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Apply for a Canada's 150th Grant (Capital Regional District, BC) - deadline Aug 15

Added on Jul 28, 2016

Projects must be based in the Capital Regional District and work towards the Fund’s objectives to:

  • ENCOURAGE participation in community activities and events to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary
  • INSPIRE a deeper understanding about the people, places, and events that shape our country and communities
  • BUILD vibrant and healthy communities with the broadest possible engagement of all Canadians, including Indigenous peoples, groups that reflect our cultural diversity, youth, and official language minorities

The Victoria Foundation will consider all applications that fit the eligibility outlined above. We encourage applications from First Nations and community groups working to foster a greater sense of belonging, inclusion, and reconciliation in our community.

Online applications for 2016/2017 Community Fund for Canada’s 150th grants close August 15, 2016. If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact the grants team at 250.381.5532 or via email.

Halifax Regional Council asks for report before pulling plug on powered bikes in parks

Added on Jul 27, 2016

Halifax Regional Council has agreed to seek a staff report on the implications of implementing a policy that wouldn’t allow the motorized function of electric bicycles to be used on one trail, and possibly others. The issue is around the new generation of bicycles that are powered by electric or even gasoline motors. Bicycles can be used on municipal paths and parks but under the provincial Motor Vehicle Act, bicycles with attached motors are still considered bicycles under certain conditions.

The Chronicle Herald

Ontario Launches Challenge to Spend More Time in Nature

Added on Jul 26, 2016

The Ontario government and Ontario Parks are challenging people across the province to spend more time in nature and develop new healthy habits. Inspired by the David Suzuki Foundation’s 30x30 Challenge, the Ontario Parks 30x30 Nature Challenge encourages people to spend at least 30 minutes per day in nature for 30 days. This year’s challenge begins in August. Check out the links to locate parks and various outdoor programs.

Government of Ontario News Release

Bicycle project teaches at-risk youth technical and life skills (includes video)

Added on Jul 25, 2016

In a seven-week pilot program called UpShift, which partners inner-city Edmonton youth with volunteers from the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters Society, "The idea is to get our youth to learn some technical and life skills involving bicycles," said Chris Beausoleil, an Aboriginal high-risk youth worker. Youth in the program pick a donated bicycle at the beginning of the program and work on it to get it road-ready. At the end, they get to keep the bike, and are given a helmet, lights, and a bell.

"A lot of our youth have issues getting around the city," Beausoleil said. "Transportation becomes an issue for them...[T]he freedom that comes with giving youth the opportunity to have their own transportation on a bike, is huge."

CBC News

Active living for seniors doesn't take 'fancy bells and whistles'

Added on Jul 25, 2016

A program offered in Beach Grove Home in Charlottetown through a partnership between the home and go!PEI, a community-based healthy living program, works physical activity into regular routine of the day. The program uses simple equipment and involves everyone in the home - staff, volunteers and visitors - and the residents are encouraged to fill out goal sheets.

The home's administrator, Andrew MacDougall, said it all came together at a minimal cost and that in just a few months, residents are getting into the habit of using the equipment cart, and challenging one another to be more physically active.

Kevin Yarr, CBC News

Ontario Launches First Culture Strategy

Added on Jul 22, 2016

Ontario is launching its first Culture Strategy, which establishes goals and actions to promote participation in arts and culture, build on the sector's economic impact in communities across the province and help Ontarians tell their stories and express themselves. The strategy reflects the input of nearly 3,000 people who provided feedback during a three-month public engagement process on the value of culture in people's lives. Key actions include:

  • Supporting the use of more Canadian authors' content in schools  
  • Helping to conserve heritage buildings with energy efficiency improvements through Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan
  • Enhancing technical and business skills training for workers in the culture sector  
  • Developing a new fund to support cultural activities in Indigenous communities and supporting youth cultural camps that build leadership and promote awareness of traditional knowledge.

Government of Ontario News Release

Toronto the green: City parks attracting global attention

Added on Jul 21, 2016

More than 30 leaders in park conservancy will tour Toronto this weekend in conjunction with City Park Alliance, a Washington D.C.-based organization working to improve urban green space in North America. City staff say it’s an opportunity for Toronto to showcase how it became “a city within a park,” while also learning from other jurisdictions like New York, Los Angeles and Seattle.

“The goal is to examine how parks play a role in city building and neighbourhood development,” said the city’s parks and recreation spokesman Matthew Cutler.

Gilbert Ngabo, Metro

Cape Breton council votes to operate Canada Games Complex for a year

Added on Jul 21, 2016

Cape Breton University said last year it could no longer afford to operate the Canada Games Complex, and the 30-year-old arena was slated for closure. But Cape Breton Regional Municipal councillors recently voted to run the rink on a one-year trial basis to see if it can fit into the community's recreation plan. At the end of the year, council will review the costs and benefits, and compare it with the town's overall recreation plan, said Bill Murphy, the director of recreation and facilities for the municipality. 

Stephanie Tobin, CBC News

Ontario Health Promotion Survey: Deadline July 29

Added on Jul 20, 2016

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) in partnership with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and the Ministry of Education currently funds Health Promotion Resource Centres (HPRCs)* in Ontario to provide training, resources and supports to health intermediaries working in community agencies and public health units to implement best practice programs and policies in health promotion and chronic disease prevention. HPRCs function in a variety of content areas including: tobacco control, nutrition and healthy eating, healthy communities, physical activity, school health, mental health and addictions, injury prevention, and early childhood development.

To support the ongoing transformation of the health system, the MOHLTC is interested in assessing the impact of the work of these HPRCs through a survey to health intermediaries in Ontario. The survey aims to learn more about awareness and use of the HPRCs as well as the current capacity building needs among health intermediaries to ensure the most appropriate supports are available.

It will build on the work conducted by the Institute of Governance in 2012.The intended purpose is to obtain a general sense of the functions and services valued among service providers. The link provides the background information required to complete the survey. The deadline is July 29, 2016.

* HPRCs include: Best Start Maternal and Newborn Resource Centre, Centre for Addictions and Mental Health HPRC, Curriculum and School Based Health Resource Centre, HC Link, Health Promotion Capacity Building Resource Centre – formerly The Health Communication Network, Health Promotion Capacity Building Resource Centre – Alcohol Policy – formerly the Alcohol Policy Network, Nutrition Resource Centre, Ontario Injury Prevention Resource Centre, Ontario Tobacco Research Unit, Physical Activity Resource Centre, Program Training and Consultation Centre, Smoking and Health Action Foundation, Training Enhancement in Applied Cessation Counselling and Health (TEACH), Youth Advocacy Training Institute.

From making pitsi to lighting a qulliq, parks program teaches traditional Inuit skills

Added on Jul 20, 2016

The Government of Nunavut's weekly summer program runs every Tuesday afternoon until Aug. 18 and includes various hands-on workshops such as how to make a traditional knife or ulu, how to tie knots, and how to cook on the land.

"This program is important because it gives community members different skill sets to be outdoors and be connected to the outdoors," says Leesee Papatsie, Nunavut Parks' heritage appreciation manager.

Sima Sahar Zerehi, CBC News