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Recreational physical activities increase odds of academic success: Study

Added on May 4, 2016

A new study, conducted by researchers at North Carolina State University, looked at 20,000 students’ recreational activities during the 2013-14 school year. When students increased their weekly physical activities by one hour, they were nearly 50 percent more likely to graduate. And even in small amounts, exercise can help: for every one-hour increase in weekly physical activities, researchers found, students’ GPAs increased by 0.06.

Ellen Wexler, Inside Higher Ed

Windsor bans smoking at parks, beaches and more

Added on May 4, 2016

Windsor Council recently decided to add a long list of smoke-free areas in the city including parks, beaches, trails, bus shelters, boat ramps, marinas, recreation centres, conservation areas, and community gardens at city-owned facilities. The city still has to rewrite the smoking bylaw. Currently, the city follows the Smoke Free Ontario Act which prohibits smoking indoors in public places, within nine metres of public windows or doors and near playgrounds and sports fields.

Craig Pearson, Windsor Star

Nominate your community for Kraft Heinz $250K recreation facility facelift: Deadline June 12

Added on May 3, 2016

Kraft Heinz Project Play allows communities from coast-to-coast to enter a recreation project, whether it’s a whole new project or a renovation. Grants could go to soccer fields, basketball courts, playgrounds, and more, with hopes to encourage kids to do something very important, play. The grand prize winner will receive $250,000 towards a recreational facility upgrade, and the three second-prize winners will each receive $20,000.

RBC Learn to Play Community Action Grants / Leadership Grants: Application Deadline May 9

Added on Apr 29, 2016

The RBC Learn to Play Project will provide grants to local organizations and communities in support of building the physical literacy of Canada's kids and youth. In 2016, RBC, ParticipACTION and the Public Health Agency of Canada will award $2,000,000 in grants to support two types of programs:

  1. RBC Learn to Play Community Action Grants and RBC Learn to Skate Program ($1,000 to $10,000) will be awarded to local organizations that teach new skills or sports to kids, and/or expose them to a multiple sports or multiple skills such as swimming or skating lessons.
  2. RBC Learn to Play Leadership Grants ($10,001 to $25,000): will be awarded to community groups that are developing or implementing action plans to transform the way sport and physical activities are planned and delivered, such as programs that makes sports available for new immigrant youth.

Additional grant details and criteria, along with the call for applications, are provided through a webinar. Follow the link to view the webinar or view the presentation slides.

2016 CN EcoConnexions – Recipients – From the Ground Up program

Added on Apr 29, 2016

CN recently announced the successful candidates for its 2016 From the Ground Up community tree-planting program. Thirty one communities in Canada were selected amongst the 92 applications to receive grants of up to $25,000 each in this fifth year of the program.

The objective of the program is to promote community sustainability, through the greening of municipal and community properties across Canada. CN and its partners Tree Canada and Communities in Bloom help Canadian municipalities and community groups establish tree planting and green space enhancement initiatives in a sustainable, environmentally responsible manner. The program aims to enhance environmental and social health of communities.

Communities in Bloom News Release

Nature, an app for that

Added on Apr 27, 2016

An innovative app created by a University of Victoria professor is giving people around the world the ability to experience the vast, diverse beauty of British Columbia's coast. Ecologist Brian Starzomski and his team have catalogued more than 700 species in the Great Bear Rainforest and logged them in a new digital field guide called "Central Coast Biodiversity." Their work can be accessed through a smartphone or tablet app, or on a computer, to help people identify unfamiliar plants and animals.

The Canadian Press 

Four in Ten (40%) Canadians Intimidated by Working Out at a Gym: Poll

Added on Apr 27, 2016

Two in five (40%) Canadians find working out at a gym to be intimidating, including one in five (19%) who find it to be very intimidating, according to a new Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of GoodLife Fitness and ParticipACTION. Results vary across Canada and some reasons cited for being intimidated include being afraid other people will watch them or of not know what they’re doing, not knowing anyone, too overweight, and more. The poll also includes factors that people cite that would make the gym less intimidating, such as going with a friend.

Exchange Morning Post (press release)

Liberals adding tourism, recreational works to infrastructure program

Added on Apr 27, 2016

The Liberal government is adding tourism and recreational infrastructure to the types of projects that qualify for cash under a $14-billion program launched by the Conservatives that will be rushed out the door over the next two years. The expanded criteria opens the door to projects such as hockey rinks and community-centre repairs.

Bill Curry, The Globe and Mail

Community foundation launches new 'knowledge centre' on quality of life in Ottawa

Added on Apr 26, 2016

Ottawa’s new web-based community knowledge centre, Ottawa Insights, will ultimately present comprehensive information and data in eight theme areas. Four themes will be active initially — general demographics, economy and employment, health and wellness, and basic needs and standard of living, and the remaining four - arts and culture, environment and sustainability, community and belonging, and education and learning — will be phased in over the summer and fall. The centre's broad goal is "to support shared understanding and strategic collaboration by donors, funders, policy-makers, delivery agencies and citizens working to create a caring and equitable city."

Don Butler, Ottawa Citizen

Tackling Canada’s concussion epidemic head on: ‘Patients are really still in the dark’

Added on Apr 25, 2016

“We have a serious problem with concussion recovery in this country,” says Kathleen McGinn, who still experiences headaches and sensitivity to light 20 years after suffering two concussions on the rugby pitch. “There isn’t a consensus on management. Patients are really still in the dark.” 

McGinn serves as executive director of the EMPWR Foundation, a charitable movement dedicated to the advancement of concussion recovery in Canada, whose goal is to help the 225,000 Canadians concussed annually to navigate their recoveries under the care of a trained medical professional.

Vicki Hall, National Post