What's New in Recreation

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  • September 07, 2021 12:47 | Shane Ray (Administrator)

    Recreation Manitoba is currently compiling facility procedures and policies with regards to the September 3rd public health orders.

    If your facility has a procedure in place please send it to info@recreationmb.ca so we can add it to the list.

    Parks and Recreation Departments

    Winkler

    Macdonald-Headingly

    Ritchot Resource for Immunization Verif. Position

    Facilities

    Bell-MTS Iceplex

    City of Winnipeg

    South Winnipeg Community Centre and St Norbert Community Centre

    Carman - Dufferin Arena

    Ritchot Return to Play for Arena's

  • September 07, 2021 11:04 | Shane Ray (Administrator)

    Learn the health benefits of connecting with nature, the importance of environmental stewardship and sustainable mobility. Discover green spaces close to home along with activities that you can do safely.

     

    You will learn:

    • To gain a better understanding of the health benefits of being outdoors (physical, emotional, mental wellness)
    • To promote and help people connect to urban greenspaces / regional parks (close to home)
    • To encourage safe outdoor activity ideas, you can do close to home
    • To gain a better understanding and promote sustainable mobility for older adults
    • To understand how to be a good environmental steward for the sustainability of our city and environment

     

    To Register:

    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3526600400666598671

  • September 02, 2021 15:25 | Shane Ray (Administrator)

    Updated Public Health Orders have been released

    You can find the orders for September 3rd at this link

    The Province of Manitoba backgrounder information piece is located at this link

    Sport Manitoba's information piece is located at this link.

    Sport Manitoba clarification on September 16 at this link

    Province of Manitoba information piece with regards to Human Rights and COVID.

    Province of Manitoba COVID posters for facilities

    Questions and Answer from a Westman Recreation Facility Meeting

    Verification App

    You can download a copy of the Verification App at these two links

    The Province of Manitoba has developed this resource on using the Verification App.

    The Province of Manitoba has provided these samples from other provinces to assist in identifying full vaccinated individuals

    Some important things to note from the orders

    Masks

    • Masks are required within facilities

    Proof of vaccination required

    • Proof of vaccination is required for anyone over the age of 12 at the following Theatres, concert halls and other entertainment venues, outdoor tickets performing arts events, museums, art galleries, gyms, fitness studios, yoga studio's, and ticketed sporting events.
    • Participants in group instructional classes(arts, crafts and other recreational subjects) are also subject to proof of vaccination.

    Outdoor fairs, fesitvals and community events,

    • attendance is capped at 50% or 1500 until September 7th after which is will be 50% or 500.

    Outdoor sports

    • There are no restrictions on participation in outdoor sport with regards to vaccinations.
    • There are restrictions on the number of spectators. It is limited to 50%.
    • Tickets sporting events require proof of vaccination from anyone over the age of 12 as per Order 16

    Indoor sports

    • All adults, 18+ will have to be fully vaccinated to participate in sport.
    • Any adult (18+) sports spectators will be required to be fully vaccinated.
      U18 spectators can be allowed entry into a facility with a fully
      vaccinated parent/guardian.
    • Coaches officials, team staff etc are required to be vaccinated as per the orders

    Some things to consider for facility operators

    • Recreation MB encourages facility managers to meet with regular users to go over the process for vaccination verification. A collaborative approach will make it easier for everyone.
    • Some facilities have decided to include making rental groups responsible for carrying out the orders when using the facility. While this can be done the Pubic Heath Orders do state that the operator of the facility is responsible. Further in consultation with SportLaw, a facility cannot just pass off their obligations to ensure a safe environment.  There are legal clauses that can be added to a rental agreement, but nothing is fool proof in law. We would encourage the facility to take responsibility to hire screeners to verify vaccination status at the door.
  • August 27, 2021 15:33 | Shane Ray (Administrator)

    New public health order were issued today that come into affect at 12:01am on August 28

    The indoor mask mandate has been reinstated. The exception is when people are actively engaged in activity ie sport or working out.

    You can find the orders at this link

    In addition another new order will be released on or before September 3.

    The news release states "for people to be fully immunized to participate in certain events and activities. These requirements will come into effect by public health order on Sept. 3 for all health regions and will include:

    • indoor and outdoor ticketed sporting events and concerts;
    • indoor theatre/dance/symphony events;
    • restaurants (indoor and patio dining);
    • nightclubs and all other licensed premises;
    • casinos, bingo halls and VLT lounges;
    • movie theatres;
    • fitness centres, gyms and indoor sporting and recreational facilities (excluding youth recreational sport); and
    • organized indoor group recreational classes and activities, and indoor recreational businesses.

    Children 11 and under who are not eligible to be immunized will be able to attend events and activities with a fully immunized adult."

  • August 19, 2021 09:11 | Shane Ray (Administrator)

    Are you a parent/guardian (18+) with any children under the age of 16? Tell us about your family's indoor and outdoor activities during the pandemic! 

    We are researchers at Trent University, and we need your help
    to better understand the recreation and play time experiences of parents
    and their children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Complete our short (25 minute) anonymous online survey and be entered in a $200 cash prize draw!

    Visit the survey website to learn more and complete the study.

    Thanks for helping us with our research!

    This study has been reviewed by the Trent University Research Ethics Board, the study number is [21-26665]. If you have questions regarding your rights as a participant in this study please contact: Jamie Muckle, Certifications and Regulatory Compliance Officer c/o Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation Trent University 1600 West Bank Dr. Peterborough, ON K9L 0G2 jmuckle@trentu.ca

  • August 19, 2021 08:58 | Shane Ray (Administrator)

    GUELPH, Ont. – Turf industry professionals can once again gather at the renowned Turf Managers’ Short Course this winter. The intensive month-long professional development program is offered through Open Learning and Educational Support in partnership with the Guelph Turfgrass Institute at the University of Guelph (U of G).

    From February 7 to March 4, 2022, a wide variety of turf industry professionals will have the opportunity to learn from nine experienced instructors including recognized U of G faculty. The course will be held at Guelph Turfgrass Institute’s new location at the G.M. Frost Centre at 364 College Avenue in Guelph.

    Throughout the intensive course, instructors will bring their knowledge and experience to the following topics:

    • Turfgrass Identification
    • Turfgrass Species and Management
    • Identification and Management of Turfgrass Diseases, Insects, and Weeds
    • Integrated Pest Management
    • Turfgrass Irrigation
    • Turfgrass Equipment
    • Construction and Drainage
    • Landscape Management

    To support continued learning, there are five monetary scholarships and awards available to students in the Turf Managers’ Short Course. As well, students can also apply for OpenEd’s two bursaries – the Virginia L. Gray Memorial Bursary and the Open Learning Bursary to assist with funding the course.

    Upon successful completion of the course, students will earn the Turf Managers’ Short Course Certificate. TMSC sponsoring partners are Ontario Agricultural College and Guelph Turfgrass Institute.

    For more information, please contact: 

    Pat Shaver, Manager, Program Development 
    pshaver@uoguelph.ca | TurfManagers.ca 
    50 Stone Road East, Guelph, Ontario Canada, N1G 2W1

  • August 18, 2021 17:03 | Shane Ray (Administrator)

    Join Gil (Guillermo) Penalosa, 8 80 Cities and World Urban Parks on the free webinar series. The goal is to share information with people interested in urban parks, from any angle, elected officials, public health, climate change, economic development, or just pure enjoyment. We feel that sharing very good practices, others can adapt and improve and use in their own cities.

    Gil is the 80 Cities Founder & Chair, World Urban Parks Ambassador and Our Third Act Founder & Advocate

    The next webinar is Tuesday August 24th. “Parks are Ever More Important”, with Enrique Penalosa. Twice elected Bogota mayor. He built over 1100 parks, 380km/236mi protected bikelanes, planted over 150,000 trees. Register at http://bit.ly/3fRexvT


    Future dates, guests and topics include:
     
    • Sep. 7th: Rob Adams, City Architect, Melbourne, Australia. From Gray to Green. Over 90 hectares of streets into parks, footpaths / sideWALKS.
    • Sep. 21st Ruth Holmes, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, UK. From Olympic Games to World Class Public Park.
    • Oct. 5th, 2021 - Denise Ora,  Chief Executive, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, Australia. Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain (Greater Sydney) – More than just green space.
    • Oct. 19th, 2021 - Chris Glaisek, Chief Planning and Design Officer. Waterfront Toronto. Port Lands Flood Protection project, creating significant amounts of parkland around the newly naturalized river mouth.
    • Nov. 2nd, 2021 – Jayne Miller, chair World Urban Parks. Former Head of Parks & Rec. in Minneapolis & Pittsburgh. Creating an equitable citywide park system.

  • August 06, 2021 09:31 | Shane Ray (Administrator)

    The Sport for Life building will maintain a mask manatee in common spaces for the foreseeable future. In addition Recreation MB will maintain the mask mandate in our office. If you are visiting the Sport for Life Building and our offices please bring a mask with you.

  • July 29, 2021 16:57 | Shane Ray (Administrator)

    Recreation is vital to the well being of communities and individuals. In addition investments in recreation can help drive economic recovery from COVID.

    A number of new projects in recreation and parks have been announced.

    Recreation Manitoba would like to congratulate the recipients on receiving the funding and we are excited to see these projects come to life.

    We would like to acknowledge and thank the Government of Canada, Province of Manitoba and the many municipal governments and community organizations for making these investment in recreation and parks.

    Investing $40M in community and recreation facility in Steinbach

    Community Centre in Oakville, Multi-use Arbour and Powwow Grounds on Brokenhead Reserve

    Outdoor soccer complex in Brandon, Community Aqua Centre and Recreational Facility in Flin Flon


  • July 19, 2021 14:17 | Shane Ray (Administrator)

    The Continued Way Forward

    Message from the Framework Leadership Team

    It is hard to believe that A Framework for Recreation in Canada: Pathways to Wellbeing was officially launched over five years ago in 2015. At its release, the Framework was viewed as a critical step forward in the municipal parks and recreation sector It was designed to guide and stimulate coordinated sector policies and practices in Canada that aim to improve the wellbeing of individuals, communities, and the built and natural environments.

    When the Framework was launched in 2015, we could never have imagined the far-reaching challenges that the COVID pandemic would create for Canadians and communities. Yet, the five Framework goals resonate more today than ever: Active Living; Inclusion and Access; Connecting People and Nature; Supportive Environments; and Recreation Capacity.

    As we recover from a global pandemic, it can be difficult to think of policy when we are thinking of survival. However, in times of crisis, a common compass for the sector is essential. And perhaps without realizing it, we are moving the goals of the Framework ahead even during these difficult times. Looking ahead to the immediate future, we will use the Framework to re-imagine the municipal parks and recreation sector as it plays a critical role in Canada’s post-pandemic recovery. We do this, while recognizing that different parts of the country have experienced the pandemic in different ways.

    In the five years since the Framework was endorsed, the implementation has taken countless forms. At the community level, sector professionals have built master plans upon the foundation of the Framework and harnessed the national strategy to advocate for funding to support parks and recreation services. Every day, practitioners across the country advance the Framework goals – you can see just some examples of success stories at the following link: https://thebenchcpra.ca/members/stories-in-the-field.html.

    In provinces and territories, Framework implementation is unique to each region. The sector and governments continue to partner together to move the goals forward.

    At a national level, the Framework Forum of 2018 allowed for the sector to gather and share success stories and find ways to navigate through the Framework. The creation of a national audit tool allowed communities to measure their own progress on the Framework goals. The building of the Bench www.thebenchcpra.ca has provided an essential platform for the Framework and supporting tools – we encourage you to join today.

    CPRA has and will continue to undertaken multiple initiatives to move the Framework goals forward including launching a knowledge hub on the social/economic benefits provided by our sector, entering into government partnerships on youth employment programs and gender equity initiatives, the creation of Parks for All www.cpra.ca/parks-for-all?locale=en and ongoing advocacy for increased infrastructure and program funding for parks and recreation spaces and places. CPRA is also building a strong relationship with the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA), our counterpart in the U.S. CPRA has recently undertaken extensive research and sector engagement to identify the elements of a path forward in a post-pandemic scenario. This initiative, entitled ReImagine RREC, was funded by Sport Canada and aligns closely with the Framework.

    The Framework Leadership Team (members include CPRA, PT governments, academics, sector partners) is undertaking a mid-term environmental scan on the Framework and its goals in the context of the new realities we face. We are determining how the Framework can best guide the sector through evolving challenges including the pandemic, systemic racism, and climate resilience. The efforts of the Leadership Team will ensure the Framework remains equally relevant over the next five years, allowing the sector and government to design new tools and approaches that meet the current and evolving challenges. And soon, the sector and government will begin to consider a renewed Framework for 2025, a process that is being mapped out now by the Framework Leadership Team. Of course, these efforts will continue to align with the Canadian Sport Policy and the Common Vision.

    Critical milestones such as the five-year anniversary of the Framework offer an important opportunity to look back and reflect. While aspirational planning and strategy documents are always created with the best of intentions, they are far too often left on a shelf collecting dust. Conversely, the Framework has been the foundation of the successful efforts of CPRA and its partner organizations since 2015. Moving ahead, our activities and success will continue to rest upon, and align with, the goals of the Framework. Collaboration amongst the sector is more important than ever to ensure we get Canadians engaged and active again and the Framework provides the foundation for that call to action.

    At this moment in time, municipal park and recreation stakeholders across Canada are weary. The effects of the pandemic on our field – from closures, ever-changing regulations, and financial hardships – combined with the mental and physical health challenges that we each face as individuals, parents, and family members, have been significant. Thank you for your ongoing efforts and dedication.

    As we move forward together toward a new normal, let us rally around and lean into the Framework to build our sector back better and stronger than ever. Let us use the goals within the Framework to reimagine the parks and recreation sector in the post-pandemic world. I encourage you to consider how the Framework can guide the re-creation of your master plan, the delivery of your recovery programs and the renewal of your community partnerships.

    Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have questions or ideas of how we can best support the sector’s recovery via the Framework.

    Download a copy of the French version

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