Poverty and Employment Precarity in Niagara (PEPiN)

The Poverty and Employment Precarity in Niagara (PEPiN) project is a collaborative initiative of United Way Niagara Falls and Greater Fort Erie and Brock University’s Social Justice Research Institute.

Funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, our goal is to understand the state of precarious employment (PE) and the impact it has on Niagara residents. By engaging knowledge users, we will develop best practices and recommendations so that policy-makers, service providers, advocacy coalitions and employers can learn how to mitigate risks associated with PE. This project is a step forward to ensuring jobs are a pathway to income and employment security.

Natalie Chaumont
Program Manager–United Way Niagara Falls and Greater Fort Erie

Email: PEPiN@unitedwayniagara.org

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Niagara Adapts Seminar @ Brock University - Cairns 207
Feb 25 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Niagara Adapts is a partnership designed to build innovative climate solutions right here in Niagara. By leveraging resources and expertise from seven municipalities in the Niagara Region and Brock’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, the partnership will support collaborative climate change adaptation assessment, planning and implementation.

In this session, municipal climate change coordinators and representatives from the participating municipalities will present on what challenges their municipalities are facing in terms of climate change. Dr. Jessica Blythe will follow these presentations by presenting the findings of the project.

This event is open to the public with limited seating. Please RSVP to esrc@brocku.ca.

This event is hosted by the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre at Brock University.

Lunch and Learn: Fight Employee Turnover and Boost Employee Morale @ Johnny Rocco's
Feb 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm


  • what employer branding is and how it can grow your business
  • getting and keeping the right employees
  • how to advance your workforce to the next level
  • how to deal with employee complaints on social media
  • know what to pay in today’s job seeking market

Presented by Deanne D’Elia, Director of Employment and Newcomer Services, YMCA of Niagara

This session is hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.

Nursing Approaches/Assessment for Concurrent Disorders, Withdrawal Management and Crystal Methamphetamine @ Online
Feb 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Please join the Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Team for this monthly education session to listen to Registered Nurse and Acting Psychiatric Emergency Services Clinical Supervisor Natalie Speirs discuss concurrent disorders, managing withdrawal symptoms, and crystal methamphetamine.

This session is hosted by the Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Team.

Integrating Health and Transportation in Canada @ Online
Feb 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Transportation systems are vital to the achievement of Canada’s public health objectives in the areas of physical activity, chronic disease, and exposure to air and noise pollution. TAC’s new report Integrating Health and Transportation in Canada offers recommendations for transportation planners and engineers to help build public health in Canada, based on international best practices and input from dozens of practitioners. This webinar offers an overview of the study’s methods, findings and recommendations for next steps.

This webinar is hosted by the Transportation Association of Canada.

Local Food Environment Policies: Identifying Opportunities to Support Healthy Food Choices @ Online
Feb 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Food environments are known to have a significant influence on food choices and diet quality, with important implications for the development of obesity and non-communicable disease. A range of government policies have been identified that are known to influence the availability, affordability and marketing of healthy (and less healthy) foods, and have the ability to shift the food environment towards one that is increasingly supportive of healthier dietary choices. Local governments are often the first to implement novel and innovative food environment policies, providing an important opportunity to test the feasibility and impact of such policies.

Drawing upon international efforts to monitor and evaluate food environments globally, the Local Food-Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI) tool is a framework for evaluating local food environment policies, and can be used as a starting point for communities interested in evaluating gaps and opportunities to support the development of healthy, supportive food environments.

This presentation will provide an overview of the importance of food environment policies in supporting and promoting healthy diets, drawing on examples that have been implemented across a variety of jurisdictions. The presentation will also share findings from the Local Food-EPI study conducted by researchers at the University of Toronto to examine food environments in three jurisdictions in Ontario. Lastly, the presentation will explore other international efforts to support the implementation of local healthy, sustainable food environment policies that are being used by communities in Canada and elsewhere to support effective policy change, and ultimately improve dietary habits and overall health.

This webinar is hosted by the National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health.

Long Term Care Transitional Self-Health @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region
Feb 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A Long Term Care Transitional Support Group for care partners of a family member that has had a recent admission to Long Term Care.

Topics to be discussed:

  • When and how to visit your loved one in Care
  • Meaningful visits and communication
  • Working with Long Term Care staff
  • Loss and grief

This event is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and design, and Mathematics) for Infants and Toddlers @ ECCDC
Feb 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Attitudes to science and math are shaped in the early years and carry though to the teenage years (Archer et al. 2019) and the attitudes of adults can directly influence children’s attitudes towards STEAM experiences. Educators are often uncomfortable and lack confidence in providing STEAM experiences, which can result in young children not being afforded opportunities to develop a love of STEAM areas.

If you are one of those educators who is struggling with providing STEAM experiences in your practice or you are looking to enhance the everyday Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and design, and Mathematics experiences available in your early learning and child care centre, then this three-part STEAM series is for you! We invite you to join Ginette Wilson, Early Learning and Child Care Trainer, and Patricia Couroux, Coaching & Mentoring Services Coordinator with the Early Childhood Community Development Centre, and fellow Educators to engage in lively discussions and fun hands-on experiences that support STEAM in early learning and child care centres.

Session 2: STEAM for Infants and Toddlers

The second session will consider how educators can bring STEAM concepts into everyday experiences for infants and toddlers while honouring their self-initiated learning. Educators will have opportunities to consider how they can give visibility to STEAM learning and concepts in an early learning and child care setting, and reflect on how they can facilitate STEAM for infants and toddlers. This will then be followed by hands-on exploration of STEAM rich environments for infants and toddlers.

Registration fee includes all materials and nutrition break.

This session is hosted by the Early Childhood Community Development Centre.


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