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This week we have an article from Bernadette Navarro on the work of The Parenting Alliance. She writes "Currently, there is no central resource about programs, tools, and resources specifically devoted to positive parenting. A forum for parents, academia and social service providers is also missing in today's communication age. To meet the needs of these disparate groups, a coalition of parents, researchers, social service workers, and other stakeholders formed The Parenting Alliance in 1997. The goal of this growing community is to collaborate on initiatives and to share information, research, programs and tools for practical use by parents." Don't forget to check out the related resources in 241.2.

And, in the spirit of the New Year and new beginnings, here is a brief reminder about the many ways to manage your OHPE subscription.

1. Send a message to with a command like this in the body of the message: subscribe (or unsubscribe) You will then receive a message from the OHPE-L list admin asking you to confirm your request by replying with the confirmation number. Once you have done that, you will receive the welcome message.

2. You can manage your subscription on the Internet at either or at the OHPE Bulletin website at

3. When in doubt, contact the OHPE Bulletin team. Send an email to with the email address of the person to be added (for our records and reports, it helps immensely if we know the organization and city of the subscriber) and within 24 hours they will be added to the OHPE Bulletin subscriber list.

Subscribers will automatically receive a monthly reminder telling them what all their mailing list passwords are and how to unsubscribe.


Forum on Health Care in Canada


The Canadian Council of Churches Ecumenical Health Care Network is organizing a Forum on Health Care in Canada. The purpose of this forum is to facilitate critical reflection on the preliminary report of the Commission on the Future of Health Care headed by former Premier Roy Romanow that is scheduled for release in January. They want to enhance the understanding of the challenges facing the health care system and profile the ethical and pastoral concerns of the churches regarding the Canada Health Act. It is hoped that this forum will be broadcast on the CPAC channel.

Reminder: Best Start Conference


Toronto Mariott Eaton Centre

Registration Fee: $135

Spaces are still available for Reflection Celebration Action - 10 Years of Best Start.

Topics to be covered include cultural competency, highlights from the evaluation of the CPNP, preterm birth prevention, preconception, postpartum depression, breastfeeding supports, socio-economic status, violence and its impact on women's reproductive Health, men's role in reproductive health, smoke free environments and fetal alcohol syndrome.

For more information call Best Start: Ontario's Maternal, Newborn and Early Child Development Resource Centre at (416) 408-2249 ext. 261 or visit their website at

The conference was also posted in the OHPE and that notice can be viewed at (choose 'display events').


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