Reflections and Possibilities
On September 28-29 OHCC celebrated its 20th anniversary with a 2-day symposium to reflect and exchange ideas on the progress that has been made towards creating Healthy Communities in Ontario. Walking tours, key-note addresses, panel presentations and a conversation circle were mixed with social interaction, delicious foods and beverages from local producers and entertainment for a stimulating and enjoyable experience.
The Fabric of Society Project
Written by Janet Sherbanowski
The Fabric of Society is about strength, and how we in society create our own reality and change it.
Getting Active in Perth County: The Creation of a County-wide Trail Development and Active Transportation Initiative
Perth County is getting active with the creation of a new county-wide trails and active transportation committee focused on the creation of walkable and bikeable communities and trails. The project started in 2009, when Healthy Living Perth, one of many Healthy Communities Partnerships established in Ontario, identified active transportation as priority for Perth County. Partnering with Canada Walks, Green Communities Canada, 8-80 Cities, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation, they hosted four community forums with guest speaker Gil Penalosa, an active transportation expert.
With their heads in the books, most students have little time left for cooking, let alone gardening. Most students are reliant on pre-package and restaurant food and have little chance to connect to food sources, especially among students who live in the city. The Sky Garden at the University of Toronto attempts to change students’ relationship to food and to gardening. As the first Canadian campus rooftop garden, the Sky Garden provides students with an opportunity to take a break from the books, enjoy some fresh air, and grow and eat fresh organic produce.
Now that the residents of North Hastings and Highlands East can catch the TROUT, rural life has been made easier. The TROUT, also known as The Rural Overland Utility Transit is one of the first of its kind in Ontario--a rural public transit system.
Imagine a high school made up of online classrooms, with teachers and students thousands of kilometres away; where students, teachers and even the principal interact with one another via internet and Internet-based VOIP phones. Imagine receiving a medical diagnosis from a specialist through an online scope or X-ray.
If you were at Buckhorn School in Buckhorn Ontario on May 24th, you would have seen students, teachers and community members busy preparing, protecting and beautifying the school’s diverse gardens and schoolyard. Students were busy planting seeds in their class garden plots, painting a mural with local children’s book artist and parent Kim Fernandez, and collecting rocks for the protective border around the school’s brand new front yard gardens. Throughout the day, the school’s grade 5 students also known as Habitat Helpers, provided mentorship to the younger students.
London, Ontario’s Strengthening Neighbourhoods Strategy (SNS) has been created by Londoners for Londoners. The five-year strategy, initiated by the City of London, was developed based on a series of meetings with over 100 community members and organizations.