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Cape Breton group wins $10K for outdoor skating rink

Added on Sep 23, 2016

A community group in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality has received $10,000 dollars to build an outdoor skating rink. The contest was sponsored through the Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation's Support4Sport program. Entrants had to create a one-minute video about how they would use $10,000 to benefit sport and their community.

Community Rink Affordability Grant (SK) - Application Deadline Dec 16, 2016

Added on Sep 23, 2016

The Community Rink Affordability Grant is a program for communities in Saskatchewan to register their indoor Skating or Curling rinks for funding. The Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association reviews the registration and determines eligibility. 

There will be $2500 available per year per indoor ice surface; skating or curling facility only. Ice surface is defined as every pad used for an ice surface (not per building). Multi use facilities can register for the skating surface and the curling surface. Multiple curling sheets in one facility will classify as one ice surface. Funding can be used for operating costs or small capital expenditures.

The deadline to submit registrations is December 16, 2016.

Statscan studies highlight importance of physical activity for kids: experts

Added on Sep 22, 2016

Two recent reports based on the Canadian Health Measure Survey, which between them examined various physical activity benchmarks for children from ages three to 14, highlight the importance of incorporating physical activity throughout the day for children of all ages. The second study noted that for children who play outdoors, each additional hour spent outdoors was associated with an additional seven minutes of MVPA, as well as higher scores for peer relationships and psychosocial health.

Study co-author Dr. Mark Tremblay of Ottawa’s Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario said the various sets of data all suggest that researchers need to start looking at children’s health in a different way.

“The fundamental flaw that we’ve been practicing for years ... is that we’re taking physical activity in isolation,” Tremblay said. “For health benefits, this is what you need to live like. Yeah, you need some moderate to vigorous physical activity, but you’ve also got to reduce sedentary time, you’ve also got to get a good night’s sleep, and you should get a whole bunch of stuff that falls in between these things.”

Michelle McQuigge, Canadian Press

Parkbus tests interest in bussing people from Halifax to Kejimkujik National Park

Added on Sep 20, 2016

Parkbus, a non-profit company that looks to connect people living in urban centres to nature, is making the great outdoors a little more accessible for Haligonians without a car, as it starts a test run from Halifax to Kejimkujik National Park. Parkbus already runs services in Toronto and Vancouver. The system allows people to get to hiking trails and parks without being forced into a tour operators planned outing. Passengers can do whatever activities they like, as long as they make it back to the bus before it departs.

Boris Issaev, one of the Parkbus founders, said Parks Canada approached Parkbus with the idea. He said the park is helping subsidize the pilot run, but that doesn't mean the service couldn't be self sustaining in the future.

"It's pretty close to what you would pay in Toronto for our buses and they are not subsidized there," said Issaev.    

David Burke, CBC News

N.W.T. could bid on 2031 Canada Winter Games

Added on Sep 20, 2016

Although Yellowknife said no to the Canada Winter Games earlier this year, the Northwest Territories could again be bidding to host as early as 2031, after switching places in the queue with P.E.I., which plans to apply for the 2023 games. The N.W.T., in turn, will get first dibs on the games in 2031, previously earmarked for P.E.I.

"I'm pleased because it could have ended up sometime in the 2040s for our next opportunity to bid," said Ian Legaree, the director of sports, recreation and youth for the N.W.T.'s Department of Municipal and Community Affairs. "So although 2031 seems like a long ways away, it's not. We'll re-launch the bid investigation process in 2021 or so."

CBC News

Researchers hope study improves urban design, increases happiness

Added on Sep 19, 2016

In a recent study involving a total of 100 participants, small groups responded to a questionnaire on smart phones at various stops on a Vancouver walking tour designed to measure how different public spaces affect mood. The questionnaire includes questions like, how is your mood? Are you attracted to this place? Would you want to come back here? It also has more hypothetical questions like, if your wallet was lost here, would you expect a stranger to return it?  This was part of a study carried out by a team of cognitive neuroscience researchers from the University of Waterloo and Happy City, coinciding with the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place Conference.

Rafferty Baker, CBC News

International peace parks touted for trans-boundary conservation

Added on Sep 19, 2016

A week-long event in Glacier National Park in Montana last week focused on the importance of trans-boundary conservation, using the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park as an example. 

Ifan Thomas, superintendent of Waterton Lakes National Park agreed that the two parks (Waterton and Glacier) have a special relationship. “Ecosystems don’t recognize international boundaries,” he noted. “If we are talking about shared ecological values, then we’ve got to recognize that they share boundaries. If we want to keep them, then we’ve got to work around those boundaries.”

Colette Derworiz, Calgary Herald

SPRA Forever…in motion Grant: Application Deadline - Nov 15, 2016

Added on Sep 16, 2016

The purpose of the Forever…in motion Grant is to support communities in implementing a Forever…in motion program. Forever…in motion is a Saskatchewan based program that helps older adults become physically active through volunteer, peer or staff led physical activity groups. motion groups are led by peer volunteer leaders or staff who have taken the Forever…in motion Leader training. This training includes: information on how to lead safe exercise programs for older adults, chronic conditions and preventing falls as well as lots of practical hands-on experience. Forever…in motion Leaders are required to participate in a 20-hour Forever…in motion Leader training.

Saskatchewan Trails Association Member Grants: Deadline Dec 31, 2016

Added on Sep 16, 2016

The purpose of the Saskatchewan Trails Association (STA) Member Grant Program is to assist members in maintaining trails within their community or between communities. The focus of the grant will be to fund maintenance activities such as updating maps, GPS trails, signage, purchasing maintenance tools, etc.

Eligibility: The STA Association Member Grant Program is available to current members of the STA including the following: cities, towns, villages, northern settlements, rural municipalities, First Nations, provincial recreation associations, regional recreation associations, regional/urban park authorities, tribal councils, Community Trail Clubs, trail-based Provincial Recreation Associations and other recognized trail organizations. Those not eligible include government departments, national organizations, institutions, and crown corporations.

Great Bear Rainforest to receive special designation

Added on Sep 15, 2016

The Great Bear Rainforest, which comprises 6.4 million hectares on British Columbia’s north and central coast and is home to 26 separate First Nations, is globally recognized for its unique biodiversity and is one of the largest intact tracts of coastal temperate rainforest in the world. It was originally established through land-use decisions first announced in 2006. Earlier this year, after extensive discussions with First Nations and stakeholders, a final ecosystem-based management system was agreed to and additional new areas will be protected.

Under the Great Bear Rainforest land use order, 85% of the forest is now protected and 15% will be available for logging under the strictest logging rules in North America, supporting local jobs.

Government of BC News Release