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The following resources were provided by Gillian Kranias, writer of OHPE 296.1, "Self-Help Groups: Moving from Professional Leadership to Mutual Support."

This week's feature, "Self-Help Groups: Moving From Professional Leadership to Mutual Support," is contributed by Gillian Kranias of the Self-Help Resource Centre and is based on the workshop of the same name.

Several people reported problems with the URLs for our job postings. Because the URLs for our database entries are long, they wrap over two or more lines. Email software will often only hyperlink the first part of the line, creating a faulty URL. You can either cut and paste the complete address from the email (check to see if an extra space has been inserted where the line breaks; the address should end with CURRENT) or visit the full job posting on our website at (choose to display "Job Postings"). This explanation can also be seen at the beginning of the job postings section of this email.


Funding Source for Running Tracks


Nike Inc. is accepting applications for the Bowerman Track Renovation Program, which provides matching grants of up to $50,000 to community-based, youth-oriented organizations that seek to refurbish or construct running tracks anywhere in the world. The five-year, $1 million program will distribute approximately $200,000 in matching grants each year. The application deadline is ongoing through May 31, 2004. For more information, go to the Nike web site at

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Certified Stress & Wellness Consultant Training Course


This fourteen-week, distance-learning course is led by Dr. Richard Earle, Canadian Institute of Stress/Hans Selye Foundation.

Reduced tuition of $1500.00 is available for public/occupational health professionals. Next course begins March 22, 2003 and runs until mid-September. Visit the CSW link at or call (416) 237-1828 for details.

New Report: Outcomes and Effectiveness: The Success of Community Mental Health and Addiction Programs


Investing in community-based mental health and addiction programs is one of the best and most cost-effective expenditures Ontario can make to help people in desperate need, to save lives, and to save tax dollars, says the Ontario Federation of Community Mental Health and Addiction Programs (OFCMHAP). A new report developed by OFCMHAP describes the tremendous economic costs of mental illness in Canada, estimated today at more than $14 billion annually.

The report also demonstrates that community mental health and addiction programs are effective in helping people and cost-effective in saving millions of dollars by reducing the number of expensive hospital stays and the use of emergency services, such as ambulances, emergency rooms, the police and correctional services.

The report summarizes key findings from a detailed review of fifty studies related to cost, outcomes (consistent with the government's new accountability framework), and cost-effectiveness of community mental health and addiction programs. Additional information was gathered from fifteen key informant interviews and a recent survey of the 216 federation members.

For more information visit

[Source: Mental Health Notes,]

New Report: Tackling Urban Poverty: Finding the Right Policy Mix


A national strategy to enhance the quality of life and competitiveness of Canada's cities must grapple with the growing challenge of urban poverty.

Poverty has increased in Canadian cities in the past two decades. It has also become more concentrated. Without a joint effort by governments at all levels, these trends could become self-reinforcing. The recipe for that joint effort is the subject of a new report from Canadian Policy Research Network's (CPRN) Family Network.

Urban Poverty: Fostering Sustainable and Supportive Communities, by Anne-Marie Seguin and Gerard Divay of the Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Urbanisation, Culture et Societe, looks at what is needed to foster supportive, socially sustainable communities in poor neighbourhoods in major cities across the country.

You can read this report, and another new one, The Federal Role in Canada's Cities: Overview of Issues and Proposed Actions, at the CPRN site at

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Harm Reduction and Housing: Influencing Political Agendas


Cody Hall, St. Paul's Church, 227 Bloor Street East (near Jarvis Street)

The Toronto Harm Reduction Task Force, "working to reduce drug-related harm in Toronto, since 1996," presents this full-day forum.

* Registration / Networking from 8:30 a.m. and Forum from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Workshops will be offered at both the morning and afternoon sessions:

A) Effective Lobbying

B) Using the Media

C) Harm Reduction Housing Models

Cancer and Its Environmental Links


Grace Lutheran Church Hall, 1107 Main St. West (at Cline

bus stop out front, wheelchair accessible

7:30 p.m.

This video presentation features Dr. Sandra Steingraber, keynote speaker at the 1999 cancer prevention conference Everyday Carcinogens. Steingraber is a biologist, cancer survivor, mother and author and connects high cancer rates to environmental toxins.


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