#4899 QEII Cultural Summary – Park Fire History
Ontario Parks' mandate is to protect significant natural and cultural resources in a system of parks and protected areas that are sustainable and provide opportunities for inspiration/ enjoyment and education now and for future generations. The objective of this project is to develop a deep understanding of Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Park’s forest fire history from the late 1800s onwards and their mitigation efforts. By investigating this history via literature reviews and interviewing historians, the student’s comprehensive summary will provide key information for the park users and stakeholders, giving them a better understanding of the park's fire ecology. This project may open the door for future research and help aid in the protection of this area natural environment.
This project is ideal for a single undergraduate student or small group of students.
#4897 An Investigation into Plastic Consumption and Alternatives for the Haliburton County Farmers Market
The Haliburton County Farmers' Market Association (HCFMA) hosts 3 community farmers markets locations and have over 25 vendors involved from the months of May to October. With increasing awareness of the problems associated with the single use plastic and the recent federal government proposal to ban single use plastics by 2021, the HCFMA wishes to look for ways to minimize the plastic usage practices of vendors and customers. This project will provide an overview of the main sources of plastic usage in farmers markets locally and in Ontario and understand how to best utilize incentives for behavioral change re: plastic use, and identify challenges and limitations to plastic reduction initiatives. Students will work closely with community members, vendors and the HCFMA to find useful answers to the outstanding questions involving plastic consumption and alternatives.
#4808 Haliburton County Grocery Stores and Food Pricing
There is a perception that grocery prices are higher in Haliburton County than neighbouring towns. Is there evidence to support this or is it just a myth?
Haliburton County FoodNet is a network of food programs in our county that believe all residents of Haliburton County should be able to access food in a way that upholds basic human dignity and that the food is safe and nutritionally adequate as well as personally acceptable and culturally appropriate. For years some residents of Haliburton County have been complaining that the cost of groceries is higher here than elsewhere; some say they choose to shop in neighbouring towns since they believe prices there are lower. FoodNet is interested in finding out whether this is an accurate assessment or simply a misperception, and requires research to find out how prices are set by local grocery stores (i.e. comparing the costs of a set list of grocery items to other towns). This project is appropriate for an independent student or a group of students.