1. Community Blog

    Let’s Work Together to Make a Smart Niagara!

    Smart Cities empower communities to address real issues through the use of data and connected technology. The Government of Canada has created the Smart City Challenge and is calling on communities across the country to bring forward their best ideas for improving the lives of their residents through innovation, data...
  2. Community Blog

    Contributing Citizens, Workers, Volunteers, Innovators and Leaders: What We Know About Older People in Niagara

    Here in Niagara, we’ve heard about our aging population, and we know that more than one-third of our population is over 55 years of age. Data in the Living in Niagara-2017 report shows that it’s time for us to address ageism in our community. We can begin by shifting our...
  3. Community Blog

    Local Volunteer Opportunities Offer Older People in Niagara a Way to Stay Healthy and Connected

    Think volunteering is just a nice thing to do for others? Think again! Volunteering can be the key to good health. Research shows volunteering can have a positive impact on social, physical and emotional wellbeing. Older people who remain active and stay connected to their community have reduced stress-related illnesses,...
  4. Community Blog

    Ages and Stages: Evaluating The Effectiveness of a New Screening and Intervention Model for Improving Outcomes Among Children in the Community

    “It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men” (Douglas, 1817). This quote is incredibly profound in its meaning. It is well known that children’s early relational experiences with their primary caregiver, particularly from conception to the third year of life, ultimately lay the foundation for development throughout...
  5. Community Blog

    Living in Niagara – 2017 Quality of Life Report Released

    On Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 350 community members attended the 16th annual Niagara Community Foundation Leaders Breakfast and helped to celebrate the launch of the Living in Niagara – 2017 quality of life report. The Living in Niagara – 2017 report aims to support evidence-informed planning in the Niagara context...
  6. Community Blog

    TRANSforming JUSTICE – Understanding Legal Issues Faced by Trans Individuals Living in Niagara and Across Ontario

    Trans is an umbrella term referring to people whose gender identity and/or gender expression is not reflected by the gender assigned to them at birth, including people with non-binary identities. Based on recent estimates, up to 1 in 200 adults may identify as trans, broadly defined. With trans people being...
  7. Community Blog

    Newcomer Data Available to Inform Niagara Planning and Decision Making

    Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre (NFAMC) is a community based non-profit charitable organization whose team of professional staff and volunteers provide vital settlement services to newcomers as they strive to create a rewarding life in Canada.  We are happy to share annual data around status, language and country of origin...
  8. Community Blog

    Age-Friendly Housing Forum: Opportunities for the Future

    Eighty-five percent of Canadians have made it clear – they want to age in place and continue to live (and thrive) the way they have lived all their lives. Central to aging in place is having access to the social and health supports to live independently as long as the...
  9. Community Blog

    Leadership Niagara Class of 2018 Choose Their Community Projects

    Anticipation was high as Leadership Niagara’s Community Leadership Program convened for the second time this year. On a warm and sunny Friday in late October, it was time for the class of 2018 to select their community project work and decide how they would positively impact the Niagara region over...

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Jul
25
Wed
Challenges and Opportunities of the Aging Population: Meet and Greet with Vance Badaway, MP and David Lametti, MP @ Club Capri
Jul 25 @ 9:00 am

Vance Badaway, MP and David Lametti, MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, are hosting an open house and meet and greet at Club Capri on Wednesday, July 25 at 9 a.m.

Both are interesting in listening to some of the concerns and challenges of the aging population. Please join them at Club Capri for this informal gathering if you are interesting in providing some valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities for older adults currently and in the future.

Background information:

Gambling Behaviours in Older Adults @ Online
Jul 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

How Gambling Behaviours of Older Men and Women Challenge Previous Research on Gender and Gambling

Presenter: Mark van der Maas, PhD

This webinar will discuss new research findings on how gambling behaviours of older men and women challenge previous notions on the relationship between gender and gambling.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the over-representation of men among people with problem gambling in general population studies and young adults.
  2. Describe the recent results of casino and general population research finding similar rates of gambling and problem gambling among older adults (55+).
  3. Explain how previous assumptions of the relationship between gender and problem gambling may need to be reassessed in the context of older adulthood.

This webinar is hosted by CAMH.

What’s Growin’ On Open House @ Victoria Avenue Farm
Jul 25 @ 6:00 pm

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre invites you to Victoria Avenue Farm for What’s Growin’ On Open House.

This is a great opportunity to learn about Vineland’s latest developments in horticulture at their research farm.

Register each participant for a tour spot. Due to space limitations, attendance is restricted to the first 140 registrants.

Register online by July 24th, 2018.

This open house is hosted by Vineland Research and Innovation Centre.

Jul
27
Fri
World Hepatitis Day @ Montebello Park
Jul 27 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Know your status? Get tested, learn your options

The Hepatitis C Care Clinic is hosting a World Hepatitis Day event at Montebello Park on July 27.

There will be free food and refreshments, live music and entertainment, private testing and health teaching, and a community health fair with information displays.

Community partners are invited to provide an information display at the community awareness day to share with the residents of Niagara the great care and services you provide each day. For more information, contact Karen Usick at 905-378-4647 ext. 32555.

This event is hosted by the Hepatitis C Care Clinic at Niagara Health.

Jul
30
Mon
Youth and Cannabis Legalization: Prevention, Education, and Harm Reduction @ Brock University - Academic South 217
Jul 30 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Niagara Region Public Health and the Brock University Centre for Lifespan Development Research invites you to attend a session titled Youth and Cannabis Legalization: Prevention, Education, and Harm Reduction, presented by Dr. Jenna Valleriani.

Dr. Valleriani is a post-doctoral fellow at the BC Centre on Substance Use and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, has extensive experience and has played a role in cannabis legalization while engaging youth in the process (see below for full bio).

The presentation will provide an overview of the current and future policy landscape in Canada, focus on the rational for a public health approach to cannabis legalization, and discuss youth cannabis prevention and education in a new context.

Dr. Valleriani will draw on her research experience and experience working with young people on youth-driven approaches to cannabis education, as well as a recent literature review of harms pertaining to youth and cannabis.

The talk will conclude by focusing on current dominant approaches to drug education and evidence around effectiveness, the increasing importance of meaningfully including young people in cannabis education efforts, and the inclusion of approaches which address age-appropriate evidence-based information about cannabis, its use and effects, as well as harm reduction strategies.

Lunch will be included and parking is complimentary. RSVP to Lucretia Harris by Thursday, July 26 (see contact information above). Please notify of any dietary restrictions.

This session is hosted by Niagara Region Public Health and the Brock University Centre for Lifespan Development Research.

Jul
31
Tue
What Lenders Want @ Innovate Niagara
Jul 31 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join Innovate Niagara for an afternoon seminar on What Lenders Want. Joan Hodge of Meridian Credit Union and Volker Loetfering of Venture Niagara will be giving an insider’s view of what lenders want and how to best position your business for financing.

Volker Loetfering is the Business Loans Officer at Venture Niagara CFDC which provides business advisory services and loans to existing small businesses and startups in Niagara. His professional background includes financial advisor, sales & marketing manager and international business development manager. He has worked in various industry verticals throughout his career including manufacturing, distribution, retail, information technology, market research and financing.

Joan Hodge is a Senior Small Business Advisor with Meridian Credit Union. Joan’s goal is to provide financial business solutions that enable you, a Small Business owner, to move your business forward. Joan has more than 20 years experience in financial services in roles ranging from financial planning to personal lending and branch administration. Joan believes that Small Business is the cornerstone of our country and is proud to work alongside many Small Business owners.

This seminar is hosted by Innovate Niagara.

Aug
6
Mon
Civic Holiday
Aug 6 all-day

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