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Small town collaboration a big win for AST in Blind River

Small town collaboration a big win for AST in Blind River

Located on the scenic North Channel of Georgian Bay, Blind River (pop. 3,500) is the smallest community to benefit from the OAST Fund. But that hasn’t prevented it from striving to make big things happens to improve the active journey to school for its students.     ...

Innovating new approaches to AST in Markham

Innovating new approaches to AST in Markham

A grant from the OAST Fund has been the catalyst for piloting a unique approach to boosting AST in the City of Markham.  The York Region DSB, York Catholic DSB, City of Markham and other partners have been developing and testing a new six-tiered program model that is...

Telling the AST Story

Telling the AST Story

This OAST Network coaching session explores the principles of effective storytelling as a way to help strengthen active school travel communications. With examples from the world of AST and beyond. WATCH/LISTEN TO THE COACHING SESSION VIEW THE SLIDES VIEW THE Q &...

Signs of the Time: School Wayfinding Best Practices

Signs of the Time: School Wayfinding Best Practices

The Signs of the Time: School Wayfinding Best Practices webinar was held on 12 May 2020. The webinar highlighted current best practices in wayfinding for schools. With case studies from four different communities: London, York Region, City of Toronto, and Ville de...

Social Marketing & Active School Travel 101: Insights from an expert

Social Marketing & Active School Travel 101: Insights from an expert

This OAST Network coaching session will help you develop a basic understanding of social marketing. Not to be confused with social media communications, social marketing seeks to develop and integrate marketing concepts with other approaches to influence behaviours...

Winter Walk Day 2020

Winter Walk Day 2020

This year, the Winter Walk Day celebration period has been extended to March 13th so it’s not too late to join the more than 300 schools that have already registered. Sign up here and your school could win a $200 gift certificate from Scholar’s Choice.   WWD 2020...

And the Oscar goes to…

And the Oscar goes to…

Telling stories through video is proving a popular way to tell the active school travel story in (AST) in Thunder Bay.    Walk Or Wheel Thunder Bay (WOW TBay) has created a series of professionally produced videos that celebrate unique AST initiatives – and the...

Students become “roll” models

Students become “roll” models

As School Travel Planning (STP) rolls out to more schools across North Bay, family surveys have revealed a strong desire among parents to improve the cycling skills of their children. For two of the city’s Franco-Ontarian schools, those findings led to a unique new...

School Streets

School Streets

School Streets is a successful program from the U.K. that has been proven to improve safety, reduce air pollution, and encourage more active transportation. A School Street is a car-free zone in front of a school at peak drop-off and pick-up times. It creates a safe...

Education minister confirms support for OAST

Education minister confirms support for OAST

“Today we’re celebrating a $1.5 million investment with Green Communities Canada. We want to thank them for the work they do in inspiring people to be healthy... I want to challenge each and every one of you to walk to school every day.”                               ...

WSB momentum in Guelph

WSB momentum in Guelph

The school year is off to an active start in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (WDG). Thanks in part to support from the Ontario Active School Travel (OAST) Fund, the WDG Active and Safe Routes to School  Committee is now operating four Walking School Bus (WSB) routes...

Wayfinding

Wayfinding

School communities across the province are running wayfinding projects. Wayfinding signs build community awareness and help students and parents plan their active journey to school by giving information about active travel distances to school. Pictured above are...

Engaging municipal champions in Niagara

Engaging municipal champions in Niagara

Photo caption: Niagara Falls City Councillor and former Olympic boxer, Mike Strange, joins students at Cardinal Newman school for a Walk to School Event. Municipal champions are stepping forward to enhance Active School Travel (AST) in Niagara. Lisa Gallant, a health...

Journey outside in 2019-2020! Plan your Walk & Wheel celebrations.

Journey outside in 2019-2020! Plan your Walk & Wheel celebrations.

It’s that busy Back to School time already, and time to start planning your encouragement events to get more kids walking and wheeling to school. The dates of the four seasonal events are as follows: International Walk to School Day (IWALK) – 2 October 2019 Winter...

In the Eye of the Beholder Webinar

In the Eye of the Beholder Webinar

On 20 June 2019,  a record 190 people registered to attend the webinar In the Eye of the Beholder: Parent and Child Perceptions of Active School Travel. Engaging both children and their parents is critical to the success of any active school travel (AST)...

We are hiring!

We are hiring!

We are looking for a School Travel Planning (STP) Facilitator in Ajax. This dynamic full-time position is currently a 12 month contract, starting in August 2019. Please read the JOB POSTING here. Deadline to apply is 5pm Friday 12 July 2019.

Broadening the STP conversation in Peterborough

Broadening the STP conversation in Peterborough

Something serendipitous is happening with School Travel Planning (STP) in Peterborough. Led by GreenUP, an environmental charity with a mission to inspire and empower environmentally healthy and sustainable action, the STP program focuses on community engagement...

More OAST Fund projects

More OAST Fund projects

Walking and wheeling to school in Ontario is getting another boost thanks to the Ontario Active School Travel (OAST) Fund. Sixteen projects in communities across the province have been awarded grants as part of the Fund’s second round. Successful applications were...

Celebrating commitment to a safe walk to school

Celebrating commitment to a safe walk to school

Brockville Walking School Bus leader Evelyn Vanolst has been recognized for her dedication to community leadership at an event to honour people who make a difference in the lives of children and youth. Celebrated for her kind, compassionate commitment to the safety of...

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