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Today, we have a special Letter from the Editors with a selection of West Nile virus resources that have come to our attention this week. If you have websites to add to this list, please email


National Drowning Prevention Day


National Drowning Prevention Day is a Lifesaving Society initiative designed to draw attention to the drowning problem across Canada and to educate the public in safe behaviour in, on and around the water. Individuals, businesses, aquatic facilities and branches of the Lifesaving Society will be participating in National Drowning Prevention Day in all provinces across Canada on July 27th, with a variety of events, displays and information available to bring water safety awareness to the nation.

Lifesaving Society, Ontario Branch

Tel: (416) 490-8844

CALL FOR PAPERS: The 3 R's of Sex: Relationships, Reproductive Health and Recreation


6th ASPSH Biennial Western Canadian Conference on Sexual Health

April 28-30, 2004

Corbett Hall, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

The objectives of this conference are to provide an opportunity for those working in the area of sexual health to create a forum to examine sexuality from a variety of perspectives; to update and enhance their knowledge and skills in sexual health education, counselling and clinical services; and to network with others in order to share information, experience and expertise. We are looking for papers that address health promotion, physical and mental health, politics and policy, ethical and moral issues and social learning and experience in the realm of human sexuality. Anticipated conference attendees include people with an interest in sexuality such as educators, social workers, clergy, physicians, correctional staff, childcare and youth workers, health care professionals and support staff and other individuals with an interest in sexual health.

The Alberta Society for the Promotion of Sexual Health (ASPSH) is a non-profit organization that was organized to meet the needs of professionals, care givers and others who want knowledge and skills to promote sexual health. ASPSH strives to promote optimal sexual and

reproductive health and well-being throughout the lifespan for all through comprehensive sexuality education and services; public education; the advocacy of choice in sexual and reproductive health decisions; acquisition, utilization, and distribution of information and resources; and through networking and support. The Conference provides the ideal opportunity for professionals, students and others to build skills and knowledge necessary to aid in sexual- health education and promotion within communities.

Please submit a double spaced, one-page abstract with a cover letter, providing your name, address and academic affiliation (if pertinent). Indicate your presentation length, type (research paper, poster, workshop or session) and preferred audience size. Please include your e-mail, phone and/or fax number if available. Submission deadline is August 22, 2003 at 4:00 p.m.

For further information contact

Margaret Conquest

Alberta Society for the Promotion of Sexual Health

Suite 381, 11215 Jasper Avenue

Edmonton, Alberta T5J 0L5

Phone: (780) 424-6312

Fax: (780) 425-1782

Awards Honour Excellence in Rural Initiatives


The Foundation for Rural Living is calling for nominations for its 5th Annual Awards of Rural Excellence program. Each year the program honours and celebrates the excellence emerging from rural Ontario. Accomplishments are recognized in seven categories: community leadership, rural cooperatives, economic development, partnerships with business, rural youth achievement, philanthropy and volunteerism. The deadline for nominations is August 15.

For more information, visit

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Letter From the Editors: West Nile Related Resources


Here is a brief roundup of West Nile resources that have come to our attention.

If you have a resource to add, please email

Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre

Includes contact information for reporting dead birds and a summary of the West Nile Virus in North America (1999-2003).

Canadian Health Network

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