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.

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.

New summer camp offers outdoor adventure skills to Corner Brook kids

Added on Jul 24, 2017

Some 8-14 year-olds in Corner Brook spent the three weeks learning essential skills for land and water adventures thanks to a new camp run by Element Outdoors Education. The kids learned climbing and orienteering skills in the first week, mountain biking to teach mechanical and technical skills in the second week, and then a week of kayaking. On the last day their kayaking skills were tested in a course to give them nationally recognized basic kayaking skills accredited by Paddle Canada.

Gary Moore, CBC News

Sudbury youth with disabilities learn to bike with help from iCan Bike program

Added on Jul 20, 2017

The Sudbury hospital's Children's Treatment Centre has brought the iCan Shine program back to the city for a second year with the aim of giving individuals with disabilities the chance to learn how to ride a bike in a fun and easy way. This is the only program of its kind being offered in northern Ontario.

Nicole Graham, a physiotherapist with the Children's Treatment Centre, says the coaches make the learning part fun and easy for participants using specialized equipment. "I think biking and children is an important physical activity — not only from a physical point of view, but to have a recreational activity they can do with their friends and family," she said.

Wendy Bird, CBC News

Includes seven-minute audio tape.

Enabling Accessibility Fund - Application deadline July 26, 2017

Added on Jul 19, 2017

The Government of Canada is currently accepting applications from eligible applicants interested in receiving funding from the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF).

The Standard Grant Application for Funding can be submitted under either of EAF's funding streams: the Workplace Accessibility Stream or the Community Accessibility Stream.

 For all details please see the Funding information link below.

Deadline: July 26, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST)

NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation Canadian Region Conference Call for Presenters: Deadline Aug 31, 2017

Added on Jul 19, 2017
The University of Manitoba Host Committee invites professionals and students to submit presentation proposals for the upcoming NIRSA Canadian Region Conference, November 2-4, 2017. The committee is seeking a wide variety of topics that will complement our theme, “Keeping Recreation Great!”. All topics relevant to recreation professionals and students working in post-secondary recreation will be considered.
The Host Committee has identified 4 streams to assist with presentation development including:
  •          Student and Staff Life
  •          Facility and Administration
  •          Health and Fitness
  •          Community Programming

Beach-friendly wheelchairs available at Sask. parks this summer

Added on Jul 14, 2017

Saskatchewan has purchased five beach-friendly wheelchairs to use in its parks to test out the initiative. The new chairs are designed to be able to go in the water and move easily on sand and have three large buoyant tires, an aluminum frame, as well as arm- and backrests. A chair must be booked in advance, and each chair will be housed at a different park, but can be transported to other beaches as people need them.

CBC News

NIH-funded team uses smartphone data in global study of physical activity

Added on Jul 13, 2017

National Institutes of Health-funded researchers at Stanford University have tracked physical activity by population for more than 100 countries. Their research follows on a recent estimate that more than 5 million people die each year from causes associated with inactivity. In addition to the step records, the researchers accessed age, gender, and height and weight status of users who registered the smartphone app. They used the same calculation that economists use for income inequality — called the Gini index — to calculate activity inequality by country.

“These results reveal how much of a population is activity-rich, and how much of a population is activity-poor,” said researcher Scott L. Delp,. “In regions with high activity inequality there are many people who are activity poor, and activity inequality is a strong predictor of health outcomes.”

National Institutes of Health News Release

Link to Study Abstract

Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA) Chosen as New Secretariat for World Urban Parks

Added on Jul 10, 2017

World Urban Parks has chosen the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA) to take over its Secretariat responsibilities. Through a tender process, ARPA presented the winning proposal, and the best capacity to support World Urban Parks through the next three years of exciting growth opportunities.

Starting August 1, 2017 the Secretariat will be provided by assigned staff of the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association based in Edmonton, Canada, with the transfer coordinated by World Urban Parks CEO, Dr. Digby Whyte.

APRA has a diverse membership and proven ability to forge unique partnerships across diverse sectors. We are very excited to have their expertise and leadership supporting our mission at World Urban Parks.

World Urban Parks News Release

University of Alberta and Parks Canada Celebrate Mountains 101 online course

Added on Jul 7, 2017

The federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, along with Kerry Mummery, Dean, University of Alberta Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, heralded the achievements of the University of Alberta's Mountains 101 Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in interdisciplinary mountain studies. With over 3,000 people from across Canada and around the world having completed the course so far, the course is an unparalleled success.

Created with the support of Parks Canada and the Alpine Club of Canada, the course is sparking the interest of new and lifelong learners alike with a 12-lesson free, online course focusing on the physical, biological, and human dimensions of mountain places in Alberta, Canada and around the world.

The course includes contributions from Indigenous Peoples, environmental historians, glaciologists and Parks Canada scientists. Mountains 101 is one of the University of Alberta'scontributions to Canada150 celebrations in 2017.

People can get additional information and register for the Mountains 101 MOOC at Registration is ongoing and classes begin on the first Monday of each month.

Parks Canada News Release

2017 ChooseWell Healthy Community Awards: Deadline July 14, 2017

Added on Jul 6, 2017

Are there good things happening in your community to promote wellbeing through physical activity and/or healthy eating? If so, nominate your community for a Healthy Community Award!

Communities will be recognized across five different population groups and four categories, including:

  • Creating Supportive Environments
  • Providing Health Education
  • Building Community Capacity
  • Developing Healthy Policies