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Worrisome climate warning about national parks, conservation areas

Added on Mar 31, 2017

A new study by an international team including Marc-Andre Parisien, a researcher with the Canadian Forestry Service, finds that with climate change, the ecosystems in national, provincial, state and other parks and conservation areas that have been set aside to preserve ecosystems and species, will either disappear, change, or likely move out of the protected area.

Quoted by the Canadian Press, he said, “The climates that are in western Montana and the panhandle of Idaho and parts of Colorado are eventually going to be in Banff National Park”.  This means what we now know as the climate in Banff in terms of temperature, rain and snow, and the growing season will all change as will other world famous parks in British Columbia and Alberta."

He says the report could be used by governments to plan parks and protected areas for where they’ll be needed in the future by looking at where climates are today and where they might be located a few decades from now.

Marc Montgomery, Radio Canada International

Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador and ParticipACTION team up in Find Your Fit program

Added on Mar 27, 2017

Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador and ParticipACTION are teaming up for the third annual Find Your Fit! Community Physical Activity Challenge to inspire Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to make physical activity a priority. The Challenge is a province-wide physical activity challenge taking place throughout April that aims to get communities motivated and moving toward healthy, active living through physical activity challenges and education.

ParticipACTION created the 150 Play List to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday. It is the ultimate list of 150 physical activities that define us as Canadian. Canadians are being challenged to try as many of the activities on the list as possible, with events taking place from coast to coast to coast to give Canadians the chance to get moving and participate.

CNW News Release

HIGH FIVE® Training now recognized by the Coaching Association of Canada as Professional Development

Added on Mar 24, 2017

HIGH FIVE® and the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), have joined to announce that HIGH FIVE training is being recognized as professional development (PD) within the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). In order for NCCP coaches to maintain their certified status, they are required to obtain PD points. They can be earned through a multitude of activities that coaches already participate in, and the recent collaboration with HIGH FIVE offers increased opportunities and access for continued, life-long learning. Coaches who have taken HIGH FIVE training as of January 1st , 2016 or afterwards will have it recognized as PD points, and furthermore, towards the maintenance of their NCCP certification.

HIGH FIVE® and Coaching Association of Canada News Release

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

Columbia Basin Recreation Infrastructure Grants - Application deadline Feb 15, 2017

Added on Nov 23, 2016

Recreation Infrastructure Grants is a three-year, $9-million program that focuses on the construction of new and/or upgrades to existing recreational infrastructure in the Basin. The program will support community efforts to create recreational infrastructure that encourages residents to live more active, healthy lifestyles. This includes structures such as backcountry trail networks, swimming pools, ice rinks, curling arenas, sports fields and parks.

Learn more at

Eligible Projects: Projects that may be eligible to the program include, but are not limited to:

    • outdoor and indoor sport and recreation facilities, fields and parks
    • trails and greenways
    • capital projects that improve active transportation, such as bike lanes and pedestrian bridges
    • infrastructure that improves access to physical activity opportunities, such as pool lifts for aquatic facilities.

    Who Can Apply: Registered non-profit and public organizations, school districts, First Nations and local governments are eligible.

    Deadline: Monday, July 11, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. PT/2:00 p.m. MT.

    Walk this Way / Walk this Way First Nations kits available in both hardcopy and electronic format

    Added on Aug 28, 2014

    The Walk This Way Kit supports healthy communities by promoting regular walking as a sustainable form of physical activity.

    How to use this tool:

    • Share it: The kit provides individuals with information that they need to support them in creating healthy walking habits – share the kit with participants via recreation centres, schools, and other organizations.
    • Track it: The calendar for tracking physical activity progress also provides information on walking, the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines, safety tips, and stretching. Encourage participants to use the calendar (with their own step tracker or with the pedometer provided in the hardcopy version) to track their progress.

    You can also order the Walk This Way Leader's Guide (electronically) in English or French, Le guide du meneur Ça marche.

    This resource is available in hardcopy and electronically in English and in French, Trousse Ça marche.