1. 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...
  2. Resources & Publications

    Costs of Pollution in Canada: Measuring the Impacts on Families, Businesses and Government

    Clean water, air and land contribute to better health, greater enjoyment of life, more productive communities and a stronger economy. Likewise, contamination of the environment by pollution leads to a wide variety of costs. Pollution harms human health, damages forests and crops and degrades the quality of land and water—to...
  3. Resources & Publications

    Canada’s Top 10 Barriers to Competitiveness in 2016

    In a fiercely competitive world, business needs more than its own skills to win—it also needs supportive public policies. This annual list of barriers points to economic hurdles and self-imposed limits on the growth of Canadian businesses. Published By: The Canadian Chamber of Commerce & Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce Publication Date: February 2016
  4. Resources & Publications

    Restoring Water Levels on Lake Michigan-Huron: A Cost Benefit Analysis

    Water levels in the Great Lakes are in a constant state of flux. This is good; natural fluctuations are essential to a healthy ecosystem. But sustained periods of extreme water levels are potentially costly, both for the economy and the environment. In June 2014’s Low Water Blues, we estimated the direct...
  5. Resources & Publications

    Healthy Rural Communities Toolkit: A Guide for Rural Municipalities

    This tool kit is intended for use by municipal planners, health unit staff and elected officials in rural communities. It will also help other interested community members advocate for healthier communities and populations. This tool kit identifies land use and development strategies that can help to enhance the rural built environment and...
  6. Resources & Publications

    The Real Dirt on Farming

    This update to the 2010 booklet is designed to connect you with the food you eat, and introduce you to some of Canada’s farm families. This booklet provides basic facts on topics such as the difference between growing crops conventionally and organically, pesticide use, animal housing and animal welfare, environmental sustainability,...
  7. Community Blog

    Launch of the Living in Niagara-2014 Report

    Presented to an audience of over 450 people attending the Niagara Community Foundation annual Leaders Breakfast, the Living in Niagara-2014 report marks the third time since 2008 that the Niagara-wide community has built a triennial ‘snapshot’ to describe and measure socio-economic quality of life in Niagara. The report reflects the...
  8. Resources & Publications

    Niagara Sustainability Initiative 2013 Annual Report

    Niagara Sustainability Initiative (NSI) is a not-for-profit organization based in the Niagara Region with a focus on improving environmental and economic performance through the greening of local businesses and municipalities. It is NSI’s goal to provide the opportunity for local organizations to capitalize on a changing consumer landscape, one which...
  9. Resources & Publications

    Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Report: Headline Statements from the Summary of Policymakers

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the international body for assessing the science related to climate change. The IPCC was set up in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to provide policymakers with regular assessments of the scientific basis of climate...

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Oct
15
Mon
Introduction to Grief Intervention Over the Life Course @ Online
Oct 15 all-day

Death is an unavoidable part of life that becomes increasingly more apparent with age. It is beneficial for your practice to obtain the fundamentals of grief intervention and be equipped to address dying and death circumstances.

During this 4-week online workshop, you will be provided with a concise overview including resources, exercises and an opportunity to share so you gain comfort with the topic and insight in order to help others with confidence through death related circumstances of loss and grief.

This workshop series is hosted by the University of Toronto.

Oct
16
Tue
West Niagara: Shared Learning Local Hub Session @ Employment Help Centre
Oct 16 @ 9:30 am

Shared Learning Local Hub sessions are being held in 5 areas 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.

Presentation: Karen Fraser, Niagara Poverty Reduction Network

Please RSVP your attendance to flowe@employmenthelp.org.

Research and Innovation in Aging Forum: Aging, Technology and Privacy @ Online
Oct 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Apps in wearable tech such as fitbits and smart watches, and phones, are used to collect small pieces of health data such as pulse, heart rate, and regularity as well as information including what appointments (e. g. with doctors, chiropractors, physiotherapists etc) are being made and the health-related products purchased.

Like credit data, these detailed health markers could be used in algorithms, grouping users by behavioural and risk assessment parameters. All of this data could then be gathered into a ‘wellness report.’

Like credit reports, the wellness report would be susceptible to errors that could take days or months to correct and may require experts and medical tests to disprove errors. Credit reporting companies are financially supported by banks, businesses and lenders.

The wellness report would be a resource that insurers, long term care facilities, health care providers could exploit to gauge the risk associated with the provision of service.

This scoping review examines existing knowledge concerning the data currently being collected and explores novel data combinations and the risk to privacy and autonomy that these pose to older adults. Results confirm the privacy challenges of Big Data and suggest remedies that need to be explored before these usages become commonplace.

Objectives:

  • Review technology that ‘supports’ healthy aging for people aging in place and in their community
  • Discuss data collected and novel applications of that information
  • Promote the prevention of unintended and intended violations of older adult’s privacy and autonomy

This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Studies in Aging and Health.

Financial Concerns and Role of the Power of Attorney @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region
Oct 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region invites you to attend this public forum focused on Financial Concerns and Role of the Power of Attorney.

This forum is presented by:

  • Dion McParland, Family Support Counsellor for the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region
  • Bryce Murray, Heelis Little Almas & Murray LLP

Registration is required by phone (905-687-3914) or by filling out the online registration form.

This event is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.

Oct
17
Wed
Fall Lecture Series: Music That Moves Us – From Rhythm to Social Behaviour @ Armenian Community Centre
Oct 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Lifelong Learning Niagara offers a six week lecture series twice a year, spring and fall in a variety of academic topics to stimulate and enlighten our senior population in the Niagara Region.

Speaker: Dr. Laurel Trainor, Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour, McMaster University; Director of LIVELab, McMaster University; Research Scientist, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Hospital, Toronto

Rhythms are powerful because their regularity enables us to predict when important information will occur next. Dr. Trainor will talk about how rhythms shape our perception, how they are processed in the brain, and how rhythm processing develops in children.

She will describe brain studies that explain why music makes us want to move in time to its beat, and show how moving in synchrony with others affects our willingness to cooperate with those people, even in infancy.

This event is hosted by Lifelong Learning Niagara.

Working With Patients Who Use Substances: Assessment, Brief Interventions and Strategies @ St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Upper Auditorium
Oct 17 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

This intensive 3-hour interactive educational session will focus on assessment, practical brief interventions and strategies that can be incorporated into working with patients who use substances.

This session can be attended in-person or remotely.

Presenter: Megan Hemlow, Project Manager, Mental Health and Addictions Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand, Brant Local Health Integration Network.

This session is hosted by the Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Team.

Dementia: Community Resources, Caregiving and Research @ Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library
Oct 17 @ 6:30 pm

The Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region invites you to join a special presentation on Dementia: Community Resources, Caregiving and Research.

Come and be part of the live audience, as this presentation will be taped for YouTube.

Speakers:

  • Dr. William Brown, Professor of Neurology, McMaster University Medical School
  • Gerry Bucsis, Family Support Counsellor, Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region

This event is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.

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