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Harper Government Welcomes Canada's 44th National Park

Added on Dec 19, 2014

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced that the Bill to enshrine Nááts'ihch'oh National Park Reserve of Canada in the Canada National Parks Act received Royal Assent – formally creating Canada's 44th national park. Nààts'ihch'oh National Park Reserve is one of the finest and most extensive system of protected areas in the world.

Combined with the government's significant expansion in 2009 of Nahanni National Park Reserve, the creation of Nááts'ihch'oh National Park Reserve ensures the protection of the South Nahanni River watershed and habitat for mountain woodland caribou, grizzly bears, Dall's sheep, mountain goats and Trumpeter swans. Nááts'ihch'oh National Park Reserve will serve as a launching point for visitors to explore this northern wilderness. Visitors will have the opportunity to hike, canoe, raft, climb and experience this incredibly beautiful and ecologically important area in the Northwest Territories.

This action further cements Canada as an international leader in the area of conservation. The creation of Nááts'ihch'oh National Park Reserve supports Canada's National Conservation Plan by conserving Canada's lands and waters and helping Canadians connect with these incredible places of ecological and cultural significance. The establishment of Nááts'ihch'oh also fulfills commitments made in the 2013 Speech from the Throne and in Canada'sNorthern Strategy.

The Nááts'ihch'oh region has long been home to the Dene and Métis and is an area of significant spiritual and cultural importance to them. The Impact and Benefit Plan signed in March 2012 by the Government of Canada, the Sahtu Dene, and the Métis of the Tulita District for the establishment of Nááts'ihch'oh National Park Reserve, ensures the provision of lasting economic, cultural and social benefits to Aboriginal, Métis, and northern communities in theNorthwest Territories.

CNW Press Release

As illegal dumping hits Hamilton parks, councillor wants more surveillance

Added on Dec 19, 2014

Hamilton east end councillor Sam Merulla wants to see video cameras permanently installed at Hamilton parks as the next step in the city's battle against illegal dumping. Whether illegal dumping in parks is increasing because of enforcement elsewhere or is just being uncovered by a new enforcement focus, Merulla is clear what he believes about the issue.

"It is a consistent and very predictable problem that is escalating rather than improving," Merulla said. "It is a crisis throughout the city..When you look at the cost of the cleanups and the cost of the environmental impacts, I would say that the cost is less to monitor on the permanent level than the potential cost for cleanups."

Kelly Bennett, CBC News

Ontario Ball Hockey Federation seeking applications to create ball hockey leagues - Deadline Jan 5, 2015

Added on Dec 16, 2014

The Ontario Ball Hockey Federation (OBHF) is seeking applications from Ontario-based organizations and individuals interested in creating sanctioned ball hockey leagues in their communities for the upcoming 2015 spring-summer season. In total, 20 communities will be selected to be part of the project thanks to a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Combating childhood obesity: National Health and Fitness Day act passes in Parliament

Added on Dec 16, 2014

BC MP John Weston is elated after his bill to establish the first Saturday in June as National Health and Fitness Day passed last week. The first one will be held June 6, 2015 and it will be up to municipal governments across Canada to get people involved every June

While the day will include fun and games, the issue is a serious one. “Our obesity rates are climbing – 35 per cent of youth are overweight or obese and few get the recommended amount of physical activity,” said Weston.

Christine Endicott, Squamish Chief

Parents encouraged to unplug at parks - Nanaimo

Added on Dec 12, 2014

Nanaimo’s largest parks could soon feature new reminders for parents to ‘unplug and play.’ The Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership just got the OK from the Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission to post unplug campaign signs at city playgrounds.

Tamara Cunningham, Nanaimo News Bulletin

TD Bank backs expanded Toronto bike-share program in deal said to be worth more than $650K a year

Added on Dec 12, 2014

Toronto city officials recently revealed TD Bank as the major sponsor of the city’s bike-share operation, formerly known as Bixi, in a two-year deal worth in excess of $650,000 a year. Twenty stations will be added in the next year to the 80 currently in place, located to serve the Pan Am Games, and then shifted to other parts of the city.

Natalie Alcoba, National Post

Kids' CBC gets moving with The Moblees to inspire healthy change

Added on Dec 11, 2014

With Canada lagging globally when it comes to meeting guidelines for kids' overall physical activity and limiting sedentary behavior, Kids' CBC aims to inspire healthy change in the way Canadian children and their families move through their daily lives with The Moblees (30 x 11-minutes), a new live-action interactive musical adventure series for kids aged 3 – 5 years. Integrating a holistic approach to healthy active living, including non-sedentary behaviors, physical activity and nutrition, The Moblees airs on CBC Monday to Friday at 8 a.m. (8:30 NT) beginning on December 22. 

Featuring fun moves, memorable music and catchy lyrics, The Moblees turns home viewers into home do-ers by getting them off the floor and into the action through direct-to-camera address and playful participation. The series stars five loveable characters who – along with do-ers at home - overcome obstacles through teamwork and movement. Kids from around the world also share their own Mobleemoves in the series.

Canada NewsWire (press release)

IOC moves to add more sports, encourage more cities to bid

Added on Dec 8, 2014

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has approved a new Olympic bidding process to make the system less costly and adopted a more flexible sports program that could lead to the inclusion of baseball and softball at the 2020 Tokyo Games. The vote was held in a special two-day session to adopt IOC President Thomas Bach's 40-point "Olympic Agenda 2020" reform package, the biggest changes in the IOC in decades.

Stephen Wilson, The Associated Press

Canadian Paralympic Committee Celebrates 2014 International Day Of Persons With Disabilities

Added on Dec 3, 2014

OTTAWA, Dec. 3, 2014 /CNW/ - Amid growing excitement for the upcoming Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games and the Year of Sport in Canada, the Canadian Paralympic Committee is celebrating the International Day Of Persons With Disabilities, continuing to work with our partners towards becoming the world's leading Paralympic nation.

  • Enhancing the visibility and awareness of Canadian Paralympic athletes remains a priority. This evening at 7:00 Ottawa, Team Canada Chef de Mission for the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games, Elisabeth Walker-Young, a four-time Paralympic swimmer, will emcee the Parliament Hill Christmas Lights Across Canada Illumination Ceremony.
  • In the area of high performance sport, preparations are well established for the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games, which will run August 7 to 15, 2015 and feature 1,608 athletes from 28 countries competing in 15 sports. TeamCanada is expected to send a team of approximately 200 athletes and has set a goal of finishing in the top three nations in the total medal count.
  • The Rio 2016 Paralympic Summer Games and PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games are also on the horizon, with planning, consultations and visits well under way in order to help provide Team Canada's athletes and coaches with optimal environments for excellence.
  • The Canadian Paralympic Committee's From Playground to Podium fundraising campaign, launched yesterday, is off to a strong start with more than $24,000 raised so far. Funds raised will help the CPC deliver its world-class programs. The campaign runs until Dec. 31, 2014. To contribute, please visit

"Today is an exciting milestone, a day that reminds us to continue to advance the important work of improving opportunities, accessibility and investment in parasport," said Gaétan Tardif, President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. "Looking ahead to 2015, the Year of Sport in Canada, we are optimistic and energized by a strong 2014 and look forward with great anticipation to the upcoming home Games in Toronto, as well as future Paralympic Games and the next generation of champions."

About the Canadian Paralympic Committee

The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization with 25 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the Paralympic Movement. The Canadian Paralympic Committee's vision is to be the world's leading Paralympic nation. Its mission is to lead the development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system inCanada to enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games. By supporting Canadian high performance athletes with a disability and promoting their success, the Canadian Paralympic Committee inspires all Canadians with a disability to get involved in sport through programs delivered by its member organizations. For more information, visit

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Harper Government Recognizes the National Historic Significance of the War of 1812 Supply Route, Nine Mile Portage and Willow Depot

Added on Dec 1, 2014

The Honourable Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women and Member of Parliament for Simcoe—Grey, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced the designation of Nine Mile Portage and Willow Depot as a national historic event.

During the War of 1812, Nine Mile Portage and Willow Depot were part of an important supply route and crucial in provisioning the British post at Fort Michilimackinac after the supply line through Lake Erie and Detroit was cut in 1813. This, in turn, allowed the British forces, Aboriginal People, and fur traders to maintain control of the upper Great Lakes and the country west of Lake Michigan to the headwaters of the Mississippi River until the end of the war.

Quick Facts

  • Nine Mile Portage was a trail leading from Kempenfelt Bay on Lake Simcoe to Willow Creek, a tributary of the Nottawasaga River, which flows into Georgian Bay at Wasaga Beach.
  • Willow Depot, located on high ground about a mile from Willow Creek, was built as a storage and transhipment post for goods coming over the portage.
  • Parks Canada manages a nationwide network of 167 national historic sites, 44 national parks and four national marine conservation areas that make up the rich tapestry of Canada's cultural and natural heritage.

CNW News Release