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The Ottawa Centre is comprised of about 90 CMOS members.  During COVID restrictions we are planning monthly virtual meetings for the 2020 / 2021 Season.

Our meetings are open to members and the public, but it is important to be on our email list to receive the Zoom co-ordinates for each meeting.  Meetings will be planned at lunch time - to sign in via Zoom - after 11:45 am followed by the presentation at 12:00 noon by an invited speaker, questions after and discussion.  Occasionally our meetings will be joint with partner groups or societies.  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

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Upcoming CMOS Ottawa Centre Virtual Lunch Meeting - Thursday 17 December 2020

SPEAKER:  Derek Mueller, Water and Ice Research Lab, Geography and Environmental Studies, Carleton University

BIO:  Derek Mueller is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and co-director of the Water and Ice Research Laboratory at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. His research examines indicators and impacts of climate change in the cryosphere as well as the consequences of a warming climate on cryospheric systems such as ice shelves, glaciers, sea and lake ice. Dr. Mueller has worked at the northernmost coast of Canada since 2001 and is an expert on Arctic ice shelves and epishelf lakes. For more on his research see:

TITLE:  Cryospheric and ecological changes along Canada's northernmost coast: The Milne Ice Shelf break-up of 2020

ABSTRACT:  In late July 2020, a large rift formed across the Milne Ice Shelf and resulted in the calving of 43% of its surface area. The Milne Ice Shelf was the last remnant of the larger 'Ellesmere Ice Shelf' to undergo a major calving event.  This ice shelf was thicker and better protected than others in the Canadian High Arctic and it dammed the mouth of Milne Fiord creating a freshwater lake to its landward side.  This 'epishelf lake' has been monitored over time to reveal inter-annual and seasonal changes and hosts fresh and brackish water species directly on top of the Arctic Ocean.  The ice shelf itself is a cryo-habitat for microbial communities that live on its surface while a community of benthic animals was recently discovered within the ice shelf. The fate of these cryo-environments is unknown following the events of last summer, but the trend in habitat loss along this coast is undeniable.  The need to conserve this region and its vulnerable ice-dependent ecosystems is clear and efforts are underway to make a permanent marine protected area at these high latitudes.  This conservation effort should be optimized by extending protection both east and west in addition to incorporating the terrestrial environment that is closely interconnected with the Arctic Ocean along this coast.  However, global action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions must be part of the solution to mitigate future cryo-habitat loss due to environmental change.

LOCATION Virtual presentation via Zoom.

TIME: Thursday, December 17, 11:45 AM

RSVP:  Meeting will take place on Zoom. Please register in advance for this meeting.

PAST MEETINGS Click here to see available video recordings or slides from recent meetings.

NEXT MEETING:  January 2021


Canadian Association for the Club of Rome

(collaborator with CMOS Ottawa)

Upcoming 2020 - 2021 CACOR events          

02-Dec Wednesday 1:30 PM  Dr. R. Walker     Re-imagining Nuclear Energy
09-Dec Wednesday 1:30 PM  Dave Dougherty   Part 1 – How a Novel Virus Up-ended the Modern World  –  Basics   / The SARS2 Virus   
16-Dec Wednesday 1:30 PM  Ruben Nelson     “ Alberta :  What’s Going on and Why It Matters to all Canadians.”    
30-Dec Wednesday 1:30 PM     Your name here     We may skip this date
06-Jan  Wednesday 1:30 PM  Dr. Linda Duxbury     Prof Carleton U “Managing Change”    
13-Jan  Wednesday 1:30 PM  David Pollock    Developing policies that reduce Inequality and improve Genuine Wealth including Climate Justice      
20-Jan  Wednesday 1:30 PM  Huguette Labelle    Women's Issues and Perspectives
27-Jan  Wednesday 1:30 PM  Dave Dougherty Part Two: The Societal Responses and Effects of SARS2 
03-Feb Wednesday 1:30 PM  John Gilmore   Taking LEAP to education liberation in Africa 
10-Feb Wednesday 1:30 PM  Vic Buxton   An overview of the Major Elements of the IEA 
17-Feb Wednesday 1:30 PM  Dr. Jamie Stephen   District Energy in Canada
24-Feb Wednesday 1:30 PM  Jessica Lambert   Biophysical Economics 
03-Mar Wednesday 1:30 PM  Madeliene Weld   TBD population
10-Mar Wednesday 1:30 PM  Marilyn Mosley Gordanier   The Rise of Distance Learning and its Global Ramifications 
17-Mar Wednesday 1:30 PM 
24-Mar Wednesday 1:30 PM Margaret McCuaig-Johnston   TBD
31-Mar Wednesday 1:30 PM Charles Hall   Limits to Growth
07-Apr Wednesday 1:30 PM 
14-Apr Wednesday 1:30 PM Sarah Dougherty  The importance of interdisciplinary planning and execution of remediation projects for contaminated sites.   

To obtain registration information for any meeting, please contact Art Hunter at

For more information on past and future CACOR events, please go to the CACOR Web Site

For YouTube videos of past CACOR presentations and discussion please click here



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


Greetings Pub Night Enthusiasts,
Next week's virtual Pub Night should be a good one!  I hope to see you there!
Rebecca Dalton
Chair, Ottawa Pub Night Committee
Laurentian SETAC 


Greetings Laurentian SETAC,
Join us for an engaging talk from the comforts of your own home at our next Virtual Ontario Pub Night.  Dr. Robert Delatolla (U of Ottawa), Dr. Mark Servos (U of Waterloo), and Dr. Denina Simmons (Ontario Tech University) will be discussing the use of waste water epidemiology as a legitimate tool to help measure and monitor population-level COVID-19 infection. Join us at 6:30 PM to socialize with L-SETAC members and friends from across Ontario and beyond. The talk begins at 7:00 PM.
Title: Poop and the Pandemic
Speaker: Dr. Robert Delatolla (U of Ottawa), Dr. Mark Servos (U of Waterloo), and Dr. Denina Simmons (Ontario Tech University)

When: Thursday, December 3rd from 6:30 to 8:00 PM (online social 6:30-7:00, talk begins at 7:00 PM)  
Zoom meeting:  Please complete the RSVP form to receive the meeting link
Cost:  Pay what you want to support future student awards ($2 members, $4 non members or an amount of your choosing)
Please see abstract and speaker biographies for more information. We look forward to seeing you there.
Laurentian SETAC Pub Night Committee


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    Laurentian SETAC is the Ontario regional chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC). The Laurentian chapter was founded in 1991 and is comprised of students, academics, and individuals from private business, government, and industry, all with a keen interest in environmentally relevant issues. Everyone is welcome to join and take part in our activities. You are receiving these messages for one of several reasons: You are currently (or have previously been) a member of LSETAC; You may have signed up to receive news at one of our pub nights or meetings. Regardless of how we connected, we are happy that you are here! 

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