Events and Conferences

Canadian Domestic Violence Conference 2

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The Next Wave of Conversations with Today’s Top Innovators

March 22 - 25, 2011

Delta Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1Z4

The focus of the Canadian Domestic Violence Conference 2 is on helpful conversations with those who perpetrate abuse, those who are abused, or those who have both abused and are abused in the same relationship. These conversations occur in women's shelters, Partner Abuse Response (PAR) programs, probation offices, victim services offices, counselling centres, private practice. The focus of this Conference is to help foster effective conversations with women and men about domestic violence in these various professional contexts.

CLICK HERE for conference schedule.

CLICK HERE to register online.

National Day of Action: Girls Action Foundation

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It’s time to register!
Deadline: January 10, 2011

For the 7th consecutive year on February 14th, the National Day of Action, girls and young women veer from the usual Valentine’s Day activities, and unite to create action-oriented projects that raise awareness about the issues affecting them and their communities.

Who can participate?

Everyone who is a registered member of Girls Action’s National Network. You can register to become a member at the same time as you apply for the National Day of Action. 

For more information, visit the Girls Action Foundation website.

Canadian Summit on Weight Bias and Discrimination

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WHEN: January 17th, 2011

WHERE: St. Lawrence Hall, Toronto ON

WHO: All health professionals, policy makers, legislators, educators, media and anyone with an interest in understanding and ending the stigma against excess weight

Weight bias and discrimination is widespread among the public, health professionals, media, policy makers and employers. Overweight and obesity are often viewed as the result of making poor choices, or a lack of willpower and self control, and not as the complex conditions they are. The direct implications for the health of those struggling with excess weight are profound.

The Canadian Obesity Network- Réseau canadien en obésité (CON-RCO) seeks to address this important issue by engaging influential thought leaders representing media, education, employers, healthcare systems, law and decision makers to review the evidence on the extent and consequences of weight bias on Canadians.

The first-ever Canadian Summit on Weight Bias and Discrimination will be co-hosted with PREVNet (the Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network), and supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Click here for more information and to register for this event.

MODERATOR: André Picard: One of Canada's top health and public policy
observers and commentators; Globe and Mail columnist

Media credentials available from Brad Hussey, CON-RCO Communications
Manager, at 905-628-7778.

The Nurse Practitioner Clinics, BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre

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BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre and the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health are hosting this lunch hour presentation, Tuesday, December 14, 2010, noon-1:00 pm:

The Nurse Practitioner Clinics, BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre

Diane Middagh, MN, NP(F)
The Heart Program for Women,
Nurse Practitioner Clinics, BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre

Natasha Prodan-Bhalla, MN, NP(A)
The Heart Program for Women,
Nurse Practitioner Clinics, BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre

Lenore Riddell, MSN, NP(F)
Nurse Practitioner/Senior Practice Leader,
Women's Programs, BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre

To download the flyer, please go to BCCEWH.

Information and Support session on "Intimacy & Sexuality After Breast Cancer"

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Thursday December 9, 2010 @ 7PM EST

Canadian Breast Cancer Network will be offering 10 online support and information sessions over the next year and a half. These sessions will be geared towards priority issues as identified by young women breast cancer survivors. Each session will be one hour in length and will consist of a 30 minute presentation by an expert on the selected subject, followed by 30 minutes of discussion and interaction between the presenter and participants. These sessions will have an online visual component and a teleconference verbal communications component. Space will be limited to 23 participants per session so make sure you register in advance to reserve your space. Participants will need to have access to the internet and a phone line in order to access these sessions.

For more information, visit their website.

Promoting Health Equity: Action on the Social Determinants of Health

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The Faculty of Community Services, Ryerson University will host the Promoting Health Equity: Action on the Social Determinants of Health conference February 11-12, 2011. This conference aims to bring together community and agency partners, undergraduate and graduate students, health and social service professionals/workers, researchers, academics, government and policy and decision makers to share and exchange knowledge, and to generate the creation of new partnerships in research, education, and practice that focus on health equity and action on the social determinants of health across diverse communities.

Prostitution: Notes from a Visit to Sweden (Dec. 2)

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With Rosella Melanson, Executive Director, New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women
Thursday, December 2, 2010, 12 noon to 1:30 pm
Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook, Fredericton
In English with simultaneous translation

Sweden recently evaluated its 10-year-old law which criminalizes only the sex buyer, and classifies prostitution as a form of violence against women.
Melanson visited Sweden last month at the invitation of the Swedish Institute. The need to pursue the reflection on this issue is evident – is it work, exploitation, violence?

Light lunch provided.
FREE but you must pre-register: email your name, phone, group/work affiliation to:
New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women

Panel on Prostitution and the Criminal Code – November 29

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The Joint Chair in Women’s Studies for Carleton University and the University of Ottawa invites you to a panel on Prostitution and the Criminal Code about the recent Superior Court decision that struck down three key sections of the criminal code on prostitution.

When: Monday November 29, 2010
Time: 1:30-4:00 pm
Where:Porter Hall, 2nd floor, University Centre, Carleton University

This panel will include:
Valerie Scott, Executive Director of SPOC (Sex Professionals of Canada), one of the three women who brought forward this legal challenge
Émilie Laliberté, Director General of Stella, (a Montreal organization by and for sex workers)
Krysta Williams, Lead Youth Advocate, Native Youth Sexual Health Network
Alan N. Young, Professor, Osgoode Law School, York University, the lawyer who argued this case
Chris Bruckert, Associate Professor of Criminology, University of Ottawa – and Member of POWER (Prostitutes of Ottawa-Gatineau Work, Educate and Resist)

A question and answer period will follow.
The event will be bilingual with simultaneous translation.
Free admission.

INFO: Pamela Walker, 613-520-2600 X 1729 or Hélène Boudreault, 613-520-6644

World Aids Day, 2010: Winnipeg Events

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On December 1, 2010 millions around the world will commemorate the 22nd anniversary of World AIDS Day. The first world AIDS Day was held in 1988. World AIDS Day is now internationally recognized as a day when individuals and organizations from around the world come together to bring attention to the global HIV/ AIDS pandemic and stand in solidarity with people living with HIV. It is also an important opportunity to take action and continue to advocate for universal treatment, care and support for the millions living with and affected by HIV around the world.
This World AIDS Day Nine Circles Community Health Centre in Winnipeg will mark the occasion with the theme of Human Rights, Dignity and Freedom.  Recognition of Human Rights are at the centre of the epidemic. They affect issues such as access to equitable services and resources, treatment and medications, stigma and discrimination. This World AIDS Day Nine Circles Community Health Centre and the Manitoba HIV program invite you to join the movement to build stronger communities that honour and celebrate Human Rights, Dignity and Freedom as part of the HIV/AIDS Movement!
Help Nine Circles make your voice heard on World AIDS Day 2010 and ensure that HIV/AIDS remains a priority in Manitoba! This year Nine Circles will host multiple events in the community; including a Rally and March beginning at the Manitoba Legislative building on December 1st at  11:00am, a community information and resource fair, a candlelight vigil and choir concert as well as  a film screening. Nine Circles will also support multiple events hosted by community partners including community dinners, workshops and benefit concerts.
You will find a poster highlighting the weeks events on Nine Circles’ website.

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

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The Canadian National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women is observed on December 6th each year. This day commemorates the lives of the 14 young women who were killed in the Montreal Massacre, and also represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on violence against women in our society.

Here are some of the December 6 events happening around the country:


Reflecting on Women's Experiences in our Community
Monday, December 6th, 2010, 11:00am- 2:00pm
BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre, Vancouver BC (SHY Auditorium)
To RSVP: Please contact Alexxa at or 604-875-3717
Please include: name, position, organization, email address, and phone number and whether your organization will set up a display table.
This event is co-hosted by the BC Women's Building Bridges Committee.


The Manitoba Women’s Advisory Council (Manitoba Status of Women) invites you to a sunrise memorial.
Monday, December 6, 2010, 8 a.m.
Manitoba Legislative Building
Refreshments to follow
This year, they are collecting new, unwrapped toys for children at the Central Park Women’s Resource Centre. Contributions are welcome. Please RSVP by Friday, December 3 to 204-945-6281.

Many other December 6 events are taking place around the country. For some of them, see the following links:

Status of Women Canada

Canadian Labour Congress

Alberta Children and Youth Services

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