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Written by Jennifer Madueke, a student in the Community Worker Program at George Brown College, while on placement at OHCC.
As a student on placement at Africans in Partnership against AIDS/HIV, I had the opportunity to observe and participate in a program to increase the awareness of sexually transmitted infections among young adults and how it can be reduced. I was also involved in efforts to reduce the level of teenage pregnancy in violent and dangerous neighbourhoods.
Lack of transportation is a significant issue in all rural and remote communities in Ontario which affects most of the determinants of health. The Rural Ontario Institute and the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition are collaborating to enhance and strengthen the sharing of knowledge of effective models and emerging innovation in rural regional transportation.
Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems in Ontario
Six organizations are collaborating to increase the capacity of local communities to work collaboratively, with diverse groups of stakeholders, to create and strengthen sustainable local food systems in Ontario.
This story was written by Yusheng Pan & Tenzin Lodoe, students in the Community Based Nursing Practice Program of Trent University, based on research and interviews with FoodShare Toronto staff in February-March 2013.
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.