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National Cost-Sharing Program for Heritage Places: Application deadline June 17, 2016

Added on May 27, 2016

The National Cost-Sharing Program for Heritage Places continues to support the Parks Canada Agency's mandate of protecting and presenting places of national historic significance, and fostering the public's understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of these places in ways that ensure their commemorative integrity for present and future generations.

To be eligible, you must be either:

  • An owner or lessee (a lessee must have at least 10 years remaining on the lease as of the date of the application to the Program) of a heritage place, a part of a heritage place, or a contributing property within a heritage place, which is: a not-for-profit organization; a regional or municipal government; provincial or territorial government, institution, agency or Crown Corporation;
  • A not-for-profit organization acting on the authority and behalf of an eligible owner or lessee;
  • A not-for-profit Indigenous organization with a formalized stewardship responsibility directly related to all or part of a heritage place; or
  • A not-for-profit Indigenous organization acting on the authority and on behalf of an eligible not-for-profit Indigenous organization.

The IOC and WHO committed to fighting childhood obesity by promoting physical activity

Added on May 27, 2016

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) praised the adoption on May 26th of a “historic” report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the international fight against childhood obesity. For the first time, through this report, the WHO has placed as much importance on physical activity as diet. Three out of six recommendations put forward by the WHO to “end childhood obesity” call for the implementation of comprehensive programmes that encourage physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviours in children and adolescents. The IOC’s Olympic Agenda 2020 aligns with the WHO’s objectives, particularly through recommendations 7 (Strengthen relationships with organisations managing sport for people with different abilities), 21 (Strengthen IOC advocacy capacity), 22 (Spread Olympic values-based education) and 26 (Further blend sport and culture).

Parks Canada app offers guided road trip through Alberta and B.C.

Added on May 27, 2016

Explora Kootenay is Parks Canada's first driving tour app, and it's a free app for smart phones that guides drivers to points of interest along Highway 93 between Banff and Radium Hot Springs, in both directions. There is no cell phone service along the 94-kilometre stretch, so the app must be uploaded before you start your trip — but you don't need to be connected to the internet to use it. The app also includes family-friendly quizzes and 11 stories narrated by past and present Parks Canada staff.

Danielle Nerman, CBC News

Feds to invest in Manitoba national parks / Parks Canada Sites in Saskatchewan

Added on May 27, 2016

The federal government recently announced over $6 million in funding to national parks in Manitoba to invest in infrastructure. The funds will go to different sites across the province for projects such as the restoration of Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site, heritage site rehabilitation of the Parks Canada Visitor Centre in Churchill, and more.

The governmnet also announced close to $22M for various projects at Parks Canada places in Saskatchewan, such as support for a program that focuses on improving the grassland ecosystem at Grasslands National Park and provide volunteer opportunities to assist with initiatives that contribute to the recovery of species-at-risk, improvements to visitor centres at national historic sites, and more. 

CBC News / Government News Release

Nunavik Parks entices weekend visitors this summer

Added on May 27, 2016

For the second year, Nunavik Parks is offering discovery packages at discounted prices to encourage Nunavimmiut to visit one of three provincial parks this summer, with the return of its “Weekends in the Parks” summer packages. The packages were a nine-weekend pilot project in 2015 to encourage Nunavummiut to get out and see what its parks have to offer.

In 2016, the packages are offered on 13 different weekends from early July through to mid-September. With the help of a park guide, visitors can also plan to plan to hike, canoe, kayak, camp or observe wildlife.

Sarah Rogers, Nunatsiaq News

Kentville throws down active living challenge to walk the distance to Australia

Added on May 25, 2016

When Kentville NS resident Laura Churchill Duke discovered that there’s a Kentville, Australia, she went to Andre Bouchard, Kentville’s active living co-ordinator, with an idea modelled on another town's virtual walk.

Using a Heart and Stroke Foundation program to track steps, Bouchard is challenging residents and others who would like to help out to record their steps in June with the hope of walking the distance between the two Kentvilles - 16,227 kilometres, as the plane flies, which translates into nearly 20.3 million steps. Bouchard notes that June is a good fit as it is national recreation month and events like Lifecycle are already happening in the town to help promote fitness.

“I think we can do it,” he said. “I did the math and if 600 people walk 30 minutes a day, five days a week, in three weeks we’ll go beyond the distance.”

Jennifer Vardy Little, King's County Advertiser

Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program: Western Canada deadline June 22

Added on May 25, 2016

The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) is part of Canada 150 Celebrates, the Government of Canada's celebration of our country's 150th anniversary of Confederation. Budget 2016 provided an additional $150 million over two years to Canada’s Regional Development Agencies to deliver further community funding across the country, starting in 2016-17, with Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) being responsible for administering the program in Western Canada.

Through investments in community infrastructure, the Government of Canada will invest in projects that seek to renovate, expand and improve existing community infrastructure, with a focus on recreational facilities, projects that advance a clean growth economy, and projects with a positive impact on Indigenous communities.

Western Economic Diversification Canada will be accepting applications to the CIP 150 from Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 to Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016.

Some Mississauga City Parks Getting Accessibility Makeover

Added on May 24, 2016

The City of Mississauga recently announced that $50,000 in federal grant money awarded by Service Canada's Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) will allow the city to retrofit playgrounds in five parks with accessible features. 

"Our goal is to create a sense of belonging in all Mississauga parks to provide inclusive opportunities to enjoy green spaces, parks and trails for residents of all abilities," says Laura Piette, Parks & Forestry Director at the City of Mississauga. "The city has already incorporated accessible design standards into a number of new playgrounds which has had positive impacts on the community. We are incorporating accessible playground equipment into all of our play sites as we redevelop them." 

Ashley Newport, insauga

City of Calgary developing 'natural playgrounds' to encourage self-directed outdoor play

Added on May 24, 2016

Two Calgary parks will soon be getting makeovers, and instead of traditional equipment such as swings, slides and monkey bars, the playgrounds could feature natural play elements such as plants, boulders, wood and sand. A $160,000 grant the city recently received from the Lawson Foundation destined for research and construction related to the emerging form of play spurred the two projects.

Annalise Klingbeil, Calgary Herald

Alberta Recreation and Parks Association award nominations now open - deadline June 30

Added on May 20, 2016

Do you have a friend, co-worker, or local volunteer who gives generously of their time, but hasn't received a formal thank you? Nominate them for an award!

We believe Albertans deserve recognition for their outstanding work in the recreation and parks sector. There are four categories of awards and scholarships with different nomination criteria. The ARPA website has been updated and improved for this year's awards. You can now easily navigate the site and fill out the digital nomination forms.

Visit the site to learn about the award categories and which award you should nominate your friend, co-worker or entire community for!