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SSHRC Case Studies: Town of Richmond Hill Pioneer Park Stormwater Management Rehabilitation Project

SSHRC Case Studies: Town of Richmond Hill Pioneer Park Stormwater Management Rehabilitation Project

As part of the Public Outreach Grant SSHRC interns had the opportunity to work with policy partners on profiling some of their current projects. CC-RAI will be highlighting that work as part of series of climate change related case studies. The case studies were developed by all of the SSHRC interns in partnership with Knowledge Mobilization and their respective hosts, including the City of Toronto’s Environment Office, Region of Peel, York Region, Durham Region, ACER and the TRCA.

This week’s case study examines the Town of Richmond Hill and its efforts to improve flood control and erosion protection at the watershed level – keeping in mind the increasing importance of building climate change adaptation into ongoing muncipal planning and management strategies. The complete case study is now available.

MAINSTREAM: The National Water Adaptation to Climate Change Forum, March 22 -23rd, 2012

 

CC-RAI is pleased to highlight a national forum convened by our partners to mobilize knowledge generated from the work of the Regional Adaptation Collaboratives (RACs) in the area of change change and water resources. Project partners include:  Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Research (CFCAS), the Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA) and the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) with funded provided by Natural Resources Canada.

It is already recognized that climate change is affecting water resources across Canada, with each region and community facing unique opportunities and challenges. Together, we can share knowledge to advance the state of practice for adaptation nationally. The purpose of this event is to share lessons and opportunities, and identify needs and potential challenges in advancing the adaptation of water resource management nationally. Participants will contribute directly to a national compendium for practitioners, assist in developing a briefing document, and exchange best practices and lessons.

FORUM OBJECTIVES

  • Provide learning opportunities for new ways of thinking about water adaptation.
  • Reflect upon the current state of practice and share knowledge on water adaptation projects.
  • Showcase a diverse range of projects led by Forum participants.
  • Stimulate discussion to identify: Water adaptation knowledge needs of practitioners (e.g., engineers, scientists, policy analysts, project coordinators, planners, and educators);
  • Opportunities for dissemination of knowledge and collaboration towards the mainstreaming of adaptation.
  • Contribute to: A national compendium of knowledge on water resource adaptation to be used by practitioners; A briefing document on the state of and opportunities for advancing, water adaptation across Canada.
This interactive knowledge exchange will bring together researchers and practitioners alike to advance the state of knowledge around climate change and water. This is a by invitation event – if you are interested in attending or would like additional details please contact  Harris Switzman (hswitzman@trca.on.ca)
or call 416.661.6600 x. 5931.

1st Annual Sustainability FilmFest: Water

WATER: 1st Annual Sustainability FilmFest

CC-RAI is a proud partner of Planet in Focus and York University’s Focus on Sustainability Film Festival – this years premiere event will focus on water and the complex environmental issues involved both nationally and international. This engaging, entertaining and thought provoking showcase of award winning films will be enhanced by conversations and discussions with filmmakers, activists and academics alike.

The Sustainability Film Festival 2012 will be hosted in the York University Senate Chambers (North Ross 940) from 10am to 5pm on Monday, March 19th, 2012. Only $2 gets you an all access, all day pass to a diverse array of films that aim raise the consciousness of water issues in Canada and across the planet.

Water on the Table

White Water, Black Gold

“White Water, Black Gold” trailer from David Lavallee on Vimeo.

Carbon for Water

Trailer for Carbon For Water from Vestergaard Frandsen on Vimeo.

The Clean Bin Project

The Clean Bin Project – Trailer from Grant Baldwin Videography on Vimeo.

This festival is brought to you by The Osgoode Environmental Law Society (ELS), The Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability (IRIS), and The Climate Consortium for Research Action Integration (CC-RAI).
Many thanks to our supporters: The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), Mountain Equipment Co-Op (MEC), and The Centre for Human Rights.

For additional details and future updates visit: www.irisyorku.ca/film-fest

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