1. Partners & Projects

    Datathon Analytics

    Datathon Analytics is a student-led start-up that organizes technology focused conferences and events. Our goal is to provide people with opportunities to learn about emerging technologies and business processes. Datathon events give students and professionals an opportunity to learn and work with analytical tools in a sandbox environment and form...
  2. Resources & Publications

    Make the Right Call: Thorold Rack Card

    This two-sided information card helps Thorold citizens make the right call. One side describes the differences between 211,411,511,911 and the City of Thorold number. The second side keeps important Thorold phone numbers at your fingertips. This rack card is an adaptation of a similar resource from Kingston, Ontario. Published By: Thorold...
  3. Resources & Publications

    Age-Friendly Niagara Network: Implementing the Niagara Aging Strategy & Action Plan (NASAP) Focused Action Priorities (2018-2019)

    This two-page roadmap describes the governance structure of the Age-Friendly Niagara Network, as well as the 2018-2019 focused action priorities across three Action Groups: Community Engagement and Communications Recreation, Learning and Leisure Improved Services, Systems and Infrastructure Published By: Age-Friendly Niagara Network Publication Date: May 2018
  4. 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...
  5. Resources & Publications

    Improving Mental Health Outcomes for Ontario’s Children and Youth: Children’s Mental Health Ontario 2018 Pre-Budget Submission

    The 2018-19 budget offers an opportunity to significantly increase the ability of accredited child and youth mental health centres to meet the needs of infants, children, youth and families. This pre-budget submission is offered on behalf of Children’s Mental Health Ontario. Published By: Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) Publication Date: 2018
  6. Resources & Publications

    Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy: What We Heard About Poverty So Far

    As a whole, Canada remains among the best places in the world in which to live. However, too many Canadians live in poverty. This is why the Government made a commitment to develop a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy that would set targets to reduce poverty in Canada and measure and publicly...
  7. 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...
  8. Resources & Publications

    Measuring Outcomes in Practice: Fostering an Enabling Environment for Measurement in Canada

    There is growing recognition that the social and economic challenges affecting individuals and communities are highly interconnected. Measuring Outcomes in Practice, a new report from Mowat NFP’s Enabling Environment series, argues that to address the root causes of these challenges in a systematic way, the charitable sector must shift from measuring outputs to...
  9. Resources & Publications

    Two-Year Progress Report on Community Hubs in Ontario: A Strategic Framework and Action Plan

    This report describes the progress made by the government of Ontario and its partners since the release of the one-year update of the Community Hubs in Ontario: A Strategic Framework and Action Plan. The report highlights progress in the following areas: the 2017 Ontario Community Hubs Summit, the launch of the...
  10. Resources & Publications

    2015 Performance Measurement Report

    This report marks the tenth year of reporting results to the public, and the first year reporting nationally as opposed to the previous provincial-level benchmarking. From across Canada, there are 10 single-tier and 5 upper-tier municipalities (including Niagara), who have contributed to this report. The 2015 MBNCanada Performance Measurement Report...

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Aug
17
Fri
15th Annual Mayor’s Au Marché @ 13th Street Winery
Aug 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The 15th Annual Mayor’s Au Marché will take place at 13th Street Winery on Friday, August 17th in support of the Investing in St. Catharines Youth Fund. Guests will enjoy sampling from local wineries and craft breweries along with an array of culinary delights from local restaurants. This special event will also include the talents of local up and coming musicians.

The Investing in St. Catharines Youth Fund helps young people in financial need fully participate in the recreational, sports and cultural life of our City. More than 3,000 children and youth have benefited from this program since it began in the summer of 2004. With your support of this year’s event, we can increase this number.

A portion of the net proceeds will be permanently endowed in the Investing in St. Catharines Youth Fund in the St. Catharines Community Fund, which is an affiliate of the Niagara Community Foundation.

The event takes place on Friday, August 17th from 7pm to 10pm at 13th Street Winery. The price of a ticket is $125 (all inclusive). A tax receipt will be forwarded for a portion of the ticket price.

This event is hosted by the Niagara Community Foundation.

Aug
18
Sat
SHRED-IT in Support of Niagara-on-the-Lake Palliative Care @ Meridian Credit Union Parking Lot
Aug 18 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

SHRED-IT provides residents with a convenient and economical way to dispose of confidential documents and at the same time raise funds for this important community organization offering free services to residents with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

Organized by Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Palliative Care in partnership with Meridian Credit Union, confidential materials are professionally shredded for $6 a banker’s box or 3 for $15.

Volunteers from Meridian, Community Palliative Care, the community along with students from Royal Elite International Academy will be there to greet resident and receive their materials for shredding.

It’s an initiative where everyone benefits – Meridian customers and residents help protect themselves from identity fraud, student volunteers demonstrate their involvement in the community and the proceeds raised stay in the community to support palliative care.

This event is hosted by Niagara-on-the-Lake Palliative Care and Meridian Credit Union.

Aug
21
Tue
Game-Bling: Where Gaming Meets Gambling @ Online
Aug 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

This webinar will explore how technology has changed the gambling market, the blurred lines between gambling and gaming, the increased risks and how to stay safe if one chooses to engage in gaming and gambling activities.

Content is designed for parents/guardians, teachers, counselors, college/university students and adults involved in young people’s lives.

Key objectives of this webinar:

  • Discuss impacts of excessive use of technology and affects of parents’ technology use on children (parent version)
  • Explore underage gambling opportunities: E-sports, Fantasy Sports, In-game ‘gambling’, Skins Betting, etc. and other impacts of technology in gaming and gambling
  • Question the blurred lines between gaming and gambling
  • Notice warning signs of problematic behaviors (video gaming, excessive technology use, social gaming and gambling)
  • Provide support resources and harm reduction strategies
  • Make informed decisions with regards to gambling and gaming

This webinar is hosted by the YMCA of Greater Toronto.

Skills for Substance Use Engagement @ St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Upper Auditorium
Aug 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Presented by: Elisha Dekort, Interim Manager of Community Psychiatry Services and the Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Team

This presentation will provide an overview of the different evidence based practices for working with clients who use substances and how to utilize those practices to build engagement.

Attend on August 21st or 22nd in-person or remotely via webcast.

These sessions are hosted by the Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Team.

Using Health and Demographic Information to Support Community Services @ Online
Aug 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This one hour webinar explores three available online health data sharing websites:

  • Public Health Ontario Snapshots
  • Public Health Ontario Social Determinants of Health Mapper
  • Niagara Region Public Health & Emergency Services Niagara’s Village of 100

Improving the health of everyone in the Niagara community requires collaboration between public health and community partners. Access to community demographics as well as behavioural and health outcome data is important for better understanding the needs of the Niagara community.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Better understand priority populations in the Niagara community
  • Inform programs and services that address the community’s needs
  • Support funding proposals

This webinar is hosted by Niagara Region Public Health.

Aug
22
Wed
Skills for Substance Use Engagement @ St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Upper Auditorium
Aug 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Presented by: Elisha Dekort, Interim Manager of Community Psychiatry Services and the Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Team

This presentation will provide an overview of the different evidence based practices for working with clients who use substances and how to utilize those practices to build engagement.

Attend on August 21st or 22nd in-person or remotely via webcast.

These sessions are hosted by the Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Team.

Aug
23
Thu
What is Healthy Food in Health Care? @ Online
Aug 23 @ 12:00 pm

The question of what qualifies as “healthy” food is highly contested in healthcare and beyond.

This webinar will bring together varying perspectives of dietitians, a chef and an Indigenous speaker for a rich discussion around how hospitals and health care facilities can lead the charge in expanding the definition of healthy food related to how it is produced, prepared and consumed which generates impacts on patient, population, and planetary health.

Join panelists: Joshna Maharaj, Take Back the Tray; Dr Janice Sorensen, Langara College; Diane Imrie, University of Vermont Medical Centre; and an Indigenous speaker (TBC); to explore ways to better connect food and health through the patient meal experience, food service operations, food environments, and making connections from health care settings into community.

This webinar is hosted by Nourish.

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