The Ring

Ice-road research: listening to locals on Arctic and coastal change

2016-05-11 17:05

NRCan/Geological Survey colleague Don Forbes on the road to Tuktoyaktuk.

Driving on ice roads in the far north is a normal occurrence for geographer and storm expert David Atkinson. In late April, Atkinson and colleagues drove the ice road between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk, and later flew up even farther to Ulukhaktok and Sachs Harbour (pop. 80 people). His purpose was to interview residents about the impacts of weather (especially storms), as he says, “who knows more about northern weather than the people most affected by it?”

Coast Capital Savings supports expansion of entrepreneurship centre

2016-05-11 16:02

Cassels and Coulter

Do you have a brilliant idea that you want to see succeed in the wider community? Help is on its way.

Entrepreneurs at UVic will get valuable assistance to develop promising ideas through a relaunch of the Innovation Centre for Entrepreneurs (ICE) supported by $450,000 from Coast Capital Savings Credit Union.

The renamed Coast Capital Savings Innovation Centre (CCSIC) will expand its current offerings and offer new opportunities including providing seed money for new ventures and prototype development, an entrepreneurship scholarship and a co-op term for students so they can work on their own ideas.

The tale the trees tell: droughts will be worse in BC

2016-05-04 15:39

A large tree section from the tree ring lab.

BC should plan for worse droughts than previously expected

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