Posted: January 9, 2019
Tags: RCITalks
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The Royal Canadian Institute for Science returns to WPL in 2019 with its RCI Talks series. 

It's Legal. Now What? : Exploring Pot and Public Health

Thursday, January 17
7:00pm to 8:30pm
McCormick Branch
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Join Professor Dave Hammond, CIHR Applied Public Health Chair at the University of Waterloo, as he explores questions about cannabis:

  • Does legislation change patterns of use?
  • How will the cannabis market change?
  • What about medical marijuana?
  • What do we know about preventing problematic use?

Bring your own questions about public health in an age of legalization. Prof. Hammon's research examines how cannabis, tobacco, and other substances should be regulated to minimize their impact on public health. He works with governments around the world and has served as an Advisor to the World Health Organization.

Mapping Ontario’s Energy Transition: the land-use and landscape impacts of renewable energy development

Thursday, February 21
7:00pm to 8:30pm
McCormick Branch
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A rapid transition away from fossil fuels and toward low-carbon and renewable energy resources is necessary in order to avoid dangerous climate change. 

Join our discussion as we look at renewable energy resources and their relationships to policy, technology and geography.

Rebecca Jahns is a Master’s student in the Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics at the University of Guelph.

Dr. Kirby Calvert's teaching and research program addresses questions surrounding energy and energy transitions through a geographic lens. He is currently studying how and in what ways the implementation of renewable energy (RE) technologies is impacting patterns of land-use, resource management, and energy system governance. He is also applying geospatial information technologies to help facilitate informed decisions for renewable energy implementation and community energy planning (e.g., area-based resource assessments and spatial planning scenarios).

Canada’s Climate Adaptation Gap: Reducing Flood Risk

Thursday, March 21
7:00pm to 8:30pm
McCormick Branch
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How can we tackle climate adaptation in Canada? Dana Decent will outline current efforts at the Intact Centre to 1) improve community resiliency through flood-resilient community design standards, and to 2) reduce homeowner risk through the Home Flood Protection Program and home inspector training on flood risk. Finally, she will share new research on the mental health impacts of flooding based on 100 interviews she conducted with homeowners in flood-impacted neighbourhoods, and how this research has galvanized new partners to engage in climate adaptation efforts in the country.

Dr. Dana Decent has worked in sustainable business operations, reporting and research across corporate, government and non-profit sectors including roles with Sun Life Financial and Green Economy Canada (formerly Sustainability CoLab). Dana manages the Intact Centre’s operational functions, leads research projects, and provides research support for the Centre’s team members. Her current research focuses on the mental health impacts of flooding. She is the recipient of Corporate Knights’ Top 30 Under 30 (2016), St. Paul’s Young Alumni Award (2016), and the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association Leader of the Year (2018).