Guelph Lab

 

 

The City of Guelph's Advisory Committees of Council

The Guelph Lab has partnered extensively with the City of Guelph on research projects related to the City’s Advisory Committees of Council (ACOC). This report is a summary of key points and questions that emerged through a systematic review – conducted in 2021 – of (a) ACOC’s Terms of Reference, (b) the City of Guelph’s Public Appointment Policy, (c) the City of Guelph’s Procedural By-Law, and (d) any other relevant frameworks, policies and documents that may influence the systemic and structural inclusivity of the City’s committees.

Author(s): 
Amanda Buchnea, Sam Laban
Product(s): 
Literature Review
Report
Program(s): 
Guelph Lab
Project Partner(s): 
City of Guelph

Access to Public Washrooms in Guelph Project: Maps Report

Public washrooms are important for everyone in Guelph, but washrooms aren’t always available and not everyone has access to washrooms when they need them. Sometimes people are forced to go outside, especially in the Downtown area. Other people may be forced to stay at home if public washrooms are closed or not accessible to them.

Author(s): 
Edith Wilson, Adam Bonnycastle, Sam Laban, Stacey Laughlin
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Guelph Lab

We Learn Best From Those With Lived Experience: A Phenomenological Study of Postsecondary Student Food Insecurity

This Master's thesis (supported by Dr. Liz Jackson and the Guelph Lab) explores and illuminates the phenomenon of postsecondary student food insecurity using qualitative methodologies. It uses a phenomenological framework to better understand what constitutes the lived experience of students with food insecurity; the researcher conducted 11 semi-structured interviews with students, all but one from the University of Guelph, who were recruited primarily through the campus food bank.

Author(s): 
Vanessa Cunningham
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
CESI Special Project
Guelph Lab

Equity in Housing, Recreation, Transportation, and Arts and Culture

Municipal staff and Members of Council can play an important role in contributing to more equitable communities. These discussion papers support these efforts by exploring the role of municipalities in promoting equity in different service areas including housing, recreation, transportation, and arts and culture. The papers highlight some of the systemic barriers experienced by individuals in Guelph, especially those in at-risk groups. These systemic barriers are deeply embedded in our society and are influenced by policies implemented at all levels of government.

Author(s): 
Jemma Llewellyn, Chris Schuck, Sam Laban, Lindsey Thomson, and Mark Ariba
Program(s): 
Guelph Lab
Project Partner(s): 
City of Guelph

Accessibility, Diversity, and Inclusion: Recommendations to Increase Diversity and Inclusion on the City of Guelph's Accessibility Advisory Committee

This report identifies practical strategies for improving diversity and inclusion on the City of Guelph’s Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC). It is hoped that this report will support recommendations brought to the City of Guelph’s Council, prompting policy changes to improve the engagement, participation, and inclusion of diverse groups within the city’s Advisory Committees of Council, specifically the AAC.

Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Guelph Lab
Project Partner(s): 
City of Guelph

Promoting Food Security in Higher Education

In early 2021, CESI and the Guelph Lab launched “Promoting Food Security in Higher Education” with Meal Exchange and staff and faculty at the University of British Columbia, the University of Guelph, McMaster University, and the University of Ottawa. The goal of the project is to catalyze a network of university administrators, researchers, students, staff and food service providers working to promote food secure campus communities. The project included:

Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Guelph Lab

Hungry for Knowledge: Assessing the Prevalence of Food Insecurity at the University of Guelph

There is growing evidence that significant numbers of university students in Canada experience food insecurity, potentially undermining the health, well-being and educational success of students. The University of Guelph has joined a handful of other Canadian universities in responding to this issue. CESI, Meal Exchange, Universities Fighting World Hunger and graduate students working with Dr.

Author(s): 
Seyed Mehdi Amadi, Sam Laban, Courtney Primeau
Product(s): 
Infographic
Report
Program(s): 
Guelph Lab
Project Partner(s): 
Meal Exchange
Universities Fighting World Hunger

The Sandbox: Launching Community-Owned Social Entreprises in Guelph-Wellington

The Sandbox pairs interdisciplinary teams of students with community organizations looking to launch social enterprises in Guelph-Wellington. They work together for four months to grow the enterprise, supported by seed funding, training and mentorship.

Program(s): 
Guelph Lab
Project Partner(s): 
The SEED
City of Guelph

Public Sector Procurement

How can procurement be “open” and support innovation?

The City of Guelph’s information technology (IT) department asked the GuelphLab to support the design of alternative procurement processes that can unlock innovative technology solutions for the City and have the potential to create business development opportunities for companies working in “Civic Tech.”

Program(s): 
Guelph Lab
Project Partner(s): 
City of Guelph

Sharing Economy Toolkit

How can municipalities balance innovation, policy goals and citizen protection when faced with the growing popularity of companies like Uber or Airbnb? How can we best understand and respond to this new model of a sharing economy? To help answer these questions, the GuelphLab helped develop a Sharing Economy Toolkit.

Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Guelph Lab
Project Partner(s): 
City of Guelph