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Rainwater in trust: Legislation, policy, and regulation governing catchment, systems, and use on the Gulf Islands

Ian Cox
An increase in development on many of the Gulf Islands, coupled with changing precipitation patterns due to an altered climate, has led to increased pressures on fresh water resources from already highly vulnerable island aquifers. With a growing demand for the existing and increasingly scarce water resources available, an increase to density on each island in the Islands Trust Area is emerging as the number one concern and priority for the land use authority vis-à-vis...

Distribution and bioaccessibility of metals in soils in public parks in peri-urban Calgary

Gheorghe Romulus Olariu
The concentrations and bioaccessibility of metals in peri-urban area of Calgary, Alberta, were assessed. Soil sampling was performed at 48 locations in public parks and playgrounds in peri-urban areas around the City of Calgary, including Airdrie, Chestermere, the Town of Okotoks, and the Town of Cochrane. The samples were analyzed by X-ray fluorescence spectrometry and inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry. In vitro bioaccessibility tests were performed to assess metal bioavailability in a subset of the samples....

Creating a gamified learning environment for a secondary elective course to increase student engagement and improve student mental health

Nicholas J. Janzen
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a myriad of impacts and consequences for secondary school education resulting in, among other things, decreased student engagement and increased issues related to student mental health. The issues of student engagement and mental health are not borne solely from the pandemic however, and teachers have long been seeking ways to address these issues as our traditional educational paradigms lag behind in their ability to combat these problems. This Process Paper...

Wetland mapping and monitoring in the Regional District of Nanaimo

Haley Tomlin, Jenica Ng-Cornish, Jessica Pyett, Alanna Vivani & Alan Gilchrist
Wetlands play a pivotal role within the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN), including the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region (MABR), providing ecosystem services and significant value to the region. Wetlands in this region face threats including climate change, hydrological changes, urban development, and resource extraction; therefore, it is important that we have a more in-depth understanding of their local roles. This study looks at what part wetlands play in groundwater recharge or discharge. Instrumentation was installed...

International Journal of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves - Volume 5, Issue 1 (2021)

Volume 5, Issue 1 of the International Journal of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves.

Advancing community safety in, on, and around the water

Lauralee March
Adhering to the Royal Roads University Research Ethics Policy, this thesis studied the research question, How might aquatic professionals advance their commitment to keep communities safe in, on, and around the water? In collaboration, the partner organizations were the BC/Yukon Branches of the Lifesaving Society (LSS) and the Canadian Red Cross (CRC). Research participants included LSS and CRC program staff, LSS and CRC instructors and trainers, aquatic professionals, and aquatic professionals in training. This study’s...

Enhancing support to nurses and health care assistants who experience workplace violence

Rebecca Zemlak
This study explored the question: How might Island Health enhance the support provided to nurses and health care assistants who experience workplace violence on in-patient Medical and Surgical Units at the Royal Jubilee Hospital? The study was approved through the harmonized ethics process in British Columbia and used a mixed-methods approach based on an action research engagement model. The study used within-case and purposive sampling techniques for participant selection with a sample size of approximately...

Interorganizational collaboration during the Covid-19 pandemic

Lauren Marie Evanow
This thesis explored the question: “How might I act to facilitate interorganizational collaboration as an outside third-party action researcher and leader?” This first person-action research applied action learning methodologies and methods that included reflexive learning through journal writing and engaging in feedback sessions with feedback partners and a subject-matter expert. This study found that my own feelings, actions, and behaviours as well as those of others influenced the level of success of my ability to...

Blended learning opportunities in a French 9 classroom

Jason M. Hogeweide
In British Columbia, The Ministry of Education has determined that Grade 9 is the final year of compulsory Core French. Subsequently, student interest in upper level French courses has diminished. Recognizing the declining enrollment in Core French 10-12 resulted in the need to explore a modernized pedagogical approach in French 9. The Blended Learning model offered strategies that focused on Student Centered Learning, while favoring greater integration of technology and online learning tools into the...

Adam Grant Horne

Terry Simpson
Audio recording of Terry Simpson's March 1999 presentation to the Nanaimo Historical Society about his ancestor, Adam Grant Horne.

Spatial training and calculus ability: Investigating impacts on student performance and cognitive style

Lindsay J. McCunn & Emily Cilli-Turner
Undergraduate calculus is a foundational mathematics sequence that previews the sophistication students will need to succeed in higher-level courses. However, students often struggle with concepts in calculus because they are more abstract and visual than those in other foundational mathematics courses. Additionally, women continue to be underrepresented in the STEM fields. This study builds on previous work indicating a malleability in spatial ability by testing whether improvement occurs in students’ spatial and mathematics ability after...

Klondike paradise: Culture in the wilderness

Cyril Robert Porter
Audio recording of Cy Porter's May 2000 presentation to the Nanaimo Historical Society about his book, "Klondike Paradise: Culture in the Wilderness" which was published by Hancock House in 1997.

Communicating environmental research: Harnessing the power of curation

Ann Dale, Jaime Clifton-Ross, François Jost, Jaigris Hodson, Hilary Leighton & Mary Bernard
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. The version of record is available at https://digitalcommons.northgeorgia.edu/jces/vol13/iss3/6/.

Assessment of a constructed wetland pilot of mine impacted water at the closed Nickel Plate Mine, British Columbia, Canada

Vanessa Tara Bell
The use of a water treatment plant for treating thiocyanate, nitrates, weak acid dissociable cyanide, and ammonia at the Nickel Plate Mine has been ongoing since mine closure in 1996. This process, although effective, could be replaced with a passive, constructed wetland process. This study evaluates the effectiveness of individual treatments including adding air and hay to an otherwise semi-passive configuration as potential replacements to the current active treatment system. Significant differences were found as...

Food memories

Anne Royle & Florence Williams
Audio recording of Anne Royle and Florence Williams' January 2001 presentation to the Nanaimo Historical Society about food.

Princess Royal Day: 1980

Audio recording of presentations made at Princess Royal Day in 1980, which celebrated the 126th anniversary of the landing of the Princess Royal in Nanaimo Harbour.

The Vancouver Island Military Museum

Roger Bird & Brian McFadden
Audio recording of Roger Bird and Brian McFadden's November 2008 presentation to the Nanaimo Historical Society about the Vancouver Island Military Museum which is located in Nanaimo.

Visit to Vimy and WWI battlefields

Alexis Miservia
Audio recording of Alexis Miservia's February 2009 presentation to the Nanaimo Historical Society about her visit to the World War I battlefields of Europe.

Freeman of the City of Nanaimo

Bob Rowledge
Audio recording of Bob Rowledge's April 2008 presentation to the Nanaimo Historical Society about his life. Rowledge received the City of Nanaimo's Freedom of the City award in 1988, which honours a lifetime of contributions to the community.

Explaining settlers to ourselves: Rethinking interpretive narratives at heritage sites

Kelly Black
This article was originally published as: Black, K. Explaining settlers to ourselves: Rethinking interpretive narratives at heritage sites. British Columbia History, 54(1), 24-25.

A path to inclusion: online teacher training

Melissa Noelle Lyon
Successful inclusion of students with disabilities requires both teachers and students to have knowledge of specific skills and practices. The author designed an online course for K-12 educators that includes teaching strategies, skills to teach students, and considerations for creating inclusive environments. This applied project explored the literature regarding teachers’ concerns about integrating students with disabilities in the regular classroom. The goal of this applied project is to create a greater understanding and awareness of...

Confidently identifying the correct K value using the ΔK method: When does K=2?

Catherine I. Cullingham, Joshua M. Miller, Rhiannon M. Peery, Julian R. Dupuis, René M. Malenfant, Jamieson C. Gorrell & Jasmine K. Janes
This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Cullingham, C.I., Miller, J.M., Peery, R.M., Dupuis, J.R., Malenfant, R.M., Gorrell, J.C., & Janes, J.K. (2020). Confidently identifying the correct K value using the ΔK method: When does K=2? Molecular Ecology, 29(5), 862-869, which has been published in final form at http://doi.org/10.1111/mec.15374. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

Indigenous tourism

Suzanne De La Barre, Frank Brown, Rob Ferguson & David Pinel
This book chapter was originally published as: de la Barre, S., Brown, F., Ferguson, R., & Pinel, D. (2020). Indigenous tourism. In W. Anderson & M. Westcott (Eds.), Introduction to tourism and hospitality in BC (2nd ed., pp. 391-432). BCcampus. https://opentextbc.ca/introtourism2e/

Future Plans - Volume 2, Issue 1 (March 2021)

Foreword / Pam Shaw -- Editorial / Liang (Cliff) Feng -- How 'smart' are smart cities? The case of Sidewalk Labs, Toronto / Don Alexander -- Generation urban: Financing family-friendly housing in Canada's urban centres / Kristin N. Agnello -- Corridor urbanism and the rise of the neighbourhood in the post-COVID city / Mark Holland

Settlement experiences of immigrant children: Vietnamese parents' perspectives on inclusive education

Cuong Nguyen
This qualitative study used a hermeneutic phenomenological method to gain more insight into Vietnamese immigrant parents’ perceptions towards the influences of their settlement experiences in the beginning of their new homeland’s life on their children’s school adaptation. Data was collected through semi-structured interviews with five Vietnamese immigrant parents. Findings show the emerged themes in the perceptions of Vietnamese immigrant parents towards the effects of their settlement experiences on their children’s adaptation, what factors contributed to...

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