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  1. 2018 MBNCanada Performance Measurement Report

    MBNCanada is a collaborative of Canadian municipalities whose mission is to enhance municipal service delivery by leading the development and application of municipal performance measurement and benchmarking. MBNCanada collects data from across 36 municipal service areas that informs evidence-based decision making and ensures that member municipalities are providing effective and...
  2. 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...
  3. Canadian Kids Need to Move More to Boost Their Brain Health: 2018 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth

    The 2018 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth includes an Expert Statement on Physical Activity and Brain Health in Children and Youth, based on the findings of a team of experts in paediatric neuroscience and exercise science. There are important connections between the health of the...
  4. What Physical Activity Means to Canadians: ParticipACTION Pulse Report

    The Pulse Report assesses the social climate of physical activity among Canadian adults. A first of its kind, this Report explores Canadians’ thoughts, feelings and motivations as they relate to physical activity and informs what shifts are needed in order to make physical activity a vital part of everyday life...
  5. The Values Proposition: Building a Stronger Canada Through Values-Based Sport

    On October 15-16, 2019 the Public Policy Forum (PPF) and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) brought together a diverse group of delegates from sport, academia, government and the corporate sector for a symposium to discuss the integration of a values-first approach to sport at all levels. Through...
  6. Niagara Community Foundation: 2018 Annual Report

    Niagara Community Foundation: 2018 Annual Report “Helping good people build smart and caring communities” The Foundation has been a partner with Niagara Connects since inception. We are happy to share that 2018 was a transformational year for the Foundation. Here are some of the highlights of the Foundation’s impact in...
  7. A Framework for Recreation in Canada 2015: Pathways to Wellbeing

    Recreation provides multiple pathways to wellbeing for individuals, communities, and for our built and natural environments. This paper and the Framework for Recreation in Canada 2015 which it describes allows for a timely re-visioning of recreation’s capacity for achieving wellbeing. The first part of the paper presents a renewed definition...
  8. Guidelines for Obtaining Meaningful Consent

    These guidelines are part of The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s work to improve the current consent model under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). The guidelines include An overview Seven guiding principles for online consent Determining the appropriate form of consent Consent and children What else should...
  9. Creating Parks and Public Spaces for People of All Ages: A Step-by-Step Guide

    Public parks are important places for building a sense of community and social belonging. They are spaces that belong to everyone, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion or income. However, the way parks are designed, maintained and programmed doesn’t always reflect the purpose and promise of such uniquely public spaces....
  10. 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...

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Jun
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Celebrate Local Food Week in Ontario @ Community Event
Jun 1 – Jun 6 all-day

Celebrate Local Food Week in Ontario

Ontario’s Local Food Week takes place from June 1st – 6th, 2020.

It’s an important time as ever to support local! Celebrate the first week of June by making a special effort to buy local, support local businesses, and thank our hard-working producers across the province.

For more information about Ontario’s Local Food Approach Here

For a list of local businesses in Niagara in need of support visit here

Jun
2
Tue
ZOOM Practice Sessions @ Webinar
Jun 2 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Join us to test out your connection to the Zoom network and increase your comfort using the platform to connect with programs.

Explore the features inside of Zoom including:
-Using the chatbox
-Renaming your display name
-Turning your video on and off
-Mute and un-mute
-Display options

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

Jun
3
Wed
Moving the Dial: Safer Supply Programs in Ontario @ Webinar
Jun 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Safer Supply programs are effective interventions that help people who use drugs stay connected to healthcare and reduce preventable deaths. These programs already exist in Ontario and other parts of Canada. They are especially important in the current context when people are dealing with both the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing overdose crisis.

In this webinar experts running safer supply programs in Ontario will provide an overview of their programs. Webinar panelists will also discuss the Safer Opioid Supply Programs (SOS) Harm Reduction Informed Guidance Document for Primary Care Teams developed by Ontario prescribers.

This webinar is for people who use drugs, prescribers, physicians, nurse practitioners, mental health and addictions physicians, harm reduction workers, midwives, and clinical program directors.

Panelists:
• Dr. Andrea Sereda, London Inter Community Health
• Dr. Nanky Rai, Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre
• Dr. Charles Breau, Recovery Ottawa

Moderated by Sané Dube & Dr. Jen Rayner from the Alliance for Healthier Communities

The New Reality of Culturally Safe Practices in Healthcare During COVID-19 @ Webinar
Jun 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Over the past 20 years, there have been remarkable strides in providing culturally safe services to First Nations patients, families, and communities, however, there is still much work to be done in ensuring equitable access to culturally safe services.

During this pandemic, health organizations and service providers have faced additional challenges in their efforts to prepare, monitor and respond to COVID-19. Our First Nation partners are juggling an unprecedented number of concerns in accessing safe, and culturally appropriate, services for their community members.

During this webinar, CFHI-FCAS will review the historical and present-day impacts of pandemics on First Nations communities, including how COVID-19 is amplifying existing inequalities, and learn about the work of the FNHMA to support First Nations health managers.

There will be an opportunity for critical self-reflection and discussion, to unpack how health care organizations can address the challenge to provide culturally safe services/supports to First Nations (as allies) during the pandemic.

This online event is hosted by CHFI- FCAS

How to Create Engaging and Profitable E-Learning Programs @ Webinar
Jun 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Over your lifetime, you have gained an incredible amount of knowledge. You see other people making mistakes, missing opportunities, or doing things you can help them do better. Your wisdom can help your customers, your employees, your partners, or other groups that you really care about. With physical distance growing between us all, it’s essential that you take your training online.

This workshop will give you the roadmap for e-learning success. Together we will work through the first, and most important phase of development – PLANNING! Then we’ll set you up to navigate through preparing, producing, publishing and promoting your online course. Join us to discover how you can fast track your e-learning course and get it in front of the people that need it most.

Presenters: Janet Rouss and Diane Andonovski, Video Wisdom

This webinar is hosted by AGEWORKS

Young Onset Dementia Care Partner Group @ Webinar
Jun 3 @ 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

Jun
4
Thu
Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Level 1 (Live Webinar Series) @ Webinar
Jun 4 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

This June 4, 5, 11 and 12, 2020 training will be offered as a live webinar series

In this introductory four-day certificate program, participants will learn the main strategies for cognitive and behavioural therapy (CBT). Tools discussed will include case formulation and conceptualization; identification and modification of thoughts; behaviour activation; behaviour experiments; exposure; role-playing; cognitive rehearsal; and problem-solving. This course is not specific to a particular client population or clinical disorder. It provides instruction on a set of tools that can be applied to common and more complex mental health conditions. The format of this training includes didactic presentation, experiential exercises, feedback, and a focus on micro-skills development.

Agenda Day 1:
Morning Session: Case formulation and conceptualization in cognitive behaviour therapy
Afternoon Session: Working with automatic thoughts

Agenda Day 2:
Morning Session: Working with underlying assumptions and core beliefs
Afternoon Session: Problem-solving therapy

Agenda Day 3:
Morning Session: Cognitive behaviour therapy for youth
Afternoon Session: Cognitive behaviour therapy for youth, continued

Agenda Day 4:
Morning Session: Cognitive behaviour therapy strategies for the treatment of anxiety
Afternoon Session: Cognitive behaviour therapy strategies for the treatment of complex disorders

This program is offered by the SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health Learning Institute

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