1. Cannabis Legalization: Government Choices Interact with Business Realities to Help or Hinder Policy Goals (Policy Brief #33)

    “The Niagara Community Observatory (NCO) has partnered with Michael J. Armstrong, an associate professor in the Goodman School of Business at Brock University, to explore the business realities of the emerging cannabis industry. Notwithstanding its business focus, this policy brief raises serious questions for municipalities across the country. For the...
  2. Resources & Publications

    Improving Prosperity for Niagara’s Women Business Owners (Final Report)

      Small business has been proposed as the way forward for our region to address Niagara’s high unemployment rate as reported by Statistics Canada. This report describes a 3-year project aimed to increase the economic prosperity of women business owners in Niagara through implementing solutions to identified barriers. Published By: The Welland...
  3. Resources & Publications

    Living in Niagara – 2017 Report: Action Themes Arising

    The Living in Niagara – 2017 report aims to support evidence-informed planning in the Niagara context by offering data to guide research and focused decision-making in the Niagara context. This handout summarizes the action themes arising in each of the 12 quality of life sectors. Related Resources: Living in Niagara...
  4. Resources & Publications

    Scaling Up Niagara: Issues and Approaches to Improving SME Productivity and Growth (Policy Brief #29)

    Brock University’s Niagara Community Observatory and Niagara College’s Productivity and Innovation Lab have partnered to undertake a research project investigating how Niagara SMEs can grow to become more productive and competitive, leading to a more prosperous region. The purpose of this policy brief is to introduce and define the problems...
  5. Resources & Publications

    Niagara Cycling Tourism Centre Research Project: Executive Report

    The Niagara Cycling Tourism Centre is dedicated to providing extensive resources to visitors looking to explore Niagara by bike. The Centre helps cycling enthusiasts find route and trail maps, cycle-friendly destinations, services and travel information within the Niagara Region. The Centre hosted the Niagara Cycling Tourism Summit in February, 2016....
  6. Resources & Publications

    The Corporation of the City of Port Colborne Age-Friendly Needs Assessment

    Port Colborne’s age-friendly needs assessment builds upon the existing needs assessment and action plan developed by Age-Friendly Niagara Community Network. This report details the results from a community-wide assessment and provides a starting point for setting and establishing community goals, as well as for creating an action plan to assist...
  7. Resources & Publications

    Age-Friendly Needs Assessment Surveys Report: City of Thorold

    The goal of this report is to provide the Thorold City Council with the direct feedback from the members within its community. Needs assessment surveys were distributed across Thorold to community members over the age of 55 and to businesses and service providers. The public participation feedback identifies gaps and...
  8. 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...
  9. Resources & Publications

    Ontario Economic Report 2017

    The Ontario Economic Report (OER) is an annual policy document aimed at spurring growth and prosperity in Ontario. The report details policy priorities for the coming year, based on economic research and consultation with members of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. Published By: Ontario Chamber of Commerce Publication Date: April 2017
  10. Community Blog

    Start a Summer Company: How Students Can Get Money and Advice to Run a Summer Business

    Learning how to run your own student business is one of the best summer jobs you can have. You get to be your own boss while learning what it takes to manage a business. If you are a student with an idea, the Summer Company program can help you by providing...

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Apr
19
Thu
Top Compliance Issues for Canadian Registered Charities and Recent Developments @ Online
Apr 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Are you a board member, senior executive or executive director of a Canadian registered charity? Feeling confused about Canada Revenue Agency regulations? Wondering what are some new developments with registered charities? If so, you won’t want to miss this free webinar!

This webinar, presented by charity lawyer Mark Blumberg, provides plain language information and resources about the compliance obligations of Canadian registered charities. It also covers the top Canada Revenue Agency concerns for Canadian registered charities.

Mark will also provide participants with a checklist of the top 20 compliance concerns with links to resources that provide further information.

This webinar is hosted by Charity Village.

Concussions: What Are They and What Should I Be Doing? – Presented by Dr. Charles Tator @ Brock University - Sean O'Sullivan Theatre
Apr 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Topic: Concussions – What are they and what should I be doing? – presented by Dr. Charles Tator, along with a panel of Brock University faculty, students and alumni

Who: Anyone interested in concussions – Parents, sport organizations, policy makers, organizations, educators, practitioners, coaches, and the general public

Parking: Free parking is provided for attendees in D-Lot

This is event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required as space is limited.

Have you or a family member ever experienced a concussion? Has your organization been working towards a concussion policy? Are you a coach or educator who is concerned about concussions?

Dr. Charles Tator, Neurosurgeon, along with a panel of Brock University faculty, students and alumni, will provide an overview of the current state of concussions from a broad perspective.

Speakers will use their own research to explain key issues for parents, organizations, policy makers, educators, practitioners, coaches, and the general public.

For more information, please contact Jayne Morrish, Knowledge Mobilization Officer (contact information above).

This event is hosted by Brock University’s Centre for Lifespan Development Research.

Apr
21
Sat
Niagara Farm Day @ West Niagara Agricultural Centre
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Niagara Farm Day organizers hope this event will become an annual opportunity for families to spend time learning about Niagara agriculture and its important contribution to our food supply and the local economy.

Visitors to Niagara Farm Day will be able to visit with a number of primary producers who will each have a display featuring the primary focus of their farm. This will include dairy, bees, horse, beef, grains & oilseeds, flowers and more. Plans are also under way to allow visitors to experience a virtual reality tour of a farm with technology supplied by Farm & Food Care.

As the event draws closer, additional details and additional confirmations of participating commodities will become available. In the meantime, organizers invite everyone to “save the date” and plan to attend a fun agricultural themed family event. A great way to welcome the Spring season.

This event is hosted by the Niagara Federations of Agriculture & West Niagara Agricultural Society.

Apr
22
Sun
Sip & Share in Support of Project SHARE @ Lundy Manor Wine Cellars
Apr 22 @ 11:30 am

Join Project SHARE for their newest event!

Sip & Share is a spin-off of Traveling Tapas. Purchase a ticket to travel to 5 Niagara wineries to enjoy food & wine pairings at each location.

Ticket price is $100. Tickets can be purchased by phone (see contact information above) or by visiting Project SHARE between 8:30am-4:30pm.

Registration is at 11:30am, and buses depart at 12:00pm sharp.

This event is hosted by Project SHARE.

Apr
24
Tue
Community Overdose Response Planning @ Online
Apr 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

A public health approach to community overdose response planning works to prevent overdose deaths, promote access to substance use services, and strengthen system responses to promote health equity.

This webinar will:

  • Describe the key elements of a community overdose response plan.
  • Introduce tools to assess a community’s current state and overdose response needs.
  • Describe how to develop and implement a community overdose response plan.

This webinar is hosted by the CAMH Provincial System Support Program.

Connecting with Ontario Seniors: Moving from Social Isolation to Social Inclusion @ Online
Apr 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

“The social isolation of seniors can cause communities to suffer a lack of social cohesion, higher social costs, and the loss of an unquantifiable wealth of experience that older adults bring to our families, neighbourhoods, and communities.” (Stats Canada, 2016). Reaching out to socially isolated older adults requires us to rethink our traditional service and program delivery methods.

During this webinar, Bonnie Schroeder will review why older adults are isolated and how this isolation differs from loneliness and solitude. Rachel Sutcliffe will then present findings from an Ottawa-based program entitled “Seniors Centre Without Walls”. Nancy Angus will conclude the presentation by describing the “Grand Individuals Aging with Neighbours in Thunder Bay” (GIANTS) program.

This webinar will be of particular interest to community planners and service providers interested in better understanding how we can connect to and include socially isolated older adults.

A resource package will be provided to participants following the event.

This webinar is hosted by the Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program.

Apr
25
Wed
CONNECT 2018 – Canada’s Learning and Technology Conference @ Scotiabank Convention Centre
Apr 25 – Apr 27 all-day

CONNECT 2018 is Canada’s national learning and technology conference.

CONNECT 2018 will create a unique opportunity for educators, administrators, and technology specialists to CONNECT and engage with peers from across Canada with the goal of exploring how technology can be used to enhance teaching and learning. With over 2000 educators and administrators, as well as technology industry leaders attending this year, you will have a unique and powerful opportunity to present your teaching methods and products; showcasing new, innovative, and critical thinking, teaching and learning.

This conference is hosted by the District School Board of Niagara.

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