Bike Month – June 2022

The Region of Durham invites you to celebrate Bike Month by taking part in a series of fun and educational cycling activities throughout the region. From June 1 to 30, residents are encouraged to explore Durham’s unique landscapes and scenic trails while practicing safe cycling.

The Region of Durham will be hosting Bike Month in partnership with local municipalities to help bring together families, employers, commuters and community organizations to promote cycling through exciting events all month long. The campaign is a great way to learn new skills and celebrate cycling with contests and fun activities. As one of the largest celebrations of biking in Canada, Bike Month events across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area are a great way to safely recognize biking, while adhering to public health guidelines and keeping our communities safe.

Residents can take the Bike Month pledge to let Smart Commute Durham know how you plan to celebrate Bike Month! Your pledge automatically enters you into a draw to win a prize. For more information visit

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Brain Injury Awareness Month – June 2022

Heads Up! Durham is a community mobilization whose mission is to weave brain injury awareness, prevention, policy and support into the fibre of Durham Region society. Heads Up! Durham membership includes the Brain Injury Association of Durham Region, Durham Regional Police Service, Durham District School Board, Durham Catholic District School Board, Complex Injury Rehab, Go Transit, Ministry of Transportation, Lakeridge Health, March of Dimes and many brain injury survivors.

June is recognized as Brain Injury Awareness Month across Canada.  There are 165,000 brain injuries sustained in Canada every year and it is the leading cause of death in Canadians under the age of 40.  Brain injury not only impacts those who survive, it also touches the lives of family, friends, caregivers, support workers and the community.  People living with the effects of brain injury experience a variety of challenges. Some of the most common causes of brain injuries include falls, infections, heart attacks, bicycle or motor vehicle collisions, sports-related injuries or assault. Approximately 1.5 million Canadians live with the effects of a brain injury. 

For more information, please visit Heads Up! Durham

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National Deafblind Awareness Month – June 2022

The National Deafblind Awareness Month working group is a national collaboration of individuals who are deafblind, service providers, and advocacy groups celebrating the achievements and contributions of people who are deafblind each June.

The objective of the National Deafblind Awareness Month working group is to raise awareness about the population who are deafblind and the importance of equitable access to consistent Intervenor Services. In many communities, provinces and territories, there are limited or no Intervenor Services available.

Together, we can break down barriers that people who are deafblind face in their daily lives.

For more information please visit

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Seniors Month – June 2022

Celebrations will take place in the month of June, in honour of National Seniors’ Month.

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PickWaste Day – July 9, 2022

Inspired by a high school teacher in a local school, and heavily supported by the City of Pickering, PickWaste is a community organization that was founded to give back and clean up our planet. The group makes an impact by hosting bi-weekly litter cleanups across Canada. The majority of their volunteers are students who care about the environment and want to earn their community service hours in a meaningful way.

It started in July of 2017 with four friends but has quickly spread throughout the community and country. From 2017 to 2021 PickWaste hosted over 320 community clean-ups collecting over 3100 bags of litter in the City of Pickering and expanded to two other cities across Canada. The community organization has provided an estimated 6000 meaningful volunteer hours to local high school students.

This year, the two founders, Sam Demma and Dillon Mendes have made the decision to introduce an annual city-wide event called PickWaste Day, where ALL residents in the City of Pickering are encouraged to grab a garbage bag and fill it with litter in their neighbourhoods. PickWaste Day will occur on the second Saturday of July each year.

The day provides you with two opportunities to get involved:

  1. Clean up with your community: There will be a one-hour clean-up hosted by PickWaste at a communicated location in the City of Pickering. PickWaste will provide gloves, bags, disposal and snacks to enjoy following the event. To receive information about the event please sign up with your first name and email address at:
  2. Clean up with your family/friends: If you cannot join the coordinated clean-up, you can still make an impact! Grab your own bags and gloves, gather a group of friends and family, and get out into the community to fill your bags with litter. At the end of your cleanup, take a picture, submit your cleanup on and post an image on social media with the hashtags, #PickWasteDay #Pickering. They will be sharing all the cleanup images online.

Interested in learning more about PickWaste? Check out the below links:

Rail Safety Week – September 19 – September 25, 2022

Every year, more than 2,100 North Americans are killed or seriously injured because of unsafe behaviour around tracks and trains. Every one of these incidents and deaths are preventable. By looking out for each other and working together, we can help keep our communities safe and prevent injuries and fatalities on or near railway property.

Safety is a core value at CN and they take all necessary steps to protect employees, communities, customers, vendors and partners with the objective of reducing rail related injuries and fatalities to zero. As CN safely serves its customers and keeps the economy moving, it remains committed to educate the public on rail safety.

Rail Safety Week is held in Canada, the United States, and Mexico from September 19-25, 2022. Once again this year, efforts to get the rail safety message out will be stronger than ever and represent a unique opportunity to work together with you, Operation Lifesaver, local authorities, CN Police Service officers and all CN employees to help prevent accidents and injuries at rail crossings in your community, and ensure everyone’s safety on and around railroad infrastructure year-round.

For additional information about Rail Safety Week 2022, please visit or

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