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.

Stargazers set sights on 'dark sky' designations for Yukon parks

Added on Sep 20, 2017

The Yukon Astronomical Society (YAS) is proposing that Kluane National Park be a "dark sky preserve," and Whitehorse's Chadburn Lake Park become an "urban star park," as designated by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC).

The RASC defines a dark sky preserve as "an area in which no artificial lighting is visible and active measures are in place to educate and promote the reduction of light pollution to the public and nearby municipalities." An urban star park, meanwhile, is described by the RASC as an area where artificial light may be visible, but "is strictly controlled and active measures are in place to educate and promote the reduction of light pollution."

There are a number of dark sky preserves across the country, with Wood Buffalo National Park in Alberta and the N.W.T. becoming the world's largest dark sky preserve, and the first in a park in Northern Canada, four years ago.

CBC News

Victoria considers time limits for park use

Added on Sep 18, 2017

A new bylaw being considered in Victoria would limit time spent in parks to six hours in one location, closing any part of a park when required for public safety, and impounding property left in the park. For people using the park for overnight sheltering (allowed but they must pack up by 7 a.m.), the bylaw would require that they move to new areas each morning.

Megan Thomas, CBC News

Report recommends ban on gas-powered vehicles in Halifax parks, trails

Added on Sep 18, 2017

Halifax municipal council will be asked to consider banning gas-powered vehicles and electric bicycles that go more than 30 kilometres per hour from city parks and trails. Staff looked at policies in other Canadian cities and recommended Halifax enforce its bylaws on vehicles in parks by using the province's definition of bicycles as laid out in the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act, which excludes gas and high-powered electric vehicles.

Susan Bradley, CBC News

Ontario's Goderich Recreation Park Wins 2017 KRAFT HEINZ PROJECT PLAY Grand Prize

Added on Sep 18, 2017

Following two days of voting, in which Canadians cast an impressive 766,294 votes in support of the Top 4 projects, Goderich Recreation Park receives the $250,000 grand prize winner of the 2017 KRAFT HEINZ PROJECT PLAY to help revitalize the community's multi-sport park. KRAFT HEINZ PROJECT PLAY is a joint partnership between TSN, RDS, and Kraft Heinz to provide Canadian communities with funds for play-based infrastructure projects. This year's campaign received a record breaking 1,195 nominations from 950 communities across CanadaBoyd Stadium at Simplot Millenium Park in Brandon, MB, Optimist Hill in Saskatoon, SK, and Scotia Pool in Bible Hill, NS all receive $20,000 runner-up prizes for infrastructure upgrades.

CISION News Release

Zero tolerance for ‘dangerous behaviours’ in amateur sport, committee says

Added on Sep 15, 2017

Hits to the head and other risky contact in youth sport cannot be tolerated — even if they are unintentional — and must be punished with immediate removal from the game, says a report released recently by Rowan’s Law Advisory Committee.

The committee, which looked at concussion prevention and management in amateur sport and in schools across Ontario, includes a number of recommendations that would implement mandatory training for coaches, health care professionals and teachers as well as better monitoring and tracking of injuries.

Kristin Rushowy, Queen's Park Bureau

Travelling the Credit connects youth to nature and Indigenous culture

Added on Sep 14, 2017

This fall, several youths are leading free nature walks along the Credit River, sharing what she learned this summer through Travelling the Credit, a program that brought Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth together to learn about the history, people and ecology of the Credit River. Indigenous elders and leaders led the workshops, which were run by the environmental group Ecosource. Travelling the Credit was funded by the Ontario150 Program and workshops were held on the Credit River and at the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation (MNCFN). Topics included traditional birch bark canoe building by Sylvia Plain; Métis history and culture in the area by Bill Morrison and Darlene Lent; and Anishinaabe traditional foods by Mark Sault and Johl Whiteduck Ringuette.

Isabel Teotonio, Toronto Star

SPRA Forever…in motion Grant: Application Deadline - Nov 15, 2017

Added on Sep 12, 2017

The motion Grant supports communities in the development, implementation and delivery of a motion program. These programs provide safe physical activity opportunities for older adults living in Saskatchewan. motion groups are led by peer volunteer leaders or staff who have taken the Forever…in motion Leader training. This training includes: information on how to lead safe exercise programs for older adults, chronic conditions and preventing falls as well as lots of practical hands-on experience. Forever…in motion Leaders are required to participate in a 20-hour Forever…in motion Leader training.

Get Active Grants (NWT) - Application Deadline October 2, 2017

Added on Sep 8, 2017

Get Active funds community events that get people more physically active in the NWT. Community organizations are encouraged to apply for $750, $850 or $1000 to organize and deliver community-oriented physical activity events. Applications will be approved on a first come – first serve basis.

Combined outdoor space caters to patients, children of all ages

Added on Sep 7, 2017

A Windsor hospital and a children’s centre have teamed up to create a unique linked health and wellness space for patients, staff, kids and their families, in the green space between the two properties. The hospital’s outdoor wellness centre includes equipment focused on different parts of the body and is similar to what patients might find in some physiotherapy rooms. The fully accessible playground section includes lights and sounds for children of all ages.

Kelly Steele, Windsor Star