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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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The Weather Network puts ACE’s climatic wind tunnel capabilities to the test

National exposure for university’s multi-purpose testing facility

Leanna McLean of The Weather Network enduring 90 km/h wind and driving rain in front of the nozzle of the ACE climatic wind tunnel.
Leanna McLean of The Weather Network enduring 90 km/h wind and driving rain in front of the nozzle of the ACE climatic wind tunnel.

The weather inside is frightful.

But at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s (UOIT) ACE, it’s delightful. And The Weather Network (TWN) is sharing the great news about the ACE climatic wind tunnel with Canadians across the country. A new series of TWN web segments showcases the awesome capacity of ACE’s extreme weather capabilities.

In the three-part web series, TWN’s Leanna McLean takes viewers on a first-hand blustery and sweltering ride of hurricane-force winds, driving rain and intense desert heat in the ACE climatic wind tunnel.

In Segment 1, McLean experiences 70 km/h winds and blowing rain as the climatic wind tunnel serves up the environment of a tropical storm as it approaches Category 1 hurricane status. In Segment 2, she examines how hot the interior of a car can become on a sunny summer day in Southern Ontario.

In Segment 3 McLean was exposed to the power of ACE’s solar simulator to endure the effect of the summer sun and how it can soar internal car temperatures to unbearable and even deadly levels. This simulation was used to replicate the effects of the direct sun on a parked car during the summer. McLean again subjected herself to the harsh environment created by ACE and documented her experience while sitting in the unbearably hot car for 10 minutes. The segment will be used to spread awareness about how devastating it can be to leave animals and children in the car during the summer.

ACE was delighted to welcome Leanna McLean and TWN to help showcase the unique features of the climatic wind tunnel and participate in the creation these segments.

Check our YouTube channel to view ACE’s debut on The Weather Network: