[tugs] TUGS Digest: February 2nd, 2009

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TUGS Digest: February 2nd, 2009
News & Events
1. TUGS GEOLunch - Local Food: Is it the Answer? ? Feb 3, 1pm

2. FREE SPIN Gardening Workshop - Feb 5, 6:30pm

3. Airway Responsiveness in a nurine asthma model linked to L-aringine metabolism and exacerbated by air pollution - Feb 5, 4:10 pm

4. The Physical Geography Event Series ? Feb 6, 3pm
One Hour Seminar & Free Lunch!

Tuesday, Feb 3rd 2009
Sidney Smith Hall - room 2125
100 St. George Street, Toronto

Sarah Wakefield will present:


Eating local food (as explained in books like "The 100-Mile Diet" and implied in terms like "locavore") is increasingly seen as a step towards environmental sustainability and a way to support rural economies.

At the same time, the emphasis on local food is being criticized in some quarters as a form of agricultural protectionism and a climate change red herring.

This presentation will begin by reviewing some of the concerns being raised about the sustainability and social justice of the mainstream food system, and explain how local food is seen as helping to solve these problems. The various criticisms of the local food "movement" will also be discussed.

Then, drawing on interviews with Southern Ontario farmers and using examples from local food initiatives in Ontario and elsewhere, the presentation will shed light on how (and how much) we can expect local food to help create a sustainable and socially just food system.

FREE SPIN Gardening Workshop - Thu Feb 5, 6:30pm

Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. West, Council Chambers

Toronto residents are invited to join special guest Paula Sobie, an expert in SPIN (Small Plot INtensive) Gardening, at a free workshop. Paula will share her expertise and provide tips to help you improve the efficiency and productivity of your backyard or community garden. To confirm your attendance, please email teo@xxxxxxxxxxx For more information, call 416-392-1826


Thu Feb 5, 4:10 pm
Room 108, Health Sciences Building, 155 College St., at McCaul St.

MICHELLE NORTH, Institute of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Divisions of Occupational and Respiratory Medicine and Collaborative Program in Environment and Health, Centre for the Environment, University of Toronto. No registration or fee required; all are welcome.

Visit www.environment.utoronto.ca for schedule updates, abstracts and speakers' bios.

Prairie wetland-upland complexes: hydrological understanding and management implications'

The Physical Geography Event Series (co-sponsored by the UTM Csillag Seminar Series) is hosting a talk by Masaki Hayashi (Canada Research Chair in Physical Hydrology at University of Calgary)

Friday February 6th at 3pm in PGB101 (details below).

Everyone is encouraged to attend.  Coffee and snacks will be provided.

Wetlands, or sloughs, are the ubiquitous feature of prairie landscape and an important ecological resource. As prairie wetlands exist within agricultural lands, their hydrological and ecological functions are sensitive to their linkage with uplands. This seminar will illuminate some important aspects of hydrological wetland-upland interaction in context of the integrated management of wetland-upland complex and preservation and restoration of wetland habitats

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