Friday, December 17, 2010

Healthy Holidays!

Have you noticed that alcohol is everywhere during the holiday season? We’re part of a group of Nova Scotians who are looking at ways to get people talking and thinking about the way we’re drinking. We’re looking at a new Nova Scotia where a change in culture will mean a place where you feel comfortable and confident saying no to one more and a time "when a drink is a drink… and company is the pleasure." Check out the Changing the Culture video and share your "when" moment at

Entertaining is both an art and a responsibility. Your duties as host extend to being aware of the alcohol consumption of your guests, particularly if this is a workplace-sponsored activity. If you do, you will be making sure that everyone has a great time, from the beginning right through to a happy ending. Remember, serving alcohol involves responsibility. For example, did you know that you can be held legally responsible for injuries or damages that are caused by someone to whom you have served alcohol? Our Tips for Responsible Hosting Brochure can help you plan a successful party that’s hassle-free and protects the wellbeing of you and your guests. You can view the brochure at

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Homeless Memorial Service

Community Action on Homelessness invites you to the Homeless Memorial Service. Join the community to remember the lives of people who have lived and died homeless.

Date: Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Time: 11:00 am
Place: St. Matthew's United Church
           1479 Barrington Street, Halifax

Reception and refreshments will follow the service. Donations of food, clothing, bedding, toiletries and kitchen items for the Out of the Cold Emergency Winter Shelter would be greatly appreciated.

For more information call 420-6026.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Active Halifax Communities Skate Drive

RBC and HRM have partnered to organize Active Halifax Communities Skate Drive 2010!

The Active Halifax Communities Skate Drive 2010 is designed to build up a collection of ice skates, to make use of at the Canada Games Speed Skating Oval on the Halifax Commons. Opening in December, the Canada Games Oval will be available for public use, free of charge. The mission of this program is to accumulate enough skates to loan a pair to anyone who needs one, free of charge.

Skates can be dropped off at all RBC locations across HRM. You can also email, to organize a pickup of skates from your business or organization. The Active Halifax Communities Skate Drive will run until December 17th.

If you have skates in your basement that no longer fit, are collecting dust and taking up space, we have the opportunity to not only clear out that clutter, but also put the skates to good use. New skaters, experienced skaters, and more, will benefit from your donation.

Once the temporary Oval on the commons is dismantled, the collected skates will be organized so they can be borrowed by community groups, rinks who offer free skating programs, schools, and other groups. This will keep the collected skates in good use for years to come!

For more information please visit or contact Gerard Bray, Skate Drive Coordinator.

Contact: Gerard Bray

Skate Drive Coordinator

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Free Health and Wellness Programs

Dartmouth Community Health Team
Free Health & Wellness programs
for the Dartmouth community
Dartmouth Community Health Team Phone: 460-4555
58 Tacoma Drive (next to Sobeys)
Winter 2011 Schedule
FREE Program Series

Healthy Weight 4 Week Program – Community Health Team
Wednesdays, January 5, 12, 19, & 26 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm or Tuesdays, March 8, 15, 22, &
29 from 10:00 – 11:30 am at the Community Health Team, 58 Tacoma Drive.

Craving Change 4 Week Program - Community Health Team
Tuesdays, January 4, 18, 25 and February 1 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm or Wednesdays, March 2,
16, 23, & 30 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at the Community Health Team, 58 Tacoma Drive.

Low Intensity 10 Week Exercise Program - Community Health Team
Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Please note that participants need to complete an
individual assessment before participating in this program. Please call for more information
on program time and location, and to schedule an assessment.

Walk to Wellness: Parents & Caregivers – Community Health Team
Every Tuesday morning at 9:00 am. Meet at the East Dartmouth Community Centre.

Walk to Wellness: Seniors – Community Health Team
Every Tuesday morning at 11:00 am. Meet at the East Dartmouth Community Centre.

Healthy Weight 10 Week Program - Sobeys Dietitian
Mondays, January 17 & 24, & 31, February 7, 14, 21, & 28, and March 7, 14, 21, & 28 from
6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Community Health Team, 58 Tacoma Drive.

Hypertension Education Program – Capital Health
Thursdays, February 10, 17, & 24 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at the CHT, 58 Tacoma Drive.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

"I Shall Not Hate"

The public is invited to join Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, author of "I Shall Not Hate" as he shares his story of loss, faith and forgiveness:

Tuesday, December 7, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Theatre A of the Tupper Link, Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building, 5850 College Street, Halifax Dr. Abuelaish is a passionate and eloquent proponent of peace - despite having endured the loss of three daughters and a niece by Israeli shelling of his Gaza home in 2009. The tragedy did not harden his heart, or weaken his resolve to act for humanity. Dr. Abuelaish is a Palestinian physician who currently teaches at the Dalla Lana School of Public Heath, University of Toronto. He is visiting Halifax at the invitation of Capital Health and is available to sign copies for his book.

Admission to his talk is free, but donations are welcome to his non-profit foundation, Daughters for Life, which provides education and health care for women and girls in the middle east.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

An Invitation

Halifax Community Health Board invites you to a holiday networking social to thank you for the difference you make in our community! Please join us for refreshments and an opportunity to meet our volunteer board members.

Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Time: 5:00 –7:00 pm
Place: Bethune Ballroom
          VG Hospital Site
          Tower Road, Halifax
RSVP: By December 7 to Laurie MacNeil, 487-0571

Monday, November 22, 2010

Holiday Lighting Celebration

Anne McGuire, President and CEO, IWK Health Centre, cordially invites you to attend our:
31st Annual Holiday Lighting Celebration
Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

4:30 p.m., Carols with the IWK Band, Children’s Building Lobby
5:00 p.m., Holiday Lighting Ceremony, Children’s Building
IWK Health Centre, University Avenue Entrance

Following the ceremony, join Santa for a reception in the South Street Café (IWK cafeteria). Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

This year, we will also be celebrating the start of Hanukkah at sundown on December 1st. A new Menorah will be placed in the Gallery and the first light will be lit just prior to the tree lighting ceremony.

Holiday Light Exchange: During Santa’s reception in the IWK cafeteria, representatives from Nova Scotia Power will be hosting a holiday light exchange program. Bring in two sets of your traditional glass holiday lights for free recycling and receive one string of LED holiday lights in return. One set per person. Quantities will be limited. First come, first served.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Our Healthy Future

Last year 4000 citizens told us what's important to them about health. That information helped inform our priorities and is part of Our Healthy Future, our new community health plan. Now we would like your thoughts about how we can bring this plan to life in our community. Join Halifax Community Health Board for an open house to learn about Our Healthy Future and talk about what we can do together.

Date: Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Place: The Hub
          1673 Barrington Street, Halifax

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Public Health Planning &Communication

Café Scientifique: Too Much Information? Public Health Planning & Communication
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Wednesday December 1, 2010
Café Istanbul
5986 Spring Garden Road Halifax

Canada has experienced three recent major public health threats; the Walkerton E. coli crisis, SARS, and the H1N1 pandemic. Informing Canadians must strike a proper balance between providing needed information and fear mongering. The H1N1 virus was no lie — it was a real threat that resulted in considerable illness and loss of life around the globe. The seeming Catch-22 with many public health threats is that the more effective preparation and communication is in preventing a serious outcome, the more likely it is that the threat alarm will later be judged as "crying wolf."

What are the current Canadian public health communication strategies?
What is the role of communications in protecting the health of Canadians?
What are the ethical and pragmatic issues involved in planning for a public health crisis?


Scott Halperin is the Director of the Canadian Center for Vaccinology, Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology & Immunology at Dalhousie University, and the Head of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax. He recently held one of two Canadian Institutes of Health Research/Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Clinical Research Chairs in Vaccine. His research focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of pertussis and other vaccine-preventable diseases.

Joanne Langley is a Professor of Pediatrics (Division of Infectious Diseases) and Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University, based at the Canadian Center for Vaccinology, and Medical Director of the Infection Prevention and Control Program at the IWK Health Centre. She currently serves as the Chair of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization. Her main research interests are in the epidemiology and prevention of respiratory infections

Pauline Dakin is the award-winning national health and medical reporter for CBC News. Her work has been recognized with awards from the National Science Writers Association, the Canadian Association of Journalists, The Canadian Medical Association/Canadian Nurses Association, the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, the international Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Radio-Television News Directors Association, and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada. She was also nominated for Canada's top journalism prize, The Michener Awards for a collaborative series on adverse drug reactions in children.Previously, Pauline has worked as a producer, on-air host, assignment editor and reporter in various media including film, television, radio and print.

A Café Scientifique is not a lecture. It’s a place for group discussion and audience involvement is the most important ingredient. This event will be moderated by the founder of the Novel Tech Ethics Team, Françoise Baylis, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Bioethics and Philosophy at Dalhousie University.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Drop in Club

Music, movies, games, arts and crafts, theatre arts, yoga, and much more! Come along and bring your friends!

Run by and for people who have disabilities or difficulties with communication and learning. Everyone is welcome!

The Drop-in Club is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday afternoons from 3pm to 6pm, Tuesday and Friday evenings from 7pm to 9pm and Sunday afternoons, 2pm to 5pm.

Membership is $50 per month for unlimited usage. If you would like to discuss the fee structure please call us, or drop-in, we have ways to make it work for everyone!

SCRI Society: Social Cultural Recreational Inclusion for all

St James Anglican Church Hall, Joseph Howe Drive, Halifax

(entrance by the painted power box by the rotary)

Email to book a trial session or

contact Renee Pye 463 5234 or Alice Evans 405 2053.

Generously supported by
St James Anglican Church
Province of Nova Scotia Department of Health Promotion & Protection
Province of Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage
Active Halifax
Halifax Community Health Board
and all our members, volunteers and helpers

Thank you!

A Conversation on Faith and Poverty

In November, 1989, Canada’s House of Commons
voted unanimously to eliminate child poverty in Canada by the year 2000.
In keeping alive the dream of eliminating child poverty,
the Face of Poverty Coalition will discuss faith imperatives.
A panel of Baha’i, Buddhist, and Christian voices
will speak to how their faiths and sacred texts view issues of poverty.
Economist Michael Bradfield will lead a discussion
on “What Can ‘We’ Afford?”

Sunday, November 21 in the Student Union Building
Dalhousie University, Room 224, at 2 pm.
Co-sponsored by Atlantic Lutheran Campus Ministry
A Conversation on Faith and Poverty

Poverty is the worst form of violence.

In a country well governed,
poverty is something to be ashamed of.
In a country badly governed,
wealth is something to be ashamed of.

He who sleeps on a full stomach
whilst his neighbour goes hungry is not one of us.

I say to you,
what you did not do for one of these least ones,
you did not do for me.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Nova Scotia Lieutenant Governor Community Spirit Award


Everyone has one. Is there something extra-special about your community and its impact on those within, from and around you? We want to know!

In 2007, Her Honour Mayann Francis saw an opportunity to visibly demonstrate her heartfelt belief in communities. The Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award is one of the many ways Her Honour raises awareness and celebrates what it means to be a vibrant community making Nova Scotia a better place to live, work and play.

Now in its fourth year, The Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award has recognized the communities of Annapolis Royal, Brookfield, Canso, Clare, Port Morien, Portland Estates & Hills, Sable River, Shearwater, South Mountain Arm of Gold, St. Andrews and Tatamagouche. Each celebration is a unique reflection of the community ranging from parades, carnivals, talent shows, tea socials and luncheons. Each winning community receives Her Honour who brings a beautiful hand-crafted award of NovaScotian Crystal with cuts emblematic of that community and its stories. Each winning community receives province-wide recognition and acknowledgement.

How do nominate your community?

The spirit of the Award requires you promote your community stories – what makes yours unique, helpful, active, welcoming, resilient and more. If you can answer ‘yes’ to each of the four following essential criteria, then your community should be nominated. Your community has:

1. An ability to build on unique strengths within the community;

2. A high degree of citizen participation in community projects of a wide variety range and interest;

3. Clear evidence of community pride, and

4. A focus on creating an enduring community.

Is this your community?

Let us know by bringing together local groups and supporters to nominate your community for the 2011 Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award before January 31, 2011.
For more details, to view photos and submissions of previous winners and to download your entry form and application, visit our website at

Youth Human Rights Contest

Junior high and high school students ...

Put your creativity to work for a good cause!
Enter the Partners for Human Rights
Human Rights Creativity Contest
for International Human Rights Day

This year’s theme is
Unity in our Communities
It’s also the United Nations International Year of Youth,
under the theme Our year. Our Voice.
This is your year! Use your voice and creativity
to tell us how to make your community stronger.

Express yourself through:
• Poetry/Spoken Word
• Art (for example, illustration, digital graphics, photography)
• Music (for example, songwriting, music videos)
All entries must be received by November 26, 2010.

Winners will receive prizes on International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2010.
Submit your entry and submission form by:
(Please include Creativity Contest in the subject line)
Mail: Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission
P.O. Box 2221, Halifax, NS B3J 3C4
Fax: 902-424-0596

(Please include Creativity Contest on the cover sheet)


Call 902-424-4111

Friday, November 5, 2010

The Nova Scotia Food Policy Council

                    The Nova Scotia Food Policy Council
               Invites you to join us in conversations about.....
                   Building our Food Future-Together

The Nova Scotia Food Policy council is a citizens' group working with communities, organizations and governments to develop and implement policies and programs that ensure an equitable, healthy and sustainable local food system, responsible to the economic, environmental, social and cultrual needs of Nova Scotians.

We invite you to join us at the Halifax Seaport Market and Pier 21 on Sunday November 21 from 1200 to 330 pm

12-1:  Enjoy a healthy and satisfying lunch from local food producers as you wander the Seaport Market.  Then join us at Pier 21 for:

1-1:45PM  Welcome from Ralph Martin, President of the NSFPC Mission and Objectives of the NSFPC, alfong with Keynote Speakers who will help us connect the pieces that make up our food system.

1:45-3:30:  Take part in a World Cafe discussion to help us answer the question: " how do we build our food future together?"

Register:  Please RSVP by email to before November 17th

Cost:  $10 for the event, including afternoon coffee break.  Everyone will make their own lunch choices and pay Market vendors

Join:  $10 Membership information will be available and everyone is invited to join the Nova Scotia Food Policy Council.

HRM's Volunteer Awards 2011

Dear Community groups and volunteers

HRM's Volunteer Awards 2011 program is kicking off again! Now you can nominate adult and youth volunteers and community groups who are making an outstanding contribution to the life of the community. Who in your organization or community is making an outstanding contribution? Who is going the extra mile of serving faithfully? Consider nominating them.

Deadline for nominations is Friday January 14th, 2011.

You can find all the info you need at:  where you'll find updates to the program, nomination forms. You can also nominate online.
If you need any information, please don't hesitate to call:
Miro Rak, Community Developer
Volunteer Services

Friday, October 29, 2010

Infant Massage

Fairview Family Resource Centre will be offering an Infant Massage program.
Kylie Field will be facilitating five one hour sessions. Kylie is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor and a Postpartum Doula (DONA rained).
This session is for parents and their 2 to 12 month old baby.
Kylie will demonstrate techniques for massaging your baby
In a relaxed atmosphere. Childcare for siblings ages 2 to 5 not in school will be offered by request.
Dates: November 9, 16, 23, 30 and December 7
Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Registration is required
Please call 443-9569 to register

Unnatural Causes… Is Inequality Making Us Sick?

How is our health affected by the communities and circumstances in which we live? The Dartmouth, Southeastern and Eastern Shore Community Health Boards are hosting a film series at the Woodlawn Public Library and Cole Harbour Public Library in November.

In Sickness and inWealth: Woodlawn Library - Monday, November 8th - Cole Harbour Library - Tuesday, November 9th

When the Bough Breaks and Bad Sugar: Woodlawn Library - Monday, November 15th Cole Harbour Library - Tuesday, November 16th

Place Matters and Not Just a Paycheck: Woodlawn Library - Monday, November 22nd Cole Harbour Library- Tuesday, November 23rd

All film screenings are from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

Drug Addiction: It Hits Us All

Drug addictions are a major concern in our society. However, there is considerable debate over the most appropriate responses to this growing problem, and the rights of people who use drugs. What happens when we criminalize addictions, or fail to provide medical services and supports for safer drug use and treatment? Do people choose to become addicted? Are addictions health issues? Come to discuss these challenging questions and others.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 6-8pm (talk starts at 6:30)
Whet Cafe
2606 Agricola Street, Halifax (in Fred at corner of Agricola and North)
Call 494.7061 or email for more information
Join us for discussion, debate and light refreshments.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Community Circle on Addiction Services

You are invited to a Northend Community Circle to help us improve access to addiction services.

When? Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Where? Mi'kmaq Friendship Centre, 2158 Gottingen Street in Halifax

R.S.V.P. by Friday, Nov. 12, to: Joan Swinimer, Addiction Prevention and Treatment Services
 (902) 424-2021 or

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Thursday Night Dance Club

The Thursday Night Dance Club with Halifax Dance and the SCRI Society ‘The Club’’

Social, Cultural, Recreational Inclusion for all. Suitable for teens and older.

This program is accessible to people who have disabilities that affect learning and communication. Everyone is welcome!

Thursday evenings from 7pm to 8.30pm

$55 for seven sessions

October 21, 28

November 4, 18, 25 (no session on November 11)

December 2, 9

We will be devising our own dances, dancing to favourite tunes, having fun together, keeping fit, and learning steps from visiting artists, including learning a routine to Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

Would you like to know more?

For more information about these classes, please email Alice Evans or Renee Pye at or telephone Alice on 405 2053

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Cancer Day of Action

Wednesday, November 3rd will mark the second “Cancer Day of Action” in provincial legislatures across Canada. This day is an opportunity for organizations, health professionals, concerned citizens, patients and family members affected by cancer to meet face-to-face with elected officials, deliver key messages, and demand action on cancer. The key message this year is the need for fair, consistent access to treatment across Canada for cancer and other major conditions. Millions of Canadians have no financial protection from the high costs of treatment. Learn more about this issue here:

There are a number of ways you can get involved between now and November 3rd, to help make this event a success:
1. Take our 2-minute survey – share your thoughts and opinions about cancer. Your info is never shared with third-parties or used to solicit donations.

2. Take part in our e-activism campaign: Use our easy website to quickly build and send a letter to your MLA.

3. Be a part of the action on November 3rd at Province House in Halifax, NS. Contact
 if you are interested in meeting face-to-face with Nova Scotia MLAs. Whether you are a health professional, an advocate, or a person who has been personally affected by cancer or drug coverage, your stories and ideas can make a difference.

Canadians of all ages, experiences and ethnicities can have their say in cancer care and prevention. The more surveys, connections and community conversations we achieve – the more powerful our national voice will be on November 3rd. Pass it on.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Mosiac for Mental Health

12th Annual Mosaic for Mental Health Art Exhibition and Sale - “HOPE”

Thursday, October 14th to Sunday, October 31st , 2010

Craig Gallery, Alderney Landing (Next to the Dartmouth Ferry Terminal)

In support of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Halifax– Dartmouth Branch
Mosaic Opening 7:00 pm, Thursday October 14th 2010 (Advance Showing 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm)

Music by Harps of Feeorin

Gallery Hours: Monday Closed; Tuesday to Friday 12 noon to 5:30 pm

Saturday 9 am to 5 pm*; Sunday 11 am to 4 pm

*NOCTURNE art at night, Saturday, October 16th 6:00pm – midnight

Mosaic Art Tiles $25 each (except silent auction tiles); Mental Note Cards $3 each

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Playing The Machines

Did you know?
Not all gambling products are created equal. Some products are riskier to one’s health than others.

In Nova Scotia, for example, one in four of those who play regularly play Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs) experiences harm.

Interested in learning more?

Please join us for …

“Playing the Machines” - Coffee House and Film Series

Oct. 19, 9:30-11:00 a.m.

The Royal Bank Theatre at the Halifax Infirmary Hospital (1796 Summer Street)

(Need directions? Click this link:¢erContent.Id.0=10019&category.Categories.1=369)

“Playing the Machines” is a moving and informative documentary directed by Barbara Doran and produced by Morag Loves Company in association with CBC Newsworld. VLTs and slots in Canada bring in more money than all the gambling combined in Las Vegas, and most of that money comes from a growing number of people who never dreamed they'd ever get hooked. This film tells their stories. RSVP to Joan Swinimer ( or call 424-2021 by Oct. 15.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Healthy Boundaries Workshop

DATE:  NOVEMBER 19, 2010




TIME: 10:00 TO 11:30 am

Topics for the day include: What are boundaries? Why do we need boundaries? Personal boundary setting. Define your boundaries. Assertiveness. Nice ways to say no.


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Halifax Trails in Autumn

Lace up your walking shoes! Join us on the Trails of HRM! Take a walk with new friends as we introduce you to opportunities, based on Michael Haynes’s newest book, Trails of Halifax Regional Municipality, 2nd edition! Check it out at your nearest Library branch.

Sunday September 26 2:30pm Keshen Goodman Library, 330 Lacewood Dr, Halifax and Linear Park/Mainland Common Trail.
Tuesday September 28 2pm Woodlawn Library, 31 Eisner Blvd, Dartmouth and the Portland Estatesand Hills Residents Association (PEHRA) Trail.
Thursday September 30 2pm Old Annapolis Road Trail, Bowater Lands - Meet to car pool at Tantallon Library Parking, Hammonds Plains Rd, Exit 5, #103.
Monday October 4 10am Salt Marsh Trail, Red Barn Parking, Bisset Road (off Cole Harbour Road, Highway 207), Cole Harbour.

Thursday October 7 2pm Bedford-Sackville Connector - Meet at True North Diner parking, Bedford Place Mall, near footbridge, Bedford.
Saturday October 16 2pm First Lake Trail, Lower Sackville - Meet at Sucker Brook Rd, just past #470 Cobequid Rd (Beacon House) in Lower Sackville.
Tuesday October 19 2pm Beechville – Lakeside - Timberlea (BLT) Trail - Meet at the Coke Plant at Lakeside Industrial Park, Lakeside Park Dr, off Highway 3. Nordic walking poles available to try this walking technique.
Saturday October 23 10am Cole Harbour Heritage Trail, Red Barn, Bisset Road (off Cole Harbour Road, Highway 207), Cole Harbour.
Thursday October 28 2pm Shubenacadie Canal Commission - Meet at the Fairbanks Centre, 54 Locks Road off Waverley Road. We will have a 10 min visual introduction to the Waterway before the walk.

Saturday October 30 2pm McIntosh Run - Meet at the Captain Wm. Spry Recreation Centre, off Sussex Drive, off Herring Cove Road.
The trails selected are ‘suitable for almost all fitness levels’; all designated as level 1 by Michael Haynes. Michael, formerly of NS Trails, has revisited the trails, updated information and added 5 new trails. Remember to bring water and a snack, dress for the weather and if bringing your dog, please keep under control at all times! Unless the rain is extremely heavy, we will walk anyway - you decide. Each walk will last an hour or more. Bring a friend along to join in the fun!

For additional information on each trail and meeting place, check or CARP NS , go to Events. For contacts, go to

A special THANK YOU goes out to our VOLUNTEER TRAILS LEADERS; all are active members of the
HRM Trails community and the Halifax Regional Trails Association! Sponsored by Halifax North West Trails Association and Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) NS (Environment Committee) Supported by Nova Scotia Department of Seniors, Positive Aging Fund

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Information Session for brain injury survivors

The Halifax Chapter of BIANS is pleased to present an information session for brain injury survivors and their families.

Services for persons with brain injury: What is available and how to get connected

Date:   Wednesday,October 6, 2010

Time:   7:00 – 9:00 pm

Location:         Royal Bank Theatre, Summer Street Lobby, Level 1, Halifax Infirmary Building, 1796 Summer Street

Guest Speakers:
            Lindsay Dickson, Capital Health - Acquired Brain Injury Navigator
            Brian Tapper, Capital Health – Vocational Counselor
Cyd Lepage and Diane Wanderer, Nova Scotia Government, Community Services, Income Assistance and Employment Support Services

Each speaker will provide a short presentation on programs and services offered and how to connect with services.
A question and answer period will follow all of the presentations.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Downside of High

You are invited to attend ...
"The Downside of High"

A Community Conversation about Cannabis
View Dreamfilm Production’s “The Downside of High” with a facilitated discussion following the film.

Monday, Sept. 27, 10:00-11:30 a.m.


Royal Bank Theatre at the Halifax Infirmary

Refreshments provided!

R.S.V.P. by Thursday Sept. 23 to:

Joan Swinimer, Addiction Prevention and Treatment Services

Phone: (902) 424-2021


Le Groupe MusiArt

Free Concert

Le Groupe MusiArt
“ Creative Ambassadors of Mental Health”

Where: 2786 Agricola St. Halifax, NS
@ the Bloomfield Center in the multipurpose room.

When: Friday, September 24th @ 1:00 pm- 2:30 pm

MusiArt is a creative arts and performance group from the Department of Psychiatry, McGill University Health Centre.  Launched in October 1998 at the Montreal General Hospital, MusiArt is under the direction of Dr Marie-France Boudreault (psychologist) and music therapist Dany Bouchard.
Through the quality of their concerts, members of MusiArt attest to their creative talents and have gained public recognition.  Their work contributes to heighten awareness, unmask misconceptions and demystify issues surrounding mental illness.  In their quest to meet new challenges, MusiArt continues its artistic progression and is currently preparing its second album of original songs.

Hosted by the Mental Health Community Festival of Hope Committee
Please help us welcome Le Groupe MusiArt to Halifax

For more information phone (902) 455-6983 or e-mail

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Dad & Me Literacy Program

The Fairview Family Resource Centre Presents Dad & Me Drop-in Program. The Dad & Me program is a literacy based parent/child interaction program. This program is for dads, stepdads, granddads, or uncles only and their children between the ages of 0 to 6 years. There will be a healthy snack and drink available, an art activity, sensory stations, a circle time with songs and stories. This is a great opportunity to meet other dads, stepdads, uncles, grandfathers and their children. The program will be six Saturdays from 10:00am to 12:00pm.

Where? St Andrews Community Centre, 6955 Bayers Road

Session #1 October 16 Session #2 November 13,

Session #3 December 18 Session #4 January 15

Session #5 February 19 Session #6 March 12

Call 443-9569 for more information

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Eldecare: A Community Responsibility - Panel Discussion

We are experiencing an aging society. With this comes a unique challenge but also unique opportunities. Amongst the challenges is how to address the increasing rate of dementia. In 2008, there were 103,700 new cases of dementia in Canada. By 2038, it is estimated that there will be 257,800 new cases. But aging is not just about dealing with dementia. We need to also think about how we can age in a positive way. We can meet these challenges in innovative ways. These challenges will take all of us stepping up… getting involved. This is your opportunity to discuss the challenges and innovations of aging with an expert panel and thoughtful, concerned citizens like you.


Dr. Ken Rockwood - Geriatric Medicine, Capital Health.

Dr. Kerri-Leigh Cassidy - Geriatric Psychiatry, Capital Health

Irene Swindells – Melville Heights

Benjie Nycum – Architect


Dr. Stan Kutcher.
WHEN: September 21, 2010, at 7:00 pm.

WHERE: St. Theresa’s Church Hall, 6351 North Street, Halifax

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

First Annual Halifax Peninsula Bicycle Screenline Count - Volunteers Needed!

HRM is conducting a "screenline count" to get a better picture of how many people are cycling on the peninsula and they're looking for volunteers to help them out.

The time commitment is no more than 5 hours: 3-6 pm on Monday, September 20th and 7-9am on Tuesday, September 21st.

Contact Hanita Koblents at or 490-8474 if you want to volunteer or have any questions.


-A sample count of all the cyclists passing through a ‘screenline’ on the Halifax peninsula during peak travel times. Counters will be stationed at a number of points along the screenline throughout a single ‘typical’ work day.

-In addition to counting numbers of cyclists, we will also note cyclist behaviours (legal usage of road, traffic violations, traffic avoidance, helmet usage, etc.), gender, and age category.

-To develop a baseline and begin a program to monitor trends in travel (cycling) choices. By understanding if numbers of cyclists are increasing or decreasing, we may be able to gauge the relative success of municipal efforts aimed at improving cycling infrastructure. HRM already collects this data for bicycle trips onto and off-of the peninsula, but is seeking additional data for activity within the peninsula.

-At 16 intersections along Quinpool and Cogswell Streets, a corridor which bisects the peninsula with largely residential uses to the north, and large employment centres to the south (downtown Halifax, hospitals, universities).

-A half hour training session for volunteers will be held on Monday September 20th, 3pm (meet at the bleachers of the ball diamond at the north east corner of Robie and Cogswell, on the Halifax North Common).

-The counts will take place immediately after training on Monday September 20, 2010 from 4 - 6pm and again on Tuesday September 21 from 7 - 9 am, weather permitting.

-Results of the count will be published on September 22, 2010 - World Car Free Day, and during the TAC Conference September 24 - 29 to be held in Halifax this year.

-In the event of rain or bad weather the count will be called off by noon on Monday September 20th, and rain dates of Thursday September 23 (3pm training, 4-6pm count) and Friday September 24 (7-9am count)

-16 volunteers to count bicycles, and one runner.

-Volunteers need to be available for the training session as well as for both count days, or “buddied-up” in am/pm pairs, and also need to be available on the rain date.

Contact Hanita Koblents at or 490-8474 if you want to volunteer or have any questions

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Self Help Connection - Peer Support Group

Do you suffer from depression?

We welcome all perspectives and offer:
› Confidentiality
› Listening and Sharing
› Understanding
› Not Judging

Some topics we discuss include:
› Coping with Depression
› Managing Stress
› Relaxation
› Medications
› Wellness

We meet every Tuesday (Weather Permitting) from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. (except Holidays).
Bayers Road Centre, Bayers Mental Health
7071 Bayers Road,
Halifax, NS

(Old Zellers Mall, between the doors of FabricVille and Lawton’s Drug Store, take the door between the two, go down the stairs, turn right and we meet in the Serenity Room to the left of the Reception Desk.
Free parking, wheelchair access either on Desmond Street (back door) or thru the main mall doors.

For more information contact:
Roy Muise – 404-7800
The Self-Help Connection – 466-2011

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Healthy Minds Series

Healthy Minds Series
Presented by
Cole Harbour Library and
Cole Harbour / Eastern HRM Mental Health Services

These education sessions are open to anyone interested
and will be held
Wednesdays from 6:30 – 8:30 pm
at Cole Harbour Library

Session Topic
September 29, 2010
Adult ADHD: Symptoms, challenges and management strategies for adults living with ADHD.

October 13, 2010
Supporting Families of LGBT Youth
Presented by The Youth Project, an organization that focuses on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity for youth.

Cancellations: In the case of inclement weather and/or if schools have been cancelled, the session will be cancelled. For further information, please call 434-6177.

Friday, August 27, 2010

World Suicide Prevention Day

The 2010 Halifax Walk for World Suicide Prevention Day will be taking place on Sunday, September 12th at 1:30 pm (sharp!). Suicide prevention is everybody's business, so please take a step toward addressing suicide in our communities in Nova Scotia!

The Walk will begin at 1:30 pm (sharp!) at Victoria Park, corner of South Park St. & Spring Garden Rd. (across from the Public Gardens) and will proceed down Spring Garden Rd., turn left onto Barrington St., ending at City Hall in Grand Parade, with info booths, refreshments and a guest speaker.

If you belong to a community group that is involved with mental health issues, suicide prevention or have had a booth at the Walk in previous years and wish to have a booth at the 2010 Walk, please email with 'Walk Booth' in the subject line of the email and you will be contacted with further information. There is no cost involved in having a booth (although donations to the Halifax Walk are accepted) but there is limited space.

If you require further information, please contact Laurel Walker, Coordinator, Halifax Walk for WSPD at (902) 830-4986.

This is a rain or shine event and is family friendly!

The 2010 Halifax Walk can be found on Facebook by searching '2010 Halifax Walk for World Suicide Prevention Day' or by email at


Diversity Week

Join Capital Health’s first ever Diversity Week (September 13 to 17). Learn more about the link between diversity and health, find out about the work Capital Health is doing to honour diversity, and celebrate the rich diversity of our communities.

Our schedule of activities is below. Some details are yet to be announced, so please stay tuned for more information. Some of the sessions will also be offered via Telehealth – locations are being confirmed and we will provide this information as soon as it is available.
Monday, Sept. 13

Opening Ceremonies

Details to follow

Exploring Links Between Racism and Health

Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard

• Noon to 1:30 p.m.

• 1613 A and B Veterans’ Memorial Building and via Telehealth at Bayers Road Mental Health and the Trifacilities

Karima Bushra

Interpretation Services

• 1 to 2:30 p.m.

• Halifax Infirmary, Room 1243

Aging with Disability and Health

• 7 to 8 p.m.

• Royal Bank Theatre, Halifax Infirmary

Tuesday 14

Internationally Trained Physicians

Suha Masalmeh

• Noon to 1 p.m.

• 1613A Veterans’ Memorial Building

Aboriginal Health Project

• Noon to 1 p.m.

• VG Auditorium

Poverty and Health: A Panel Discussion

• 7 to 8 p.m.

• Royal Bank Theatre, Halifax Infirmary (tentative pending community location)

African Nova Scotian Health Concerns

• 7 to 8 p.m.

• North End Library, Halifax

Wednesday 15

Cultural Competence Education Session

9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Room 3215 Cobequid

Contact Sherida Flemming at 473-2313 to register.

What’s Happening with Diversity at Capital Health?

Jeanne Rokosh and Mohamed Yaffa

• Noon to 1 p.m.

• VG auditorium

Transgender Health

Staci Montgomery

• Noon to 1 p.m.

• Dartmouth General Cafeteria

Our Youth and Health

• 7 to 8 p.m.

• Location to be confirmed

Thursday 16

New Guide for New Arrivals in Nova Scotia

Resau Santé

Paul D’Entremont

• Noon to 1 p.m.

• 1613 Veterans’ Memorial Building

Nova Scotia's Cultural Competence Guidelines-Moving Us Closer to Health Equity

Sharon Davis-Murdoch

• Noon to 1 p.m.

• VG auditorium

Karima Bushra

Interpretation Services

• 2 to 3:30 p.m.

• Halifax Infirmary,

Room 1243

Aboriginal Health

• 7 to 8 p.m.

• Micmac Friendship Centre

Friday 17
Closing Ceremonies Details to follow

For more information and an updated schedule, check out the Capital Health website at

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Census Issue

The Halifax Community Health Board feels strongly about the importance of the long form census. Below is the text of a letter sent to the Minister of Industry, Tony Clement.

August 16, 2010

Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry

Office of the Honourable Tony Clement
C.D. Howe Building
235 Queen Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H5

Dear Minister Clement,

We are writing to you on behalf of the Halifax Community Health Board, one of seven volunteer community health boards (CHBs) in the Capital District Health Authority (CDHA) in Nova Scotia. We believe that the decision to make the long form census document voluntary is a drastic change that will negatively affect the work that our Board does, along with all of the great work accomplished by our many community partners. Degrading the quality of the data available for the public good will make it more difficult for us and many other organizations working to improve the health of Canadians to identify the needs of our citizens, especially those who are marginalized and vulnerable.

Our health board acts as the eyes, ears, and voice for the health of the citizens of our area, and we work to foster community engagement in health. We work with CDHA to identify barriers to good health and wellness, and to find creative solutions for transforming our health for the future. To complete this very important work, strong data and research are incredibly important. In 2009/2010, the CHBs completed a Community Health Plan that identified eight key priority areas for improving the health of our citizens. We based our plan on a survey conducted using a modified version of the Canadian Community Health Survey used by Statistics Canada. But beyond this, we used dozens of other data sources and research. However, without strong data from Statistics Canada, our work would not have been possible.

We worry that a lack of solid, robust, and reliable data will not allow community members, organizations, businesses, and government to create the most effective programs, services, policies and legislation possible. This will directly affect the health of all of our citizens, and we strongly urge you to continue the status quo of a mandatory long form census.


Kyle DeYoung Andrea Hilchie-Pye

Co-Chair, HCHB Co-Chair, HCHB

CC Michael Ignatieff
CC Stephen Harper
CC Megan Leslie
CC Jack Layton
CC Gilles Duceppe
CC Elizabeth May
CC Geoff Regan
CC The Coast/The Chronicle Herald

Friday, August 13, 2010

IAP2 Training in Halifax this fall!

Dear Colleagues:

On behalf of Capital Health, I am pleased to invite you to participate in our International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Certificate Program.

At Capital Health we believe meaningful dialogue and strong relationships between us and our patients, staff, clients, community and stakeholders is fundamental to building client and patient-centred care. We strongly support citizen and stakeholder engagement. We believe that citizen and stakeholder engagement is a prerequisite for achieving excellence in health care. Being connected to the people we serve in a meaningful way will ensure that our programs are timely, effective and financially sustainable.

As part of this commitment to citizen and stakeholder engagement Capital Health is hosting an IAP2 Certificate Program to further build skills and capacity within Capital Health and our community. We believe that capacity for our partners, stakeholders and contractors to engage with us and with their stakeholders is also very important. That is why we are extending this invitation for you to join us during this three-part training in Halifax: Planning 16-17 September, Techniques 25-26 October and Communication 27 October. I have attached the course flyer and registration form for your information and consideration, and look forward to the possibility of you joining us for this event.

Please note that you could qualify for a maximum 10% discount off the publicly-listed course price list. If you would like to register or need further information about this training, or about the IAP2 Certificate Program, please contact our instructor, Richard Delaney:


The CREATIVE START OPEN STUDIO PROGRAM is a ten - week - long visual arts open studio program developed specifically for youth who have experienced mental health issues or are presently experiencing a mental illness, between the ages of 17 and 21.

Through the CREATIVE START OPEN STUDIO PROGRAM participants will decide what kinds of art materials and processes they want to explore such as drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed - media, graphic story - telling, zines, and more. Participants will be provided with one - on - one support from a Community Arts Educator. There is no cost for this program, and all art supplies are provided. At the end of the program we will celebrate the artworks created by the program participants, through an exhibition open to the public at the Pedway Picture Gallery. Program participants may also be eligible to become a member of the Creative Spirit East Artist Collective and exhibit their art works through Veith Street Gallery Studio Association’s exhibition venues, Veith Street Gallery and the Pedway Picture Gallery.
Please Note: There is a limit of ten participants for this program.

Dates: Friday, September 17th, 24th, October 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th (Other dates to be announced)

Times: 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Location: Alderney Library, Starr Room, Dartmouth

For more information about the

Contact Gerard McNeil at
456 – 0861 or

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Community Mental Health Support Groups

Check out the array of open groups being offered by Capital Health's Community Mental Health at the Bayers Road Clinic. No Pre-registration required. Please register when you attend each session. For more information, please call 454-1441

Anger Control Workshops

Where: McInnis Room (165)

When: Last Monday of each month (except Dec. 27th)

Beginning August 30th, 2010

1:00-4:30 pm (max. 16-18)

Auricular Acupuncture

Where: Serenity Room (105)

When: Monday & Wednesday 11:00-12:00pm

Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm

Friday 9:00-10:00am

CFQ Healing

Where: SerenityRoom (105)

When: Tuesday 12:30-1:30pm

Depression Peer Support

Where: Serenity Room (105)

When: Tuesday 7:00-9:00pm

Contact: Roy Muise (404-7800)


Where: Bayers Road Centre, Room TBA

When: Wednesday 12:15 – 1:15pm

Recovery Group

Where: Serenity Room (105)

When: Wednesday 1:30 – 2:30

Stress Management

Where: Bayers Road Centre, Room TBA

When: 1st Wednesday of each month


Walking Group

Where: Serenity Room (105)

When: Monday 1:00-2:30pm

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

What's your space? - Halifax Central Library Youth Event

SET THE ATMOSPHERE! Tell us what you want to see in the new central library.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 24
             3:30-5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Citadel Hill
              The Garrison Room

We'll meet inside the park gates in the Parade Square. (no charge to get in) Youth ages 12-18 are invited.

To find out more, or to let us know you’re coming — connect on facebook at the What’s Your Space? Halifax Central Library Youth Event page or email

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Encouraging Friendships

Having good social relationships -- friends, marriage or children -- may be every bit as important to a healthy lifespan as quitting smoking, losing weight or taking certain medications, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday.
People with strong social relationships were 50 percent less likely to die early than people without such support, the team at Brigham Young University in Utah found.
They suggest that policymakers look at ways to help people maintain social relationships as a way of keeping the population healthy.

"A lack of social relationships was equivalent to smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day," psychologist Julianne Holt-Lunstad, who led the study, said in a telephone interview.

Her team conducted a meta-analysis of studies that examine social relationships and their effects on health. They looked at 148 studies that covered more than 308,000 people for their analysis, published in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS Medicine .

Having low levels of social interaction was equivalent to being an alcoholic, was more harmful than not exercising and was twice as harmful as obesity.

Social relationships had a bigger impact on premature death than getting an adult vaccine to prevent pneumonia , than taking drugs for high blood pressure and far more important than exposure to air pollution , they found.

"I certainly don't want to downplay these other risk factors because of course they are very important," Holt-Lunstad said. "We need to start taking social relationships just as seriously."

Government policies to encourage social relationships will not necessarily be easy, Holt-Lundstad said. "Air pollution and the clean air act -- that is simple policy," she said.

But she has some ideas -- such as making it easier for friends or relatives to take part in medical care, and city planning that encourages interaction.

The different studies measured social interaction in different ways, so the researchers said it was impossible to precisely define positive social interaction.

It equally difficult to study systematically, as it is impossible to randomly assign people to have friends or not have friends. But Holt-Lundstad said there is some evidence that assigning caretakers does not help improve people's health.

"Naturally occurring relationships may be different than support received from someone who is hired for that purpose," she said.

Her team found some troubling evidence that Americans are becoming more isolated, and thus losing the support and care that love and friendship provide.

"For instance, trends reveal reduced intergenerational living, greater social mobility, delayed marriage, dual-career families, increased single-residence households, and increased age-related disabilities," they wrote.

"More specifically, over the last two decades there has been a three-fold increase in the number of Americans who report having no confidant," they added.
"Such findings suggest that despite increases in technology and globalization that would presumably foster social connections, people are becoming increasingly more socially isolated."
Read more:

Job Posting for Club Friday Faciliator

Position Title: Facilitator – Club Friday

Hours: 4 Hours/Week

Under the direction of the Navigator, the Peer Support Worker is responsible to meet all criteria, and carry to completion any duties that she/he is charged with:

Duties and Responsibilities:

• Reports to and meets on regular basis with the Healthy Minds Cooperative staff aligned with Club Friday;
• Is responsible for the planning, preparation, leading, and facilitating of planned Club Friday activities;
• Coordinates and develops weekly schedule with ongoing input from Club Friday members and Healthy Minds Cooperative staff;
• Accompanies Club Friday members on community outings;
• Acts as a role model and provides support to all members participating in Club Friday activities;
• Maintains the Club Friday attendance list;
• Demonstrates effective communication skills and good judgment in interactions with Club Friday members;
• Handles cash for purchases for Club Friday and reconciles receipts and funds associated with role.

• Open to mental health consumers or individuals who have lived experience with mental illness.
• First Aid and/or CPR certification is an asset.
• Membership in the Healthy Minds Cooperative would also be an asset.

Please send resume by August 9, 2010, to:
Healthy Minds Cooperative
c/o The Selection Committee
7071 Bayers Road, Suite 112
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3L 2C2

Myra Donnelly-Gay
Executive Director
Healthy Minds Cooperative
The Village at Bayers Road
7071 Bayers Road, Suite 112
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3L 2C2
Phone: (902) 404-3504
Fax: (902) 404-3584

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Canada World Youth

In September 2010 Halifax will become host to 18 Canada World Youth volunteers from Indonesia and across Canada. Take part in this exciting program and help create the experience of a lifetime for two young volunteers.
WHAT: Be part of this global experience by being a Host Family
WHO: 2 Canada World Youth volunteers – 1 from Canada, 1 from Indonesia

WHEN: September 27 – December 17, 2010

WHY: Experience your community through new eyes, introduce your children to a different world perspective, make new friends, exchange new ideas and gain new insights, become part of the 'global village', make a differences in the lives and education of 2 young people while having the TIME OF YOUR LIFE!!

HOW: Contact Jackie Dowling at 902.237.9659 or

We invite all types of households—retirees, singles, single parents, same sex, and nuclear families—to share their daily activities with Canada World Youth volunteers. You won’t have to alter your lifestyle in any way: one goal of the program is to integrate participants into everyday family life. Host families receive a monthly allowance of $720. One bedroom and even one bed is all that is required.

About Canada World Youth

Founded in 1971 by the late Jacques Hébert (1923-2007), Canada World Youth (CWY) is a world leader in developing international education programs for young people aged 17 to 29. A non-profit organization, CWY is dedicated to enriching the lives of young people that have a desire to become informed and active global citizens. CWY programs are designed to help youth experience the world for themselves, learn about other cultures and diverse Canadian communities while developing leadership and communication skills. Mainly focused on health and environment, the education experience instills a long lasting sense of global social responsibility. Since 1971, close to 33,000 people from across Canada and around the world have participated in CWY programs in 67 countries.

For more information contact:

Jackie Dowling


Monday, July 26, 2010

Construction Employability Training Project

The Continuing Care Network Society along with the Labour and Workforce Skill and Development Branch, The Carpentry and Millwright College and the Capital District Navigator Program is currently seeking referrals for the 3 Trades Construction Employability Training Project. This is a 30 week program designed to train participants in the field of construction. The program will contain an intensive life skills component, 16 weeks with the Carpentry and Millwright College to construct a physical structure from the ground up at the Continuing Care and Network Society as well as a four week work experience placement.

The program will commence on Aug 16th with applicant interviews being held from July 26th to August 13th. Criteria for applicants for this program is as follows: Social Assistance recipients, Immigrants, People with Disabilities, Older Workers, Youth, Aboriginal people, African Nova Scotians, New entrants and re-entrants, unemployed individuals previously self employed, Acadian and francophone Nova Scotians, Women and Low- Skilled employed. Participants will receive $150 per month for a training allowance. During the program participants will have an opportunity to meet with potential employers in the construction field to discuss future employment opportunities.

If you have any further questions contact Tommy Boutilier at:

P: 444-3522

C: 579-9412

Monday, July 19, 2010

Coffee and Conversation about Breastfeeding Support in Our Comunity

We need your help to decide how to enhance breastfeeding support for families in our community.

Capital Health, Public Health Services and Halifax and Chebucto West Community Health Boards invite you to join in this conversation.

Date: Wednesday July 28th

Time: 9:30am – 11:30am

Place: Joseph Howe Drive Superstore Community Room

RSVP's are required. Please contact Tracy Manuge at 481-5868 or

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Capital Health and the IWK celebrate Pride Week

Capital Health and the IWK celebrate Pride Week

Capital Health and the IWK Health Centre believe that embracing diversity will lead us to healthier, happier communities. This year we celebrate and shine a light on the connection between freedom and health. Join your co-workers, friends and family by taking in these festive and free events sponsored by prideHealth.

Loud Proud and Talented
The Company House, 2202 Gottingen Street
Saturday July 17th, 8 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
19 years and Older please

Members and allies of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) communities will be showing off their talent and pride at the first annual "Loud Proud and Talented" Showcase. The event will be hosted by the Fabulous Contessa, and acts include: comedy, music and spoken word. For more information, please contact Scott Bosse at or 473- 8477.

Pride Parade

Saturday July 24 at noon - Cornwallis and Upper Water Street

Join us at the Pride Parade on July 24 and visit our booth on the Garrison Grounds following the parade. All members and allies of GLBTI communities are welcome to join Kathy MacNeil, Chris Power and Anne McGuire to celebrate diversity in our organizations! The parade is the highlight of Pride Week in Halifax, and is the fourth largest pride parade in Canada, drawing tens of thousands of people. Don't sit on the curb this year, feel free to join us and get a free t-shirt. For more information contact Jane Allen at or 473-5135.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

An invitation to discuss iterim plans for the QEH property

Media Advisory
For immediate release July 7, 2010

An invitation to discuss interim plans for the QEH property
Capital Health would like to invite our community to talk about how we can best use the land that’s currently the site of Queen Elizabeth High School between the demolition of the structure and the time the site is put to a permanent use.

The space at the intersection of Bell Road and Robie Street won’t become a parking lot. We think it could become an urban farm. But we’d like to have input from our neighbours and community partners.

A safety fence will go up around the property this week ahead of the start of demolition.

The property was acquired by the province from Halifax Regional Municipality in a land swap and has been promised to Capital Health for future hospital expansion. During the demolition, it remains under the administration of the provincial Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

That work is expected to be complete by the spring of 2011. Any new hospital construction is likely a few years in the future. In the interim period, our intention is to use the space in a way that is financially sustainable, environmentally sensitive and for the good of our community.

We’re excited by the thought of making it a space to grow healthy food and demonstrate gardening skills right in the urban core. We’ll be looking to connect with others to discuss whether that’s a desirable use, how it might be viable and what alternatives exist.

Please watch for opportunities to discuss this issue in the coming months or get in touch with us at and indicate your interest in the future use of the QEH property.
Media Enquiries:
Capital Health. Marketing & Communications. Pager: (902) 458-5376
Capital Health comprises: the Capital District Mental Health Program; Centre for Clinical Research; Cobequid Community Health Centre; Community Health; Dartmouth General Hospital; Addiction Prevention and Treatment Services; East Coast Forensic Hospital; Hants Community Hospital; Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital; Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital; The Nova Scotia Hospital; Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital; Public Health Services; Twin Oaks Memorial Hospital; Nova Scotia Environmental Health Centre; and the QEII Health Sciences Centre.

The Capital Health District also encompasses seven volunteer Community Health Boards that advise Capital Health through the development of community health plans and encourage public participation in health planning. For more information, visit the Capital Health website:

Monday, July 5, 2010

Shape the spaces & places of your Halifax Central Library

Thank you for your continued interest in the Halifax Central Library project! Please join us for the 2nd of 5 meetings in the design process.

Shape the space & places of your Halifax central library

WHEN: Thursday, July 8, 7-9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)

WHERE: Dalhousie University Student Union Building, McInnes Room, 6136
University Avenue, Halifax
WHAT: Collaborative conversation: How is the library of the future
organized, inside & out?

BIG IDEAS and photos for your feedback • Sketches by architects

Tea & coffee - Musical entertainment - Displays
Library staff will entertain children with stories, games and fun activities. Healthy snacks provided. Ages 3+

If you can’t attend the meeting, WATCH LIVE and engage online!
For more information:

- Visit for a complete schedule of upcoming public meetings.

- Share your thoughts or join the mailing list by contacting:

- Follow us on Twitter ( and join our Facebook page (

- Call (902) 490-5744

Please extend this invitation to your colleagues, clients, friends and family. A diverse audience is very important to collect meaningful feedback. We look forward to seeing you on the 8th! Attached is a poster with details about the July 8th meeting. If you have the opportunity, we would greatly appreciate if you could print it and post it somewhere visible to help spread the word.

Many thanks!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Creating Bridges: Multiculturalism and Diversity

Creating Bridges: Multiculturalism and Diversity
in the 21st Century

Créer des ponts: Les Cultures Multiples et la Diversité au 21e Siècle

October 13 - 15, 2010
Best Western Chocolate Lake Hotel
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

The Multicultural Association of Nova Scotia (MANS) is hosting Creating Bridges:
Multiculturalism and Diversity in the 21st Century (Créer des Ponts: Les Cultures
Multiples et La Diversité au 21e Siècle) in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the
Best Western Chocolate Lake Hotel from October 13 - 15, 2010.

Creating Bridges addresses the themes of multiculturalism and diversity within a
range of communities and against the backdrop of the 21st century. How can we
create the bridges that close the distance between us? What tools do we need,
and how can we ensure that our journey is a safe one?


Dr. Ayman Al-Yassini, Executive Director, Canadian Race Relations Foundation;

Dr. Leslie Oliver, President of the Black Cultural Society of Nova Scotia;

Honourable Percy Paris, Minister, Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage

** Registration Now Open! **

Registration details (including student rates) and forms can be downloaded from Early-bird registration closes in June. All
registrations must be received by 25 August 2010.

Stop Smoking Services

Getting Started Sessions

June - September 2010
A Getting Started session supports you in making choices about your use
of tobacco products and provide you with more information about Capital Health’s free Stop Smoking Services.

Tues. June 29, 2010
Hants Community Hospital
89 Payzant Drive, Windsor
Conference Room A
3-4 p.m.

Tues. June 29, 2010
Cobequid Community Health
Room: 3215
40 Freer Lane, Sackville
7-8 p.m.

Tues., June 29, 2010
Twin Oaks Memorial Hospital
7702 Hwy 7
Musquodoboit Harbour, NS
7-8 p.m.


Wed., July 7, 2010
Metropolitan Place
99 Wyse Road, Suite 1070 Dartmouth
Meeting Room A
Noon – 1 p.m.

Wed. July 14, 2010
QEII Halifax Infirmary Site
1796 Summer Street, Halifax
Royal Bank Theatre
7-8 p.m.

Mon., July 19, 2010
Moffatt’s Pharmacy
184 Portland Street, Dartmouth
Upstairs Boardroom
6-7 p.m.

Tues. July 20, 2010
Victoria General Hospital
Dickson Building
5780 University Ave
Room 5110
Noon – 1 p.m.

July Cont.

Wed., July 21, 2010
*One Day Stop Smoking Workshop*
Metropolitan Place
99 Wyse Road, Dartmouth
Meeting Room B
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Tues., Aug 3, 2010
Twin Oaks Memorial Hospital
7702 Hwy 7
Musquodoboit Harbour,
NS Boardroom
7-8 p.m.

Wed., Aug 11, 2010
*One Day Stop Smoking Workshop*
Metropolitan Place
99 Wyse Road, Dartmouth
Meeting Room A
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Wed. Aug. 25, 2010
Victoria General Hospital
Dickson Building
5780 University Ave
Room 5110
Noon – 1 p.m.

Tues. Aug. 31, 2010
Avon Emporium
Highway 215
Summerville, Hants Co
6-7 p.m.


Wed., Sept. 1, 2010
339 Herring Cove Road, Suite 211
Spryfield, NS
5:30-6:30 p.m.

Mon., Sept. 13, 2010
Moffatt’s Pharmacy
184 Portland Street, Dartmouth
6-7 p.m.
September Cont.

Tues. Sept. 7, 2010
Duffus Medical Centre
7071 Bayers Road, Suite 208
Group Room
Halifax, NS
7-8 p.m.

Tues., Sept. 7, 2010
Twin Oaks Memorial Hospital
7702 Hwy 7
Musquodoboit Harbour, NS
7-8 p.m.

Tues. Sept. 14, 2010
QEII Halifax Infirmary Site
1796 Summer Street, Halifax
Royal Bank Theatre
Noon – 1 p.m.

Thurs., Sept. 21, 2010
Cobequid Comm. Health Centre Room 3217
40 Freer Lane, Lower Sackville
Noon – 1 p.m.

Wed., Sept. 29, 2010
Metropolitan Place
99 Wyse Road, Dartmouth
Meeting Room A
Noon – 1 p.m.
There is no need to register. Just arrive at a Getting Started Session.
All Capital Health Stop Smoking Services are free of charge.

Bring a friend!
To learn more, please call


Monday, June 14, 2010

Book Launch

Fernwood Publishing
invites you to a Book Launch for

Race and Well-being

The Lives, Hopes and Activism of African Canadians
by Carl James, David Este, Wanda Thomas Bernard,
Akua Benjamin, Bethan Lloyd & Tana Turner
on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 7:00 pm
at Halifax North Memorial Public Library,
2285 Gottingen Street, Halifax

All welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

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Atlantic Path

Giving Back

• Opportunity to participate in Atlantic Path – The Atlantic Path is the largest cancer research project ever undertaken in Atlantic Canada. The project collects lifestyle information, biological samples and physical measurements from men and women aged 35 to 69 who volunteer to take part. On June 26, the Atlantic Path assessment centre at the West End Mall will close. There’s still an opportunity for you to participate – register online at or call 1-877-285-7284.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Capital Health Research Community Conversations

Capital Health Research Community Conversations

What does health research mean to you? A lot…a little….or nothing at all? Capital Health wants to know. We're working on a plan to improve understanding of research as part of health care. Citizens are invited to be part of this conversation. No health research is required.

Monday June 7 - 6:30 to 8:00 pm - Sackville

Wednesday June 9 - 3:00 to 4:30 pm - Windsor

Thursday June 10 - 10:00 to 11:30 am - Cole Harbour

Registration is required. Please call 473-7310.

A Public Knit-In

A Public Knit-In

Date: Mon., May 31
Time: 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: The Foggy Goggle, 1667 Argyle Street, Halifax
Why: To promote the first of five public consultation meetings for the new Central Library

How does the Knit-In work?

We provide the yarn-but you can also bring your own.
Please bring your own needles (there will be a few pairs at the event if you don’t own any).
You and your friends help us knit the squares that will be wrapped around some trees at the site of the new library (corner of Spring Garden and Queen).
The knitted pieces will be installed by a team representing library a few days after the Knit-In. The pieces will have a note attached with a thought-provoking question and details on the public meeting.
If you can’t make it to the Knit-In event, you can drop off 10 x 10 inch knitted cotton squares to any branch library by June 1. Please label them: Attention: Ryan Deschamps at the Alderney Gate Library.

This event is for people of all knitting skill-levels. If you don’t know how to knit, you are welcome to attend and learn as you go.

Help us animate a public space to engage people’s imaginations, spark ideas and act as an invitation to participate in the first of five public consultation meetings about the design of the new Halifax Central Library. The first meeting will take place on June 10 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:15) at the Dalhousie Student Union Building. Meet the architects and engage in discussions about how the central library will transform our lives and our city.

Link to the Facebook event:
Follow us on Twitter @hfxpublib or join the Central Library mailing list by writing to:

How will my central library transform our lives, our city?

How will my central library transform our lives, our city?

Join us in a public conversation with the architects about your Halifax Central Library

1st of 5 public gatherings
Thursday June 10 at 7-9 PM at the Dalhousie Student Union Building 6136 University Ave
Tea & coffee - entertainment - ideas 490-5744
find us on facebook / twitter (hfxpublib)

McNabs Island Beach Cleanup

McNabs Island Beach Cleanup

Sunday June 6 (rain date- June 13)

Time: 10 am – 4:30 pm

Join the Friends of McNabs Island Society in celebrating our 20th Anniversary by helping out with the annual Environment Week cleanup of McNabs Island.

Location: Meet at Murphy’s on the Water, Cable Wharf, Halifax Waterfront before 10 a.m. Space on the boat is limited to 190 people and available on First Come, First Served basis.

Bring work gloves, drinking water, a lunch and ENTHUSIASM. We will supply the garbage bags and FREE transportation to the island for volunteers willing to clean up the beaches.

Groups of more than ten persons should pre-register with the Friends of McNabs Island by calling Cathy at 434-2254 (evenings) or Carolyn (477-0187) or by e-mailing Visit for more details.

Since 1991, volunteers have collected nearly 9,000 bags of garbage and recyclables from the beaches of McNabs and Lawlor Islands Provincial Park.

Friday, April 30, 2010

National Child and Youth Mental Health Day - May 7, 2010

Join Our Community Celebration!

An opportunity for youth, families and staff to participate in a community mental health and addictions awareness event. Participants will have the opportunity to attend information sessions, speak to our knowledgeable staff and representatives from our community partners as well as participate in discussion panels. The purpose of this event is to educate and create awareness about mental illness and addictions so that we may reduce the stigma associated with these illnesses.

Mental health challenges affect 20% of Canadian Children and Youth... that is over 2 million children and adolescents in Canada. Mental health problems can happen to any young person regardless of age or circumstance.

To register please contact Nicole Fraughton (470-3907) or

For more information on this event and events in other provinces, check the national website at:

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Research Study

Are you 25 years old or less, and have you ever taken an antipsychotic?
Do you have a child between the ages of 11 and 25 who has taken an antipsychotic?

If yes, you may be eligible to participate in a research study looking at how antipsychotic medicaitons are used for children, adolescents, and young adults in Nova Scotia.
This study involves participating once in a 2-hour focus group or a 1- hour personal interview (which can be by telephone or in person) with a researcher.

We would like to hear of your opinions and experiences with antipsychotic medications.

For more information please contact Meredith Whitney 902-473-2982 or via e-mail at

Public Call for Board Members

Stepping Stone is seeking energetic and passionate individuals from a diverse variety of backgrounds to work on a common goal: the safety, health and well being of former and current sex workers.

We are a user-directed not for profit organization that provides supportive programming and services to former and current sex workers throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality.

We embrace the philosophy that all individuals have the right to self determination; that sex trade workers are entitled to the basic right to safety and access to services regardless of their occupation; and that sex trade workers are entitled to social and economic alternatives to the sex trade.

Stepping Stone offers a range of services and programs including street outreach, drop in centre, crisis counseling, peer support, harm reduction workshops, recreational and educational programs, advocacy, court support and the in house visits of health practitioners.

Board Members bring a diversity of talent, experience, and skills to the table. The active involvement and participation of Board Directors is a vital and necessary component of the Association. In addition to committee work, Board Members commit to attending monthly meetings, held monthly. The monthly commitment for a Board Member can vary, but on an average is between 5-8 hours a month.

Interested persons should submit for consideration a cover letter, describing why they would like to join our team and a copy of their resume.

Applications must be submitted by May 17, 2010 to:

The Stepping Stone Association

Attn: Nominating Committee

c/o Rene Ross, Executive Director


Phone: (902) 404.3931

Friday, April 23, 2010

Celebrate Mental Health Week

Treat yourself to an evening of Music and the Arts for Mental Health in celebration of Mental Health Week 2010.

ECMA Award Winner David Myles joins Loose Garage, Chris Power and the Capital Health Choir, Ski Rock, Rap performer, Carmen and Matt MacKenzie, Anna Quon and Brad Kelln in an evening of Music and the Arts to celebrate Mental Health Week 2010.

Costas Halavrezos is our host for the evening!

The concert runs from 7-9, Friday, May 7, at the Paragon Theatre, named the #1 concert venue in Halifax by readers of The Coast.

Tickets are $10 and selling fast! Call Tricia Dauphinee at 464.4100 to reserve yours today.

Proceeds go to the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Essay Contest

Get Your Essay In! Deadline for the 2010 Student Scholarship Contest is May 28, 2010
In an effort to mitigate the potential harm of gambling for youth, the Nova Scotia Gaming Foundation invites graduating high school students to craft a 1200-word essay that explores the potential risks of Internet gambling for youth.

Essays are due Friday, May 28, 2010.

The top three essayists will receive scholarships towards their postsecondary education: $2,000.00 for 1st place, $1,000.00 for 2nd place, and $500.00 for 3rd place.

For more information, please visit
or contact Jen Wheatley, NSGF Communications and Events Coordinator at 902.424.2147 or

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Canada Games Centre


Board of Directors Recruitment - Volunteer Opportunity

The Halifax Regional Municipality is seeking enthusiastic volunteers, who
reflect the diversity of our changing population, and share an interest and
commitment to recreation and sport to serve on the Board of Directors for
the Canada Games Centre. This group of highly skilled and talented
individuals will oversee the management of the facility ensuring a blend of
community wellness, recreational programming, high performance sport
training and competition.

Get involved. Volunteer to be part of the management team of this
state-of-the-art facility!

For more information and an Application Form:

A Day of Mindfulness

Timothy Walker, Ph.D.

A Day of Mindfulness

Sunday May 2, 2010
9:00 to 4:00

At the Parker Reception Room IWK Hospital
Learn & Practice: Meditation, Deep Relaxation, Breath Awareness, Gentle Yoga & Chi Gong

To Register Call (902) 431-4097
or email

All are Welcome, Bring a Friend

For those who have participated in Mindfulness programs delivered in the Hospitals and Private Sector this will be a chance to review and deepen your practice. For those who are new to Mindfulness there will be ample instruction for beginners. The day will include:
Instruction in Mindfulness Meditation
Guided Mindful Body-Scan-Relaxation
Breath Practice to de-stress
Mindful Walking Meditation
Gentle Yoga (morning & afternoon)
Chi Gong (working with energy)
Loving Kindness Meditation for self and others

Your own lunch & water
A yoga matt if you have one (20 mats will be provided)
A pillow and light blanket (if you like)
Loose and comfortable clothing
Your curiosity and inquisitive mind

Mindfulness Cultivates Inner Resources for Healing and Transformation

Friday, April 9, 2010

The Decision Tree for Non-Profit Organizations

A new learning tool, an online decision tree, has just been launched by the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS). You can access it at

It will help non-profit groups who are facing the complex decision of whether to apply for charitable status. Walking the organization through a sequence of questions, the decision tree helps people understand Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requirements and determine whether charitable status would truly benefit their cause, whether they’d be able and willing to meet the regulatory obligations, and whether their application would stand a good chance of approval.

The To Be or Not to Be a Charity Decision Tree, which has been funded by the CRA, is available online or as a CD-ROM to groups across Canada in both official languages. We’re excited — and we hope you will help us spread the word about this innovative new resource through your networks by telling your clients, members or others who may be interested.

For more information on the decision tree, please see the attached press release or contact LISNS at 902-454-2198.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Spring Into Action Challenge

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

March 20th marked the first day of spring! That means it is time for the
Horizons’ Spring Into Action Challenge! There were over 400 participants in
2009, and we would love to see even more people get active and participate
this year!

This year we are looking forward to having more international friends and
colleagues join us for this Spring Into Action challenge! So join us on our
journey, get active and see what people in other parts of the country are
doing to stay fit!

Spring Into Action is an annual challenge that Horizons Community
Development Associates Inc. issues to our colleagues and friends/families.
This year it takes place from April 19th to May 30th. The purpose of the
campaign is for all of us to get physically active, and fit for summer!

Some teams have already registered and if you have emailed us a registration
form, but haven’t received a confirmation email, please do contact us at:

Challenge Details:

· Our challenge runs for six weeks, beginning Monday April 19th and ending
Sunday May 30th, 2010.

· The goal is for members of each team to accumulate at least 30 minutes of
physical activity a day for five days each week.

· 30 minutes of activity can be accumulated throughout a 24- hour period in
a minimum of 10-minute blocks of time.

· There is an opportunity for every team and individual to win a weekly
prize draw as long as they meet their 30 minutes per day for five days a

· The Individual Winner’s Grand Prize is $100 to be used toward anything the
winner would like, related to physical activity (e.g., new running shoes,
swim passes, family outings to the gym).

· All the participants who achieved the goal of 30 minutes a day for five
days each week, for the whole six weeks of the challenge will be entered
into a Grand Prize draw at the end of the Challenge!

· As a Team prize, Horizons Community Development Associates Inc. will make
a $150 donation (in the winning Team’s name) to a local sport/recreation
fund for kids, chosen by the Team with the greatest proportion of
participants who meet our weekly goal for the duration of the Challenge.

Activity Ideas:

Light Effort: Light walking, Gardening, Stretching, Frisbee, Housework

Moderate: Housework, Brisk walking, Yard Work, Swimming, Dancing, Golfing

Vigorous: Jogging, Soccer, Basketball, Fast Biking, Ultimate Frisbee

So get your household and/or co-workers together to make a team (because you
are going to be out and about more, we are suggesting a maximum of 10-15
people per team), grab your sneakers, get outside, enjoy the fresh air, have
fun, and of course… SPRING Into Action!

To register go to and download and complete the
registration form posted on our website. Then email them to Josephine at or fax: 1-902-864-5249.

Deadline for registrations is April 14th 2010.

Check us out on Facebook:

For more information please contact

Hope to hear from you soon!