Science Literacy Week: Free Online Events

September 24th, 7pm - 8pm (zoom link below)

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Topic: Polar bears, non-invasive methods & climate change
Time: Sep 24, 2021 07:00 PM Winnipeg

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Past Events:

September 23rd: 12pm - 1pm (Zoom link below)

Topic: Virtual, augmented, and mixed reality: An exploration of interior environments

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Featuring: Jason Shields – Assistant Professor – Department of Interior Design

This presentation will review the application of VR in a pedagogical/communicative/instructing role with interior design. We will review some of the benefits and exciting aspects of this recent capacity including HoloLens and some focus on accessibility and sustainability, followed by a question period. An example of some questions to be raised will include looking at how remote technology such as this can reduce environmental impacts on project design and allow more efficiencies in the entire process among other things. This presentation will be followed by an audience Q&A for a total of 60min.

Time: Sep 23, 2021 12:00 PM Winnipeg
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Join us for UM Homecoming and Science Literacy Week

(FREE) Virtual Science Talks and Q&A via Zoom

Join the UM Faculty of Science and Science First for an exciting lineup of FREE Virtual Public Talks in celebration of Science Literacy Week, Sept. 20 – 26, 2021.

Our Events:


THURS. SEPT. 23 – CLIMATE CHANGE, CONSERVATION, ECOLOGY AND SUSTAINABILITY
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
VIA ZOOM:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81512835911?pwd=TXIvMXdYV2ZZK1NJellJT3NFNnNUdz09
Meeting ID: 815 1283 5911
Passcode: science

  • Ariel Gordon, University of Manitoba Press, Writer, Author of Tree Talk – Urban Forests, Ecology, Biodiversity, Climate Change
  • Tom Nagy, Mycologist – Mushrooms, Ecology, Biodiversity
  • Jim Duncan, [PhD/92], Director of Discover Owls – Wildlife Research and Conservation.

Moderated by Dr. Brian Mark, Dean, Faculty of Science.


THURS. SEPT. 23 – BIOFUELS, BIOREACTORS, BATTERIES, WASTE MANAGEMENT, SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Join Zoom Meeting Link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87909270067

Meeting ID: 879 0927 0067

Dr. Richard Sparling, Professor, Department of Microbiology – Making Money from Trash

  • Dale Overton, [BSc. (Maj)/05] CEO Overton Environmental Enterprises Inc. – Organics Waste Management, Sustainable Agri-Systems, Soil Ecology and Revegetation.
  • Dr. Olivia Wilkins, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences – Plant Genomics & Systems, Climate Resilient Plants
  • Dr. Christian Kuss, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry – Material Science, Batteries/Electric Vehicles

FRI. SEPT. 24 – ARCTIC LED CLIMATE SCIENCE (POLAR BEARS, ARCTIC FOXES) CONSERVATION, SCIENCE POLICY
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
VIA ZOOM:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87218282857

Meeting ID: 872 1828 2857

  • Dr. Jane Waterman & Dr. Jim Roth, Professors, Department of Biological Sciences – Arctic Led Climate Research, Predator-Prey Relationships, Endangered Species/Polar Bears and Arctic Foxes.

May 20th, 2021:

Greenpac Townhall on the Environment

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Event info:

-Come join UMSU, UMSU Green Team, Science First & Green Pack for a Zoom Webinar with Q & A.

-The event is open to the public/members of each constituency and are focused on the environment.

-UMSU Green Team’s aim is to promote and educate people on and around the campus of the University of Manitoba about the sustainable use of resources.

-GreenPAC is a non-partisan, non-profit that aims to promote environmentally conscious elected officials.

-Science First is a Winnipeg based non-profit that organizes events and media campaigns that promote science literacy, publicly funded science, ecological conservation and evidence based policies. Science First is a non-partisan advocacy group that aims to reduce and counter disinformation & misinformation to better strengthen our democracy.

-This specific Town Hall will have a sustainability theme and we’ll be taking questions from attendees related to the MP’s plans to promote environmental responsibility in the commons. As well, there will be questions on their plans for specific environmental concerns in their constituencies.

Date: May 20, 2021

Time: 7:00pm

Host: TBA

Discussion with:
-Terry Duguid 

Click here to register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_veTbEdHaQGiMRPlugdKtLQ

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April 10th, 2021 (1pm - 2:15pm):

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Effective Communication of Vaccine Safety

Featuring special guest speakers:  

Dr. Heidi Tworek - Associate Professor of History and Public Policy at University of British Columbia

https://www.heiditworek.com/bio

Dr. Kwadwo Kyeremanteng -  MD, MHA, FRCPC

Division of Palliative Care - The Ottawa Hospital
Assistant Professor - University of Ottawa
Critical Care Medicine-Montfort Hospital/The Ottawa Hospital
Associate Scientist OHRI
Department of Medicine Director of Innovation & Health Services Research.

Founder of The Resource Optimization Network

https://www.resourceoptimizationnetwork.com/

https://drkwadwo.ca

Event details:

Date: April 10th, 2021
Event time:
1pm - 2:15pm
Cost: FREE
Register here: [email protected]
Online event: Zoom
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5110685353?pwd=bk9hYlpqbEpqRDZtNVVPVWRPV1hUdz09
Meeting ID: 511 068 5353
Passcode: Science1st
Event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/398889328181581

March 20th, 2021:

World Water Day - Experimental Lakes Area Review

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Saturday March 20th:
Time: 1pm - 2pm

Join us for a current review of the science & research taking place at the Experimental Lakes Area. 15 minute presentation followed by a 45min audience Q & A.

Zoom event link will be posted here on March 19th 24 hours before the event.

Cost: Free!


Event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/331222097994805

January 16th, 2021:

Canada's Green Recovery - Register here: [email protected]

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We’ll be examining the economics, science, politics & psychology of a green & just recovery. Is the green recovery (or Green New Deal in the USA) a smart policy? How big should governments go with massive publicly supported programs? How can we best communicate these bold programs to the public at large? What are the fiscal and political hurdles to consider?

Featuring guest speakers:

Geoff Dembicki - Author/Journalist

https://thetyee.ca/Bios/Geoff_Dembicki/
Recent articles & interviews:
The Tyee:
https://thetyee.ca/News/2020/07/06/Go-Time-Canada-Green-Recovery/
https://thetyee.ca/News/2019/07/31/Alberta-Strong-Economy-Transition/
CBC Frontburner Podcast:
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/frontburner/the-push-for-canada-s-green-recovery-1.5644259

Fletcher Baragar -University of Manitoba - Economics

PhD (University of Utah) Associate Professor (Economics and Society Stream)
https://umanitoba.ca/.../faculty/fletcher_baragar.html


Event details:

Date: January 16th, 2021
Event time:
2pm - 3:15pm
Cost: $10 general public, free to Science First members
Register here: [email protected]
Online event: Zoom (link tba)

Facebook Event Page


November 14th, 2020 

How to Trust Your Source

One of the goals of this event is to discuss how people can identify trusted sources of information and to help those around them avoid being duped by misinformation and disinformation. Additionally, we'll speak about new fact checking features on social media and the various problems advanced technologies are creating with misinformation in general. We'll also cover some different angles including predatory journals, fake news, political interference, AI bots etc.. This will be the first in a series of events over the next year promoting digital literacy, science based policies and ecological conservation.

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Featuring:

Ramona Pringle

www.ramonapringle.com

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As a keynote speaker, Ramona addresses international audiences on issues related to media, creativity, technology and social shifts. To date, she has advised diverse industries including various sectors in media, journalism, gaming, manufacturing, agriculture, insurance, social media and technology on understanding the new power structures of a data-driven economy, and surviving and thriving in an age of automation.

Ramona has spoken at events including Social Media Week, SXSW, NXNE, TEDx, Ignite, the World Future Society, the Toronto International Film Festival, Idea City, and Tribeca Interactive. Her work has been featured at i-docs in Bristol, UK, Power to the Pixel in London, UK, Sheffield Doc Fest, Hot Docs, and at TFI Interactive, part of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

Ramona is a technology columnist for CBC News and CBC Radio, with a weekly syndicated column on the social side of tech, examining the ways in which digital culture is changing every aspect of our lives, cities, and work.

Also featuring guest speakers:

Geoff Dembicki (New York)
Investigative climate reporter. Stories in @VICE @TheTyee and others. Author of 'Are We Screwed'?

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Andrew Park (Winnipeg)
Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Winnipeg  
https://www.uwinnipeg.ca/biology/people/faculty-staff/andrew-park.html 

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Event details: Online Zoom Event

We will host the event online as a video seminar featuring a presentation and a Q & A. Zoom link will be emailed out before the event to registrants.
Date: November 14th, 2020
Event time: 2pm - 4pm
Cost: $15 general public, $10 students, free to Science First members
Register here: [email protected]
Online event: Zoom (link tba)
Facebook Event Page

 


March 3rd, 2020

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March 3rd, 2020

Take 3 for Climate Justice - Student Conference & film festival

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Information & registration here:  https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/community/take-3-for-climate-justice-1.5339802

September 17th @ Fort Garry Hotel

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Climate Emergency Solutions 

Featuring:

Dianne Saxe, Ph.D in Law

www.saxefacts.com
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Dianne Saxe is president of Saxe Facts, a business providing strategic advice and presentations on climate, energy and environment. She has given hundreds of well-received presentations across Ontario and beyond. Follow her on Twitter (@envirolaw1) and LinkedIn.

From 2015 to 2019 Dr. Dianne Saxe was the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), an office that has since been abolished. She was appointed unanimously by all MPPs to report to the Legislature on Ontario’s environmental, energy and climate performance, and to be the guardian of the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR). During her term, she improved the effectiveness of the Environmental Bill of Rights, increased public understanding of the urgency of climate change, and issued highly praised reports on a wide range of environmental, energy and climate topics.

Prior to her appointment, Dr. Saxe was one of Canada’s most respected environmental lawyers, with 40 years’ unparalleled experience writing, interpreting, and litigating Ontario’s energy and environmental laws. Dr. Saxe's career began with the Ontario Public Service and two major Bay Street law firms. She then established one of Canada’s top environmental law firms.

A Certified Environmental Law Specialist, Commissioner Saxe was recognized by all major legal rating services, including acknowledgement as one of the world’s top 25 environmental lawyers by Best of the Best, 2008 and as Best Lawyers’ first Environmental Lawyer of the Year for Toronto. Her numerous honours include the Award for Distinguished Service, the highest honour granted by the Ontario Bar Association; and the Gold Key Award for exceptional lifetime professional achievement, granted by Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni. Diane will speak about her experiences inside & outside of government and comment on current trends in climate policy & politics as we head towards a federal election this October.


Dr Mark Hudson  

www.umanitoba.ca

"My research focuses on the relationships between human societies and nature. I have primarily been interested in the ways in which capitalism, as a globalizing, dominant mode of production, structures human relationships with the natural world. This includes research on issues normally characterized as ‘environmental,’ such as oil sands extraction, climate change, and forest management, but my research also pushes into the broader question of how the organization of production and distribution through the primary mechanism of markets affects the sustainability of human relationships with the non-human."


Marianne Cerilli
www.mariannecerilli.ca

Marianne’s is a health educator who started in recreation, sport, and fitness leadership but now champions community development. A focus on the social and ecological determinants of health is a common thread through her diverse roles. Marianne has been a high school guidance counselor, a government youth consultant, a Member Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, including Opposition Environment Critic. As a community advocate/mentor, she created a women’s empowerment program that was recognized as a top women’s leadership program in Canada. She has been a community animator/organizer, policy analyst,as well as a university contract faculty and college instructor in CD and CED. At UWinnipeg she organized contract faculty to form a union and negotiated their first contract. Marianne envisions green labour and green jobs as a solution to the climate crisis.


The recently announced “Marianne Cerilli Trail” recognizes her work to shift investment from vehicle infrastructure to active transportation infrastructure through the Transcona Trail Association which she initiated as MLA. Marianne’s current freelance consulting in community development emphasizes process design,using outside the box thinking,methods and engagement tools to create healthy organizations and healthy communities. She is passionate about linking personal empowerment with social innovation to transform systems for social change to a more equitable, sustainable, and peaceful world. Marianne is also a mother, poet, outdoor adventurer, and is currently the Chair of the Wolseley Resident Association in Winnipeg. 



Time: 7pm - 9pm
Venue: Fort Garry Hotel
Register: [email protected]
Cost: $10 (free for members)
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/442364973250969


May 29th - Climate Change Event - Ottawa

May 30th - Climate Change Event - Toronto


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May 9th, 2019

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A presentation and Q & A on  Winnipeg's sewage & water-related infrastructure problem.  

Guest Speakers:

ALEXIS KANU
Executive Director
Lake Winnipeg Foundation

NAZIM CICEK
PhD, PEng. Professor
University of Manitoba, Biosystems Engineering

VICKI BURNS
Director
Save Lake Winnipeg

Candi Bezte
Biology Instructor
University of Winnipeg
Past Manager @ Water Program (Manitoba Eco-Network) 

Date: May 9th, 2019

Time: 7pm - 9pm
Venue: Fort Garry Hotel (Club room)

Register: [email protected]

Download the interim solution proposal here: CLICK FOR DOWNLOAD (PDF)

Sign the wastewater retrofit petition here:  https://change.org/p/city-of-winnipeg-retrofit-winnipeg-s-sewage-treatment-plant-help-lake-winnipeg 

 
CBC Article:  https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/lake-winnipeg-foundation-treatment-centre-1.5068542


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December 5th 2018 @ The Fort Garry Hotel (Club Room)

Carbon Dividends: A New National Climate Consensus?

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Guest Speakers:


GEOFF DEMBICKI - Author of "Are We Screwed?"

Geoff Dembicki is an award-winning independent journalist and author. He is a regular contributor to VICE and The Tyee. His work also appears in outlets like the New York Times, Foreign Policy and the Guardian. Dembicki's first book, Are We Screwed? How a New Generation is Fighting to Survive Climate Change, was published internationally by Bloomsbury in 2017. It's won several awards, including the 2018 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature.
https://www.vice.com/en_ca/contributor/geoff-dembicki 


David McLaughlin - Director of Climate Change – Canada

https://www.iisd.org/about/people/david-mclaughlin/all

David McLaughlin is IISD’s Director of Climate Change – Canada. With over 30 years of public policy experience in national and provincial government and the private sector, David is a Canadian policy expert on energy, economy, environmental and intergovernmental policy issues.

In his capacity as a public official, David has served as Chief of Staff to the federal Minister of Finance, the Premier of New Brunswick and former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. He has served as New Brunswick’s Deputy Minister of the Commission on Legislative Democracy, Policy and Planning, and Intergovernmental Affairs. Most recently, after running the PC Party of Manitoba’s election campaign in 2015–16, David served as Senior Advisor, Climate Change in the Premier’s Office for the Province of Manitoba.

In his sustainable development work, David has served as Strategic Advisor on Sustainability, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo from 2013 to 2015 and President and CEO of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (2007–12).

Globe & Mail Article: October 9th 2018
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/commentary/article-carbon-dividends-could-save-carbon-prici...

Local Expert:

CURT HULL


https://climatechangeconnection.org

Project Manager at Climate Change Connection


Venue: Fort Garry Hotel
Time: 7pm -9pm
Cost: Free for Science First members, $10 for general public
Register: Please register by emailing: [email protected]


October 3rd, 2018 - MANITOBA'S CARBON TAX - Investing in Our Future?

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Venue: The Fairmont Hotel - Harrow Room
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Cost: Free for Science First members, $10 for general public
Register: Please register by emailing: [email protected]
Facebook Event Page 
Promote: Invite your friends!

Guest speakers confirmed:

Nazim Cicek PhD, PEng
Biosystems Engineering
University of Manitoba

Colin Fast 
Director of Policy
Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce

Terry Shaw 
Executive Director
Manitoba Trucking Association

Curt Hull 
Project Manager
Climate Change Connection

Rob Altemeyer 
MLA – Wolseley
Official Critic for the Environment & Green Jobs

Robert Elms

President
Manitoba Electric Vehicle Association

Please remember to register to attend by emailing us at [email protected]

This evening will be a critical review of the current "Made-in-Manitoba" plan for the carbon tax to be put solely towards tax breaks and/or PST reduction:




July 11th, 2018:   Lake Winnipeg Watershed - Science & Policy Update

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On July 11th politicians and scientists will be presenting current updates on the Lake Winnipeg Watershed. Topics will include micro-plastics, invasive species, hog barns and where federal funding is headed for lake cleanup & water research. Presentations will be followed by an audience Q & A. This is a great chance to talk directly to a MP who is managing the Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative alongside talented local scientists researching our watershed.

Guest speakers & panelists:

Terry Duguid
MP - Winnipeg South
Lake Winnipeg Basin Program

Rob Altemeyer
MLA – Wolseley
Official Critic for the Environment & Green Jobs

Sarah Warrack
Master's Student - University of Manitoba
Microplastics in Lake Winnipeg


David Lobb

Professor of Landscape Ecology

Deptartment of Soil Science, University of Manitoba


Vicki Burns

Director - Save Lake Winnipeg
H2O: Ideas & Action for Canada's Water

*Registration Required*
$10 to attend for the general public.
Free for Science First members.
Register by sending us an email: [email protected]
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/223591435090886/


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May 16th, 2018: Investing Our Future - Electric Vehicles & Divesting From Fossil Fuels

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This evening will feature three guest speakers discussing various facets of the electric vehicle industry. Presentations will cover the consumer market, technology trends and where Manitoba is headed with adopting electric vehicles.
Cars, buses, trucks and vehicles of all kinds are being electrified. Come learn about the infrastructure needed to support this move away from fossil fuels.

***REGISTRATION REQUIRED***

Email us at [email protected] to register for this event.
FREE for Science First members, $10 for the general public.
Venue: Winnipeg Free Press Cafe - 237 McDermot Ave
Time: 7pm - 9pm

Guest Speakers:


Paul Edmond - President
Edmond Financial Group

Robert Elms - President
Manitoba Electric Vehicle Association (MEVA)

Nazim Cicek - PhD, PEng, Professor
University of Manitoba, Faculty of Engineering
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April 14th 2018: March For Science - Manitoba Legislature

Event time: 1pm - 2pm

Featured speaker:  Prof. Samar Safi-Harb, Canada Research Chair in Supernova (Remnants) Astrophysics, in the department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg,
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Additional Speakers:

Candi Bezte - Manitoba Eco Network
Manager @ Water Caucus Manitoba

Curt Hull - Manitoba Eco Network
Project Manager @ Climate Change Connection

Harvey Zahn - U of M Faculty Advisor and Humanist
Teacher, Outdoor Recreational Advocate

Nathan Zahn - Science First
Professional Campaigner / Organizer

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April 22nd, 2017: March For Science (Rally & guest speakers)
Location: Manitoba Legislature
Time: 1pm - 2pm

Cost: Free
Facebook Event Page:  March For Science (Rally + Guest Speakers)
Guest speakers:
Michael Paterson -Senior Research Scientist, IISD-ELA
https://www.iisd.org/about/people/michael-paterson/all
Andrew Park - Associate Professor of Biology, University of Winnipeg
http://uwinnipeg.ca/experts-guide/andrew-park.html
Mark Belmonte - Associate Professor - Department of Biological Sciences, U of M
http://umanitoba.ca/Biology/people/belmonte/
Deirdre Khan - Master of Science, Botany/Plant Biology,  University of Manitoba
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Deirdre_Khan

*Sponsored by University of Manitoba - The Faculty of Science


Thursday, November 24th 2016 

Guest Speaker: 

Dr. Michael Rennie  

Canada Research Chair in Freshwater Ecology and Fisheries
Research Fellow, IISD-Experimental Lakes Area
Assistant Professor

Dr. Rennie’s research interests focus on understanding the role of ecosystem change (e.g., climate change, commercial and recreational fishing, species invasions) on the aquatic community structure and energetics, and understanding how behavioural and life history variation in of aquatic organisms drives population and ecosystem-level processes. His research articles have been published in a variety of scientific journals, and he has been a lecturer and adjunct professor at several Canadian universities.

Location: The Fort Garry Hotel - Club room

Time: 7pm - 9pm

https://www.iisd.org/about/people/michael-rennie/a...

https://www.lakeheadu.ca/users/R/mrennie

Make sure to check out our Facebook group for campaign updates and up-to-date news alerts: www.facebook.com/ScienceFirstCanada

March 22nd, 2016:

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Past guest speakers: 

(With Boreal Forest Network)

Maude Barlow - Council of Canadians

David Schindler - Faculty of Science - University of Alberta

Dr. Diane Orihel - Save ELA