Accelerating Rural Transportation Solutions: Ten Community Case Studies from Ontario

Rural residents have voiced concerns about transportation challenges for a long time. The lack of viable transportation options in rural areas makes it difficult for many adults and youth, especially those with low incomes, to take advantage of employment and educational opportunities,attend health and social service appointments, or participate in social and leisure activities. This is a persistent issue and, given the aging demographic of rural Ontario, the need for affordable and accessible transportation services will increase in the future.

Rural transportation is a complex and challenging problem, and the solutions will almost certainly require many organizations to work together to support new approaches.

These case studies represent different models of collaborative rural transportation solutions that have emerged and are continuing to evolve in Ontario.

Published By: Accelerating Rural Transportation Solutions Initiative

Publication Date: August 2014

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Great Lakes Public Forum @ Hilton Milwaukee City Center Hotel
Jun 17 – Jun 19 all-day

The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement calls for the U.S. and Canada to convene the Great Lakes Public Forum once every three years to discuss the state of the lakes, progress made under the Agreement and priorities to guide science and actions over the next three years, as well as provide an opportunity for public input.

The 2019 Great Lakes Public Forum will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Jun
18
Tue
Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region Annual General Meeting @ Niagara Ina Grafton Gage Village
Jun 18 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region is having their Annual General Meeting, June 18, 2019, and you’re invited!

Hear from guest speaker Dr. William Brown, “Dementia: Hope for the Future.”

All welcome, free of charge, light refreshments.

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

Jun
19
Wed
Beyond Grants: Alternative Financing for Your Nonprofit or Charity @ Online
Jun 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This interactive webinar will explore ways to strengthen your nonprofit’s and/or charity’s financial resilience with supportive financing tools.

Your organization may be looking to diversify its financing options or new funding realities may make it more challenging to continue to serve your mission and communities.

ONN is committed to catalyzing improvements in the nonprofit sector’s funding environment, and to facilitating strategic partnerships that increase the sector’s access to capacity-building opportunities.

Join ONN and the Canadian Alternative Investment Foundation (CAIF) for a deep dive into financing options that may be used by your organization to achieve its goals and the how-to’s of preparing for financing.

Through this webinar you will learn:

  • What is debt financing? Loans, lines of credits, and how nonprofits and charities can leverage tools to support their mission
  • What is a line of credit and when it is beneficial to organizations?
  • How to assess your financing needs & readiness
  • Ways to identify your “borrowing profile”
  • How and when to get ready to apply for a line of credit

Bring your questions to the webinar for the Q&A. You can also send your questions in advance by June 15 to admin@theonn.ca.

Speakers:

  • Financial Manager, Beth Coates, CPA, CA
  • Impact Investment Associate, Rebecca Waterhouse, MPNL

This webinar is hosted by the Ontario Nonprofit Network.

Learn@Lunch: Financing Your Small and Medium Business @ St. Catharines Aquatics Centre
Jun 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Join Innovate Niagara for lunch and an interactive session with APL, BDC, and Meridian to discuss options to finance your small-medium business. Each organization will discuss their SMB lending methodology. Speakers will cover finance options including Asset backed, Equity, Line of Credit, and Invoice financing. Find financing opportunities for your business.

Speakers will include:

  • Ian Duffy, Founder & CEO of Accelerated Payments
  • Chris Walker, Senior Small Business Advisor at Meridian Credit Union
  • Kyle Walsh, Commercial Account Manager with Business Development Bank of Canada

This event is hosted by Innovate Niagara.

Building Sustainable Communities: One Mile Creek @ Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre - Mori Nursery Room
Jun 19 @ 7:00 pm

Residents of Old Town in Niagara-on-the-Lake and others interested in nature conservation are invited to attend the first Friends of One Mile Creek public meeting in several years.

The purpose of this group is to collaborate with the community and relevant agencies to work efficiently toward restoring and revitalizing the water, wildlife and natural environment of the One Mile Creek watershed in NOTL. The Friends of One Mile Creek champion the role of private citizens to make a difference in protecting our natural environment.

Special guest speaker Jocelyn Baker will talk about building sustainable communities, using the One Mile Creek watershed plan as an example.

Networking begins at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. There is no admission cost, but participants are kindly asked to RSVP.

This event is hosted by Friends of One Mile Creek.

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20
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Joining a Board of Directors: What Are You Getting Yourself Into? @ Online
Jun 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Being a board member for the first time means a lot of things: taking on significant responsibility, doing a tremendous service, and committing to learning a lot of new things. But what does a board member actually do? What are your roles, responsibilities and duties? How much time should you expect to commit? What expertise do you need to bring to the table? Many people join boards without knowing the answers to these questions, which sometimes makes the reality of board membership a bit surprising, to say the least.

This webinar will provide participants with guidance about what boards expect of you, and what you should expect from your board. We will cover the fundamentals about being a director, bust some myths, and help to get you ready for board membership.

This webinar has the following learning objectives:

  • Understand the basic roles and responsibilities of board members
  • Get introduced to what makes board membership challenging and how to prepare yourself
  • Set your expectations about what you should expect from your board and what they should expect of you

This webinar is hosted by CharityVillage.

Community Support Services of Niagara 19th Annual General Meeting @ Welland International Flatwater Centre
Jun 20 @ 1:30 pm

Community Support Services of Niagara invites you to attend their 19th Annual General Meeting.

Doors open at 1:00, meeting begins at 1:30. Light refreshments to follow.

Please RSVP to Lisa at lbosada@cssn.ca or call 905-682-3800 ext. 31 by Thursday June 10, 2019.

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