Northumberland County Council and staff with viable alternatives to vegetation control without using Roundup. Such alternatives will allow the County to comply with their vegetation control obligations under provincial regulations without the harmful effects of Roundup on the environment. 

Research Theme(s): Environment

 

#4889
Durham Region Food Security Strategy; An Addendum to The Regional Municipality of Durham Climate Change Resilience Strategy

The purpose of the project is two-fold; first package information from the Trent High Level study and the Food Security task force into a document suitable for public consultation dissemination and; the second stage of the project is aggregating qualitative data received from the public consultation (received via email). The final document will help to inform the Regional Municipality of Durham, city and regional counselors, mayors, civil society organizations, NGO’s and the broader community of projects/programs to develop/ work towards to mitigating increased food insecurity in Durham Region during weather related emergencies and during recovery; improved resilience to food insecurity occurrences during and after a climate change emergency and; to improve community and household food security as the climate continues to change.

Research Theme(s): Environment; Social

 

 

#4890
The 3 R’s in Educating for Waste/A Report Card

The purpose of the project,is to demonstrate the absolute necessity for educational institutions to become part of the solution. Implementing changes to the processes in waste management at the school level will instill a culture of environmental stewardship in the students, create a social commitment to sustainable practices such as recycling, reducing, reusing, and composting and help to foster a culture of sustainability.

Research Theme(s): Environment; Social

 

#4893
Generating Sustainable Employment Opportunities for Local Indigenous Businesses in Peterborough  (This project has been matched and is no longer available)

Dalhousie Youth Support Services LogoWith support from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), Community Futures Peterborough’s mission is to generate and assist in creating and maintaining sustainable employment opportunities in the City and County of Peterborough by supporting small businesses through flexible financing and business service. We would like to help the indigenous community grow or expand their business by offering flexible financing options, creating jobs and fueling the economy. It will help our potential client demographic by offering options to uncover dreams of business ownership. 

Research Theme(s): Economics; Social

#4894
Assessing Staffing Structure: Prioritizing Cost Efficiency and Quality Service to Youth

Dalhousie Youth Support Services LogoDalhousie Youth Support Services is a not-for-profit agency funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, providing programming and support to youth who are in conflict with the youth criminal justice system. The purpose of this project is to determine the most effective staffing structure for DYSS, both economically and socially, so staff can be utilized in the most efficient manner. This will not only use ministry funding in the best way possible, but also will allow the staff to provide timely, high quality services to the community. 

Research Theme(s): Economics; Social

#4895
Outcomes for Suspended and Expelled Youth: Examining Community Involvement, Education, and Support Systems  (This project has been matched and is no longer available)

Dalhousie Youth Support Services LogoDalhousie Youth Support Services is a not-for-profit agency that provides programming and support to youth who are in conflict with the youth criminal justice system. This project will examine the outcomes for youth who have been suspended and expelled. We are interested in their high school completion rates, their employment rates, dependence on Ontario Works and their involvement in the criminal justice system, as well as the services in the community, and with DYSS, that are available for youth who are suspended or expelled. 

Research Theme(s): Social

 

 

#4898
Port Hope Fountain Sustainability Restoration: Preserving Our Past for Future Generations

 Photograph of the Port Hope FountainAn old historic fountain lays in the center of Port Hope. There has been a tremendous amount of interest to restore the fountain but there was not enough meaningful action in the community to proceed with restoration. This project is an attempt to generate public interest for a viable restoration project through the lens of environmental sustainability.  Student researchers will conduct a community survey identifying public attitudes and awareness of alternative/sustainable technologies.  In addition, research will be needed to gain a better understanding of the historical importance of the fountain.  The project proponent envisions a restored fountain retrofitted with sustainable technologies.

The project is an initiative of the Town of Port Hope Centre of Excellence (CoE) which serves to engage in research and education; reduce the environmental footprint; reduce waste to the landfill; eliminate incineration and burning; engage all levels of government in the dialogue; and engage local recycling businesses and develop new ones. 

Research Theme(s):  Environment; Social; Economic, Cultural

#4902
Examining the Effect of the Student Choice Initiative on Trent University Levy Groups

Many groups at Trent are funded through levies, and these groups have been targeted by the Student Choice Initiative legislation proposed by the provincial government. This legislation will make many of their fees categorized as non-essential, meaning that students will be given the opportunity to opt-out of paying them. This will be a time of significant change for many groups and will greatly increase the precarity of groups deemed non-essential. Levy groups are diverse and their mandates cover a wide range of issues that are social, political, environmental and cultural, working both on campus and within the broader Peterborough community.

Our goal with this project is to track the work currently being done on campus by levy groups, to determine how levy groups are preparing for a new fiscal reality of the Student Choice Initiative, to examine the ways that levy groups are both vulnerable and resilient, and to access what may be lost by making their work more precarious. This group of research projects will have case studies of other levy groups (currently: Centre for Women and Trans People, Community Race Relations Committee, Kawartha World Issues Centre, Theatre Trent, Sadleir House, Active Minds, and the Arthur Newspaper), and potentially more.

Research Theme(s):  Environment; Social; Economic, Cultural

#4904
Successfully Soliciting Client Feedback in Child Welfare to Improve Service Delivery

The Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society has been part of the community since 1892, helping to build families by working with parents and community partners to address concerns and resolve issues that impact on a child’s safety and well-being.

KHCAS would like to enhance its ability to gather feedback from clients who have been engaged with our services in order to improve services that clients receive.  We would like to explore creative ways that utilize the technology that our clients generally use (e.g., text). 

Research Theme(s): Social

#4905
The Opioid Crisis and Its Effect on Families Served by the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society

This part of Ontario is experiencing a significant crisis with respect to opioid use.  This crisis has a devastating and lasting effect on families and children.  Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society wants to better understand the scope of the opioid problem as it relates to our current caseload with the intention of informing and adapting service delivery approaches to result in the best outcomes possible for children.

Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society (KHCAS) is a not-for-profit agency that, by law, is required to protect children from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and neglect. 

Research Theme(s): Social, Cultural, Economic

#4906
The Anticipated Longevity of a Community-Based Fundraising Dragon Boat Festival in Ontario

The purposes of the project are: to assist in strategic planning for the event, to avoid pitfalls that other festivals have experienced and adopt new strategies that other festivals have found to be successful, tp take advantage of Best Practices of other festivals in order to continue fundraising for the PRHC Foundation in a meaningful way, and to continue to support the environmental focus of the community (going green). The Festival Executive has developed two previous strategic plans with resulting action plans to identify necessary changes to enhance the event and to ensure its sustainability (a horizon of 3 to 5 years).

Research Theme(s): Social, Economic, Cultural

 

 

#4907
Arthur Newspaper’s coverage of Ontario provincial politics from 1990 to 1999

The Arthur Newspaper LogoThe project will map the coverage of major news events involving the Ontario provincial government during the 1990’s through Arthur Newspaper. It will benefit the Arthur readership by contextualizing the publication historically and culturally with its relationship to the Trent University Peterborough-Nogojiwanong student public.

Research Theme(s): Social, Economic, Cultural

 

 

#4908
Arthur Newspaper’s coverage of Federal politics from 1990 to 1999

The Arthur Newspaper LogoThe project will map the coverage of major news events involving the Federal government during the 1990’s through Arthur Newspaper. It will benefit the Arthur readership by contextualizing the publication historically and culturally with its relationship to the Trent University Peterborough-Nogojiwanong student public.

Research Theme(s): Social, Economic, Cultural

 

#4909
Community-Based Researcher(s) in Residence

The Arthur Newspaper LogoThe project will create opportunities for students to do research in the community about the community, whether that is in the university community or in the Peterborough-Nogojiwanong. These will build opportunities for connection and collaboration, as well as promotion of community happenings.

The Community-Based Researcher in Residence, will work with the Editors to identify a sub-project across the following areas: Sports, Politics- Municipal, Provincial, Federal, Student Affairs- Trent Administration, Trent Central Student Association, Trent International Student Association. Strong candidates for these projects are students in Journalism, Political Studies, Cultural Studies, International Development Studies, and Canadian Studies. 

Research Theme(s): Social, Economic, Cultural, Environmental

 

#4911
Peterborough Workplace Culture: A Snapshot

At Legendary Coaching our focus is on helping people lead themselves and others well and create workplace cultures where people feel valued and heard and relationships are protected. We accomplish by offering a variety of products and services including: workshops (public and proprietary), one-on-one and group coaching, retreats and mediation.

The purpose of this project is to assess the overall communication and relational state of workplaces in the surrounding community. In addition, the project will identify the most significant problems in this area and their economic impact on businesses.

This project will benefit our clients and the local business community by helping identify the gaps in how their workplace culture and environment empower and care for their employees. Furthermore, it will help raise awareness of the importance of effective communication and protecting relationships in the workplace and how this can affect productivity and morale.

Research Theme(s): Social, Economic

#4912
Regional analysis and documenting of local Cottagers Associations water resource management priorities and their intersection with waterpower production

OWA actively engages and educates the public on waterpower through a number of education initiatives on behalf of its membership.  The report would aid OWA in understanding particular regional areas of focus to engage WPO. The data can be used to identify particular interests and priorities from WPOs and their Associations through an analysis of their respective publications (e.g. meeting minutes, bylaws) and/or media (e.g. websites, social media). FOCA has expressed that some of their association members have concerns with water management within their area, which in some cases incorporate the operation of waterpower facilities.This analysis would aid FOCA in identifying regional locations in proximity to waterpower facilities which may become a focus for outreach and engagement efforts. 

Research Theme(s): Economic, Social, Environmental
 

#4913
Trent International on the International Stage

How does the Trent University International student program’s implementation of internationalization practices reflect global trends in education?

Research Theme(s): Social, Economic, Cultural

 

 

#4914
More Than Consent & Conviction: Can Forensic Science Help Prevent Assault?

What is the role of forensics in the development of a national Canadian policy on sexual violence on university campuses, given that most sexual violence prevention campaigns are focussed on consent education?

Research Theme(s): Social, Cultural

 

 

#4915
Peterborough Keeping Kids Healthy Evaluation Report

The goal of the local Keeping Kids Healthy project, is to strengthen the capacity of communities to build linkages between local health and social sector partners and work towards systems change and collaboration to more effectively support children and families disproportionately affected by the social determinants of health (SDOH) and promote health equity. This research proposal will focus on the evaluation of the project. This project is an evaluation of the local Keeping Kids Healthy Project. It will assess the outputs and outcomes of the local Keeping Kids Healthy project and provide lessons learned for the partners and broader community both locally and provincially.

Research Theme(s): Social

 

#4916
Through Their Little Eyes: A Children’s Book of First Experiences

This project aims highlight the experiences of children (ages 5 – 12) who have come to Canada as immigrants or refugees. Specifically, the project aims to document their first experiences and encounters with Canadian culture and life from their perspectives with the goal of producing a Children’s Book to weave these stories together.

Research Theme(s): Social, Cultural, Educational

 

#4917
Precarious Employment Research Initiative  (PERI) – Knowledge Mobilization

The first phase of PERI, gathering the data, the production of 8 information briefs and a conference in Nov 2018 has been completed. Information related to the first phase of this initiative can be found at https://www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca/peri/. The next phase of this initiative will involve mobilizing the data with employers, employees and unions. Though the plan has not been fully established for phase 2, it is anticipated that it will involve the development of marketing material including short videos for social media as well as other opportunities.

Research Theme(s): Social, Economic 

 

#4918
Marketing Survey for IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s 2020

Develop a survey (and help to implement) for participants in the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s occurring May 2020. Find out key demographic information which will help in demonstrating the appeal of this audience for targeted corporate sponsors for the subsequent year’s event.

Research Theme(s): Marketing, Economic 

 

 

 

 

#4922
Peterborough County Tree Survivorship and Landowner Outreach project

Peterborough County Stewardship LogoPeterborough County Stewardship is a non profit environmental stewardship organization dedicated to the promotion of sustainable use and stewardship of our soil, water, wetlands, woodlands, wildlife and other natural resources in Peterborough County.

The purpose is to gain a better understanding of the survivorship of the trees purchased in the past through a seedling sales program (2008–12) and determine how successful the program has been so that we can best support rural landowners in future program delivery and to expand our volunteer base. A survey to landowners has been sent and we are currently receiving those surveys for further analysis through this research project. 

Research Theme(s): Social, Economic 

 

#4923

Viability for Tiny Home Community in Peterborough as a means of transitional housing

Building on the work of FRSC student researcher last year, you will determine the viability of tiny homes as a housing solution for individuals post-incarceration.  The Human Services Justice-Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) is looking for you to bring research into action by examining the potential for a ‘tiny home community’ pilot project in Peterborough. 

The Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge (HKPR) Regional HSJCC functions to identify and influence system wide pressures and/or changes that support the decriminalization, deinstitutionalization and de-stigmatization of people who experience mental health, addiction and related conditions who come into contact with the Justice System. The HKPR Region covers Peterborough City and County, City of Kawartha Lakes, and Haliburton and Northumberland Counties.

Research Theme(s): Social, Economic 

 

#4924
Moral Recognition Therapy

“Moral Recogition Therapy (MRT) is a systematic treatment approach that seeks to decrease recidivism, or the tendency of a convicted criminal to re-offend, among juvenile and adult offenders by increasing moral reasoning.” The Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee seeks a student to identify best practices, and application of this therapy type to determine appropriate use in the region.

The Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge (HKPR) Regional HSJCC functions to identify and influence system wide pressures and/or changes that support the decriminalization, deinstitutionalization and de-stigmatization of people who experience mental health, addiction and related conditions who come into contact with the Justice System. The HKPR Region covers Peterborough City and County, City of Kawartha Lakes, and Haliburton and Northumberland Counties.

Research Theme(s): Social

 

#4925
Peterborough Support Court: Approaches to Decreased Recidivism

Building on past student research conducted on the Peterborough Support Court, the HSJCC seeks to identify current modalities/treatment plans that could prove to substantially decrease recidivism rates. The Peterborough Support Court operates from a concurrent disorder court approach focusing on drug treatment and mental health.

The Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge (HKPR) Regional HSJCC functions to identify and influence system wide pressures and/or changes that support the decriminalization, deinstitutionalization and de-stigmatization of people who experience mental health, addiction and related conditions who come into contact with the Justice System. The HKPR Region covers Peterborough City and County, City of Kawartha Lakes, and Haliburton and Northumberland Counties.

Research Theme(s): Social, Economic 

 

#4928
Minds in Motion - Program Success and Sustainability

The Alzheimer Society of Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland and Haliburton is a person-centered agency dedicated to advocating for and improving the quality of life for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias throughout their journey. The Alzheimer Society helps by providing information, resources, education, and support.

Over the past 2 years our Society has piloted the delivery of Minds in Motion® (MiM) sessions to people living with dementia and their care partners within the Northumberland, Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, and the Haliburton area.  Minds in Motion® (MiM) is an 8 week evidenced-based program that helps people living with dementia and their care partners remain active and engaged in their communities. The program has been met with great public interest in addition to resounding support from members of the fitness and aging communities.  The program objectives are to decrease social isolation and improve the physical and mental wellbeing of people living with dementia and their care partners.

Research Theme(s): Social


Available U-Links Projects:




#4910
Public Attitudes Towards Climate Change in Haliburton County

Established in 2003, Environment Haliburton (EH!) takes a comprehensive view of environmental issues in Haliburton County and provides a strong voice to encourage positive initiatives and oppose those that could have an adverse impact on the environment. This project will involve creating, distributing, and analyzing results of a climate change opinion survey aimed at community organisations and the public. Interviews with community organisations and/or municipal government representatives may also be included. This project will assist EH! and Planet Haliburton with understanding current public and community attitudes towards climate change and the health-climate change relationship. Results will also assist EH! and Planet Haliburton to frame their climate change programming, as well as assisting environmentally-mandated organizations in focusing their resources on activities most likely to help generate action across the community. It will help EH! and Planet Haliburton in making recommendations to local municipalities and stakeholders. This project will also build on past work that EH! has done to increase public awareness of climate change and its impacts.

#4903
Evaluation of Repair Cafes in Haliburton County

SIRCH LogoSIRCH Community Services in Haliburton County identifies community needs and responds with innovative services, programs and partnerships that support individuals, families and communities. Repair Cafes are a relatively recent concept that was first introduced in 2009 in Europe, but have since gained popularity and are proliferating around the world. Repair cafes are fixed meeting places where tools are available for community volunteers to repair various items (electronic, mechanical, clothing, etc). The objectives of the Cafes are to reduce waste, strengthen social cohesion, and develop and maintain repair skills.

The purpose of this project is to conduct a process evaluation to estimate the effectiveness (including social cohesion and environmental stewardship) and efficiency of five local Repair Cafes, which SIRCH anticipates will be funded through a Ontario Trillium Foundation SEED grant.   

 

 

 

#4901
Restoration Plan for QEII - Recommendation to Naturalize Decommisioned ATV Trails

Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park is the largest protected roadless wilderness in Haliburton County.  The Park serves as a biological engine that supports the flora and fauna of the County.  Many kilometers of unauthorized ATV trail within QEII are being closed as recreational ATV riding is prohibited in all Provincial Parks.  To minimize the negative impact these trails have had on the park’s ecological integrity and prevent further unauthorized use, trail sections may require different forms of accelerated (human-assisted) naturalization.  A shelf ready restoration plan would assist Ontario Park staff in reducing the negative impact of these trails on the park’s ecological integrity and restore the park’s unique semi-wilderness environment. The purpose of this project is to determine the extent of unauthorized ATV trails being closed and the approximate severity of ATV caused damage amongst them; the tested methods (used in other protected areas) for ensuring trails stay closed and re-naturalize swiftly; and  recommendations to prioritize and naturalize QEII’s unauthorized ATV trails.

 

#4900 
 QEII Species Summary - Eastern Moose

Ontario Parks' mandate is to protect significant natural and cultural resources in a system of parks and protected areas that are sustainable and provide opportunities for inspiration/ enjoyment and education now and for future generations. The objective of this project is to gain a better understanding of Queens Elizabeth II Wildlands Eastern Moose (Alces alces americana)  populations. By researching and organizing a summary of local Moose biology, ecology, population status, cultural signification and management strategies, the student will educate park staff on the species status. This project will work to create a proposal for improving future park management practices as well as fill gaps in the local cultural knowledge of the species. An increased understanding and management of the Moose populations will directly influence the viability of the species across Haliburton County. 

 

#4899
QEII Cultural Summary - Park Fire History

Ontario Parks' mandate is to protect significant natural and cultural resources in a system of parks and protected areas that are sustainable and provide opportunities for inspiration/ enjoyment and education now and for future generations. The objective of this project is to develop a deep understanding of Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Park’s forest fire history from the late 1800s onwards and their mitigation efforts. By investigating this history via literature reviews and interviewing historians, the student’s comprehensive summary will provide key information for the park users and stakeholders, giving them a better understanding of the park's fire ecology. This project may open the door for future research and help aid in the protection of this area natural environment. 

 

 

 

 

#4897
An Investigation into Plastic Consumption and Alternatives for the Haliburton County Farmers Market

Photograph of fresh produce at the farmers marketThe Haliburton County Farmers Market Association (HCFMA) hosts 3 community farmers markets locations and have over 25 vendors involved from the months of May to October. With increasing awareness of the problems associated with the single use plastic and the recent federal government proposal to ban single use plastics by 2021 the HCFMA wishes to look for ways to minimize the plastic usage practices of vendors and customers. This project will provide an overview of the main sources of plastic usage in farmers markets locally and in Ontario and understand how to best utilize incentives for behavioral change re: plastic use, and identify challenges and limitations to plastic reduction initiatives. Students will work closely with community members, vendors and the HCFMA to find useful answers to the outstanding questions involving plastic consumption and alternatives.

Research Theme(s): Social, Environmental

 

#4885
Kawagama Lake Calcium Decline Mitigation Cost Benefit Analysis

Calcium has been declining in Kawagama Lake due to historic and ongoing acid deposition. These declining calcium levels have a negative impact on the food-chain and can thus affect the growth of various sport fish.
This project will involve researching the calcium decline mitigation costs and benefits that were already identified in an earlier (2019) research project. A summary booklet for educational purposes should be included as part of the project deliverables. 
The project will help raise community awareness around the issue of calcium decline in our freshwater lakes, as well as assist the Kawagama Lake Cottagers' Association to start implementing broader mitigation strategies to address the issue of calcium decline in Kawagama Lake.  

 

 

 

 


#4884
Youth Retainment and Engagement in Minden Hills: Insights, Opportunities and Challenges

Rural communities in Canada have been facing a decline in youth population as the phenomenon of urbanization attracts youth to cities. The Township of Minden Hills has identified youth retention and engagement as a priority for future development planning. This project will examine the factors contributing to youth out-migration from Minden Hills and strategies currently used to address this issue as well as provide a gap analysis of themes and strategies that have not been fully considered. The student will document and assess unique insights from local community members- including young people- and provide recommendations for the township. The student will also complete a literature review assessing the issue of youth retention and engagement in rural areas to provide context and direction for the study

This project is ideal for a small group senior undergraduate students or a graduate student.

 

 


#4880
"The Missing Element": Stories of the Mountain Street Red Cross Outpost

Canoe FM (local radio station) and Haliburton Highlands Land Trust (environmental conservation organization) are non-profit organizations working out of a historic building on Mountain Street in Haliburton that was once a Red Cross outpost. A small 1983 book by Martha Perkins,“A Hospital of our Own” was written about its history. The purpose of this project, hosted by Canoe FM,  is to discover more about the building and the health professionals who worked there in order to develop a better understanding of the hospital’s connection to history and its contributions to the local community. 

Existing data will be augmented through oral history interviews with local community members and a visual media display intended for the office.

This project is ideal for a small group of senior undergraduate students with a combination of graphic design and interviewing skills.  

 

 

 


#4877
Haliburton Forest Revitalization Project - Integrative Report

Haliburton Forest LogoHaliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve is an integrated and diversified company with a tourist and recreation division and forest products division.

The tourist and recreation division offers multiple activities such as wilderness adventures (including the world’s longest canopy boardwalk trail) - forest and wildlife education and wilderness retreats. The company has always maintained a strong focus on environmental sustainability.

The purpose of this project is to assess the current state of the Haliburton Forest entrance parking lot area (including, but not limited to, general aesthetics, signage, native plants, soil erosion and compaction, and stormwater management), conduct complementary research and analysis that builds on the initial findings from the previous research project (Project #4866), and produce an integrative report with clear and well-reasoned recommendations for action.

Note: This is the project #2 of two interrelated projects; the first project involved conducting focused research on ‘greening’ parking lots and surrounding spaces in rural areas (refer to Project # - 4866)

This project is ideal for a group of senior undergraduate students.


#4868
Financial Impacts of Gull River Flooding

family wading through flood waters Major flooding events in Minden Hills in 2013 and 2017 resulted in significant financial impacts for residents and business owners. These flooding events have negatively impacted housing values, increased costs to homeowners and disrupted small businesses.The floods have also had significant  social and psychological impacts on residents living along the floodplain.

The purpose of this project is to conduct a case study on the financial impacts of the flooding in order to better inform current and potential residents and business owners of the financial impacts of continued flooding. The study will provide a foundation for potential remedial action (that includes multi-level government, watersheds,citizens, etc.)

The case study report that includes a focused literature review, analysis and discussion from interviews, and recommendations for next steps. This project is ideal for a single undergraduate or group of undergraduate students.


#4838 

PictureGull Lake Benthic Zone Assessment

This project involves undertaking Benthic Sampling at various spots on Gull Lake in Haliburton County to determine an understanding of the status of lake health, species diversity and an important baseline for future comparisons. Sampling 5-6 locations, student(s) will evaluate current fall draw-down conditions of Gull Lake and establis an ongoing benthic sampling and documentation protocol for continued evaluation of lake health and its ability to sustain higher level species. 

 


#4836

PictureAssessing water quality and riparian health at Halls Lake Causeway

The Halls and Hawk Lakes Property Owners Association (HHLPOA) in Haliburton County has a strong focus on environmental issues, with an aim of maintaining or improving the natural environment and the overall quality of life on Halls Lake, Hawk Lake and Little Hawk Lake. HHLPOA is looking to participate in a research project on the effects of the Halls Lake causeway from Old Mill Road onto the lake's only island.  Residents on the north east shore of Halls Lake believe their water quality has deteriorated since the causeway was built, perhaps due to the disconnection of water flow. This project involves a measurement and analysis of water quality and benthic/riparian health on both sides of the causeway as a basis for comparison and potential remedial action. Students will use a combination of fieldwork and a literature review to provide a descriptive report which includes recommendations for action.

 


#4826

PictureNeeds Assessment for Caregivers in the Haliburton County Community

Haliburton Highlands Health Services promotes wellness and provides access to essential and high quality health services including: Hospital (Acute Inpatient and Emergency Care) Long-Term Care; End-of-Life Care; Mental Health & Addictions Services and Community Support Services (CSS). The CSS team provides multiple programs and services that are focused on enabling seniors and/or adults with disabilities and/or illness to remain independent at their place of residence for a longer period of time. Population projections: Most of the future population growth is anticipated among older age groups with the most dramatic increases over the next 20 years among those 65 years and older i.e. the number of persons aged 65-74 is projected to increase by 2,170 persons representing an increase of 83.1%. We are interested in completing an assessment for caregivers in Haliburton County in an effort to meet the growing need. Currently, HHHS Community Support Services provides support to seniors and/or adults with disabilities and/or illness to remain independent at their place of residence for a longer period of time. Although there are a number of HHHS CSS caregiver supports in place, this study aims to determine the best approach for HHHS to continue and improve existing caregiver supports.

 


#4818  

 Sustaining a Movement: Performing a Situational Analysis for the Community of Making

The Community of Making is a partnership between multiple organizations that is dedicated to digital literacy through education and creation in STEAM (science, technology, education, arts, and math). The project is approaching its final year of funding, but ideally will continue. This research project involves conducting a situational analysis or the purposes of creating a strategic plan for Community of Making. This may include a situation audit, environmental scan, or other research that will help us gain some perspective on the sustainability and growth of the Community of Making.

 


#4813

PicturePlaces For People Process Mapping

Places for People (P4P) provides tenants with long-term affordable rental housing in Haliburton County. The non-profit organization also sets aside in a trust fund a small amount of the rent paid for the future of tenants and provides appropriate social supports for each family such as skills and education. The run-down buildings that P4P acquires to turn into new housing are strategically located to be within walking distance to shopping as well as schools and medical care. The volunteer run organization is planning to hire paid administrative support and therefore needs a functional understanding of the various processes of the organization. This will facilitate the future development of consistent procedures to ensure the continued viability of the organization. Selected research questions include: What are the current decision-making processes in place for P4P and how are decisions made? What should be included in a procedures manual for P4P? For the purposes of this project it is anticipated that there would be process maps (decision trees) developed for various functions of the organization: financial; property; fundraising; tenant support etc. In addition, recommendations would be made for the outline of a procedures manual to be developed in a follow-up project. This CBR project would be ideal for business students.

 


#4812

PictureEstablishment of Permanent Sample Plots on Norah’s Island, Kennisis Lake, to Support the Long-Term Monitoring of Biodiversity

Habitat loss and degradation are the greatest threats to biodiversity in Canada today. To mitigate this process in the Haliburton Highlands the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust (HHLT) is acquiring lands of ecological and cultural significance for conservation purposes. It works to select only those properties which clearly have long-term benefit to the public and can be maintained by the land trust in perpetuity. The establishment of Permanent Sample Plots (PSPs) will provide the HHLT with the ability to monitor changes in vegetation biodiversity and land use on its various properties on a long term basis. For the 2018 – 2019 academic year the HHLT would like to continue the work of establishing PSP plots in different Ecosites on Norah’s Island (Kennisis Lake). Based on experience in 2017 on the Dahl Forest two students are able to complete surveys on four PSPs. The intent is to be able to begin and complete the field program by the end of October before winter arrives.

 


#4811  

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Establishment of Permanent Sample Plots in the Fred and Pearl Barry Wetland Reserve to Support the Long-Term Monitoring of Biodiversity

Habitat loss and degradation are the greatest threats to biodiversity in Canada today. To mitigate this process in the Haliburton Highlands the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust (HHLT) is acquiring lands of ecological and cultural significance for conservation purposes. It works to select only those properties which clearly have long-term benefit to the public and can be maintained by the land trust in perpetuity. The establishment of Permanent Sample Plots (PSPs) will provide the HHLT with the ability to monitor changes in vegetation biodiversity and land use on its various properties on a long term basis. For the 2018 – 2019 academic year the HHLT would like to continue the work of establishing PSP plots in different Ecosites on the Fred and Pearl Barry Wetland Reserve. Based on experience in 2017 on the Dahl Forest two students are able to complete surveys on four PSPs. The intent is to be able to begin and complete the field program by the end of October before winter arrives.

 

#4810

PictureEstablishment of Permanent Sample Plots in the Barnum Creek Nature Reserve to Support the Long-Term Monitoring of Biodiversity

Habitat loss and degradation are the greatest threats to biodiversity in Canada today. To mitigate this process in the Haliburton Highlands the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust (HHLT) is acquiring lands of ecological and cultural significance for conservation purposes. It works to select only those properties which clearly have long-term benefit to the public and can be maintained by the land trust in perpetuity. The establishment of Permanent Sample Plots (PSPs) will provide the HHLT with the ability to monitor changes in vegetation biodiversity and land use on its various properties on a long term basis. For the 2018 – 2019 academic year the HHLT would like to continue the work of establishing PSP plots in different Ecosites on the Barnum Creek Nature Reserve. Based on experience in 2017 on the Dahl Forest two students are able to complete surveys on four PSPs. The intent is to be able to begin and complete the field program by the end of October before winter arrives.

 


#4809

PictureEstablishment of Permanent Sample Plots in the Dahl Forest to Support the Long-Term Monitoring of Biodiversity

Habitat loss and degradation are the greatest threats to biodiversity in Canada today. To mitigate this process in the Haliburton Highlands the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust (HHLT) is acquiring lands of ecological and cultural significance for conservation purposes. It works to select only those properties which clearly have long-term benefit to the public and can be maintained by the land trust in perpetuity. The establishment of Permanent Sample Plots (PSPs) will provide the HHLT with the ability to monitor changes in vegetation biodiversity and land use on its various properties on a long term basis. At the Dahl Forest PSPs were established in two different Ecosites – three in the Sugar Maple Ecosite and one in the Mature Red Pine Ecosite. Both Ecosites were located on the west side of the Burnt River which bisects the property. For the 2018 – 2019 Academic year the HHLT would like to continue the work of establishing additional plots in different Ecosites on the Dahl Forest including plots on the east side of the Burnt River. Based on the experience in 2017 two students are able to complete surveys on four PSPs.

 


 


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