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May 16, 2018

Integrating kosher and food-safety guidelines

While there is much overlap between kosher and food safety programs, they have been kept markedly separate. Until now — thanks to the Kashruth Council of Canada and Niagara College’s joint project to develop an efficient way to integrate kosher certification with food safety planning. The council, a not-for-profit organization, is Canada’s largest certifier of kosher food. Its inspectors are responsible for determining that products made at more than 1,000 facilities across Canada and around the world meet the standards of Jewish dietary laws. At the same time, most of the world’s leading food retailers and manufacturers participate in the... Read more
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April 19, 2018

The unbreakable stone age

The ancient Japanese vase had survived much in its 6,000 years — but withstanding researchers’ probing hands was probably asking too much. That led its owner to Mohawk College with a question: could the college produce an exact replica of the neolithic pottery on a 3D printer in its Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre? Mohawk saw an opportunity in the project beyond the straightforward challenge of creating a 3D printed reproduction of a neolithic vase from Japan’s “Jomon” period. It was also a chance to develop and refine the potential of additive manufacturing as a tool for historical preservation. To do... Read more
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March 15, 2016

Working with UNEP on Sustainability and Consumption

In a globalized and networked society, sometimes it is necessary first to invest in people, relationships and ideas. Such efforts may produce results far out of proportion to the investment. After several years of support from a number of sources, including an Innovation Enhancement grant, Dr. Peter Denton participated in civil society consultations through the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). This enabled him, as well as students and faculty at Red River College, to gain access to global environmental networks and UNEP-related activities. Denton, who teaches ethics and sustainability at the college, is one of two Major Groups and Stakeholders... Read more
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March 15, 2016

Atlantic Canada Biorefinery Conference

The Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) has focused on knowledge transfer and industry support to promote a prosperous bioeconomy in Atlantic Canada. In 2010 it obtained an Innovation Enhancement grant that led to the creation of its Biorefinery Technology Scale-up Centre. The centre gives college and university researchers as well as companies the opportunity to test their products and processes at a near-production scale. The research team working at the Grand Falls campus of CCNB supports industry in its bioproduct promotion efforts. The team uses microbial fermentation, hydrolysis, bioseparation and chemical processes to produce value-added industrial bioproducts such as bioethanol,... Read more
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March 15, 2016

Easing Parenthood with an Internet Connection

A Toronto business woman, with an idea about connecting new parents with qualified and prescreened caregivers, wanted to develop an online search system that was seamless and easy to use. MotherEaze and George Brown College worked together to devise a business plan and a scheduling and payment system for the company website. This project involved extensive background research and analysis of the existing website and documentation of the system and user interface requirements for all desired features. MotherEaze’s intensive candidate screening is what sets the enterprise apart from rival services. The company’s qualified caregivers include early childhood education workers, nurses,... Read more
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March 15, 2016

Tracking your Gym Time

Student researchers at Ottawa’s Algonquin College have helped advance the next generation of fitness through a Virtual Personal Training app developed in partnership with an Ottawa start-up company, Gymtrack. Gymtrack’s two young founders approached the Health and Wellness Research Centre at Algonquin College for assistance with the research and development of a novel concept using a combination of hardware and software to track workouts in fitness facilities. The system keeps track of clients’ workouts using a bracelet worn by each member and a “smart pin” attached to each piece of exercise equipment. A research project was established which included two... Read more
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March 15, 2016

Aging in Place with Online Help

Helping seniors stay flexible and mobile is critical to their ability to live independently. A small Ontario company has been working with Sheridan College to create an online program to help older adults keep their functional mobility through exercise at home. Attune Aging Strategies and Solutions is a husband and wife team that developed an idea for reaching frail older adults who have no way to get to the therapeutic care they need after an injury or operation. With the help of Sheridan College’s Centre for Elder Care, the physiotherapist and occupational therapist designed a technology-supported exercise program for physiotherapy... Read more
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March 15, 2016

Planning for Sustainable Salmon Aquaculture

Fish farmers and fisheries experts are working together to monitor the effects of aquaculture on the ocean floor with the help of researchers from North Island College. The BC Salmon Farming Association (BCSFA) and the local offices of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) identified a need to strengthen capacity in monitoring the ocean floor of hard bed substrates where some B.C. fish farms are located. North Island College was approached in 2012 to help research the issue for the North Vancouver Island salmon aquaculture industry with the aim to ensure environmental sustainability of aquaculture. Dr. Aisling Brady, a... Read more
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March 15, 2016

Tackling the Effects of Climate Change on B.C. Forests

Climate change is having a discernible impact on the forests of British Columbia and is one of the biggest challenges facing the forest industry today. One of the most important applied research focuses for the forestry industry in central B.C. is finding new tree species to plant that will be better adapted to the climate projected for the future, and will provide forest products for future generations. The College of New Caledonia is working with local forest companies, the provincial government, three research forests, and collaborators from other academic institutions to research potential tree species. Species like western larch and... Read more
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March 15, 2016

Using Radar for Outdoor Perimeter Security

Algonquin College student researchers have been key players in the design and testing of a new 3D radar system that an Ottawa security company is developing for perimeter surveillance of military bases and pipelines. 3D Sentry Corp. is a company founded by security industry entrepreneurs, Dr Keith Harman and David Baird, to develop the next generation of advanced outdoor perimeter security sensors. Such systems could provide improved protection of the outdoor perimeters of critical infrastructure facilities, such as military bases, power stations, petrochemical plants, and pipelines. 3D Sentry recently completed a successful project with Algonquin’s Applied Research and Innovation Centre... Read more
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