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  1. 2020 State of the Region

    This June 18, 2020 virtual event, hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce, features a keynote address by Niagara Region Chair Jim Bradley. His address is followed by a panel discussion including senior Niagara Region staff members: Dr. Mustafa Hirji, Acting Medical Officer of Health & Commissioner, Public Health...
  2. Economic Rapid Response Team Completes Second Survey of Niagara Businesses

    Niagara’s Economic Rapid Response Team (ERRT) now has a clearer picture of the local impact COVID-19 has had on Niagara’s business community, thanks to the completion of its second Business Impact Survey. Over 1,300 businesses, representing over 47,000 employees from all sectors and municipalities completed the online survey, administered between...
  3. Mood Walks: The Role of Parks and Recreation in Mental Health Promotion

    This is policy brief #45 from the Niagara Community Observatory at Brock University. Dr. Kyle Rich and Dr. Martha Barnes from the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Brock report on their research in which they examined a partnership that sought to promote mental health by encouraging participants to...
  4. Niagara Suicide Prevention Coalition: Update and New Resources (Event Recording)

    This is an event recording of the June 11, 2020 webinar with presenters Shannon McHugh, Keegan Kaior, Stephanie Hicks and Joanne Bovine. This event was hosted by Niagara Connects in partnership with the Niagara Suicide Prevention Coalition (NSPC). Fifty-six (56) participants joined this event from thirty-six (36) different organizations. Webinar...
  5. Streets for Pandemic Response and Recovery

    This document aggregates and synthesizes emerging practices in transportation and street design in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It highlights cities’ current efforts to re-organize streets to best manage the crisis and support economic recovery. Emerging practices are organized into stand-alone implementation sheets. The authors note that the document will...
  6. Re-imagining Long-Term Residential Care in the COVID-19 Crisis

    The COVID-19 crisis offers an opportunity to create a new, better normal at Canadian long-term residential care facilities. This report’s short-term recommendations include: -making all staff permanent and limiting their work to one nursing home; -raising staff wages and benefits, especially sick leave; -rapidly providing testing for all those living,...
  7. Southern Ontario’s Basic Income Experience

    The research study, Southern Ontario’s Basic Income Experience, is based on Ontario’s basic income pilot. The pilot was implemented in three Ontario cities in 2018 by the provincial government. Subsequently the project was terminated in 2019, following a change in government. This research study made use of surveys of individuals...

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Jul
7
Tue
Niagara’s Transportation and Logistics Sector: Becoming a Global Economic Lynchpin @ Webinar
Jul 7 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

The Niagara Community Observatory invites you to join us Tuesday, July 7 for a virtual presentation of our latest policy brief Niagara’s Transportation and Logistics Sector: Becoming a Global Economic Lynchpin, by NCO Director Charles Conteh.

The presentation runs from 9:30 am to 11 am and will be conducted online via Microsoft Teams. A link to the event will be sent out the day before, to all who have registered.

The transportation and logistics (T&L) sector is a strategic economic sector in Niagara given the region’s role as one of the key arteries in Canada’s interprovincial and international trade flows.

As the North American and global economy undergoes earthshaking transformations across several fronts, the fundamental question that Niagara must address is whether it is fully leveraging its assets to not only weather the storms of change but also exploit new and emerging opportunities.

Following in the footsteps of his previous research on the manufacturing, agriculture, and ICT sectors, Dr. Conteh uses industry data provided in partnership with Niagara Economic Development to examine this question, focusing on the trends, strengths, and challenges.

The presentation will be followed by a panelist discussion and open Q&A.

Registration is required through cphillips3@brocku.ca

This webinar is brought to you by the Niagara Community Observatory, Brock University

Revenue Canada: Tax Benefits @ Webinar
Jul 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Learn about Tax benefits that may help support persons living with dementia, care partners or seniors.
-Covid-19 Measures
-Disability Tax Credit
-Caregiver Tax Credits
-Medical Expenses

Featuring: Piratheepa Jeyaseelan, Volunteer & CRA Outreach Officer

This information session is brought to you by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region

Short-Term Interventions: Transitioning from In-Person to Online Support @ Webinar
Jul 7 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

This four-week webinar series will explore ways to move through this unsettling interlude with integrity, confidence, and clinical effectiveness. Each webinar will explore a different topic relevant to both short-term therapy and remote service delivery and will include practical skills that can be implemented immediately.

Week 1: Doing the Best You Can With What You Have: Best Practices in Brief and Remote Counselling

Front-line practitioners all want the best for their clients, but it can be challenging to feel helpful when faced with limited time and resources. This webinar will explore what it takes to be clinically effective regardless of the time available or method of service delivery.

Week 2: Hope: The Key to All Effective Brief Therapy

Practitioners often struggle with how to be clinically effective in brief therapy given the time-limited nature of the interaction. This webinar will invite practitioners to consider hope as the “active ingredient” in Brief Therapy and will discuss how to cultivate hope more intentionally in conversations.

Week 3: The Worries are Real: Managing Anxiety, Disappointment and Uncertainty in Troubled Times

There is no denying that the COVID-19 virus has changed the world as we know it. Worry, fear and grief are all reasonable responses. This webinar will explore how we can honour our client’s difficult emotions while nurturing their resiliency.

Week 4: Mindful Presence in Brief Therapy: Staying Grounded, Compassionate, and Hopeful Before, After, and During Challenging Conversations

Supporting others while managing difficult times ourselves can feel exhausting. This webinar will explore the importance of self-awareness and reflexivity for the practitioner.

Course Format

Live Webinars (Zoom)
This course is delivered exclusively online as 4 interactive webinars spaced over four weeks.
Online learning platform (Thinkific LMS)
Participants will have access to online learning modules to supplement live sessions as well as:
• Activities and discussion forum
• Downloadable resources and handouts
• Access replay of session recordings

This webinar is hosted by SafeGuards Training

AGE-WELL Epic Conference 2020 (8-Weeks, Every Tuesday & Thursday) @ Webinar
Jul 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

The “Supportive Homes & Communities” Challenge Area focuses on promoting independent living through appropriate supports and services, including the design of physical spaces and the use of technology within the environment.

Chair: Frank Knoefel, Bruyère Research Institute

Commenter: Sherry Baker, Vice-Chair, Older Adult and Caregiver Advisory Committee

Oral Presentations:

Live More SmarTech: Autonomy and independence through collaboration and technology
Naomi Zingman Daniels, University of Toronto

Smart home technology to support persons living with dementia who experience night-time wandering and their caregivers
Laura Ault, Bruyère Research Institute

Seniors’ perceptions of the robot
Zahya Idrissi, University of Sherbrooke

#AWepic2020

This conference is brought to you by Age-Well

Jul
8
Wed
Young Onset Dementia Care Partner Group @ Webinar
Jul 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Caring for someone with young onset dementia (dementia diagnosed prior to 65) can present its own unique challenges. This is a facilitated group intended to connect people on a similar journey and to offer a place where care partners can assess support and engage socially. If you are a child, spouse, relative, friend – any informal caregiver caring for someone living with young onset dementia you are welcome to join our group!

Upcoming dates:
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 7:00 – 8:30pm
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 7:00 – 8:30pm

This webinar is brought to you by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region

Jul
9
Thu
AGE-WELL Epic Conference 2020 (8-Weeks, Every Tuesday & Thursday) @ Webinar
Jul 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

The “Supportive Homes & Communities” Challenge Area focuses on promoting independent living through appropriate supports and services, including the design of physical spaces and the use of technology within the environment.

Chair: Frank Knoefel, Bruyère Research Institute

Commenter: Sherry Baker, Vice-Chair, Older Adult and Caregiver Advisory Committee

Oral Presentations:

Live More SmarTech: Autonomy and independence through collaboration and technology
Naomi Zingman Daniels, University of Toronto

Smart home technology to support persons living with dementia who experience night-time wandering and their caregivers
Laura Ault, Bruyère Research Institute

Seniors’ perceptions of the robot
Zahya Idrissi, University of Sherbrooke

#AWepic2020

This conference is brought to you by Age-Well

Jul
10
Fri
Pathstone TV: Mental Health Advice @ Online
Jul 10 all-day

Discover new videos every Friday that will cover topics ranging from resiliency, anxiety, gratitude, self-awareness, and ways to challenge your thinking round out close to a dozen online video chats led by mental health experts and professionals.

These Online Videos are brought to you by Pathstone Mental Health

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