Monday, January 24, 2011

Planning begins for Common Roots Urban Farm

An urban farm will sprout this spring on the site of the former Queen Elizabeth High School.

Partners for Care of Capital Health and Dalhousie University’s Cities and Environment Unit hosted a public meeting and open house late last year and heard strong support to use the land at the corner of Bell Road and Robie Street as a space to grow healthy food and demonstrate gardening skills.

“We were extremely pleased to see a diverse group of people and organizations in our community respond with such energy and commitment to the idea of developing an urban farm on the QEH property,” said Roma Dingwell, project manager with Partners for Care. “This land presents a true opportunity to promote good health, education and community involvement on Common land in the city centre.”

The roughly 2.5 acres of land will transfer to Capital Health once demolition of the school is complete. At some point in the future it will be used for hospital expansion.

To move the urban farm project from an idea to reality, the Cities and Environment Unit is again collaborating to host a series of planning meetings.

The first session on Program Development, focusing on what will be produced and how, will be held Wednesday, Jan. 26 from 5:30-8 p.m. in the Citadel/Cunard Room, Hotel Atlantica, 1980 Robie St.

The second session on Farm Operations and Governance, will be held Thursday, Feb. 3 from 5:30-8 p.m. in the Citadel/Cunard Room, Hotel Atlantica, 1980 Robie St.

Dates and locations for sessions on Food Distribution and Design Development will be announced in the future.

All are invited. Those unable to attend the planning sessions can provide any input to or through our social media channels or

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Join us for the supperNOVA multi-cultural potluck on February 5th!

supperNOVA is coming up soon!
Please join us for a multi-cultural potluck to warmly welcome newcomers to Canada! Everybody is welcome!

Date: Saturday, February 5th, 2011
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:30p.m.
Location: St. Andrew’s Recreation Centre
6955 Bayers Road Halifax

Entertainment will include:

- Concrete Roots – a local youth hip hop group

- Marty Franklin – a celebrated Jazz/Swing/Latin musician, originally from the UK

Please bring MICROWAVE-SAFE food to share with others! NO FROZEN OR CANNED FOOD.
For more information or to find out about, storm cancellation, call 406-8613.

**Upcoming Events with Addiction Prevention and Treatment Services**

**Upcoming Events with Addiction Prevention and Treatment Services**

**Behaviour Change 101 Coffee House
Tues., Feb. 15, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Hugh Bell Lecture Hall, Hugh Bell Centre, The Nova Scotia Hospital, 300 Pleasant Street, Dartmouth
with Dr. T. Michael Vallis of the Behaviour Change Institute
Join Dr. Vallis as we explore behaviour change interventions and their role in supporting lifestyle changes. Discover the positive outcomes these interventions can have for the individuals you work with in healthcare settings and the community.

Refreshments provided! R.S.V.P. by Feb. 9 to:

**The Halifax Happiness Project Coffee House
Thurs., Feb. 24, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Hugh Bell Lecture Hall, Hugh Bell Centre, The Nova Scotia Hospital, 300 Pleasant Street, Dartmouth
with Andrew Starzomski, PhD, R.Psych.(N.S.)
Join Andrew to explore Positive Psychology, a powerful new branch of psychological research and applied practices connected to the study of happiness and well-being. Researchers have been finding that enhancing happiness and quality of life has pay-offs that are wide-ranging and tie in to many valued physical and mental health domains.

Refreshments provided! R.S.V.P. by Feb. 21 to:

February is Psychology Month! This event is co-sponsored by the Psychology Council of Capital Health’s Mental Health Program
Rachel Boehm
Senior Communications Advisor
Addiction Prevention and Treatment Services, Capital Health
Rm. 188, The Nova Scotia Hospital, Purdy Building
300 Pleasant Street
902-424-8083 / Cell: 902-219-4707

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Monday, January 17, 2011

More Than A Few Good Men

More Than a Few Good Men: Manhood and Violence Against Women
Dalhousie University, Marion McCain Building, Scotiabank Auditorium

7:00 pm, Wednesday, February 16 (no cost, no registration required)

In this multi-media presentation Dr. Jackson Katz inspires men and women to confront one of the most serious and persistent problems facing college students: violence against women.

More Than a Few Good Men is not the typical lecture about men behaving badly.
Sponsored by Metro Interagency Committee on Family Violence

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Health Care in Canada: A Time To Rebuild Medicare

Join in a conversation with MacLeans Magazine and some of Canada's leading health care professionals to discuss health issues that affect us all.

Date: January 25, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm
Place: Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie University

Tickets are complimentary and RSVP's are required. Thank You.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

We're looking for volunteers!

Halifax Community Health Board is seeking volunteer board members interested in creating a healthier community. We serve residents of Fairview, North End Halifax, Downtown, Northwest Arm, South End Halifax, and Connaught/Quinpool.

We want our Board to reflect our community, so diversity, gender balance and the age of our members is important to us. If you are interested in a healthier Halifax, we want to hear from you!

For more information please contact Susan Dunn at 487-0592 or email
Deadline for applications is Monday, January 31, 2011.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Nova Scotia Gaming Foundation Community Project Funding

Every year, the NSGF provides funding to community organizations, agencies, and groups to support projects aimed at reducing gambling harm in communities throughout Nova Scotia.

Two levels of Community Project funding is available to qualified applicants who propose time-limited and/or self-sustaining projects in problem gambling prevention, treatment, education, research and remedial intervention:

Community Project I: funding up to $10,000 for projects that occur over a one year period

Community Project II: funding up to $60,000 for projects that occur over a one to three year period


To be eligible for 2011/2012 Community Project I & II funding, applicants must submit a written Statement of Intent to the NSGF by February 25, 2011.

Statements of Intent are typically one-page and include the following details:
• Name of applicant
• Name of the organization
• Amount of funding requested
• Brief description of the proposed project

Final Applications are due May 13, 2011.

For more information, including community project ideas and complete eligibility requirements, please click here or visit

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

States of Mind 2011-A Film Series on the Ethics of Mental Health

Precious: January 17, 2011
Helen: January 24, 2011
Temple Grandin: January 31, 2011
Lars and the Real Girl: February 2, 2011

These four films have been chosen to highlight specific mental health issues. Film screenings will be followed by a panel discussion on the ethical issues inspired by the film. The panel will be composed of clinicians, researchers, ethicists and patient representatives from the community. Audience participation is necessary and encouraged for a valuable exchange of ideas.

Film screenings begin at 7:00 pm and take place at Theatre B, Tupper Link - Dalhousie University, 5948 University Avenue, Halifax.

Presented by Novel Tech Ethics

Make Breastfeeding Your Business

You are invited to attend the Make Breastfeeding Your Business Workshop to be held on January 20, 2010 (1-4pm) at the Captain William Spry Community Centre in Spryfield. This workshop is organized and sponsored by your local Breastfeeding Community of Practice.

This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn more about women's experiences of breastfeeding in public, to become familiar with the Make Breastfeeding You Business tool kit and to explore how we can work together to support more local businesses and organizations to become breastfeeding friendly.

Space is limited. Please RSVP by email to or phone (902) 481-5886