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A growing number of experts think organized sports are creating kids who hate physical activity. The problem, say researchers, is that organized sports work very well for a small number of kids. But for kids who can’t keep up — or who simply don’t develop as quickly or peak at the right time — the same system can reject them, sometimes creating a lifelong aversion, not just to sports, but to physical activity in general.
Tom Babin, Calgary Herald
Older adults throughout Newfoundland and Labrador will have more opportunities to engage in physical and recreational activities through a $189,289 investment in the Provincial Government’s Seniors Community Recreation Grant Program. The program is designed to help seniors’ groups, communities and recreation committees provide programs and services focused specifically on increasing physical and leisure activity for seniors.
Newfoundland and Labrador News Release
A recent Weston Family Parks Challenge grant brings together diverse partners to help “connect youth and community members to nature by raising awareness on the importance of providing and maintaining natural areas for birds and other wildlife.” Humber Arboretum Co-ordinator Jimmy Vincent said the main project coming out of the grant will be the rebuilding of the park’s well-used wetland lookout structure, which sometimes doubles as an outdoor classroom for some of the Arboretum’s outdoor education programming.
Cynthia Reason, Etobicoke Guardian
Calgary offers discounted recreation fees to low-income residents through a program that has seen stagnant uptake for the past five years until suddenly shooting up by nearly seven per cent in 2014, according to a city report. The city feels this is in part due to its new “single-entry” system, which allows low-income Calgarians to apply just once and receive the discounts at a variety of facilities, as opposed to the previous system in which low-income residents had to apply separately for each recreation service.
Robson Fletcher, MetroNews Canada
Harper Government and Heart and Stroke Foundation continue their work to install AEDs in recreational hockey arenas
Representatives of the federal government were recently at the Harry Howell Arena in Waterdown to highlight the installation of two Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) at that facility. These AEDs were installed as part of the National AED Initiative, a partnership between the Public Health Agency ofCanada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation to have AEDs in recreational hockey arenas across the country. To date, over 1,600 AEDs have been put in place in recreational arenas in Canada through the National Initiative, and over 12,000 people have been trained on how to use them properly.
CNW News Release
Children who spend a lot of time playing outdoors, enjoying hours of unsupervised, unstructured fun just messing around in the woods, will be hard on nature - but they will grow up into adults who love and feel comfortable in nature, compared to children who grow up fearing the outdoors. This is supported by studies noting the benefits of free, unstructured nature play.
Katherine Martinko, treehugger
The University of Lethbridge’s Faculty of Health Sciences is unveiling a new post-diploma degree program to advance the discipline of therapeutic recreation, and eventually lead to the establishment of the first accredited therapeutic recreation degree in Canada.
The Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation is designed to prepare graduates to become eligible as Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS), a career field that is emerging as one of the most promising growth professions in health care.
Garrett Simmons, Lethbridge Herald
The Alberta Recreation and Parks Association, in partnership with the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation of the University of Alberta, the Department of Physical Education and Recreation Studies of Mount Royal Univeristy, and the Canadian Association of Leisure Studies, is adding a brand new research component to its Annual Conference.
Building on the Pathways for Wellbeing: A Framework for Recreation in Canada, Revitalizing Recreation is the theme of the 2015 conference. Researchers, practitioners and students are invited to submit abstracts for adjudicated papers, posters and student essays covering a range of leisure topics with specific interest in recreation and parks theory, policy and practice.
Submission Deadline: May 17th
Submission Response: June 12th
Harper Government launches new call for proposals for the Enabling Accessibility Fund: Deadline Apr 27
The 2015 Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) Call for Proposals for community-based projects was launched on March 16th, with a deadline of Apr 27th, for eligible organizations from across Canada to apply for funding for projects that will help improve accessibility in community facilities. Proposals can involve a wide variety of projects, however priority will be given to projects that enhance access for children with disabilities (e.g., outdoor playgrounds), Veterans with disabilities or seniors with disabilities.
Over 11 million in funding is available through this year's call for proposals. All applications are reviewed against eligibility criteria, call for proposal requirements and program objectives.
CNW News Release
The federal government has announced $20 million in new investments to National Parks and National Historic Sites across New Brunswick.
These investments are part of the $2.8 billion announced by the Prime Minister in November 2014 to support infrastructure improvements to heritage, tourism, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. These investments by the Government ofCanada include the largest infrastructure plan at Parks Canada in its 104 year history.
The Government of Canada's investments in Parks Canada assets throughout New Brunswick includes projects to restore and rehabilitate important assets in Fundy National Park and Kouchibouguac National Park. This investment is in addition to the $391.5 million for Parks Canada infrastructure announced in Economic Action Plan 2014, bringing the total new investment in Parks Canada to close to $3.0 billion.
CNW News Release