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Rabies Expert Speaks to CBC About Avoiding Infection

Prof. Scott Weese from U of G’s Ontario Veterinary College spoke to CBC Windsor about the risks of contracting rabies from wild animals such as raccoons and skunks. Many residents in Windsor are worried about a spike in rabies cases in nearby Michigan, with several rabid skunks discovered. Weese, Department of Pathobiology, said the risk …

Food Science Experts Discuss Recent Recalls With CP

Prof. Lawrence Goodridge and Keith Warriner, Department of Food Science, spoke with The Canadian Press about what’s behind the recent spike in food recalls. They said the recalls are not a sign that there are more problems in the food supply, but are the result of a more vigilant food investigation body and better testing …

History Prof Discusses Nasty Election Campaigns With CBC

Is this federal election campaign the nastiest ever? So asked a CBC.ca article this week, with the writer turning to Prof. Matthew Hayday for insight. Hayday, from the Department of History, cited two other campaigns he thought were better examples of “gutter politics”: 1917 and 1993. “To me, those campaigns were far worse than anything …

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U of G Expert Discusses Religious Grounds of Vaccine Hesitancy

Prof. Maya Goldenberg, Department of Philosophy, spoke to The Canadian Press about whether there are merits to vaccination objections that are based on religious or philosophical grounds. The article appeared on CBC.ca, CTVNews.ca and elsewhere. Toronto Public Health is petitioning the Ontario government to stop allowing schoolchildren to be exempted from vaccination requirements due to …

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Experts Alert: World Mental Health Day

This week is national Mental Illness Awareness Week, an annual event designed to raise awareness about mental health issues and the realities of mental illness. The week coincides with World Mental Health Day on Oct. 10, coordinated by the World Health Organization, whose focus this year is on suicide prevention. The University of Guelph has …

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LifeScanner Food Fraud ID Kit Makes Headlines

A DNA identification kit developed at U of G’s Centre for Biodiversity Genomics (CBG) was featured in a Canadian Press story looking at how the device’s developers have harnessed “citizen science” to help detect seafood fraud and mislabelling. Sujeevan Ratnasingham, associate director of informatics at CBG, explained how the device, called the LifeScanner kit, can …

Expert Alert: U of G Experts Can Comment on Listeria Outbreak

With an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections involving cooked diced chicken now affecting three provinces, the University of Guelph has experts who can discuss the outbreak and the listeria bacterium. Prof. Keith Warriner, a food microbiologist in the Department of Food Science, researches food-borne pathogens, food-borne hazards detection technologies and intervention technologies. His research has contributed to methods …

CBC Spotlights U of G Successful Rice Crop

A collaborative effort between U of G researchers and industry to develop Canada’s first commercial rice production has resulted in success, CBC Windsor recently reported. Ontario FangZheng Agriculture Enterprises along with researchers from U of G’s Ridgetown Campus set out to grow a one-hectare trial rice crop on a farm west of Chatham. Farm manager Wendy …