Podcast Series

Podcast Series – August 2014 Edition

AUGUST EDITION
Monday, August 11, 2014

Certified sea kayaking instructor Lise Vaugeois (background) and Kirsten Maki (foreground) enjoying an evening on Lake Superior as part of the 2013  Remedial Action Plan kayak tour of Thunder Bay Harbour. Click the photo to hear the interview with Lise.

In the August 2014 edition of InfoSuperior’s podcast series Nipigon Bay Remedial Action Plan Coordinator, Jim Bailey, speaks with certified kayaking instructor Lise Vaugeois (www.seakayakinglessons.com) about her experiences kayaking on Lake Superior.

The interview deals with her background in music, the spiritual connection that being on the Lake can bring, and the need to ensure continued effort towards a pristine Lake Superior ecosystem.

To listen to the interview, click on the photo above.

Related Event:
KAYAKING TOUR OF LOWER NIPIGON RIVER
Sunday, August 17th from 10am to 1pm – Nipigon Marina, Nipigon, Ontario

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Podcast Series – July 2014 Edition

JULY EDITION
Monday, July 7th 2014

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Members of the Temple Reef Sailing Club utilize the waters of Thunder Bay harbour on a very frequent basis. During the summer they sail the harbour on a daily basis and participate in harbour races on a weekly basis.

This summer, the Temple Reef Sailing Club, with event partners the Thunder Bay Yacht Club, will be hosting the Canadian Lightning Championships in tandem with the Great Lakes Masters’ Championship for Laser Class sailboats. These events will be held on Lake Superior, in Thunder Bay, on July 12th and 13th, 2014. In this podcast, Competitors and race organizers Julia and Ross Bailey are interviewed about sailing, this Canadian Championship and Great Lakes Masters Championship event and their thoughts about Lake Superior.

To listen to the interview, click on the photo above.

Event Website:
LIGHTNING CANADIANS 2014

Related Links:
Thunder Bay Yacht Club
Sail Thunder Bay
Ontario Sailing

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Podcast Series – May 2014 Edition

MAY EDITION
Thursday, May 22nd 2014

Frank Edgson Interview

For the May 2014 edition of InfoSuperior’s podcast series Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan Coordinator, Jim Bailey, spoke with Frank Edgson of the Northshore Steelhead Association about their involvement in Stream Rehabilitation projects, particularly the Brook Trout nursery stream George Creek which runs through Centennial Park.

The interview deals with questions surrounding why this particular site was chosen, what were some of the challenges the faced with when approaching this rehabilitation and looking at potential future steps.

To listen to the interview, click on the photo above.

Related Event:
STREAM REHABILITATION WORKSHOP
Wednesday, June 11th from 7 to 9pm – Centennial Park Chalet

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Podcast Series – March 2014 Edition

MARCH EDITION
Monday, March 10th 2014

Jamie Saunders, North Harbour Clean-Up Representative speaks to Jim Bailey, RAP Coordinator about the proposed clean-up plans for the Thunder Bay North Harbour site.
Jamie Saunders of EcoSuperior speaks to Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan Coordinator Jim Bailey of Lakehead University about potential options for cleanup of contamination in the northeast portion of Thunder Bay Harbour.

For the March, 2014 edition of InfoSuperior’s podcast, or audio interview series, Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan Coordinator Jim Bailey speaks with Jamie Saunders of EcoSuperior, a representative of the North Harbour Steering Committee. This committee is exploring methods for dealing with mercury contamination in the northeast portion of Thunder Bay Harbour. The interview deals with questions like how this harbour site became contaminated in the first place, who is working to bring about cleanup, how serious is the contamination and what are the next steps in resolving this issue.

To listen to the interview, please click the above photo!

Related: How should mercury contamination in the northeast portion of Thunder Bay Harbour be cleaned up? This will be the only item on the agenda at the 7 p.m., March 19th meeting of the Public Advisory Committee (PAC) to the Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan (RAP), or harbour cleanup plan. The meeting takes place in Room 1022 of the Ryan Building at Lakehead University. Evening parking at Lakehead University is free of charge and all PAC meetings are open to the public and free of charge. The focus of the meeting will be a presentation and input about options for dealing with contaminated sediment in Thunder Bay Harbour.

A complete overview about Thunder Bay North Harbour contamination can be accessed here.

See photos from the Thunder Bay North Harbour site below.

A group of technicians complete field sampling in the Thunder Bay North Harbour site (Courtesy of Jamie Saunders)
A group of technicians complete field sampling at the Thunder Bay North Harbour site (photo courtesy of Jamie Saunders, EcoSuperior).

 

Example of pulpy fibrous material which contaminates Thunder Bay North Harbour (Courtesy of Jamie Saunders).
A thick layer of pulpy fibrous material like this sample above is suspended in the water at the Thunder Bay North Harbour site (photo courtesy of Jamie Saunders, EcoSuperior).

 

A former paper mill located in the Thunder Bay North Harbour site (Courtesy of Jamie Saunders)
A former paper mill on the shorline near the Thunder Bay North Harbour site. The contaminated site is in the water near the mouth of the Current River and the shipyards and just offshore from this former mill (photo courtesy of Jamie Saunders, EcoSuperior).
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Podcast Series – February 2014 Edition

Monday, February 10th 2014

FEBRUARY EDITION

Jim Bailey, RAP Coordinator, interviews fourth year Lakehead University Environmental Science student, Laura Gallagher, about her undergrad thesis work on microplastics in the Thunder Bay Harbour.
Jim Bailey, RAP Coordinator, interviews fourth year Lakehead University Environmental Science student, Laura Gallagher, about her undergrad thesis work on microplastics in the Thunder Bay Harbour.

For our second installment, Jim Bailey, North Shore RAP coordinator interviewed Laura Gallagher, a 4th year Environmental Science student here at Lakehead University.  Laura is currently completing her 4th year honours thesis project on the presence of microplastics in the Thunder Bay harbour.  Laura talks to us about “what is a microplastic?” and the consequences to them in the Great Lakes.

To listen to the podcast, please click on the above photo for a link to the interview!

See below for a microscopic image of the microplastics that Laura found.

Example of one of the microplastics that Laura Gallagher found in the Thunder Bay Harbour, seen here through a microscope (40X resolution). Photo courtesy of L.Gallagher.
Example of one of the microplastics that Laura Gallagher found in the Thunder Bay Harbour, seen here through a microscope (40X resolution). Photo courtesy of L.Gallagher.

On a larger scale, The 5 Gyres institute, in collaboration with SUNY Fredonia have recently published a scientific paper regarding the presence of microplastics in the Great Lakes. Click HERE to read the article.

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Podcast Series – December 2013 Edition

DECEMBER EDITION

Monday, December 16th 2013

Jim Bailey, Remedial Action Plan Coordinator interviews Dr. Rob Stewart on his work with Lake Superior and involvement with the Remedial Action Plan.
Jim Bailey, Remedial Action Plan Coordinator interviews Dr. Rob Stewart on his work with Lake Superior and involvement with the Remedial Action Plan.

For our inaugural edition, Dr. Rob Stewart of Lakehead University spoke with us regarding his work with Lake Superior.  In addition to his role as a professor at Lakehead University, Dr. Stewart is also the head of the Lakehead University Remedial Action Plan Office which deals with environmental issues surrounding the North Shore of Lake Superior. Dr. Stewart elaborates on his involvement with the Remedial Action Plan and what it is and some of his personal work and experiences on Lake Superior! 

To listen to the podcast, please click on the above photo for a link to the interview!

For more information about Dr. Rob Stewart and his research, see HERE.

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