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November 16, 2007
Media Advisory - Dr. Sheela Basrur to receive honorary award; Public Health conference opens on Monday
Dr. Sheela Basrur, former Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health and Toronto Medical Officer of Health, will be honoured at the annual conference of the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) in Toronto on Tuesday, November 20 at noon

This year’s OPHA conference, which runs from November 18 - 21, is co-hosted by Toronto Public Health on the theme “Public Health: Who’s at Risk? What’s at Stake?” and features an outstanding program of keynote speakers and panels, including:

- Monday, Nov. 19 at 9 a.m.: Giller Prize-winning author Vincent Lam as the opening keynote speaker
- Monday, Nov. 19 at 1 p.m.: A panel on Aboriginal health, “Aboriginal Approaches to Public Health Challenges”
- Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 9 a.m.: Angela Robertson, Executive Director of Sistering: A Woman’s Place - a Toronto multi-service agency for marginalized, poor and homeless women
- Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 1 p.m.: Michele Simon, author of the highly-acclaimed “Appetite for Profit: How the Food Industry Undermines our Health and How to Fight Back”
- Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 3:45 p.m.: A panel on health system reform, “Public Health: Working with a Health System under Reform”
- Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 9 a.m.: A panel of and about youth, “Youth in Action: Frontline Case Stories”
- Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 11:15 a.m.: Dr. Vincent Covello, risk-communications expert and author of a World Health Organization handbook on communicating during emergencies

Media are invited to attend these sessions, which are all being held at the Marriott Eaton Centre. Mayor David Miller will welcome approximately 500 delegates from across Ontario at the opening session on Monday, November 19 at 8:45 a.m.

The full conference program is available at

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

For media registration or inquires:

Susan Sperling, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-7974, 416-896-7867 (cell),



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