Hard Travel: 6000 years up the Ottawa River and into the West


Friday, 29 January 2021 online via Zoom

Speaker: Dr. Richard Van Loon

Lecture title: Hard Travel: 6000 years up the Ottawa River and into the West

Lecture Summary

For over 6000 years the St Lawrence and Ottawa valleys were the main highways leading to the interior of North America. This talk will focus on the travellers and traders who used the Ottawa River from the end of the last ice age to the end of the 17th century. Of course we will meet Samuel Champlain and his contemporaries including the Algonquin Chief Tessouat, but also the predecessor First Nations which have used the river for at least 6000 years. We will also meet Pierre Esprit Radisson, and his contemporary coureurs de bois as well as the voyageurs who powered so much of this travel.

Bio: Richard Van Loon

Richard Van Loon is past president of Carleton University and past chair of the Council of Ontario Universities. He holds a BSc in chemistry and an MA in political science from Carleton and a PhD in political studies from Queen’s University.

He joined Carleton in 1970 as assistant professor of political science and has held faculty positions in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton where he is now professor emeritus and in the Faculty of Administration at the University of Ottawa. He was associate deputy minister of Health Canada and of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and held several assistant deputy minister positions in the Canadian federal government. He was the first Carleton alumnus to become president of the university.

Dr. Van Loon’s current research interests include federal-provincial relations, particularly related to post-secondary education, quality assurance and institutional structure in post-secondary education as well as the history of the Ottawa River and of First Nation/fur trader relations.


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The Evolution of Canada’s National Park System

Friday, 31 January 2020

Speaker: Gerry Lee

Lecture title: Then, Then and Now: The Evolution of Canada’s National Park System

Lecture Summary

From its inception in 1885, Canada’s National Park System has taken many turns on the path to maturity, turns that have altered its purpose, its size and its politics. Prior to the 1930 Natural Resource Acts [ which gave provinces control over their natural resources], National Parks could only be created on federally-owned lands. Also prior to 1930, federal parks were more often referred to as Dominion Parks, Forest Parks, or simply Parks. It took the passage of the National Parks Act, also in 1930, to officially coin the term “National” and state the purpose for which they were created. Politics, at either the federal or provincial level, have played a significant role in the final selection of new park areas, but new methodologies developed in the 60s have added more objectivity to the process, replacing the Park descriptor “outstanding” with “representative”. Being a part of this evolutionary process was both professionally and personally exciting and rewarding, not the least of which was the field work part. Some field anecdotes will be shared re the life of a new park planner.

Material:

  1. System Planning timeline_2019
  2. Then, Then and Now

Bio: Gerry Lee

Gerry LeeGerry Lee graduated from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) 1964-1968 with a Masters in Forestry, minor in Wildlife Management.  He joined Parks Canada in 1965 as a new park planner, doing boundary and resource studies for Gros Morne (Nfld), Nahanni (NWT) and Kluane (Yukon) plus co-authored Park Systems Planning Manual and initiated a National Wild River Study, forerunner of the Heritage Rivers Program.  Gerry joined the Lands Directorate in 1974 as Chief, Federal Land Services, then moved to his final position as Chief, Habitat Conservation, Canadian Wildlife Service.  Retired in 1996, he served on the Wildlife Habitat Canada Board and Ontario’s Fish and Wildlife Heritage Commission as well as Michigan’s School of Natural Resources Board of Governors (2 terms).  Currently, he spends about four days/week year-round at his forest property on Indian Creek, Pakenham Twp., managing a wildlife-focused woodland.

Electron Microscopy: A Small Talk

Friday, 28 February 2020

Speaker: Jeff Fraser

Lecture title: Electron Microscopy: A Small Talk

Lecture Summary

In this talk I will explore a short history of Electron Microscopy (EM), the various types of Electron Microscopes, examples of peripheral instruments important to electron microscopy and most importantly the impact that this discipline has had on my life as I fell into a world that I had no knowledge of.

I will speak briefly on Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Focused Ion Beam Microscopy (FIB) but the main emphasis of the talk will be my area of expertise, Scanning Electron Microscopy. (SEM). I will explain the physics of how they work, advances in the field EM and how they are utilized on a daily basis in manufacturing and academic research.

A picture (or in this case, a micrograph) is worth a thousand words. So  the talk will have many thousands of words in the form of images from different scientific disciplines and everyday life.

Slides:

Electron Microscopy

Bio: Jeff Fraser

Jeff FraserJeff Fraser graduated from Fanshawe College with a three year diploma in “Science Laboratory Technology”. Majored in Microbiology and Biochemistry.

Work experience included 2 years with 3M Canada as a quality-control supervisor, 9 years with Fiberglas Canada in the Physical and Advanced Research department where I first used a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and 26 years with the National Research Council in various portfolios performing Electron Microscopy analysis for scientific staff and outside contracts. Retired in August 2015 but still works at NRC under contract