Work begins on trail that would run from St. Stephen to Saint John – CBC News

Saint John council to consider bike lane improvements as part of Coastal Link project

CBC News · Posted: Aug 14, 2020 

A major project is underway on the waterfront in St. Stephen, and it could become a significant development in Saint John as a motion will come before Common Council on Monday.

The Coastal Link Trail would be a cycling and hiking route from the city to Maces Bay, St. George, Saint Andrews, St. Stephen and points between and beyond.

“We are going to build a world-class trail network,” said Darren Turner, the semi-retired army engineer, who is chairing the volunteer-led initiative.

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All trails lead to Country Harbour – Halifax Today

Travel Tails: Smitty barks at a seal, follows the footsteps of Black Loyalists about 22 hours ago By: Bruce MacNab

Years ago, some friends of mine from Martha’s Vineyard spent a month touring Nova Scotia. Already accustomed to lighthouses and sandy beaches, they had little to say about our province—with one exception.

They raved about camping at a magical hideaway on the Eastern Shore called Country Harbour.

Located in Guysborough County, Country Harbour is a three hour drive from Halifax. For the third summer in a row, Smitty and I headed up there for some August camping.

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Feds invests $6M in conservation projects at national parks in Ont. to fight climate change – CanadianManufacturing.com

The investment will expand on efforts to protect reptiles and amphibians in Bruce Peninsula, Georgian Bay Islands and Thousand Islands national parks.

KINGSTON, Ont. — On Aug. 7, the Canadian federal government announced federal investments totaling nearly $6 million for projects aimed at the restoration of ecosystems and the recovery of species at risk in Fathom Five National Marine Park and Bruce Peninsula, Georgian Bay Islands and Thousand Islands national parks.

“As we continue to safely restart our economy, our government will continue making investments that will help to support local jobs, protect our nature and fight climate change,” said Jonathan Wilkinson, minister of environment and climate change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, in a prepared statement. “I am pleased that Parks Canada and Indigenous communities are partnering to support on-the-ground conservation activities. This is an excellent example of how Canada will rebuild better following the pandemic.”

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Projects plentiful at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park – by Noel Eddy, Cochrane Now

The first of what is hoped to be three sunshades in the Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is now being enjoyed by park visitors.

The sunshade was funded by The Great Trail (Trans Canada Trail) in honour of Alberta statesman and former premier Jim Prentice, who was known for his passionate support and interest in parks and conservation.

Designed and built by Capital Renovations, the shelter is meant to look like a traditional farmer’s lean-to with plenty of seating for a rest or picnic. The wide opening of the shelter was designed with wheelchairs and large strollers in mind. It’s located on the west side of the park along the Bowbend Trail.

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The construction of this sunshade was completed last week. It was funded by the Trans Canada Trail in memory of Jim Prentice, Alberta statesman and former premier. (Photo/GRPF Facebook)

North Vancouver cyclist plans to ride across Canada wearing a face mask – Vancouver News

Jake Musgrave wants to raise awareness, funds for COVID-19 and leukemia research

a day ago By: Ben Bengtson

Jake Musgrave knows what it’s like to lose somebody close to you. Now, as a pandemic threatens people’s well-being the world over, he’s raising awareness and money so others don’t have to go through a similarly heartbreaking experience.

At the end of August Musgrave plans to bike across Canada, from Horseshoe Bay to Halifax, to raise money for leukemia research – as well as those impacted by COVID-19.

Musgrave, a lifelong North Vancouver resident, lost his dad, Randy, to leukemia when he was just eight years old.

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Trail fees in Bighorn Country being discussed as area becomes overrun with campers – City News

by Taylor Braat, Derek Craddock

POSTED AUG 4, 2020 8:39 AM MDT

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CALGARY (CityNews) – The Bighorn Country area has been overrun with campers, garbage, and a lack of social distancing. Now trail fees are being discussed at the provincial level.

The large piece of land near Sundre and Rocky Mountain House is becoming a popular go-to this summer as Albertans flock to nature, one of few reprieves from the city and the reality of COVID-19.

A June report from the Bighorn Backcountry Standing Committee said garbage is being left behind, social distancing isn’t happening, and large groups are camping in random areas.

The Alberta Hiking Association is now proposing camping fees, and it has provincial support.

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A California collective makes the case for outdoor schooling – PBS News Hour Weekend

As school districts across the country are trying to determine how or if they can open their doors in the fall, a California coalition has come together – offering districts everything from curriculum to architecture advice to take their classrooms outside. NewsHour Weekend’s Christopher Booker reports.

Savour a quintessential Canadian community this summer in Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls – Winnipeg Sun

Drive East towards Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls along Highway 1, and you’re immediately drawn in by the fields of yellow canola, purple flax and sunflowers on the Prairies. As you drive through Kenora and turn onto Highway 71, you are engulfed in boreal forests and granite outcroppings. It’s a capsule of Canadian landscape and the perfect introduction to a hidden gem of Ontario’s cottage country.

Through the summer months, enjoy Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls’ two provincial parks — Sioux Narrows Provincial Park and Caliper Lake Provincial Park— and the region’s hiking trails, or golfing at White Moose Golf Course. And, most prominently, enjoy the activities out on Lake of the Woods.

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Education experts call for outdoor classes to increase student safety amid COVID-19 pandemic – The Current, CBC

As politicians and school boards grapple with the challenge of how to safely reopen schools in the fall, some education experts are suggesting a simple solution — hold class outside. 

The idea was recently suggested in a report released by Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. But according to freelance journalist Monika Warzecha, it’s not a new notion.

Warzecha said that while working on a series of stories about Toronto’s history, she stumbled across a photo depicting the now-closed High Park Forest School. 

“It’s this photo of all these kids, they’re kind of formally dressed, sitting at these desks that are wooden and solid with wrought iron in front of a chalkboard and teacher. But they’re in a forest,” she said. 

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Face masks also beneficial outdoors, says Canada’s top doctor – 660 News

OTTAWA  – Canada’s top doctor is encouraging Canadians to use face masks more frequently–not just when you’re in crowded indoor spaces.

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam says physical distancing is still the most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

But with more and more Canadians taking advantage of the summer weather–hitting hiking trails, camping, or heading to the cabin or cottage–Tam says physical distancing might not always be all that practical.

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