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The Regulation of Beta-catenin Function in Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells
Vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) maintain the ability to switch between a quiescent and proliferative phenotype based on external stimuli; this is an important feature for vascular repair. However, it leaves VSMCs ...
Nursing Back to Health: Shrubs Facilitate the Restoration of Native Forbs with Reductions in Non-Native Competition in an Invaded Arid Shrubland
Restoring native species to invaded arid ecosystems is challenging as non-native species often limit native species establishment, which limits success. Nurse plant facilitation may be utilized to improve native species ...
An Empirical Assessment on the Techniques Used in Load Testing
There are two main problems associated with load testing research: (1) the testing environment might not be realistic and (2) lack of empirical research. To address the first problem, we systematically assess the performance ...
Making a Better Query: Find Good Feedback Documents and Terms via Semantic Associations
When people search, they always input several keywords as an input query. While current information retrieval (IR) systems are based on term matching, documents will not be considered as relevant if they do not have the ...
Studying Magnesium Transport in the Common Goldfish (Carassius auratus) Using Molecular and Potentiometric Approaches: Role and Characterization of the Magnesium Transporter Solute Carrier 41a1 (SLC41a1)
This thesis examined how magnesium transporter solute carrier 41a1 (SLC41a1) is regulated at the transcriptional level in the stenohaline goldfish (Carassius auratus) in response to environmental (ion-poor water exposures ...
"Who/If/When to Marry, It's a Choice": A History of Forced Marriage in Canada, 1948-2008
This study of the regulation of marriage without consent provides irrefutable evidence of the longstanding history and persistence of forced marriages in Canada. Between 1948 and 2008, profound changes took place in the ...
Population Genomics of Polistes Wasps
The molecular mechanisms influencing the evolution of social behaviour in insects are of great interest and have been the focus of many recent studies. Chapter one of this thesis reviews several major hypotheses regarding ...
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News from School: Language, Time, and Place in the Newspapers of 1890s Indian Boarding Schools in Canada
Though few documents remain showing exactly how English was taught at Indian boarding schools (a term that includes both residential schools in Canada as well as their counterpart in the U.S.), some schools produced ...
Exploratory Study of Documented Psychosocial Nursing Interventions within the Palliative Care Setting
Further research is needed to better understand issues related to the provision of psychosocial care at end-of-life (EOL). Nursing documentation provides an effective strategy for assessing quality of care. The objective ...
Regulation of Cardiac Gene Expression by B-adrenergic Signaling and Heart Failure
Cardiac diseases such as coronary artery disease are the major causes of death around the world. Regulation of -adrenergic receptors by catecholamines is an important facet of understanding cardiac function in health and ...
Comparing Provincial EA: A Comparative Analysis of Five Canadian Provincial Approaches to Municipal EA
The purpose of this major research paper is to examine the provincial environmental assessment processes within five Canadian jurisdictions for comparison using the EAOGRAM metric created by the IAIA. The paper focuses on ...
Transit Equity: Retrofitting Inner Suburban Corridors
Scarborough has been the site of transit expansion debate over the past decade. As Toronto developed into a global city, the gap in transit provision and socioeconomic status emerged between the City of Toronto and ...
The Atomic Prince: A Lucretian Interpretation of Machiavelli
In 1417 Poggio Bracciolini discovered a copy of De Rerum Natura or On the Nature of Things. Lucretius, a Roman Epicurean philosopher, who lived from approximately 99 to 55 BCE, was its author. This dangerous text argued ...
The "Paris Problem" in Toronto: The State, Space, and the Political Fear of "The Immigrant"
The Paris Problem in Toronto addresses contemporary debates on place-based urban policies in the immigrant neighbourhoods of Western metropolitan centers. Taking the ideologically constructed figure of the immigrant ...
Vision-based Navigation and Mapping Using Non-central Catadioptric Omnidirectional Camera
Omnidirectional catadioptric cameras find their use in navigation and mapping, owing to their wide field of view. Having a wider field of view, or rather a potential 360 degree field of view, allows the user to see and ...
Community Energy Financing. Assessing Challenges and Opportunities in Ontario.
A well-established financing regime is critical to the development and growth of Ontario?s community energy sector. While a number of crucial policy initiatives have been undertaken at both the federal and provincial levels ...
Adopting Sustainability: Greywater Recycling and Ontario's Transitioning Water Management Regime
Greywater is a technology with the potential to reduce water demand. This paper looks to answer, is Ontario's water management regime is undergoing a sustainability transition that is conducive of greywater technology's ...
Reconnecting the City and the Countryside with Food and Agriculture in the Era of Globalization and Neoliberalism: Nopal, Mexico City, and Milpa Alta
My dissertation explores how geographically proximate sites of food production (largely semi-rural) and food consumption (largely urban), connect, and what makes the connections persist, disappear, and/or re-emerge. It ...