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In our January column, we are pleased to publish a letter about OPHA's new report, "Beyond Coal: Power, Public Health and the Environment." This piece is an excellent complement to last week's feature, "An Evolving Role for Health Promoters in the Kyoto Protocol Era," contributed by Ravi Singh of the Energy Action Council of Toronto (EnerACT) (view this article at

If you have anything to add to any of our feature articles, please let us know by writing to Our submission guidelines for all sections of the OHPE are available at submit.html, and a complete, searchable archive of past issues is at


Health Before Pregnancy


Best Start - Ontario's Maternal, Newborn and Early Child Development Resource Centre is hosting a regional workshop, developed and presented in collaboration with Halton Region Health Department.

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Nepean Sailing Club

Dick Bell Park, 3259 Carling Avenue

New Website: Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada


Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC) is pleased to announce the launch of the CDPAC website at or The website provides the opportunity to share information about chronic disease prevention work, programs, and alliances with all stakeholders throughout Canada.

The French version of our website at and will be up and running by the end of January 2003.

Individuals can sign up at the site now to receive regular news and updates. In March, individuals will be able to sign up as Active Participants (and will then be able to access a variety of online resources and activities) and organizations can to apply to become Members. Registering to receive "Newsbytes" now will ensure you are notified of news and the opportunity to sign up for more active participation in March.

The website has several dynamic areas that can be used to announce new related initiatives, special events such as Nutrition Month or Heart Month, or other news, timely information, or Did You Know facts important to the chronic disease prevention mission and vision of CDPAC. Input from related initiatives can be sent using Contact Us on the website or at

American Lung Association's Report, State of Tobacco Control 2002


From the Internet Scout: "Released on January 7, 2003, the American Lung Association's report on the state of tobacco control contains some rather ominous findings. The report analyzes individuals states' action four years after the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement in which the tobacco industry committed to paying forty-six states approximately $206 billion over twenty-five years. The report, which uses a letter-grade system to assess statewide efforts, reports that forty- three states and the District of Columbia received an "F" in smokefree air laws and twenty-eight received an "F" in laws limiting youth access to tobacco."

For the rest of this review from the Internet Scout, visit

For the ALA's report, visit

Canadian Health Services Research Foundation's Romanow Report Summaries


The Canadian Health Services Research Foundation has prepared four summary papers on key issues in the commission's final report. CHSRF is solely responsible for the content of these papers. The four summary topics are primary health care, governance, health and human resources, and enhancing access and quality.

You can access them at

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Funding Opportunities Available from Clarica


Clarica's funding is aimed at reducing children's social exclusion. Applications are now being taken. The deadline is February 15, 2003.

From their website: "Our employees and agents believe that ensuring a positive future for children is critical. It's where we put the majority of our volunteer time and where we feel we need to help most in our communities across Canada. That's why we brought together a children's advisory panel, including experts in the field, and employee and agent representatives, to guide us in investing a large portion of the company's Canadian philanthropy budget to benefit children. Through this major program, 2002 grants total approximately $1.36 million."

The website has information on 2002 grant recipients, eligibility and project selection, and how to apply.

Visit for more information.

Call for Abstracts: Behavior, Lifestyle, and Social Determinants of Health


American Public Health Association 131st Annual Meeting, November 15-19, 2003

Submission of abstracts for presentations on ethics and public health are now being accepted; the deadline for submission is February 4, 2003. Abstracts should be 250 words or less.

For more information, go to the APHA website ( and click on Annual Meeting, then Submit, then Ethics Forum, or go directly to the on-line submission for the Ethics Forum Special Interest Group at

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