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2007 Campaign Launch - International Day Against Homophobia

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May 2, 2007

Are people born gay or lesbian? Sexual orientation is not a choice

For the International Day Against Homophobia on next May 17, Fondation Émergence is launching its annual awareness campaign. This leads us to ask: Is being gay a question of nature or nurture? So far to date, science has proven itself incapable of providing a definite answer with some sort of consensus. However, there is agreement on one fact: sexual orientation is not a choice. It's this fact that inspired this year's campaign theme.

When it comes to sexual orientation, it's not rare to hear someone say "I respect your choice." Well no, it's not a choice. It's no more a choice than people's skin or eye color is. The campaign's theme Sexual orientation is not a choice is illustrated through the image of a newborn baby wearing a hospital wristband that has HOMOSEXU.written on it. This bold image definitely raises questions. Whether sexual orientation is due to nature or nurture has no bearing on gays' and lesbians' lives; some day they will discover and become aware of it. In this aspect, they are not different from heterosexuals.

Mr. Laurent McCutcheon, President of Fondation Émergence, said he hopes that "people's realizing that sexual orientation is not a choice will be enough to put an end to homophobia, which is the main goal of this campaign. "

Specifically for various outreach workers in the education field, the material for this campaign is intended to be educational. The pamphlets provide a large quantity of information on sexual orientation. Teachers, other professionals, parents and all of society will also find a list of resources and educational tools. The posters and pamphlets, in English and in French, are being distributed in communities and can also be ordered from Fondation Émergence through its website for the Day at www.homophobiaday.org.

Does Canada Need a HPV Vaccine? Recent allocation of federal dollars for vaccine program raises questions

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From: The Epoch Times

Health Canada 's approval last July of a vaccine that protects women from a common from of cervical cancer may have been premature, say experts.

Canada's record for treatment of cervical cancer is adequate, they say, and fast-tracking Gardasil, a vaccine for Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), isn't the way to go. $300 million has been allotted to the vaccine program from the recent federal budget.

But health professionals are questioning the necessity of a HPV vaccine in countries like Canada , which have successful comprehensive cervical screening programs.



Bonnie Sherr Klein's SHAMELESS: The ART of Disability

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Sunday, May 13 at 5PM PT and 8PM ET on BRAVO (Canada only)

Art, activism and disability are the starting point for what unfolds as a funny and intimate portrait of five surprising individuals. Director Bonnie Sherr Klein (Not a Love Story, and Speaking Our Peace) has been a pioneer of women's cinema and an inspiration to a generation of filmmakers around the world. SHAMELESS: The ART of Disability marks
Klein's return to a career interrupted by a catastrophic stroke in 1987. Always the activist, she now turns the lens on the world of disability culture, and ultimately, the transformative power of art.

Joining Klein are a group of artists with diverse (dis)abilities. Humourist David Roche is taking his one man show off-Broadway, The Church of 80% Sincerity, in New York. Poet and scholar Catherine Frazee is navigating a jam-packed schedule of teaching and speaking engagements. Dancer, choreographer and impresario Geoff McMurchy is producing KickstART!, an international festival of disability art. Sculptor and writer Persimmon Blackbridge is creating mixed media portraits from "meaningful junk".

What the critics are saying about SHAMELESS:

"What emerges in SHAMELESS is an intimate look at five artists, all dealing with attitudes towards disability, all finding their way through a culture that views them with revulsion or even suggests they would be better off dead. Klein manages to pull it off, amazingly, without a hint of sentimentality."
Matthew Hays, The Globe and Mail

"If physically flawless Brangelinas are on one end of the movie-star scale, Klein's friends are at the far reaches of the other. Yet they're more fabulous."
Pieta Woolley, The Georgia Straight

BCAM's Action Day for Safe Cosmetics

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Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Labeling laws 6 months later: What’s changed? We still have toxic chemicals in our cosmetics!

Not enough cancer awareness focused on prevention

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May 2, 2007

From Prevent Cancer Now and the Saunders-Matthey Cancer Prevention Coalition  

Most research studies, media attention and cancer organizations ignore cancer prevention, over-emphasize pharmaceutical 'cures'  

Cancer is now or will soon be the #1 cause of death for women and men in Canada, StatsCanada says. About 200 types of malignancies will kill an estimated 73,000 men, women and children in 2007, including many of the 160,000 Canadians who will be newly diagnosed with cancer this year. The cancer epidemic is well known. What is not so well known is that a significant proportion of cancers and cancer deaths are preventable.  

April is always "Cancer Awareness Month" in Canada, but this year, the month of May will offer the opportunity for Canadians to learn about cancer prevention. The non-profit organization, Prevent Cancer Now, a consortium of health practitioners, educators, scientists and activists, will be holding its first national conference, "Cancer: It's About Prevention. It's About Time!" in Canada's capital, at the University of Ottawa, May 24-27th.  

Speakers and workshops at the conference will address the many environmental and occupational factors that contribute to cancer, including the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat - plus numerous toxic substances in our homes, schools, workplaces and in common, everyday products.     

"There are several reasons why we're staging this conference at the end of May in Ottawa," says Angela Rickman, Executive Director of Prevent Cancer Now. "One of the most interesting is that Sunday, May 27 is the exact centenary of Rachel Carson's birth. It was Carson, in her famous 1962 book, Silent Spring, who warned that unless we eliminated the man-made causes of cancer, that cancer rates would continue to rise to epidemic levels."  

Mental Health Week and Rural Women

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This week is National Mental Health Week (May 7th-13th 2007)  http://www.cmha.ca/bins/index.asp  

The Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence recently released a paper related to rural women and mental health.  

The authors will be availabe this week to speak about mental health and rural women.   See www.pwhce.ca  

For more information, please contact:
Joanne Havelock, Policy Analyst, Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence
Tel: (306) 585-5727    Fax: (306) 585-5852
Website: www.pwhce.ca

Code Blue has stepped up the campaign to save child care with a report card on the Harper government's performance on child care

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So how did Stephen do in his first year of child care? Well, he must improve his active listening skills and shouldn't be allowed to play with scissors after the drastic cuts he made to child care.

What do you think of Stephen Harper's record on child care?

Please go to www.buildchildcare.ca and add your comments to the report card.

Also, if you have a web site, please make a link from it to www.buildchildcare.ca .

And, most important, please pass on this message to all your individual and organization email contacts. We are trying to collect comments from thousands of Canadians.

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