Zoo open again
The Assiniboine Park Zoo will reopen to the public on June 15.
"As a large, mostly outdoor attraction, we are pleased to be in a position to safely re-open the zoo and so grateful to our members, visitors and community for their patience and support," said Bruce Keats, chief operations officer, Assiniboine Park Conservancy.
Tickets to the zoo include the new Dinosaurs Uncovered exhibit. Guests are asked to purchase tickets online in advance to facilitate quick, contactless entry. Tickets purchased online are not date-specific and valid for use within 90 days of date of purchase. On-site options are available for those who are unable to purchase tickets online.
Takeout food and beverage service will be available at the Tundra Grill restaurant and zoo concessions. Pandemic restrictions remain in place, including masks, physical distancing, limits on zoo-goer numbers, and a one-way path for travel through the zoo.
For more information, see www.assiniboinepark.ca/covid-19
Arctic open water studied
A University of Manitoba study has found that for every one-degree Celsius of global warming, the open-water period increases by about one month in the arctic.
A team from the Centre for Earth Observation Science at the University of Manitoba has published a paper in the Nature journal Communications Earth & Environment.
The Arctic open-water periods are projected to lengthen dramatically by 2100 paper reports on the how sensitive the seasonal retreat and advance of arctic sea ice in specific regions are to different thresholds of global warming, that is, what happens to the ice for every degree of warming.
The crucial information this paper provides is knowing how long the problem will last, lead author Alex Crawford said.
Led by Crawford and Canada 150 Research Chair Julienne Stroeve, both in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Earth, Environment, and Resources at U of M, and their colleagues at the University of Colorado, Boulder, provides such information and future projections, detailing how much the open-water periods will change in response to warming throughout 15 regions in scenarios of global average temperature increase of 2°C to 5°C.
We’ve already seen the world warm about one degree since the 19th century — so this means the open-water period has already increased by about a month on average," Crawford said. "If we limit warming to two degrees, that means an additional one degree of warming over the next 80 years and an additional increase of 1 month (on average) for the open-water period. But the big implication here is that humans have a lot of control over how much the open-water period changes. There’s no tipping point. So, any reduction in emissions means shorter open-water periods."
Another key result of this paper is that the entire Transpolar Sea Route, which is the most efficient path for a container ship to take from Japan to Europe and involves going through Bering Strait and across the North Pole, is consistently open for at least 90 days with 3.5°C of warming and for at least six months with 5°C warming.
Sustainable public transport
Three University of Manitoba researchers have received grants to study public transit issues, identifying gaps and opportunities to guide policy makers and service providers.
The recipients are Paul Larson, CN professor of supply chain management in the Asper School of Business, Orly Linovski, an associate professor of city planning in the faculty of architecture, and Adele Perry, director of the U of M’s Centre for Human Rights Research and a distinguished professor of history.
Larson, with co-investigator Robert Parsons and collaborators Arnold Elias and Bruno Silvestre, working on a project titled Public Transit and Active Transportation: Activity, Structural and Energy Efficiency Effects on Mobility and the Environment, receives $29,910. Modal shifts, particularly from automobiles to active and integrated transportation, are included due to their potential impact on public health and traffic congestion, as well as emissions.
Linovski, with co-investigators Heather Dorries and Sheryl-Ann Simpson, working on a project titled Equity and Justice in Public Transit, receives $27,880. While there has been increasing academic and policy attention paid to transportation justice, there is significant evidence that equity-seeking groups in Canada (such as racialized groups, Indigenous peoples, LGBTQ2S people, people with disabilities, people living in poverty, immigrants and refugees, women, youth, and seniors) face transportation barriers that may limit full participation in society.
Perry, with co-investigator Jocelyn Thorpe and collaborator Karine Duhamel, working on a project titled Missing the Bus: Indigenous Women, Two-Spirit People and Public Transit in Western Canada, receives $29,144. "Missing the Bus" will assess what we know and do not know about how public transit and the lack of it shapes the lives of Indigenous women and Two-Spirit Plus people in western Canada.
The Knowledge Synthesis Grants are funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and Infrastructure Canada.
Business ethics professor named
Dr. Jae Yun Kim has been named the Richard Morantz and Sheree Walder Morantz professor of business ethics at the Asper School of Business.
The Morantz Professorship in Business Ethics is the result of a five million dollar gift to the University of Manitoba from alumni Richard Morantz, owner of Globe Capital Management, and Sheree Walder Morantz, a partner and senior family law counsel with Myers LLP.
Kim joins Asper from the School of Business at China’s Southern University of Science and Technology, where he was an assistant professor. He received a PhD in Management and Organizations from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a BA from the University of Wisconsin.
"I hope that my research on justice and ethics makes meaningful contributions to the school’s ongoing efforts to increase equity and diversity within the institution, and to build a more inclusive community," Kim said in a press release.
In addition to teaching, Kim will foster original research focused on business ethics and decisions faced in today’s workplace, creating active dialogue and furthering the integration of ethics into managerial activity, and the business community at large.