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August 17 & 18, 2007 - Ottawa
Stroke Recovery Conference 2007 -- Putting the Evidence to Work for You!

Aims & Objectives
Why You Should Attend
About Ottawa
Schedule - August 17, 2007
Schedule - August 18, 2007
About the Speakers

WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND: This conference will allow YOU to meet researchers and professionals at the forefront of stroke rehabilitation and treatment. Read More

July 14, 2007- Toronto
MAD Pride Day - An International Day Recognizing Mad People’s Movement in Toronto
Survivors! ... Consumers! ... Mad Folks! ... Allies ... Activists ...
Help Celebrate Mad Pride Toronto!
Join the BED PUSH - A pride parade of sorts
Gather at 1pm at the front door of CAMH 1001 Queen Street West at 1pm.
We will march to Parkdale Activity & Recreation Center for a celebration!

Image by Paul CôtéMad Pride Day, July 14th, an international day recognizing Mad People’s movement has been proclaimed as such, within the city of Toronto.

Help recognize and celebrate psychiatric survivors, consumers and mad folks by getting involved in and supporting Toronto's first ever Mad Pride Bed Push, a parade of sorts.

The idea of a Bed Push is inspired by our British counterparts who staged The Great Escape Bed Push, as a Mad Pride event last year.

Dressed in Pajamas a group of campaigners pushed a psychiatric bed from Millview Psychiatric Hospital in Brighton, 60 miles to the original site of “Bedlam” the Bethlem Asylum in London, all the while being pursued by a giant syringe. The aim of the stunt was to raise awareness about the poor levels of choice of treatments and the widening use of force in the psychiatric system.

When: July 14, 2007 at 1:00 pm
Where: CAMH, 1001 Queen Street West

Speakers: City Counselor Gord Perks,
M.P.P. Cheri DiNovo, & M.P. Peggy Nash

On July 14, 2007, gather at the front doors of CAMH, 1001 Queen Street West at 1pm. Speakers City Counselor Gord Perks, M.P.P. Cheri DiNovo, and M.P. Peggy Nash will greet the day and our community. At 1:30, the incredible PARC Drummers will lead our MAD PRIDE procession, which includes a gurney dressed like a bed, with buzz words representing choices in life; Friends!, Peer Support!, Community!, Jobs!, Housing! Etc, out the front doors of the institution and march to Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre for a celebration.

Call or email us, let us know that you care about Mad Pride by getting involved in it. Read More


July 7, 2007- Toronto
The world premiere of Stories for Hemingway's Havana
Written and Performed by Brian Gordon Sinclair
(Recipient of the prestigious Sir Tyrone Guthrie Award for acting)
When: July 7, 2007 at 7 pm
Where: OISE (Ontario Institute of Studies in Education) 7th floor Peace Lounge, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto
(this is a FREE event)
presented by CAPA (Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault)
This is a Mad Pride associated event
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June 22, 2007- Toronto

BIZ Futures - Self Employment Development Program
Toronto Business Development Centre

Interested in Starting your own Business?

  • Living with a Disability?
  • Live in Toronto?
  • Have a good business idea?
  • Eligible for ODSP Employment Supports?

We may have the perfect opportunity for you!

  • Learn how to start and operate your business
  • Nine Week intensive training program
  • Ongoing business advisor support

Next Information Session:

Friday June 22, 2007
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon
Toronto Business Development Centre
1071 King Street West
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Sunday, June 3, 2007- Toronto
Click on this image of the June 3rd poster to visit the Blog of the Women Against Poverty Collective (WAPC) Day of the Take Over!
Women Against Poverty Collective (WAPC) Women's Housing Takeover

12 Noon: Rally at Cawthra Square Park (north of 519 Church St.)
1:00 pm: March!

Contact WAPC for more information at:

Tel:       416-417-8962 or 416-531-2411, Ext. 251
Email:   womenagainstpoverty@gmail.com

This is a women, trans and children led action – men are
welcome to be our allies at the rally and the march.

Saturday May 19, 2007- Toronto
Pre-Takeover Gathering for Women & trans folk only
Women Against Poverty Collective (WAPC) Women's Housing Takeover

1 – 4 pm
17 Phoebe St. (north of Queen St., east of Spadina Ave.)
TTC, Childcare, Food provided
Wheelchair Accessible

Contact WAPC for more information at:

Tel:       416-417-8962 or 416-531-2411, Ext. 251
Email:   womenagainstpoverty@gmail.com

This is a women, trans and children led action – men are
welcome to be our allies at the rally and the march.

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May 2006

May 8 - 18, 2006 - Online consultation
CCD - Council of Canadians with Disabilities Online Consultation
The International Development Committee of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) invites disability rights advocates and human rights advocates to join us for an on-line discussion about the proposed UN Convention to Protect and Promote the Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Last year, Mary Ennis, CCD Vice-Chair, and International Development Committee Member, conducted an on-line consultation for women with disabilities about how the proposed Convention should address gender. During this consultation, participants expressed a preference for the Convention to address the issues of women with disabilities in both a separate article and throughout the various articles of the convention, where appropriate. This approach has been supported by the Canadian delegation at the Ad Hoc Meetings, and at present, all indications are that
it will prevail.

This year, Steven Estey, Chairperson of our International Development Committee will conduct another on-line consultation about the Convention. This year, we will be using Dis-IT’s “ACollab,” an accessible web-based collaboration tool (see below for more details).

The consultation will provide an opportunity to dialogue more generally with others who are interested in the development of the United Nations’ first international convention specifically addressing human rights and people with disabilities. ... Read More

Agenda for the online forum:

May 8: Receive documents on 1st item (definition of disability)
May 9-12: Discussion on definition of disability
May 13: Receive documents on last discussion (monitoring)
May 14-17: Discussion on monitoring
May 18: Close process and provide summaries.

May 8 - 14, 2006 | Canada

Announcing National Elizabeth Fry Week /
Annoncé la semain e nationale elizabeth fry
National Elizabeth Fry Week: May 8 - 14, 2006
Theme: Women in Community
Purpose of National Elizabeth Fry Week:
The Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS) celebrates National Elizabeth Fry Week annually. Elizabeth Fry societies across the country organize public events in their communities throughout the week.

Our goal is to enhance public awareness and education regarding the circumstances of women involved in the criminal justice system, especially those who are criminalized. We hope to challenge and gradually break down the negative stereotypes that exist about women who are victimized and criminalized.

National Elizabeth Fry Week is always the week preceding Mother's Day. The majority of women in prison are mothers. Most of them were the sole supporters of their families at the time they were incarcerated. When mothers are sentenced to prison, they and their children are also sentenced to separation. Many women find this the most severe punishment. We try to draw attention to this reality by ending Elizabeth Fry Week on Mother's Day each year. Read More en français


May 8, 2006 | Toronto

The Alliance of Seniors is holding their Annual Forum from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Toronto City Hall, Council Chambers. The topic “Medicare at the Crossroads” will feature Dr. Colleen Flood, Dr. Gordon Guyatt, Natalie Mehra, Armine Yalnizyan, and Ted Barris As Moderator.

May 14, 2006 | Toronto
Take Back Mother's Day March & Protest
May 14, 2006 at 2:00 pm - 15 Huntley Street (Sherbourne & Bloor) - Toronto
For most Canadians, Mother’s Day is a time when families honour their mother’s hard work. But for many of low income families find that on Mother’s Day, peace and joy is in very short supply, especially now that more than 30,000 of their youngsters languish in foster homes.

We did not lose our children because of abuse, rather we lost our children because of poverty, lack of affordable adequate housing, being single, being young, having a child with special needs, being in recovery from substance abuse issues, having survived an abusive partner, or having worked in the Adult Entertainment Industry.

Silenced for decades by shame and guilt, we suffered alone with our grief, believing that we were the only ones. Now we find that we are not alone. Mother’s Day began as a day to honor the public activism of mothers. It began in 1870 because mother’s declared that they would not lose their children as casualties of war.

On Sunday May 14th 2006, let's “Take Back Mother’s Day" by joining with Mothers across Toronto as we rally in front of the Children’s Aid Society at 15 Huntley Street at 2:00pm to demand... Read More

May 18, 2006 | Toronto
Romeo Dallaire will deliver Defence for Children International's seventh Lowery Lecture at 7.30 pm in the George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place, University of Toronto. Mr. Dallaire will speak on "Children as Weapons of War" and will argue that we need to stop the trade in small arms, in which Canada is intimately involved, if we are serious about stopping the abduction of children to fight wars for unaccountable armies.

May 26, 2006 | Peterborough
The Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN) annual conference is being hosted/co-sponsored in Peterborough this year by the Affordable Housing Action Committee (AHAC), Peterborough Community Legal Centre (PCLC) and Community Counselling & Resource Centre (CCRC). It will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Westdale United Church, 1509 Sherbrooke St., Peterborough. A preliminary agenda will be posted on the LIEN web site at: www.lowincomeenergy.ca For more information, and to pre-register, contact Zee Bhanji, Coordinator of LIEN, at bhanjiz@lao.on.ca or (416) 597-5855 ext. 5167.

May 27, 2006 | Toronto
No One Is Illegal is mobilizing supporters at 1:00 p.m. to end unfair deportations to gather at OISE, near the Bloor/Bedford subway stop in Toronto.

May 31, 2006 | Toronto
UNITE HERE will launch a special panel to investigate working conditions in Toronto hotels at an event at 5:30 p.m. at Metropolitan United Church at 56 Queen St. E. in downtown Toronto.
Information is available from Andrea Calver at acalver@unitehere.ca or at (416) 510-0887 x310.

June 2006

June 1, 2006 | Online
Help Support the Canadian Breast Cancer Network by Participating in their first Online Auction on June 1st
On June 1, 2006, the Canadian Breast Cancer Network (CBCN) launches its first-ever online auction to raise funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Network! From June 1-30, 2006, more than 170 items will be up for auction; new items will be listed almost daily, so be sure to check back regularly - find theatre, dinner theatre, comedy club and sports tickets, get a great deal on hotel packages, buy some new tunes or reading materials. On Mondays and Thursdays, log on to see the newest selection of books and other items. Visit the auction website tomorrow at http://www.realauction.ca/cbcn/en/ and start surfing for items to bid on. Read More

June 3, 2006 | Queen's Park Toronto
The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) Rally to oppose privatization of public services will be held at 1:00 p.m. at Queen’s Park in Toronto.

June 7, 2006 | Toronto & Ottawa
Call to Action to End Women's Poverty - June 7, 2006
A Woman Stuck In Poverty... Is A Woman Stuck In Abuse
A coalition of women's advocates and anti-violence & income security groups have come together to create an avalanche of support to demand real change.

We are calling on all women to raise our collective feminist voices - TOO LOUD TO BE IGNORED AND TOO ANGRY TO BE APPEASED - until real changes are made.

On June 7th, plan on attending one of the simultaneous protests in Toronto and Ottawa and/or help spread the word! Read More


  • A 40% increase
    in social
    assistance rates

  • End the clawback of the National Child Benefit Supplement

  • Reinstate
    the Special Diet supplement
June 7th, 2006
12:00 - 2:00 pm

Picket outside Minister Meilleur's office at the Ministry of Community & Social Services, Hepburn Block,
80 Grosvenor St.

Picket outside Minister Meilleur's constituency office at
237 Montreal Rd., Vanier

End Violence Against Women & Children

With the increased cost of living, women can not afford to pay rent & feed their children

As a result of cuts to the special diet supplement many families lost $250 /person/mth

Federal child benefits must not be clawed back, this funding is intended to support children

Most of those receiving social assistance are single mothers

Basic necessities can ensure women & children's health & safety

It is not a surprise that many women
decide to return to abusive relationships
in order to survive economically!

June 10 – 11, 2006 | Toronto
The National Migrant Justice Gathering will take place in Toronto at York University’s Founders Hall, organized by KAIROS through Tanya Chute Molina. The theme is “Building Solidarity, Taking Action”.

June 25, 2006 | Kitchener
The 20th anniversary of the Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition (ISARC) will be on this Sunday afternoon/ evening at Brennan Hall, University of St Michael's College and will cost $50 / person. Information is available from Brice Balmer in Kitchener at briceb@HouseofFriendship.org or (519) 742-8327.

August 2006

August 13 - 18, 2006 | Toronto, Ontario, Canada

AIDS 2006
16th International AIDS Conference
Time to Deliver

Click this logo to visit the site of AIDS 2006 -- 16th International AIDS Conference -- Time to Deliver

Women & HIV/AIDS


August 24 - 27, 2006
Social Justice Summer Retreat
The Centre for Social Justice is organizing its 9th annual Social Justice Summer Retreat at Camp Arowhon in Algonquin Park. This year’s theme is “Power in Movements: Movements in Power?” More information will follow soon.


September 2006

Womyn's Voices Online Consultation - Violence Against Women: Sept. 18 – Oct. 13, 2006
Objective: Engage women of Canada, including equality seeking women’s organizations, in the federal government ICT initiatives and collaborate on developing strategies to eliminate online violence and exploitation of women.





January 2005


February 2005

February 17th - 19th, 2005 | Winnipeg, MB
Manitoba Council for Exceptional Children 2005 Annual Conference
The Manitoba Council for Exceptional Children is pleased to announce that their annual provincial conference, 'Building Safe and Caring Learning Environments', will be held at the Fairmont Hotel, 2 Lombard Place, Winnipeg, from Thursday, February 17th to Saturday February 19th, 2005.They are once again very pleased with the guest speakers and topics that are scheduled for the upcoming event."

February 28, 2005 | Toronto
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Day
Injured Workers and Labour Call for Ergonomic Regulations
Monday, Feb. 28 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
OPSEU Membership Training Centre, 3 Wellesley St. E., Toronto
Repetitive Strain Injury Day is about raising awareness of the need for action promoting prevention, rehabilitation and compensation. The Day also highlights the need for ergonomics regulations to compel employers to introduce methods to prevent RSI from occurring.
Contact: Audrey Parkes, RSI Activists' Group, Tel: 416-461-2411

February 28 - March 1, 2005 | Honolulu, Hawaii
21st Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities
Pac Rim 2005 brings together researchers, professionals, persons with disabilities, family members, and students in a variety of disciplines that include health, education, social services and others. Presenters who represent consumer, family, research, and policy perspectives in a variety of disciplines -- including health, medicine, social science and the disability field -- are encouraged to participate. Since the first Pacific Rim (Pac Rim) Conference in 1985, the scope and size of this event has grown to include participants from the U.S. Mainland, Alaska, Pacific Islands Nations, Japan, Australia, the Philippines and numerous other countries. Persons with disabilities, family members, researchers, and service providers join policy-makers and speakers in the field of disabilities to participate in the Pac Rim Conference to learn from each other and to share resources for communities to fully accept and support persons with disabilities.


March 2005

March 2 - 5, 2005 | Reno, Nevada
LDA 42nd Annual International Conference -- Everyone a Winner
This 42nd Annual International Conference is one of the ways LDA provides information to individuals with learning disabilities and their families and to the education, administrative, mental health, and health professionals who work with them. Some sessions are informational; some are applied and practical; some present research; and others share experiences.

March 6 to March 12, 2005
International Women's Week (IWW)
The Canadian theme for this year's International Women's Week is
You Are Here: Women, Canada and the World

March 8, 2005
International Women's Day (IWD)
Established in 1977 by the United Nations, International Women's Day
provides an opportunity:
to reflect on the progress made...
to advance women's equality,
to assess the challenges facing women in contemporary society, to consider future steps to enhance the status of women and,
to celebrate the gains made in these areas.

March 5 - 8, 2005 | Washington, DC.
The 2005 Mobility Planning Services Institute
This is an opportunity to build and sustain partnerships between the disability community and transportation industry of local cities and regions. Advocates and service providers must form teams of between three and five individuals and file the application for the Mobility Planning Services Institute together. Every community has a unique story about the history and working relationship of their disability community and transportation industry. Every community is at a point where if they make a genuine commitment to join forces and work together to identify barriers and solutions, their local transportation services will become more reliable and accessible for everyone. This is what the 2005 Mobility Planning Services Institute (MPS) is all about.

March 10, 2005 | Toronto, ON
Eating Disorders and Women's Health: From Cell to Society
Thursday, March 10th, 2005 - 4:00 - 6:00 pm, reception to follow
Room 8A/B, Centre for Research In Women s Health, 790 Bay St.
The event will feature a panel of eating disorders experts at the clinical and community level and will be moderated by Dr. David Goldbloom, Senior Medical Advisor, Education and Public Affairs, CAMH. The panel will offer views from four different perspectives as presented by: Dr. Allan Kaplan, Loretta Anne Rogers Chair in Eating Disorders, TGH - Biomedical Dr. Leora Pinhas, Psychiatric Director of Eating Disorders Program, Sick Kids - Clinical Ann Kerr, Program Director, Sheena s Place - Psychosocial Dr. Gail McVey, Director of Ontario Community Outreach Program for Eating Disorders - Health Services You must RSVP prior to Thursday February 24th, 2005. Space is limited so please register early.
Email: events@crwh.org Telephone: 416-351-3732, ext. 2702

March 11 - 12, 2005 || Ottawa
Strategizing Systemic Inequality Claims: Equality Rights and the Charter
To mark the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the University of Ottawa will host a Colloquium, "Strategizing Systemic Inequality Claims: Equality Rights and the Charter". Sponsored by the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, the Gordon Henderson Chair in Human Rights and the Shirley Greenberg Professorship in Women and the Law, the Colloquium will bring together constitutional scholars and equality activists to strategize how best to use fundamental rights guarantees to litigate systemic inequality claims in light of current constitutional jurisprudence. ... To register or for further information contact Susan.Lecorre@uottawa.ca. Registration fee includes Friday and Saturday lunch. Regular fee - $75.00; students - $25.00; articling law students - $40.00. To request a registration fee waiver, contact Ms. Lecorre by email or at 613-562-5775.

March 14 - April 15, 2005 | Vancouver, BC
Youth Forum on Pregnancy Prevention in a Time of AIDS
YouthNet invites you to participate in an online discussion, "Youth Forum on Pregnancy Prevention in a Time of AIDS." .You can share your experiences and lessons learned, along with guest experts from the United Nations and other international agencies.
To sign up
, send an e-mail to info@ibpinitiative.org with "Youth Forum" in the subject line, and include your name and the country in which you work. You will receive an e-mail response explaining how the forum will work. The forum is sponsored by YouthNet and the INFO Project, in conjunction with the Implementing Best Practices in Reproductive Health (IBP) Initiative, which is coordinated by the World Health Organization

March 14 -19, 2005 | Los Angeles, California
CSUN's 20th Annual International Conference - Technology and Persons with Disabilities
This is a comprehensive, international conference, where all technologies across all ages; disabilities; levels of education and training; employment; and independent living are addressed. A pre-registration brochure with complete information about the conference will be available in early January 2005.

March 17, 2005 || Winnipeg, MB

Community-Based Research & Aboriginal Women's Health & Healing
A workshop led by Kim Anderson, hosted by Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence, Aboriginal Self-Governance Program & Institute of Urban Studies. The purpose of this workshop is to foster connections among researchers, community members and students who are committed to deepening knowledge of Aboriginal women's health and healing through community-based research that reflects the priorities, knowledge and world views of First Nations and Metis women in Manitoba. Thursday March 17, 2005 - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre, 430 Langside Street, Winnipeg

Contact Pamela Chalmers: (204) 982-6630 email pwhce@uwinnipeg.ca

March 17, 2005 || Winnipeg, MB

Telling Aboriginal Women's Stories: Community Research Methods and Ethics - An evening lecture by Kim Anderson
Hosted by Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence, Aboriginal Self-Governance Program & Institute of Urban Studies.
Thursday March 17, 2005 from 7 - 9 pm. Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, University of Winnipeg
RSVP to Wendy Fontaine (204) 786-9305 email: w.fontaine@uwinnipeg.ca

March 17, 2005 || Toronto
Booklaunch of The Gender of Constitutional Jurisprudence
Book launch and reception for Beverley Baines’ and Ruth Rubio-Marin’s book “The Gender of Constitutional Jurisprudence” (Cambridge University Press).
Toronto Women's Bookstore, 73 Harbord Street, Toronto
Telephone: 416-922-8744 || Toll free: 800-861-8233
Email: info@womensbookstore.com URL: http://www.womensbookstore.com
Free, All are welcome to attend, wheelchair accessible.

March 19, 2005 | Timmins, ON
Self-Help & Peer Support Regional Conference in Timmins
Sat. March 19, 2005 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Please join us for a day of sharing - with others who lead, support, or participate in self-help groups and peer support programs.

March 21, 2005 | Teleconference/Webcast 7:00 pm EST
Lymphedema Workshop
CBCN is offering a lymphedema workshop, facilitated by Judy Bedell, a lymphedema educator for Breast Cancer Action Ottawa. Judy has developed and delivered many lymphedema workshops in which participants learn the facts about lymphedema, self-monitoring tools, lifestyle recommendations, how you can make a difference for others, where to go for help, and exercises to delay the onset or manage lymphedema. The workshop is free of charge and can be accessed by teleconference and webcast (in PowerPoint).
Interested participants must register as soon as possible by contacting Chantale Lavoie, Project Coordinator, at 1-800-685-8820 ext 223, clavoie@cbcn.ca or by fax at 613-230-4424. When registering, please include your name, address, telephone number and how you would like to access the workshop (telephone or Internet).

Additional information will be provided upon registration and will be posted on the website at www.cbcn.ca.

Please note that a French lymphedema workshop is being offered on March 22nd.

March 22 - 25, 2005 | Washington DC

2nd annual International Conference on Domestic Violence in the Jewish Community
The Conference will take place in Washington DC March 22-25 2005 and will bring together people from all over the world who are involved in the issue of domestic violence - direct service providers, educators, clergy, survivors, administrators.

March 23, 2005 | Hamilton, Ontario
(snow date: March 30, same time & location)
Presented by the Anti-Violence Network & McMaster's Women's Studies Programme,
'JANE DOE' - A woman who challenged the police, justice system and the stereotypes about rape - and won! Speaking on THE POLITICS OF RAPE
Wed. March 23, 2005 from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm (snow date: March 30, same time & location)
The Michael De Groote Centre for Learning (MDCL) Room 1105, McMaster University, Hamilton
This is a FREE event, BUT registration is required:
Please call 905-525-9140, Ext. 23112 or
send an email to: ois@mcmaster.ca | Light refreshments will be served. Discussions about sexual violence can be difficult. Members of the Sexual Assault Centre (Hamilton and Area) will be available to provide immediate support if necessary. Read More


April 2005

April 2 - 3, 2005 | Toronto, Ontario
Inquiry Into Psychiatry - 2005 : Historic Public Hearings
On or been on psychiatric drugs? Undergone electroshock? Do you have concerns?
Come give personal testimony. Make an appointment to testify or just turn up.
Where: Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 Queen St. W. Toronto
arrowPsychiatric Drugs Public Hearings: April 2 and 3, 2005 -- 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Panel includes: Dr. Bonnie Burstow, Leah Cohen, Dr. Ernie Lightman, Dr. Shahrzad Mojab, & Michael Valpy
arrowElectroshock Public Hearings: April 9 and 10, 2005 -- 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Panel includes: Don Weitz, Cathy Crowe, Catherine Dunphy, Dr. Roy Moodley, Chris Rahim
Read More

April 4 - 7, 2005 | London, England
Vision 2005
The fully peer-reviewed conference programme will unveil scientific research and present practice-based work from around the world. Delegates will have the opportunity to take part in interactive round-table debates on subjects of topical and controversial interest.

April 5, 2005 | Washington, D.C.
Disability Research Institute Annual Symposium
Hosted by the Disability Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Funded by a grant from the U.S. Social Security Administration For further information, contact the Disability Research Institute University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

April 6 - 9, 2005 | Baltimore, Maryland
2005 CEC Convention & Expo
The Baltimore Convention Center.
Give new education materials and resources to students with disabilities and gifts a trial run at CEC Exhibit Hall. More than 300 exhibitors bring you the latest and most innovative resources and materials for students with special needs.

April 7, 2005 | Vancouver, BC
A Passion for Life... mid-life women tackle health, love & sexuality
Hear world-renowned sexologist & gynecologist, Dr. Alessandra Graziottin, from Milan, Italy, speak on: "Sexual Desire, Challenges and Dreams... at age forty and beyond." Come and learn about important health concerns for women in their mid-life years. Tour an exhibit hall of healthy products and services, get your cholesterol checked by the hearts@work program, and stay for the featured speaker, world-renowned sexologist Dr. Alessandra Graziottin, who will share her insights into love, passion and a vibrant mid-life. Enjoy refreshments, fantastic door prizes, and a chance to experience an evening about this most important time of life. Doors open at 5:30 pm, and the talk starts at 7:00 pm.
Venue: Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle, 1128 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC. Tickets ~ $20. To register, please call 604-822-6156 or go online

April 10 - 15, 2005 | Sao Paulo, Brazil
3rd World Congress of International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine - ISPRM
We are pleased to announce that deadline for abstract submission has been extended to December 15th, 2004. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to submit your study and research findings for presentation at the 3rd. World Congress of ISPRM. The best papers will be included on the Congress Book of Proceedings, to be published by Monduzzi Edittore and indexed in Medline / Index Medicus. Visit the Abstract Information section of this website for details.

April 14 - 15 2005 | Edmonton, Alberta
AT the Edge 2005
A conference on assistive technology in lifelong learning, employment, recreation and research.

April 17, 2005 | Canada

20th Anniversary of Section 15, the Equality Clause, of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

20th Anniversary of Section 15, the Equality Clause, of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

20e anniversaire de l’article 15, la clause sur l’égalitéde, de la Charte Canadienne des droits et libertés
20e anniversaire de l’article 15,
la clause sur l’égalitéde, de la Charte Canadienne des droits et libertés

April 20 - 22, 2005 | Melbourne, Australia
The 5th Australian Women's Health Conference
The 5th Australian Women's Health Conference will provide a forum for individuals, organisations and services involved and concerned with women's health. Building on the national and international knowledge and research generated over the past two decades, this conference will examine the evidence from the perspective of gender as a determinant of women's health, in all its dimensions.

April 27 - 29, 2005 | Edmonton, Alberta
Alberta Regional Consultation for Career Development
"Building Tomorrow Today" is one of the largest gatherings of career development practitioners in North America. Education professionals can explore the latest developments and trends in career development education. Organizers have created a new format for the 2005 conference that will feature information and resources focusing around three separate areas of interest: Transitions, the Business of Career Development and Balancing Your Lifestyle.

April 28 – 30, 2005 | Ottawa, ON
National Safety Symposium: Crime Prevention and Independent Living
National Symposium hosted by the Canadian Association of Independent Living Centres (CAILC). CAILC will partner with the Ottawa Police Services, who are celebrating their 150th anniversary in 2005. The funding for this project is through the National Crime Prevention Initiative.
This Symposium will bring persons with disabilities together with municipal and provincial/territorial leaders, crime prevention experts, and first responders to discuss the issues and programs that affect the ability of persons with disabilities to live independently and safely in their own communities. It will foster an integrated and comprehensive approach to crime prevention and Independent Living. They will showcase crime prevention and Independent Living strategies and highlight programs from across the country. There will be time to share ideas and expertise, create awareness and educate, and facilitate activities and partnerships from all areas of Canada.

April 28, 2005 - May 1, 2005 | Vancouver, BC
West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund (West Coast LEAF) and the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) are hosting a national conference in Vancouver from April 28 to May 1, 2005 at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown Hotel. The Conference will be bilingual and will strive towards accessibility. The focus of the Conference will be the 20th anniversary of the equality requirements ("section 15") of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Section 15, which is part of the supreme law of Canada, prohibits discrimination by Government on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, and other grounds. The Conference will include discussions on how the Charter affects women and our rights. The Conference is expected to provide information on the law and discrimination, as well as a unique opportunity to meet, strategize and share information with activists, community workers, lawyers, and others from across the country about what actions we can take to advance women's rights.

April 29 - May 2, 2005 | Washington, D.C.
MindFreedom 2005 Action Conference in D.C.

This conference will bring together key leaders, activists and advocates in the field of human rights for people labeled with psychiatric disabilities to support grassroots community organizing campaigns for human rights and alternatives in the mental health system, especially campaigns that are led by psychiatric survivors and mental health consumers. The conference will focus on grassroots activism, as well as on how the law can assist these campaigns.

May 2005

May 4 - 6, 2005 | Mississauga, Ontario
ECOO (Educational Computing Organization of Ontario) 2005
The 26th annual Educational Computing Organization of Ontario (ECOO) conference will feature the latest in new educational learning technologies. Educators can learn more about the newest developments in learning technologies and how to incorporate them into the classroom.

May 10, 2005 | Toronto
where:  Metro Hall Council Chamber, 55 John Street
when:   May 10th from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Hosted by the Leadership Project, Patricia Deegan speaks from the view of an activist in the consumer/survivor/ex-patient movement in the US. She will give two morning lectures. The first, "Recovery: The Experience, the Evidence, and the Practice." The second, "A 300 Year History of Consumer/Survivor Advocacy." Finally, Pat will offer a workship entitled "A
Recovery-Based Approach to Client Choice and Shared Decision-Making
Fees are on a sliding scale.
The facility is wheelchair accessible.
Sign interpreters will be present throughout the event.
Contact: Brian McKinnon at Alternatives. (416) 285-7996, extension 227,

May 24 - 27, 2005 | St. John's, Nfld
Canadian Counseling Association 2005 Conference

The theme of the 2005 conference is "Roots of Resilience" Organizers invite you to St. John's to enjoy the many opportunities to learn, inspire and network with your peers.

May 30 – June 1, 2005 I Vancouver, BC
The 13th Annual David Berman Memorial Concurrent Disorders Conference: Advancing our Knowledge in Mental Health and Addictions
Vancouver Coastal Health Dual Diagnosis Program and Interprofessional Continuing Education at the University of British Columbia announce this national conference, to be held at the Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites in Vancouver, BC. This conference is designed to provide clinicians / delegates with previous knowledge in mental health and addictions with advanced training in dual diagnosis including in-depth exploration of an integrated model for treatment of concurrent disorders. Breakout sessions will explore a number of subjects germane to dual diagnosis including gambling, personality disorders, chronic pain, cannabis and the brain, anxiety and psychosis and more. Visit our website www.interprofessional.ubc.ca for updated information & to register. For additional information email ipinfo@interchange.ubc.ca, or call 604-822-2801.

May 31 - June 1, 2005 | London, ON
Canadian Disability Studies Association (CDSA) 2nd Annual Conference
Conference Theme: Paradoxes of Citizenship: Environments, Exclusions, Equity
The Canadian Disabilities Studies Association is planning its second annual conference as part of The Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2005. The theme for this year is very relevant to disability studies, and provides an opportunity to discuss the challenges, as well as the richness of diversity that contribute to our unique culture.


June 2005

June 2 - 4, 2005 | Saint Louis, MO
9th International Conference on Post-Polio Health and Ventilator-Assisted Living: Strategies for Living Well
Purpose and goals of presentations are intended to ...
1. Promote greater understanding of and opportunities for healthy living by people with disabilities, specifically the survivors of polio and those who use mechanical ventilation.
2. Promote greater awareness of the power of self-help and of the independent living philosophy.
3. Propose solutions to major issues facing people with disabilities.
4. Report on the latest research, programs and developments related to post-poliomyelitis and other neuromuscular respiratory conditions.
5. Facilitate enhanced interaction between people with disabilities and health care professionals.

June 2 - 5, 2005 | Kelowna, BC
Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Conference and Annual General Meeting

June 5 - 8, 2005 | Ottawa, Ontario
2005 CACEE National Campus Recruitment and Career Services Conference
Success: It's in your Capital is the theme of the 2005 CACE conference. Join other career development professionals and learn more about emerging trends in workforce development and the campus recruitment industry.
en français: Congrès national de l'ACSEE sur le recrutement sur campus et les services de carrières de 2005
En 2005, nous devons découvrir les clés à notre SUCCÈS. Nous devons faire valoir notre CAPITAL, nos RESSOURCES, nos FORCES et nos VALEURS. Ce sont les clés au SUCCÈS. Rencontrez-nous à Ottawa et découvrez un réseau de professionnels, de la recherche tranchante et des idées nécessaires pour faire de votre compagnie ou de votre centre de carrière un leader dans l'industrie du recrutement sur campus. Joignez-nous pour LE SUCCÈS: c'est dans votre capital

June 8 - 12, 2005 | Halifax, NS
World Conference on Breast Cancer
World Breast Cancer, Inc.
Toll free: 1-877-811-9222, Tel: 613-549-1118;
Email: wbcoadmin@cogeco.net
Web: www.worldbreastcancerconf.ca

June 8 -12, 2005 | Florence Italy
2nd Congress of the International Society for Vascular Behavioral and Cognitive Disorders (VAS-COG)
A special feature of the Florence Congress will be the discussion of standardized, prioritized, clinical, behavioral, neuropsychological, imaging and neuropathological definitions and operational, provisional criteria. Common minimal definitions and criteria are essential to make studies comparable, not only in the future but to generate hypotheses from one existing set of data to be tested on another. The combination of standardized data sets and DNA banking opens up unparalleled opportunities for progress from existing data. Preliminary work will have been done by the VAS-COG working groups, which you are invited to join.

June 16 - 18, 2005 | Fredericton, New Brunswick
12th Biennial Canadian Social Welfare Policy Conference
The Forging Social Futures Conference will provide a bilingual forum for citizens, scholars, and individuals working in government, university, non-profit, and voluntary settings to work toward forging more responsive and equitable policies, programs, and practices in the social policy arena in Canada and abroad. The primary goals of this cross-sector, cross-disciplinary, and cross-national conference are to generate new data and theories, stimulate collaborative synergies, envision novel policy ideas, and maximize knowledge exchange and mobilization.

June 27 - July 2, 2005 | Montreal, Quebec
ED-Media 2005 PDF File
Find out how technology is changing the way students learn at the 17th annual Ed-Media conference. Presentations, workshops and symposia will provide educators with the chance to network and learn more about new learning trends and the latest developments in educational technologies.

June 28 - July 1, 2005 | Chicago, Illinois
ICORR 2005: IEEE 9th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics
CORR highlights the most recent advances in the basic sciences of rehabilitation robotics. This conference will focus on a number of topics, including the themes of:

  • Assistive Robotics
  • Therapeutic Robotics
  • Brain-machine Interfaces for Rehabilitation
  • Robotics in Prosthetics and Orthotics
  • Hardware and Control Developments for Rehabilitation
  • Evaluation Methods and Clinical Experience
  • Biorobotics and Biomimetics
  • Basic Science and Sensory/Motor Control Learning

July 2005

July 9 - 10, 2005 | Montreal, QC
Women and the New Sexual Politics: Profits vs. Pleasures
New View Campaign, Featuring keynote speakers, Barbara Ehrenreich and Jean Kilbourne
Call for presentations deadline, March 1, 2005.
Tel: 212-533-2774, Fax: 212-254-5922;
Email: ltiefer@mindspring.com
Web: www.fsd-alert.org

July 11 - 14, 2005 | Washington, DC
2005 NCIL IL Conference
For Centers for Independent Living and Statewide Independent Living Councils there is nothing more important to their mission and philosophy than advocacy and systems change. Each one of us can and must promote and actively work for the integration and inclusion of all people with disabilities into all aspects of our communities.

July 13 - 16, 2005 | Vancouver, BC
IERG (Imaginative Education Research Group) Conference
Engaging the imagination in teaching and learning ... Join this international gathering of educators and students and learn how the role of imagination affects the learning process.

July 17 - 20, 2005 | Maastricht, The Netherlands
The 20th International Congress on the Education of the Deaf (ICED)
The world’s professional community working in the field of education of people with hearing impairments needs to exchange its ideas, experiences, ongoing innovations and future plans. The 20st International Congress on the Education of the Deaf (ICED) in 2005 is the worldwide activity to meet and exchange. ICED is being organised only each five years, the last Congress took place in Sydney in 2000.

August 2005

August 4 - 6, 2005 || Windsor, Ontario
Human Rights in a Globalizing Era?
The Centre for Studies in Social Justice, University of Windsor presents a conference on Human Rights in a Globalizing Era? at the University of Windsor. The worldwide expansion of new social and economic relations, new patterns of migration, and the spread of North American consumer culture have had radically destabilizing effects on the life-conditions of peoples and populations around the world. The conference will consider the diverse ways in which issues of democracy, practices of citizenship, and social security articulate with human rights in this globalizing era. It will bring together internationally known scholars, researchers, and activists whose work addresses the foundations, history, politics, or limitations of human rights and whose participation will assist in redressing the intractable dilemmas associated with the processes of globalization. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr. Alison Brysk, Political Science Department, University of California, Irvine, USA
  • Dr. Tony Evans, Department of Politics, Southampton University, UK
  • Dr. Vandana Shiva, Research Foundation for Science, Technology & Ecology, INDIA


September 2005

September 6 - 9, 2005 | Lille - France
Assistive technology from virtuality to reality - 8th European conference for the advancement of assistive technology in Europe The Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) is organising its 8th conference in Lille, France, in 2005. This biannual conference is an opportunity for people to discuss new developments, trends and research in the field of assistive technology. Following successful conferences held in Ireland, Slovenia, Germany, Greece, Portugal, Sweden and Netherlands, over 200 papers were selected and published at the last AAATE conference in 2003.

September 26 - 28, 2005 | Alliston, Ontario
17th Annual OAYEC AGM and Conference
The 17th annual Ontario Association of Youth Employment Centers AGM and Conference features guest speakers, workshops and activities aimed at assisting educators and career counselors develop programs to help young people find and maintain meaningful employment.


October 2005

October 20 - 22, 2005 | Kelowna, BC
British Columbia Teacher Librarians' Association Provincial Conference
This year's conference will examine the vital role that school libraries play in the learning process of students. Presentations, displays and keynote speakers will present new learning strategies that focus around the theme of "Bridging: Linking Libraries, Learning and Life". The "Bridging" conference will provide those attending with experiences, opportunities, and strategies for self-renewal.

November 2005

November 3 - 5, 2005 I Vancouver, BC
Where’s the Patient’s Voice in Health Professional Education?
This interprofessional conference will provide opportunities to network with international colleagues and patient/community groups to share innovations in teaching and theory that embeds the patient/client voice in health professional education. Participants are invited to present examples of collaborative projects between educators and patient/community groups. The deadline to submit an abstract is April 30, 2005. Conference to be held November 3-5, 2005 at the Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites in Vancouver, BC, Canada. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.health-disciplines.ubc.ca/DHCC

November 23 - 25, 2005 | Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Annual National Supported Employment Conference
The National Supported Employment Conference will explore advances in the supported employment field. Delegates will learn new strategies, share ideas and network with other professionals in the field. The submission deadline for presentations is May 31, 2005.


December 2005




February 1, 2004 | Ottawa
Jack Layton discusses missile defence
where: Alumni Auditorium of University of Ottawa, 85 Université
when: Sun. Feb 1st at 12 noon.
details: Come watch the cold war movie Fail-Safe, and then discuss the dangers of the proposed Missile Defence Shield with NDP leader Jack Layton. The Caucus is the University of Ottawa's Poliitical Science Student Association newsletter. Its editorial board aims to create a campus-wide, bilingual, progressive, political magazine at the U of O. This event will kickstart our campaign. Tickets: $5 for students; $10 for general public.
Please save your spot by contacting Kiavash Najafi
tel: 613-745-0218 email: KiavashNajafi@hotmail.com

February 12th to 13th, 2004 | Canada
The 2nd National Radio Homelessness Marathon

Is Housing A Human Right? - Un Toit Est Un Droit?
Tune-in for Canada's 2nd Homelessness Marathon, broadcasting a 14-hour nation-wide reflection, featuring live radio all night long to be aired on community radio stations across the country. Read More

February 14, 2004 | Global
V-Day - Until the Violence Stops
V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls.

March 3 - 7, 2004 | Havana, Cuba
Designing for the 21st Century An International Conference on Universal Design
"Design is a tool for social equity. The developed economies know a great deal about the design of places, things, and communication that work for people with disabilities and older people and that work better for everyone. There has been little effort to date to share that knowledge with the developing nations where growth will occur for the next century. 80% of people with disabilities live in the developing economies and they are the poorest of the poor. The only realistic stance toward inclusion for people with disabilities is to identify a design framework that applies to everyone. Special solutions are costly and potentially discriminatory. Universal design anticipates diversity of ability and results in sensible, efficient, and realistic solutions for housing and streetscapes, buses and technology, and all of the other aspects of development that inevitably get designed. If awareness and information are shared now, we have an opportunity to avoid perpetuating discrimination by design and to integrate solutions into development."


April 18 - 21, 2004 | Vancouver, BC
8th Annual Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Conference
Coast Plaza Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia
Healing Our Spirit B.C. Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Society is pleased to announce the Eighth Annual BC Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Conference - "Strengthening Ties - Strengthening Communities".

According to Health Canada, in the first six months of 2002 "Aboriginal Persons accounted for 14.1% of the total reported AIDS cases where Ethnicity was known." Health Canada further reported that "Aboriginal Persons were over-represented among new HIV diagnoses, i.e. 19.2% in 1998, averaging 24.0 in 1999-2001, and peaking at 26.5% in the first six months of 2002." Every day, at least one new case of HIV appears among the Aboriginal population prompting increased concern.

The Conference is for everyone who wants to learn about HIV/AIDS prevention, support of Aboriginal people affected, and models that integrate traditional practices into community HIV/AIDS initiatives.

For more info: http://www.healingourspirit.org/pages/events/annual2004/overview2004.php

April 24 - 29, 2004 | Sarnia to Toronto
March for Dignity to Queen's Park!
Thursday April 29th at 11:00 am - Rally at Queen's Park
Ontario voted for REAL change, not SPARE change and we need YOUR voice to make sure it happen. Show that you support dignity for all people in Ontario. The March starts in Sarnia on April 24th enroute to Queen's Park. Read More

April 28 - 30, 2004 | Edmonton, AB
The 3 R's of Sex: Relationships, Reproductive Health and Recreation Conference
The Alberta Society for the Promotion of Sexual Health is holding a sexual health conference on April 28-30, 2004 entitled "The 3 R's of Sex: Relationships, Reproductive Health and Recreation".
For more information, please contact:
Alberta Society for the Promotion of Sexual Health
Tel: (780)424-6312 ext.2226 Fax: (780)425-1782
Email: aspsh@ppae.ab.ca or visit their website at http://www.aspsh.ca

April 30-May 1, 2004 | Toronto, Ontario
Transitions Conference: Sharing & Shaping - Building skills for living in the adult world PDF file - requires Adobe Acrobat Reader
The conference will focus on five areas: supportive living, independent and assisted living options, family life, support systems and information for families and caregivers; leisure and lifestyle, choices for active and healthy living; post-secondary opportunities, education, volunteering, employment; medical, taking charge of your health; and Youth Day.

May 1, 2004 | Toronto, ON
ARM Conference on Grandmothers and Grandmothering
The Association for Research on Mothering (ARM) would like to invite you to a one day conference in honour of Mother's Day on: Grandmothers and Grandmothering on May 1, 2004 at York University, Toronto. This conference will explore, from a variety of perspectives and disciplines, the experiences, perspectives and representations of grandmothers, grandmothering and grandmotherhood. It will also examine the role and impact of older women as grandmother figures in communities and social movements, regardless of their family status. The conference will open with a keynote address by Hope Edelmen, author of Motherless Daughters and Mother of my Mother.
For more information, please visit www.yorku.ca/crm

May 3, 2004 | Winnipeg, Manitoba

Centre on Aging's Dialogue on Aging
21st Annual Spring Research Symposium. "The Spring Research symposium is an annual event which attracts between 250 and 300 researchers, professionals and community members. This research symposium provides an opportunity for an exchange between researchers and the broader community."

May 5 - 7, 2004 | Vancouver, BC
Resolutions and Ruptures: Sexual and Gender Diversity and the Spaces In Between
The conference seeks to examine where various communities come together, rupture, intersect and overlap in relation to activism, oppressions, and the politics of change. To identify sites of action and strategies for change, we will work to bridge the separation of marginalized groups and contested communities, to examine and reflect on the inclusion of QLGBTTI issues in theory and practice, and to develop critical dialogue on issues of representation, inclusive of race, ethnicity, abilities, gender expression/identity, sex, class, size, age and their intersections.
For more information: http://www.positivespace.ubc.ca/qconference/

May 13 & 14, 2004 | Victoria, British Columbia
Practical Solutions to Complex Problems
2004 Canadian Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (CARP) National Conference

May 23 - 27, 2004 | Quebec City, Quebec
4th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health
"The Conference is the fourth in a series of triennial international meetings offering a unique opportunity to share news and views with colleagues from around the world with wide-ranging interests and extensive expertise in health and mental health social work."

May 27- 30, 2004 | Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canadian Hard of Hearing Conference
Hearing At Work! Success in Hearing at Work, Home and Play.
2004 CHHA National Conference & AGM.

May 29 - 30, 2004 | Winnipeg, Manitoba
Confluence and Coalition in Community: Creating Dialogue within Disability Studies
"It is fitting that the inaugural meeting of the Canadian Disability Studies Association/Association Canadienne d'Etudes sur le Handicap at the Congress of the Social Sciences Federation of Canada, 2004, be held in Winnipeg, the birthplace of the Disabled People's Movement in Canada."

June 1 - 4, 2004 | Halifax, Nova Scotia
10th North American Collaborating Center (NACC) Conference on ICF
"On behalf of the WHO Collaborating Center for the Family of International Classifications for North American and its members, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), we would like to welcome you to the 10th North American Collaborating Center (NACC) Conference on ICF. This meeting will be used to develop a comprehensive North American research agenda for ICF. This is needed because the ICF is a new and multi-dimensional classification, encompassing both a medical and a social model of disability, and has not been used extensively in its current structure." As part of this conference a pre-conference tutorial will be offered (June 1) called "Understanding the ICF in the Terminology Spectrum for Human Function and Disability."

June 9 - 12, 2004 | Winnipeg, MB
Towards Community Action on Aboriginal Injuries 2004
National Indian and Inuit Community Health Representatives Organization presents the First National Aboriginal Injury Prevention Conference. Honorary Chair: Tina Keeper, Star of North of 60 Workshop Themes on Intentional and Unintentional Injuries, Injury Data & Surveillance, Research, Capacity Building, and Communication
Winnipeg Convention Centre
For more information: info@aipc2004.ca Tel: 450-632-0892, ext. 24

June 18 - 23, 2004 | Toronto, Ontario
20th International IFS Conference: Building Inclusive Communities
The International Federation of Settlements and Neighbourhood Centres' 20th annual conference will focus on "the practice and principles of promoting inclusion in our neighbourhoods through a sharing of practical community-based strategies for building bridges across differences of age, gender, ethnicity, ability, class and sexual orientation."

June 20, 2004 | Toronto, Ontario
Simply People: Celebrating Our Lives and Our Identities
Post-Secondary Students with Disabilities Organize a Celebratory March For People With Disabilities June 20, 2004

August 11, 2004 | Toronto, Ontario
Ontario Needs a Raise: Vigil and Rally In Memory of Kimberly Rogers
When: Wednesday August 11th from 12 Noon to 1 pm
address change! 900 Bay St. M1-57 Macdonald Block

Join with others on August 11th to remember those who have suffered under inadequate conditions, and to demand an immediate raise to social assistance rates.

In 1995, the Tories slashed already low welfare ates by 21.6%. With increases in the cost of living, today the cut is approximately 34.4%. One in Six people in Ontario live in poverty. The Inquest into Kimberly Rogers’ death found that Ontario social assistance rates do not reflect an adequate standard of living. In the Jury’s recommendations they included that social assistance rates be reviewed to ensure they reflect the actual costs of housing, food and other basic needs. Now, a year a half after the Inquest, and 10 months into the new Liberal government, those same conditions and policies that set the stage for the tragedy of Kimberly Rogers’ death are still in place. We need to demand that Ontario's new Liberal Government take a stand against poverty; a 3% raise to social assistance is not enough!

Sponsored by: Ontario Needs a Raise Campaign
For more Information contact:
call: 416-516-1422, ext. 222. or email: ocsj@ocsj.ca


August 16 - 19, 2004 | Ottawa, Ontario
6th International Looking After Children Conference and the Canadian National Child Welfare Symposia Conference
"From conceptual work beginning in the UK 17 years ago to use in varying degrees in some 15 countries, the Looking After Children (LAC) instruments have become an important vehicle for the promotion of resilience which may be defined as "good outcomes in spite of serious threats to adaptation or development." And, "The Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare and the Child Welfare League of Canada have developed a series of National Child Welfare Symposia to contribute to the development of research and practice with children and families and to the transfer of knowledge among Canadian stakeholders."

September 8-10, 2004 | Winnipeg, Manitoba

DPI World Summit 2004: Diversity Within
"DPI's World Summit will be an opportunity for national assemblies, disability organizations, NGOs, international development agencies, as well as local and national goods and services providers in the disability field to discuss and share information. The purpose of the Summit is to pursue the issues identified at the DPI 6th World Assembly in Sapporo, Japan, to address the issue of diversity, and to prepare for the next World Assembly in South Africa in 2006."

September 16 - 19, 2004 | Vancouver, British Columbia
kickstART2: festival of disability arts and culture PDF file - requires Adobe Acrobat Reader
"The Society for Disability Arts and Culture (S4DAC) will present the kickstART2 Festival of Disability Arts and Culture in Vancouver, British Columbia. This Festival will highlight the perspectives and creativity of artists and performers with all types of disabilities. The four-day event, at the Roundhouse Community Centre, will provide explorations of new territory in visual and literary arts, dance, theatre, music, and humour. Workshops and master classes will bring together Canadian artists with disabilities, to meet and learn from each other and from invited international guests. Afternoon and evening performances, a visual art exhibit and free activities will provide the general public with lots to see and do.

September 28 - October 1, 2004 | Vancouver, British Columbia
Translating the Evidence: International Early Psychosis Conference
Our next conference in Vancouver, Canada in 2004 will highlight continued advances in the full spectrum of biological, epidemiological, psychological and sociological research into early psychosis. Adoption of this broad perspective will aid the translation of new evidence into clinical advances that will enhance prevention, care and recovery. Focusing attention on the exciting scientific developments in the field of early psychosis will facilitate the development of evidenced-based practice and ultimately lead to the necessary changes in mental health care delivery internationally."

October 25-26, 2004 | Halifax, Nova Scotia
14th Annual National Home Care Conference

November 11-14, 2004 |
Montréal, Québec
2nd National Disability Rights Conference “Doing MORE – Moving FORWARD”
The Canadian Labour Congress is proud to announce that our Second National Disability Rights Conference, “Doing MORE – Moving FORWARD” will be held November 11 to November 14, 2004 (registration desk opens at 4 p.m. on the 11th) at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montréal, Québec.
The Conference will do MORE to build the voice of activists with disabilities and our allies. We will do MORE to build our political agenda. We will do MORE to build our understanding of issues impacting on the lives of disabled activists. We will do MORE to build on the work done since the first conference. Read More


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