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The Graham Family Eco Park

Just outside the city limits of London Ontario is the location of the Graham Family Eco Park. Fifteen years ago Bill Graham, founder of South Winds Development and TRY Recycling, started the project to restore the park from 26 acres of aggregate site to what it is today. The former gravel pit has become a beautiful natural site that is covered with diverse plant and animal life on land and in its featured pond.

Africans in Partnership against HIV/AIDS

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.

FoodShare Toronto’s Good Food Box Program

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.

Reflections and Possibilites

On September 28-29, 2012, OHCC celebrated its 20th anniversary with a 2-day symposium entitled "Reflections and Possibilities", held in London at the new Goodwill Centre. Seventy-five people enjoyed stimulating walking tours, key-note addresses, panel presentations and dialogue, mixed with social interaction, delicious local foods and beverages and entertainment.

The Fabric of Society Project

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.

The Sky Garden: Rooftop Gardening at the University of Toronto

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.

Catch the "TROUT" in North Hastings and Highlands East

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.  TROUT Bus

K-Net: Connecting Communities One Click at a Time

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.

Students are Blossoming at Buckhorn School and Community Garden

If you were at Buckhorn School in Buckhorn Ontario on May 24, 2011, 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.

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