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.
How might Peterborough most effectively help international students integrate into the community?
Retaining international students in our community is beneficial to the social, cultural and economic prosperity of our community. This project is meant to help determine best practices in retaining international students in the community post-graduation. The student will research the strategies, practices, and policies other communities have put in place to retain students, and how these might best be put into practice in Peterborough.
Research Theme(s): Culture; Economics; Social
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
Cooperative Cafe Membership Outreach Survey
The 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
Best Practices for Managing Student Co-operative Housing
As PSC moves closer to its goal of acquiring a site for a co-operative based student and community residence, we are missing a few vital pieces of information in moving forward. The purpose of this Trent Centre project is to help us fill in these gaps in knowledge. The project would focus on interviews, informed by a literature review and an environmental scan, with the managers of existing co-op housing residence to see how their management functions on a day-to-day basis. The goal is to come up with a set of best practices for managing student co-operative residences.
Research Theme(s): Economics; Social
Durham Food Report Card
The project’s purpose is to help the Durham Food Policy Council choose a suitable ‘report card’ model to assess and communicate food systems progress in all of Durham Region’s municipalities. A report card distills complex data into a more digestible format for use by residents and community organizations by using clear indicators, infographics, accessible language, and an easy-to-use rating system. A report card can show a snapshot of municipal action but can also provide comparisons and trends along regular time intervals and between the 8 local municipalities in Durham Region. Overall, it acts as a tool that can 1) help local residents and organizations to hold local policymakers accountable for policies that may affect the health of our food system, 2) provide reinforcement and/or guidance for local policymakers, and 3) identify where gaps in data exist. The selected report card would identify the best indicators, achievements, and other factors that illustrate positive food system change. It would help policy makers develop goals in these areas, and provide recognition for their efforts. It would serve as a strong communication tool for Durham residents, providing accessible overviews of progress in our food system and steps forward. By providing a means to assess progress towards a more sustainable and just food system, the project will help foster social, environmental and economic health through food systems.
Research Theme(s): Culture; Economics; Social
#4793 **This project has been matched and is no longer available**
Inventory and Critical Evaluation of Signage on the Trent Nature Areas Trail System
The objective of this research project is to evaluate and make recommendations for up-dating, standardizing and improving signage on the Trent Nature Areas (NA) trail system. The Trent NAs have an extensive trail system that is used regularly by Trent students and staff for leisure, research and educational purposes. Trails are also used by the Peterborough and district public. Appropriate signage is a necessary for guidance on safety, trail usage and environmental respect. The project would develop a plan for up-dating and bringing consistency in information, look and format to the signage on the trail system. Improving signage on the trail system will enhance user experience, provide guidance on trail use and environmental conservation.
Research Theme(s): Environment; Social
#4794 **This project has been matched and is no longer available**
Reducing Burn Out for Volunteer Board of Directors
The purpose of the project is to provide recommendations on how to minimize burn out on volunteer board of directors. Burn out means when you feel overwhelmed, drained and are unable to meet demands of a position . While burn out can occur in any workplace or volunteer setting, it seems to occur frequently among board members of organizations that focus on social and environmental justice issues. This project will conduct a literature review to identify best practice in avoiding burn out and conduct local interview of volunteer board members' experiences.
Research Theme(s): Social
The Social and Economic Impact of the ReFrame Film Festival over the past 15 years
The purpose of this project is to conduct an up to date economic impact study of the ReFrame film festival festival, and for the first time conduct a social impact study, researching the experiences of attendee, volunteers and film sponsors. The project would involve interviews, surveys, economic analysis and story gathering.
Research Theme(s): Culture; Economics; Social
#4796 **This project has been matched and is no longer available**
What are the possibilities of using a 'tiny homes' approach to mitigate housing issues across the HKPR region?
This proposed research project would look at the viability of creating a tiny homes approach to the current housing crisis by researching any established best practice in tiny homes development and research communities where this approach has been used to provide housing to individuals who have faced marginalization.The research would look to complete background literature research on the history and current state of the ‘tiny homes’ movement and identify communities across north America and Europe where such programs have been implemented. The research would also look to identify any existing local initiatives.
Research Theme(s): Social
#4797 **This project has been matched and is no longer available**
Best Practice in healthy highs and resilience approaches to youth drug education and mitigating youth drug addiction
This project is a response to a project completed in 2018 that identified alternative approaches to youth drug education. This research will look to deepen existing knowledge of various models of healthy highs that include, sports, arts and music, identify any research on the subject and look to youth work being done across the HKPR region that might already be taking this approach, either deliberately or as part of other more general youth programming. The project will include academic and online research and interviews.
Research Theme(s): Social
#4798 **This project has been matched and is no longer available**
Solving the problem of rural transportation for addiction, mental health, custody release and court clients
This project would identify academic and grey literature that has researched the broader challenges of rural transportation for individuals who have faced marginalization through mental health, addictions, incarceration and poverty and then identify innovative practices that may have been implemented both within the local region and beyond. The project would have a particular focus on how to support individuals attend social service and court appointments. The project would also survey regional social service agencies on the level of challenge they face in transport for their clients.
Research Theme(s): Social
Mapping our Work: Creating the Content for a Peterborough Labour History Walking Tour
A few years ago the Peterborough and District Labour Council organized a guided tour of Peterborough’s labour history led by a local historian. PDLC would now like to develop a new walking tour of Peterborough and needs to generate the content for this tour. This project would gather the historical data and stories to be used in the new tour. This would involve archival research and the gathering of the oral histories of a number of key labour history sites in Peterborough. This work would be done through traditional historical research and interviews with key players involved in labour history in Peterborough. The sites and events to be included in this research would be agreed between student, faculty and the PDLC at the start of the project. The second part of the project or potentially a second project would be the development of a map and pamphlet.
Research Theme(s): Culture; Economics; Social
#4800 **This project has been matched and is no longer available**
Researching peer support networks for youth experiencing homelessness, and identifying the need for such an initiative in Peterborough
Past research identified that Peterborough’s homelessness system lacks peer support and that "Peer System Navigators" would be helpful to youth experiencing homelessness. Similar programs exist in many other communities.This research project would involve an environmental scan of existing peer support programs, their structure, policies and approaches, and look at any existing research on best practices in homelessness peer support programs. The project will also work with existing AWHP research data to establish the level of need for a peer support program for homeless youth in Peterborough. This research will help AWHP to identify a potential gap in Peterborough’s homelessness system, and begin to design a program that might fill that gap.
Research Theme(s): Social
Diversity & Inclusion: Developing a Community Resource for an Immigrant Friendly Community
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. Student researchers will gather information on newcomers to Canada in Peterborough, the barriers they face, the opportunities they have, and how they envision the city and their place in it. In addition, the project will support the development of a training manual to give to organisations at trainings to help them become more welcoming towards immigrants and to facilitate their own diversity and inclusion training. This research will provide NCC partners and supporters with tools to become more knowledgeable and welcoming about diversity and inclusivity in our community.
Research Theme(s): Culture; Economic; Social
Service Mapping of Adult Learners in Peterborough and City of Kawartha Lakes
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
#4842 **This project has been matched and is no longer available**
A GPS for Self-Reg Research: Mapping the Growth of the SRI Network
This project seeks to document and share the growth of the SRI research community, locally and globally, in order to better understand our growth trajectory and what geographic areas might benefit from our research support. The project will produce an interactive and dynamic map that shares the general geographic location of individuals involved with SRI based on their connection to the institute. The map will be hosted on the SRI website and allow users to explore SRI’s work by clicking on the attributes they wish to view on the map, such as “Global Ambassadors”, or “Members of the SRI Facebook Group”, or both simultaneously. Visitors to SRI’s website can then determine what work is going on in their area and seek support and make connections accordingly. Additionally, the map will be programmable by SRI’s webmaster so that it can be edited annually to add the growth from the previous year and new attributes as needed.
Research Theme(s): Social; Geographic Growth Patterns and Areas of Need
#4843 **This project has been matched and is no longer available**
Eastern Ontario Manufacturing Workforce Development Project (EOMWDP)
Ontario East Economic Development Commission, in its role as the lead regional economic development organization facilitates collaboration and relationships among Eastern Ontario municipalities and regional stakeholders; generates data resources and marketing intelligence tools for use by its partners; and supports its members as they grow and diversify their economies, benefiting eastern Ontario.
The eastern Ontario region has incredible assets but insufficient communication with the people who need to know about these resources. The project aims to collate data from multiple sources and present it in a more personalized, visual, and accessible format- such as a realtime dashboard. The project offers a significant opportunity to pull assets and groups together so that all may work in unison towards what needs to become a collective goal for the region: preparing and attracting the workforce to support manufacturing.
Research Theme(s): Economic
#4845 **This project has been matched and is no longer available**
YMCA Community Needs Assessment
The YMCA of Central East Ontario is a charity dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community. The project will involve an environmental scan and information gathering to identify the needs of the community. This will assist in our upcoming strategic planning sessions, setting the priorities and goals for the next 3-5 years of operation. What are the community priorities and how can the YMCA best serve those priorities?
Research Theme(s): Culture; Economics; Social
#4846 **This project has been matched and is no longer available**
Access to Primary Care (APC) – Unattached Patient Survey – Peterborough City and County
As a provincial health care leader and community partner, the Peterborough Family Health Team coordinates and empowers family practice-centred multidisciplinary teams to provide high quality, evidence-based, primary care to meet the needs of all residents of Peterborough County.
This project will provide improved knowledge and up to date information on the health and social support needs of people who are presenting to health and social service agencies that are identified as not having a primary health care provider. (E.g. the unattached patient population).
Kawagama Lake Calcium Decline Causes and Impacts on Aquatic Life
Kawagama is a very large lake in Haliburton County with over 1000 cottages, and is facing a number of threats to long-term water quality from invasive species and calcium decline. 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 the consolidation of past research on calcium loss in freshwater lakes and the impacts of this on aquatic life and any recommendations for action. This project should also be forward looking and identify research that is currently being explored to better understand and address this issue. A summary booklet for educational purposes should be included as part of the project deliverables. This project is best suited to one ambitious undergraduate student or a team of two undergraduate students (preferred) and may be completed over a single term.
Selected Ecological Variables to support Long-Term Monitoring of Biodiversity on the Haliburton Highland Land Trust Properties (GRADUATE LEVEL RESEARCH)
The Haliburton Highlands Land Trust is currently in the process of establishing Permanent Sample Plots (PSPs) on all its properties. The establishment and use of PSPs will provide the HHLT with the ability to monitor comprehensive changes in biodiversity and land use on its various properties on a long term basis. In addition to establishing the PSPs and conducting the field work and data collection as previously established this project will investigate what other ecological information should also be included as part of the long term monitoring program. This would ensure that the HHLT is able to monitor a broader range of biodiversity using the PSPs as a framework for the scientific work.
Gull 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.
Windy Pine Shoreline Assessment and Erosion Plan
Windy Pine Conference Centre was developed prior to new shoreline ordinances which require a 30M setback on lake-side properties. The combination of near shore development + variable water-levels on Kushog Lake (regulated by the Trent Severn Waterway) and naturally thin sandy soils along the rocky shoreline have enabled areas of concerning erosion along the roughly 300M of natural shoreline on the Windy Pine property. A baseline inventory of the shoreline was conducted in 2014 through the Love Your Lake program. This project would expand on this previous inventory and recommendations regarding how best to address problem areas on the site.
Assessing 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.
Exploring Employer-based Rural Transportation Options
Rural Transportation Options was established to address the lack of public transportation in Haliburton County. Recently employers in the County have been bemoaning the lack of employees due to lack of housing and transportation. The purpose of this research is to determine if there are models of transportation provided by small employers - either singly or in a group - in order to bring their employees to work in rural areas. A full report documenting the various models and a brochure/pamphlet/flyer outlining the models in plain language will be generated. This project would be best suited to a small group of undergraduate students.
To Go or To Stay? Rural Impacts on the Perceptions of “failure to launch” Youth (UPPER YEAR or GRADUATE LEVEL RESEARCH)
This individual segment of a larger project of reanalysis is appropriate for an independent 4th year undergraduate student. A masters student may wish to take on a larger segment of the reanalysis project as a full 2 year thesis or as a 1 year elective. To Go Or To Stay was a study of rural youth migration funded by the federal Homelessness Prevention Partnership under the aegis of the Youth Emergency Shelter in Peterborough. In the fall of 2012 48 youth (ages 16-30) who were raised for a significant part of their lives in the rural areas of the County of Haliburton, City of Kawartha Lakes, and Peterborough County, and who self-identified as at risk of homelessness were interviewed with a view to determining how they conceptualized and managed their choice to stay where they were raised or to migrate elsewhere as they approached adulthood. More data were collected from three focus groups that included 13 additional youth and several key informant interviews. Many analyses lay outside the focus of the original research including but not limited to: Rural perspective on impact of ‘failure to launch’ on youth; other family members; parents, grandparents - how are life cycle milestones disrupted and what are the impacts on individuals; family; community and society? This project will focus on revaluation an analysis of this previously obtained data and provide the narrative analysis of rural failure to launch perspectives and the impacts on youth and other family members. This research will help to inform policy and opportunities to address failure to launch concerns; raise awareness and hypothesize interventions to ameliorate the disruption of the life cycle milestone affected at a communal; familial and individual scale.
Rehabilitation and Restoration of Species at Risk Habitat at the Dahl Forest and the Barnum Creek Wetland (GRADUATE LEVEL RESEARCH)
The Dahl Forest and the recently donated Barnum Creek Nature Reserve are identified as containing potentially suitable Species at Risk (SAR) habitat for the Eastern Hog-nosed Snake; Eastern Milksnake; Eastern Ribbonsnake in the Species at Risk Natural Heritage Strategy developed by the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust (HHLT). To date the Eastern Hog-nosed Snake; Eastern Milksnake and the Five-Lined Skink have been identified on site at these properties. These Species at Risk occur on former agricultural lands which the HHLT continues to mow in order to minimize the loss of this habitat to successional forestland. Although the HHLT is working to maintain this habitat we would like to develop a science-based management strategy and plan that ensures SAR will continue to thrive and benefit from our management efforts.
The Potential Roles that the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust’s owned Conservation Lands play in a Regional Connectivity/Network Context (GRADUATE LEVEL RESEARCH)
Established in 2005 the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust (HHLT) vision is to become a robust and dynamic organization with a strong regional presence. HHLT’s work is focused on private land conservation and complements the mandates and activities of other organizations and agencies in the area including municipal; provincial and federal governments; conservation authorities and other NGOs. We achieve our conservation and protected spaces goals primarily through land acquisition including donation and Conservation Easement Agreements. The HHLT works to complement the work of other conservation organizations with both global; National; Provincial and Territorial and local reach including: UN Protected Areas; National and Provincial Parks; Conservation Authorities; Nature Reserves and other land trusts. As land development pressures continue to increase with the resultant increasingly fragmented landscape the importance of protecting a network of natural spaces becomes increasingly essential in maintaining biodiversity. The HHLT is interested in understanding the role that our current properties play in a regional network of protected spaces and what strategy the HHLT should be following in any future land acquisition(s) to ensure that sufficient habitats are regionally protected to ensure the maintenance of long-term biodiversity.
Designing Citizen Science Protocol with Head, Grass and Kashagawigamog Lakes
Kashagawigamog is a large, heavily populated central lake in a five-lake chain in Haliburton County. It is suspected that the lake hosts several aquatic invasive plant and animal species. The Kashagawigamog Lake Organization recently received funds to purchase aquatic invasive species detection equipment for Kashagawigamog and the connected Head and Grass Lakes. This project involves 1) determining what type of aquatic invasive species detection equipment is best for these lakes and; 2) designing practical, accessible protocols for “citizen science” volunteers to use the equipment, e.g. instructive documents and mapping.
Plastics Reduction Challenge
Single-use plastics have been identified as a significant threat to the environment and human health. The purpose of this project is to develop a model program that can be used by staff and Councils to provide education to the public, with goals of both reducing plastics going into landfills and reducing recycling costs for the Municipalities. After completing a literature review and collecting relevant data, student(s) will create a template for the planning and execution of an annual educational campaign, the first of which will target plastic bag usage.
Head Lake Park Tree Sustainability
Repeated flooding, storms and high winds have caused damage to, or loss of, existing trees along shorelines at Head Lake Park in Haliburton. Through a combination of field work and literature review, the student(s) will provide an overview and assessment of existing park trees and develop recommendations for staff and Council to establish and maintain sustainable tree development in Head Lake park.
Climate Change Opinion Survey Among Community Opinion Leaders in Haliburton County
The purpose of this project is to develop a Climate Change Opinion Survey that can be used to examine the level of understanding of the threat posed by climate change among both the leadership and membership of key organizations across Haliburton County; the range of community level actions those leaders and members think is warranted; and their sense of the key barriers blocking community-based action on climate change. This information would be helpful in identifying ways and means for Environment Haliburton, Planet Haliburton, and other environmentally-mandated organizations to frame climate change programming.
Needs 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.
Creating an Effective Studio Tour Survey
The Haliburton County Studio Tour is a renowned annual event that is approaching its 30th anniversary in the fall of 2018. During the four-day tour, artists and craftspeople of the Haliburton County Studio Tour welcome the public to experience their creative process first-hand. The focus of this project is to assist in creating a fresh marketing approach to the HCST in an effort to increase sales revenue for Tour participants, as well as to promote tourism in Haliburton County. The student will help inform this approach by designing a survey to investigate tour patron demographics.
Bluebird Trail Bird Box Monitoring Plan
The purpose of this project is to increase the Haliburton Highlands Field Naturalists (HHFN) ability to monitor bluebirds along Gelert Road. HHFN would like to establish a trail from County Road 21 (in Haliburton) south on Gelert Road to Kinmount Road (#121). This trail would be populated with a series of birdboxes and monitored regularly throughout the nesting season for birds as well as their eggs and offspring. This project will explore the types and size of birdboxes most appropriate as well as the height of the poles to be used. The location of the boxes and the approximate distance between these boxes for placement will also be addressed. This research will involve the recommendation of suggested protocol for future bird monitoring along the trail. A single undergraduate student is appropriate for this project.
Climate Change and Health, Vulnerability & Adaptation Assessment Plan: Policy Scan
Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge (HKPR) District Health Unit is currently conducting a Climate Change Health Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment (CCHVAA), which is intended to identify the health risks associated with climate change in our district and how we can improve adaptive capacity. One strategy for adaptation is through policies related to land use. The HKPR Health Unit is responsible for three geographic/political areas: Haliburton County (comprised of 4 municipalities), Northumberland County (comprised of 7 municipalities), and the City of Kawartha Lakes. Each of these tiers of government have official plans and other secondary planning documents. Many policy directives may contribute to climate change mitigation or adaptation outcomes without explicitly mentioning it – for example, flood preparedness infrastructure may be encouraged under the pretenses of avoiding property damage and may not mention climate change as a driver or justification. There are also provincial policies that direct municipalities and can contribute. The purpose of this project is to review, analyze and report on current policies and provide recommendations for additional policy windows which could address climate change mitigation and adaptation within HKPR district.
The Health Impacts of Extreme Weather: Minden Hills Flood, A Case Study
Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge (HKPR) District Health Unit is currently conducting a Climate Change Health Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment (CCHVAA), which is intended to identify the health risks associated with climate change in our district and how we can improve adaptive capacity. One health risk we are interested in including is the mental health impacts of extreme weather events (flooding, fires, etc) on residents. The HKPR Health Unit is responsible for three geographic/political areas: Haliburton County (comprised of 4 municipalities), Northumberland County (comprised of 7 municipalities), and the City of Kawartha Lakes. In 2013 & 2017 significant flooding affected residents in Minden Hills, Haliburton County. Using these events as a case study, student teams will look at various affected parties and their response. How did these events affect the resiliency and mental health of residents over the short and long-term? what was the Township of Minden Hills action and how did the response change from one flood event to the next? What was HKPR’s response to the two floods and what were the key health risks they addressed? What could be done to address the mental health impacts of going through a flood?
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.
Replicating U-LINKS: Community Based Research Organization Process Mapping
U-Links is a Community-based research organization facilitating student research and community projects in partnership with Trent University and local Haliburton County organizations. U-Links is well regarded as an effective community-based organization and research agency with a broad organizational network. Recently a desire to replicate the model of this organization elsewhere has been expressed. The purpose of this project is to assess the business model and map the processes and practices of U-Links as an organization. This will determine standard operating procedures and model transferability to future CBR organizations in the region. Documentation of U-Links’ processes will help define existing processes toward the development of SOPs and highlight areas to explore for increased efficiencies. Research questions include: What are U-Links existing mechanisms and procedures as a non-profit organization internally and externally with the university and community (Process Mapping)? What are the transferable aspects of this model that could be reproduced? What areas require improved efficiency or additional support and what are the recommendations? This project is appropriate for an independent undergraduate student or graduate student.
Living Wage for City of Kawartha Lakes, County of Haliburton and Northumberland
Communities across Canada are responding to the increasingly high levels of low wage poverty. The CKL/HC Poverty Reduction Round Table has developed a working group to calculate the the Living Wage for Haliburton County, Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland County. Once the raw data has been completed, three written reports for each community will be developed. The reports will be used to raise awareness about living wage and poverty, findings will be shared with key stakeholders. This project would be best suited to either two independent students or four undergraduate students working together.
Optimizing Composting to Enhance Soil and Garden Production
Abbey Gardens (AG) is a not-for profit charity with a goal to transform a spent gravel pit (300 acres) into a green space that provides economic and recreational opportunities for our community. Everything done on site helps further AG’s mission to create opportunities to learn about living more sustainably. AG offers information and hands-on experiences about: local food; gardening; energy; sustainable construction techniques; heritage agricultural animals; land restoration and cooking techniques. The purpose of this project is to assess the compostable waste streams generated on site at Abbey Gardens and how they can be combined to generate effective compost to improve their soil and garden production. Examples of research questions include: How can the compostable waste generated on-site at Abbey gardens be combined and used to increase the fertility of their gardens? What are some small scale options/methods of composting that could be implemented? Can these handle compostable packaging such as food containers and paper etc.? The information collected will be useful to anyone in the community that is interested in composting beyond the household scale. This project would be appropriate as a group project for undergraduates or a single graduate student - possibly working together.
Places 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.
Establishment 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.
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.
Establishment 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.
Establishment 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.
Haliburton County Grocery Stores and Food Pricing
There is a perception that grocery prices are higher in Haliburton County than neighbouring towns. Is there evidence to support this or is it just a myth? Haliburton County FoodNet is a network of food programs in our county. FoodNet members believe that all residents of Haliburton County should be able to access food in a way that upholds basic human dignity and that the food is safe and nutritionally adequate as well as personally acceptable and culturally appropriate. For years some residents of Haliburton County have been complaining that the cost of groceries is higher here than elsewhere. Others say they choose to shop in neighbouring towns such as Bracebridge and Lindsay since they believe prices there are lower. We are interested in finding out whether this is an accurate assessment or simply a misperception. To answer this question we require research to find out how prices are set by local grocery stores. We believe comparing the costs of a set list of grocery items to other towns would be valuable. At the end of the day we hope to either prove or disprove the above perception. This project is appropriate for independent students or a group of students.
Social and Ecological Carrying Capacity of Park
Ontario Parks' mandate is to protect significant natural and cultural resources in a system of parks and protected areas that is sustainable and provides opportunities for inspiration, enjoyment and education now and for future generations. The purpose of this project is to develop a social and environmental capacity evaluation for backcountry camping. The project will aid the park stewards to understand all the impacts of camping in the park and the type of parameters that may be applied to minimize the impact on the natural environment. Research questions include: What is the acceptable maximum limit that will effect change to the social experience, and acceptable maximum limit to environmental change, resulting from backcountry camping. Research will include surveys, field work and a literature review. The final product will be a report that will help guide future park management planning. This project is ideal for a graduate student, independent undergraduate student or group of students.
Effects of Mechanized Travel in Park
Ontario Parks' mandate is to protect significant natural and cultural resources in a system of parks and protected areas that is sustainable and provides opportunities for inspiration, enjoyment and education now and for future generations. The objective of this project is to develop an understanding of the impacts of environmental disturbance to a park as it relates to mechanized vehicle travel, and to help inform mitigation strategies. The project will also explore the positives, if any, of mechanized travel in the natural environment (i.e. social value of the experience). Research will include surveys, field work and a literature review. The final product will be a report that will help guide future park management planning. This project is for a single student or group.
Gelert Community Centre in Snowdon Park
Snowdon Park is the largest park within the municipality of Minden Hills, consisting of 460 acres of a beautiful mixed wetland and forest preserve - a must see destination point for outdoor enthusiasts to hike snowshoe cross country ski bird watch and many other outdoor activities. As interesting as the park is it does not have a sheltered area or park building for basic visitor facilities. Beside the park is the community of Gelert within the township of Minden Hills and until two years ago Gelert had a small community centre that was demolished due to age and building safety. The municipality would like to therefore investigate what kinds of building structures would best meet the needs of both the residents of Gelert for a community centre and visitors to Snowdon Park. The project would include surveys as well as exploration into typical and environmentally sustainable designs that will be presented to the municipality in a report.
Past Project Spotlights:
Peterborough's Perception of Immigration
Sabina conducted interviews, distributed questionnaires, and designed a focus group to help the New Canadians Centre learn more about how residents of Peterborough perceived the city’s immigrant community.