Resources & Publications

  1. The Status of Women in the Canadian Arts and Cultural Industries

    The majority of existing research on the status of women in the arts in Canada focuses on specific sectors, such as media arts/ screen, or theatre, etc., rather than addressing the arts and cultural industries as a whole. The purpose of this report is to help fill this gap by...
  2. Families in Canada Interactive Timeline

    Data shows that families and family life in Canada have become increasingly diverse and complex across generations – a reality highlighted when one looks at broader trends over time. This resource looks at Motherhood; Fatherhood; Demographics; Families & Households; and Health & Wellbeing, by decade, from the 1970’s to present....
  3. The Brock University Effect: How Thousands of Students and Millions of Dollars Energize the Economy of Niagara Communities (Policy Brief #36)

    With more than 19,000 registered students, 4,800 faculty and staff, and an annual operating budget of $320 million, exactly how much does Brock University contribute to the local economy? This policy brief contains findings from a pilot study examining Brock University’s economic impact on the Niagara region and Ontario. It...
  4. Shifting Gears: Examining the Recent Upswing of Niagara’s Manufacturing Sector (Policy Brief #35)

    This brief will pick up where Filling the Void left off and provide a deeper understanding of the manufacturing sector between 2012 and 2018. Rather than compare manufacturing with similarly-sized sectors in Niagara, this brief considers the characteristics of the sector at present, in and of itself. The research question...

Community Calendar

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Oct
19
Fri
Application Deadline: Social Enterprise Pitch Competition @ Online
Oct 19 all-day

Innovate Niagara’s Social Enterprise Pitch Competition is in partnership with the ONE Social Enterprise Partnerships – Southwestern Ontario.

A panel of industry experts will review the applications and select the top five Social Enterprises. The selected enterprises will have the opportunity to present at the Social Enterprise Pitch Competition on November 27, 2018 in front of a panel of judges and live audience for a chance to win the grand prize of $2,500 or the people’s choice prize of $500.

Click here to access the online application form.

This competition is administered by Innovate Niagara.

Oct
20
Sat
Healthfest 2018
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Drop in to browse the room of exhibitors and grab a healthy snack. Bring the kids to enjoy some of the features in store especially for them.

There will be guest speakers throughout the day.

This event is hosted by Wainfleet BIC Church.

Niagara Health Expo @ Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Come to the Niagara Health Expo to connect with doctors, healthcare practitioners and wellness specialists.

Visitors can meet exhibitors, ask questions, view demonstrations, try samples, participate in activities and tests, attend expert speaker sessions, and get free chances to win prizes.

A 50/50 draw and a silent auction will be featured to support the Hotel Dieu Shaver Foundation. The first 100 people to enter the Expo will receive a gift bag filled with items from our event partners.

The one day shop for health and wellness will cover an array of services and products, from head to toe. Get tips on prosthetics and orthotics, home health care, personal injury law, hearing aids, breast assessment, mental health, vision, dental, chiropractic, Family Doctors, COPD, fitness training and Pilates, pharmacies, naturopathic medicine, foot care, and much more.

This event is hosted by Divine Media.

Oct
22
Mon
Promoting Racial Justice in Health Care: How Discrimination Affects Our Mental Health @ Brock University - South Block 203
Oct 22 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Presented by: Uppala Chandrasekera, Director of Public Policy, Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario

Those of us who work in health care often believe that because we are part of a helping profession, we are immune to discrimination. Yet discrimination persists – it impacts service users, service providers, organizations and the entire health care system.

This lecture will explore the causes and impacts of discrimination on mental health and identify opportunities and resources for addressing discrimination at an individual, organizational and systems level.

This event is free and open to the Brock Community. Faculty and students are encouraged to attend.

The Yosif Al-Hasnawi Memorial Lecture Series: Promoting Racial Justice in Health Care is named in memory of a first-year Medical Sciences student who died in the service of another in 2017. Yosif had dreams of becoming a doctor and hoped to one day make a difference in the world.

This event is hosted by Brock University.

Oct
23
Tue
System Mapping Webinar @ Online
Oct 23 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

System mapping is an essential step in rolling out a system planning approach to preventing and ending homelessness. System mapping involves a series of activities that achieve a comprehensive view of a community’s resources connected to homelessness.

Specifically, system mapping includes:

  • An up-to-date resource directory for all services available to people at risk of or experiencing homelessness in a community.
  • Mapping of the locations of the various community resources to discern location patterns.
  • Categorization of all programs by target population, eligibility criteria, geographical scope, service model and focus.
  • Real-time occupancy report to show what spaces are available in services.
  • Clear eligibility criteria, access/referral process for those looking for help.
  • Feedback loop from clients/users of services to each of the resources.
  • Performance indicators to track community demand and feedback on services.

This webinar will provide participants with a comprehensive view of system mapping and present some on-the-ground initiatives from Lethbridge, AB and St. John’s, NWD.

Lethbridge’s approach has mobilized diverse funders and service providers to create a real-time system map that connects the dots for people in need, as well as policy makers and funders.

St. John’s has focused on understanding the needs and of the housing and homeless sector with a comprehensive research approach to system mapping that is unearthing significant insights into the workings of the system of care.

Presenters:

  • Dr. Alina Turner – Principal, Turner Strategies
  • Marty Thomsen – Manager, Community Social Development, City of Lethbridge
  • Jennifer Tipple, Performance Management Planner, End Homelessness St. John’s, NWD
  • David French – Director of Policy and Planning, A Way Home Canada

This webinar is hosted by the Systems Planning Collective.

Enriching the CLSA with Environmental Exposure Data: The Canadian Urban Health Research Consortium (CANUE) @ Online
Oct 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This webinar will be presented by Dr. Jeffrey Brook, scientific director of CANUE, Dr. Eleanor Setton, managing director of CANUE, and Dany Doiron, data linkage specialist at CANUE, via WebEx.

The Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium (CANUE) is a CIHR-funded initiative, which collates and develops standardized urban environmental exposure data and links them to health databases to support environmental health research in Canada.

CLSA and CANUE have collaborated to link data on air quality, neighbourhood factors, weather and climate, and greenness indicators to CLSA data on health and aging. The linked data, now available to Canadian researchers, includes estimated exposures of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone and fine particulate matter, as well as information about nighttime light, normalized difference vegetation index (i.e. greenness), health-relevant climate and weather measures, material and social deprivation indices and the Canadian Active Living Environments (i.e. walkability) index.

This webinar will give an overview of CANUE and of pre-linked environmental exposure data currently available to researchers through the CLSA. The webinar will also touch on methods for expanding the breadth and quality of environmental exposures available to the CLSA and other Canadian cohorts.

In collaborating with the CLSA, CANUE ultimately aims to enable research on how environmental factors affect the ways in which Canadians age and help better inform evidence-based strategies for planning healthy and age-friendly communities and cities across Canada.

This webinar is hosted by the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging.

Oct
24
Wed
Dress Purple Day @ Various
Oct 24 all-day

Held during October, Child Abuse Prevention Month, Dress Purple Day is a province-wide initiative to promote awareness of the community’s role in keeping children and youth safe.

Together with our local school boards and community partners, Family and Children’s Services Niagara will be encouraging everyone to Dress Purple and to post your picture on social media to show your support for the cause.

October 24th is Dress Purple Day!

Partners & Projects

  1. Data Professionals of Niagara

    DPN (Data Professionals of Niagara) is an informal association for professionals, students, and enthusiasts of Data-related subjects. DPN is focused on community building, education, and advocacy. The group currently hosts a monthly event called Data Cafe where members can network and learn from each other. Membership is free. Maira Bay de...
  2. Spark Technical Academy

    Spark Technical Academy in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada offers non-accredited skills training in Cybersecurity and other emerging technology areas, in partnership with Stratford University. This skills training academy has been created by the team of Spark Niagara Innovation Centre whom have an extensive background in both the academic and innovation sector....

Community Blog

  1. Achieving “A Community for all Ages” Across Niagara: Be Informed, Celebrate Niagara’s Success, Become a Champion

    All of us have a stake in ensuring our community is responsive to the needs of everyone as we age. This requires that citizens with diverse perspectives and roles be aware of the contributions older adults make within our community, celebrate the ways in which Niagara has already made progress...
  2. Understanding Employment Precarity and Its Impact in Niagara

    Precarious employment is defined as work that is typically part-time, temporary, or contract, and often without longer-term job security and employment-based benefits. It is often called non-standard employment. To better understand employment precarity and its impact in Niagara, PEPiN (Poverty and Employment Precarity in Niagara), recently completed a research study...

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