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This week's feature comes to us from Matt Drennan-Scace of the Media Network and Steven Savvaidis of the Program Training and Consultation Centre. Their feature describes the Media Network projec, "which helps build the capacity of local public health unit staff to strategically use media advocacy to advance important public health issues, specifically in the areas of tobacco control, healthy eating, and active living."

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Harm Reduction Canada 2011


Ottawa, Canada
July 13-15, 2011 (new date)

Conference Highlights:

  • Film Festival - Canada’s first National Harm Reduction Film Festival with dynamic panels and events curated by the inthemindseye film festival
  • Learn about and sign the Vienna Declaration
  • Learn about and support the Canadian Drug Policy Consortium

Dedicated Presentation Streams:

Community Services Coordinator, Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division


Mississauga, Ontario
Deadline February 28, 2011

Job Purpose

Under the direction of the Manager, the Community Services Coordinator is responsible for the planning and implementation of community services at the local level. The Community Services Coordinator contributes to enhancing the quality and profile of the Society’s community services in the community.

Duties and Responsibilities

Primary Functional Duties

Manager, Infection Control & Infectious Disease, City of Toronto


[Ed: Posting updated February 17]

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline February 25, 2011

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence and creating a transparent and accountable government. Join the award-winning Toronto Public Service as a Manager Infection Control & Infectious Disease, with the Public Health Division, at the City of Toronto.

Organizations Related to Feature 697


The Health Communication Unit

THCU provides training and support in health communication as well as health promotion planning, evaluation, and policy change.

Berkeley Media Studies Group

BMSG helps public health advocates in media advocacy planning, strategic consultation, training, content analysis and other areas.

The Program Training and Consultation Centre

The Media Network and Supporting Media Advocacy for Healthy Public Policy



I Introduction
II Conceptual Framework
III The Media Network for a Smoke-Free Ontario
IV Over the Years
V The Media Network for Healthy Eating, Active Living – An Expansion
VI Media Network Staff and Services
VII Conclusion
VIII References

-- Submitted by Matt Drennan-Scace, Media Network, and Steven Savvaidis, PTCC

I Introduction

Updated Program Information for the PARC Physical Activity Symposium 2011


March 22 - 23, 2011
The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto

The PARC Physical Activity Symposium 2011 will provide an engaging and practical professional development opportunity for physical activity promoters in public health, community health, recreation and other relevant sectors across Ontario.

Updated symposium session descriptions, presenter bios and symposium brochure are available at

Day 1


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