There is a Special Corporate Planning Meeting today, Friday, September 16, 2016 in Council Chambers at 12:00 Noon. There is only one item on the agenda under ‘Announcements’ – Dr. Bryce Gunson, Project Manager, Wilfrid Laurier University.
In a press release this morning, The Municipality of Wawa revealed that there will be a photovoice exhibition at the Fall Fair tomorrow. This exhibition is part of a Wilfrid Laurier University research project titled, Ontario Rural Municipal Emergency Management and Critical Infrastructure: Enhancing Planning and Preparedness Capacities for Climate Change Resilience. In Ontario, there has been two major incidents, the devastating Goderich tornado of 2011, and flooding in the community of Wawa that
washed out the Trans-Canada Highway in 2012. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) funded a three-year study, led by Professor Brenda Murphy and PhD candidate Bryce Gunson, who conduct research on climate change and resiliency in rural spaces. Information gathered in this study will help form the Toolkit for Rural Emergency Management Enhancement (xTREME), which will be available to all Ontario rural communities.
In a technique called ‘photovoice’ cameras were given to people who were asked to take 25 photos that told the story of recovery and resilience. These photos will be on display at the Fall Fair tomorrow at the Michipicoten Memorial Centre, from 9 – 4 p.m.
Dr. Bryce Gunson as co-author may be presenting this report to Council today. MyWawa will be livestreaming this meeting.