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This week's feature article comes from Ravi Mark Singh, a program manager with the Energy Action Council of Toronto. He writes on the connection between climate change and health promotion: "This article will provide a brief summary of climate change and the Kyoto Protocol, address the health impacts of a changing climate on the population at large, and provide suggestions about the role of the health promotion community in a post-ratification era."

If you have a resource or point of view to add to this article, let us know by writing to More information on our Letters to the Editor column can be found in the OHPE News section of OHPE 268.0 ( ViewAnnouncements.cfm?ISSUE_ID=268&startrow=1).


News from the Canadian Breast Cancer Network, January - February 2003


* Breast Cancer Materials in Languages Other than English or French

CBCN has created an inventory of breast health/breast cancer information, published in languages other than English or French, on its website at We invite you to submit information on materials your organization has written and/or published, with information on the language it is published in, the date of publication, the author and how others can obtain copies. We would also like to have copies for the Network's Resource Centre. If you know of any resources on the Internet published in other languages, please pass along these links to us. Please contact Michelle Kowlessar, National Communications Coordinator, at 1-800-685-8820 ext. 226, or

* Best Practices

In our work to improve conditions for women with breast cancer, we would like to hear about "best practices" you have experienced that you think would be valuable to other women, healthcare providers and family members. Please share your experiences regarding care, support and services that you feel would be a good example that others could follow. We will publish a summary of best practices in upcoming issues of Outreach. Your experience could encourage positive change in other communities!

* Web Pages for Canadian Breast Cancer Groups!

The CBCN is providing free hosting services for web pages for Canadian breast cancer groups. If your group is interested in this service, please contact Michelle Kowlessar, National Communications and Programmes Coordinator, at 1-800-685-8820 ext. 226, or If you would like to visit websites from other groups that CBCN has created through our Web Hosting Program, visit, and

[Source: Outreach, a newsletter for breast cancer survivors and the community. For more information contact Laura Alvarado,]

Health Canada News Digest for December 2002


* New Nutrition Labelling

In 2003, Canadians can expect to see more information about the nutritional value of prepackaged food. On January 1, 2003, new nutrition labelling regulations were published that will require most food labels to carry a mandatory Nutrition Facts table. To find out more, visit Health Canada's Nutrition Labelling site at

* Headlines for December 2002

1. Legislation to modernize pesticide legislation and protect Canadians receives Royal Assent

2. Health Ministers launch initiatives to improve health security globally

3. Consultative committee for English-speaking minority communities releases its report to the Minister of Health

4. Statement by Health Minister A. Anne McLellan

For the most recent headlines from Health Canada, visit

For the most recent warnings and advisories from Health Canada, visit


Free Tech Support Now Available for Ontario Nonprofits


Ajilon Consulting, TakingITGlobal, and Making IT Work for Volunteers have joined forces to offer a much-needed service to Ontario charities and nonprofits. FirSTep allows voluntary sector organizations across the province to access free tech support by phone and advice on a variety of technology-related questions. "As a phone-based access point to technological ideas, support and

information, FirSTep successfully overcomes the traditional accessibility barriers associated with Internet-based resources. Organizations curious about the potential of technology to benefit their operations, seeking support with current IT projects, or simply needing help fixing their printer, can now pick up the phone and speak with a skilled IT volunteer," says Geoffrey MacDougall,

director of voluntary sector initiatives for the Information Technology Association of Canada. During the initial six-month pilot phase, FirSTep will operate Tuesday through Thursday, from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and seeks to provide a seven-day turnaround on all calls. For more information, visit

An Evolving Role for Health Promoters in the Kyoto Protocol Era


I Introduction

II Climate Change

III The Impacts of Climate Change

IV The Kyoto Protocol

V Other International Agreements

VI The Changing Role of Health Promoters Post-ratification

VII Conclusion

VIII References

- by Ravi Mark Singh

Ravi Mark Singh is a program manager with the Energy Action Council of Toronto (EnerACT). He manages EnerACT's Smart Steps, Simple Solutions program ( Smart Steps, Simple Solutions celebrates the power of the individual and introduces the concept of Smart Living: taking control of life in every possible way, saving money, making your home more comfortable and reducing your impact on your health and your environment.


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