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CPRA Professional Development Certification (PDC): First course begins Sept 8

Added on Aug 28, 2015

The CPRA PDC is Canada’s only professional development certification program for recreation and parks practitioners. From the date of registration in the program, participants have two years to complete two certification courses and deliver a knowledge presentation to a panel of peers. The first certification course, Introduction to Core Competencies in Recreation and Parks, will be offered starting September 8, 2015.

Getting kids out and moving

Added on Aug 28, 2015

At a recent event that was an effort to act on the recommendations accompanying a recent D- grade for the Province of Ontario ParticipACTION Report Card On Physical Activity For Children And Youth, Renfrew County and District Health Unit health promoter Brian Brohart led kids in a variety of activities to encourage outdoor play. The event began with reading a few children's books that talked about the benefits of exercise.

“We have lost the balance between short-term safety and long-term health,” says Brohart. “In outdoor play, risk doesn’t mean putting yourself in dangerous situations, but rather giving kids the freedom to assess their surroundings and make decisions, allowing them to build confidence, develop skills, solve problems and learn limits."

Ryan Paulsen, Pembroke Daily Observer

RISE-ALIVE brings aboriginal youth programs to five community centres around Vancouver: Video

Added on Aug 28, 2015

A group of Vancouver First Nations people has launched the Responsible Indigenous Strategic Empowerment (RISE) initiative that’s pushing for more aboriginal participation at community centres. Executive director Scott Clark explains a partnership with the Vancouver park board that has placed aboriginal youth leaders at five community centres to see them organize special events, run sports and recreation programs, and lead a range of other activities.

Clark notes: “Fifty percent of the urban aboriginal population are under the age of 25. There is an untapped resource that we need to be plugging into, be it through the arts, through sports, through recreation."

Travis Lupick, The Georgia Straight

Healthy Active School Symposia (HASS) - dates and locations (AB) now available

Added on Aug 24, 2015

Dates from October into Jan 2016 - follow link for more details

The Healthy Active School Symposia (HASS) are events designed to provide Alberta school communities with the knowledge, skills and resources to enhance student wellness.  HASS are a catalyst for sustained change within the participating school communities.  The events focus on inspiring student leadership by developing the competencies needed to become engaged thinkers and ethical citizens with an entrepreneurial spirit, through a Comprehensive School Health approach. HASS empowers students to be active agents of change in building a school community that enhances their learning and fosters their personal growth and well-being.

Exploiting Generation K’s natural love for nature … and learning

Added on Aug 24, 2015

Learning will be getting a lot more natural for full-day kindergarten students at 22 Mississauga schools this fall. They are going to find themselves in playgrounds that include tree trunk chairs, a sand area enclosed by tree branches from ash trees that have fallen victim to the Emerald Ash borer, an outdoor classroom area equipped with a blackboard, a wooden gazebo with flower boxes, and an asphalted area with bike paths and trees to provide shade wherever possible. The naturalized playgrounds, which students will visit for 40 minutes each in the morning and afternoon, are now classrooms that just happen to be outdoors.

The new era of “enhanced outdoor learning environments” is an educational advance marching hand-in-hand with an environmental one, says Dufferin-Peel Superintendent Marianne Mazzorato, who heads the project. “We want to create a seamless link between what’s going on inside the school and outside.”

The Mississauga News (blog)

Outdoor Recreation Hub Taking Shape In Winkler, MB (VIDEO)

Added on Aug 21, 2015

Walkers in Winkler Manitoba now can have an outdoor workout through recently installed outdoor fitness equipment designed to use the user's own body weight as resistance training. Director of Parks and Recreation Rick Denison says the workout area is designed to be wheelchair accessible, although the wood shavings bedding will take time to settle, and that there is room to expand the workout area. The fitness equipment is part of a larger vision to transform the land around the Pineridge Skatepark into an outdoor recreation destination, such as basketball courts, tennis courts, an outdoor rink and beach volleyball courts.

Steven Sukkau, PembinaValleyOnline

Ontario Investing $7.2 Million in Active and Healthy Communities

Added on Aug 21, 2015

The Ontario government announced, on August 20th, that it is investing $7.2 million to promote active lifestyles through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund.

As part of this investment, the province is providing more than $224,000 to Special Olympics Ontario for the Partners in Play program. This project will introduce young special needs athletes to sports such as track and field, basketball, soccer and swimming. Partners in Play will be delivered through 24 partners, engaging 1,300 participants in 39 communities across the province over two years.

The Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund will support 123 provincial, regional and local projects in 2015-16. These projects will increase opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to get active. Grant recipients will:

  • Develop new sport and recreation programs and increase access to existing ones
  • Educate people about the importance of physical activity as a foundation for healthy living
  • Strengthen the community sport and recreation sector by providing training in areas such as coaching, youth development and volunteer development.

The fund supports the government's Healthy Kids strategy, which is aimed at reducing childhood obesity, and its Stepping Up framework, which encourages a shared approach to improving the well-being of young people and builds on the positive legacy of the TORONTO 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games. Sport, recreation and physical activity contribute to positive economic and social outcomes, such as increased productivity, improved student achievement and reduced health care costs.

Office of the Premier News Release

Manitoba Community Services Council (MCSC) grants

Added on Aug 19, 2015

The MCSC provides grants to non-profit community organizations throughout the Province of Manitoba. MCSC funds requests for furniture, equipment, vehicles, operating costs, program costs, and emergency/critical repair projects. Some examples of approved requests include funding for recreation equipment, child care equipment, program costs, and more. MCSC accepts applications continuously throughout the year.

Smoke-free city parks and recreation properties is good public policy

Added on Aug 17, 2015

This article looks at the City of Hamilton's enforcement of its non-smoking bylaw (No. 11-080 Prohibiting Smoking within City Parks and Recreation Properties) as well as the province of Ontario's recently amended Smoke-Free Ontario Act to include additional outdoor spaces where smoking is now prohibited. It notes that such policies "continue to contribute to a downward trend in tobacco use and, ultimately by extension, the improved health and well-being of individuals and the wider community."

Dr. Ninh Tran, Hamilton Spectator

A new Canadian national park just over the border with Washington?

Added on Aug 14, 2015

A long-discussed sidetracked proposal for a new Canadian national park, located just over the U.S.-Canada border, has come back to life, with a plan by the British Columbia government to create both national park reserves and a new provincial protected area in a region that contains Canada’s only desert. The area holds 30 percent of Canada’s endangered species as well as endangered desert plants. Aboriginal First Nations groups in British Columbia have been major players in the bid for national park designation.

“Our intent with these proposals is to protect significant geographical and cultural values, while providing recreation and tourism opportunities — and we are looking forward to receiving comments on this paper,” said B.C. Environment Minister Mary Polak.

The BC government has set up a 60-day comment period on a paper outlining its plans.

Joel Connelly,