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You may have found yourself wondering, "Do I have to replace my shoreline protection again?" Since shorelines are naturally dynamic and will gradually move, any investment made on a protection wall will not last for a long time.

Appropriate shoreline protection is one of the best ways to protect our property and infrastructure from the impacts of climate change and extreme flooding events. When water levels are particularly high, shoreline protection gives us a resilient buffer from the encroachment of water and other debris onto our property. 

Have you ever wondered why some areas of a coastline have eroded more than others? Or thought to yourself, “wow, that cliff does not look very stable.” The answer is that coastlines are naturally designed to move—whether we like it or not..Any water-land interface has a series of natural processes that cause it to be dynamic; sometimes eroding away, sometimes gaining material (in a process called accretion).

Canada is blessed with many lakes, rivers, and streams and has an abundance of water for its small population size. However, 60 per cent of Canada's water flows northward, making it unavailable to southern Canada, where the majority of the country's population lives.

In previous articles in this series, we discussed adapting and being resilient to the impacts of climate change. We have explained that we cannot continue to take a business as usual approach—we need to act. But what does take action actually mean? And what if we get it wrong?

For those of us who weren’t born and raised in a rural community, soil is often regarded simply as mud or dirt. The rise of urbanization and the rural-urban divide has led to a disconnect between humans and nature, and, especially, between humans and agricultural settings. Such a disconnect makes it difficult for people to understand how important soil actually is. 

You are invited to participate in a study. The purpose of this study is to assess climate change vulnerability and the adaptive capacity of several municipalities in the Niagara region. This research is essential to help develop effective and meaningful climate change adaptation plans for each community. 

When we think about the effects of climate change, we most often think about the planet becoming warmer, melting glaciers, biodiversity loss, flooding and drought. What many of us may not realize, however, is that the food we consume, and the way it is grown, is also impacted by climate change.

In communities, people often learn from one another, whether it’s by spending time with family, friends or colleagues, or interacting with their neighbours, nearby farmers or local business owners. This is called social learning, which typically starts when people get together and share their knowledge, or, when knowledge is transferred from one person (a scientist, government agent, professional, or a peer, for example) to another. Social learning can also happen when we observe or listen to others. 

Risks and hazards are two similar, but often confused terms. A hazard is classified as anything that can cause adverse effects or harm to someone or a community. There are three different types of hazards: occupational or safety hazards (which most people are familiar with), including equipment malfunctions or slippery floors; health hazards, such as work stress, air pollution, or bacteria exposure; and natural hazards, such as earthquakes, heatwaves, hail or tornados. 

There are various types of climate change adaptation strategies: technological, structural or those that are determined by policies and governmental decisions. Technological or structural adaptations are those that are related to any type of manipulation or intervention, such as the construction of a protection wall, infrastructure improvement, or even structural relocation.While some of these strategies can be simple and inexpensive to enact, others may be complex and potentially cost–prohibitive.

We have discussed what climate change is and the importance of adapting to environmental changes that are currently occurring and anticipated to occur in the future. But how can we be sure that these changes are truly a result of climate change and not another cause, like construction on the Queen Elizabeth Way? MEOPAR team member Meredith DeCock is hoping to shed some light on just that with her Master’s thesis. 

What is adaptation and why is it important?  The top scientists around the globe know our climate is changing at a faster rate than Earth has ever experienced—largely as a result of the actions taken by humans since the industrial revolution. This is resulting in changes to the Earth’s natural processes, including our climate, and action needs to be taken to slow down and deal with these changes. 

How much do you like driving your car or turning up the heat in your home on a frigid winter day? How often are you awake long after the sun has gone down, relying on the flick of a light switch in order to go about your evening routine? While many of these things are considered a common part of life, have you ever wondered where the energy comes from to do everything that we often take for granted? 

Everyone in Canada loves to talk about the weather. We hear about it on the radio, see it on TV and it’s often the first topic of conversation with anyone you bump into. We also hear the word climate (or climate change) used interchangeably with weather—and this is where we start having some confusion. 

November 2018 marked the launch of the new MEOPAR-Lincoln Community Sustainability Project in the Town of Lincoln. Although the study is now approaching the one-year mark, there may still be uncertainty about what it is, and how it will help you and your community deal with the impacts of severe weather and environmental changes.

A new partnership between two Niagara organizations will mean a direct connection between the people conducting leading-edge research on child mental health and the caregivers who work with families dealing with related issues.

Pathstone Mental Health and Brock University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Friday, March 22 that solidifies a collaboration that will positively impact children suffering with mental health in Niagara and beyond.

Brock University and Niagara Health launched a new partnership Friday, March 8 that will increase opportunities to improve the overall health and well-being in our region and beyond. It will place a heightened focus on research that will help people stay healthy, improve both patient outcomes and the way health care is delivered, and create training and employment opportunities for Brock students and graduates.

Call for poetry submissions to 2019 Sustainability Poetry Contest: Year of Indigenous Voices. Presented by: Brock University’s UNESCO Chair on Community Sustainability: From Local to Global.

Memory is part of what makes us human. On the centenary of the end of the First World War, The History Lab, with the support of Brock’s Department of History, the centre for Canadian Studies, and the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, invite you to witness and remember the more than one million men and women who died in the last year of the way.

Amber Lee Williams exhibition: (un)hidden

Date: Thursday April 5 to Saturday April 28

Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 1-5 pm

Location: Visual Arts Exhibition Space, Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts

A free community event!

Brock Visual Arts student Amber Lee Williams presents photographs, sculptures and installations investigating motherhood, relationships within the family, and loss. 


The Cuvée Grand Tasting rang in a milestone 30th anniversary by bringing more than 800 guests together to celebrate excellence in the thriving Ontario wine industry.

Organized by Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI), a record crowd came to the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls on Friday, March 23 to sample from the largest selection of Ontario wines under one roof and taste unique culinary dishes from local chefs.

Brock Students Representing Niagara in National Science Competition – YouTube Views Needed to Advance to Final Round!

Brock University's Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (MIWSFPA) announces Season 2016/17Breaking the Surface, that celebrates the bond between the community and our arts centre in downtown St. Catharines. This year we build upon the relationship between the arts and the public realm, seeking to broaden the community’s understanding of how the arts relate to urban issues and contribute to cultural development in the Niagara region.

A Visual Arts Student Exhibition

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 7 – 9 pm (A special live performance by Olivia Madera)

Free community event at Mahtay Café, 241 St. Paul St., St. Catharines


This is My Niagara is an organization housed out of the Communication, Popular Culture and Film Department at Brock University. The department has a fourth-year Service Learning/Internship course and four students from the course are interning with This is my Niagara.  The students will use the My Niagara Moment photos to begin a social media campaign highlighting people’s experiences of Niagara. 

Blueprint is an exciting entrepreneurial business competition designed to kick-start the business ventures of Brock students and alumni. Whether you are currently operating a business, in the startup stage, or even if you just have a great idea, Blueprint provides you with the opportunity to receive expert advice, mentorship, and the funding you need to help your business grow.

In celebration of UNESCO Poetry Day, Brock University’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre (ESRC), and the UNESCO Chair in Community Sustainability would like to invite you to submit your original, unpublished, poem to our sustainability poetry contest.


Janet Werner is an acclaimed Canadian painter with an international reputation who teaches at Concordia University. As part of a visit to Brock University – in which she will be selecting works by senior Brock University Visual Arts students to be exhibited in the upcoming exhibition.  April 1 – 26, 2015 Rodman Hall Art Centre, 109 St. Paul Cres., St. Catharines Free community event.