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First year memories

Mary McEwen started her studies 57 years prior to Sandreka Rowe’s first year. As you’d expect, much has changed but there are consistent themes as well. Chemistry remains to be a tough first year course and the friends you make last a lifetime.

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Open access equine

Seven rescue horses have found a new home at the University of Guelph. Each has a unique background and set of needs, but all are cared for by students studying equine management in the Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management (BBRM) degree.

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Q & A with a community builder

Rod Sanchez (MSc. in Food Safety & Quality Assurance, 2022) emigrated from Chile in 2016 with his family. Shortly after settling in Canada, he created ChaoChile a virtual community for Chilean immigrants. We chatted with Rod to learn more about this passion for volunteering and creating a new sense of community in Canada.

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Trade openness = Environmental emissions

What effect does trade have on a country’s environmental emissions? Despite a large body of research on the topic, there isn’t a consensus. Published literature on the topic touts differing results and conclusions. To set the record straight, Dr. Sylvanus Kwaku Afesorgbor, a professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, conducted a meta-analysis of the diverse research published on trade and emissions.

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Insects for dinner, anyone?

They’re not your typical meat and potatoes. But protein- and vitamin-rich crickets could provide a more sustainable option for your dinner table.

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Dear Inuvik, I love you

Falling in love can happen at any speed. For Kelly Kamo McHugh, the fall was fast. She arrived in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, in 2014, just a few months after graduating with her bachelor of science in environmental sciences degree. “As a kid, I was always very interested in the Arctic and northern Canada, so when I was searching for jobs, I looked everywhere in Canada but focused on the North,” Kelly explains.

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Keeping the grass greener

BMO Field features real turfgrass, but its management is no ‘walk in the park.’ The care of the outdoor Toronto sports stadium takes special skill and innovation. Robert Heggie, director of grounds with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, oversees the care of BMO Field – home to both the Toronto FC of Major League Soccer and the Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonauts.

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A starting point for reconciliation

Each of us has a unique relationship with land. Some of us farm it, some protect it; we all live on it, enjoy it and sustain life from it. Our relationships with land also provide a unique opportunity for reflection toward reconciliation with Indigenous peoples—the original peoples and their descendants—in the form of land acknowledgments.

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A life-changing plant

Cannabis has had a profound impact on Dr. Peter Chen’s life. The plant inspires him, challenges him and rewards him. It also helped him tremendously throughout his academic career. “I saw the benefits. I was a huge proponent for it and if I could make a career out of it – amazing,” he says.

Q&A with a Ridgetown Campus Alum

Shannon Bieman was president of the first graduating class of Ridgetown Campus in 1997. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Ridgetown becoming a U of G campus, we thought it would be fun to catch up with Shannon, who graduated with an Associate Diploma in Agriculture and won the “Best All-Round Student Award” that year.

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