1. Resources & Publications

    Shifting Gears: Examining the Recent Upswing of Niagara’s Manufacturing Sector (Policy Brief #35)

    This brief will pick up where Filling the Void left off and provide a deeper understanding of the manufacturing sector between 2012 and 2018. Rather than compare manufacturing with similarly-sized sectors in Niagara, this brief considers the characteristics of the sector at present, in and of itself. The research question...
  2. Resources & Publications

    Sorry, Can’t Come in Today! The Hidden Reasons Behind Absenteeism and What You Can Do (Webinar Recording)

    Absenteeism, which refers to frequent, short, unscheduled or unexpected absences due to sickness or other types of leaves, can negatively affect team productivity and morale as well as the employer’s reputation. During this webinar, presenters discussed the hidden reasons behind absenteeism, the difference between absenteeism vs. presenteeism, attendance management strategies and...
  3. Community Blog

    Understanding Employment Precarity and Its Impact in Niagara

    Precarious employment is defined as work that is typically part-time, temporary, or contract, and often without longer-term job security and employment-based benefits. It is often called non-standard employment. To better understand employment precarity and its impact in Niagara, PEPiN (Poverty and Employment Precarity in Niagara), recently completed a research study...
  4. Resources & Publications

    The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) Report on Health and Aging in Canada: Findings from Baseline Data Collection 2010-2015

    The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) is Canada’s largest and most comprehensive study on the health and well-being of the country’s aging population. The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) Report on Health and Aging in Canada tells us that: 95% of older Canadians rate their own mental health as excellent, very...
  5. Resources & Publications

    Race to the Top: Developing an Inclusive Growth Agenda for Canada

    This report seeks to provide guidance to policymakers looking to put Canada on a path towards more inclusive growth. It begins by assessing Canada’s record across a range of key metrics related to inclusive growth, ranging from income inequality to household incomes to the gender wage gap. It then explores...
  6. Resources & Publications

    Uncertain Jobs, Certain Impacts: Employment Precarity in Niagara

    Poverty and Employment Precarity in Niagara (PEPiN) has completed a research study on precarious employment and its impact in Niagara.  Unemployment rates may be lower than previous years, however, a little over half of working-age Niagara residents have some form of precarious employment. We define precarious work as work that...
  7. 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...
  8. Resources & Publications

    Youth in Niagara: Highly Skilled, Highly Mobile (Policy Brief #32)

    With Niagara’s shift toward an aging population, our authors looked to the region’s youth to examine where Niagara’s workforce is headed, highlight potential future opportunities, and understand where Niagara’s youth fit within a broader provincial snapshot. This paper updates the Niagara Community Observatory’s policy brief #28 with research into the...

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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