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Next step is taken with smoking ban in parks

Added on Oct 8, 2015

Delta BC is following the lead of several B.C. and Canadian communities by banning smoking in all public parks. givomg preliminary approval recently to an amendment to the municipality's smoking bylaw that prohibits smoking in all municipal parks and open spaces. A report to council doesn't list a fine amount for violators, but notes that it has been demonstrated in other communities that peer pressure and the public have been effective in helping to enforce no smoking policies.

Sandor Gyarmati, Delta Optimist

Thunder Bay council to tackle how community centres are run

Added on Oct 6, 2015

Thunder Bay's City Council will review a staff report on how the city's nine community run centres are governed at the next council meeting. Issues to be discussed include, among others, lack of volunteerism, a partial factor in shutting down two centres, and inadequate insurance.

CBC News

Zip line popularity soars along with injuries, U.S. study finds

Added on Oct 6, 2015

The Associated Press

Citizens offer opinions on recreation

Added on Oct 5, 2015

Citizens who participated in a survey that Turner Valley's Town’s Paths, Parks and Recreation Committee posted asking what recreational opportunities they would like to see to improve existing services have suggested, among others, outdoor exercise classes, pathways and a skate park.

“The committee is now looking at these overall ideas to see first of all what exists already because we don’t want duplication, then to see other key elements in this that we can focus on – one of them being pathways because every age group has come up with pathways,” said Coun. John Waring. “What we want to be sure of is what we do give to the pubic or make available are things that they really want.”

Tammy Rollie, Western Wheel

Community Places Program (CPP) funding (Manitoba): Application deadline Dec 15, 2015

Added on Oct 2, 2015

The Manitoba Community Places Program (CPP) provides funding and planning assistance to non-profit community organizations for facility construction, upgrading, expansion or acquisition projects. Eligible projects are those which provide sustainable recreation and wellness benefits to communities.

Applications are available now. The application deadline is December 15One application intake is held each year. Approvals are announced the following spring and are posted on our website and grant notifications are mailed to each applicant, typically by late April.

Parks partners with bikers for trail rehabilitation; National Park News

Added on Oct 1, 2015

Jasper-area volunteers joined Parks Canada staff, the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA), and the Jasper Trail Alliance to make needed improvements to a section of a trail near Pyramid Lake Road, as part of a visit by the IMBA Canada Trail Care Crew to Jasper National Park.

The IMBA trail crew is a two-person team of professional trail-builders and educators. Parks has a partnership program with the IMBA to send the trail crew across the country visiting national parks and national historic sites with the goal of getting Canadians of all ages outdoors and educating them about sustainable trails.

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New recreation course starts for students with disabilities

Added on Sep 30, 2015

B.C.'s Sea to Sky School District is pioneering online courses that its staff hopes will improve the lives of students with disabilities around the world. This school year, students in Grades 10 to 12 who qualify under special education designations will be able to sign up for expanded core curriculum (ECC) credited recreation and leisure courses.

The online courses require students to go out and explore what activities are available within their school and community. They then pick something they are interested in and sign up. The final step is to attend an event away from home. 

Vision/orientation and mobility resource teacher, Sharon Henderson said the courses go beyond simply finding someone a hobby. They drive students to meet new people, learn how travel to and from events on their own and organize itineraries. They push students who are sometimes isolated by their disability into the community, she added. 

Rebecca Aldous, Squamish Chief motion Grant: Application Deadline - Oct 15, 2015

Added on Sep 29, 2015
The purpose of the SPRA motion Grant is to support communities to start a program and become a new motion host site. motion is a program that helps older adults become physically active through volunteer, peer or staff led physical activity groups.
The goal is to improve and maintain the health of older adults living in the community through support, education, research, partnerships and the promotion of healthy lifestyles. The focus is primarily on individuals living in seniors' congregate housing and condominiums or those that attend churches, day programs and community association programs.

Quebec releases new safety rules for outdoor hockey nets

Added on Sep 29, 2015

As shinny season approaches, the provincial government has unveiled new safety guidelines for hockey nets used at outdoor municipal rinks. See article for chart of guidelines.

Kevin Mio, Montreal Gazette

The Growing Field of Ecotherapy: The Nature Cure

Added on Sep 24, 2015

Ecotherapy is a fledgling profession, still unrestrained by such things as “standards of practice” and “licensing requirements.” It can mean regular outdoor sessions with a therapist or simple exercises undertaken on one’s own, and can be part of a general approach to well-being or a supplement to treatment for a medical condition. Some of the simple principles behind ecotherapy are gaining acceptance even in mainstream medicine. And when nature therapy is recommended by a doctor, it tends to carry more weight.

James Hamblin, The Atlantic (October edition)