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City of Lethbridge installing recycling baskets in parks

Added on Sep 5, 2017

The City of Lethbridge is making recycling easier in city parks by developing metal mesh baskets that attach to existing garbage bins and include a latch system that anyone can open, so that those looking for bottles and cans in park garbage bins have an easier and safer time. Approximately 120 recycling baskets will be installed in various parks this fall as a pilot project.

“I’m really proud of how our staff came together to address this issue,” stated David Ellis, city parks manager in a recent news release. “We drew out different concepts and created a prototype out of cardboard and duct tape. Then we found a manufacturer to turn our idea into the final product.”

J.W. Schnarr, Lethbridge Herald

Reaching a milestone, the Nature Conservancy of Canada looks ahead

Added on Sep 5, 2017

On Aug. 30, the Nature Conservancy of Canada marked exactly 20,000 days of conservation. Originally launched by a small band of determined naturalists, and now a national organization with reach and supporters across the country, NCC and its partners and supporters have helped to protect more than 1.1 million hectares of some of the most important natural habitats in Canada. The NCC notes challenges today: nature is still losing ground; wildlife continues to be added to our list of endangered species and continuing to witness the loss and fragmentation of important habitats; our natural spaces are also facing new threats, such as invasive species and climate change, unknown 20,000 days ago.

2018 PRO Awards Programs: Deadline Nov 3, 2017

Added on Aug 31, 2017

Parks and Recreation Ontario’s Awards Program recognizes and honours the achievements of people and organizations that contribute to the advancement of parks and recreation to enhance quality of life. These highly coveted provincial awards include recognition for communities, individuals, students and agencies.

Awards include: Award of Distinction; Awards of Excellence; High Five® Awards; Student and Academic Awards; Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) Awards; and, Recognition Certificates.

Cycling Without Age has arrived in North Bay

Added on Aug 31, 2017

North Bay is the first city in northern Ontario to be offering free bike rides to local seniors or less-abled residents through the Cycling Without Age Program. It involves Trishaw, a three-wheel bike that seats two people in front with seat belts, with a volunteer driver at the back. 

Dr Erica Buck, who along with the Alzheimer Society Sudbury-Manitoulin North Bay and Districts leads the organizing committee, says it’s about giving people the chance to feel the wind in their hair again, pointing out life doesn’t end at 75. She relates a story from one of the residents "who got on the bicycle for the first time and at the end of the bicycle ride he got off and started to cry, and said ‘I haven’t had this much fun in years, can I do it again next week?’, so that’s all that we need to hear to make this happen,” she says.

Richard Coffin, Country 600 CKAT


Parks Canada to look at divesting highways, bridges, dams

Added on Aug 29, 2017

Parks Canada is considering whether to give up as much as $8.3 billion of its highways, bridges and dams. The agency plans to hire an outside consultant to advise on "options for divestiture or transfer" of infrastructure not considered part of its core mandate to safeguard Canada's cultural assets, says a recent notice (Professional Services - Pre-feasibility Study for Rationalization of Highways, Bridges and Dams, Parks Canada).

Bridges that have heritage value will be retained. But the "pre-feasibility" study will look at whether to shed any of the rest of Parks Canada's general infrastructure, which represents close to half of the agency's $17.5 billion worth of built assets.

Dean Beeby, CBC News

Calgary wheelchair users can now enjoy water parks

Added on Aug 28, 2017

A new pilot project that should help wheelchair users beat the heat at three of Calgary's splash parks and wading pools is now underway. Visitors can use the chairs for as long as they want and sign them from on-site attendants. Coun. Druh Farrell pitched the idea and next on her list is beach wheelchairs, and beach mats that can roll out on the sand so people can take their wheelchairs down to the water.

Anna Junker, Calgary Sun

McMaster University survey of practitioners' who deliver and/or prescribe physical activity for pain

Added on Aug 25, 2017

This McMaster University, Physical Activity for Back Pain, Survey is for professionals who deliver and/or prescribe physical activity (e.g., physiotherapists, kinesiologists, exercise physiologists and personal trainers). 

The first purpose of this study is to determine the level of knowledge that practitioners have about low back pain, and the use of physical activity with people with lower back pain. The secondl is to explore the knowledge and confidence level of exercise experts in prescribing physical activity.

Full study title:  A survey of knowledge of back pain and physical activity with back pain of physiotherapists, kinesiologists, exercise physiologists and trainers prescribing and delivering physical activity in the community. A pilot study.

Youth Friendly Community Recognition Program - Application Deadline Jan 5, 2018

Added on Aug 10, 2017

Is your community one which makes an investment in youth play? Do you want to make sure that youth have access to as many opportunities as possible?  If so, then you will want to apply to be recognized as a Youth Friendly Community. The Program works to acknowledge the great work that some communities are doing in ensuring their youth (ages 13 - 19) have continuous access to a diversity of 'play' (play being anything a young person does in his/her free time which could include: sport, recreation, drama, dance, music, the arts, volunteerism, leadership development, service leadership and/or civic engagement).

This is a community application so work to get youth, service partners and the general public involved with the application process! These groups can help provide examples from places such as libraries, local businesses like bowling alleys or movie theatres, and even community groups like the Scouts and Cadets.

Youth also have the opportunity to participate in the application. Youth can share their opinions and feedback on programs, activities and services they enjoy and can also explain how Youth Friendly they feel their community is.

Health Promotion Canada 2017 Recognition Awards: Deadline Sept 30, 2017

Added on Aug 10, 2017

The inaugural Health Promotion Canada 2017 Recognition Awards offers the opportunity to elevate health promoters at various stages in their careers, and celebrate those who are making significant contributions in the field of health promotion across Canada.

The Nomination Form and two letters of support must be submitted by September 30, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST.

Recipients of the awards will receive a one year complimentary 2018 HPC membership (Lifetime Achievement recipients will receive a complimentary lifetime membership), and be recognized at HPC’s Annual General Meeting on December 7, 2017 and on HPC’s website.

Recreation Connections MB Therapeutic Recreation Professional Development Day: Call for Presenters extended to June 1, 2017

Added on May 19, 2017

The Recreation Connections Manitoba Therapeutic Recreation Professional Development Day will be held Wednesday, September 27th, 2017, at Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park, Winnipeg.

The workshops are designed to provide Therapeutic Recreation professionals with tools, resources, and practical information they can use within their respective facilities, programs and/or profession.