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Rick Hansen Foundation Access4All Grant: Deadline March 31, 2017

Added on Feb 24, 2017

Available to any school, municipality or community group that is a registered Canadian charitable organization and who shares our vision of a more accessible and inclusive Canada. 

Interactive map allows Islanders to point and click their way to outdoor recreation

Added on Feb 23, 2017

The new Active Living on P.E.I. “story map” is helping Islanders and visitors pinpoint outdoor recreation areas in the province. It features year-round activities and users get pop-up information about the province’s trails and wild areas in each section of the map.

“We are so fortunate to live in a province full of trails, pathways and open parks that can help us be physically active and improve our overall health and well-being,” said Health and Wellness Minister Robert Henderson. “This map shows that there are many opportunities to get active right in our own communities.”

The Guardian

Ajax rolling out strategy to address seniors' recreation needs

Added on Feb 22, 2017

The Town of Ajax has developed an Older Adult/Seniors Recreational Services Strategy, which comes with 14 recommendations, to help provide for the recreational needs of an older, more diverse community. Strategies include investigating the possibility of a single town-owned seniors’ facility. The strategy breaks into three age categories — older adults, who are 55 to 64 years old, seniors (65 to 84) and older seniors (85 and older).

Keith Gilligan,

Parks Canada honours black entrepreneur who was one of B.C.'s founders

Added on Feb 21, 2017

Mifflin Gibbs wasn’t a father of Confederation. But he was one of its relatives, and, more telling, probably the only black man to be involved in British Columbia’s debate about whether to join the rest of Canada. In 1868, Gibbs was the Salt Spring Island delegate to the Yale Convention to discuss whether B.C. should be Canada’s sixth province, and he took the the yea side.

Parks Canada, which unveiled a plaque on February 19th to commemorate Gibbs as a person of national historic significance, says that his point of view wasn’t very popular; in those days, since most of his fellow Vancouver Island residents wanted to join the United States.

Consulting with Canadians on accessibility legislation: Survey Deadline Feb 28

Added on Feb 17, 2017

In July 2016, the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities announced the launch of a national consultation process to inform the development of planned legislation that will transform how the Government of Canada addresses accessibility.

The Government of Canada is seeking input for this planned legislation, including:

  • feedback on the overall goal and approach;
  • to whom would apply;
  • what accessibility issues and barriers it could address;
  • how it could be monitored and enforced; and
  • what else the Government of Canada could do to improve accessibility.

WHO Executive Board endorses development of a WHO global action plan on revitalising physical activity for health

Added on Feb 16, 2017

The World Health Organization’s 140th Session of the Executive Board recently endorsed a proposal to develop a global action plan on physical activity. The NCD Alliance and the International Society of Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) welcomed inclusion of item 10.6 “Revitalizing physical activity for health” on the agenda of the World Health Organization’s Executive Board (WHO EB). The item is a proposal to request the Director-General to prepare a draft action plan on Physical Activity for consideration at EB142 (January 2018) and WHA71 (May 2018) and was endorsed with no objections.

NCD Alliance News Release

Ontario Working With Thunder Bay Community to Reopen Recreation Centre for People with Disabilities

Added on Feb 13, 2017

Ontario is working with Thunder Bay community groups to reopen the Wilderness Discovery Family Resort and Conference Centre on Shebandowan Lake, which provided outdoor recreational opportunities for individuals with impairments. 

In 2015, the local organization operating the property decided to redirect its resources to other programming. Local community groups have expressed interest in acquiring the fully accessible property so that they can continue to offer barrier-free services and recreational facilities for Ontarians and their families.

The province will consult with Indigenous partners and will work with the local community to develop a detailed plan for the property, outlining specifics for the centre as well as plans for other community programming to serve youth, veterans and seniors.

Province of Ontario News Release

How local parks can transform Toronto neighbourhoods

Added on Feb 10, 2017

A recently published report, Sparking Change, published by advocacy group Park People, argues that parks can foster better community relationships and support economic development. It’s not necessarily the fancy new playground or designer benches that make that happen, said Jake Tobin Garrett, the report’s author. Instead, it’s ongoing programming that gives people a reason to meet their neighbours.

One of the best features of parks, according to the report, is the range of social connections that strengthen neighbourhood ties — neighbourly nods and meetings with pettable dogs can go a long way. These interactions that make parks feel like supportive and inviting places don’t just happen by themselves and community involvement can make a big difference in getting there.

 David Hains, MetroNews Canada

FitNation Spring Leader Training Request for Applications - Deadline March 1

Added on Feb 9, 2017

FitNation was specifically designed to increase physical activity in Indigenous communities and Friendship Centres throughout BC. The program is for all ages, fitness levels, scalable to any size group, and requires no specialized facilities or equipment.

Participation is available through an application process. Those selected to receive the training are required to deliver an 8-week FitNation program within their community organization, Friendship Centre, or school. Those selected to attend will have all travel costs and expenses for attending are covered by the Partners Council.

Parks Canada reintroduces bison to Banff National Park after 130 years (includes video)

Added on Feb 7, 2017

Rangers have successfully reintroduced a herd of plains bison to Canada’s oldest national park, officials said on Monday, more than 130 years after the iconic North American animal last grazed the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies. The herd of 16 will stay under observation in an enclosure in the remote Panther Valley until summer 2018, when the animals will be released into the full 1,189 square kilometers re-introduction zone in the park’s eastern valleys.

Nia Williams, The Globe and Mail