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ANNOUNCEMENT: Notification of Cessation of LIN Services

Added on Jun 6, 2017

Please distribute widely to your networks and share your thoughts in the comments below.

A Message from the LIN Board of Directors

To our users, partners, funders and sector colleagues,

We regret to inform you that after careful consideration, negotiation with sector partners and a variety of fundraising endeavours, the Leisure Information Network is no longer able to secure the funding needed to maintain and grow the National Recreation Database and our suite of information web resources.

As a result, LIN will wind down its operations ending September 30, 2017.

Our ability to remain active in the coming months is due to a financial contribution from the Interprovincial Sport and Recreation Council (ISRC). We thank them for this support which will also allow our web portals,, and to remain accessible until December 31, 2017.

For over 20 years LIN has been proud to serve as the steward for Canada’s recreation knowledge trust, but after a long period of dwindling financial support and the new reality of grants that support project work but not central operations, LIN is depleted and can no longer sustain and grow our communal dataset, or facilitate the national conversation.

But this conversation remains vital.

The ability to discover and share the kind of research, practical operational information and policy documentation in the National Recreation Database is key to a national conversation on recreation practice and standards, and is listed as a priority in the Framework for Recreation in Canada.It is our hope that the sector will rally together to find a way to ensure this data is not lost, and that the lines of communication remain open and engaged, though LIN is no longer in a financial position to support this work.

To this end we are creating a short survey to ask you, the practitioners, what knowledge development should look like in the recreation sector. This survey will be circulated in the coming weeks and we hope you can find some time in your busy schedules to share your thoughts. Your responses will be used in a final report to share with the sector in the hopes of supporting continued discourse about knowledge development the field of recreation and leisure.

If you have questions, ideas or support you can offer to help move this vision forward please contact us via Kerry Kelly, Executive Director, Leisure Information Network or post your thoughts in the comments below.

We thank you for your support of the Leisure Information Network over the years. It has been our pleasure to support your work in building a healthy active Canada.

Niagara Parks plans pollinator garden route

Added on Jun 26, 2017

Niagara Parks has unveiled a new pollinator garden that will form part of Niagara Parks’ newly created pollinator garden route along the Niagara Parkway. The 12 pollinator gardens in various styles all provide support for native pollinating species, many of which are considered at risk. The gardens were developed in collaboration with the provincial government’s Ontario150 funding program and will include 14 interpretive signs as well as references to various Indigenous myths.

Alison Langley, Niagara Falls Review

Long-term care facility residents gear up outdoors to stay active and healthy

Added on Jun 22, 2017

Residents at Huron Lodge, a long-term care facility in Windsor, will now be able to enjoy outdoor fitness. Fully accessible outdoor exercise equipment worth $30,000 was provided by the City of Windsor through its accessibility advisory committee, which has identified a number of key projects to make the municipality more accessible for all. Each piece of the outdoor equipment is adaptable so those with or without mobility issues can use it.

Kelly Steele, Windsor Star 

Children's weight, physical activity linked to parents: report

Added on Jun 22, 2017

New research by Statistics Canada shows that a child's level of physical activity rises by five to 10 minutes for every 20-minute increase in the physical activity of a parent. It's the first time the connection has been measured between parents' physical activity and their children's, StatsCan said. The obverse is also true: for each additional hour of sedentary behaviour by a parent, there was an eight- to 15-minute increase in the sedentary time of a child.

Regardless of a parent's activity level, though, children involved in sports, whether individual lessons or team play, averaged between five and 15 minutes more MVPA per day.

CBC News

New Park and Trail Launch the Next Era of Ontario Place

Added on Jun 19, 2017

For the first time in more than 40 years, Ontario residents and visitors can enjoy a spectacular part of Toronto's waterfront at Ontario Place's newly opened park and trail. The opening on June 19th is the first milestone in the province's plan to transform the iconic landmark into a vibrant, year-round destination for people of all ages.

To create the new Trillium Park, a seven-and-a-half acre parking lot was converted into green space using ideas from people across Ontario. The new site features an open-air pavilion inspired by evergreen forests and Ontario Place's unique design, as well as open spaces to host art fairs, film festivals, yoga classes, school groups and food vendors.

The William G. Davis Trail, named for Ontario's Premier at the time of Ontario Place's opening in 1971, is a 1.3 kilometre-long trail that connects the new park to the Trans Canada Trail.

Province of Ontario News Release

Indigenous inspired playground a London first (includes short video)

Added on Jun 19, 2017

Educators say a new Indigenous inspired playground at London's C.C. Carrothers Public School is the first of its kind in the Thames Valley District School Board. Each piece of the playground is symbolic of Indigenous culture and is aimed at making students who self-identify as Indigenous feel more welcome in the school community. The school includes students from 27 different cultures, where one in four students self-identifies as Indigenous.

"Welcoming families into our building, all families into our building, it's got to be at the core of what we do," Beth Zimmerman, the principal of C.C. Carrothers Public School told CBC News. 

Colin Butler, CBC News

Canadian nonprofit Parkbus launches express bus service from downtown Vancouver to B.C. provincial parks

Added on Jun 13, 2017

North Columbia Environmental Society wants Revelstoke to consider taxing motorized recreation

Added on Jun 12, 2017

The North Columbia Environmental Society says it is concerned the city is promoting the recreational consumption of fossil fuels through its tourism strategy. In a letter to the city, the NCES asks the city to establish an environmental fee on recreational burning of fossil fuels, which would then be used to reduce city carbon taxes.

Melissa Jameson, Revelstoke Mountaineer

Two Kitchener parks get $100K each for upgrades picked by residents

Added on Jun 7, 2017

Kitchener residents in two neighbourhoods will decide how they want to spend $100,000 on each of their community parks, thanks to a participatory budgeting pilot project by the University of Waterloo and the City of Kitchener, approved by city council recently.

Sean Geobey, assistant professor at the school of environment, enterprise and development at the University of Waterloo said the point of participatory budgeting is more than hearing the voices in the community. "It's actually putting the decision-making power in the hands of the community," he told CBC News.

Flora Pan, CBC News

2018 Active Living Research Conference Call for Papers: Deadline Aug 24, 2017

Added on Jun 6, 2017

The conference brings together active living researchers and champions from over 30 disciplines to advance knowledge and action around active communities. The conference is the premier venue for policy-relevant research and cross-sector exchange between scientists, practitioners and policy makers on how to create and sustain active living environments.

The theme of the 2018 conference, “Future-Proofing Activity: Application Across Sectors” focuses on anticipating the future of physical activity, and creating environments, programs and policies that will minimize the effects of shocks and stressors of the future state when it comes to physical activity and active living. The theme challenges us to consider the future of activity across all sectors, and reflect upon applications that will minimise the detrimental effects of technology while maximizing the beneficial effects by way of intentional design. For example, how could “big data” be used to inform active living research and policy? How can we plan for active communities that incorporate connected and automated vehicles?

Abstracts are invited for active living presentations and workshops by August 24, 2017 on the following broad topic areas:

  • Active transportation
  • Aging in place
  • Building partnerships
  • Economic benefits
  • Health equity
  • Parks and recreation
  • Physical activity
  • Policy and environmental strategies
  • Public health
  • Research translation
  • Rural environments
  • School policies and environments
  • Tools and measures of active environments
  • Urban planning for healthy communities