Thunder Bay Research Matters Now

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Lakehead University Researcher Peggy Smith addresses What Matters Now Thunder Bay
Lakehead University Researcher Peggy Smith addresses What Matters Now Thunder Bay
Lakehead University Researcher Peggy Smith addresses What Matters Now Thunder Bay
Lakehead University Researcher Peggy Smith addresses What Matters Now Thunder Bay

Importance of Research in Thunder Bay Matters

THUNDER BAY – Research matters. That message was shared by Lakehead University tonight at Fort William Historical Park. The evening brought researchers together to a full house for a discussion on the future of technology and how it matters in our lives.

Wearable technology, the impact of technology and economics, the rights and obligations of treaty rights were all raised.

Researchers participating in the What Matters Now event are:

  • Margaret (Peggy) Smith, Lakehead University: What is the way forward for Aboriginal peoples and natural resources?
  • Maria DeRosa, Carleton University: Can nanotechnology help feed the world?
  • April James, Nipissing University: Has Ontario reached a watershed moment?
  • Kate Hartman, OCAD University: What kind of microprocessor are you wearing?
  • Ross McKitrick, University of Guelph: Can economic growth and environmental protection go hand in hand?
Research Matters
A large group of interested residents gathered at Fort William Historical Park

Also raised was the issue of the environment, and the real results of Ontario’s Wind Energy Program.

Graph showing the demand for power and the times Wind Turbines can provide the demand.
Graph showing the demand for power and the times Wind Turbines can provide the demand.

Attendees were told that the planning in Ontario on Wind Energy was “not generating much bang for the buck”. Ross McKitrick,  a researcher from the University of Guelph stated that in Ontario, the times when wind energy can produce the greatest amount of energy are at times when the demand is the lowest.

No Bang for the Buck with Wind

The task of research is to open doors for sustainable development, and make for genuine better lives.

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