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Outdoor Pleasure Skating Winter Delights Hamilton

Outdoor Pleasure Skating Winter Delights Hamilton

Tuesday January 4 2010

Pond Hockey

In Pond Hockey, a synonym to Shinny, the “Rink-rats” say: “Sometimes getting the puck and the goal together can be as difficult as nailing jelly to a wall!” Pond Hockey showcases stick-handling skills, emphasizing all you need is skill in skating and puck handling ability. HOCKEY WAS BORN IN CANADA! And, Canada features the image of “pond hockey” game on its five dollar bill. Hockey roots in Canada date back to 1788 where a group of students in Nova Scotia played on a pond. The origin of Pond Hockey ha its roots in early Navajo Native American Culture. In 2,006 the inaugural Canadian National Pond Hockey Championship was held at Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario. Now a woman’s division has been added, since 2,009. Winners acquire the Maple Cup. And these athletes then aspire to participate in the World’s Pond Hockey Championships, as the ultimate challenge.

pond skating

Even the great ones – #99 (Wayne Gretzky from Brantford), or #87 (Sidney Crosby from Nova Scotia) in the Evolution of Hockey Documentary verbalize how important pond hockey or backyard hockey was in their development as NHL or “Gold Medal” Olympians. Currently we have Ryan Ellis from Freelton/Waterdown as Captain of Canada’s Junior Hockey Team and Mark Visentin from Waterdown as the goalie for this team. January 2,011 both Ryan Ellis and Mark Visentin are playing in the World Junior Championships with the IIHF. These two young athlete’s and the rest of their team keep national hopes alive in hockey. What does Pond Hockey provide athletes ? It provides (1) something special about enjoying the freedom of playing hockey outdoors on a pond or lake; (2) the silence of the natural surroundings being broken as the ice shifts under sub-zero temperatures and the crunch of the snow under players boots as they approach the pond or lake; (3) the irony of the human anatomy – that is, as sweat pours down due to two 15 minutes of play while the cold air burns your nose and mouth; (4) a camaraderie the athletes share with one another in their sport; and, (4) it is an experience. Pond Hockey lacks the physical roughness of NHL, and all ages become participants. So when you see young people and adults playing 4 on 4 teams at Princes Point which is off Cootes Paradise Marsh, any city park or pond ice surface, Dundas Driving Park, Valen’s Conservation area on any pond surface in the Hamilton Region they are playing Pond Hockey, which is a form of ice hockey, played as pick-up hockey on ponds and lakes We have Lake Ontario in Hamilton. At the end of the pond hockey game players will say “Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice.”

Ice bound

Outdoor Pleasure Skating has been a family favourite for generations in the Hamilton Region. The newest addition is the rink at Pier 8, and the Old Lawn Bowling Club at Churchill Park has outdoor pleasure skating until 10 p.m. just before you enter of the Westdale Ravine. Favourite spots for outdoor pleasure skating are Princess Point, Christie’s Lake where you can skate on frozen trout ponds, and the Confederation Park area.. The Canadian Geographic Travel Club and others provide Snowshoe Hikes and they usually start at Princess Point. In 2,010 the Engineering Faculty at McMaster University hosted the 36th Annual The Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (GNCTR). It is the largest Engineering Competition in Canada. The hills of Princess Point and other locations, such as, Stonechurch Rd. and Garth and the Red Hill area are favourite toboggan hills for toboggans and sleds. Some of the hills are slow graded making them kid friendly. Skiing is popular locally at Chedoke Ski Area. And there is the ever popular Snow Boarding that many young people enjoy. There are many Winter Delights to enjoy during the long months of winter in Hamilton Region, so get out there and participate with your family and friends in the natural environment.

ice fishing harbourfront park

By Jacqueline Darby

Doug Worrall Photographer

McMaster University Fish Scientists Weighed Hamilton

McMaster University Biology Dept. at Hamilton, Ontario

Tuesday November 9 2010

Water Toxicity

Bob's Pike

Dr. Chris Wood is an expert in Fish Physiology. At McMaster the wood Lab is The Physiology of Transport Processes and Metabolism, and the Aquatic Toxicology of Fish and Crustaceans. Here Dr. Wood inspires students with his love of research and his lifetime work has been encouraging and training the next generation of scientists. On April 17th, Dr. Chris Wood and Dr. Adolto Bimchini were recipients of one of eight International Canada Research Chairs recently awarded by the International Development Research Centre and the Canada Research Chair program. Dr. Chris Wood has the “Canada Research Chair in Environment and Health.” They have been awarded $1,000,000.00 to conduct environmental research in Brazil and Canada. Their research program is entitled “Battling pollution in coastal areas.” They were selected from 104 applicants. From what they learn in Brazil in the next five years ( 2,010 – 2.015), they will determine what is applicable to Hamilton Harbour cleanup. Dr. Wood in 2,007 was honored by the Royal Society of Canada, and awarded the Miroslaw Remonowski Medal for his work on metal toxicity in acquatic ecosystems.

Dr. Chris Wood as a PhD candidate himself – (1) Conducted a series of NSERC supported research projects on acid-base regulation, lactate and ammonia transport, and gas exchange in Rainbow Trout. (2) He developed an unique isolated tail-trunk preparation to serve as an in situ physiological moded to investigate metabolic, acid-base and ion regulation in Trout Muscel. The ion is an atom or group of atoms that has acquired a net electic charge by gaining or losing one or more electrons. (3) He played a major role in developing and improving a series of muscel sampling, processing and enzymatic analysis for Fish Muscel. (4) He supported a project on bioavaliability and toxicity of heavy metals in freshwater ecosystems.

His 2,008 study with Bucking on Rainbow Trout showed the net base excretion to the water increased greatly at the same time as a compensaion of a postprandial alkaline tide in the bloodstream. In another study, he indicates the results point out the need to incorporate sulfide into the acute biotic liqand models and to assess its potentially large role in preventing chronic toxicity. Another study ponts to the importance of salt and water absorbtion from the food by the gastrointestinal tract and its impact on ion-osoregulation have been overlooked by fish physiologists. In freshwater fish the quantities of most major electrolytes ingested via a normal ration far exceed those transported from the water by gills, but net absorbtion rates of specific ions vary greatly with a range of influences, including complex intractions involving musins and bile salts. In freshwater the gills and kidnesy are the major organs involved in salt uptake and water loss, respectively. In nature, most fish feed either opportunistically or on a diuranal cycle. And, we know that gut blood flow is elevated following feeding. What Dr. Wood intends to show in this study is when freshwater fish are allowed to feed, the role of gastrointestinal tract in salt and water balance is far more important than previously believed.

Water Quality

In the Saturday, Nov. 6, 2,010 Hamilton Spectator their article is aptly titled ” On the scale of fish scientists, he’s tops.” He uses water chemistry to predict whether or not the metal is going to be toxic to fish. He also pointed out that in Lake Ontario, which is quite rich in clacium, bicarbonate and dissolved organic carbon, there are many substances that will bind up the free ion and prevent it fron going on the fish gills. That means that a level of metal which wold be very benign and not have any effect in Lake Ontario would be very dangerous in a Muskoka Lake, according to the Spectator. In a study of Dr. Woods from Kenya, Africa he found a unique fish where the pH is 10 , that would kill most fish. But this fish, similar to humans excretes urea. This might become useful, said Dr. Woods, because if you take that genetic pathway and put it into aquaculture fish and get the fish to excrete urea instead of ammonia, you would need to have less water flow and less heating of the water , and you could save money.

Our waterways

sources: Web and The Hamilton Spectator


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