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The Aviva Community Fund Is Donating $1 Million Again!

Last September, Canada AM! broadcast Aviva Community Fund grand prize national winner Souris Consolidated School opening their new inclusive playground. Now the Aviva Community Fund is back at it, donating another $1 million to worthy projects like this!

They are looking for you to submit great ideas that create positive change within your community. The 2015 Aviva competition opens for submissions on September 15, and voting begins on October 15, 2015.

Visit their website to download the Idea Submission Guide, and get started! Over seven years the Aviva Community Fund has provided more than $5.5 million from coast to coast to 192 ideas. Yours could be next!

HAGS Orbit fun!

The Aviva Community Fund is operated by Aviva Canada.

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Today’s Parent Picks 6 Playgrounds You Need To Visit

Have a look at this post where Today’s Parent picks 6 Playgrounds You Need To Visit in the Ottawa, Ontario, area. These parks feature the best our capital has to offer in play, and will delight everyone in the family. The Today’s Parent post shows a photo of the play area, gives a brief description, and provides addresses and links to guide you to the location.

Local PlayPower Canada representative Playground Planners can answer any questions you have about the equipment and how to create great play areas.

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Hippo Speaks 5 Languages!

Harry the Hippo, the delightful play sculpture from Little Tikes Commercial Play Systems, speaks 5 languages! Children exploring the Hippo will discover English, French, Spanish, Japanese and Braille molded into Harry’s tongue. Plus, caregivers can start teaching some anatomy because the Harry’s heart (corazón/cœur/心臓/Shinzō), lungs, stomachs,… are labelled on his tongue! Children love sitting on his snout, crawling through is mouth and popping up from inside.

More information is available here, or from your local PlayPower Canada representative.

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Qausuittuq To Become Canada’s 45th National Park

A Bill has been introduced to establish Qausuittuq (pronounced: Kow-soo-ee-took) as Canada’s 45th National Park. Qausuittuq is on northern Bathurst Island in Nunavut. Bathurst Island is a traditional hunting and fishing area that has sustained the residents of the community of Resolute.

The news release states that the park will be managed in cooperation with Inuit for the benefit, education and enjoyment of all Canadians. A Parks Canada office and visitor reception centre will be located in Resolute, Nunavut, the nearest community.

“Canada’s newest national park represents another significant achievement on our Government’s record of expanding Canada’s national parks system. Qausuittuq National Park will not only protect the rich cultural heritage of Inuit and ensure economic benefits for the community, it takes action to conserve Canada’s lands and waters and connect people to this beautiful landscape in Canada’s North.”

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

This is a great way to celebrate “Parks and Recreation Month”.  The CPRA is encouraging all Canadians to celebrate in June by getting out and being active in their communities.

Click for more information on “Parks and Recreation Month”.

Click for more information on Qausuittuq.

For map go to Parks Canada.

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Enjoying The Shade At The ROC In Georgina, ON!

The Town of Georgina recently added 3 large, fabric shade structures at the ROC (Recreation Outdoor Campus). This destination park features toboggan hills, playground equipment, splash pads, baseball diamonds and more.

The addition of the SunPorts shade structures from PlayPower Canada make a great park even better!

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5pm June 9, 2015, Deadline For Ontario Applications For Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

If you hurry you can still apply for the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. The deadline for applications from Ontario is 5pm EDT on June 9, 2015.

Organizations eligible to apply for funding under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program include:

  • a municipal or regional government established by or under provincial statute;
  • a band council or an Aboriginal government authority established by a Self-Government Agreement or a Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement;
  • an incorporated not-for-profit organization;
  • a provincial entity that provides municipal-type infrastructure services to communities, as defined by provincial statute; and
  • public-sector body that is established by or under provincial statute or by regulation or is wholly owned by a province, municipal or regional government which provides municipal-type infrastructure services to communities.

Eligible projects will be for the rehabilitation or improvement, including expansion, of existing infrastructure for public use or benefit that:

  • provides long-term benefits to a community, will be viewed with pride by a community and leave a meaningful lasting legacy resulting from Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program; such as parks; play equipment; shade structures; shelters
  • is non-commercial in nature, open for use to the public and is not limited to a private membership; and,
  • can be completed by March 31, 2018.

In Northern Ontario, preference will be given to projects that are construction ready, and can be materially (substantially) completed by December 31, 2017. You can call 1-877-333-6673 to discuss your proposal with a FedNor Officer in your area or begin your application process.

In Southern Ontario, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online at www.FedDevOntario.gc.ca/CIP150. If you are unable to access or submit your application online, please call the toll-free line at 1-866-593-5505.

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Congratulations to Ontario’s Accessibility Champions Recognized With The 2015 David C. Onley Award

Four champions of inclusivity just received the David C. Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility. Her Honour, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario presented the awards alongside the Honourable David C. Onley and Minister Brad Duguid. The award recognizes individuals and organizations who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in creating awareness of accessibility and disability issues in their communities.

This 2015 recipients are:

  • Access Orangeville, in the Town of Orangeville, received the Role Model/Champion Award (Organization) for transforming Orangeville into a barrier-free community that is an inspiration to towns and cities across the province.
  • Dr. Kathryn Church, from Toronto, received the Role Model/Champion Award (Individual). Dr. Church is known around the world for her outstanding leadership in, and commitment to, accessibility and inclusivity, particularly with respect to mental health issues.
  • Lois Davies, from Aurora, received the Employee Engagement Award for creating a positive and accessible work environment in York Region and is working to find new opportunities to build more inclusivity.
  • Sarah Dinsdale, from London, received the Youth Leadership Award for her work with children, youth and adults with disabilities.

Congratulations and thank you for your work! More information on these award winners and their work is available at Ontario’s 2015 Recipients .

  • The David C. Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility was created in 2014 to honour the province’s first Lieutenant Governor with a physical disability.
  • Mr. Onley served as the 28th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and adopted accessibility as the overarching theme of his mandate.