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Not So Wily Coyotes

2018 01 23 Coyote

By David J. Hawke — Out in our neck of the woods, which is quite woody indeed, coyotes are often heard but seldom seen. The corridor of interconnected forests and quiet farm fields that stretches across this part of the township, provides a world of protection for these wild canines. So it was with delighted surprise that I actually observed two such animals within a day of each other. Both sightings were from the comfort of my car as I drove along well-travelled roads.

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Woods Work

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Formation of Lake Ice

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By David J. Hawke – It may be cold outside, but the legendary "Lake Skidoo-be-gone" is still claiming its victims, swallowing up motorized snow sleds on a weekly basis. The lake may look flat and solid… but often it isn't, much to the surprise of unsuspecting sled operators.

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The importance of buying local

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By Sara Taslim, Guest Blogger — Buying local not only helps out local farmers and businesses, but is also healthier for you, the Lake Simcoe community, and the environment.

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Fake news affects people’s understanding of the world

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By Sara Taslim, Guest Blogger

With the development of modern technology, social media plays a major role in real world events, yet it can be very easily misused.

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New plan to reduce Great Lakes phosphorus levels

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Commentary By Mark Reusser, Vice President,Ontario Federation of Agriculture

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Lakehead University Research Ranked No. 1 in Canada — again

Lakehead University has once again received top spot for research in two assessments of Canada’s universities. 

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Why destroy a heritage forest …. if you don’t have to?

By Katherine Haas, Guest Blogger: In the Town of Uxbridge, a proposal has been made for a by-law amendment to rezone approximately 5.3 hectares of forested land to permit the clear cutting of a heritage forest, and construction of a 52-unit medium density condominium townhouse development. The development proposal is an 'infill' application in a forested area in the community of Coral Creek/Avonlea.   Uxbridge is “The Trail Capital of Canada,” a well-deserved designation recognizing our amazing natural trail systems, heritage bridges, and a strong partnership of local businesses and residents supporting the environment and giving it a voice and identity.   The forested area that is the subject of this proposed development is a small, but mature forest, in the heart of Uxbridge. For the residents of this town, it symbolizes what it means to live here with a strong community, in harmony with nature, and is proudly identified as “The Trail Capital of Canada.” This forested area is not something that can quickly be dismissed or assumed to be easily re-created.  There are no studies that support the removal of the forest and, also, no studies that claim removing the forest will have no real impact on the environment or the wildlife habitat.  That is easy to understand.  This forest is an established wildlife habitat, untouched for decades, with tall, mature and thriving trees that are estimated to be perhaps 100 years old.  This small forest should not be disregarded, nor destroyed, in the name of urban growth and development, especially given readily available brownfield development lands, with an estimated capacity for 800 new homes, within a 5-minute walk of this forest, on the other side of the street.  The distinction of ‘infill vs brownfield’ is an important point as Provincial requirements specify that development of brownfield lands must take precedence over 'infill' applications.  Simple compliance with this provincial government requirement would result in the saving of this heritage forest.    To be clear, there are 13 homes that share the property line with this heritage forest site, and the residents are clearly opposed to destruction of this forest.  However, more importantly, over 400 people, from throughout Uxbridge, and its surrounding communities, who do not live on that street, have signed a petition in support of this forest and have voiced their disapproval for this proposed development.  To the residents and others it defies understanding that a small, heritage forest in the heart of “The Trail Capital of Canada” would be destroyed to build 52 condominium townhouses when there are available brownfield lands immediately nearby for over 800 homes.

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Students Showcase Original Research

The week of March 7 is Research & Innovation Week at Lakehead University - Orillia.

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Science in the Making

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Have you ever wondered how something works or whether or not what you’ve heard is actually true? This is the first in a series of posts that I will be sharing that have been written by two of our exceptional professors, and members of our Sustainability Sciences Department, Dr. Chris Murray (left) and Dr. Thamara Laredo.

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Stop the bullying

It's time our municipal leaders in the Lake Simcoe area rejected the bullying tactics still used by some developers.

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Lakehead Professor Brings Sustainable Living Home

Lakehead Professor Brings Sustainable Living Home

I recently had the chance to visit the home of one of Lakehead University’s professors, Dr. Florin Pendea, who specializes in climate change and historical ecology and is a member of the departments of Sustainability Sciences and Geography.

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Lakehead research interns dish the dirt on fieldwork

Lakehead research interns dish the dirt on fieldwork

Over the summer, Lakehead University gives students the opportunity to gain experience as research interns.

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Is Orillia Ready for a Local Food Policy?

Is Orillia Ready for a Local Food Policy?

On Tuesday May 19, from 2-3:30pm at the Orillia Public Library, community leaders will gather to discuss the importance of a local food policy, and discuss the how and why such a food policy could be established.

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A look into the intriguing history of Orillia’s Champlain monument

A look into the intriguing history of Orillia’s Champlain monument

Since moving to Orillia, Dr. Michael Stevenson, professor of History at Lakehead University, has been fascinated by the Champlain monument. 

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Research on display March 9-13

Research on display March 9-13

Research on Display

Mark your calendars for March 9-13, 2015, as Lakehead University’s Orillia campus is hosting its annual Research & Innovation Week. All events are FREE and open to the public, and will take place in Simcoe Hall, at Lakehead’s 500 University Avenue campus.

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Attention all Coffee Lovers!

Attention all Coffee Lovers!

What do you get when you cross a physicist, a food chemist, and a cup of coffee? As a university student, coffee is one of my main food groups, so I couldn’t wait to find out the answer to this question.

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Pumping out precious water

Pumping out precious water

For about nine months now, around the clock, water has been pumped out of the ground near my Bradford home as a former farm/wetland is "de-watered" in preparation for a water treatment plant and a housing development.

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Historic "Emily May" replica unveiled at Innisfil Town Hall

Historic "Emily May" replica unveiled at Innisfil Town Hall

On Jan. 6, 2015, the Innisfil Historical Society unveiled the "Emily May" a replica of the paddlewheeler that plied Lake Simcoe in the late 1800s. The unveiling took place in the lobby of the Innisfil Town Hall where the boat will be permanently on display.

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Lakehead Research Highlights of 2014

Lakehead Research Highlights of 2014
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2014 was an exceptional year for research at Lakehead University’s Orillia campus. Here are some photos that help depict the many achievements that helped make 2014 one of the best years yet!

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