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In this week's issue, we have the first part of our annual year in review and a looking forward piece. Submissions for the second part, in our first issue of the new year, are still being accepted. To submit a contribution please contact the OHPE features editor at before December 23.

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Seeking Solutions Symposium: Linking Ethics, Research Evidence and Policy-Practice Change


Toronto, Ontario
February 21-22, 2012

Ryerson University
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (registration opens at 8:30 a.m.)

The Hospital for Sick Children, Women’s College Hospital and Ryerson University are jointly hosting a two-day health ethics, research evidence and knowledge translation symposium in Toronto, Ontario.

CDPAC's Fourth Pan-Canadian Conference on Chronic Disease Prevention


Ottawa, Ontario
February 7-10, 2011

The Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC) will host its fourth pan-Canadian conference in Ottawa, February 7-10, 2012. The conference, titled Integrated Chronic Disease Prevention: It Works!, builds on the three previous CDPAC conferences and focuses on how individuals, organizations, strategies and sectors have collaboratively acted on the root causes of chronic disease in Canada.

RFP--Program Evaluation for the Halton Fresh Food Box


Burlington, Ontario
Deadline January 13, 2012


Good food box programs address food access and food insecurity issues. The Halton Good Food Box Steering Committee has established this program in Halton based on the guiding principles of Toronto's FoodShare program.  Fresh fruits and vegetables are purchased as much as possible from local farmers using a bulk-buying system, which ensures that the box costs less than the same food purchased at a low cost grocery store.

Chief Executive Officer, Champlain Local Health Integration Network


Ottawa, Ontario
No deadline noted

The Champlain Local Health Integration Network (Champlain LHIN) is one of the best regional health services organizations in Canada and a key partner in delivering effective patient and family-centred care to residents of Eastern Ontario. In the years ahead, the Champlain LHIN will play an important role in the region, bringing providers together, building solid primary health services and customizing community services to meet the needs of the region’s growing and diverse communities.

New Resource--Pan-Canadian Low-risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines


The first pan-Canadian low-risk alcohol drinking guidelines—developed to help Canadians make informed choices about alcohol consumption and to encourage a culture of moderation—were officially released on November 25, 2011. That same day  Federal, Provincial and Territorial Health Ministers discussed Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines as the best available advice to Canadians for low-risk drinking, and stated that they will promote the use of the Guidelines within their jurisdictions as appropriate.

Looking forward and looking back part I – reflecting on the past and coming years in health promotion



I Introduction
II Will the year of the Charter renew or destroy health promotion?
III Health promotion roots: reflecting on 2011 and earlier
IV Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC) year in review
V Reflections on the WHO Conference on the social determinants of health
VI Association of Public Health Epidemiologists in Ontario
VII Safe Kids Canada WHO update

I Introduction


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