Research, Toads, and Climate Change – a News Update

Grenfell Campus Research News Update

Grenfell Researchers Dr. Gabriela Sabau and Dr. Mumtaz Cheema featured in The Telegram and The Chronicle Herald – Climate change or climate crisis?

“Flood waters in Ottawa and fires in Alberta: the changing environment has politico’s in Canada debating on whether to declare a national emergency in regard to effects felt due to climate change….

The Telegram set out to ask people in the province, whose livelihoods depend on the environment, what their thoughts are — change or crisis — and if they have felt the effects.”

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From CBC News – Why did the toad cross the road in the rain? To reproduce, of course

“With warm, spring rain falling in western and central Newfoundland, drivers are finding themselves dodging dozens of toads on pond-adjacent roads.

Christine Campbell, a professor of biology at Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook, says the movement of toads from the woods to across the roads is all about reproduction.”

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From CBC NewsTelling a new rural story: Our small communities are more vibrant than you might think

“One clear outcome of the conference was the consensus that we need to voice the new rural story — a realistic narrative that communicates the activity, progress, development, adaptation and hope that is present in our communities.

The story that involves people wanting and choosing to stay. Participants of the event agreed that utilizing participatory community media to give a voice to this story will be a practical first step.”

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From The Gazette – Curating a Community: Labrador Research Forum underscores importance of collaboration, accountability and sharing knowledge

“This conference is important for established and young researchers just entering the field,” added Abigail Poole, an undergraduate student in psychology at Grenfell Campus and a NunatuKavut Inuk, who was a panellist during the youth perspectives session.

“We saw how there are differences between how research is conducted by youth and established researchers, and here we can feed off one another and offer each other learning experiences, especially for Indigenous researchers.”

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OP-ED Drs. Natalie Slawinski and John Schouten

“As we present our model, the discussion is lively and studded with personal stories. The acronym PLACE signifies five principles for community development that emerged from our research.

It also evokes the primary condition for rural renewal: a deep and abiding love of place. Each step in the model elicits recognition and personal stories from the people around the table.”

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