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Karen Parsons contributes this week's feature, "Colorectal Cancer: Why Is Screening Important?" She writes, "In 2003, there were an estimated 8,300 deaths and 18,000 newly diagnosed cases (National Cancer Institute of Canada, 2003). Ontario has among the highest incidence rates of CRC in all of Canada."

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 (


Website Launch--Ethnoracial Coalition: Access to Addictions Services


9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Parliament Library, 269 Gerrard Street East (Gerrard/Parliament)

Ethnoracial Coalition: Access to Addictions Services invites you to attend the launch of our website,, and Needs Assessment on Addiction Trends in the Afghan, Pakistani and Russian Communities.

TTC Tokens/Childcare are provided upon request prior to launch. Light refreshments will be served.

Assessing and Treating Bipolar Disorders


Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Meeting Centre, 33 Russell Street

9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

This interactive one-day workshop examines the signs and symptoms of Bipolar Disorder, differences presented in youths and adults, how substance use relates to bipolar, treatment options and strategies to help clients and their families cope.

Fee: $125

For more information, please contact Mary Quartarone at (416) 535-8501 x4442.

Public Forum on Green Power


7:00-9:00 p.m.

Toronto Marriott Eaton Centre Hotel, 525 Bay Street (easily accessible from the Dundas or Queen Street subway stations).

The speakers for the evening are Ted Boadway MD, Executive Director, Health Policy Department of the Ontario Medical Association; Paul Norris, President, Ontario Waterpower Association; Rob McMonagle, Executive Director, Canadian Solar Industries Association; Robert Hornung, President, Canadian Wind Energy Association; and Dave Pollock, Executive Director, BIOCAP Canada (invited).

CBR201 Community Based Research II--Building Effective Research Partnerships


9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

The Primrose Hotel, Best Western, 111 Carlton Street (corner of Carlton and Jarvis), Rainbow Room

This very popular and interactive workshop is designed as a continuation of CBR101 and builds on the essential concepts of community-based research (CBR). Its main focus is the planning, implementation and maintenance of CBR partnerships.

Evaluate OPC: How are we doing?


As part of our commitment to client and partner satisfaction and outcome measurement, the Ontario Prevention Clearinghouse (OPC), including the health promotion resource centre and Best Start Maternal Newborn and Early Child Development Resource Centre, are conducting a feedback survey. Between December 1 and December 15 an evaluation team under the auspices of VIRGO Planning and Evaluation will be contacting a random sample of people who have been involved with OPC/Best Start as users of services and in collaboration on committees and projects over the past year. You may be called upon in the next few days to complete a brief (5-10 minutes) and confidential "survey" by phone or by email.

Your participation in this evaluation is very much appreciated. A summary of the findings will be available early in the new year. Thanks for the support!

Preventive Oncology Program, Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre


Preventive Oncology Program
Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre
2075 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, ON M4N 3M5
Tel: (416) 480-5000 x3059
Fax: (416) 217-1333

 The oncology nurses, dietitians, pharmacists and radiation therapists at the Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre (TSRCC), under the auspices of the Preventive Oncology Program, are pleased to offer an educational program on cancer prevention and early detection to community groups and health care professionals.


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