1. Cannabis Legalization: Government Choices Interact with Business Realities to Help or Hinder Policy Goals (Policy Brief #33)

    “The Niagara Community Observatory (NCO) has partnered with Michael J. Armstrong, an associate professor in the Goodman School of Business at Brock University, to explore the business realities of the emerging cannabis industry. Notwithstanding its business focus, this policy brief raises serious questions for municipalities across the country. For the...
  2. Resources & Publications

    Opioid-Related Morbidity and Mortality in Ontario (Interactive Tool)

    The Interactive Opioid Tool allows users to explore the most recent opioid-related morbidity and mortality data including emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths. Results can be viewed by public health unit, local health integration network, age, sex, and in some cases, drug type. Data from the interactive tool suggests there...
  3. 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...
  4. Resources & Publications

    Stepping up 2016 Annual Report: A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario’s Youth Succeed

    Stepping Up: A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario’s Youth Succeed (2013) is the Government of Ontario’s framework to support the positive development of Ontario youth aged 12 to 25. Stepping Up includes a commitment to report annually on outcomes and indicators that show how youth are doing in Ontario. Stepping...
  5. Resources & Publications

    Protection Services for 16-17 Year Olds: Information for Youth-Serving Agencies

    On January 1st, 2018 Ontario increased the age of protection to include all children under the age of 18 years. By increasing the age of protection, 16 and 17-year-olds who are in need of protection are eligible for the full range of child protection services, which will give them a better...
  6. 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...
  7. Resources & Publications

    Living in Niagara – 2017 Report: Action Themes Arising

    The Living in Niagara – 2017 report aims to support evidence-informed planning in the Niagara context by offering data to guide research and focused decision-making in the Niagara context. This handout summarizes the action themes arising in each of the 12 quality of life sectors. Related Resources: Living in Niagara...
  8. Resources & Publications

    2015 Performance Measurement Report

    This report marks the tenth year of reporting results to the public, and the first year reporting nationally as opposed to the previous provincial-level benchmarking. From across Canada, there are 10 single-tier and 5 upper-tier municipalities (including Niagara), who have contributed to this report. The 2015 MBNCanada Performance Measurement Report...

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Jun
24
Sun
Ride Don’t Hide @ Brock University
Jun 24 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Be a part of something bigger – join Ride Don’t Hide on June 24th, 2018.

When we hide, mental health stays hidden. When we ride, we create change. Ride or walk in plain sight this year and help us raise funds to support immediate mental health services offered by Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Niagara.

This year’s event will support the Safe Beds program, a voluntary, non-medical facility that offers 24/7 crisis counselling and a safe therapeutic environment for individuals to stay on a short-term basis in order to work through their crisis.

This event is designed for participants of all ages, with a 5km low-intensity route located on Brock University’s campus, and more challenging 15km and 25km routes extending down Cataract Rd towards Howell’s Family Pumpkin Farm.

This event is hosted by CMHA Niagara.

Jun
26
Tue
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) @ Mountainview United Church
Jun 26 @ 8:30 am – Jun 27 @ 4:00 pm

The emphasis of the ASIST workshop is on suicide first-aid, to help a person at risk stay safe and seek further help.

Attendance at the full two days is required in order to receive a certificate of completion.

Learn how to:

  • Recognize invitations to help
  • Reach out and offer support
  • Review the risk of suicide
  • Apply a suicide intervention model
  • Link people with community resources

Contact Sara Wardell (swardell@mainstreamservices.com) to register.

This workshop is hosted by Mainstream.

Seniors Information and Active Living Fair @ Coronation Centre
Jun 26 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The City of Niagara Falls and the Coronation Recreation Centre are hosting a free Seniors Information and Active Living Fair.

There will be seminars, over 30 information booths, a free blood pressure clinic, free food, and a live country band.

Youth-Centred Approaches to Meaningful Engagement – Engaging Youth in Program Design & Development @ Online
Jun 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

How can we intentionally and meaningfully engage youth in the design, development, and evaluation of our programs? How can we ensure that our work is youth-centered and reflective of youth voice?

Youth organizations deliver critical programs to improve youth wellbeing across Ontario. In this webinar series, discover strategies and best practices for meaningfully engaging youth in program planning (design and development) and evaluation.

Part One will focus on engaging youth in program planning, and will feature YouthREX’s Stefanie Stuart, Youth Program Supports Manager, in conversation with frontline youth workers and young people.

This webinar is hosted by YouthREX.

Niagara Health Annual General Meeting @ Niagara Health - St. Catharines Site
Jun 26 @ 2:30 pm

Niagara Health invites you to their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, June 26th at 2:30pm.

This event will be held in the Community Leaders’ Auditorium at the St. Catharines site.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gervan Fearon, President and Vice-Chancellor Brock University

RSVP to Corporate Communications by June 15 (see email address above).

This event is hosted by Niagara Health.

Jun
27
Wed
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) @ Mountainview United Church
Jun 27 @ 8:30 am – Jun 28 @ 4:00 pm

The emphasis of the ASIST workshop is on suicide first-aid, to help a person at risk stay safe and seek further help.

Attendance at the full two days is required in order to receive a certificate of completion.

Learn how to:

  • Recognize invitations to help
  • Reach out and offer support
  • Review the risk of suicide
  • Apply a suicide intervention model
  • Link people with community resources

Contact Sara Wardell (swardell@mainstreamservices.com) to register.

This workshop is hosted by Mainstream.

Multiculturalism Day Celebration
Jun 27 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

June 27 is Canada’s Multiculturalism Day Celebration – Many Flags, Many Nations: Niagara’s Multicultural Mosaic

Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre invites the community to join it in celebrating Canada’s ethnic diversity on Multiculturalism Day by producing the national flag replicas of the many communities of immigrants that have made Niagara their new home.

Program starts at 10:30 a.m. with live music, interactive activities, World Cup live streaming, and a community barbecue.

This event is hosted by Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre.

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