Rick Lefeuvre introduced Professor Ed McBean, the Leadership Chair Professor in Water Supply Security at the University of Guelph. Professor McBean did his undergraduate studies at UBC, graduating in 1968. All his graduate work was done at MIT. He spent 22 years as a faculty member at the University of Waterloo, followed by 9 years s vice-president of Conestoga-Rovers & Associates. He joined the faculty at the U of G in 2003 and says that this is the best job, ever.
Ed started by saying that water safety and purification is everybody’s problem. A map of first nations’ locations in Canada showed the huge number of communities in British Columbia (there are 857 communities in Canada). To add to the figures, Inuit are not included. A huge problem is isolation: how to provide good water to a community of 75 people; for a small community the remoteness makes the problem worse. There are various types of treatment technologies, depending on various factors and about 17% of the communities decide not to treat the water. Cost is a factor in many decisions.
As one goes further North, the remoteness of communities increases and distance becomes an important factor to consider. Not every community has the same problem: some have surface water, some have drainage from former industrial sites, and so on. E. coli indicates contamination from somewhere but not all strains of E. coli are trouble-makers.
Students at the University use a list called Data Mining as an Exploratory Tool. This considers the water source, the age of the treatment system , the remoteness of the community, the skills of the operator and the type of purification system. In any one community all these factors will have different degrees of importance. The condition of the treatment system is important, so is the operator’s
level of training. Problems are solved more quickly when the operator is well trained. We in the “South” of Canada tend to think of our water systems as being first-rate, but think of Walkerton.
Ed was thanked by Ab Moore.
Liz Snell- guest of Ab Moore
Alice- wife of Ab Moore
Michael Keitz- guest of Mahmud Hassain
Ed McBean- guest of the program committee and guest speaker
The meeting started with President Marty introducing the head table: Ab Moore, Murray Taylor, Rosemary Clark, Ed McBean, Rick LeFeuvre and President Marty Fairbairn.
Ab Moore gave a brief history of the Rotary Foundation and the Paul Harris Fellowships. He then presented a fellowship to Elaine Beattie and one to Lawrie Jones (who introduced Ab to Rotary in 1976)
Terrie Jarvis was thrilled to announce that the project known as Food4Kids was launched in Guelph this morning. Terri alluded to this last week and it happened, delivering food for 41 kids to 3 Guelph schools. This is a project of the 4 Guelph Rotary clubs, is modelled after the one in Waterloo region and its aim is to feed kids on the weekend who might otherwise go hungry. We’ll soon hear more about this program at a forthcoming Friday meeting.
Paul Dredge noted that the Rotary motto for next year (his year as President) is to be “Be the Inspiration” and he wants us to be an inspiration as Rotarians.
Ranjit Singh is winding down the Firesides program. No more are scheduled and now the task is to coalesce all the suggestions and ideas into a meaningful document which we can implement. Ranjit thanked everyone, both participant s and host/participants for being involved.
Ian Smith reported that Shirley Rennie is at Riverside Glen after having fractured her hip a few days ago.
Sue Rickets told us about meetings next week, the subject of which will be Club Runner and how to use it. Those who should be there have been mostly notified
At this point, President Marty reported that at the last Board meeting there was considerable discussion re the comments received from the Firesides
Mahmud was at a chess championship affair in Germany , one of the aims of which was to promote peace and understanding in the world and Mahmud and group brought Rotary Lager.
Helmuth thanked Mahmud for being a representative for Rotary lager and then he went inform us that he and Richard Broadwith have been to Orangeville and Woodstock extolling the virtues of Rotary Lager There are now 19 clubs in the fold.
Helmuth also informed us, to a smattering of applause, that he is away for a time, in Scotland, curling. Isn’t Scotch whiskey more the drink of curlers than Rotary Lager?
The 50/50 draw this week was won by Sue Ricketts
David van Veen…………………..March 14…………….29 years
Gary Stewart……………….………March 21…………….21 years
Peter Turner………..……………March 18