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Laurier research project RinkWatch making headlines once again
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In the winter of 2013, RinkWatch — a popular project run by Laurier researchers — burst on to the scene, gaining attention from media outlets and outdoor rink makers from across North America.
Now in its second season, the citizen-science initiative, which asks for anyone with a backyard or outdoor rink to help track the effects of climate change is once again making headlines. Not even two months into the 'skating season', the project has once again received considerable attention from media outlets across Canada in both English and French.
RinkWatch.org was launched Jan. 8, 2013 by Associate Professor Robert McLeman, Assistant Professor Colin Robertson and graduate student Haydn Lawrence from Laurier's Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. The project was an immediate hit, gaining over 1,000 users in its first winter.
Click on the links below to check out some of RinkWatch's media appearances available online.
- Montreal Gazette, "Outdoor rink enthusiasts pitch in on research project" (Dec. 19)
- Ottawa Citizen, "Got a Rink? Scientists want to know all about it" (Dec. 30)
- CBC Radio: Calgary, Windsor, Ontario Morning, Quebec City, KW, Toronto, Montreal, Thunder Bay (Dec. 31-Jan. 17)
- ICI Radio Canada, Culture Physique avec Robert Frosi, "Les patinoires extérieures au service de la science" (Jan. 5)
- Calgary Herald, "Frigid winter is good news for Calgary's backyard rink builders" (Jan. 7)
- CTV Kitchener, ProvinceWide (Jan. 12)
- Global TV Lethbridge, "Canadians prove backyard rinks won’t become history" (Jan. 8)
- La Presse/Le Soleil/Sherbrooke Tribune, "Les patinoires extérieures au secours de la planète" (Jan. 10)
- Rogers TV Waterloo Region, Daytime (Jan. 16)