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Exercise boosts memory after stroke
Zee News
Toronto researchers found that the proportion of stroke patients with at least mild cognitive impairment dropped from 66 per cent to 37 per cent during a research study on the impact of exercise on the brain. "People who have cognitive deficits after ...
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Woman sexually assaulted at gun point near Don Mills and Finch
Global Toronto
TORONTO - Toronto police are looking for a suspect after a woman was sexually assaulted at gun point while walking her dog on Sunday evening. According to police a male approached the woman in a park in the Don Mills Road and Finch Avenue East ...
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Bike trails for Fall foliage near Toronto - Toronto Forum ...
On TripAdvisor's Toronto travel forum, travelers are asking questions and offering advice on topics like "Bike trails for Fall foliage near Toronto".

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Hi everyone,

Another very important meeting to highlight the need for mountain bikers to voice their wish for mountain biking (think Bike Park) to be included in the master plan.

Please spread the word!

The City of Toronto is hosting a public meeting where you can learn more about the Beare Road Park Master Plan project, and provide your input on its new Master Plan.

We invite you to join u
s at the first public meeting.

Date: Thursday, October 11, 2012

Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Location: Blessed Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School, 40 Sewells Road, Toronto, ON M1B 3G5

RSVP is appreciated but not required. If you are able to attend please RSVP by email to

At the meeting on October 11, the Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation project team will give a presentation that includes background information about the site and the existing conditions. Parks Canada will also be at the meeting to provide an update on the neighbouring proposed Rouge National Urban Park and their consultation process.

The City of Toronto will specifically be seeking feedback regarding the vision that users and residents have for the park, guiding principles that should influence park design, and the consultation process. Other public meetings will follow as the plan progresses.

The venue is wheelchair accessible. Please request any additional accommodations necessary when you RSVP. We look forward to meeting with you.


2012 Beaver Valley Bike Ride
Supporting the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics
WHEN: October 5th, 2012, Ride starts at 7:00am sharp (Rain or Shine)
WHERE: Dearcroft Montessori School, 1167 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville, ON L6J 1L3

The Beaver Valley 180 represents the true spirit of group rides!
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This ride traverses Southern Ontario departing from Oakville and arriving over 180 km later in Beaver Valley.

Riders in the "Beaver Valley 180" recognize their good fortunes and the importance of supporting others in their goals.  This ride began with 5 guys having fun and is now an event with over 70 elite riders supporting Special Olympics Ontario athletes in order that they may realize their dreams.
The BV180 continues to support The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics athletes in order that they may realize their dreams. The Law Enforcement Torch Run is  the most important fundraising entity for Special Olympics programs around the WORLD. In the four years has raised over $430,000. The goal for 2012 is $130,000.

 Kayak fishing ? - Ontario OUT OF DOORS Community
Just moved home from 6 years of living/working in Texas and kayak fishing is huge out there for both fresh and saltwater species. Moved into our new place in ...

OFAH and OCOA promote a safe and responsible hunting season For Ontario hunters, fall signals the beginning of big game hunting opportunities in the province. Together, the Ontario Conservation Officers Association (OCOA) and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) want to wish all Ontario hunters ...See all stories on this topic »



The Ontario Trails Council and the Ontario Trails Education Program, in conjunction withInternational Mountain Bicycling Association (ON) are pleased to announce the decison to offer the highly recognized and nationally respected IMBA Trailbuilding Program, as part of its Trail Education Course offerings in Ontario. We are currently working to hold our first course on October 3-4. Please save the date.

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Daniel Scott from IMBA writes, "Students will come away with a firm understanding of the fundamentals of trail design for both hard surface and naturally surfaced trails of various user types. A working knowledge of the design process from the planning phase to ground proofing trail alignments will be both discussed and experienced with examples and a field exercise which will include using field measurement equipment and flagging a trail alignment for construction."

Program elements include:

IMBA will provide for a two day workshop educating on the following elements
• Sustainable Trail Design – Making sure it lasts using various techniques:
• 5 Elements of Sustainable Design - Micro trail design - the fundamentals for bench cut
• Bench cut Trail vs. Raised Tread Trail - when is each appropriate
• 13 Steps to Trail Planning - Macro trail design - how one trail fits within a larger system
• Art of Trail Design - User psychology and design theory in the natural landscape
• Trail Closure & Rehabilitation - Mitigating reroutes & closures through design & signage
• Advanced Design & Construction Techniques – Building in challenging locations:
• Wooden Structures - intro to various techniques and how to design for users types
• Rock Armouring - intro to various techniques and how to design for users types
• Technical Trail Features - Designing trail features specific to various user groups
• Turns - Climbing, In sloped & Switchback - which turns is appropriate for who & where?

Or contact: Graham Burke, Ontario Trails Council
Kent: Traffic blitzes needlessly punitiveToronto Sun
If the argument for fining drivers is the simple mantra that “it's the law” then why aren't people who cycle on Toronto sidewalks prosecuted with the same vigor. There is a Toronto bylaw prohibiting riding a bicycle with tire size over 61 centimetres ...
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From Alan Medcalf - Cruising through my email drop of cycling news hits from around the world, this one caught my eye.  It's an article from New Zealand highlighting work being done on one particular cycling trail to make a loop of it accessible to wheelchairs (albeit "off road" wheelchairs), in order to allow more people access to that particular trail's unique outdoor experience.

This is the type of example we could hold up to show trails stewards how they can expand their trails' experiences to those with accessibility challenges.

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