#4480 "The Missing Element": Stories of the Mountain Street Red Cross Outpost
Canoe FM (local radio station) and Haliburton Highlands Land Trust (environmental conservation organization) are non-profit organizations working out of a historic building on Mountain Street in Haliburton that was once a Red Cross outpost. A small 1983 book by Martha Perkins,“A Hospital of our Own” was written about its history.
The purpose of this project, hosted by Canoe FM, is to discover more about the building and the health professionals who worked there in order to develop a better understanding of the hospital’s connection to history and its contributions to the local community.
Existing data will be augmented through oral history interviews with local community members and a visual media display intended for the office.
This project is ideal for a small group of senior undergraduate students with a combination of graphic design and interviewing skills.
#4813 Places for People Process Mapping
Places for People (P4P) provides tenants with long-term affordable rental housing in Haliburton County; to date it has rented single-family homes and duplexes to families. The non-profit organization sets aside in a trust fund a small amount of the rent paid for future use by tenants, and supports tenants to use secure housing as an opportunity to make and achieve personal or family goals. The volunteer run organization recently hired part-time administrative support as a precursor to pivoting to building multi-unit properties for mixed (age, socio-economic status) populations, including offering community bonds to fund the projects and strengthen community engagement around housing need. A functional understanding of the various processes of the organization will facilitate the future development of consistent procedures to ensure the continued viability of the organization, and be useful to other communities who wish to borrow from the model.
Selected research questions include: What are the current decision-making processes in place for P4P? What new or modified roles/structures/procedures will be needed to support the emerging focus? What should be included in a procedures manual for P4P? For the purposes of this project it is anticipated that there would be process maps (decision trees) developed for various functions of the organization: financial; property acquisition / management; fundraising/promotion; tenant support, governance. In addition, recommendations would be made for the outline of a procedures manual to be developed in a follow-up project. This CBR project would be ideal for business students.
#4818 Sustaining a Movement: Performing a Situational Analysis for the Community of Making
The Community of Making is a partnership between multiple organizations in Haliburton County that is dedicated to digital literacy through education and creation in STEAM (science, technology, education, arts, and math). The project is approaching its final year of funding, but ideally will continue. This research project involves conducting a situational analysis or the purposes of creating a strategic plan for Community of Making. This may include a situation audit, environmental scan, or other research that will help us gain some perspective on the sustainability and growth of the Community of Making.
# 4868 Financial Impacts of Gull River Flooding
Major flooding events in Minden Hills in 2013 and 2017 resulted in significant financial impacts for residents and business owners. These flooding events have negatively impacted housing values, increased costs to homeowners and disrupted small businesses.The floods have also had significant social and psychological impacts on residents living along the floodplain.
The purpose of this project is to conduct a case study on the financial impacts of the flooding in order to better inform current and potential residents and business owners of the financial impacts of continued flooding. The study will provide a foundation for potential remedial action (that includes multi-level government, watersheds,citizens, etc.)
The case study report that includes a focused literature review, analysis and discussion from interviews, and recommendations for next steps. This project is ideal for a single undergraduate or group of undergraduate students.
#4899 QEII Cultural Summary – Park Fire History
NOTE: This project is available for the Fall 2020 semester.
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.
#4910 Public Attitudes Towards Climate Change in Haliburton County
Established in 2003, Environment Haliburton (EH!) takes a comprehensive view of environmental issues in Haliburton County and provides a strong voice to encourage positive initiatives and oppose those that could have an adverse impact on the environment.
This project will involve creating, distributing, and analyzing results of a climate change opinion survey aimed at community organizations and the public. Interviews with community organizations and/or municipal government representatives may also be included.
This project will assist EH! and Planet Haliburton with understanding current public and community attitudes towards climate change and the health-climate change relationship. Results will also assist EH! and Planet Haliburton to frame their climate change programming, as well as assisting environmentally-mandated organizations in focusing their resources on activities most likely to help generate action across the community. It will help EH! and Planet Haliburton in making recommendations to local municipalities and stakeholders. This project will also build on past work that EH! has done to increase public awareness of climate change and its impacts.
#4939 Understanding the Levels and Opportunities for Environmental Protection at the Municipal Level, in The Land Between Bioregion - Southern Ontario’s Last Intact Wilderness Landscape
Understanding the levels and opportunities for environmental protection at the municipal level, in The Land between bioregion- southern Ontario’s last intact wilderness landscape
The Land Between region extends from the Georgian Bay Coast to the Ottawa Valley. The Land Between charity is a grassroots non-government organization. It’s the first and only organization to represent this unique and significant ecological region in Ontario. The charity also focuses on 7 program areas: bioregionalism, landscape and natural systems conservation, water and fisheries, society and economics, cultural heritage, education and awareness, and future leaders.
The purpose of this project is to research municipal- and county-level bylaws related to maintaining ecological biodiversity and natural capital/nature in the land between region. This will inform a summary of the current state of local policy and a gap analysis of bylaws and policy in the region. The report will provide The Land Between with a summary of protections in place for local biodiversity, as well as gaps in policy that need to be addressed.
Questions will be answered through a Literature review of policies and programs; website searches of municipal plans and bylaws; comparison of policies to plans; listing of bylaws in each jurisdiction and against varying types of ecological focal areas (lighting, shorelines, set-backs, tree cutting, site alterations); surveys/questionnaires and interviews (with Land Between staff and public employees and general public) and data collection with Land Between staff and municipal staffers regarding adherence to plans, rates of minor variance approvals, enforcement capacity etc.
Note: this project is ideal for a small group of undergraduate students, with the project split into two parts/terms (one for data collection, and one for analysis) or for a graduate student as a single project.