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Dec 28 Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Names Board Of Directors: Roger Garland to Serve as Chair. Click here.
Dec 28 SPORT4ONTARIO E-News - Request for Input - Needs Assessment Survey - Healthy Communities Fund - click here.
Dec 23 Holiday Greetings
Dec 5 International Volunteer Day - Thank you Volunteers!
Dec 3 REMINDER - Wednesday, December 9th: SPORT4ONTARIO Lunch 'n' Learn Forum & Annual Holiday Draw - register here. Click here for the Agenda.
Nov 27 SPORT4ONTARIO E-News - Pan Am Games CEO Search | MHP Quest for Gold RFP - click here
Nov 26 SPORT4ONTARIO E-News - HST | Injury | Infrastructure | News | Open House | Volunteers | Health | Demographics | Social Media | Leadership - Click here
Nov 18 SPORT4ONTARIO E-News - Tell Us Your Story | HST | Volunteer Op | News |Minute Taking | New Legislation | LGBT Feedback - Click here
Nov 17 2011 Canada Winter Games Team Ontario Mission Staff Applications Now Available - Click here
Nov 17 SPORT4ONTARIO E-News - Please Tell Us Your Story! - Click here to read more.
Nov 13 SPORT4ONTARIO E-News - Sports Hijab | HST | Citizenship Guide | Females Shut Out | National Child Day | CPHO 2009 Report - Click here.
Nov 12    SPORT4ONTARIO E-News - Gender Discrimination Outcry | Exercise & Brainpower | Beer & Sport | Obesity | ATVs | FPTSC - Click here
Nov 9 SPORT4ONTARIO E-News - It's Official | Ontario's Expenditure Review Begins | Sport Forum | News - Click here.
Nov 6 SPORT4ONTARIO E-News - Pan Am Bid | Sport4Toronto Fund | Olympic Torch Relay | Fraud Prevention | Inclusion | News - Click here.
Nov 4 SPORT4ONTARIO E-News - Pan Am Bid | Sport4Toronto Fund | Seminars | New Resources - Click here.
Nov 4
Oct 29 SPORT4ONTARIO E-News - H1N1 Flu Virus and Pandemic Preparedness. Click here.
Oct 19 SPORT4ONTARIO E-News - HST | Facilities | Legislative Update | Meet new MHP DM | Employer Health Tax. Click here.
Oct 14
Sport4Toronto Fund guidelines released. Click here for guidelines and application form.
Oct 9
SPORT4ONTARIO E-News - Golf and Rugby Join Olympic Family | Last Chance to Register. Click here.
Oct 8 SPORT4ONTARIO E-News - October 14th Reminder - Workshop | Lunch | Forum 
Oct 1
SPORT4ONTARIO E-News - Public Accounts | Legislative Update | Meet New MHP DM | PST-GST/HST Free Seminars | Research | News. Click here.
Sep 14 SPORT4ONTARIO E-News - New MHP Parliamentary Assistant | TDSB Priority Schools Initiative | SPORT4ONTARIO AGM. Click here.
Sep 11 SPORT4ONTARIO E-News - Great Resource | Reports | Cardio Sport Programs | SIRC Photo Contest | Featured Newsetter - Click here.
Sep 8 SPORT4ONTARIO E-News - Great Resources | Disturbing Trend | H1N1 Flu Report | In the News | Upcoming Events | Book Review - Click here.
SPORT4ONTARIO E-News - Congratulations to OTF Grant Recipients. Click here.
Sep 7
Tax grab focus of byelection - Sun Media by Kevin Connor. Article speaks to impact of HST on sport and recreation programs. Click here.
Sep 6 Book Review: The Imperfect Board Member: Discovering the Seven Disciplines of Governance Excellence by Jim Brown. Thanks Michel.
Sep 4 SPORT4ONTARIO E-News - Canadian Sport For Life | New Deputy Minister | Hyponatremia | MMA - Click here.
Sep 3 SPORT4ONTARIO E-News - Calling all Officials | Dr. Gene Sutton | BC Funding Cuts Reversed | Pan Am Bid Update - Click here.
SPORT4ONTARIO E-News - Pan Am Bid Update | Information Overload | D & O Insurance. Click here.
Toronto's Pan Am Games bid gets boost: Caribbean support, timing and luck help make city the one to beat – Toronto Star by Vanessa Lu, City Hall Bureau Chief. To read more, click here.
Sep 1 SPORT4ONTARIO E-News - Free Space in Schools for Community Groups. Click here.
Toronto Pan Am Team merits 'excellent evaluation': Visiting officials happy as they leave to make their November decision  Toronto Star by Vanessa Lu, City Hall Bureau Chief. To read more, click here.
Pan Am Games chair lauds Toronto bid: Anti-poverty activists say money could be better spent – CBC News. Click here to read more.
Aug 15 Community groups left in dark over funding - Vancouver Sun. "Thousands of cash-strapped community groups across B.C." (including community sport organizations) "are in financial limbo as at least $36 million in provincial lottery funds remains frozen.  Click here to read more.
Aug 12 Canada Invests in the Development of Female Coaches - Canadian Heritage. "The CCAA's program to increase the number of female coaches in Canada will be an enormous asset for the Canadian sport system, as it aims to promote women in sport and in leadership positions". To read more, click here.
Aug 10 A Welcome Change: New Legislation For Not-For-Profit Corporations - Sport Matters Group. "The Canada Not-For-Profit Corporations Act (the "Act") will soon replace the current not-for-profit legislation, though Industry Canada is unable to confirm the date the Act will be put into effect". To read more, click here.
B.C. to offer 200 employees to VANOC - The Canadian Press by Sean Kilpatrick. To read more, click here.
CCES Responds to Russell Decision -  Ottawa, ON. To read the media release, click here. To read the adjudicator's decision, click here.
B.C. civil servants to bolster Vancouver Olympics - Canwest News Service by Miro Cernetig. "The B.C. government is poised to ship as many as 1,400 civil servants to work for the 2010 Winter Olympics". To read more, click here.
Aug 9 Golf and Rugby Have Best Shot at Being Added for 2016 Games - New York Times by Jere Longman. "Seven sports are vying to be included, the other three being roller sports, karate and squash". To read more, click here.
Aug 7 Balancing the budget - VANOC's Olympic task - The Globe and Mail by Rod Mickleburgh. "Never, in his wildest imaginings, did Mr. Furlong think that simply meeting its budget could be VANOC's greatest achievement". To read more, click here.

IOC's talk against discrimination is little more than hot air – Vancouver Sun. To read more, click here.

Aug 4

Canada could bid for 2022 Winter Games - The Canadian Press. To read more, click here.

Ontario Offers Support to Guadalajara 2011 PanAm Games - Ontario Newsroom. To read more, click here.
Aug 3 Gene Sutton, amateur sports icon, dies - Hamilton Spectator. To read more, click here.
Jul 31

Vancouver organizing committee looking to loan out workers to fill some 1,500 new Olympics-related jobs - National Post by Brian Hutchinson. To read more, click here.

Jul 30
Keeping Sport Safe:  Online Background Check Services for Amateur Sport Organizations in Ontario with mybackCheck.com  - Toronto: Promoting a safe and secure environment for every child and youth participating in sport is a top priority for Sport4Ontario, the Coaches Association of Ontario and their members. To read more, click here.
Jul 25 Vancouver 2010 is just the end of the beginning – Citizen Special by Ian Bird. "Earlier this month in Vancouver, Gary Lunn, Minister of State for Sport, announced the creation of the "2010 and Beyond Panel," a panel of leading Canadians with a mandate to recommend reforms to the leadership, governance and service delivery model of Canada's national sport system". To read more, click here.
Jul 22

McGuinty Government Helping Keep Kids Active And Youth Employed – Ontario Newsroom. "In its third year, Ontario's Focus On Youth program helps non-profit groups deliver summer activities to keep children and youth safe and active". To read more, click here.

All Canadian Athletes Win Medals at the 2009 IBSA Pan Am Games and World Youth Championships – SIRC Press Release. To read more, click here.
Jul 21 Toronto on Strike: A fine day for golf ... if the gate wasn't locked – National Post by Barry Hertz. To read more, click here.

Rights go out the window to create a seamless 2010 circus – Vancouver Sun by Daphne Bramham. "Proposed Vancouver city bylaw takes dead aim at anyone who might express a contrary view or protest during the Winter Olympics". To read more, click here.

Jul 20 Insurance concerns put pre-Olympic men's hockey camps at risk – Canwest News Service. To read more, click here.
Jul 17 Vancouver’s Olympic finances melt down – National Post by Brian Hutchinson. Games budget falls apart. To read more, click here.

Rink an ‘oasis’ in city – Sun Media by Lacy Atalick. The Hockey Education Reaching Out Society summer camp is "tailored to kids who wouldn't normally have chance to play". To read more, click here.

Jul 16 Female ski jumpers to appeal court decision – The Globe and Mail by Rod Mickleburgh. "A group of elite women ski jumpers fighting to be included in the 2010 Winter Olympic has decided to appeal last week's B.C. Supreme Court decision that rejected their legal bid to have them as part of the Games". To read more, click here.
2010 Olympic organizers look to U.S. to meet advertising shortfall – CBC News. Vancouver's Olympic organizing committee is hoping sponsors south of the border can help make up a $12-million advertising shortfall. To read more, click here.
Jul 15

Basketball tournament leads to academic scholarships – The Brampton Guardian by Pam Douglas. "The Diversity Cup is an annual basketball tournament hosted by Peel police for students from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds including Filipino, Afghan, Sir Lankan, Chinese, Sikh, Jewish and Muslim.The success of the tournament led to a long list of sponsors and citizens contributing to create a scholarship fund. This year’s winners were awarded $1,000 each". To read more, click here.

Special cart lets wheelchair golfer tee off – Toronto Sun. Click here to see video.
Two Oshawa parks to get millions in upgrades – News Durham Region by Jillian Follert. Sports fields, playgrounds, splash pads, skateboard park, community garden planned. To read more, click here.
Food ads putting healthy lifestyle on child menus – National Post by Meagan Fitzpatrick. "Canada's big-name food and drink companies are meeting their commitments to advertise less to children and to promote more nutritious products and an active lifestyle when they do target youth, according to a compliance report from Advertising Standards Canada". To read more, click here.
Jul 14 Olympics should be a boom for Whistler businesses – The Canadian Press by Brenda Bouw. To read more, click here.
Jul 13 Olympic ski jumping remains men's event – Toronto Star by Petti Fong. Women lose court fight against exclusion from Vancouver Games. To read more, click here.

Alton community complex receives green light from City Hall – Burlington Post by Jason Misner. The 17.1 million dollar complex would, among other things, help the city become a leader in sport development, while providing needed recreational space and a variety of programming for that community’s population of visible minorities. To read more, click here.

Jul 10 Racial discrimination allegations at Pennsylvania pool – The Associated Press by Ron Todt. State officials will investigate accusations of racial discrimination against a suburban Philadelphia swim club that allegedly reacted to a visiting group of minority children by asking them not to return. To read more, click here.
Jul 9 Indoor rowing centre in BC draws new wave to sport - by Yvonne Zacharias, Canwest News Service. The new indoor rowing tank in the Richmond Olympic Oval looks like... To read more, click here.
  UFC winning fight for fans in Canada poll shows - Vancouver Sun by Pete McMartin. Banned everywhere in the country except Quebec, Ultimate Fighting Championship may be the black sheep of sports in Canada, but a recent study of the sports market shows UFC winning the fight for fans. Click here to read more.
Be a sport and help kids play: Kidsport program sees increasing need for assistance – Morden Times posted by Lorne Stelmach. Kidsport Canada, a national charity with 173 chapters across Canada, is counting on more community support to help keep kids, up to age 18 and with financial barriers, involved in sports. Click here to read more.
  Ontario is investing in a new multi-purpose centre for the Pikangikum First Nation – Ontario Newsroom. The facility includes a number of programs and services to promote healthy lifestyles, such as a gymnasium, early childhood development and fitness equipment. To read more, click here.
  UFC 100: As of now, MMA is a major league sport... Deal with it - Vancouver Sun by Chris Perry: "In Canada, only Ontario actively prohibits the sport, and word on the street is that will change in the coming weeks." To read more, click here.
Jul 8 Five Olympians test positive for blood doping in backup samples – The Associated Press. To read more, click here.
  Queen's Park, Ottawa to give $29M each to T.O. facilities – Toronto Sun by Brian Gray. Queen's Park and Ottawa will contribute almost $29 million each to upgrading and repairing the Toronto facilities through their respective Ontario Recreation Program and Recreation Infrastructure Canada programs. To read more, click here.
  Canada and Ontario Support the Construction of Clarence-Rockland Sporting Event and Training Centre – Clarence-Rockland, ON (Marketwire): Investment will create jobs, stimulate the economy and promote participation in sports. Click here.

VANOC seeks access to border searches – Globe and Mail by Caroline Alphonso. Officials want border guards to inform on athletes caught with drugs, despite legal prohibitions on doing so. To read more, click here.

Forum: To view the agenda and supporting documents, click here.
Jul 7

Hundreds of Projects to Receive Government Funding for Recreational Infrastructure – Toronto, ON. On June 26, more than $380 million was announced for hundreds of recreational infrastructure projects across Ontario. Over the last 10 days, recipients and elected officials have been celebrating regional funding through local announcements across the province.

  Investments will go towards upgrades and renovations of local hockey rinks, soccer fields, pools, parks, playgrounds, trails and community centres under the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program in Ontario and the Ontario Recreation Program (Ontario REC).
  Media Release; Full list of municipalities, First Nations and not-for-profit organizations that will benefit from these investments.
Jul 7
Softball lobby looking good: Aussie veteran Stewart helped make case to IOC – The Province by Steve Ewen. Seven sport groups bid for inclusion in the 2016 Olympics. Click here to read more.
  Optimists promised $2 Million for Soccer Dome: RECREATION: It's part of city's final chunk of stimulus cash - The London Free Press by Jonathan Sher, Sun Media. To read more, click here.

Butt it was too young to die – Toronto Sun by Sharon Lem, Sun Media. Dozens of young people are expected to march  today to Queen's Park to mourn the "death" of an anti-smoking program that targeted youth. Click here to read more.

Jul 6 Aboriginal Communities get Boost to Active Living: Funding For Community Recreation Facilities Key To Improving Health And Quality Of Life In First Nation Communities. To read more, click here.
SMARTRISK June 2009 newsletter released.
Jul 4
Interest high, despite Olympic snub – Vancouver Sun by Gary Kingston. Women's softball has been deleted from the Olympic schedule for the 2012 Summer Games, but the withdrawal from the world's largest stage hasn't dampened enthusiasm for the sport in Canada. Click here to read more.
Jul 3 Angry residents demand answers about proposed Pan Am Games stadium – BurlingtonPost.com: By Jason Misner, Burlington Post Staff. To read more, click here.
Jul 1
A testament to community power Toronto Star by Carol Goar. To read this article about Community Use of Schools and the SPACE Coalition's recent survey fundings, click here.
Jun 30
Whites dominate Canada’s not-for-profit boards: York U study – Toronto, ON – Canada’s not-for-profit boards are moving close to equal representation for women, but are still nearly 90 per cent white, according to a study by York University researchers. To read the report, click here.
  Scarborough-Guildwood Organizations to Receive Funding For Recreational Upgrades: Six projects in Scarborough – Guildwood will benefit from $5,383,866 in joint federal and provincial funding to improve community recreational infrastructure, announced today under the Recreational Infrastructure Canada program in Ontario (RInC Ontario) and the Ontario Recreation Program (Ontario REC). Click here to read more.
Jun 29 Ontario Supports High-Performance Training: McGuinty Government Helping Athletes Reach World Stage. To read more, click here
Jun 26

Recreation Facilities Across Ontario Score Government Funding: LINDSAY, ON — Local hockey rinks, soccer fields, pools, parks, playgrounds, trails and community centres across the province will receive needed upgrades and repairs because of funding under the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program in Ontario and the Ontario Recreation Program (Ontario REC).

  $190,161,104: 185 arenas; 72 swimmng pools; 28 gymnasiums; 96 sports fields; 146 parks, fitness trails, bike paths; 52 tennis, basketball, volleyball or other sport-specific courts; 179 other multi-purpose facilities with physical recreation activity as the primary rationale.
  Media release; Backgrounder
Jun 26 The Government of Canada Supports ParticipACTION. To read more, click here.
Jun 25 The Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay: a 10-day celebration of extraordinary achievements – Vancouver /CNW/ – The Paralympic Torch Relay in Ottawa officially begins in Ottawa on March 3, 2010. Click here to read more.
Jun 23

Coming soon! TVOKids Don't Sit Still Tour presents two special performances in Richmond Hill on Canada Day Wednesday July 1, 2009:  Free live stage shows motivate kids to get active, eat right and have fun - TORONTO, /CNW/. Click here.

Jun 20

Anti-Smoking Program Canned: STATIC staged 68 local events in three years - Sarnia Observer by Paul Morden. Click here to read more.

Jun 15

Report Gives Strategy To Introduce Full-Day Learning For Four- And Five-Year Olds. Ontario has received a comprehensive report on full-day learning for four- and five-year old children. Dr. Charles Pascal, the government's Early Learning Advisor, delivered his With Our Best Future In Mind report with 20 recommendations on how to improve education for children up to age 12.   Media Release; Early Learning Report.

Jun 14
Never married, but GTHL head has 40,000 kids in play: President for life, or so it seems, stays true to his cause, never backing down from critics - Toronto Star by Mary Ormsby. To read this article, click here.
Jun 12 Health Promotion Minister Margarett Best with the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt and young fans following Bolt's 100m win at the Festival of Excellence at Varsity Stadium in Toronto June 11. To view photo, click here.
Jun 8 Minister of State Lunn Congratulates Four New Appointments to the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada Board of Directors. Click here to read more.
Jun 4 Statement by the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport), on the Occasion of Physical Education Day on the Hill. To read more, click here.
  The Impact of Ontario Harmonized Sales Tax on the Sport and Recreation Sector in Ontario. To read more, click here.
  Discrimination in Sport Update. Click here to read more.
  Professional Development Opportunities. Click here.
Jun 1 Sport Participation Takes Centre Stage: The Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario announced an agreement today to fund sports programs for Ontarians, with a particular emphasis on enhancing opportunities for young people, Aboriginal Canadians and people at risk. To read more, click here.
  SPORT4ONTARIO E-News: Volunteer Screening Roundtable on June 10th. Click here. Compensation and Benefits Survey Deadline Extended.Click here.
May 29
AthletesCAN Releases Discussion Paper: "Including Transitioned and Transitioning Athletes in Sport - Issues, Facts, and Perspectives". Click here to read paper
CAAWS Newest Paper - Sex Discrimination in Sport – An Update
In one legal ruling, an all-female fitness club was not required to provide membership to a man who had been denied it, yet in another, a hockey league was required to allow a female player onto a boys' team. Such seemingly contradictory decisions can leave sport administrators scratching their heads about what might, and what might not, constitute sex discrimination in sport. In CAAWS' Sex Discrimination in Sport –An Update, lawyer and sport management professor Hilary Findlay reviews cases since the landmark Blainey ruling to give an up-to-date legal snapshot of the 'lay of the land' as it applies to sex discrimination today. This report begins with seven real-life discrimination scenarios that set the stage for an explanation of the subtle issues that now enter legal analysis of discrimination. Federal and provincial jurisdiction is described, along with some of the unique circumstances of the Canadian sport system that make a jurisdictional analysis somewhat challenging.
Download a free PDF of this publication (277KB, 20 pages)
or download a PDF of this executive summary (147KB, 2 pages)
May 29 Rugby Death was Manslaughter: BRAMPTON, ON May 29 (UPI) -- A Canadian judge in Ontario found a high school star rugby player guilty of manslaughter during a game and said criminal law applies on the playing field.  Click here to read more
May 28

Toronto Submits Athlete-Focused Bid For 2015 Pam American Games: Toronto 2015 presents Bid Book to Pan American Sports Organization. Toronto 2015 submitted the Canadian city’s Bid Book for the 2015 Pan American Games to Mario Vázquez Raña, President of the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) today. To read more, click here. To review the Bid Book, click here.

May 23 Government of Canada Thanks Edmonton Bid Committee for Presenting a Strong Bid for the 2015 World University Games. To read more, click here.
May 14 Protection of Minors in Amateur Sport - Bill 30 to get second reading.
Bill 30, a private member's bill introduced by MPP Jerry Ouellette in 2007, seeks mandatory criminal history checks within amateur sport and stiff financial penalties to sport organizations for non-compliance.  SPORT4ONTARIO developed a position paper on this Bill and the implications to the non-profit sport sector in 2007, with revisions in 2008 and most recently in May 2009.  While SPORT4ONTARIO is in agreement with the intent of the Bill, it falls far short of satisfying any sufficient screening protocol and imposes penalties that can be detrimental to the stability of the sport sector. 
Recognizing the intent of the Bill, in 2007 SPORT4ONTARIO set out with the Coaches Association of Ontario and corporate partner BackCheck to explore the concept of a new vehicle by which to obtain and share criminal history checks. Leveraging BackCheck’s expertise in pre-employment screening and sharing insights from the sport sector a revolutionary tool was created. MyBackCheck.com is the direct result of creativity, ingenuity and innovation. A “for-sport, by-sport” model that takes into consideration the challenges and limitations of the present sport sector. 
To read the Private Member's Bill 30, please click here
To read SPORT4ONTARIO's position paper, please click here
For more information on MyBackCheck.com, please contact: Stephen Dinesen, VP BackCheck 604-882-6115
May 2009
Canada’s third sector – the vital web of non-profit, charitable and voluntary organizations that provide programs and services, and knit together communities – is also a significant economic force. In recent years, governments have increasingly relied on non-profit groups as the delivery agent of choice for government services. “Canada’s non-profit maze ” is powerful new research by Lynn Eakin and Associates, commissioned by the Wellesley Institute that provides a troubling picture of the financial and regulatory burdens facing the third sector.  The latest third sector analysis also includes an accompanying Policy Brief , and an appendix of supporting tables.
Apr 6
Team goes for the gold on nickels and dimes. For many amateur athletes, the first hurdle is financing the trip to a distant competition. Economy be damned. The Oakville Fury will let nothing keep them from their date with destiny.
April 1


Atkinson takes the rudder. This time, Donna Atkinson's job is to orchestrate what happens on the water, not in the air over it. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090401.wsptrow0401/BNStory/National/ 
Ontario hall back in the game. After years in hiatus, Sport Legends adds nine new inductees to its list
Mar 31
Will Vancouver Games be Canada's best? It's all going to come down to Opod at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games.
Mar 30
Amateur sports bearing brunt of CBC cuts. A public network with a reduced roster of amateur sports wasn't what Scott Moore envisioned when he took the top sports job at CBC a couple of years ago. http://www.thestar.com/article/610331
Mar 27

SPORT4ONTARIO E-NEWS. Ontario 2009 Budget | 2008 Ontario Sport Award Recipients. Click here.

Mar 19
Council spreads the wealth. Expenses show groups, schools and community sports teams all benefited from city leaders. Toronto city councillors donated nearly $80,000 of taxpayer money last year to schools, ratepayer associations, and religious, seniors and community groups, among other things.
Feb 26   


Feb 25 CANADIAN SPORT AWARDS. SPORT4ONTARIO congratulates the winners and nominees of the 36th Canadian Sport Awards

Baseball and Softball to Discuss Joint Bid for 2016 Olympics. Baseball hopes to submit a joint bid with softball in an effort to gain reinstatement to the Olympics for the 2016 Games. Click here to read more.

  Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) Launches NEW Website. Read more in the February 25 CS4L E-news.

OUR PAN AM PLAN NOT USER-FRIENDLY.Toronto Star by Rosie DiManno, Columnist

Feb 24

Seven Sports Submit Proposal for 2016 Olympic Games. The Malta Independent Online by Stephen Wilson, AP sports writer - Baseball, golf, karate, roller speedskating, rugby sevens, softball and squash submitted proposals…. To read more, click here


Harbin 24th Winter Universiade 2009: Check out the results of our Canadian team.




OSHAWA A VENUE FOR 2015 PAN AM GAMES BID. The Oshawa Express by Lindsey Cole

  T.O. PAN AM CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC.When bidding on Games, nothing is guaranteed. Sun Media by Bill Lankhof
Feb 23

2009 Ontario Coaches Conference: Congratulations to the nine recipients of the 2009 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards and the Coaches Association of Ontario for staging yet another outstanding conference this past weekend. To read more, click here.

  TORONTO PUTS UP $49.5 MILLION FOR PAN AMERICAN BID. Globe and Mail: Jennifer Lewington
Feb 20

SPORT4ONTARIO E-News. Click here

Feb 19

Ontario Budget Set for March 26 – Toronto CNW – Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan will deliver the 2009 Ontario Budget at approximately 4:00 p.m. on March 26, 2009.


PAN AM VENUES BLANKET GOLDEN HORSESHOE. Toronto Star by Vanessa Lu, City Hall Bureau Chief

  TORONTO CONFIDENT IN PAN-AM PROPOSAL; A Legacy For Ontario. National Post by Bruce Arthur

TORONTO BID SHARES WEALTH ACROSS GTA – Egalitarian notion not necessarily a positive to nations voting on Games host.Toronto – Globe and Mail by James Christie


BENEFITS SPREAD IN PAN AM BID. Toronto Star – Editorial


SOME HOLES, NO SURPRISES IN PLANS FOR 2015 BID. Toronto Star by Dave Perkins

Feb 18

Canada's Top Young Hoopsters and Ontario's Health Minister Celebrate Black History Month with Toronto Teens – Toronto – As part of this year’s celebration of Black History Month, Canada Basketball visited today with more than 400 students at James Cardinal McGuigan Catholic Secondary School. The event profiled a panel of special guests including Ontario’s Health Promotion Minister, Dr. Margarett Best, Canada Basketball head coaches… To read more, click here.

The FAN Radio Network Gets ‘UP CLOSE and PERSONAL’ with Canadian Olympic Athletes in New Daily Feature – Toronto – THE FAN Radio Network is bringing Canadians the fascinating stories of Olympic athletes they’ll see on the world stage at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games with the new daily feature, Up Close and Personal. To read more, click here.


TORONTO 2015 PAN AM BID TEAM UNVEILS VENUE PLAN: Games will generate jobs and needed infrastructure investment across Greater Golden Horseshoe – Toronto – The Hon. David Peterson, Chair of the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games Bid, revealed today a venue plan that will see Games events staged in Toronto and across the Greater Golden Horseshoe region over 25 days in July and August, 2015. Media Release; Backgrounder 

  PAN AM GAMES TO REACH BEYOND GTA – Potential venues revealed . Toronto Sun by Antonella Artuso, Queen’s Park Bureau Chief 
Feb 17



China to Launch Pro Diving League – Beijing:Reuters. Diving powerhouse China will launch the sport's first professional league before the end of the year, as it seeks to capitalise on the success and celebrity of its near-invincible Olympic team… To read more, click here. 

Feb 14

IOC Boss to Toronto: Keep Trying – Canada’s a three-time host but T.O. could still have Games, says Rogge – Vancouver – Toronto Star by Petti Fong, Western Canada Bureau Chief. Canada joins an elite group of countries with three Olympic Games after 2010, but that doesn't mean Toronto is shut out of future bids, International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge. To read this article, click here.

  Right to Play: Canadian Olympians stand by charity – Vancouver – Toronto Star by Randy Starkman, Sports Reporter. VANCOUVER–Many of Canada's top Olympians sent a message to the officials who booted the charity Right To Play out of the athletes' village for the 2010 Winter Games: We still believe in doing the right thing, even if you don't. To read more, click here.

MyBackCheck.com Information Sessions - February 19 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Click here for more information on this revolutionary criminal background and vulnerable sector check program.

  SPORT4ONTARIO E-News. Click here.
Feb 12

The One-year Countdown Begins to Vancouver 2010 - TSN.ca. The journey is on. With exactly one year to go until the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games, TSN sets the stage with VANCOUVER 2010: ONE-YEAR COUNTDOWN - a 17-part series airing daily on SPORTSCENTRE, beginning today and continuing until Sunday, Feb. 28. To read more, click here.


Markham Tax Freeze Built on Hikes Layoffs: Higher Parking Fines, Pool Fees Swell Coffers – Toronto Star by Kenyon Wallace, Staff Reporter. Markham residents will see a zero per cent property tax increase this year…Higher user fees at pools and rinks will net $89,000 and new corporate sponsorships... To read more, click here.


GTHL Forcing Parents to Dig a Little Deeper to See Kids on Ice – Toronto Star by Lois Kalchman, Special to the Star. Parents in the Greater Toronto Hockey League will pay more to see their kids' games next season, the Star has learned. To read more, click here.

Feb 11

Walk to School in Winter - It's Cool – Toronto – CNW: Wednesday, February 11, is Ontario's first annual Winter Walk Day. To read more, click here.


HAMILTON CALLED ON TO PLAY KEY ROLE IN PAN AM GAMES BID - Hamilton, ON - CNW. Toronto 2015 Bid Chair David Peterson today made it clear that the Pan Am Games Bid needs Hamilton, and Hamilton needs the Bid. Click here to read more.

Feb 9

CIS Schools Provided Over $8.5 Million to Student-Athletes in 2007-08 – Ottawa (CIS). Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced on Monday the findings of its data collection on athletic scholarships provided by Canadian universities during the course of the 2007-08 academic year. Click here to read more.

Feb 4
Study Examines Nicotine Effects on Athletes – Stuff.co.nz. The effect of nicotine on high-performance athletes is to be studied by Massey University researchers. To find out more, click here.
Feb 3


2007 Sport Monitor. The Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute (CFLRI) has released a set of topics from our 2007 Sport Monitor. Topics include sport participation rates in Canada, barriers to sport participation, beliefs associated with the benefits of regular sport participation, sport volunteering and the economics of participating in sport. For more information or to download these topics, please click here.
Feb 2
Oshawa to Host 2010 Ontario Senior Games Actifest  – Oshawa – CNW: The City of Oshawa has been named the host of the 2010 Ontario Senior Games Actifest. To read more, click here.
True Sport Foundation Annouces Finalists for the 36th Canadian Sport Awards – Ottawa, ON. The True Sport Foundation (TSF) today announced the finalists for the 36th Canadian Sport Awards (CSA), the ultimate recognition event for excellence in Canadian sport. To read more, click here.
Service Canada Accepting Applications for Summer Work Programs – Canada Summer Jobs, an initiative of the Summer Work Experience program, provides funding for not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers, and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create high-quality summer job opportunities for students between the ages of 15 and 30. The deadline for submission is February 27, 2009. To read more and to apply, click here.
In addition, Canada Summer Jobs Stakeholder Information Sessions Dates in Ontario are available in Ontario from February 4 through 12. For more information, click here.
Budget 2009 Receives Tepid Response from Voluntary Sector – Charity Village's ‘Village Vibes’ by Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
"There was extreme disappointment." Those were the words used by Teri Kirk, VP public policy & regulatory affairs with Imagine Canada, in describing her organization’s reaction to last week’s budget throne speech. And that was the sentiment shared by many in the voluntary sector after the Conservative government threw out the numbers for its "stimulus package" to the nation. To read more, click here.
February 2, 2009 – National Post by Allison Hanes
Toronto Mayor David Miller is looking for “legally binding” guarantees from...  To read more, click here.
COMING SOON! – Watch for news of the upcoming SPACE Coalition’s Community Use of Schools Survey.
Jan 31
Government of Canada Confirms Support to the Province of Ontario in its Pan American Games Bid: Joint funding commitment ensures the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area will have competitive bid for prestigious international sporting event – Ottawa: The Government of Canada has confirmed with the Pan American Sports Organization its commitment of support to the Government of Ontario in the bid for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. To read more, click here.
Jan 30
Sport Matters Group (SMG) Federal Budget Analysis – SMG provides an analysis of the recent federal budget on four fronts. To read more, click here.
Hamilton gets Pan Am stadium extension. The Hamilton Spectator by John Kernaghan
Hamilton has two more weeks to make a decision on a $150-million Pan Am Games stadium. To read more, click here. 
Toronto’s Pan Am Games bid is all about the suburbs – National Post by Allison Hanes
Toronto is focusing on the suburbs in its bid for the 2015 Pan Am Games, aiming to build infrastructure in the city’s neglected corners and also further city hall’s social agenda by investing heavily in poor neighbourhoods. To read more, click here.
Jan 29
Queen's School of Business Researchers Reveal First-everStudy of Canadian Nonprofits Hit by Fraud – Kingston, ON. Nearly 70 per cent of insiders who defraud nonprofits face jail time, according to new research released today by the CA-Queen's Centre for Governance. The study is the first in Canada to document the scope, severity and profiles of Canadian nonprofit frauds, using data gathered from reports in Canadian daily newspapers between 1998 and 2008. To read more, click here.
Board Asks Markham to Take Over Pool Care at Thornlea  – yorkregion.com by Kelly Grasser. The Town of Markham is considering taking over maintenance and operations of the Thornlea Pool at the request of the public school board.To read more, click here.
Sports institute proposed for T.O. – Toronto Sun by Bill Lankhof, Sun Media
The City of Toronto finally will become a focal point for elite amateur athletes from across Eastern Canada instead of just a stopover on the flight to Calgary. Construction of a National Sports Institute and Aquatic Centre to rival its Olympic sister in Calgary has been proposed for the University of Toronto's Scarborough campus. To read more, click here.
Pan Am Games link shot down – yorkregion.com by Kelly Grasser
Elected officials behind Markham's bid to house a sports institute for the 2015 Pan Am Games are scrambling to figure out why their offer has been turned down. To read more, click here.
Jan 28
January 28, 2009
We are pleased to announced the following winners of our Early Bird Membership Registration draw:
   Renewing Member: Ontario Cerebral Palsy Sports Association
   New Member: The Ontario Australian Football League 
Organizations that submitted their Membership form to the SPORT4ONTARIO office by January 10, 2009 were entered in a draw held by the SPORT4ONTARIO Board of Directors on January 13, 2009.
The two winning organizations will receive a professional development session valued at $500. SPORT4ONTARIO will make all the arrangements and cover the cost up to $500 for a session of your choice to be delivered to your board, staff or a combination thereof
Jan 28
Submissions to the Minister of Finance and Revenue are due by end of business on January 30, 2009. For information, click here.
Toronto Bans Smoking Near Playgrounds, Wading Pools – CBC News.  When Toronto's new bylaw takes effect, smoking will not be allowed within nine metres of children's playgrounds. (Canadian Press). Smokers will no longer be welcome within nine metres of Toronto playgrounds, splash pads or wading pools. To read more, click here.
Canada Reintroduces Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act – Ottawa. Last week the Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism) reintroduced The Canada Not-For-Profit Corporations Act. To read more, click here.


One concussion enough: Sports study  – The Toronto Star. A single head blow during their playing days can leave athletes with significant physical and mental problems three decades after they've hung up their equipment, a new Canadian study says. To read more, click here.
Impact of concussions worsens with age: study – CBC News. Young athletes who thrive on the rough and tumble of contact sports like hockey or football could be putting their long-term cognitive health at risk if they suffer even one concussion, researchers suggest.To read more, click here.
Jan 28 More About Today's Infrastructure Announcement and the Federal Budget – Sport Matters Group (SMG). A must read update from the Sport Matters Group. Click here to read more.
Toronto Beats Markham in Bid to House Pan Am Games Facility – Toronto Star by Vanessa Lu, City Hall Bureau Chief
Toronto has come out the winner in a bid to house a new national sports institute and aquatics centre for the 2015 Pan American Games, beating out Markham for a facility it had eagerly pursued. To read more, click here.
Jan 27
Federal Budget Stimulates a New Sport and Recreation Building Initiative  – Ottawa. With today’s Federal Budget, Finance Minister Flaherty and Sport Minister Lunn have taken direct aim at the long standing infrastructure deficit in sport and recreation with a new $500 million fund, to be expended in the next 2 years, to renew and build facilities in our communities… To read the Sport Matters Group media release, click here.
Impact of Federal Budget on Canada's Charities & Nonprofits: Canada's Charities and Nonprofits are Extremely Disappointed that the Budget Fails to Acknowledge the Role They Play in Helping Vulnerable Canadians  – Ottawa.  
This Budget made very little mention of Canada’s charities and nonprofit organizations as they enter a period of increasing economic difficulty in meeting their mandates to serve vulnerable Canadians – despite the fact that Canada has 161,000 registered charities and nonprofits. These organizations marshal more than 12 million volunteers and 2 billion hours of volunteer time. They employ a workforce of 2 million full-time equivalent workers --11% of the economically active population. Together, this activity accounts for 8.5% of Canada’s GDP. To read Imagine Canada’s media release, click here.
Jan 23
The Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games bid committee says the Ontario government has cut the budget for the Games proposal by $300 million. To read more, click here.
Jan 21 DRIVING WITH KIDS? DON’T SMOKE – IT’S NOW THE LAW: McGuinty Government Protects Children’s Health - Ministry of Health Promotion

A new law prohibiting Ontarians from smoking in motor vehicles with passengers under 16 comes into effect today. To read more, click here.

PAN AM VENUES TO BE NAMED – Toronto Sun by Bill Lankhof, Sun Media
The bid committee attempting to bring the 2015 Pan Am Games to Toronto and the Golden Horseshoe is close to announcing where individual sports will be held. To read more, click here.
January 21, 2009 – Ottawa, ON

The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport) will address delegates at the 4th annual Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) Workshop, January 21st, 2009 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Over 400 delegates from the sport, recreation, education and health sectors will be in attendance. To read more, click here.

January 21, 2009 - Ottawa
The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) is pleased to announce that the bid city selected to host the 2010 Petro-Canada Sport Leadership sportif is Ottawa. The conference will be held November 18-21, 2010, at The Westin Ottawa. To read more, click here.
January 21, 2009 - Canadian Press
The IOC has told international humanitarian organization Right to Play it is not welcomed at the at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games, or future Olympics. To read more, click here.
Jan 21
January 21, 2009
On January 5, 2009 the Accounting Standards Board (AcSB and the Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB) released an Invitation to Comment (ITC) that canvasses the issues and asks answers to the following questions:
1. Should financial reporting for not-for-profit organizations be closely tied to GAAP standards for other sectors, or should an additional set of national standards for not-for-profits be developed?
2. Should all non-for-profits follow one set of standards? If so, which standard is best?
3. Alternatively, should different options be available to not-for-profit organizations, based on users' needs, and should guidance be developed to narrow the options?
The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2009. To read the ITC, click
Jan 20
January 20, 2009
Dunkerley boycotts gala, says guide snubbed.  Canadian blind runner Jason Dunkerley will boycott a prestigious awards gala in Toronto next month because his guide runner -- with whom he has won three Paralympic medals -- is not considered an athlete.  To read more, please click here.
Jan 19
DRIVEN TO QUIT - Ministry of Health Promotion
As part of National Non-Smoking Week, Minister of Health Promotion Margarett Best launched the 2009 Driven to Quit Challenge. To read more, please click here.
Jan 17
January 17, 2009
Even within the wasteland of Toronto's Port Lands, the Hearn Generating Station is a civic legend waiting to be unleashed. It could be the next Tate Modern, but, given that its 300-metre turbine hall is nearly twice as long as the acclaimed turbine hall in London, it could be much more: a place where you could swim and float your mind.  To read more, please click here
Jan 16
January 16, 2009
Basketball is surging in Canada and may one day eclipse hockey - and it's not just the Obama effect. Hayley Mick reports
When Mark Starkey moved to Vancouver two years ago, he found no lack of talented players or hoops for scrimmages. But basketball on Canadian turf wasn't quite what he was used to.  To read more, please click here.
Jan 15
January 15, 2009
The Host City Contract for the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck in 2012 was signed in the Tyrolean capital by IOC President Jacques Rogge, the Host City and the Austrian National Olympic Committee (NOC) authorities. To read more, click here.
Jan 13
January 13, 2009
Vancouver's 2010 organizing committee is open to ideas on how the city could save money on the beleaguered Olympic athletes village project, the Games' top boss said Tuesday.  To read more, please click here.
Jan 12
January 12, 2009
The taxman is crying foul on Little League Baseball Canada.  The Canada Revenue Agency stripped the organization of its status as a registered athletic association Monday, meaning Little League Baseball Canada can no longer provide receipts to donors for income tax purposes.  To read more, please click here.
Jan 9


January 9, 2009
Toronto's parks and environment committee will next week consider a new place to ban smoking: city parks – specifically within a nine-metre radius of playgrounds, wading pools and splash pads.  To read more, please click here.
An unprecedented decline in the number of children in Canada is creating ripples from toy store aisles to school hallways and hockey arenas, forcing a new approach to a shrinking child population.  To read more, please click here.

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