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7 Reasons Why Spending Time in Nature Does Wonders for the Soul

Added on Jul 22, 2014

This blog posting provides seven slightly different reasons for spending time outdoors in natural settings. NUmber one is:

There is no societal influence. If you found yourself suddenly transported into the woods with nothing surrounding you but nature, you would likely have no idea what year, or even century, it was....There are no trends, influences, or expectations, and you are free to ponder life in its purest form.

Well worth a read for the other six.

Alexa Corteses, The Blog

Provincial Recreation Access Fund - Recreation New Brunswick: First deadline Aug 1, 2014

Added on Jul 21, 2014

Recreation New Brunswick is pleased to announce that the Provincial Recreation Access Fund is back for 2014!  Follow the links for more information on the funding guidelines and the application forms.  

New Brunswicker’s living with a permanent disability are eligible to apply. The World Health Organization defines a disability as “any restriction or lack of ability to perform an activity due to impairment.” Applicants can request funding for any expenses that impede one's ability to implement or maintain a healthy lifestyle. The Provincial Recreation Access Fund Selection Committee will review all applications and allocate funding to those requests that best reflect a long-term commitment towards active living.

If you have any questions regarding the Provincial Recreation Access Fund, please contact us at 506-459-1929 Ext 3 or email

Deadlines for applications are Aug 1, 2014 / October 17, 2014 / Feb 6, 2015.

Physical activity needs for health payoffs often underestimated

Added on Jul 21, 2014

About 15 per cent of adults and fewer than 10 per cent of teens meet physical activity guidelines for health benefits, with some not really realizing what it takes to make gains, according to Statistics Canada. However, closer to between 30 and 50 per cent of people meet the guidelines if self-reported data from a questionnaire is used.

Didier Garriguet of Statistics Canada's health analysis division noted a few possibilities that could explain the discrepancy:

  • A matter of perception of the time you're doing an activity versus the time actually spent moving.
  • A difference in terms of intensity, such as walking at a pace that isn't fast enough to register, particularly for the older population.

Drowning deaths show we are a nation of water lovers without water sense

Added on Jul 21, 2014

Statistics just been published by the Red Cross Society, entitled “Water-Related Fatality Facts at a Glance: Canada 1991-2010,” show that as a country, Canadians are pretty lackadaisical about water safety. As an example, life jackets were not worn in most boating related drownings, which account for 32 per cent of deaths.

The numbers tell us is that almost all drownings are preventable with some basic precautions, such as improved backyard pool safety, swimming lessons, and water-safety training. As the Red Cross says in the introduction of its new report: “Swimming skills combined with water-safety knowledge saves lives.”

André Picard, Globe and Mail

Reconnecting children to nature in Victoria County

Added on Jul 21, 2014

BADDECK — Nature ambassadors Leah Pottie and Jessica Farrell will spend the summer reconnecting youth with nature.

Hired by the Victoria County physical activity strategy through Clean Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps grant fund, they will be planning and leading events that will encourage young people to spend more time outdoors.

Cape Breton Post, Julie Collins

Dog ambassadors cruise parks - Central Okanagan

Added on Jul 21, 2014

The Regional District of the Central Okanagan has introduced a dog ambassador team in the areas beaches and parks, but they are not enforcement officers of bylaws.

Their role is to identify dog owners who may not be aware of the by-laws, and educate them about what they are not complying with, and so far the response has been very positive.

Jennifer Zilelinski,

Over 4,400 Kids "Get in the Game" Thanks to National Partnership Between Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and Canadian Tire Jumpstart

Added on Jul 21, 2014

Since July 2013, 4,457 children from priority neighbourhoods across Canada have been given a sporting chance thanks to "Canadian Tire Jumpstart Get in the Game!" – a pilot program launched by Jumpstart Charities and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada (BGCC) that aims to remove the financial barriers keeping many kids from participating in organized sports and physical activities. This program brings together Jumpstart's funding support and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada's network of chapters to help even more kids get off the sidelines and into the game.

The "Canadian Tire Jumpstart Get in the Game!" pilot builds on Jumpstart's existing relationship with Boys and Girls Clubs to provide children from priority neighbourhoods with access to organized sports outside of school. Since 2005, Jumpstart has maintained ongoing relationships with local Boys and Girls Clubs,  which assist with funding applications and provide invaluable support to identify and evaluate applicants. Together with Jumpstart, several Boys and Girls Clubs have created and delivered local programs that help kids from priority neighbourhoods get active. The launch of the national partnership will enable both organizations to deliver programming to more children than ever before.

CNW News Release

Interactive maps help Oakville residents navigate parks and trails

Added on Jul 18, 2014

The Town of Oakville has developed new interactive maps intended to help residents better navigate Oakville's parks, trails and cycleways. The greenspace map has a "point identify" feature which allows residents to see exactly what kind of greenspace is nearby from parks and natural heritage systems to valley lands and wood lands.

Oakville Beaver

Lifesaving Society warns that the next 4 weeks is when the greatest number of drownings occur

Added on Jul 16, 2014

The Lifesaving Society notes that the next 30 days is the worst time of year for drownings. Of the drownings reported in 2013, 16 people drowned between July 15 and August 15 and 25 drowned during the same period in 2012.

At the mid-summer mark, the Lifesaving Society reports that 47 people have drowned in Ontario this year and cautions everyone to focus on water safety during this peak drowning season. To date, 2014 drownings include a staggering increase in boating fatalities (+90%) and a significant increase in those who fell into the water (+71%) – 19 people drowned while boating (versus 10 in 2013 to date) and 12 people who were near or on water and fell in (versus 7 in 2013).

CNW Press Release

Canada's parks suffering due to 'short-sighted decisions' by governments: Report

Added on Jul 15, 2014

A report from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) listed specific concerns about Canadian parks, such as British Columbia changing its Park Act to allow industrial research within park boundaries, a new resort at Maligne Lake in Alberta's Jasper National Park and a two-decade-old "sleeping" plan in Newfoundland and Labrador to create new parks.

"Creating and protecting parks continues to be an uphill battle in much of the country," the report said. "A common threat we found in reviewing progress in Canada's parks this year is that many governments are making short-sighted decisions to prioritize industrial and commercial interests over the long-term ecological, social and economic benefits that come from conserving nature in well-designed, well-protected parks."

QMI Agency