Every day LIN staff monitor hundreds of newspapers and broadcasters, dozens of listservs, web sites, government news sources, press releases and information supplied by our site users to bring you the latest and hottest in leisure, recreation, parks and healthy living. If you have relevant news or events you would like us to publicize, tell us about it.

PARC youth conference results in two physical activity reminders

Added on Apr 27, 2017

At a recent PARC youth physical activity conference, youth had four days to explore the topic, brainstorm key messages related to physical activity for youth in the school setting, and develop 1-2 products based on the messages they developed.

The Final Products were simple reminders and a message from youth that they don’t necessarily require or desire a new app, website, or viral campaign to encourage physical activity. Sometimes, they just need to be reminded that it is important and even encouraged to get active in any safe way that works for them. The two products are:

Physical Activity Infographic: Easy Ways to Get Active. 
Physical Activity Poster: Good for the Mind, Body and Spirt.

Identifying a Province-wide Cycling Network: Public input deadline May 12

Added on Apr 27, 2017

Ontario is taking action to implement #CycleON Action Plan 1.0, to help keep Ontario cyclists safe and encourage more people to ride a bike. As part of the plan, the province will identify a long-term aspirational network of cycling routes across Ontario that will:

  • Promote recreational cycling and cycling tourism;
  • Connect municipal cycling routes and places of interest;
  • Identify areas of provincial infrastructure that should accommodate cycling; and,
  • Prioritize future cycling infrastructure investments on provincial highways.

From April 12 to May 12, 2017, the province is inviting the public to submit comments on the draft province-wide cycling network online through the Environmental Registry.

Board of health forwards smoking ban draft bylaw to council

Added on Apr 27, 2017

Even though tobacco farming remains a major industry in Norfolk, Norfolk County is preparing to enact a bylaw that will ban smoking out-of-doors in the area of municipal buildings and at municipal facilities not already forbidden by law.

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act was amended in 2015 to ban smoking at all sports fields and within 20 metres of playgrounds. The new bylaw would extend this prohibition to other municipal properties frequented by young people and the public. These include arenas, libraries, museums, community centres, walking trails and public beaches.

Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer

Nature Conservancy of Canada launches P.E.I. volunteers program

Added on Apr 24, 2017

To mark Earth Day and National Volunteer Week, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is launching its 2017 Conservation Volunteers Program, which provides opportunities throughout the summer to get directly involved in NCC’s hands-on wildlife habitat restoration and stewardship projects.

“Volunteers are an important part of our efforts to protect nature,” said Courtney Thompson, Volunteer Program co-ordinator. “We are inviting Islanders of all ages to help us build nesting boxes, and clean up our beaches and shorelines. By giving a few hours of their time, our volunteers help wildlife and have a great time outdoors while they are at it.”

The Guardian

Recreation Connections Manitoba Therapeutic Recreation Professional Development Day: Call for Presenters: Deadline May 15, 2017

Added on Apr 20, 2017

The Recreation Connections Manitoba Therapeutic Recreation Professional Development Day will be held Wednesday, September 27th, 2017, at Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park, Winnipeg.

The workshops are designed to provide Therapeutic Recreation professionals with tools, resources, and practical information they can use within their respective facilities, programs and/or profession.

Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program - Deadline May 26, 2017

Added on Apr 19, 2017

The Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program partners with more than 85 First Nations communities and urban Aboriginal organizations across Canada to deliver safe, fun and educational programming for Aboriginal children and youth. Each uniquely tailored play-based program is designed to enhance educational outcomes, improve peer-to-peer relationships, increase employability and improve physical and mental health amongst Aboriginal children and youth.

By applying for the PLAY Program your community and/or urban organization can receive:

  • Financial support to pay for up to half a local youth worker's salary to implement the PLAY Program;
  • Financial support to pay for up to $8000 in program expenses;
  • Specialized coaching and training from Right To Play staff;
  • Extensive professional development opportunities for youth workers including participation in three workshops with other PLAY Program youth workers from across the country.

Recreation centre to be modernized thanks to joint funding from the governments of Canada and Quebec

Added on Apr 19, 2017

Thanks to joint government funding from the New Building Canada Fund, Small Communities Fund–Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component, the Town of Coaticook will be able to upgrade the Gérard-Couillard recreation centre. The Town of Coaticook will also invest more than $ 1.1 million to bring the total government and municipal investment to more than $3.3 million. The project involves replacing the refrigeration system, adding a first-aid facility, building and renovating the change rooms, and replacing the ice rink's boards and windows. 

CNW News Release

Nominate your active transportation program for Landmark designation: Deadline June 5

Added on Apr 10, 2017

Nominate your active / sustainable transportation program for Landmark designation! The nomination form, which can be downloaded from must be submitted by June 5, 2017. Designations will be announced by October 2017, and case study webinars will be presented between January and June 2018.


  • Professional Recognition and Visibility
  • Documentation of Your Work
  • Contribution to your Professional Community
  • Expert Review: You'll get frank, confidential program review comments and suggestions from the selection panel members, who are experts in a range of related backgrounds. All nominations that are presented to the panels receive a complete list of unattributed panel comments. For many nominees, this is the most valuable benefit. Designation as a Landmark case study recognizes behavior change / social marketing approaches and programs considered to be among the most successful in the world.

The designated programs gain exposure, credibility and free, on-line program case study materials, which can make it easier for them to maintain or increase program funding. Each designated approach / program is featured in a case study webinar. A video and transcript of the webinar, and a written case study based on the webinar, are publicly available after the webinar. Program organizers can use the Landmark logo to indicate their designation.

When used on your website or in electronic newsletters, a unique embedded HTML code provides direct click-through access to your program's online case study materials. Selected nominations are published on the Tools of Change website even if they have not been designated.

For more details and to view Landmark case studies designated in past years, go to or contact: Jay Kassirer, General Manager, Tools of Change President, Cullbridge Marketing and Communications, 2699 Priscilla Street, Ottawa ON Canada K2B 7E1, 613-224-3800 1-800-262-0934 x1

Try our free, widely-acclaimed social marketing toolkit and case study bank at

Collaborative to Support 35 On The Land Projects in 2017

Added on Apr 7, 2017

This year, the NWT On The Land Collaborative will distribute $634,845 to 35 projects across the territory that connect NWT residents with their land, culture, and community. On the land programs promote community, family, and individual wellbeing, and are vital to healthy ecosystems and economies. 

Funded projects range from support for a canoe trip for grade nine students, for healing and wellness camps for youth in Rádeyįlįkóé (Fort Good Hope), Trails on the Land, a 10-day trip beginning in Tuktoyaktuk that will take youth and elders through the traditional hunting territory of their ancestors; a land-based youth mentorship project coordinated by the Deh Gah Gotine First Nation; a boating program for Tłįchǫ youth that teaches traditional knowledge and skills; and a hide tanning camp in Łutsel K’e. In addition to financial support, funded projects may also receive equipment, training, and program support.

Media Release

Collingwood pilot project for healthy snacks in recreation facilities

Added on Apr 7, 2017

The Healthy Kids Community Challenge (HKCC) will be installing a new healthy vending machine, paid for by the HKCC, that offers healthy food options in a pilot project at a Collingwoood arena. HKCC co-ordinator Jennifer Parker said the refrigerated machine would offer perishable foods such as apples, oranges, yogurt and cheese, as well as packaged items that meet certain health requirements. Parker said they also want to encourage visitors to drink water by offering water refill stations and possibly selling water bottles.

John Edwards, Collingwood Connection