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Monday, October 1, 2012

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Walking to beat 'can help Parkinson's symptoms'
Nursing Times
Where did the story come from? The study was carried out by researchers from the Universities of Pittsburgh, Toronto, British Columbia and Cambridge, and was funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The study was ...
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The Wellington Advertiser - Club joins Ontario Hiking Week
Club joins Ontario Hiking Week. GUELPH. The Guelph Hiking Trail Club is getting ready to hit the trails in support of Ontario Hiking Week, from Oct. 1 to 7.


Plan a canoe trip in Ontario cottage country – explore
This trip through the province's scenic fall landscape is sure to appeal to novice and expert paddlers alike.

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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