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The Ottawa Centre is comprised of about 90 CMOS members. The Centre holds monthly meetings downtown from September through May.  Our meetings are open to members and the public.  Meetings start with lunch followed by a presentation by an invited speaker and discussion. Occasionally our meetings are joint with partner groups or societies. 

You can sign up to receive our Meeting Notices. Please click below and send the pop-up email, or manually send to jonesb@ncf.ca



In 2020, the Ottawa Centre will host the annual CMOS Congress.  Our local arrangements chair is putting together volunteer groups to help with this large project.  If you can help in any way please contact Bruce Angle.

Outreach activities aimed at high school, university and post graduate students are a priority for the Ottawa Centre. We judge and provide prizes at regional science fairs in Ottawa and Gatineau.


Upcoming Luncheon Meeting - Monday 25 February 2019

SPEAKER: SPEAKER: Dr. Jackie Dawson, PhD, CRC in Environment, Society, and Policy

TITLE: Navigating Climate Change: risks, opportunities, and management needs for increased shipping traffic in Arctic Canada.

ABSTRACT: Increased navigability of Arctic waters, as a result of climate change has boosted commercial interest in northern shipping routes including the Northwest Passage (NWP). Vessel traffic in Arctic Canada more than tripled over the past decade and further increases are expected. Considering improved technology, infrastructure investments, and economic and political will of Arctic and non-Arctic nations alike, the NWP is very likely to become a regular trade route within the next few decades. This situation will have significant risks and opportunities for Canada and for coastal Inuit communities. In this presentation, Dr. Dawson will provide an overview of the implications of climate change for Arctic shipping traffic in Arctic Canada, outline current shipping trends, and discuss possible management options to ensure opportunities are taken advantage of and risks are mitigated as increased maritime interest continues in Arctic Canada.

SPEAKER BIO:  Dr. Jackie Dawson is the Canada Research Chair in Environment, Society, and Policy and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Geomatics at the University of Ottawa. She is an Applied Scientist working on the human and policy dimensions of environmental change in ocean and coastal regions and is considered an expert in Arctic shipping, Arctic tourism, and Arctic oceans governance. She has served on two Canadian Council of Academies' Expert Panels, is an elected member of the College of the Royal Society of Canada and is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. She led the drafting of the 2018 G7 science statement focused on Arctic oceans and resilient communities and is currently the Co-Scientific Director of the NCE ArcticNet.

PLACE Rideau Canal Junior Ranks Mess, 4 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Ottawa.  Side entrance, Harmony Room, 4th floor (elevator available)

COST $25 non members; $20 members & their spouses; students $10

TIME:  12:00 noon, Monday 25 February 2019

PARKING:  On street parking in the vicinity, or at Ottawa City Hall

RSVP:  Please confirm your attendance no later than Wednesday 20 February by using this Doodle link.  Non members are asked to click the above Subscribe link so that we may record their email addresses for this meeting only.

Alternatively, please contact any of the following to register if you have problems with Doodle:

Dawn Conway 613-724-2954; email:  DMConway1@gmail.com
Ann McMillan 613-831-5851; email:  mcmillan@storm.ca
Paul Pestieau 613-990-6855; email:  Paul.Pestieau@canada.ca
Bob Jones 613-820-6336; email:  jonesb@ncf.ca
Daria Bradbury 613-949-9119; email:  Daria.Bradbury@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Hoy Chow 819-938-4429; email:   hoy.chow@canada.ca
Tom Zagon: 613-992-8431; email:  tom.zagon@canada.ca

CANCELLATION:  If you need to cancel, please change your Doodle information as soon as possible or let a contact person know so we can cancel your food order.

NEXT MEETING:  Wednesday  March 27, 2019 - Eric Crighton (UofO), on humanizing health and climate change.

                                            (collaborator with CMOS Ottawa)

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CACOR cordially invites you to a Luncheon 

Title: Investigative journalism and climate change

Date: Wednesday February 20th 2019   

Speaker: Mike De Souza

Time: 12-2pm

Place: Army Officers' Mess, 149 Somerset Street West, Ottawa

Cost:  $25 general admission; $20 for members, their spouses and $10 for student guests. The upstairs ante-room and dining area will be open at 11:30 for those who wish to meet and greet friends and colleagues prior to lunch. 

Please confirm attendance by replying to this e-mail on or before February 14th.  Please remember that CACOR is responsible for payment of guests who have registered. If you register and need to change your commitment, please inform us as well before Monday February 18th.  Thank you for your assistance in this matter. We unfortunately will follow up with an invoice for those who were not able to honour their commitment.

In order to accommodate all members, associates and guests please indicate your presence to this event as soon as possible. Please indicate as well your dietary needs. The Mess can prepare alternative for either gluten free, vegetarian or vegan meals.

About the presentation:
In his presentation, Mike De Souza will look at how the oil and gas industry has now started to organize in Canada with its own political action committee, increasing its ties with fossil-fuel friendly politicians to strike back against strong environmental policies and regulations, while attempting to shape public opinion with industry-influenced research and ad campaigns that are designed to convince Canadians that fighting climate change is a losing battle.



About the speaker:
Mike De Souza is an award-winning investigative journalist who has spent most of the past decade focused on investigations about the role of the oil and gas industry in Canadian public policy. Over the years, he has exposed details of the intimate relationship between industry lobbyists and government and how it has led to major changes in Canadian laws, regulations and public spending. 
In 2016, an investigation by Mike exposed a conflict of interest scandal at the National Energy Board that derailed hearings into TransCanada's Energy East pipeline proposal, a project that was later cancelled. Soon after this reporting, the Board hired a private investigator to search for Mike's sources within the agency. This investigation failed to identify any sources and eventually forced a senior executive to apologize internally to staff.
Two years later, Mike's reporting uncovered how the federal government had rigged its review of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project in order to approve the project before concluding consultations with affected First Nations. This reporting has forced the government to accept an August 2018 ruling by the Federal Court of Appeal that quashed its approval of the Trans Mountain expansion project. As a result, the reporting has forced the government to return to the negotiating table with affected First Nations and consult with them in a meaningful way.
Mike has worked previously for the Postmedia chain of newspapers and Reuters in Ottawa and Calgary before taking on his current role as managing editor of National Observer, an award-winning Canadian online investigative news outlet. He has also worked as a broadcast journalist for CTV and CJAD radio in Montreal and Quebec City.


Ottawa Science Exchange and Partner Meeting Notices (notices closest to the current date are on top)

Laurentian SETAC Ottawa Pub Night Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Join us for an engaging talk, good eats and fine brew at the first Ottawa Pub Night of 2019. Dr. Jason O'Brien will discuss his research in toxicogenomics and address the intriguing question of whether the field of toxicogenomics has lived up to its promise to revolutionize ecological risk assessment. Socializing, food and drink orders begin at 5:00 pm, the talk begins at 6:00 pm. Get there early for discounted appetizers (available until 6:00 pm).

Title: Genomics in Ecological Risk Assessment: Are We There Yet?

Speaker: Dr. Jason O'Brien, Environment and Climate Change Canada

When: Wednesday January 30 from 5:00 to 7:00 p. m.

Location: Clock Tower Brew Pub, 575 Bank Street, Ottawa

Cost: $1 members, $3 non-members

Please see abstract and speaker bio for more information.

We look forward to seeing you there!

L-SETAC Ottawa Pub Night Committee



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