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2018 ONference Call For Presenters: Deadline October 20, 2017

Added on Sep 28, 2017

Parks and Recreation Ontario is hosting the 2018 ONference, Ontario’s largest one-day knowledge exchange for Managers and Staff working in recreation-based after school programs. It's designed to:

  • offer information on trends and issues relevant to working in after school recreation programs
  • share information on best practices - what works and why
  • develop networks to strengthen the approach to working with children and youth 

The ONference audience is supervisors, coordinators and all staff of recreation-based after school programs within municipal, not-for-profit, health promotion and educational settings. 

Presentations will be 50 minutes long and, for the benefit of the audience, selected sessions will have a mix of:

  • information, tools and/or strategies  which can be used/applied by delegates when they return home (not just a show and tell presentation):
  • physical activity: and
  • small group work or table discussion.

Presentations, which are supported by or linked to the following, will be viewed favourably:

  • Evidence-based research
  • Formal evaluations

Stargazers set sights on 'dark sky' designations for Yukon parks

Added on Sep 20, 2017

The Yukon Astronomical Society (YAS) is proposing that Kluane National Park be a "dark sky preserve," and Whitehorse's Chadburn Lake Park become an "urban star park," as designated by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC).

The RASC defines a dark sky preserve as "an area in which no artificial lighting is visible and active measures are in place to educate and promote the reduction of light pollution to the public and nearby municipalities." An urban star park, meanwhile, is described by the RASC as an area where artificial light may be visible, but "is strictly controlled and active measures are in place to educate and promote the reduction of light pollution."

There are a number of dark sky preserves across the country, with Wood Buffalo National Park in Alberta and the N.W.T. becoming the world's largest dark sky preserve, and the first in a park in Northern Canada, four years ago.

CBC News

Microgrant application for Canada 150 Skating Day now open

Added on Sep 19, 2017

The Canada 150 Skating Fund will provide 200 microgrants of $1,000 each to help cover costs for skating day activities in 200 communities across Canada. The grants will be awarded on a first come, first served basis while making sure the grants are spread widely and fairly across the country.

Your Canada 150 Skating Day event must:

  • take place on Sunday, December 10, 2017;
  • be held in an indoor skating rink;
  • last a minimum of 2 hours;
  • be FREE and open to the general public.

The grants can be used for anything that makes skating day activities open, accessible and fun for all members of your community, such as equipment rental, promotion and publicity, entertainment, materials and supplies, food, and even professional fees to help coordinate and plan your event. 

Victoria considers time limits for park use

Added on Sep 18, 2017

A new bylaw being considered in Victoria would limit time spent in parks to six hours in one location, closing any part of a park when required for public safety, and impounding property left in the park. For people using the park for overnight sheltering (allowed but they must pack up by 7 a.m.), the bylaw would require that they move to new areas each morning.

Megan Thomas, CBC News

Report recommends ban on gas-powered vehicles in Halifax parks, trails

Added on Sep 18, 2017

Halifax municipal council will be asked to consider banning gas-powered vehicles and electric bicycles that go more than 30 kilometres per hour from city parks and trails. Staff looked at policies in other Canadian cities and recommended Halifax enforce its bylaws on vehicles in parks by using the province's definition of bicycles as laid out in the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act, which excludes gas and high-powered electric vehicles.

Susan Bradley, CBC News

Ontario's Goderich Recreation Park Wins 2017 KRAFT HEINZ PROJECT PLAY Grand Prize

Added on Sep 18, 2017

Following two days of voting, in which Canadians cast an impressive 766,294 votes in support of the Top 4 projects, Goderich Recreation Park receives the $250,000 grand prize winner of the 2017 KRAFT HEINZ PROJECT PLAY to help revitalize the community's multi-sport park. KRAFT HEINZ PROJECT PLAY is a joint partnership between TSN, RDS, and Kraft Heinz to provide Canadian communities with funds for play-based infrastructure projects. This year's campaign received a record breaking 1,195 nominations from 950 communities across CanadaBoyd Stadium at Simplot Millenium Park in Brandon, MB, Optimist Hill in Saskatoon, SK, and Scotia Pool in Bible Hill, NS all receive $20,000 runner-up prizes for infrastructure upgrades.

CISION News Release

SPRA Forever…in motion Grant: Application Deadline - Nov 15, 2017

Added on Sep 12, 2017

The motion Grant supports communities in the development, implementation and delivery of a motion program. These programs provide safe physical activity opportunities for older adults living in Saskatchewan. motion groups are led by peer volunteer leaders or staff who have taken the Forever…in motion Leader training. This training includes: information on how to lead safe exercise programs for older adults, chronic conditions and preventing falls as well as lots of practical hands-on experience. Forever…in motion Leaders are required to participate in a 20-hour Forever…in motion Leader training.

2018 PRO Awards Programs: Deadline Nov 3, 2017

Added on Aug 31, 2017

Parks and Recreation Ontario’s Awards Program recognizes and honours the achievements of people and organizations that contribute to the advancement of parks and recreation to enhance quality of life. These highly coveted provincial awards include recognition for communities, individuals, students and agencies.

Awards include: Award of Distinction; Awards of Excellence; High Five® Awards; Student and Academic Awards; Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) Awards; and, Recognition Certificates.

Youth Friendly Community Recognition Program - Application Deadline Jan 5, 2018

Added on Aug 10, 2017

Is your community one which makes an investment in youth play? Do you want to make sure that youth have access to as many opportunities as possible?  If so, then you will want to apply to be recognized as a Youth Friendly Community. The Program works to acknowledge the great work that some communities are doing in ensuring their youth (ages 13 - 19) have continuous access to a diversity of 'play' (play being anything a young person does in his/her free time which could include: sport, recreation, drama, dance, music, the arts, volunteerism, leadership development, service leadership and/or civic engagement).

This is a community application so work to get youth, service partners and the general public involved with the application process! These groups can help provide examples from places such as libraries, local businesses like bowling alleys or movie theatres, and even community groups like the Scouts and Cadets.

Youth also have the opportunity to participate in the application. Youth can share their opinions and feedback on programs, activities and services they enjoy and can also explain how Youth Friendly they feel their community is.

Recreation Connections MB Therapeutic Recreation Professional Development Day: Call for Presenters extended to June 1, 2017

Added on May 19, 2017

The Recreation Connections Manitoba Therapeutic Recreation Professional Development Day will be held Wednesday, September 27th, 2017, at Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park, Winnipeg.

The workshops are designed to provide Therapeutic Recreation professionals with tools, resources, and practical information they can use within their respective facilities, programs and/or profession.