This commentary deals with the 2015 Focus on Rural Ontario fact sheets concerning size of the non-metro population, components of population change and immigrant arrivals. It is provided by Paul Knafelc, President of Community Benchmarks Inc.
The Lord Dufferin Centre situated just steps from downtown Orangeville was the perfect venue for yesterday's Collective Impact workshop. About 25 people mainly from the Dufferin County region gathered to hear Sylvia Cheuy (pronounced 'choi') explain what Collective Impact is all about.
This guest blog was provided by Jennifer Ronan of Hastings Prince Edward Public Health.
Physical activity is important for health and well-being. The Eastern Ontario Physical Activity Network (EOPAN) recognizes physical inactivity in rural youth as an important public health issue. Canadian children and youth spend a large proportion of the after-school time period (between 3-6 p.m.) in sedentary pursuits. During those hours, research suggests that children and youth are getting very little moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity and also that rural youth may experience additional barriers to accessing recreation (and physical activity) opportunities, such as lack of transportation or safety issues.
Many Ontario communities outside the GTA have been voicing concerns over the loss or decline of inter-city transportation. The mandate letters for the Minister of Transportation and the Parliamentary Assistant featured commitments on modernizing and appropriately regulating the intercity bus regime to ensure that it remains an attractive and affordable travel option for Ontarians. Ministry of Transportation staff are currently working to develop recommendations and are seeking input from stakeholders.
This guest blog was provided by Danielle Collins a recent graduate of the University of Waterloo’s Local Economic Development Master’s Program and currently Labour Market Research Coordinator at the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie.