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For next week's feature, Jodi Thesenvitz (of The Health Communication Unit) will report on "Evaluating PSA's," a workshop presented by Chuck Atkin, Professor & Chair, Department of Communication, Michigan State University. This event is part of THCU's Special Topics series (for more information see


Call for Proposals: Early Years Challenge Fund


Deadline: February 28, 2001

Building on the findings of the Early Years Study, the Ontario government has announced the first call for proposals for the Early

Years Challenge Fund. The Fund will match contributions from the charitable, voluntary and business sectors to support early child

development and parenting initiatives. The focus for this round of proposals will be on province-wide activities, with a call for community proposals to be announced in the Spring 2001.

Projects should have a province wide-impact, and create province-wide awareness of the importance of the early years; or support

skill-building, knowledge-transfer, best practices or applied community research; or develop a program model or resource that can be replicated and used in other communities across the province.

Proposals can be from voluntary or professional organizations or service clubs, umbrella groups of agencies, or organizations developing a project that will impact the early child development and parenting activities of more than one community. The Early Years Challenge Fund will match community contributions up to a maximum of 50 per cent of the project budget.

The deadline for applications is February 28, 2001, with grant announcements to be made by March 31, 2001.

An information session on the provincial funding program will be held on January 31, 2001, 2:30 - 5:30 at Ontario North Room, MacDonald Block, 900 Bay Street, Toronto. To register, phone (416) 327-1233 or e-mail to confirm attendance.

For further information on the Early Years Challenge Fund, check the Children's Secretariat's web site at or phone (416) 327-1233.

Call for Abstracts: Children's Environmental Health II


Sat-Tues Sept 8-11, 2001, Washington DC. Global Forum for Action. With over 700 people from around the world (50% from developing countries). Call for abstracts deadline: Feb. 15. Canadian Institute of Child Health & U.S. Children's Environmental Health Network.

Conference website: More info: Shelley Callaghan

Call for Papers and Workshops: 10th Biennial Conference on Canadian Social Welfare Policy


National Conference - Wealth, Health and Welfare: Tensions and Passions, 17-20 June 2001

University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Abstracts due January 31, 2001.

We invite papers and workshops on the following themes. Submissions will be refereed. Community-based organizations/groups are also invited to submit proposals for workshops.

* The tension between the forces of globalization and localization

* Health, welfare and environmental policy

* The role of the nation state in the global environment

* Accountability, governance and new directions in the voluntary sector

* Human rights: international and domestic compliance

* Erosion of public responsibility for the social rights of citizenship

* The link between globalization and inequality

* Canada's Social Union in relation to social inequality, national standards and public provision

* Distributive justice in a global economy

* Measuring social progress in relation to societal health and well-being

* Fighting marginalization and promoting inclusion: means, tools, and strategies

* Poverty, welfare and public legitimacy

* The media and social policy

* Redefining poverty; redefining wealth

* The wealth gap: social, economic and political divisions in Canada

The abstract should be no more than 150 words and can be sent on disk in MS Word or RTF. For more information and to submit an abstract (which should be submitted by email by January 31, 2001) contact

Margaret-Anne Stroh, Conference Coordinator

University of Calgary

Conference Management Services

1833 Crowchild Trail N. W.

Calgary, AB T2M 4S7

If you wish to be on the mailing list for the conference, please email or mail to the above address with full contact information

Good Lovin?: Sex and Drugs..the Good, the Bad and the Ugly


To Celebrate Valentines' Day, the Toronto Drug Awareness Coalition presents "Good Lovin?: Sex and Drugs..the Good, the Bad and the Ugly"

Time 9:30 - 2:00

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 33 Russell St., Meeting Centre, 2nd Floor.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Stephen Holzapfel, M.D., C.C.F.P, F.C.F.P

"Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll"

Dr. Holzapfel is a family doctor and a sex therapist who will provide a


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