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Hamilton will firm up deal to put sports field on old glass plant

Added on Jul 29, 2014

The city of Hamilton is set to finalize the purchase of a 10-acre brownfield site — expected to be the old Consumers Glass property — for a new outdoor sports facility in the lower city on Wednesday which will also have playgrounds and green space.

Samantha Craggs, CBC News

Collaboration defines 10-year Alberta Sport Plan

Added on Jul 28, 2014

Going the Distance: The Alberta Sport Plan 2014-2024 takes a collaborative approach to make Alberta a national leader in sport and realize the positive impact of sport on people and communities. It is based on eight months of consultation through a provincial sport forum, regional meetings and an online survey that attracted 4,807 responses. The draft plan received further input from almost 400 Albertans. Highlights from the Sport Plan:

Co-ordinate efforts and activities to:

  • promote the value of sport;
  • align and co-ordinate across sports and other sectors;
  • build capacity at all levels of sport;
  • develop creative solutions to societal changes and trends; and,
  • improve accountability.

Collaborate to grow and develop Alberta’s sport system by:

  • ensuring support and delivery agencies function at their best;
  • reviewing funding models for an adaptive and responsive system;
  • sharing ideas, skills, strengths, competencies and practices;
  • accommodating urban, rural and demographic diversity;
  • reducing barriers in facilities and investing in infrastructure; and,
  • attracting sport events and supporting host communities

Government of Alberta Press Release

Collaboration defines 10-year Alberta Sport Plan

Added on Jul 28, 2014

System-wide collaboration will make Alberta a national leader in sport. That’s the commitment and vision in Going the Distance: The Alberta Sport Plan 2014-2024

From consultation to implementation, the Alberta Sport Plan takes a collaborative approach to make Alberta a national leader in sport and realize the positive impact of sport on people and communities.

Sport Plan Highlights

Co-ordinate efforts and activities to:

  • promote the value of sport;
  • align and co-ordinate across sports and other sectors;
  • build capacity at all levels of sport;
  • develop creative solutions to societal changes and trends; and,
  • improve accountability.

Collaborate to grow and develop Alberta’s sport system by:

  • ensuring support and delivery agencies function at their best;
  • reviewing funding models for an adaptive and responsive system;
  • sharing ideas, skills, strengths, competencies and practices;
  • accommodating urban, rural and demographic diversity;
  • reducing barriers in facilities and investing in infrastructure; and,
  • attracting sport events and supporting host communities

Next Steps

  • Stakeholders will develop action plans to align new and existing actions.
  • Alberta Sport Connection to develop an action plan for government and lead the funding model review.

Inclusion plan hopes to bring more people in to Alberta's parks

Added on Jul 24, 2014

The Alberta Parks inclusion plan, entitled Everyone Belongs Outside, will aid in the future development of parks across Alberta and aims to make the beauty of nature available and accessible to as many Albertans as possible.

Two of the objectives of the plan are: increased access to parks and modifying the experience for park goers instead of changing the environment itself, including adaptive equipment design like the Park Explorer, a one-of-a-kind vehicle for those with limited mobility.

Dale Boyd, Hinton Parklander

Open Streets Toronto to launch city's largest free recreation program

Added on Jul 24, 2014

2014 Pilot Program will use existing public assets - Toronto's iconic streets - to promote the importance of physical activity, social connectivity and accessibility

TORONTO, July 24, 2014 /CNW/ - Open Streets TO is proud to announce that the Open Streets Pilot Program, a world-class recreation event unlike any other in Canada, will take place between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm on Sunday, August 17 and Sunday, August 31, 2014. The 5.0 kilometre route will comprise Bloor Street (between Spadina and Parliament) and Yonge Street (between Bloor and Queen), connecting some of Toronto's most diverse neighbourhoods. Crossing points will be included at numerous major intersections, where cars will be permitted to pass through as normal.

"We are excited to bring the Open Streets program to Canada's largest city," said Gil Penalosa, Executive Director, 8-80 Cities, and a catalyst for the international Open Streets movement. "We would like to thank the numerous City of Toronto stakeholders for their support in making this a reality and we would like to invite every citizen in Toronto to participate in this free recreational program."

Open Streets are programs that open a city's streets to people and close them to cars. People traffic replaces car traffic, and the streets become "paved parks" where people of all ages, abilities, and social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds can come out and improve their health.

"Iconic cities such as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Paris and Mexico City, all promote a variety of the Open Streets concept," said Toronto City Councillor, Kristyn Wong-Tam. "I am proud that Toronto will stand amongst these great cities by creating our own distinct program by highlighting the city's most dynamic neighbourhoods."

In addition to these open streets, parks and public spaces along the route, or "hubs", will be programmed with activities put on by members of the surrounding community, providing a window into what each neighbourhood has to offer.

"We are ecstatic that Open Streets is happening this year," said Linda Brett, President of the Bloor East Neighbourhood Association. "We believe that a unifying program like this will help bring together what has become, at times, a fractured city. We believe that Open Streets can become the 'Nuit Blanche' for physical activity."

Local businesses are encouraged to get involved and to take advantage of this unique opportunity. All purchases made by Open Streets participants will be made at established businesses along the route. Merchants in other Open Streets cities, such as Los Angeles, have not only seen an increase in business during and after the events, but have also been grateful for the opportunity to reach out to new customers from other parts of their city.

"Open Streets is in keeping with the work that we are doing on an ongoing basis to create vibrant and unique experiences in Downtown Yonge. We are especially committed to bringing together both the wider community and the public realm in new and creative ways – and Open Streets does exactly that," said Mark Garner, Executive Director, Downtown Yonge BIA.

Ryerson University will be partnering with Open Streets to ensure that there is a research element to the event, designed to learn from, and improve upon, the Pilot Program. Topics such as "Social Inclusion and Diversity", "Youth Engagement" and the "Importance of Physical Activity" will be studied to ensure that Open Streets program development can be tailored to address Toronto's pressing needs.

For more information about the event, visit:  www.openstreetsto.org

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 programs@recreationnb.ca.

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

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