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Library expanding into bike loans

Recorder & Times / Marshall Healey / 07 July 2018

Expanding on its Experience Collection, the Brockville Public Library will be adding bicycles to its borrowable collection starting July 10.

Starting on Tuesday, library card holders who are 18 or older will able to borrow a “Bibliobike” for up to two days at a time.

Library CEO Emily Farrell said she hopes the bikes will be used in a variety of ways.

“The Bibliobikes will enable individuals to easily get around the city, whether they’re interested in going for a leisurely ride or need transportation for a job interview,” Farrell said in a statement.

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Ontario Municipal Commuter Program (OMCC) cancelled

Share the Road / Jamie Stuckless / 05 July 2018

This week, communities across Ontario received notice from the Ministry of Transportation that the Ontario Municipal Commuter Program (OMCC) has been cancelled. The OMCC was funded through the cap and trade program, which has also been cancelled. This is not surprising. The new government was very clear on their intentions to cancel cap and trade throughout the election, however, it is still disappointing to see the official announcement.

Through the OMCC, Ontario invested $93 million in cycling infrastructure. This investment will result in new and improved cycling facilities and Bicycle Master Plans across 118 municipalities and communities have until December 2020 to complete their planned projects under the program. However, there will be no new funding through OMCC moving forward.

The $93 million announcement was a game changer for cycling in Ontario in December 2017. It was supposed to be one of several investments that would see up to $225 million for cycling infrastructure over 4 years. We will not see the full $225 million investment under OMCC, however, we are committed to working with the new government to make investments in safe cycling.

This work is already underway. Are you part of it?

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Updated Ontario Cycling Skills guide

Active Brockville / 03 May 2018

MTO recently completed a major update and republished the Ontario Cycling Skills guide. It now provides a complete and current summary of how to ride and operate a bike and how to safely navigate Ontario’s roads.

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Exercise is the best anti-aging therapy

CBC Radio / Bob McDonald / 09 March 2018

The multi-billion dollar anti-aging industry provides a cornucopia of products that promise to fight off the ravages of time with special food supplements, diets, creams, oxygenated water and a host of gadgets that supposedly remove toxins from the body. It makes it sound like all we need to do is pop a pill and our lives will be extended.

And when our bodies do begin to slow down and diseases creep in, another huge industry of pharmaceuticals and therapies take over to fight it off. Our aging society is spending a lot of money trying to fight off old age. But the cheapest and oldest therapy for an aging body is good old exercise. Sadly it’s the one prescription many people are not taking.

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Brockville gains in provincial OMCCP announcement

Active Brockville / Alan Medcalf / 04 December 2017

Ontario’s momentum toward becoming a more bicycle-friendly province took a big step forward today with the announcement of funding details in the first year’s tranche of the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program (OMCCP). Brockville’s grant for 2018 will be $183,362.

This year, Ontario will be investing $93 million to provide safe and low-cost commuting options for residents by enabling people to ride their bikes. This represents a doubling of the initial investment of $42.5 million, announced earlier this year.

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Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2017

Chief Public Health Officer / 26 October 2017

Without being aware of it, our neighbourhoods and how they are built influence how healthy we are.

I chose designing healthy living as the topic for my first report as Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer because of the tremendous potential that changing our built environment has for helping Canadians live healthier lives.

Chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease are the leading causes of death in Canada. It is alarming that in 2011, almost 2.7 million or 1 in 10 Canadians 20 years and older were living with diabetes. Rising rates of type II diabetes can be considered a red flag for poor health as they are associated with higher rates of other diseases and conditions and linked to an unhealthy diet, low physical activity and higher rates of overweight and obesity. Rates of type II diabetes and other chronic diseases in Canada could be reduced by seamlessly integrating healthy living into our daily lives which can be achieved, in part, by designing and redesigning our communities.

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