Open Data Barometer


The report looks specifically at 30 governments that have made concrete commitments to champion open data, either by adopting the Open Data Charter, or, as members of the G20, by signing up to the G20 Anti-Corruption Open Data Principles.

The biggest action governments can take to speed up progress is to start investing the significant resources needed to build the policies, practices and infrastructure that will drive this transformation. The report outlines a number of specific recommendations that governments can make in three key areas:

  1. Put “open by default” into action
  2. Build and consolidate open data infrastructure
  3. Publish data with purpose

Canada and the UK are tied this year for first place. Canada has advanced steadily, retaining its position as a top performer for the past five years and rising to the top in this edition. The government’s continued progress reflects a strong performance in virtually all areas — from policies to implementation. Its consistent political backing has been one the keys to its success. As Canada starts to show substantial evidence of the impact of this focus on open data across the government, social, and economic sectors, we can see this approach starting to pay off.

For more information about open data in Canada: Canadian Open Data Summit 2018

Published By: World Wide Web Foundation

Publication Date: September 2018

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Anger Solutions – Summer Training @ Thorold
Aug 21 – Aug 23 all-day

Everything you need to run an effective group counseling or coaching sessions in one package!

Are you frustrated with the time and effort required to research and develop effective anger tools? Need a solid base of tools and resources?

The Anger Solutions Program as developed by Julie Christiansen, MA over 4 years of study and practical use. It has been delivered to over 150 agencies across Ontario for over 20 years, and is currently in use by various corrections-based, addictions and recovery, and social service agencies across Canada and internationally.

Facilitator Boot Camp August 21, 2019 $397+HST/person All training materials included.

Train The Trainer 3-Day Intensive Course August 21-23, 2019 $1,197+HST/person All training materials and first year license included.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) @ TBA
Aug 28 @ 8:30 am – Aug 29 @ 4:30 pm

ASIST is a two-day workshop that provides practical training for caregivers seeking to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.

Participants in the workshop learn how to:

  • Recognize invitations to help.
  • Reach out and offer support.
  • Review the risk of suicide.
  • Apply a suicide intervention model.
  • Link people with community resources.

Please contact to register.

This workshop is hosted by Distress Centre Niagara.

Self-Care for the Caregiver @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region
Aug 28 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Self-Care for the Caregiver is a 16-week educational program designed to help you learn how to take better care of yourself.

Presenter: Denise Verreault, Director of Programs and Services, Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region

This program occurs every Wednesday from 12:30-3:30 p.m. from August 28, 2019 to December 11, 2019.

Intellectual Property Panel @ Spark Niagara
Aug 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Do you have valuable intellectual property? Is your business name, slogan and product protected? Learn more from industry experts at the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, on how to protect YOUR valuable intellectual property!

Learn IP basics from a former federal judge, IP firm strategies and cross -border intellectual property to ensure that your intellectual property stays protected.

This event is hosted by Spark Niagara.

Labour Day
Sep 2 all-day
Fort Erie Service Provider Meeting @ Crystal Ridge Community Church
Sep 5 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Service Provider Shared Learning Sessions are being held across Niagara for front-line community service and outreach workers to:

  • Connect for shared learning;
  • Share ideas and best practice information to enable client success; and
  • Strengthen relationships concerning clients’ access to services and benefits.

Presentations: Advancing Crystal Beach and CNIB

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QI in Community Mental Health and Addiction: Not Just Another Buzzword @ Online
Sep 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join CMHA Ontario, AMHO, and the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health for a webinar series focusing on quality improvement (QI) initiatives within the community mental health and addiction sector.

In preparation for Ontario Health Teams, learn more about the importance of QI, what QI resources and support exist in our sector, and how to engage in future QI projects.


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