NEWS & EVENTS
Another Delightful CINE Potluck
The growing CINE-based community was pleased to have the opportunity to get together and share good food at CINE's annual potluck.
ArcticNet Phase 4 (2015-2018)
Murray Humphries has led an ArcticNet Phase 4 proposal, entitled ''Environmental change, wildlife conservation, and food security in a James Bay Cree community'', regrouping a diverse, multi-disciplinary team of academic researchers, expert scientists, and aboriginal collaborators. Under the leadership of the Cree Nation of Chisasibi, the proposed research aims to 1) assess the population status and environmental vulnerabilities of key traditional food species, 2) examine how local wildlife abundance and community food security are impacted by anthropogenic changes, and 3) quantify how local impacts relate to the broader James Bay-Hudson Bay-Eeyou Istchee socio-ecological system. Although initially focused on the James Bay Cree community of Chisasibi, the final phase of the proposed research will up-scale the impacts and outcomes observed in northern James Bay to their regional causes and consequences spanning the James Bay-Hudson Bay-Eeyou Istchee socio-ecological system.
Another Successful Global Food Security Conference
The McGill Institute for Global Food Security hosted the Seventh McGill Conference on Global Food Security to explore strategies and solutions against food insecurity and global hunger. Last year's conference, Strategies against Food Insecurity and Hunger, served as the cornerstones for this year’s theme: Food Security Beyond 2015. It is apparent that food security strategies need to better incorporate the overlap between i) sustainable food production, ii) income generation, iii) nutrition, and iv) institutional stability to improve the nutritional status of the world’s poorest people.
Convention on Biological Diversity
Emerita Professor Harriet Kuhnlein presentated to the Side Event on Biodiversity and Human Health for the UNEP Convention on Biological Diversity held in Montreal. The CBD Conference was the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice preparation for the Convention of the Parties meeting in Korea in October. Issues related to sustainability of Indigenous Peoples' food systems were central to the deliberations and documentation of this United Nations meeting.
Officical NSERC CREATE Results Announcement
Results from the latest NSERC CREATE competition were announced by the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State for Science and Technology, at an event held at McGill. Murray Humphries was proud to attend and represent the Environmental Innovations program among the recipients of over $14.8 million in funding announced that day.
Learn more by visiting McGill Newsroom...
ArcticNet Eeyou Marine Region Wildlife Board Symposium
In collaboration with the Eeyou Marine Region Wildlife Board (EMRWB), ArcticNet has organized the 2014 Symposium on Science and Traditional Knowledge in the Eeyou Marine Region held in Montreal. Murray Humphries and PhD student Mélanie Louise Leblanc were pleased to present on the ecology of James Bay coastal and marine flora and fauna and on subsistence resources in the Eeyou Marine Region.
Project Lauched in Ghana
Dr. Grace Marquis traveled to Ghana for the official launch of the project Building Capacity for Sustainable Livelihoods and Health in Ghana, which took place on March 12th, 2014 at the Nutrition Research and Training Center in Asesewa. More than 60 invited guests attended the launch. They included local chiefs, District Assembly representatives, current and past members of parliament, the Vice-Dean of Science from the University of Ghana, staff from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Women in Agricultural Development, Ghana Health Services, Ghana Education Services, Freedom from Hunger Ghana, Heifer Ghana, and World Vision Ghana, Queen Mothers representatives, community representatives, and project staff.
Founder's Day Celebrations
Macdonald faculty, staff, students and alumni got together for the annual celebration of Sir William C. Macdonald, founder of Macdonald College, one of McGill's greatest benefactors and the fourth Chancellor of the University. CINE-based professor Hugo Melgar-Quiñonez was pleased to be a guest speaker at this event.
Who Speaks for Canada's Arctic?
PhD student, Jeremy Brammer, was in Sudbury (ON) as an invited panelist on Science in Canada's North: Who Speaks for Canada's Arctic?. This event was part of the Science in Canada's North Café Scientifique Series and supported by the W. Garfield Weston Foundation and the Canadian Association of Science Centres. Jeremy was proud to be interviewed about his participation to the event on CBC Sudbury Points North radio program.
Species at Risk in the Mohawk Territory
CINE professors Nil Basu and Murray Humphries are working with the Environment Protection Department of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake to identify collaborative opportunities to assess fish populations, habitats, and contaminant levels within the Kahnawake territory. One of the objectives of this work is to revisit and expand findings of a previous CINE-Kahnawake collaboration led by Laurie Chan (now at University of Ottawa):
Hing Man Chan, Mary Trifonopoulos, Amy Ing, Olivier Receveur, and Eva Johnson. 1999. Consumption of freshwater fish in Kahnawake: risks and benefits. Environmental Research 80:S213–S222.
Basu’s in the News
Nil Basu’s work on the biomarkers of chemical exposure at Aamjiwnaang (ON) revealed that mothers and children are being exposed to higher-than-average levels of harmful hormone-blocking pollutants, which generated much media interest, being covered by CBC News Radio's Ontario Morning, Environmental Health News, Scientific American, Global News, Huffington Post, and other news outlets.
A Successful 2013 Global Food Security Conference
The McGill Institute for Global Food Security hosted the Sixth McGill Conference on Global Food Security to explore strategies and solutions against food insecurity and global hunger. This event brought together around 250 participants from as far afield as Haiti, Kenya, England, Ethiopia and Guatemala, representing government, academia, private sector, national and international non-governmental agencies with wide-ranging talks all overarched by the importance of an integrated, multidisciplinary, and inter-sectorial approach to dealing with food insecurity.
CINE-based professor, Tim Johns, member of the organizing committee and Hugo Melgar-Quiñonez, Director of the McGill Institute for Global Food Security, were very proud of this year’s conference and are already starting to talk about next year’s conference. ...
CINE Welcomes Evodia Silva Rivera for her Sabbatical
From the Centre for Tropical Research of the University of Veracruz in Mexico, Dr. Evodia Silva Rivera, will be based jointly at CINE and the McGill Institute for Global Food Security for her sabbatical year. With many CINE-based profs, she is an academic collaborator bringing her expertise in indigenous ecological knowledge, tenure and resource management regimes to the Indigenous Stewardship of the Environment and Alternative Development (INSTEAD) project led by McGill anthropologist Colin Scott.
How to CREATE a Graduate Training Program in Natural Resources?
Last fall, Murray Humphries has led an NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) proposal, entitled Enhancing Canada's Prosperity through Innovative Environmental Assessment, Monitoring and Management, regrouping a diverse, multi-disciplinary team of academic researchers and of industrial, governmental, and aboriginal collaborators. This program will harness the diverse collective knowledge and experience of the co-applicants and collaborators to produce a unique, coordinated graduate training experience for the next generation of natural resource consultants, managers, landuse planners, and policy makers so they are "market-ready" to enhance Canada's competitive position and reputation as a country that efficiently develops its natural resources while maintaining rigorous environmental standards.
Scaling Up Agricultural Innovations in Kenya
Interesting project updates and publications are emerging from Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI)-McGill Food Security Project led by Gordon Hickey, a McGill NRS professor, and involving CINE-based professor, Tim Johns. This project has led to the development of improved crop varieties and agricultural practices that increase yields in arid and semi-arid areas and contribute to more sustainable water and soil management. This process engaged over 200 farmer groups in evaluating improvements related to crop protection, water and soil nutrient management, and good agronomic practices. Impressed by the direct benefits, farmers who participated in the evaluation process are now organizing to explore marketing opportunities. ...
More people at CINE
There is an influx of new researchers within our faculty with interests and expertise directly relevant to CINE’s mission and founding principles.
Grace Marquis Receives an Honorary Doctorate
CINE-based professor Grace Marquis received an honorary doctorate from the University of Ghana recognizing her contributions to higher education in the country. Recently, Grace Marquis and long-time collaborator Anna Lartey, professor at the University of Ghana and IDRC Research Chair in Nutrition for Health and Socio-Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa, are working on a project to improve child nutrition in Ghana that is partly funded through IRCI. Their research focuses on infant and child malnutrition in HIV-affected rural communities and understanding the rising rates of childhood obesity in urban settings.
This poster was presented in Prague at the Tropentag 2014 International Conference on Research on Food Security, Natural Resource Management and Rural Development. There will be more activities with this partnership related to Harriet Kuhnlein's co-chairing of the Task Force on Traditional, Indigenous and Cultural Food and Nutrition of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences.
Expert Report on Aboriginal Food Security in Northern Canada
The Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on the State of Knowledge of Food Security in Northern Canada have submitted their final report and found that food insecurity among northern Aboriginal peoples requires urgent attention in order to mitigate impacts on health and well-being. The report offers policy-makers a holistic starting-point for discussion and problem-solving and provides evidence and options to researchers and communities engaging in local responses. Learn more in CINE Online Resources.
Mode of Knowledge Production in Northern Research
Murray Humphries rencently co-authored a publication in Ecology and Society investigating the evolution of local participation and the mode of knowledge production in Arctic research. Although Arctic science is often claimed to have been transformed by the increased involvement of local people, results suggest that local participation has increased only slightly over the last half century and continues to vary systematically among disciplines, organizations, and regions.