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  1. Addressing Stigma: Action Framework for Building an Inclusive Health System

    Developed as part of The Chief Public Health Officer’s Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2019, the Action Framework for Building an Inclusive Health System explores where and how stigma can be addressed. Published By: Public Health Agency of Canada Publication Date: December 2019 Related posts: Community...
  2. The Basics of Micromobility and Related Motorized Devices for Personal Transport

    With a surge of new personal transportation devices coming to market, some integrated into shared ride systems (such as bikeshare programs), there is a need to establish a common vocabulary for these options, and provide basic information about how these devices are classified and regulated. This info brief provides an...
  3. Reflections on Amalgamation: Where Do We Go From Here? (Policy Brief #44)

    The Niagara Community Observatory produced a policy brief in April 2019 entitled “Under the Knife & Under the Gun: An overview of regional government in Niagara.” The ominous feeling reflected in that title captures the tension that municipalities felt at the time. Twenty years ago the local government system was...
  4. Niagara Aging Strategy and Action Plan Implementation Project (2017-2019) Full Evaluation Report

    This report summarizes evaluation results of the Age-Friendly Niagara Network (AFNN) project to begin implementing the Niagara Aging Strategy and Action Plan (NASAP, 2015). The project was completed from 2017 to 2019, with funding support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Published By: Age-Friendly Niagara Network Publication Date: October 2019 Complementary...
  5. Niagara Aging Strategy and Action Plan Implementation Project (2017-2019) Evaluation Highlights

    This two-page document summarizes both progress toward, and future opportunities for, implementing the Niagara Aging Strategy and Action Plan (NASAP). Final evaluation findings for the 2017-2019 NASAP Implementation Project are shared by the Age-Friendly Niagara Network (AFNN). Complementary Resource: Full Evaluation Report Published By: Age-Friendly Niagara Network Publication Date: October...
  6. Niagara Region Strategic Plan 2019-2022

    The purpose of a strategic plan is to guide the work of the organization over a four year period, to shape a new direction for Niagara as a community and an organization. Niagara Regional Council set strategic directions focused on services provided at the Regional government level, bringing attention to...
  7. 2019 Hunger Report: Ontario’s Changing Employment Landscape and Its Impact on Food Bank Use

    The 2019 Hunger Report provides analysis of the data gathered by the Ontario food bank network, through the Link2Feed client intake system, between April 1st 2018 – March 31st, 2019. This report also includes a special feature on emerging trends in the Ontario labour force and the impact on low-income...

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Jan
28
Tue
Cyber Security: Best Practices and Being Prepared @ Johnny Rocco's
Jan 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Every day, new security concerns arise in the digital world. If you think you’re too small to be noticed, you’re wrong.

Protecting your computers is more than just installing an anti-virus and trusting it to work. Hackers and scammers go after all kinds of businesses and organizations — big and small — with constantly changing methods. It is essential to stay on top of emerging techniques in the digital security world.

Attendees will learn:

  • Best practices for password policies
  • How to recognize phishing attempts and deceptive links
  • Potential risks of accessing storage devices such as foreign USB drives and unproven network locations
  • Modern virus protection and emerging viral trends and technology

Presented by: Non-Profit Niagara Council with special presenter Bryan Lachapelle, President, B4 Networks

Sponsored by: YMCA Niagara

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

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and design, and Mathematics) Rich Environments @ ECCDC
Jan 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The first session in this series will consider what STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and design, and Mathematics) is and what this can look like in an early learning and child care setting. Educators will have opportunities to reflect on how they can integrate STEAM into a variety of program areas that support and encourage inquiry based learning.

Educators will have opportunities to Mess About with materials that they can utilize to provide STEAM rich early learning environments and the links to Tinkering.

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

Jan
29
Wed
Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region Caregiver Wellness: Travel Tips and Virtual Travel Experience @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region
Jan 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Topics for this caregiver learning session include:

  • Strategies to reduce stress while travelling with someone living with dementia
  • Explore respite options
  • Experience a virtual armchair travel vacation to Tofino, B.C.
  • Learn how to create & enjoy your own armchair travel experiences

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

Jan
30
Thu
Regional Chair’s Address @ Americana Conference Resort
Jan 30 @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm

Join the South Niagara Chambers of Commerce (representing Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Port Colborne-Wanfleet and Welland/Pelham Chambers of Commerce) for lunch as Regional Chair Jim Bradley presents his Regional Chair’s Address.

The moderated discussion will cover topics including the aftermath of non-amalgamation, the status of development in Niagara, and transportation including land, sea and air.

This event is hosted by the South Niagara Chambers of Commerce.

Five Ways Volunteering Can Enhance Your Job Search @ Online
Jan 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Job hunting can be challenging in today’s market and applicants need every edge they can get. Volunteering is a great way to gain crucial experience, build transferable skills, network and cultivate references, and hone your approach to job applications. Discover how to search for and apply to volunteer positions and what to expect along the way!

Topics will include:

  • The benefits of volunteering
  • The types of volunteer roles available and the commitments they require
  • How to locate your nearest volunteer centre and search for volunteer roles online
  • What to expect when applying for a volunteer role
  • The five ways volunteering can enhance your job search

This webinar is hosted by CharityVillage.

Jan
31
Fri
Renting in Niagara: Housing Supports and Tenant Rights (Fort Erie) @ Fort Erie Public Library
Jan 31 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Offered in partnership with the Niagara Community Legal Clinic and local libraries throughout Niagara, these sessions support the goals of Niagara’s 10-Year Housing and Homelessness Action Plan, A Home for All by increasing access to education about rights and responsibilities for those who rent property in Ontario.

You will:

  1. Learn about housing programs in Niagara and how to access them.
  2. Know your rights as a tenant. Topics will include: maintenance and repair issues, common grounds for eviction (the process and amount of notice required), when can a landlord enter a tenant’s unit.

Session dates and locations:

  • January 31, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Fort Erie Public Library (Central Branch)
  • January 31, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., St. Catharines Public Library (Central Branch)
  • January 31, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., West Lincoln Public Library (Smithville Branch)
  • February 26, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Port Colborne Public Library
  • February 28, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Niagara Falls Public Library
  • March 27, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., Welland Public Library (Main Branch)

This event is hosted by the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network.

Renting in Niagara: Housing Supports and Tenant Rights (St. Catharines) @ St. Catharines Public Library
Jan 31 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Offered in partnership with the Niagara Community Legal Clinic and local libraries throughout Niagara, these sessions support the goals of Niagara’s 10-Year Housing and Homelessness Action Plan, A Home for All by increasing access to education about rights and responsibilities for those who rent property in Ontario.

You will:

  1. Learn about housing programs in Niagara and how to access them.
  2. Know your rights as a tenant. Topics will include: maintenance and repair issues, common grounds for eviction (the process and amount of notice required), when can a landlord enter a tenant’s unit.

Session dates and locations:

  • January 31, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., St. Catharines Public Library (Central Branch)
  • January 31, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., West Lincoln Public Library (Smithville Branch)
  • February 26, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Port Colborne Public Library
  • February 28, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Niagara Falls Public Library
  • March 27, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., Welland Public Library (Main Branch)

This event is hosted by the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network.

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