Events and Conferences

The Unnatural History of Breasts: Industrial Chemicals, Breast Cancer, and Early Puberty

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012
9 AM Alaska (10:00 AM Pacific; 1:00 PM Eastern)

A conversation hosted by CHE-AK, Alaska Community Action on Toxics with science journalist, Florence Williams about the unsettling findings she uncovered while researching her book BREASTS: A Natural and Unnatural History.

The incidence of breast cancer worldwide has doubled since 1940, and continues to rise. Young girls are developing breasts earlier than ever before. What role might chemicals in the environment be playing in these profound changes? Learn why breasts are humanity’s first responders to environmental changes and how they are, as Florence writes, “a particularly fine mirror of our industrial lives.” Find out how certain chemicals may interact with hormone levels, altering breast development and increasing a woman’s risk of breast cancer and why some chemicals are being looked at as possible culprits in early puberty. 

Visit their website for more information and to register.


Webcast book launch: Becoming Trauma Informed

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The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health (BCCEWH) invite you to the webcast launch of a new book from CAMH on trauma informed practice Becoming Trauma Informed

Join the publisher, the editors, Nancy Poole and Lorraine Greaves, and some of the contributors as they discuss topics related to the book.

Friday November 2, 2012

10am-11am PST, 1pm-2pm EST

Participants will have the opportunity to offer comments and pose questions to panelists and authors about trauma-informed practice and policy.

Registration is required for this webcast event. If you wish to attend, please provide your email here by November 1, 2012. The instructions on how to log into the webcast will be sent to registrants prior to the event.

For more information, please visit the website or contact:

SELLING SICKNESS, 2013 - reduced registration rates until 10/31!

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Selling Sickness 2013: People before Profits

REGISTER NOW to get an earlybird reduced rate (until 10/31/12).

And reserve your hotel room as well.

Canadian award-winning feature documentary, Living Downstream

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coming to major Canadian cities  and your living room

Canadian screening tour in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax; forthcoming DVD release and US cable launch

Toronto, ON (October 11, 2012) - The People’s Picture Company is proud to announce a Canadian screening tour and the simultaneous Home Video DVD release of their award winning feature-length documentary, Living Downstream.  This autumn, filmgoers in Toronto, Halifax, Ottawa and Montreal will be able to view the 85-minute film in select theatres.

The Home Video DVD version of Living Downstream will also be available for purchase in fall 2012.  As well, majorUS cablecaster, Outside TV, will air the documentary later this year to a US audience of several million viewers.  This series of screening events will be kicked off with a special screening of Living Downstream at New York City's iconicLincoln Center on October 20, 2012. 

“I am delighted that Living Downstream is continuing to play to large audiences more than two years after its initial release,” says the film’s director, Toronto-based filmmaker Chanda Chevannes.  “The film is currently in wide use by film festivals, non-profit organizations and educational institutions, but the public continues to have a hunger for the kind of information presented in the film. 

Improving Women's Health with Sex- and Gender-Based Analysis

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Thursday, October 25th, 2012 - 10:00-12:00am YWCA Elm Centre - Nancy's Auditorium, 87 Elm Street, Toronto. Limited seating

Join British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health and Ontario Women's Health Network for an introduction to two sex- and gender-based analysis (SGBA) resources, including a new e-learning website on Sex and Gender-Based Analysis ( and The Source (

You'll learn how to apply SGBA, including the core concepts of sex, gender, diversity and equity and the SGBA process, in research and policy. Hands-on exercises will help researchers, policy makers, health planners, and students to identify sources of women's health research from all Canadian provinces and territories.

See BCCEWH's website for more information

RSVP to by Tuesday October 23.

Presented by British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health and Ontario Women's Health Network in partnership with Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women's Health. Funding provided by CIHR.

Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence conference: Early bird registration EXTENDED

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Early bird registration EXTENDED to September 15, 2012!
Detailed conference program now available online!
The FREDA Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children (School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University), in partnership with the Ending Violence Association of British Columbia (EVA BC), the BC Society of Transition Houses, and the Canadian Observatory on the Justice System’s Response to Intimate Partner Violence, invites you to join us for the 2012 National Research Day conference, Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence: Exploring the Continuum of Violence Against Women and Girls, to be held November 7-9 at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown hotel.
We have an excellent program lined up, including keynote presentations from Beverley Jacobs, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Elizabeth Sheehy, and Liz Kelly, as well as a pre-conference training workshop that will be co-facilitated by Drs. Lori Haskell and Melanie Randall. Please visit the conference website for details
Registration for the National Research Day 2012 is now OPEN: Click here to register online.

Women's Health Research Day (Regina)

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Presented by the Status of Women Office, Ministry of Social Services and Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence (PWHCE)

Agenda: Women's Health, Gender-Based Analysis and Policy

Morning: What’s New?
• A review of what's new in women's health research:

o Breastfeeding
o Women in mining
o Women and healthy living
o Obesity in pregnancy
o Residential schools effects

Afternoon: Introduction to The Source and NEW online GBA tools

For more information visit Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence (PWHCE)
204) 982-6630

Reproductive rights - Crafting, Writing and Taking Action! (Winnipeg)

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Reproductive Rights/Motion-312 Crafting, Writing and Taking Action!

Hosted by FemRev

Tuesday April 24th 7-9pm
Mentoring Artists for Women's Art (MAWA)
611 Main Street, Winnipeg

FemRev invites you to an informal evening to come together to craft, learn and talk about the current status of reproductive rights in North America. Specifically focusing on Motion 3-12 and the current onslaught of bills in the US, they will provide some information, a handy zine to take away as well as facilitate a discussion on how to take action.

They will also be sewing vulva's to send to our MP's or Stephen Woodworth with letters saying "Now that you have your own, stop messing with mine!”

Materials will be provided, but please bring any spare fabric you might have lying around the house! All are welcome!

Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth has put forward a motion intended to bestow legal personhood on fetuses, which would not only pave the way to re-criminalizing abortion, but also undermine the constitutional rights of pregnant women. The motion was accepted on March 12 for consideration by Parliament, and will be debated on April 26th. The Motion is a direct attack on women's right to choice and bodily autonomy.

For more information on Motion 312, visit the Abortion Rights Action Coalition of Canada.

Also, check out the inspiration for the event

For more information on the event, contact

CONNECT BEAUTY: Sustainability with style (Toronto)

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Passionate about merging sustainability with style? Ready to update your natural beauty regimen before summer? Just in time for the new season, the 2nd annual CONNECT BEAUTY event and fashion show will celebrate the glamorous, natural and eco-conscious beauty and trends of spring 2012.

Presented by the Women’s Healthy Environments Network (WHEN) in conjunction with Fashion Takes Action, CONNECT BEAUTY will showcase the chic flair of sustainable, toxic-free beauty.

Join the crowds for an eclectic evening!

When: Thursday, April 26th, 2012 from 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Where: Centre for Social Innovation Annex, Toronto (720 Bathurst Street, south of Bloor)
Tickets: $15 limited early bird, $25 in advance, $35 at the door
Purchase tickets online at
For more info visit:

Women’s Healthy Environments Network (WHEN)

Fashion Takes Action

Child and Youth Mental Health Matters

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First National Parental Mental Health Conference
First International Young Carers Congress
Third International World Congress on Children of Parents with Mental Illness
May 6 – 8, 2012
Vancouver, BC

This conference brings together an interdisciplinary group of professionals working in the field of mental health with young people and parents and other stakeholders to share knowledge and experiences related to child and youth mental health. There are three themes woven through the conferences: Parental Mental Health, Children of Parents with Mental Illness and Young Carers.

Registration is currently open and available on the conference website

For further information please visit , or contact at or (604) 827–3112.


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