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Peterborough Snofest marks 40th season with new events including The Amazing Race Peterborough

Added on Dec 9, 2016

When Peterborough Snofest started 40 years ago as a ParticipAction pilot project, the idea was to get people moving during the wintertime, and has grown to a month-long array of activities aimed at breaking that urge to hibernate through the snow-filled season. In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Snofest has teamed up with ParticipAction for an event including hockey, football, inukshuk building and cycling, just one of 37 events from Jan 1-31.

"It's really evolved and we're pretty proud of it. We have all kinds of things that just encourage people to get out of the house in January," said Terri Lynn Johnston, Snofest board chairwoman. 

Jessica Nyznik, The Peterborough Examiner

National concussion protocol to apply to amateur sport groups, minister says

Added on Dec 8, 2016

Professional sports leagues won’t be compelled to adopt national standards on identifying and treating concussions — including when athletes can return to play — but they’ll certainly be pushed to do so, says Canada’s sports minister, Carla Qualtrough.

The federal government is spending $1.4 million on harmonized concussion guidelines that will focus on children, young athletes in organized sports and recreational settings where the government says there is a higher risk of injury. Qualtrough said the protocols being developed will apply to amateur sport organizations that receive federal funds, unlike professional sport leagues like the Canadian Football League.

Jordan Press, Canadian Press

Swim to Survive® NWT Family Grant: Deadline Dec 9

Added on Dec 7, 2016

The Swim to Survive® NWT Family Grant allows organizations working with families (i.e. schools, foster groups, churches, youth tournaments, etc) to apply to receive $850 to organize and host a free Swim to Survive® family event at one of the Regional Aquatic Training Centres (RATC’s).

NWT Parks and Recreation News

Request for Proposal: Indigenous Community Engagement Facilitator - Northern AB

Added on Dec 6, 2016

Please see attached RFP for more details

ALIF Partners is assisting a remote First Nation located in northern Alberta with the economic development of their community. Part of the economic development plans includes the preparing, designing, building, and operating of a multi-purpose community wellness centre for their community. The community centre will provide a space for the community to come together and participate in cultural, community, educational, and recreational activities. Our goal is to layout successful structural and programming plans for the Centre by March of 2017.

ALIF Partners is seeking a consultant to engage the community about the development of the Centre. The primary focus will be to design and facilitate culturally appropriate community events based on a review of existing literature on community development and communal spaces in Indigenous communities. The information gathered from these engagements will be used to determine key elements in the design and development of the Centre including recommendations for the physical/structural needs, social service roles and programming needs.

To ensure the planning, delivery and evaluation of these engagements are culturally sensitive and relevant, we are looking for a candidate that has extensive experience working with Indigenous communities and is familiar with Indigenous teachings, practices and protocols. The successful candidate needs a firm understanding about the historical colonial trauma experienced by Indigenous Peoples in Canada and how that trauma has impacted Indigenous communities today. S/he should also possess an in-depth understanding of Trauma Informed Practice.

Walk21 Calgary: International Conference on Walking and Liveable Cities - Call for Abstracts - Deadline Jan 27, 2017

Added on Dec 5, 2016

Abstract submissions are invited from walking-focused researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, government officials, community groups, and advocacy groups on topics that directly relate to one or more of the four conference themes (Learning lessons from the past; Building new knowledge; Connecting grassroots and government, and Creating momentum for the new walking city).

Abstract submissions that describe novel or cutting-edge research, practices, interventions or programs, work-in-progress, and lessons-learned are strongly encouraged.

New YMCA on First Nation blends exercise with spiritual health

Added on Dec 2, 2016

A new YMCA at the Membertou Sport and Wellness Centre in Membertou First Nationon on Cape Breton First Nation is aiming to combine physical activity with the spiritual health and traditional healing needs of its members, some of whom still struggle under the long shadow of the residential school system. The branch is the result of an agreement signed last year between the First Nation and the YMCA. Membertou will pay 80 per cent of the YMCA membership fee for band members.

It's prompted "an awakening to start building healthy minds and bodies" in the community, said Adam Gould, the communications manager for Membertou.

Hal Higgins, CBC News

N7 Fund Grant: Deadline Dec 15, 2016

Added on Dec 2, 2016

To be eligible to receive an N7 grant, an applicant must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Nike N7 Fund makes grants of $15,000USD or $20,000USD.
  2. For U.S. applicants, you must be one of the following:
    • A 501(c)(3) public charity; A Federally-recognized Indian Tribe; or A school, but you must have a fiscal sponsor who has tax-exempt status.
  3. For Canadian applicants, you must be a non-profit entity.
  4. Program must serve the Native American or Aboriginal community. (No less than 90%)
  5. Have a sport or physical activity focus.
  6. Serve youth, ages 18 years of age and under.
  7. Agree to provide reports demonstrating results from N7 grant funds

$14-million trail system focus of Innisfil’s recreation plan

Added on Nov 30, 2016

Making it easier for Innisfil residents to stay active and choose healthy lifestyles is the backbone of the town’s new master recreation plan, with the master plan calling for 217 kilometres of new trail routes, tripling the existing system. Fulfilling the 70 recommendations in the freshly printed plan would cost nearly $20 million and take 15 years to complete.

Consultant Todd Brown of Monteith Brown Planning Consultants told council $14 million of that cost would be directed to creating more trails for walking, jogging and cycling, and that the plan, including the trail system, is simply a guide for the current and future councils.

Rick Vanderlind, Innisfil Journal

B.C. government creating more than 1,900 new campsites

Added on Nov 29, 2016

The B.C. government has announced plans to hire more park rangers and open more than 1,900 new campsites to meet growing demand. The province will spend up to $22.9 million over five years to create the new sites as part of the B.C. Parks Future Strategy. New sites in parks will "incorporate accessible design standards," the news release stated, and older front country sites will be audited for accessibility. Other initiatives include inviting First Nations communities and Indigenous groups to share their culture and heritage in parks, a parks advisory council, climate change monitoring, and more.

CBC News

Why Park Designers Need to Think More About Mental Health

Added on Nov 23, 2016

Neighborhoods like Toronto's Regent Park encapsulate a difficult reality, one that is often at odds with the perceptions of parks: that the neighborhoods with the most green space are not always the healthiest. Green space does not inherently reduce the issues that hit downtrodden neighborhoods the hardest. But quality green space—that is, green space that is designed with improving mental health in mind (even if those mechanisms are not yet well understood)—can.

Nadha Hassen, a junior fellow at Toronto’s Wellesley Institute, who hosted a recent "WalkLab" though Regent Park, says, “To just say that green space is good for mental health is completely simplistic. We have to go beyond that.”

Hassen's preliminary research findings suggest that poorly planned parks have the capacity to actually worsen the mental health outcomes in some places, effectively doing the opposite of one of their intended functions. The reason seems obvious: in neighborhoods facing larger social issues like drug usage and crime, parks can simply serve as a place for these things to coagulate. But Hassen says that isn’t an argument against building parks in low-income neighborhoods. “It just needs to be done in a way that is aware of the issues in the community,” says Hassen. “You want it to be safe. You don’t want it to be this off-to-the-side place that people avoid because they know that bad things happen there.”

Kieran Delamont, City Lab