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A British Columbia government-funded Job Creation Partnership project in Tumbler Ridge is creating not only better recreation sites, but also valuable work experience for trainees. 16 people now have experience from building a BC Parks-approved shelter at Moose Lake and a new 15-kilometre trail into Quality Lake, as well as trail cleaning, sign installation, and project promotion. The trail will be usable for hikers, snowmobiles as well as ATVs.
Funding was from the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation as well as from: District of Tumbler Ridge, Pattern Energy, the Tumbler Ridge Chamber of Commerce, the Grizzly Valley ATV club and Community Forests.
Jessica Fedigan, Energetic City News
Do you have a public health topic that you want to share with your peers? Here’s your opportunity to present at one of the premier public health conferences in the country by submitting an abstract for TOPHC 2017! The Convention theme is Global Challenges, Local Solutions and the event will be in Toronto, March 29-31, 2017.
Parks and Recreation Ontario is hosting the 2017 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 1 and 1/4 hours 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
U.S. National Park Service science adviser Gary Machlis calls climate change an "overarching" challenge facing the national parks. Machlis said that the Park Service plans to finalize on 15 December a new director’s order that will update resource management and stewardship guiding principles and policies in the park system. This order incorporates an overarching goal from a 9 June NPS policy memorandum “to steward NPS resources for continuous change that is not yet fully understood.” The memorandum recognizes that climate change creates “dynamic environmental shifts that impact both natural and cultural resources.”
The Federal Government, through Infrastructure Canada, has launched public consultations on Phase 2 of the $120B Infrastructure Plan. From now until September 16 the government is inviting you to share your thoughts on four areas: Communities, Green Infrastructure, Public Transit and Social Infrastructure.
Several Ontario conservation authorities, such as in Hamilton, Halto, Toronto and others, are putting calls out to Pokémon Go players in the hopes that the game draws more people to explore their green spaces. And Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) takes a more proactive approach, dropping lures during the off hours. Lures are a way to draw more Pokémon, and the park is apparently a hot spot, said spokesperson Cam Linwood.
Samantha Craggs, CBC News
Share your community or organization’s program, project, or policy, which brings the Ottawa Charter to Life, through a video to be featured at the 6th Global Forum on Health Promotion. The deadline for applications is Monday, August 29, 2016.
Global Forum news
The Government of Ontario has released a new report highlighting progress made over the past year on establishing and strengthening community hubs across the province.
The report, prepared by the province's Community Hubs Framework Advisory Group, describes advances Ontario is making to support and enable the establishment and ongoing success of local community hubs in order to better serve Ontarians and their communities.
- Increasing the number of potential partners that can buy or lease surplus school property for community use before it gets circulated on the open market
- Investing nearly $90 million to create spaces in schools for community use and expand child care and child and family support services
- Simplifying the funding application process and expanding eligibility to support integration of multiple health and social services under one roof
- Continuing work to develop a resource network to help service providers connect with each other and tap into the wealth of knowledge in the sector
- Launching a common registration portal this fall to reduce administrative burdens for transfer payment recipients.
Government of Ontario news release
Members of the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) were on NL's East Coast Trail recently carrying a Google Trekker camera. The NCC is using the camera to map 14 of its conservation areas across the country this year. Imagery from the mapping will later become part of Google’s growing Streetview and will, in turn, help the NCC in its work to conserve Canada’s important natural areas. Each of the images captured will be assigned a GPS location and later stitched together and uploaded to the Web, where users can effectively take a virtual hike — pausing to have a look around at any step along the journey.