Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Bioethics in the City - A Mini Ethics Symposium

This is the fourth installment of our Bioethics in the City series, an interactive event, which showcases local academics and researchers working in bioethics, who address ethical issues arising from the theory or practice of the life sciences.

The three Dalhousie researchers featured at this event, recently presented this work at the Feminist Approaches to Bioethics International Congress held at Rotterdam, Netherlands in June 2012. In addition to the three presentations, the researchers welcome your comments and questions.

Fran├žoise Baylis, Canada Research Chair in Bioethics & Philosophy – Ethically Sound Research Involving Pregnant Women

Kirstin Borgerson, Assistant Professor of Philosophy – Beyond Exclusion in Clinical Design Trial

Erin Fredericks, Interdisciplinary PhD Candidate – “What’s the Alternative? You Die?” Imagining Oneself in the Context of Breast Cancer Social Movements

2:00 to 3:30 pm Thursday August 30, 2012

Room 1130, Marion McCain Building, 6135 University Avenue, Dalhousie University

Monday, July 16, 2012

Help set a Guinness World Record to Raise Awareness of Hepatitis

Hepatitis Outreach Society of Nova Scotia invites the public to join them in setting a Guinness World record on Saturday, July 28th at the Halifax waterfront Helipad by Bishops Landing, 1475 Lower Water St. Come at 11:30 to enjoy entertainment, freebies and lots of fun. At noontime we will join the greatest number of people around the globe doing the “see no, hear no and speak no evil actions” to highlight the need to spread the word about hepatitis prevention and treatment. With less than one hour of your time you can help support worldwide efforts to reduce the impact of this serious illness.

“This is our chance to shine a spotlight on hepatitis, our opportunity to gain recognition for the disease on a global level. And what better way to do this than by setting a Guinness World RecordTM for hepatitis”? Charles Gore, President, World Hepatitis Alliance

Please contact the HepNS office at 902 420 1767 or for more information about this event. For a one page flyer:

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Switch Open Street Sundays

An initiative of the Planning and Design Centre’s Sustainable Transportation Task Force, Switch: Open Street Sundays is planned to be a weekly event that encourages people to enjoy their city by walking, biking, skating, dancing, and moving around their city safely and comfortably. Switch will offer the opportunity for everyone to get to many destinations on the Halifax peninsula in new and healthy way.

Switch is not about street closures – it is about opening streets to a greater variety of transportation modes and the route will remain permeable to vehicles. Switch is inspired by Ciclovia, which translates to “bike way” or “bike path”; millions of people in cities around the world now participate every Sunday and holiday on thousands of kilometres of city streets. The long-term effects of Ciclovia are safer cities where people can travel with ease, and a new vision of public space. Switch could be a transformative, ongoing event without infrastructure costs; Switch makes use of the existing network of streets and bicycle routes.

Switch reduces vehicle use, which means less traffic congestion, less wear on existing infrastructure, and improved air quality. All of these things improve the quality of life for all Haligonians. Switch also creates new economic opportunities for existing businesses and temporary vendors by regularly increasing pedestrian traffic and enabling new sales in new places. Neighborhoods and communities benefit from the attention and inclusion in the Switch network.

The inaugural Switch event is scheduled to take place Sunday, September 9, 2012 from 9am – 2pm.

To find out more about the Planning & Design Centre:

To find out more about Switch, including the route map and how to get involved, please visit:

Telephone: 902.494.3678

The Switch Working Group meets the first Wednesday of every month. Everyone is welcome. Please stay tuned to the Facebook page for the location of the next meeting!