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Call for Abstracts and Presentations: Canadian Harm Reduction Conferenc


November 22-24th

The organizers of the Canadian Harm Reduction Conference invite everyone to submit an abstract for skills building/education workshops, policy development roundtable discussions or lectures, facilitated networking sessions and alternative presentations. A proportion of abstract-driven sessions, across all streams, will be reserved for people who use illicit drugs (current/former). Some sessions will be designated as "Closed Sessions," indicating that the session is only open to current and former drug users.

This Canada-wide conference for drug users (current and former), peer educators and front-line workers is designed to respond to critical and emerging issues through three primary streams:

1. Skills Building and education,

2. Policy development, and

3. Networking.

Critical and emerging issues that have been identified include Organizing people who use illicit drugs; Housing; Mental Health; Aboriginals; Women; Youth; Seniors; Prisons; Sex trade work; Cultural issues; Sexuality; Gender identity issues; Rural issues; Harm reduction approaches; Prevention approaches; Drug education approaches; Safe injection facilities; Needle exchange/distribution; Methadone and alternatives; Overdose; Treatment issues for persons living with Hep C, HIV, TB, co-infection/multi-diagnosed; Drug and alcohol treatment; General health issues related to drug use; Global perspectives on narco-trafficking; Drug specific Issues (crack, rave drugs, heroin, etc); Legal; Drug Laws & Policy; and Human & Civil Rights.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, July 19th, 2002.

The complete call for abstracts and presentations is available at

Breast Cancer Booklet


DES Action Canada would like to announce that the booklet "Beyond Early Detection: A New Look at Breast Cancer," written by Sharon Batt, is now available free-of-charge from our organization.

This 35-page guide is essential for understanding the confusing web of facts and figures that surround the complex issue of breast cancer. It not only explains each innovation in clear, simple language, but it also responds by raising new medical and ethical questions. The booklet also offers advice on how to support those living with breast cancer.

For more information about this booklet, please visit our website at

To order "Beyond Early Detection: A New Look at Breast Cancer," contact DES via e-mail (see website above) or toll-free at 1-800-482-1-DES. This booklet is also available in French. Bulk orders are welcome. Please feel free to mention this announcement in your respective newsletters and/or to your members. Thank you.

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Canadian Harm Reduction Needs Assessment


The Canadian Harm Reduction Needs Assessment is in support of the Canadian Harm Reduction Conference November 22 to 24th 2002 in Toronto.

This needs assessment will undertake focus groups, interviews, and paper and computer questionnaires in French and English. Our goal is to assess six themes as they relate to the conference. These themes are 1. Knowledge, 2. Partnerships, 3. Capacity-building, 4. Advocacy, 5. Networking, and 6. Conference content.

We need your help. We need your opinion about what questions to ask current and former Users and service providers who volunteer to participate.

Today people have suggested we ask

* What could you learn in the conference that could help you in your work?

* What could you learn at the conference that could help you be healthy?

* How could the conference help develop and build partnerships?

* What kinds of skills should be the focus of capacity-building?

* How could the conference help advocate for Harm Reduction?

* Are there conferences that you have really enjoyed, and why did you like them?

* What kinds of Harm Reduction workshops would you like to attend? and

* What would you physically require to make you feel comfortable and safe?

We need your help to understand what other questions to ask.

Please raise your voice for Harm Reduction. Send your suggestions to [email protected], or [email protected].

Dan Allman and John Schellenberg

Research Desk, Canadian Harm Reduction Conference

Tel: (250) 704-2990, Toll Free: 1-866.888-9697

For more information about the Canadian Harm Reduction Conference or the research, visit the website at

Breast Cancer and the Environment Conference Proceedings Available


Our Eyes Wide Open: Breast Cancer and the Environment Conference was a huge success last October and the conference proceedings are finally published. You can download this document as a PDF file from

Please e-mail me at [email protected] or call (705) 743-4132 with any questions or comments.

Martha Jack

Health Educator, Women's Health Care Centre

69 George St. N.

Peterborough, ON K9J 3G2

Muskoka Smoke-Free By-law Passed


On Monday June 17, the District of Muskoka passed third reading of the smoke-free by-law by a vote of 18-1. The district-wide by-law will come into effect on January 1, 2003. It includes six municipalities and bans smoking in all public places and workplaces including restaurants and bars. Bingo halls, casinos, accommodation units in resorts and private clubs will be exempt.

The District will oversee the enforcement component of the by-law and has issued a request for proposals for the actual enforcement work. The Health Unit will assist with the promotion and education of the public and businesses.

This ends a process that started in March of 2001 with a media campaign to attract members of a Breathe Easy Muskoka Coalition. It was a process faced with many challenges from opponents to the by-law. There were presentations, public hearings, letters to politicians and newspapers and advertisements from both sides of the debate and in the end the politicians were very supportive of public health.

At the last moment some of the councilors attempted to make an amendment to the by-law to include a sunset clause that would remove the exemptions in 2005. The amendment was voted down because it was introduced too late. However this is something we can work on in the future, to bring Muskoka up to the "Gold Standard."

Muskoka-Parry Sound Health Unit

5 Pineridge Gate

Gravenhurst, ON P1P 1Z3

Phone: (705) 684-9090

Fax: (705) 684-9959

toll free: 1-800-563-2808


General information email: [email protected]


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