1. Community Blog

    OTF Regional Reports Based on 2016 Canadian Index of Wellbeing: Ontario’s GDP Recovered Since Recession, and Wellbeing has Room for Improvement

    “A Profile of Wellbeing” notes that living standards, economic, food and housing insecurity and precarity of work are major issues for many Ontarians. In Canada, Ontario was hit hardest by the recession in 2008, and while Gross Domestic Product in the province has recovered since then, a new series of reports...
  2. Resources & Publications

    Obesity in Canada: A Whole-of-Society Approach for a Healthier Canada

    There is an obesity crisis in this country. Canadians are paying for it with their wallets — and with their lives. But there is hope. An extensive study conducted by the Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology charts a course to a leaner, healthier future. This report describes an innovative, whole-of-society...
  3. Resources & Publications

    Household Food Insecurity in Canada 2014

    In 2013 and 2014, the Household Food Security Survey Module was optional on Statistics Canada’s annual Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS), and British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Yukon chose not to include the measurement of food insecurity for their populations. In this report, we therefore present information about household food insecurity for only Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova...
  4. Resources & Publications

    How Community Health Centres Are Changing the Health and Wellness Landscape in Niagara

    This is an event recording of the October 21st, 2015 webinar with presenters Jenny Stranges, Jeanne Schmidt, Alison Behring & Lori Kleinsmith. Seventy-five participants joined this event from 32 different organizations across Niagara. During this webinar, presenters: Reviewed the CHC approach to care Described the shared-care model Presented evaluation data to demonstrate...
  5. Resources & Publications

    The Road to Empowerment Project: Developing Self Advocacy and Cause Advocacy Skills Across Niagara (Final Summary Report)

    The Road to Empowerment is a community development project coordinated by three Niagara region Community Health Centres (CHCs): Bridges Community Health Centre (Fort Erie and Port Colborne), Niagara Falls Community Health Centre and Quest Community Health Centre (St Catharines). The project received two years of funding through the Niagara Prosperity...
  6. Household Food Insecurity is Associated with Higher Health Care Costs

    Interview with Valerie Tarasuk, Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and cross-appointed to the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. In a research article published in CMAJ, Tarasuk and colleagues found that income-related problems with access to food were associated with increased use of...
  7. Resources & Publications

    Community Hubs in Ontario: A Strategic Framework and Action Plan

    A community hub can be a school, a neighbourhood centre or another public space that offers co-located or integrated services such as education, health care and social services. Each hub is as unique as the community it serves. The Advisory Group’s action plan lays out eight overarching recommendations, which the...
  8. Resources & Publications

    Walk Score and the Prevalence of Utilitarian Walking and Obesity Among Ontario Adults: A Cross-Sectional Study

    The rising prevalence of obesity in Canada has led researchers to examine not only individual behaviours, but also, environmental factors that may be contributing to the increase. Interest is growing in potential effects of the built environment, notably, neighbourhood walkability, on the risk of obesity and related diseases. The objective of this...
  9. Community Blog

    Extending Public Dental Programs to Adults in Need

    One in five people in Ontario can’t afford to see a dentist. You have to wonder how Ontario, one of the most affluent places on earth, has 2.3 million people who can’t afford to see a dentist. The irony is that those that can afford dental health care usually have...
  10. Partners & Projects

    Niagara Dental Health Coalition

    The Niagara Dental Health Coalition advocates and builds capacity for the expansion of accessible dental health services for adults and seniors living on low incomes. The Coalition aims to do so by: Overcoming barriers to accessing dental health services. Promoting efforts that help people navigate the existing patchwork of dental...

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Nov
16
Fri
Christmas Fundraiser in Support of the May Court Club of St. Catharines @ Fairview Mall
Nov 16 all-day

Visit the Fairview Mall to enjoy the May Court Club’s display of fully decorated trees and other seasonal items. Buy your tickets for a chance to win a Christmas tree to remember! All proceeds go to help women and children in the Niagara region.

This fundraiser runs until December 7, 2018.

The May Court Club is a women’s service organization dedicated to addressing the needs of the community, primarily those of women and children, through volunteerism and fundraising.

This event is hosted by the May Court Club of St. Catharines.

Women in Business Awards @ Marriott on the Falls
Nov 16 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Women in Business Awards recognize the leadership and success of women in our business community. The WIBAs aim to encourage more women to seek out and reach for leadership roles in business, politics and our community. Join the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the stories of women in business in Niagara.

Nominations are now closed. Stay tuned for the list of finalists!

This event is hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.

Nov
19
Mon
Blockchain Basics for Corporate Applications @ Online
Nov 19 all-day

Cybercrime and data thefts are on the rise. Make sure you or your company/IT team has the latest up-to-date training, to detect cyber threats, and eliminate attempts at stealing your client’s data.

Just outside of the cybersecurity hub Washington D.C., Stratford University has offered degree programs since 1976. Their highly qualified professors have trained many professionals from high end security firms including the C.I.A. and F.B.I. They have created custom content for these certificates.

These training certificates include 30 hours of online, instructor led training over 15 days, with zero company time off required.

These certificates are offered by Spark Technical Academy.

Human Trafficking Training @ Four Points by Sheraton
Nov 19 @ 8:30 am – Nov 20 @ 5:00 pm

Larissa Maxwell, Director of the Salvation Army Anti-Human Trafficking Program (British Columbia), is coming to Niagara to share her experiences and extensive knowledge of Human Trafficking.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • Overview of trauma sensitive approaches/stories of hope
  • Human trafficking: definitions, terminology, focus on labour & sexual exploitation, spectrums within exploitation, criminal & civil justice, youth recruitment, immigration provisions & foreign nationals, warning signs & indicators
  • Exploitation Dynamics: appeasement versus consent, impact to sense of self & feeling profane, tension of two truths, case studies, exploitation equation, internal/external chaos, when the victim victimizes, caretaking tendencies
  • Best Practices: healing the cycles of shame and the exploitation equation compassionate challenge approach, case management approaches, new science of post traumatic growth & indicators of resiliency, best practices learned nationally

This training is hosted by Bethesda Services.

Durable by Design: Physical Literacy and Older Adults @ Niagara Region Headquarters - Community Education Room
Nov 19 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

For the first time, there are more Canadians over the age of 65 than under the age of 15.

Because Canadians are living longer, and our quality of life depends on staying physically active, developing and maintaining physical literacy can be the key to resilience – reducing the effects of falls, injuries, and illness.

This half day workshop will introduce participants to a new training program designed to integrate physical literacy development into activity for older adults. The activities presented can be easily implemented by a recreation leader or health care worker. Workshop participants will be introduced to the concepts of physical literacy and encouraged to try activities that create durability.

If you are a recreation leader, health care worker, exercise specialist or volunteer who care about the importance of quality programming for older adults please register for one of the free workshops offered below at Niagara Region Community Education Room, 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Thorold.

  • Friday, October 26, 2018: 9:00 – 1:00
  • Friday, November 09, 2018 12:30 – 4:30
  • Monday, November 19, 2018 9:00 – 1:00
  • Monday, November 26, 2018 12:30 – 4:30

These workshops are hosted by Sport For Life Canada.

Let’s Talk Waste Niagara: Thorold Open House @ Niagara Region Headquarters
Nov 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Niagara Region’s next waste collection contract (garbage, recycling and organics) for homes and businesses receiving Regional curbside collection is set to begin by 2021.

Proposed options being considered are:

  • Every-other-week garbage collection, with weekly recycling and organics collection, for all properties outside the Designated Business Areas. Garbage container (bag / can) limits would double.
  • Mandatory use of clear bags for garbage for all properties (inside and outside Designated Business Areas)
  • Establish a four item limit, per collection, for large items
  • Discontinue appliances and scrap metal curbside collection
  • Change weekly, base garbage container limits for businesses and mixed-use properties located inside Designated Business Areas from seven to four
  • Change weekly garbage container limits for mixed-use properties located outside Designated Business Areas from six to four

During the consultation period, residents have three ways to provide their feedback on the proposed options being considered. An online survey is available for residents or businesses. Open houses and community booths are being hosted across Niagara. Attend an open house to hear a presentation and ask staff questions, or visit a community booth and ask staff questions.

This open house is hosted by Niagara Region.

Nov
20
Tue
West Niagara: Shared Learning Local Hub Session @ Employment Help Centre
Nov 20 @ 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.

Presentations:

  • Nola Burke-Wynne (Online Learning Recruitment Officer, Contact North)
  • Elisa Galle (Health Links Model Adopter, Niagara North West Health Link/Hamilton Health Sciences)

This meeting will include round table updates, time for networking, and sharing of materials and resources.

Please RSVP your attendance to flowe@employmenthelp.org.

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