Students win $5,000 at first Innovation Jam

A group of nine students won $5,000 after pitching their “Complete Compost” idea at Ottawa’s first sustainability challenge Innovation Jam, held at Carleton on Nov. 9. The event was organized by Student Energy Carleton (SEC), the first Ontario chapter of an international organization that aims to develop sustainable energy alternatives to fossil fuels and foster innovation among university students. According to Roberto Chavez, SEC president, the idea of an Innovation Jam originated from an executive trip to Mexico to attend the Student Energy Summit in June. “We saw an Innovation Jam, and we thought ‘this is the coolest thing, this is what we are about.’ So we thought that the best way to start our year was to have one […]

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Carleton awarded $4.7 million from Canada Foundation of Innovation

This past October, the Government of Canada, through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), announced a multimillion-dollar investment at Carleton University for new research. In a press release, Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced an investment of $4,746,499 through the CFI’s Innovation Fund to support research infrastructure at Carleton. The investment was made on behalf of the Minister of Science, Kirsty Duncan. The CFI is an independent organization that invests in research facilities—buildings, laboratories and equipment—in Canada’s universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions. According to their website, the Innovation Fund allows organizations to carry out research and technology developments that benefit Canadians, by covering part of the cost. President and CEO of CFI, Roseann Runte, […]

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Flag-raising marks beginning of Pride Week in the capital

A large crowd of people gather outside Ottawa City Hall on Aug. 21 to watch as Grand Marshal Candy Palmater, Mayor Jim Watson and other city and national government leaders raised the Pride flag to mark the start of Pride Week in the nation’s capital. At the event, Watson address the concerns of recent issues with LGBTQ+ members in today’s society. “You see some of the nastiness that is taking place around the world, whether it’s in Orlando, London or the United States,” Watson said. “We still need to celebrate and advocate for the LGBT community in the nation’s capital.” Member of Parliament Catherine McKenna also spoke about the importance of continuing the pride celebration within Ottawa. “We have not reached […]

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Government funds green infrastructure on campus

Carleton received a $26.4-million investment from the provincial and federal governments to use for research infrastructure in sustainable and green infrastructure initiatives on campus. The investment was announced on Nov. 7 at Carleton by Catherine McKenna, minister of Environment and Climate Change, and Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi. The school will also be investing $23.5 million of its own funds towards these projects, according to a government release. A statement by Carleton said the investment will fund two main projects, both involving building upgrades to facilities across campus. The Energy Retrofit and Facility Modernization Project, one of the initiatives being funded, will upgrade six Carleton buildings through the installation of LED lighting by April 2018, said the release. Another project […]

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Carleton prof receives $5.5 million in funding for climate change research

Catherine McKenna, minister of climate change and the environment, and Kristy Duncan, minister of science, announced on Oct. 19 the federal government’s commitment of $22 million towards climate change research at an event held at Carleton. Carleton professor Matthew Johnson and his team of researchers were one of the four recipients, and received $5.5 million in funding for research on flaring. Flaring is the burning of natural gas that cannot be processed, Johnson said, and its effects on the environment include black carbon emissions, and accelerated melting of snow. Duncan said the money will fund four networks across the country—projects focused on the environment, natural resources, advanced manufacturing, and energy. “[Johnson] and his team will work to better understand the impact of […]

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