"The Tim Horton Children's Foundation is thrilled to welcome our first 177 campers to our 7th camp, Tim Horton Camp Whiteshell," said , President, Tim Horton Children's Foundation. "Camp will allow us to double the number of participants in our Youth Leadership Program and provide enriching experiences that will have a lifelong impact on thousands of youth for generations to come. We are incredibly grateful to the countless Foundation supporters who helped make this dream a reality."
Friday, June 26, 2015
"Salvation Army camps provide financially accessible camping opportunities to families in need," says Captain , Executive Director of The Salvation Army's Ontario Camping Ministries. "Campers often come from difficult situations and camp is an experience like no other that can change young peoples' lives and outlook forever."
"The Salvation Army is here to fill the gap during summer months. Parents can rest a little easier knowing their children are in an affordable, safe environment and kids affected by poverty have something to look forward to each year," says , Territorial Public Relations & Development Secretary for The Salvation Army in .
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Friday, June 19, 2015
"I have the utmost respect for Indspire and the mentoring program," says , a member of Snuneymuxw First Nation from , who connected through Rivers to Success with a mentor from CIBC, , that led to a summer internship at the bank's head office.
"Being paired with Pradeep helped me learn how to handle myself professionally, hone my interviewing skills, learn more about the banking industry, and most importantly, gave me the confidence to think big and accept the challenge of moving to a big city to pursue a career," he says.
"At CIBC, we strongly believe that education and mentorship go hand-in-hand to building a stronger, more prosperous and compassionate country," says , CIBC's Chief Risk Officer and Diversity and Inclusion Executive Champion. "We are proud to invest in vital programs like Rivers to Success that will inspire and assist Indigenous young people to reach their full potential."
|From left: Justin Gruber, Nic Durish and Aftab Ahmad.|
Developed by U of G students, Sustain-a-Bin encourages food waste reduction
GUELPH, Ontario - June 19, 2015 - atGuelph - Throwing out food not only wastes the food itself, but also the resources used to produce it and the money you spent on it. A new type of compost bin developed by a group of U of G students weighs your food waste and calculates its dollar value.
“We’re using this as an experience to develop a prototype of something that can help society and that can be sustainable and help motivate positive behavioral changes,” says Nic Durish, a computer science student who helped develop the Sustain-A-Bin, along with food science student Lauren Jans, computer science student Aftab Ahmad and software engineering student Justin Gruber. “We’d really like to have a product that people believe in and actually has a measurable effect on sustainability,” adds Durish.
The compost bin, which will be used in cafeterias, is equipped with a sensor that tells users the value of the food they wasted based on the average cost of food sold at the food outlet where the bin is located, as well as the weight of their waste.
The sensor is also designed to let cleaning staff know when the bin needs to be emptied, based on the bin’s weight and the last time it was emptied. This information is uploaded into a database.
The students competed against each other on different teams in a food waste hackathon last fall, placing first and second for their compost bin ideas. They formed their own team in December 2014 and enrolled in the new Ideas Congress (ICON) thesis course in winter 2015, taught by Profs. Dan Gillis, School of Computer Science, and Shoshanah Jacobs, Department of Integrative Biology. The course brings together students from different disciplines to address social problems.
The students have since won $2,000 at this year’s Pitch for Progress competition, part of the Universities Fighting World Hunger summit. In May, the project also received a $1,500 mentorship through the Elevator Project, which provides resources for initiatives that improve the quality of life in Guelph.
“More than anything, it’s the motivation that it’s given us,” says Durish of the team’s success.
The project also made them more aware of their own food waste.
“I didn’t really think too much about food waste,” says Ahmad. “It seemed like a hidden issue but it’s definitely opened my eyes to my own habits.”
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
"The 20,000 Homes Campaign is a grassroots movement of communities working together to permanently house some of our most vulnerable homeless neighbours," says , President and CEO, CAEH. "Homelessness is a solvable problem and we believe if we work together, apply proven strategies like Housing First, we'll achieve meaningful, nationwide reductions in homelessness within three years."
Monday, June 15, 2015
"The cost of men's poor health is a huge problem that more and more people are talking about," says Dr. , the founder of the Canadian Men's Health Foundation (CMHF). "Encouraging men to make some changes in their lifestyle is helping to prevent up to 70% of these problems without adding another doctor or hospital to the health care system."
"This report reaffirms that healthy life choices by British Columbians are helping lower the strain on the health system," said Health Minister . "It's why our government places a high priority on supporting those healthy lifestyle choices. This report is a reminder for all men of how critically important it is for every one of us try to make better choices – to live tobacco free, eat well, participate in regular physical activities, and to do what we can to prevent chronic disease."
Scotiabank is a CMHF partner for Men's Health Week. Their Chief Economist said,
"This report is a wake-up call for all of us about the huge personal and economic costs associated with excess weight, inactivity, smoking and drinking among Canadian men. The personal costs associated with family tragedy are incalculable. However, the study's estimate that men's poor lifestyle choices are costing Canadians in short and long term disability is a very big deal to the business sector, and to provincial governments struggling to contain health care costs that already absorb more than of every dollar spent on programs."
"Its not all or nothing, even small improvements in nutrition and activity add up to big benefits later," says dontchangemuch.ca website is devoted to helping men make small steps like ordering half, fries, half salad when eating out.", President of CMHF. "Our
"While the economic costs are high, the effects on men's families and communities are even higher," adds Dr. Goldenberg. "Widows account for 45% of all women aged 65 and over. We men need to start making changes to take better care of ourselves, not just for us, but also for the people who count on us and for our communities."