Niagara’s Beaches: Hidden Gems

This policy brief by the Niagara Community Observatory looks at how people in, and visitors to Niagara utilize our beaches; the current and historic factors affecting water and beach quality; and how beach quality is monitored and reported.

The brief states that in summer, Bay (Crystal) Beach on Lake Erie draws more than 2,000 visitors per day, including some from south of the border.  Industrial, residential and agricultural pollutants and rising water temperatures have affected beach quality in the past and there have been continuing efforts to increase water quality in the Great Lakes. The risks for swimmers and beach-goers are monitored and reported by a team of Niagara Region Public Health staff who ensure the most accurate beach quality reporting possible.

The brief notes that beach quality is affected by a variety of environmental, physical and human factors, and provides conclusions about what we can do to improve beach water quality.

Authors: Sophia Papastavrou & Doug Hagar

Published By: Brock University Niagara Community Observatory

Publication Date: June 2013

View Niagara’s Beaches: Hidden Gems

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Public Forum: Advance Care Planning @ Online
Sep 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Public Forums are suitable for family and friends of individuals living with dementia. Join us on Zoom for “Advanced Care Planning.” Advance Care Planning helps individuals and their loved ones prepare for situations where difficult decisions need to be made. It can be hard to have these conversations with your family or friends, but they prove to be helpful in times of need. Share your wishes and plan for the future

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

Social Connection in Residents of Long-Term Care Homes: Mental Health Impacts and Strategies During COVID-19 @ Webinar
Oct 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

In this presentation, we will summarize the research evidence linking social connection to mental health outcomes for LTC residents as well as twelve strategies that might help to build and maintain social connection for LTC residents – both during COVID-19 and beyond.

We will present the findings from a knowledge exchange project conducted by researchers at The KITE Research Institute (University Health Network) together with Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO), Family Councils Ontario (FCO) and the Ontario Association of Resident’s Councils (OARC). Together, we conducted a scoping review of published research that reported some aspect(s) of social connection among residents of long-term care (LTC) homes.

Space is limited

This online event is hosted by brainXchange

South Niagara Hospital Project RFQ/RFP Information Session @ Online
Oct 1 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Niagara Health and Infrastructure Ontario are hosting an information session to educate the Niagara business community regarding:

-Planning status of the South Niagara hospital,
-Information on Request for Qualifications(RFQ) and Request for Proposal (RFP) process and opportunities, and
-Benefits of the Private, Public-Private Partnerships(P3) model.

Join us in learning more about the major milestones and opportunities of the South Niagara Hospital Project. Questions regarding the RFQ or RFP process? Submit them in advance to be answered during the session:

A link to join the Zoom webinar will be emailed once registered.

This information session is brought to you by Niagara Health-South Niagara Project Team

Adaptation: Navigating Confusing Adoption Relationships (8-Week Session)
Oct 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

ROK (Reconnecting Our Kin) presents: Adaptation: Navigating Confusing Adoption Relationships

Original, natural, ‘birth’, extended, chosen … so many families and relationships! How do I navigate them all?
How do I cultivate and nurture the relationships I’ve always wanted …and grieve those I will never have?

Created for Adoptees and Natural mothers – father’s welcome too!
Join us in learning and developing skills in communicating who you truly are and what kind of relationships you most desire.

Eight weekly online sessions

Facilitated by:
Leslie Wagner SSW (Social Service Worker & Natural Mother)
Graig Moriarty RP (Registered Psychotherapist & Adoptee)

$ 225. inclusive (Space limited to 12 participants.)
Reduced rate – $175. before September 17th
$50. Non-refundable registration fee

This online event is brought to you by ROK (Reconnecting Our Kin)

Tools & Tips for Senior Friendly Virtual Care @ Webinar
Oct 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Part of the RGP of Toronto Virtual Care Webinar Series: Tools & Tips for Senior Friendly Virtual Care

Join us for a 3 part webinar series on senior-friendly virtual care! You will walk away with practical tools and tips that you can implement in your virtual care practice. We will cover topics such as, how to make virtual appointments effective, how to build trust in a virtual context, and how to gather and pre-package data from Connecting Ontario prior to a patient’s first virtual visit.

In this first webinar, we will share our learnings from consultations with older adults, guidance from the literature, and feedback from health system leaders. You will learn about our new Virtual First Specialized Geriatric Services Models of Care.

RGP Virtual Care webinar series dates: October 2, November 6, December 4

This series is brought to you by the Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto

Volunteers Needed For Tree Planting @ Fireman's Park
Oct 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

A limited number of volunteers are needed to help plant 50 trees at Firemen’s Park. Partners from the SCVFA and Land Care Niagara will be on-site to help with the tree planting. This event is rain or shine. Email Jeff Guarasci: to register. You will need to bring your own shovel, gloves, and a refillable water bottle.

This opportunity is brought to you by the Park in the City Committee

Niagara Region-CIBC Run for the Cure (Virtual Event) @ Online
Oct 4 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

This year’s CIBC Run for the Cure is virtual but still includes all the things you love about Run – an opening ceremony, warm-up, and entertainment. Being physically apart won’t stop us from coming together as a force-for-life in the face of breast cancer. Join us for the reimagined CIBC Run for the Cure on October 4.

This event is brought to you by the Canadian Cancer Society


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