1. Resources & Publications

    Ontario Early Years Child & Family Centres: Initial Plan for Niagara Region

    Over the last year, Niagara Region Children’s Services has been working with the Ministry of Education and local early years sector service providers who have provided valuable input, feedback, and recommendations to inform the needs assessment. This has allowed Niagara Region Children’s Services to develop a local Ontario Early Years...
  2. Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors

    The number of seniors in Ontario is forecast to double to 4.6 million within the next 25 years – and Ontario aims to become the best place in the world to grow older. This Action Plan focuses on areas that seniors say they care about most, including living independently for...
  3. Partners & Projects

    The Willow Community

    The Willow Community is a non-profit arts organization located in the Niagara region created with the purpose of integrating people who receive mental health and addiction services with professionals in the Ontario arts community. We promote, support, encourage, and train our members by providing artistic opportunities for those persons to...
  4. Resources & Publications

    Vital Signs: Belonging – Exploring Connection to Community

    The 2017 national Vital Signs report is the third in a multi-year series focused on belonging, which has become an area of strategic focus for Community Foundations of Canada and many community foundations across the country. This year 39 communities in Canada and another 28 in other parts of the world are...
  5. Resources & Publications

    Impressions of the Impact of the Arts on Quality of Life and Well-Being in Ontario: Ontario Arts Council Survey Findings

    This report, based on a random survey of 1,004 individuals, shows that Ontario residents recognize the important contribution of the arts to vibrant, livable communities. The survey also shows that regardless of the respondent’s region, gender and age, a majority of Ontarians had positive views about the arts and all...
  6. Resources & Publications

    A Profile of Wellbeing in Ontario: The West Region

    The Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) has produced detailed reports of community wellbeing for five regions, based on boundaries used by Ontario ministries. This particular report, provides a snapshot and full portrait of Western Ontario, using the latest data from 2014 and 2015 to form a comprehensive picture of wellbeing in Ontario. These reports are designed...
  7. Resources & Publications

    The 2016 Canadian Index of Wellbeing National Report: How are Canadians Really Doing?

    For more than 10 years, the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW), based at the University of Waterloo, has provided comprehensive analyses of how we are really doing in the areas of our lives that matter most. It draws from almost 200 reliable data sources, primarily from Statistics Canada, that provide 64 indicators...
  8. Resources & Publications

    Provincial and Territorial Cultural Indicators 2010-2014

    This paper outlines the Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators (PTCI) developed by Statistics Canada. The PTCI are timely economic estimates of culture and sport in Canada and were developed as an extension to the more comprehensive Provincial and Territorial Culture Satellite Account. The PTCI cover culture (including arts and heritage)...

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Jul
25
Wed
Challenges and Opportunities of the Aging Population: Meet and Greet with Vance Badaway, MP and David Lametti, MP @ Club Capri
Jul 25 @ 9:00 am

Vance Badaway, MP and David Lametti, MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, are hosting an open house and meet and greet at Club Capri on Wednesday, July 25 at 9 a.m.

Both are interesting in listening to some of the concerns and challenges of the aging population. Please join them at Club Capri for this informal gathering if you are interesting in providing some valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities for older adults currently and in the future.

Background information:

Gambling Behaviours in Older Adults @ Online
Jul 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

How Gambling Behaviours of Older Men and Women Challenge Previous Research on Gender and Gambling

Presenter: Mark van der Maas, PhD

This webinar will discuss new research findings on how gambling behaviours of older men and women challenge previous notions on the relationship between gender and gambling.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the over-representation of men among people with problem gambling in general population studies and young adults.
  2. Describe the recent results of casino and general population research finding similar rates of gambling and problem gambling among older adults (55+).
  3. Explain how previous assumptions of the relationship between gender and problem gambling may need to be reassessed in the context of older adulthood.

This webinar is hosted by CAMH.

What’s Growin’ On Open House @ Victoria Avenue Farm
Jul 25 @ 6:00 pm

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre invites you to Victoria Avenue Farm for What’s Growin’ On Open House.

This is a great opportunity to learn about Vineland’s latest developments in horticulture at their research farm.

Register each participant for a tour spot. Due to space limitations, attendance is restricted to the first 140 registrants.

Register online by July 24th, 2018.

This open house is hosted by Vineland Research and Innovation Centre.

Jul
27
Fri
World Hepatitis Day @ Montebello Park
Jul 27 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Know your status? Get tested, learn your options

The Hepatitis C Care Clinic is hosting a World Hepatitis Day event at Montebello Park on July 27.

There will be free food and refreshments, live music and entertainment, private testing and health teaching, and a community health fair with information displays.

Community partners are invited to provide an information display at the community awareness day to share with the residents of Niagara the great care and services you provide each day. For more information, contact Karen Usick at 905-378-4647 ext. 32555.

This event is hosted by the Hepatitis C Care Clinic at Niagara Health.

Jul
30
Mon
Youth and Cannabis Legalization: Prevention, Education, and Harm Reduction @ Brock University - Academic South 217
Jul 30 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Niagara Region Public Health and the Brock University Centre for Lifespan Development Research invites you to attend a session titled Youth and Cannabis Legalization: Prevention, Education, and Harm Reduction, presented by Dr. Jenna Valleriani.

Dr. Valleriani is a post-doctoral fellow at the BC Centre on Substance Use and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, has extensive experience and has played a role in cannabis legalization while engaging youth in the process (see below for full bio).

The presentation will provide an overview of the current and future policy landscape in Canada, focus on the rational for a public health approach to cannabis legalization, and discuss youth cannabis prevention and education in a new context.

Dr. Valleriani will draw on her research experience and experience working with young people on youth-driven approaches to cannabis education, as well as a recent literature review of harms pertaining to youth and cannabis.

The talk will conclude by focusing on current dominant approaches to drug education and evidence around effectiveness, the increasing importance of meaningfully including young people in cannabis education efforts, and the inclusion of approaches which address age-appropriate evidence-based information about cannabis, its use and effects, as well as harm reduction strategies.

Lunch will be included and parking is complimentary. RSVP to Lucretia Harris by Thursday, July 26 (see contact information above). Please notify of any dietary restrictions.

This session is hosted by Niagara Region Public Health and the Brock University Centre for Lifespan Development Research.

Jul
31
Tue
What Lenders Want @ Innovate Niagara
Jul 31 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join Innovate Niagara for an afternoon seminar on What Lenders Want. Joan Hodge of Meridian Credit Union and Volker Loetfering of Venture Niagara will be giving an insider’s view of what lenders want and how to best position your business for financing.

Volker Loetfering is the Business Loans Officer at Venture Niagara CFDC which provides business advisory services and loans to existing small businesses and startups in Niagara. His professional background includes financial advisor, sales & marketing manager and international business development manager. He has worked in various industry verticals throughout his career including manufacturing, distribution, retail, information technology, market research and financing.

Joan Hodge is a Senior Small Business Advisor with Meridian Credit Union. Joan’s goal is to provide financial business solutions that enable you, a Small Business owner, to move your business forward. Joan has more than 20 years experience in financial services in roles ranging from financial planning to personal lending and branch administration. Joan believes that Small Business is the cornerstone of our country and is proud to work alongside many Small Business owners.

This seminar is hosted by Innovate Niagara.

Aug
6
Mon
Civic Holiday
Aug 6 all-day

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