Events and Conferences

2015 Birth Workers Awards & Gala

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May 9, 2015 - 7:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom, Southway HotelOttawa

The Birth Workers Awards embrace all fields, from medical to retail, in which birth and the time that surrounds it, is celebrated with honour. The people and organizations that go the extra mile in helping mothers and families to make this experience the most rewarding and empowering recognize this. Using evidence based practices, they strive to make a difference as they go about their day, every day.  2015 is the first of an annual, revered event, where the community at large is invited to extend our thanks to these special people.

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Promoting gender-based analysis in environmental health research

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Thursday, February 27 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST

Open to the public.  Space is limited, so please RSVP by clicking here

If you cannot attend in person, register to watch live via GoToWebinar.

Do contrasting social expectations along with biological differences lead men and women to be affected differently by environmental contaminants like mercury or pesticides?  How do gender and sex interact and impact population health?  Professor Donna Mergler has authored more than 150 scientific articles and has given many lectures around the world on the subject, and will share her research on how to promote social and gender considerations when conducting environmental health research. 

Please note the presentation will be delivered in English followed by a Q&A in French and English. 

Professor Emerita Donna Mergler has been a professor of physiology and environmental health since 1970.

Her research in environmental and occupational health, conducted in Quebec, Canada and several countries of Latin America, focuses on the early effects of exposure to environmental contaminants (mercury, manganese, pesticides, organic solvents, persistent organic pollutants) on the nervous system of children and adults.

Toronto Birth Centre: Opening

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Wednesday, January 22nd 1PM-8PM

Thursday, January 23rd 9AM-4PM

All welcome~Clients, hospital staff, neighbours, stakeholders, midwives, colleagues, friends

Guided tours of the new clinic and birthing facility space will be heldevery hour~Starts in the classroom on the 2nd floor~

525 Dundas St. EastToronto, ON

To be a space where women, families and communities can access safe and culturally respectful birthing care.

The purpose of the Toronto Birth Centre Inc. is to achieve optimal health and wellness for the whole community through culturally integrated care, education and research, and through supporting the practice of Aboriginal midwifery in its fullest scope both culturally and professionally.

Who can plan to have a baby at the Toronto Birth Centre?
The Toronto Birth Centre is a fully regulated health care facility and provides birthing services free of charge.

You can plan to have your baby at the Toronto Birth Centre if you:
• have a registered midwife,
• are in good health, and
• are having a normal, uncomplicated pregnancy.


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Free Information Sessions about Trauma-Informed Practices in Services for Substance-Involved Women

Trauma is widespread among substance-involved women and has profound and long-lasting impacts. These free information sessions will help to build knowledge of trauma-informed practices, introduce participants to the comprehensive guidelines published in Trauma Matters, and help build an understanding of how they can be used to improve services for women.


  • Service providers who work with substance-involved women, including those from substance use services, public health and other health care services, child welfare, the criminal justice system, social services, shelters and housing, and other allied sector services.
  • System planners, policy developers, funders, evaluators, educators and academic institutions.

FIVE FREE SESSIONS -  For more information, click on each of the locations.

Fight gender oppression!

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The Centre for Gender Advocacy in Montreal invites you to attend, participate, and tell all your friends! Unless otherwise specified, events take place at 1500 de Maisonneuve West #404.

Monday September 23rd
2PM-4PM, Open House
Come visit and get acquainted with our space and all we have to offer!
6:30-9:30PM, 10 de Pins West #414
Come one, come all. Help us celebrate another September and kickstart another inspiring event series by sharing food, drink, and music in a warm, inviting atmosphere. Open mic is open to all spoken, musical, and other sound-making — bring us a riddle, a rhyme, a rant, or a rave!

Tuesday September 24th
 Media skills workshop, with Abby Lippman
This interactive workshop will help you begin to develop some basic understandings about and ways to deal with the (mainstream) media to ensure YOUR story gets told as YOU want it told. We will consider different ways to get media attention and to communicate written and spoken messages effectively in creative ways that reflect your values.

Wednesday September 25th 
 Trans’ History workshop with Sophia Starosta
An introduction to trans’ trailblazers in Quebec and parts of Europe. We will be exploring aspects of trans’ history through the lenses of activists, artists, models and historical cabarets.

Thursday September 26th 
 H-415, Residential Schools & violence against Native women, “My Mother–A Modern Warrior,” a talk with Norman Achneepineskum

Qouleur: Montreal Festival Tackles Race & Sexuality Through Art & Conversation

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16-23 August 2013

Qouleur celebrates racialized queer identities and experiences with an action packed week-long festival of art exhibitions, performances, workshops, music and love.

Find out more on their website.

Girls imagining their futures!

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Girls Action is launching National Career Day, a new pilot project in partnership with 15 organizations and schools across the country.

For the last six years, Girls Action Foundation has inspired girls to start imagining their future during interactive Career Days held in Montreal schools. More than 100 women in traditional, outside the box and in-demand careers have shared their stories, passion and expertise with some 800 elementary and high school girls. Building on the success of Girls Action Career Days, organized through their local Girls Clubs in Montreal, the first-ever National Career Day will take place in November 2013. They encourage you to become one of the 15 participating groups and host your own Career Day!

Learn more about it and REGISTER to become a host of Career Day in November 2013.

Separating hype from hope: Breast cancer media literacy

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A free webinar hosted by Breast Cancer Action

Do headlines like these ever stop you in your tracks?

“Cancer Breakthrough!” “New treatment Discovered!” “New Breast Cancer discovery!” “Cure!”

As media consumers, how can we separate the media hype from the real progress? How can we understand the relevance and importance of a news story, as well as determine whether a particular article is only telling half the story or lacks adequate evidence?

News reporting on health issues influences how we think about these critical issues and how we regard our own well-being and treatment options. Thinking critically while being bombarded with competing messages and staggering amounts of research data requires us to transform from being passive media consumers into critical thinkers.

BCA’s goal in their next webinar is to develop your healthy skepticism about media coverage of health care news with a focus on breast cancer coverage. They’ll look at various claims made in the name of health care interventions and give you the tools to evaluate messages in the media.

You can join them on Wednesday, May 29th or Thursday, May 30th to have an informative conversation about coverage of breast cancer news in the media and tools to become more media literate.

Find out more here

Body-Image and Self-Esteem Conference very soon! May 9-10

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Toronto, Ontario

Register NOW! 

Full 2 day conference rate: $325

Student and one-day rates available on the National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) conference website. 

Keynote speakers:

Dr Susie Orbach - Navigating our Culture's Body Anxiety and Finding Ways to Fight Back

Dr Joanne Dolhanty & - Mothers and Daughters: Attachment Emotions,

Dr Adele Lafrance Robinson and Food & Weight Preoccupation

Anita Sarkeesian - I'll Make a Man Out of You: Redefining Strong Female Characters

Jenni Schaefer - Almost Anorexic: Does Everyone Have an Eating Disorder?

Topics include:

-       Males and body-image issues

-       Appearance-based bullying

-       Support groups on campus

-       Eating disorders and obesity

-       Social inequities and weight and shape issues

-       Body Image Challenges amongst athletes

-       Families and disordered eating

See the whole program on NEDIC's website.

Presenting Sponsor: the Dove Self Esteem Project

In Partnership with: The University of Toronto Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education

Sponsors: Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, the Dairy Farmers of Canada, Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan

Four weeks to register for Body-Image and Self-Esteem Conference

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There are only 4 weeks left to register for the National Eating Disorder Information Centre's fourth bi-annual Body-Image and Self-Esteem Conference on May 9th & 10th, 2013.  

This conference is a unique opportunity in Canada to learn more about current research, evidence-based practices and innovative outreach in a multi-disciplinary, action-oriented environment.

You will have the opportunity to choose among sessions that will illuminate topics from both sides of the equation: personal experience and professional practice.   And to recognize that there is common ground among all of us - that binary positions of "them" and "us" may be less useful than harmful to both "them" and "us". 

The keynote and session presenters represent a strong program of individuals with expertise in, connection to, and actions on the real-world desires and struggles that individuals have with body-image, self-esteem and food and weight issues.  

See the speakers, view the session abstracts and register now at:

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