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Wayne Johnston, Head of Research Enterprise and Scholarly Communication at the University of Guelph Library joined us on CFRU93.3fm‘s Royal City Rag on Saturday October 16 to talk about Open Access Week

Open Access Week is an annual international initiative designed to promote and advance changes in access to information. A global event now entering its fourth year, it provides an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access.

“Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.

Open Access (OA) has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, researchers and scientists, teachers, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year. Open Access Week is a key opportunity for all members of the community to take action to keep this momentum moving forward.

Guelph Voices of Open Access
Should scholarly research be freely accessible online to everyone?
October 21 from 3 – 5 p.m.
10 Carden Street, Guelph, Ontario

Whether you imagine a researcher seeking to reach scholars in developing countries, a community practitioner needing up-to-date data, or a recent university graduate seeking scholarly information on a topic, it becomes easy to see how free online access to peer-reviewed scientific information and discoveries benefi­ts our communities and society as a whole.

Guelph Voices of Open Access will connect scholars and community members to this global movement that seeks free open sharing of research ­findings.

Speakers include:

  • Mike Ridley: Chief Information Officer, Chief Librarian, University of Guelph
  • Beverley Hale: Associate Dean, Ontario Agricultural College, Professor, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph
  • Ajay Heble: Professor, School of English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph, Artistic Director, The Guelph Jazz Festival, Project Director, Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice
  • Sarah Hook: PhD Candidate, Animal & Poultry Science, University of Guelph
  • Sarah Haanstra: Social Planning Director, United Way

Talks will be followed by discussions and refreshments. Space is limited so be sure to RSVP to: researchshop@uoguelph.ca. Unfortunately, this venue is not wheelchair accessible.

There will also be three noon hour lectures at the University of Guelph Library in the Florence Partridge Room 384:

  • Open Access 101 – Exploring the background and concepts of the open access movement.
    Monday October 18, 2010, Noon -1.00 p.m.
  • Creative Commons Licence – What is it? How do we use it?
    Tuesday October 19, 2010, Noon – 1.00 p.m.
  • The Google Book Settlement – What does this mean for Canadian authors?
    Wednesday October 20, 2010, Noon – 1.00 p.m.

For more information visit: www.openaccessweek.org.

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Music:
The Band, I Shall Be Released from Music From Big Pink
Richie Havens, Freedom (2009) from Taking Woodstock
John Lennon, Power To the People from Shaved Fish
Overture, Mozart, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra from Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)

Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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During the week of October 18 – 24, Guelph will join others from around the world to mark Open Access Week.

Open Access Week is an annual international initiative designed to promote and advance changes in access to information. A global event now entering its fourth year, it provides an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access.

“Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.

Open Access (OA) has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, researchers and scientists, teachers, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year. Open Access Week is a key opportunity for all members of the community to take action to keep this momentum moving forward.

Guelph Voices of Open Access
Should scholarly research be freely accessible online to everyone?
October 21 from 3 – 5 p.m.
10 Carden Street, Guelph, Ontario

Whether you imagine a researcher seeking to reach scholars in developing countries, a community practitioner needing up-to-date data, or a recent university graduate seeking scholarly information on a topic, it becomes easy to see how free online access to peer-reviewed scientific information and discoveries benefi­ts our communities and society as a whole.

Guelph Voices of Open Access will connect scholars and community members to this global movement that seeks free open sharing of research ­findings.

Speakers include:

  • Mike Ridley: Chief Information Officer, Chief Librarian, University of Guelph
  • Beverley Hale: Associate Dean, Ontario Agricultural College, Professor, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph
  • Ajay Heble: Professor, School of English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph, Artistic Director, The Guelph Jazz Festival, Project Director, Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice
  • Sarah Hook: PhD Candidate, Animal & Poultry Science, University of Guelph
  • Sarah Haanstra: Social Planning Director, United Way

Talks will be followed by discussions and refreshments.

Space is limited so be sure to RSVP to: researchshop@uoguelph.ca. Unfortunately, this venue is not wheelchair accessible.

There will also be three noon hour lectures at the  University of Guelph Library in the Florence Partridge Room 384:

  • Open Access 101 – Exploring the background and concepts of the open access movement.
    Monday October 18, 2010, Noon -1.00 p.m.
  • Creative Commons Licence – What is it? How do we use it?
    Tuesday October 19, 2010, Noon – 1.00 p.m.
  • The Google Book Settlement – What does this mean for Canadian authors?
    Wednesday October 20, 2010, Noon – 1.00 p.m.

For more information visit: www.openaccessweek.org.

Catch Wayne Johnston, Head of Research Enterprise and Scholarly Communication at the University of Guelph Library talking about Open Access Week on CFRU93.3fm ‘s Royal City Rag on Saturday October 16 between 8-9 a.m.

Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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The Kenneth Hammond Lecture Series On Environment, Energy And Resources: Human Dimensions Of The Environment
Friday March 26 (Keynote address)
Saturday March 27 (Symposium)

Free admission
EVERYONE WELCOME!
Please RSVP to: hls@uoguelph.ca;

This annual series, sponsored by the University of Guelph and the School of Environmental Sciences (SES), is named for Kenneth Hammond, a former member of the university Board of Governors and an advocate for environmental and resource issues and environmental education.

 

Friday, March 26 at 7.00 p.m.
Keynote Address: War Memorial Hall, University of Guelph
Bringing Industry Sectors On-Board to Sustainable Development: A Case Study of the Canadian Electricity Association”
Blair Feltmate, Professor, Faculty of Environment, and Director of Sustainability Practice, University of Waterloo

Saturday, March 27 from 9 a.m. – 3.30 p.m.
All Day Symposium: City Hall Council Chambers, Downtown Guelph.

Part 1 – Presentations

  • “Community Energy Planning: The Guelph Experience”
    Karen Farbridge, Mayor, City of Guelph
  • “Energy and Environment from a community perspective”
    Mark McNally, V.P. & Founder, Green & Clean Energy Co. Ltd.
  • “Being Green: More than an Image”
    Rumina Dhalla, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Guelph
  • “The Social Responsibility of Business is to Create Value”
    Elizabeth Kurucz, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Guelph
  • “New North American Strategies to Address Climate Change”
    Jose Etcheverry Ph.D, Assistant Professor, York University

Part 2 – Comments and Perspectives Panel Discussion

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Now this sounds interesting.

I’ve always felt a little conflicted about ecotourism.

Do you enjoy traveling to exotic destinations?

Do you care about the environment?

Prof. Noella Gray will be speaking on “Ecotourism: More harm than good?” at the Diana Downtown on Tuesday, February 9 at 7 p.m.

The second in the series “Human Dimensions of the Environment”.

Free. Light snacks provided.

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Urb Ag Symposium posterOn Friday November 20, Backyard Bounty and the University of Guelph will be hosting the first conference on urban agriculture in Guelph. Urban Agriculture: Opportunities for Action will bring together the movers and shakers in the Urban Agriculture scene.  The conference aims to not only inspire action but address key issues and provide connections that enable the Urban Agriculture movement to advance.
 
The morning will start with a keynote presentation from Dr. Karen Landman who will inspire us with stories of her summer tour of urban agriculture projects across North America. A panel discussion will follow that brings together experience and ideas from those near and far working in the field of urban agriculture.  During the afternoon participants will take part in an interactive facilitation process to identify common barriers, seek feasible solutions and set achievable actions.  A local lunch and snacks will be provided.
 
In partnership with Guelph-Wellington Local Food Initiative, The City of Guelph’s Healthy Landscapes project, The Organic Conference, Chris Jess and his army of locavores.

We invite you to join us!

Please register at:
www.backyardbounty.ca
 
Shannon Lee Stirling
Project Co-ordinator
Backyard Bounty
info@backyardbounty.ca

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Ontario Urban Forest Council’s Annual Conference “Tree Preservation and the Planning Process – Moving Ahead”

Trees are increasingly regarded as beautiful and effective tonics to our polluted planet, with a long list of social, environmental and economic benefits.   Sadly, preserving trees or allocating adequate space for future planting is rarely considered in the development process.

The Ontario Urban Forest Council (OUFC) will be holding their annual conference in Guelph this year.  The conference takes place on Thursday, November 12 at the University of Guelph Arboretum. The theme of this year’s conference is   “Tree Preservation and the Planning Process –Moving Ahead”.  Speakers will include city planners, environmental planners, politicians, development consultants and educators who will bring their professional experience and municipal perspectives to share ideas.  The City of Guelph and some of its real planning issues will be showcased to stimulate discussion of how best to protect our urban forests.

On Wednesday, November 11 from 7 to 9 p.m., the OUFC will be holding their AGM at the Shakespeare Arms near the Campus Estates Plaza.  Well respected urban forest professor, Dr Andy Kenney will give a short presentation entitled  “Preserving Trees and the Planning Process:  Covering Your Assets”.

View the conference flyer

Update October 31: There is a reduced ticket price of $75 for those who work (employed or volunteer) for urban forest not for profit organizations such as Guelph Urban Forest Friends.

Visit www.oufc.org for complete conference details.

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E-Bar
July 16 at 7.00 p.m.

David Hall, Associate Professor, Ecosystem and Public Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary

David Hall“Ecosystem Approaches to Health: Agriculture and Animal Disease”

Dr. Hall will talk about the role of science in developing sustainable systems of ecosystem health with examples from Bangladesh and Vietnam. Combatting newly emerging infectious diseases continues to require more integrated approaches to health management, not only at the level of agricultural resources but also at the level of institutional co-operation. Avian influenza in Asia serves as an example but the lessons are important for other diseases and countries.

ALL WELCOME

Visit the Cafe Scientifique website for more details.

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PaintingonthegreenOn June 10,  Royal City Rag focused on Guelph Creative Arts Association’s annual outdoor show and sale Painting on the Green. The show takes place this coming weekend, June 13-14 at The Arboretum Centre at the University of Guelph.

The President of the association, Bruce Homer, joined us live in the studio. There were also great taped interviews with painter and printmaker Margaret Peter and crafter Patti Rainbow.

The two-day art show and sale is one of the oldest annual outdoor shows in the province, now in its 48th year. The public is invited to come and see original painting and crafts, watch art demonstrations, and take the opportunity to purchase works by local favourites and emerging artists, all in a beautiful outdoor setting.

On Saturday the show runs from 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., and on Sunday from 11.00 a.m. until 4.00 p.m. The announcement and presentation of awards for the best works in the show will take place Saturday at 3.00 p.m.

On Sunday, the hammer dulcimer and guitar duo from Burlington, the Playford Players, will be entertaining between 1.00 p.m. and 3.00 p.m.

Admission to Painting on the Green is free, although donations to support the work of the GCAA will be gratefully accepted.

Please note that the Arboretum now has a new entrance off College Avenue, west of Victoria Road. Due to pending construction, using Victoria Rd to access College Ave  is recommended.

Music:
Tannis Slimmon, There’s A Lift from Oak Lake
Playford Players, Meadowsweet (digital download)
Ian Reid, Two Steps At A Time from Somewhere In Between

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Royal City Rag on March 25 focused on environmental issues including Backyard Bounty, activites for Earth Hour 2009 (March 28) and why Guelph’s urban forest needs greater protection.

We started the show with some interviews recorded at the  launch of  Backyard Bounty, Guelph’s urban farming initiative, at the Evergreen Centre on March 22. Interviewees included Guelph singer-songwriter and community activist James Gordon, Sally Ludwig from Transition Guelph and Shannon Lee Stirling from Backyard Bounty.

Transition Guelph will be having a candlelight potluck at the Guelph Youth Music Centre on March 28 between 7.30 and 10.00 p.m. to celebrate Earth Hour 2009. Bring a friend or neighbour, a light dish (hors d’ouvres, snacks, dessert, finger food), and a candle in a safe holder,  flashlight or lantern, and enjoy good food, good company and live unplugged music! For more information, visit: www.transitionguelph.org/earthhour .

Ric Jordan, Manager of the Arboretum, University of Guelph

Ric Jordan, Manager of the Arboretum, University of Guelph

Later in the show we played an interview recorded at the University of Guelph Arboretum with manager Ric Jordan and Guelph Urban Forest Friends‘ Norah Chaloner and Judy Martin.

Trees in Guelph need far greater protection than afforded by the current city bylaw. Guelph has far less than the ideal 40% tree canopy cover recommended for cities. A strategic plan for Guelph’s urban forest has been in the works at city hall for over a decade now yet progress has been slow to say the least. In the meantime more and more trees are lost from our urban landscape. For more on this important issue, visit the Guelph Urban Forest Friends website at www.guffguelph.ca.

Music:
James Gordon, Scam Of The Century from Just West Of Something Big (CFRU Compilation)
James Gordon, Another Silver Maple Comes Down from Nine Green Bottles

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Royal City Rag will again focus on environmental issues on March 25.  

This past weekend we attended the launch of Guelph’s urban farming initiative Backyard Bounty at the Evergreen Centre. We’ll start the show with some excellent interviews recorded at the event.

Later on in the show we’ll be talking about trees and why it is important that the City of Guelph enacts a strong bylaw to protect and develop Guelph’s urban forest canopy.

On Monday we spent a gorgeous morning in the Arboretum with manager Ric Jordan and Guelph Urban Forest Friends‘ Norah Chaloner and Judy Martin. Its a great interview. Don’t miss it!

Listen live on CFRU 93.3fm, Guelph’s Campus Community Radio Station or, after the fact, via the website.

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Now this sounds interesting…

This month’s Campus Café features Jamie Benidickson from the University of Ottawa discussing “The Culture of Flushing.”

March 19 at Noon in the University of Guelph Science Complex atrium.

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Suzanne Miller "Speed"

Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival Noon Show sponsored by the Central Students’ Association

When:  Wednesday, March 25 at 12.00 noon.

Where:  University Centre Courtyard, University of Guelph

Other details:  Free performanceDonations gladly accepted. All proceeds go toward bringing dancers to the festival in the spring.

Dance Troupes:

  • First Aid by Company Blonde takes a comic look at nursing and fertility.  Company Blonde’s theatrical take on girl culture is much-loved by Guelph audiences.  They’ve previously appeared as Molly Ringwalds, cowgirls, Indy Racers, absurd trampoline champions, and desperate housewives.
  • An excerpt of The Chrysalis Project by Janet Johnson, a local choreographer.  Johnson’s piece is a highly physical exploration of mutability and transformation that uses the flight of the monarch butterfly to suggest the paradox of strength within fragility.
  • Speed by Suzanne Miller and Allan Paivio (choreographers from Montreal), a highly sensuous piece that explores the biodynamic effects of tempo variation on movement and sound.

This is a unique opportunity for university students and staff to see professional dance in the  university setting.  It is one of the festival’s efforts to reach out to the community to educate everyone about the possibilities for expression that dance offers. The Nooner provides a glimpse into the calibre of talent that will be showcased at the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, June 4-7, 2009

For more details visit www.guelphcontemporarydancefestival.com
Tel:  519-780-2220
Email:  gcdf@bellnet.ca

The Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival has been bringing cutting-edge dance to the city of Guelph since 1998.  Steered by the co-artistic directors Catrina von Radecki and Janet Johnson, it has become one of only four Canadian festivals of dance (the other three are in major cities:  Vancouver, Ottawa, and Toronto), and of these four, it is the smallest but arguably the most ambitious.  Its aims are not only to bring dance to people and thereby to support the dance community, but also to educate people about this art form through workshops in schools and talkback sessions at main events.

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ragblogad72Our monthly trip around the arts and cultural scene with the Culture Vultures. This week a new Culture Vulture, Lynn Broughton, joined the team. As always, there is a lot going on in Guelph. We’ve tried to cover as many of the events as possible.

Jan’s Picks (see individual blog posts, where applicable)

Daniel’s Picks:

Lynn’s Picks:

  • Ed Video 2nd Annual Comedy Night – March 7 at the Guelph Youth Music Centre, www.edvideo.org
  • Bookshelf 10th annual Poetry contest, deadline April 5,  www.bookshelf.ca
  • Art on the Street 2009 – July 18. Artist applications are open . For more information visit www.downtownguelph.com
  • Friday Noon Hour Concerts in St George’s Square, June 18 through September 18. Submissions from local musicians are encouraged. For more information visit www.downtownguelph.com
  • The grand opening of the new City Hall is scheduled for June 20. Tours of the facility are also included in Doors Open Guelph

Music:
The Monster Show, Winnipeg And Fargo from And In Our Final Days As Archipelago
Tony McManus, Goodbye Pork Pie Hat from Ceol More
Harry Manx, Take This Hammer from Live At The Glen Gould Studio 2008
Eccodek, Silent Song from Shivaboom
Danny Michel, On My Way from Fur, Feather and Fin

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Nearly forgot to post this.

Café Scientifique, a series of science and technology discussions hosted by the Faculty of Environmental Sciences in partnership with the Bookshelf, continues with Prof. Rumina Dhalla, Department of Business, discussing “How Can We Green Business?”

Hopefully the presentation will not just be a discussion of “greenwashing”…

March 3 at 7 p.m.
Location: Bookshelf Green Room

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campus-cafe-ad-feb-12-phillipsThis is one for Wiarton Willie and The Weather Pixie on Royal City Rag!

Campus Cafe
The Faculty of Environmental Science (FES) hosts Campus Café, a noon-hour environmental seminar series to be held monthly in the science complex atrium.

On February 12 at 12 Noon, David Phillips of Environment Canada discusses “Tomorrow’s Weather Forecast: Warm, Wet and Wild?”

For more information, visit www.uoguelph.ca/campuscafetalks/

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A busy show as usual.

In the first half, Mike Driscoll joined us in the studio to talk about the 28th Annual Organic Conference.

organic-conference-trade-showThe Guelph Organic Conference “O is for Opportunity”, expo and tasting fair will be taking place from January 22-25 in the University Centre at the University of Guelph. Celebrating its 28th year, the four-day event includes international speakers, seminars and introductory workshops on frontline topics including GMOs, organic production and certification, food in a changing climate,eco-villages, earth buildings, farmland protection and food security. From producer to eater, the workshops offer something for everyone. PLUS an Organic Expo and Tasting Fair with 160+ exhibitors on Saturday and Sunday, free to the public. This is your opportunity to sample and purchase a plethora of organic, fair trade products and meet the makers, movers and shakers.

To register for the conference and more information, visit www.guelphorganicconf.ca.

POSTER_JANLater in the show Beth-Anne Fischer came in to talk about the Poetry SLAM taking place at The Albion on January 28 from 8.30 p.m. until 10.00 p.m.

A  SLAM is an interactive Spoken Word poetry competition; where poets are judged on their performance and poetry by randomly selected audience members. With one round of competition the SLAM builds with excitement and intensity until a winner is selected. SLAMs encourage audience participation—including cheering, booing and bribing of judges—to sway their point allotment. Poets have 3 minutes to deliver their poetry and 10secs. of grace…. before …. point deductions!

During the show we featured the work of several poets. Elyse Maltin a poet from London performed “New Orleans”. Elyse competed in the 2008 Canadian National Poetry SLAM and coordinates a monthly Poetry SLAM in London, Ontario. She will be performing in Guelph on the 28th. A group from Brooklyn performed Climbing Poetry while guest Beth-Anne Fischer slammed live for us in the studio. Great fun! Beth-Anne hopes that the monthly poetry slams at The Albion will become a regular feature on the Guelph Arts Scene.

Be sure to check them out.

Beth-Anne will also be coordinating a poetry-slam at the Eden Mills Writers Festival fundraiser, “Unlucky in Love?” on February 13 at The Bookshelf E-Bar. Your opportunity to show what you can do!

We’ll be devoting the whole of Royal City Rag on February 5 to the fundraiser. With lots of special guests. Don’t miss it!

Music:
Levon Helm, Poor Old Dirt Farmer from Dirt Farmer
Eliza Gilkyson, Unsustainable from Beautiful World
Randy Newman, Laugh And Be Happy from Harps and Angels

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es-symposium-poster1The 15th Annual Environmental Sciences Symposium takes place in Rozanski Hall at the University of Guelph on January 10, 2009.

This year’s symposium explores the theme of “Towards Climate Positive,” expanding on the concept of carbon neutrality and helping to develop an optimistic approach to dealing with climate change.

Key speakers include Sarah Harmer, Severn Cullis-Suzuki, David Noble and representatives from the University of Guelph and the Guelph community.

At last year’s event I managed to catch some interesting interviews with organizer Kyle Lynch, Katie Gadd from the CELP project/John F Ross CVI, and University of Guelph Economics Professor Ross McKitrick.

If your interest still hasn’t already been sparked, hopefully these will help!

Interview with Kyle Lynch, co-director of the 2008 Environmental Science Symposium:

Interview with Katie Gadd, CELP Project/John F Ross CVI:

Interview with Ross McKitrick:

15th Annual Environmental Sciences Symposium
Date: January 10 2009
Time: 8:30 a.m.- 4:45 p.m.
Location: Rozanski Hall, University of Guelph

Advance tickets are $10 for students and $15 general and are available at the Information Desk in the UC or online. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $12 for students and $17 general admission.

For more information, please visit www.uoguelph.ca/~envsymp.

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On this week’s Royal City Rag we will have an interview with Annie O’Donoghue, President of the Guelph Civic League about their cool new civic space, 10 Carden Street.

We’ll also welcome into the studio, Amie Melnychuk and Sarah Glover, directors of the 15th Environmental Science Symposium taking place Saturday, January 10 in Rozanski Hall at the University of Guelph.

Listen live on CFRU 93.3fm or online at www.cfru.ca from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday evening.

Should be great fun!

Jan Andrea Hall

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Cafe Scientifique
E-Bar, January 6 at 7.00 p.m.

Vernon Thomas, Department of Integrative Biology, Has Conservation Failed Us?

Vernon Thomas is a professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Guelph, where he has lectured and undertaken research on wildlife conservation and management for the past 32 years.  As a lecturer on Natural Resources Policy, he deals with the interactions among politics, economics, and social issues in defining policy. His research encompasses topics such as high arctic ecology, nutrition and reproduction of migratory birds and mammals. More recent interests involve the translation of science into policy and legislation in both North America and Europe, as reflected in banning use of lead products, planning large-scale land and marine protected areas, and improving capacity to manage invasive species. He is a frequent presenter to politicians in Federal Environmental Committees in both Ottawa and Washington, and his environmental research has influenced the passage of new legislation in Canada and Spain.  He has also been the lead plaintiff in two successful federal court cases against the Canadian Wildlife Service and the US Fish and Wildlife Service over the issue of controlling snow geese.

For more details on future presentations visit the Cafe Scientifique website, www.uoguelph.ca/cafescientifique/.

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This unique show is developing a bit of buzz. We’ll be giving away a pair of tickets to the show on Royal City Rag on November 26. Listen and win!

le-cyc-nov-28Kazoo! and the Central Student Association are proud to present the 2nd Guelph performance of Le Cyc on November 28th at the University of Guelph.

Le Cyc is the story of a surreal bike-powered world where sweeping themes of power imbalances and popular revolution collide with carnival-esque images of dictators whose smart-talking parrots perch on impossibly long mustaches.

The one hour program combines dark humour and political satire in a compelling story that raises questions about how power is peddled in our society.

It’s a one-of-a-kind collaborative project; the story is told simultaneously with over 300 projected illustrations by visual artist Dave Willekes and by the narration of an 11-piece orchestra, lead by vocalist/composer Eihab Boraie. His piano-based songs are fleshed out by violin, accordion, synthesizers, clarinet, saxophone, double bass, and a host of other instruments. The band is comprised of Guelph indie musicians from a variety of bands and projects including the Burnt Oak record collective.

One can only imagine the hours Willekes spent on creating his vast quantity of graphic-novel style illustrations for the project. Drawn in ink, and painted with layered brush strokes of coffee and wine (both ingredients that have almost certainly fueled the project), it’s hard to imagine the music without the images and vice versa.

The debut performance of Le Cyc was a sold out matinée show as part of the Kazoo! festival in September. Since the first performance the project has continued to grow and evolve as the original performance has been expanded upon with over 50 new paintings and an additional 20 minutes of music.

The second performance of Le Cyc will happen on Friday November 28th at the University of Guelph, Thornbrough Room 1200.

The show is an all ages event, doors are at 8 p.m., the show starts at 9 p.m.

Advance tickets are available at the Central Student Association office.

More details about the performance including an extensive image gallery and videos are online at www.lecyc.ca.

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This sounds like a great initiative…

I just don’t understand why the University doesn’t put together a stronger publicity campaign to promote this type of event.

Is everyone involved in the PR department on campus too busy?

Or is this all about paying lip service… and not really taking the issues seriously?

Time and again I’ve felt great events have been put together on campus but very little publicity is put out in advance of them.

I recently had the very same discussion with a commited community activist who experienced a less than stellar turnout to another campus event.

I hope as many people from around the campus and city will support this worthy event.

Additional details about the speakers, fair participants, and workshops, is available on the GIE website or at http://www.gie.uoguelph.ca/news/sustainability-day-oct2008.cfm

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