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Overwhelmed: Why we need to take back leisure time

Added on Apr 22, 2014

This review of a new book by Brigid Schulte, Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has The Time, will make you think about what is leisure and why is it important. The article tells us that we have becoame slaves to a life of "busyness" in a world where achievement is valued over leisure.

Schulte offers this definition of leisure: It involves being in the moment, cultivating yourself and connecting with people. The idea is to do something for its own sake, without obligation. It is meaningful human experience – refreshing the soul, if you will.

The article is well worth the read to anyone who is concerned about the value and benefits of leisure and recreation.

Zosia Bielski, Globe and Mail

Urban beach proposed for New Westminster waterfront

Added on Apr 22, 2014

Metro Vancouver's newest beach will likely be in New Westminster and will include an urban beach, plans call for public pathways, an outdoor fitness area, an area for sports, and an off-leash dog enclosure.

CBC News

Public pianos coming to Edmonton parks

Added on Apr 22, 2014

A new project to provide free use of pianos in public parks  for the next two months has been approved in Edmonton. Youth will decorate the pianos and the music played at one of the pianos recorded and posted on social media sites.

Stephanie Dubois, Metro News

Saputo Grants: Deadlines - Quarterly

Added on Apr 17, 2014

This program provides grants to organizations that share Saputo's objectives such as the promotion of nutrition, physical activity and entrepreneurship among youth. Apply online.

Deadline: Committee meets Jan, April, July and Oct. Requests must be made at least 4 weeks in advance of projects.

Mountain Equipment Co-op's Community Contributions Program (several categories): Deadlines - May 1, Sept 10, Oct 1

Added on Apr 17, 2014

This program supports:

  •  Impactful and strategic grassroots, not-for-profit organizations (registered charitable status is not required)
  • Outcome-oriented projects that focus on conserving ecologically or recreationally important places
  • Outcome-oriented projects that focus on inspiring and enabling people to experience nature and be active outdoors in one or more of the following self-propelled outdoor activities MEC supports: cycling, hiking, trail-running, outdoor climbing, paddling, cross-country/backcountry skiing, and snowshoeing.


  • Land Acquisition, Capacity Building, Advocacy & Awareness, and Access & Activity Projects: September 10 (midnight Pacific Time)
  • For Expedition Support: May 1, and October 1 (midnight Pacific Time)


IGNITE Ontario Grants: Deadline - May 5, 2014

Added on Apr 17, 2014

IGNITE Ontario will provide project-based funding to TO2015 IGNITE participants to develop celebrations and community engagement initiatives in communities across Ontario leading up to and during the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

Eligibility: Must already be/apply to be a TO2015 Ignite community partner
Deadline: apply through Grants Ontario by May 5, 2014 at 5 p.m.
Contact: Kamaljeet Singh at

Jumpstart Parasport Fund: Deadline - Ongoing

Added on Apr 17, 2014

This fund helps to support the costs of sports and recreational programs for children ages 4-18, who are financially disadvantaged and living with a disability. Funds may be used towards registration, transportation and equipment costs for children within approved Parasport programs.

Eligibility: Must become a community partner.

Deadline: Ongoing
Contact: Matthew Johnson (Jumpstart) or Laura Ferris               (Canadian Paralympic Committee)

Participaction Teen Challenge Micro Grants: Deadline - Ongoing

Added on Apr 17, 2014

Registered Community Organizations from across the country are able to apply for ParticipACTION Teen Challenge Micro Grants of $500 for ongoing programs and $250 for one-time events to access facilities, instruction, equipment, transportation or nutrition to enable teens to get active and have fun in ways that mean something to them.

Deadline: Ongoing
Contact: Greg Matthews at

RBC Play Hockey Grants: Application deadline May 23

Added on Apr 17, 2014

RBC Play Hockey offers grants of $1,000 to $10,000 to community hockey organizations and sports associations to teach kids across Canada how to skate. In conjunction with their partner Hockey Canada, the RBC Play Hockey Grants program support Learn to Skate programs in communities across the country.

Deadline: Submit your application before 4 p.m. EST on May 23, 2014.

Canadian Athletes Now Fund: Application deadline Aug 28

Added on Apr 17, 2014

The Canadian Athletes Now Fund (CAN Fund) is a not for profit organization devoted to raising funds and awareness for Canadian athletes. 


  • Any active national team athlete who is training to represent Canada Internationally.
  • Summer, Winter, Able-bodied and Paralympic athletes
  • Two applications a year.

Next Deadline: Thursday, August 28, 2014, 5pm EST

  • The Application will be available: Monday, July 28, 2014 10am EST