Waterloo professor named to provincial climate change advisory panel
Professor Blair Feltmate has been named to the Ontario government’s Advisory Panel on Climate Change. The Honorable Jeff Yurek, minister of the environment, conservation and parks, made the announcement on November 28.
The advisory panel on climate change, which includes Paul Kovacs, founder of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction at Western University as the chair and Lynette Mader, manager of provincial operations for Ontario for Ducks Unlimited Canada, as the vice-chair, consists of experts on climate change resiliency who have experience in a variety of sectors, including the not-for-profit, agriculture and insurance sectors.
Professor Feltmate is the head of the Intact Centre on Climate Change Adaptation at Waterloo. The centre focuses on cost-effective ways to help minimize risks posed by extreme weather. Feltmate also chairs the development of two flood adaptation standards for the Canadian Standards Association and is the chair of the Government of Canada Expert Panel on Climate Adaptation and Resilience Results.
"Our Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan is our roadmap to providing effective and affordable solutions to address climate change and protect our environment," said Minister Yurek at the panel announcement event, that took place at Ryerson University's Centre for Urban Innovation. "I am proud of the progress we have made so far and look forward to the advisory panel's advice on how we can continue to take action on our plan's climate change commitments in a way that respects hardworking Ontarians and balances a healthy environment with a healthy economy."
RidgidWare offers everything from nuts and bolts to tools
This is an excerpt of an article originally published on the Faculty of Engineering web site.
When Katie Arnold needed solder for an engineering project she didn’t need to travel far to get it.
The fourth-year mechanical engineering student stopped by RidgidWare, an electronic components and hardware shop conveniently located across from the C&D and beside the Engineering Ideas Clinic in Engineering 7.
Not only did Arnold not have to leave campus – the closest place that sells comparable products and tools is in Cambridge – she spent less than what solder would cost either online or in a regular bricks and mortar store.
Operated by Waterloo’s Engineering Society (EngSoc), RidgidWare offers everything from nuts and bolts to digital calipers, safety goggles, LEDs and sandpaper – available in 80, 120 and 240 grit.
“The idea behind RidgidWare is to bring hardware and electronics components to campus in an environment where students can browse and shop for their project needs,” says Arnold, currently EngSoc’s mechanical engineering 2020 Class representative and a past EngSoc president.
It was two former mechatronics engineering students Ali Amin and Joe Kinsella who came up with the idea for RidgidWare and pitched it to EngSoc’s vice president of finance in 2014.
“They wanted somewhere they could go to buy a component quickly if they needed to replace something that had broken and was needed for a project,” recalls Mary Bland, business manager for EngSoc.
It was initial funding of $5,000 from Engineering Dean Pearl Sullivan that helped launch the original RidgidWare in Carl Pollack Hall (CPH)
Office space – it was more like a cubby hole, says Bland – was created for RidgidWare in a small section of the C&D stockroom with some shelving added to it.
In October 2014, RidgidWare opened for business two days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. An EngSoc service, it was staffed by volunteers at the time.
Cramped for room from the beginning, RidgidWare moved to its new home in Engineering 7 earlier this year. Along with a bigger, more visible space and a much larger inventory, the store has extended its hours and is now open to anyone across campus from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Six paid employees, all engineering students, run the store.
Today is the deadline to get "Fees Arranged,". This is the date for students to complete the Promissory Note or submit payment of the entire Term Balance for the Winter term. Students can follow the step-by-step instructions on the Finance - Student Accounts website.
This month, the Centre for Career Action drop-in schedule is modified to accommodate professional development for staff. If you are planning on attending a drop-in, check the hours first:
- Career Planning Initial 15-minute consults are cancelled on Thursday, December 12
- Co-op consults are unavailable on Thursday, December 12 between 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
- Graduate student and postdoc drop-ins are cancelled on the following days:
- Thursday, December 12
- Friday, December 20
- Remaining Further Education drop-ins for December:
- Monday, December 16 and Tuesday, December 17 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Tatham Centre only