Student Taking Part in Paralympics Featured on CBC

U of G student Sasha Boulton is featured today on CBC radio. The biomedical engineering student is in Rio taking part in the first-ever Paralympic Games triathlon. Boulton is a guide for Christine Robbins, a legally blind athlete from Abbotsford, B.C., who hopes to have “the race of my life” during the games. The two …

U of G Experts Comment on China’s Canola Restrictions Surrounding Blackleg Disease in Globe and Mail Article

China is once again imposing restrictions on Canadian canola over concerns of blackleg, a fungal disease that destroys the crop. The Chinese did the same thing six years ago and Canadian researchers, including the University of Guelph’s plant agriculture professors Dave Hume and Mary Ruth McDonald, are wondering if the recent decision is based on science …

U of G Prof Discusses Challenges of Tipping Model for Restaurants on CBC Podcast

The interaction between servers and customers at restaurants is often discussed. But less is known about the interactions among staff within an establishment, particularly the impact of tipping on workers. Prof. Michael Von Massow, Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, spoke to CBC about how tipping may present challenges for restaurants. He said that servers often do much better financially …

U of G Olympian Featured in CBC Story on Support from N.W.T. Town

Geneviève Lalonde won’t bring an Olympic medal back to Canada, but that doesn’t matter to the residents of Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories. Lalonde, a University of Guelph master’s student in geography and former Gryphon varsity team member, finished 16th in the 3,000-metre steeplechase event in Rio this week. She studies Inuit education, so she travels to Ulukhaktok annually. …

U of G Prof Talks Solutions for Flood Prevention in Toronto Star

Toronto is vulnerable to flooding so prevention planning is an important topic. One groundbreaking retrofit solution is the use of permeable pavement, which University of Guelph Prof. Andrea Bradford, School of Engineering, discussed in a Toronto Star article. She explained how the multilayered system drinks in rainwater and cleans it of sediments and pollutants. Although permeable …

Horse Asthma Research Featured in CTV News Story

Prof. Dorothee Bienzle and doctoral candidate Laurence Tessier, Pathobiology, were interviewed by CTV News – Kitchener Aug. 11. They discussed research they are conducting on horses and asthma, as well as potential implications for treating people. Bienzle studies the pathogenesis of retroviral infection and mechanisms of inflammation in recurrent airway obstruction.  

Biology Prof Turetsky in New York Times

Integrative biology Prof. Merritt Turetsky is quoted in an Aug. 10 New York Times article on the effects of peat fires. The story discusses how warming temperatures can dry out northern peatlands, increasing the risk of fires that release thousands of years’ worth of stored carbon into the atmosphere. Turetsky has participated in numerous international studies on …

Ontario’s Electricity Dilemma Won’t Improve, U of G Prof Says in Financial Post Editorial

It’s never been cheaper to generate electricity but Ontario bill payers are finding that’s it’s never been more expensive to buy it. Prof. Ross McKitrick, Economics and Finance, says relief for citizens is unlikely, thanks in part to the hidden global adjustment tax that has increased the purchase price of electricity. McKitrick wrote about Ontario’s “disastrous …

Political Science Profs Join Maclean’s Roundtable on Supreme Court Appointments

The federal government will reform the process of appointing Supreme Court judges, an announcement that’s stirring debate throughout the legal field. University of Guelph professors Troy Riddell and Dennis Baker, both in the Department of Political Science, comprised half of a four-person roundtable in Maclean’s magazine on the potential pros and cons of Ottawa’s more transparent approach …