Events and Conferences

Webinar: Understanding Breast Cancer: Economic Impact and Labour Force Re-Entry Research Report - November 24

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Wednesday November 24, 2010 @ 2pm EDT

Join Janet Dunbrack, author of Breast Cancer: Economic Impact and Labour Force Re-Entry, who will present the key findings of this ground-breaking report, which was launched in May 2010. This is an excellent opportunity to find out more about the research results of this survey, the recommendations, and how you can get involved to create positive change for breast cancer patients and survivors.

This 90 minute presentation will provide you with a brief overview of the report and allow for half an hour to interact and ask Janet questions about the findings.

You will learn:
-    What women surveyed said about the economic impact of having breast cancer
-    What can be done to assist with the transition of returning to work after breast cancer
-    What you can do to help create positive change
-    What the issues are around Employment Insurance sickness and other insurance benefits

Click here to register for this webinar.

To properly view this webinar you will need to have Windows Media Player or Real Player on your computer as well as speakers hooked up for audio.
Should you be unable to attend at this time, the webinar will be available online using the same link 24 hours after the live event takes place. For more info, contact Jenn McNeil

Prostitution and Law: University of Ottawa

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You are invited to the series "Prostitution and Law" organized in collaboration with the Human Rights Research and Education Centre and the Shirley Greenberg Chair of the University of Ottawa. This series includes a: Discussion on the recent ruling Bedford v. Canada - Nov. 9th @ 11:30am, Fauteux Hall, Room 550 - Please read the attached summary of the ruling before the discussion. Screening of "The Business of sex" and "Not for Sale" - Nov. 10th @ 5pm, Fauteux Hall, Room 550 Conference on "Solidarity: beyond the pro sex work and abolitionists' confrontation" with Angela Chaisson and Colette Parent - the details are coming See the attached poster for all the details.

Living Downstream: Toronto Screening and Panel Discussion

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Staff and faculty at the National Network on Environments and Women's Health would like to invite you to a public screening of the film, "Living Downstream", taking place on the campus of York University on:

Wednesday, November 10 at 4:15 pm
Location: Rm T1009, TEL Building, main floor

The film, by Chanda Chevannes, is a production of Toronto-based People's Picture Company Inc. and is based on the acclaimed book of the same name by ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber. The documentary follows Sandra during one pivotal year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links. You can watch a trailer for the film on the website.

Following the film we will have a panel discussion touching on some of the issues raised in the film and inviting audience feedback.

Prof. Sonia Lawrence, Director, Inst. for Feminist Legal Studies/Osgoode Hall Law School, York U
Ellen Sweeney, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York U
Anna Tilman, International Institute of Concern for Public Health

A downloadable version of a publicity poster for the event (by York Design student, Sally Fung) is attached in pdf format. Please feel free to circulate this information to appropriate listservs and other interested individuals.

We hope you will join us on the 10th.

Anne Rochon Ford and Dayna N. Scott, Co-Directors
National Network on Environments and Women's Health
York University

To Do No Harm: Regulation of pharmaceutical promotion and protection of patient health

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Register early – Seating is limited

The Pharmaceutical Policy Research Collaboration at the University of British Columbia together with researchers from an international study on Pharmaceutical Sales Representatives and Patient Safety are pleased to announce:

To Do No Harm: Regulation of pharmaceutical promotion and protection of patient health, a full-day international symposium to be held on Monday, November 29, 2010 at the Four Seasons Hotel, 21 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario. 

Speakers include experts on the regulation of pharmaceutical promotion from Canada, France and the United States. The event will provide policy-makers and researchers an opportunity to explore drug promotion regulation in terms of quality of information and impacts on patient safety. Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Lunch will be provided.

Registration Fees:
Private Industry Delegate $395
Public-sector and Non-profit Delegate $195
Student $50 (only a small number of spaces for students)

Registration is limited to 75 participants and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

To register, click here.
Venue information - Four Seasons Toronto.

Queering Bathrooms: Gender, Sexuality and the Hygenic Imagination

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Book launch at:

Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West
Sunday, November 7th, 2010

To launch Sheila Cavanagh's groundbreaking new study, Queering Bathrooms: Gender, Sexuality and the Hygenic Imagination, The University of Toronto Press and Sexuality Studies Program in the School of Women's Studies and the Centre for Feminist Research at York University presents a pinata of queer culture: featuring a tour of local bathrooms guided by Shawn Micallef, Live DJ Sets by Nik Red, a Photo Exhibit by Andie Shabbar, a dramatic reading of Queering Bathrooms and Cavanagh in conversation with Susan Stryker, co-editor of The Transgender Studies Reader.

Intinerary: Queering Bathrooms Launch:
5:00pm- Foucauldian Walking Tour of local Washrooms, Starts and Ends at the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, Hosted by Shawn Micallef
6:30pm- Cocktail Reception, featuring a Live DJ Set by Nik Red and a Photo Exhibit by Andie Shabbar
7:30pm- The Queer Bathroom Monologues, a staged reading of the interviews in Cavanagh's new book, Queering Bathrooms.
8:00pm- Sheila Cavanagh in conversation with Susan Stryker
8:30pm- Book Signing, featuring a Live DJ Set by Nik Red

Sheila L. Cavanagh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Sexuality Studies Coordinator at York University.

For more information, contact Chriss Reed, Publicist at

Or call: (416) 978-2239 ext 248


Brain Storm: The Flaws in the Science of Sex Differences

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Dr. Rebecca Jordan-Young, Assistant Professor of Women's Studies, Barnard College

Lecture and book launch
Monday, November 1st
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Segal Rooms 1400-1410
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Professor Jordan-Young’s book talk will take place from 7:00-8:00p.m, followed by a reception and book signing from 8:00–9:00p.m.

Presented by:
SFU Institute for Critical Studies in Gender and Health
CIHR Institute of Gender and Health
UBC Critical Studies in Sexuality
UBC Centre for Cross-Faculty Inquiry in Education
Female and male brains are different, thanks to hormones coursing through the brain before birth. That's taught as fact in psychology textbooks, academic journals, and bestselling books. And these hardwired differences explain everything from sexual orientation to gender identity, to why there aren't more women physicists or more stay-at-home dads.
In her book, Rebecca Jordan-Young takes on the evidence that sex differences are hardwired into the brain. Analyzing virtually all published research that supports the claims of "human brain organization theory," Jordan-Young reveals how often these studies fail the standards of science. Even if careful researchers point out the limits of their own studies, other researchers and journalists can easily ignore them because brain organization theory just sounds so right. But if a series of methodological weaknesses, questionable assumptions, inconsistent definitions, and enormous gaps between ambiguous findings and grand conclusions have accumulated through the years, then science isn't scientific at all.

Save the Date! Cochrane Canada 9th Annual Symposium

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Early Exposure to Cochrane: Accessible, Credible, Practical

February 16-17 2011

Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver BC

Visit their conference website for details.

The Call for Abstracts has been launched and submissions are due at 11:59 p.m. EST on 15 November 2010.

Body, Mind, Spirit 2010: National Conference for Young Women Living with Breast Cancer

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October 29 to 31, Toronto, Hilton Hotel

The Canadian Breast Cancer Network and co-presenter Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation bring together 400 young women with breast cancer to educate and inspire them in all aspects of their cancer journey.  Participants can network with others who understand their situation, learn about the latest research from some of Canada’s leading medical professionals, and participate in themed workshops.

This year’s Conference includes two gala dinners: “Rock Your Cancer” with Canadian rocker and breast cancer survivor Bif Naked, who will share experiences from her two-year battle with breast cancer; and “Breast Fest” where Rethink Breast Cancer will roll out the pink carpet to premiere the film “Jonna’s Body, Please Hold”.

A new addition to the Conference is Yvonne Jones, Leader of the Official Opposition (Liberal) in Newfoundland.  Ms. Jones , 42, has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and will start treatment this month.  At the October 30th breakfast, she will speak to her experiences as a newly-diagnosed patient and the important role of government in management and treatment. 

Other activities include author book signings, writing and creative arts sessions, a breast cancer art show, and an exhibitor showcase that will feature fashions, breast cancer resources and information from community support groups.

Midwifery in Nova Scotia: a Community Forum

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Midwifery in Nova Scotia is at a crucial juncture. With the Department of Health set to release the provincial evaluation on midwifery implementation in November, we need to connect, share and plan for what comes next. 

Join them for an afternoon of education, discussion and strategy planning.

Share your experiences. Have your voice heard. Listen to what others
have to say. Learn about who has access to midwifery and who doesn’t.

Join a professionally-facilitated discussion and be part of developing a
concrete action plan.

Children welcome, snacks provided!

Sunday, October 24 · 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Women's Council House

989 Young Avenue, Halifax

Resilience: Stories of Single Black Mothers

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Storyline Entertainment is thrilled to announce our Toronto community screening of Resilience: Stories of Single Black Mothers, directed by Lana Lovell, on Saturday October 23rd. This event will benefit Literature For Life, a non-profit organization that works to empower at-risk teenage mothers through literature.  A panel discussion will follow the film. Panelists include :

  • Nancy Blades - social work manager and documentary participant 
  • Dalton Higgins  - author of Hip Hop World and facilitator who works to promote positive fathering in the African-Canadian community 
  • Wendy Komiotis - Executive Director of METRAC, an organization that works to eliminate violence against diverse women, youth and children 
  • Director Lana Lovell.

Sat Oct 23, 7 pm

Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave. (near the intersection of St. George & Bloor, and close to the St. George suway station)

Admission fee $10 or Pay What You Can 

Doors will open at 6:30 pm

Screening and panel discussion to be followed by a reception- all are welcome!

Please stay afterwards to celebrate the completion of the film at the reception!

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