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This US-based article compares US parks, which tend to reflect a bias toward the young with playgrounds, soccer fields, etc., to parks in several other countries which include design features to attract older users, such as with walking trails, exercise equipment and stations, and impromptu exercise classes.
Funding from the Canada Post Community Foundation for Children is now available. The annual grant application process is open, and the deadline to receive applications is April 5, 2017. Registered charities, school programs and community organizations are invited to apply for funding of projects consistent with the Foundation’s objective to support initiatives that benefit children.
Wintertime play options has come to some Edmonton parks as the City of Edmonton has turned the seasonal Green Shack program into a roving year-round program. From September until June, eight different green shacks will rotate through parks around town. Each will be there for a month, open one day on the weekend, and two days a week after school. Play options include building snow castles, snowshoeing, or flashlight tag during the dark December days.
Margeaux Morin, Global News
Speaking at a recent parks conference, Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said indigenous protected areas will be one way Canada meets its international goal of conserving 17 per cent of its land by 2020. Such areas are regions singled out for conservation by local First Nations and identified through self-government agreements or land claims. They would also be managed and monitored by the bands.
The land would be given some form of legal status through legislation. That would allow it to count toward Canada’s 2020 goal, a promise it made in 2010 under the international Convention on Biological Diversity.
Bob Weber, Canadian Press
Youth on the Saulteaux First Nation, Sask., have a new place where they can go hang out, connect with elders and just be themselves. The 4,000-square foot facility was funded through own-sources revenues and a federal grant.
First Nations community Maskwacis has been chosen as a top 10 finalist for the Kraft Hockeyville contest. If chosen as the winner, the community will receive $100,000 to upgrade the Neyaskweyahk Arena and get to host a pre-season NHL game. Hockey is so popular in Maskwacis that a few years ago a second rink had to be built to accommodate the 235 players from the community, said Ermineskin Chief Randy Ermineskin, who submitted the application to Kraft.
Stephanie Cram, CBC News
Hamilton politicians celebrated the unanimous approval of its new gender identity protocol that has been called the “cutting edge of best practice.” The protocol will allow individuals to have the right to access gender-segregated facilities based on their self-identified gender identity; allow individuals to be addressed by their preferred name and referred to by pronouns according to the individual’s self-identified gender identity; where possible the city will provide an all-gender, single stall washroom and change room facility; and training and education for all staff.
Kevin Werner, HamiltonNews.com
Available to Canadian non-tuition public elementary schools (K-8).
Since launching in 2005, the S'Cool Life Fund has provided grants for 975 D.R.E.A.M.S. (Drama, Recreation, Extra-Curricular, Arts, Music, or Sports) projects across the country worth almost $2.6million helping to make school life more enjoyable for thousands of public elementary school kids (K-8).
Giving Indigenous people a greater say in the operation of national parks and the creation of new protected areas is on the agenda at the Canadian Parks Conference being held in Banff March 8-11. First Nations leaders and federal and provincial officials are to review proposals that could give more legal weight to protected areas designated by bands, said conference delegate Steve Nitah.
"Canada can be a real leader in the process of reconciliation by re-establishing a new relationship with Indigenous governments and communities that have been impacted by national parks and provincial parks that have been created in the past," he said.
Bob Weber, The Canadian Press
Park People, a network for Toronto’s local park groups, says in a report, Sparking Change, that if you start small, you can get people out of their apartments and into the parks between them, even in Toronto’s underserved neighbourhoods. This article cites various examples, such as by volunteer group Flemingdon Community Support Services, which has staged festivals and events in a space outside a community resource centre on Grenoble Drive, Friends of Earl Bales which started with community groups aiding a park cleanup, Panorama Park's community garden, and more.
Mike Adler, InsideToronto.com