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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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The Urgent Need for Canadian Cooperation

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on May 06, 2020

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As President Obama, Bono and the back wall of Indigo said, the world needs more Canada. This may be true but first the world, and Canada, need a...

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Earth Day 2020

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on April 20, 2020

View of Earth from Space

Fifty years ago, on 22 April 1970, only a few days after Apollo 13 failed to reach the moon but returned safely to earth, 20 million Americans...

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Lessons learned from the past

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on February 11, 2020

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Preparing for history to repeat One of the largest collections of books on World War II is now available at Bearly Used Books in Parry Sound,...

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Cities key to Canada's success

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on November 29, 2019

Woman in Montreal

As the dust from the federal election settles, a familiar picture emerges. Canada’s cities have again chosen a different path from the rest...

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The fault lines over Canada’s carbon emissions

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on July 11, 2019

Thousands of climate change protesters flood the streets of Montreal in March 2019. (MARTIN OUELLET-DIOTTE / AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Social seismologists – those people who study social tectonics and growing tensions between communities – are worried about Canada....

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A New Year’s resolution for global prosperity: Honesty

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on January 03, 2019

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The world concluded 2018 in a grumpy, uncertain mood. Despite warnings of dire and immediate climate change, negotiators at the United...

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Driving a made-in-Ontario solution to congestion, climate change, and economic prosperity

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on November 15, 2018

Cover page of UOIT Improved Transportation Report 2018

The door-knocking campaigns are over for most politicians as they take their new places in Council Chambers and at Queen’s Park. From...

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Hello Tomorrow [Goodbye Yesterday] Durham Smart City Forum

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on October 03, 2018

The "Hello Tomorrow: Durham Smart Cities Forum" was held on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at UOIT

Last weekend, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology campus hosted the Hello Tomorrow Durham Smart Cities Forum. Ontario’s Chief...

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How do we clear the air on carbon emissions?

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on July 18, 2018

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In the time it takes you to read this article, more than 2,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) will be dumped into the Earth’s atmosphere....

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Toronto’s powerful pitch for Amazon

Posted by Daniel Hoornweg on March 06, 2018

Amazon's map of the top 20 contenders for its second headquarters, HQ2.Amazon (US emission rates from https://www.eia.gov/environment/emissions/carbon/)

There is one characteristic in particular that distinguishes Toronto from the other 19 remaining candidate cities vying for Amazon’s...

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