2018-11-3 : http://www.vils.ca/

VILS.ca brings together the life-sciences community in Victoria and around the Island:

Did you know there are over 35 companies and entities in the Victoria and island area working on life sciences innovations? Neither did we, until we started meeting up in late 2016.

Our membership is open and involves no dues; it merely requires an interest in and enthusiasm for entrepreneurship and innovation in life sciences. Our members include biotech, diagnostics, medical devices, pharmaceutical, and software companies; students; secondary education institutions; local government; and more.

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2018-11-2 : Atrazine – A kind of “chemical castration,” causing males of all species to develop female sex characteristics.

Atrazine is a herbicide of the triazine class. Atrazine is used to prevent pre- and post-emergence broadleaf weeds in crops such as maize (corn) and sugarcane and on turf, such as golf courses and residential lawns. It is one of the most widely used herbicides in US and Australian agriculture.

Atrazine – Wikipedia

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Post Script

In 2012, Syngenta, manufacturer of atrazine, was the defendant in a class-action lawsuit concerning the levels of atrazine in human water supplies. Syngenta agreed to pay $105 million to reimburse more than one thousand water systems for “the cost of filtering atrazine from drinking water”. The company denied all wrongdoing.
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2018-10-7 : Threats to the Salish Sea

The Salish Sea is a special place. Here, hundreds of rivers meet the sea, creating a unique coastal environment that supports a huge variety of marine life, including wild salmon and endangered killer whales. These waters have supported thriving First Nations communities for thousands of years, and today tourists, businesses and residents alike are drawn by the region’s mild climate, unique geography, fantastic quality of life and the stunning natural beauty of the Salish Sea.

 

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2018-10-05 : HCTF Education – Water Sampling

Bill:

I will give this some attention tomorrow when I am back home (Bowen) but some more background reading for your Project 2:

https://hctfeducation.ca/lessons-more/ HCTF Education was formally branded as Wild BC https://hctfeducation.ca

You will likely find teaching resources here that would compliment what you have in mind or just maybe there is something there already??????????

The great thing about HCTF Education is its marketing capability. If you come up with new teaching resources that they can use they will handle the out reach to educators through out BC and they have a long respected track record 20 + yrs with teachers at all levels. I had a resource created back during my days with government…….

I think it was this one (it was a long time ago)  https://hctfeducation.ca/product/water-stewardship-a-guide-for-teachers-students-and-community-groups/

 

TTFN for now.

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2018-2-1 Bring Back the Herring Project (BBtH)

Partnered with MEGAREACH, we have designed a unique project to spotlight the water quality in reservoirs, rivers, estuaries and the Salish Sea itself.

The first phase of the project will be built using a proven successful mapping (GIS) system known as OPENSTREETMAP. The scaleable platform will be based upon a unique platform being rolled out on AWS for the global financial industry. Much consideration is being given to using BLOCKCHAIN technology for the samples to ensure historic data contamination is impossible in the future.

The first phase sees us explore “Importing water sample data published to the public as PDF files on the Municipality of Oak Bay website”.

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2018-01-18 : CWC Labs

CWC Labs  as potential partner as we scope out our 2018 Vision.

Scientific illiteracy has run rampant across America

Scientific illiteracy has run rampant across America, with many scientists, doctors and journalists unable to carry on intelligent conversations about toxic heavy metals or the difference between genetic engineering and selective breeding.

 

 

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