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Ottawa selects Legend Recreation Software to upgrade its recreation management registration

Added on May 25, 2017

The City of Ottawa has selected Legend Recreation Software as its new registration and recreation management software to replace its CLASS software. The project is currently in planning and implementation phase. The City is expecting to go live with Legend in early 2018. 

The Legend solution includes a full suite of online registration, facility rental and customer account management services; a comprehensive point of sale system via the Legend Front Desk; and its ground breaking Legend Back Office application. Legend’s flagship business intelligence reporting will allow the City to understand customer needs and deliver their recreation services more effectively. 

Legend Recreation News Release

Looking for park program impact evaluations

Added on May 24, 2017

Does your park / conservation area evaluate the impacts of its visitor programs (guided walks, self-guided walks, interpretive events, school programs, Junior Rangers etc.) on such factors as appreciation and interest in the natural environment, awareness of impact on the environment, care and concern for the environment, familiarity and comfort with the natural environment, desires and behaviors related to visiting and/or advocating for parks? If so, would you be willing to share your evaluation methodology and/or recent evaluation reports? I am helping a park system develop stronger visitor program impact evaluations, and am keen to include some examples from other park programs.

Submitted by 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

Parks Canada kicks off 2017 Visitor Season - Connect with nature and history, celebrate Canada 150

Added on May 23, 2017

On May 20th, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, celebrated the opening of Parks Canada's 2017 visitor season and launch of Parks Canada's NEW smartphone app at Rouge National Urban Park, Canada's first nationally protected area in an urban setting.

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Government of Canada's gift to Canadians is free admission to all Parks Canada places in 2017.  

Parks Canada is encouraging visitors to plan their trips and discover new and exciting destinations in 2017 by consulting Parks Canada's website for a list of hidden gems and other unique and memorable experiences. The new Parks Canada mobile app provides visitors with tips and information to plan their visit and share their experiences on social media using fun and interactive Parks Canada-themed filters and stickers, as well as find out about hundreds of events planned for 2017 all across the country.

CNN News Release

Recreation Connections MB Therapeutic Recreation Professional Development Day: Call for Presenters extended to June 1, 2017

Added on May 19, 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.

Call for Presenters: Gathering Strength: Framework for Recreation in Canada Forum 2018 - Deadline July 14, 2017

Added on May 19, 2017

You are invited to Regina in May, 2018 for Gathering Strength/Rassembler nos forces: Framework for Recreation in CanadaAppel à présentateurs Forum 2018. This national event is focused on building relationships, continuing dialog and working in cooperation towards achieving the values, goals and priorities identified in the Framework for Recreation in Canada: Pathways to Wellbeing.

The Forum Committee currently accepting applications for concurrent session presenters. The Committee is seeking thought provoking and engaging presenters and facilitators who can share knowledge from local, provincial and national levels and offer topics that are well aligned with the Framework for Recreation in Canada.

Applications are due end of day Friday, July 14, 2017. Additional information, and the links to apply, are included in the attached Call for Presenters/Appel à présentateurs.

Coquitlam strategy focuses on 50-plus recreation

Added on May 18, 2017

Mary Morrison-Clark, manager of Coquitlam's community recreation and culture, says baby boomers’ approach to aging has been different from those of past generations and there are large variations in activity levels among older adults. But through listening to members and reaching out to the 50-plus demographic, she said the city can do a lot to encourage participation and increase social engagement among older adults.

The city’s draft seniors strategy aims to achieve a balance, and address improving access to services for seniors.

Gary McKenna, Tri City News

Google and Nature Conservancy of Canada put N.L. trails online

Added on May 18, 2017

A joint project between Google Street View using its Trekker — a 50-pound backpack camera worn by a hiker to get a 360-degree view — and the Nature Conservancy of Canada has put hiking trails — including two spots in Newfoundland and Labrador — online, giving hikers the ability to get a virtual preview of their route before they even lace up their boots. Megan Lafferty, a conservation biologist with the Nature Conservancy, says the two trails chosen "happen to be ones that are really accessible for people to come check out, and by making these trails viewable online, we hope to encourage people to come out and take a walk on our properties."

 Daniel MacEachern, CBC News

City of Waterloo introduces dog waste recycling pilot program in three parks

Added on May 17, 2017

The City of Waterloo is poised to become the first municipality in Canada to introduce an in-ground dog waste containment system. Three parks will get the special recycling containers. Waste will be converted into electricity, heat, and nutrient dense fertilizer at Bio-En in Elmira, through a process called anaerobic digestion. 

Every year, City of Waterloo staff empty about 27 Moloks and 250 garbage cans from parks and trails, filled with up to 80% dog waste.

City of Waterloo news release

City of Penticton shifts direction on Parks and Rec Master Plan

Added on May 15, 2017

Commercial uses of parks is still a contentious issue in Penticton, even after an 18-month long battle over leasing part of Skaha Lake Park was settled. Peter Weeber, the city’s chief administrative officer, said it’s time to start drafting a parks use policy, and he wants to involve not only the PRMP steering committee, but make the the two main groups who opposed the leasing of park space an integral part of the process.

Steve Kidd, Pentiction Western News

Annonce de la Semaine nationale de l’accessibilité / Announcement of National AccessAbility Week

Added on May 12, 2017

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Canada’s Minister responsible for Persons with Disabilities, has announced the launching this spring, for the first time in many years, of an annual national week devoted to inclusion and accessibility.

From May 28 to June 3, 2017, National AccessAbility Week will celebrate, highlight and promote inclusion and accessibility in our communities and workplaces across the country.

Follow: @AccessibleGC on Twitter and Accessible Canada on Facebook for more information surrounding National AccessAbility Week.


L’honorable Carla Qualtrough, ministre des Sports et des Personnes handicapées, a annoncé le lancement, ce printemps et pour la première fois depuis des années, une semaine nationale consacrée à l’inclusion et à l’accessibilité.

Du 28 mai au 3 juin 2017, la Semaine nationale de l’accessibilité sera l’occasion de célébrer, de souligner et de promouvoir l’inclusion et l’accessibilité dans nos collectivités et nos milieux de travail, partout au pays.

Suivre les pages Twitter (@GCAccessible) et Facebook (Canada Accessible) avec les mots-clic #CanadaAccessible et #Accessibilité pour connaître les dernières nouvelles.