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In OHPE 393.1, we offer a collection of links relating to the December 26 earthquake and tsunami. In compiling this list, we've focused mainly on hub sites that provide starting points for finding news on the disaster and ways to help.

If you have a link you wish to add to the list, please email and we will consider including it in the OHPE News and Summary section of coming issues. We are particularly interested in links with connections to health promotion or with which readers have personal experience.

Our thoughts are with all those affected by the disaster.


Call for Papers--Conferences on Social Capital and on Economy and Community


The Social Capital Foundation invites all interested persons or organizations to present a paper to one or both of its upcoming international, interdisciplinary conference that will be held respectively on Conference on Social Capital, September 21-22, 2005, and Conference on Economy and Community, September 23-24, 2005, in the beautiful island of Malta.

Paper proposals may take the form of a detailed abstract (one page).

To have more information on either conference, please use the following links.

* TSCF international conferences

* Registration Info

* Conference on social capital-presentation (PDF)

* Conference on the EU economy-presentation (PDF)

* Registration form for conference on social capital (PDF)

* Registration form for conference on economy and community (PDF)

* Address to send a paper

New OPHA President


On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA), and with great regret, we would like to inform you of the resignation of Dr. Peter Wiebe as the president of the Association. Dr. Wiebe's current professional heavy workload and personal life do not allow him to continue providing the attention that is required for this volunteer position. Dr. Wiebe firmly believes in making a commitment and giving the time required to carry out such commitments but feels that he cannot give his full attention at this time. We would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the members of the Association and ten Constituent Societies of OPHA, to thank Dr. Wiebe for several years of dedicated service provided to the Association and to the advancement of public health in Ontario.

At its regular meeting on December 14, 2004, the Executive Committee, guided by the By-laws of the Association, confirmed appointment of the Vice-President, Dr. Garry Aslanyan to the position of President.

Canadian Health Network's Lineup for December 16


* Violence against women: What women in abusive relationships and others can do--All women are at risk of experiencing acts of violence, and women are more likely to be assaulted by someone they know

* Take time to breathe: try yoga--Relax your mind while you stretch, tone, and strengthen your body

The Canadian Health Network is brought to you by the Public Health Agency of Canada and major health organizations across Canada. We're just a click away:

[Source: CHN's Healthlink,

New Resource--Smartliving Guide from Eneract


Eneract announces the release of its green business directory--the 2005 smartliving Guide. The Guide will be inserted into the January issue of Toronto Life, mailed to subscribers in mid-December, and will be complemented by a new website

Buying green can have positive impacts on personal health. For example, according to a recent study by a leading British healthcare organization, consuming organic food has a host of benefits. These include reducing exposure to toxic chemicals like pesticides, avoiding the unknowns associated with genetically modified foods, reducing exposure to food additives and colouring, and increasing the amount of beneficial vitamins and minerals consumed.

The smartliving Guide is also available in hard-copy by calling (416) 488-3966.

[Source: Eneract mailing list,]

December 2004 Issue of Wellspring


This issue focuses on the Snactivity Box project initiated by the Calgary Health Region. This resource for toddlers and preschoolers in daycares and dayhomes promotes both physical activity and healthy eating. To access WellSpring, visit We welcome reprints of WellSpring articles. If you would like to reprint WellSpring in your newsletter or post it on your web site, simply contact Kathy Garnsworthy at

Updates on the OPHA Website


* 2003-2004 Annual Report

* Position Papers, Resolutions and Motions adopted at the 2004 Annual General Meeting

* Press release--OPHA calls on province for an immediate, well-resourced healthy weights strategy

* Access, Equity and Social Justice Standing Committee Terms of Reference

* Ontario Student Nourishment Program Review

* New staff at the Nutrition Resource Centre: Rebecca Truscott and Andrea Kirkham

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