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National Geographic launches guides to Canadian national parks, historic sites

Added on Jan 18, 2017

Two National Geographic travel guides are being launched this month to help mark Canada's 150th birthday in 2017. National Geographic collaborated with Parks Canada on the two volumes. One volume also commemorates the centennial of Canada's first national historic site, and covers 236 national historic sites dotted in every province and territory. Hands-on activities and events at each location are featured.

Canadian Press 

Nature-themed playgrounds in Edmonton are a step in right direction, critics say (includes video)

Added on Jan 12, 2017

Edmonton aims to start construction of two nature-theme playgrounds this year, using safety-certified logs and rocks in place of painted metal swing sets. Planned construction includes special logs for the swing set posts, a secured pile of logs and boulders for the climbing gym and even a dead tree bolted down for safety,  a child’s bike loop through trees, group teeter-totter, a maze lined with Saskatoon or other fruit bushes, slides embedded in hillsides.

The global push to get children more engaged with nature started about 10 years ago, after the publication of the book Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv, said Cliff Lacey, former parks director for Strathcona County, who’s been a major advocate for natural play here.

Elise Stolte, Edmonton Journal

Hike Nova Scotia and 33 organizations partner to offer Guided Snowshoe Hike Series

Added on Jan 11, 2017

Hike Nova Scotia and 33 host organizations across the province have partnered up to offer the 2017 Winter Guided Snowshoe Hike Series in January, February and March. There are over 50 hikes led by local folks and participants qualify to win “trail prizes.” Most hikes are free and require pre-registration unless otherwise indicated in the schedule. Hike NS thanks its partners for organizing the hikes on the ground as well as NS Trails and the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage for their support. 

Hike Nova Scotia is a registered nonprofit society. Its strategic directions are:

1.  Advocacy
2.  Promotion (Communication, Awareness and Education)
3.  Leadership
4.  Strong Organizational Presence (Recognition, Partnerships and Collaboration)

Check out the list of events here:

Let's Talk Parks, Canada! Consultation open January 9-27

Added on Jan 10, 2017

Let's Talk Parks, Canada! invites all Canadians to share their views on Canada's national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas and on the Parks Canada Agency. For the first time ever, all Canadians are being invited to participate in the Minister's Round Table required by the Parks Canada Agency Act (1998). The Act calls on the Minister to seek input from Canadians on matters for which Parks Canada is responsible. Seven round tables have been held since 1999, the most recent in 2014.

Consultation is open January 9 - 27, 2017.

Fitness fact check: Which 2016 studies hold up to scrutiny?

Added on Jan 5, 2017

Trying to make sense of all the fitness studies from 2016? asked researchers at McMaster University’s Physical Activity Centre of Excellence (PACE) to weigh in on some of 2016’s top fitness news, such as the effectiveness of fitness trackers, fitness and intellect, counteracting sitting, the power of intervals, motivations to move, and more.

Meredith MacLeod, 

Program offering free skating lessons across P.E.I.

Added on Jan 3, 2017

Starting today go!PEI, a community organization that promotes healthy living, is offering free skating lessons Islanders 18 and under. It's also offering another program allowing those over 18 to skate for free. The free skate program is funded by Canadian Tire Jumpstart, a charity that finances community development.

Vicki Tse, the provincial program coordinator for go!PEI, said they wanted to provide an activity they felt best represented Canada. "Skating is such a quintessential winter activity, and when you think of Canada, winter is one of the first things that comes to mind" said she said.

Nicole Williams, CBC News

Montreal looks to refrigeration to save outdoor rinks

Added on Jan 2, 2017

Montreal’s typically brief January-February outdoor rink period can be reduced to four weeks of skating in a bad season like last year when thaws and rainfalls require the rebuilding of ice surfaces. The city has budgeted $7.3 million over the next three years to analyze and address its outdoor skating rink needs and plans to install at least one new refrigerated outdoor rink within a year, bringing the total of such ice surfaces to nine.

A joint McGill-Concordia study of the nation’s outdoor rinks published in Environmental Research Letters in 2012 found the end of Canada’s skating season is coming 15 days earlier now than in 1955 due to the effects of global warming that have been particularly severe in Canada. The researchers’ prognosis was that the season will continue to shrink.

René Bruemmer, Montreal Gazette

Central East Physical Literacy Summit 2017 Call for Presenters: Deadline Jan 11, 2017

Added on Dec 22, 2016

The Central East Physical Literacy Summit, to be held Apr 29, 2017, is accepting submissions for that combine practical take-home information with hands-on activities, small group discussion, and interactive tools. Submissions are sought on topics/best practices in:

· Developing physical literacy in a community

· Movement skills across the lifespan

· Developing and sustaining physical literacy programs

· Encouraging school-based physical literacy & daily physical activity

· Physical literacy and adapted activity for inclusive environments

· Assessment tools for physical literacy

· Parent and family engagement and education

· Cross-sector engagement and networking

· Active Start programs for children aged 0-6

· Physical activity and Active for Life programs for adults/older adults

· Program evaluation

· Future/emerging trends

Deadline for session submission is January 11, 2017

Light exercise after concussion in kids, teens may halt prolonged symptoms: study

Added on Dec 21, 2016

Getting physical exercise within a week of suffering a concussion may reduce a young person’s risk of experiencing ongoing symptoms, say researchers, whose finding runs counter to conventional guidelines calling for strict mental and physical rest following the common brain injury. Those who said they resumed light to moderate activity soon after a concussion — such as walking, swimming and stationary cycling — were found to be less likely to have such symptoms as nausea, headaches and dizziness a month later.

“Exercise is probably a good medicine,” said Dr. Roger Zemek of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, who led the study of Canadian children and teens conducted at nine pediatric hospitals across the country.

Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press

Applications Open for Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Funding: Deadline Feb 1, 2017

Added on Dec 13, 2016

Ontario is now accepting applications for the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund, which supports new projects that will help people in communities across Ontario lead healthier lives. 

This grant program supports local, regional and provincial organizations that offer programs and services to keep Ontarians active in sport, recreation and physical activity. Applications are now being accepted for 2017-18 funding, and the deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m. on February 1.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2013, the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund has supported more than 410 projects across the province, which have helped 428,000 people get involved in physical activity.
  • More than $28.8 million has been invested through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund since the program was launched.
  • Making opportunities available for all people in Ontario to get involved in organized sport supports Game ON – The Ontario Government’s Sport Plan.

Government of Ontario News Release