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March 7, 2000
Cancer Coalition Meets to Develop Action Plan
Over 160 participants from 45 organizations working to reduce the incidence of
cancer in the Greater Toronto Area are meeting today and tomorrow for the
symposium From Policy to Action: Charting a Course for the Toronto Cancer
Prevention Coalition.

Representatives from the Toronto Cancer Prevention Coalition are gathering to
develop an action plan for cancer prevention. The plan will be derived from the
information presented in seven research reports. The Coalition's membership
includes cancer education, research and support organizations, public health,
environmental groups, health and safety leaders, citizens, and politicians.

Dr. Colin D'Cunha, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Ken Shumak,
President and Chief Executive Officer of Cancer Care Ontario, and Dr. Leslie
Levin, Cancer Services, Ministry of Health will present opening remarks.

Registrants include Marilyn Churley (MPP), Ruth Grier (StopCancer Ontario),
Jim MacLean (Assistant Deputy Minister, Environmental Sciences and Standards
Division, Ministry of the Environment), and Bruno Rea (Senior Policy Advisor,
Ministry of Labour).

The public is invited to view cancer prevention displays from over 30
organizations in the Rotunda, Metro Hall on March 7 and 8.

Date: March 7 and 8, 2000
Place: Metro Hall, The City Room, 55 John Street, Toronto
Time: 8:45 a.m. March 7, 9:00 a.m. March 8

Event Schedule

Location: Metro Hall, The City Room

Tuesday, March 7, 2000

8:45 a.m. Opening Remarks (Dr. D'Cunha and Dr. Shumak)
9:30 a.m. Physical Inactivity Report
10:15 a.m. Break (Rotunda)
10:30 a.m. Dietary Risk Factors Report
11:15 a.m. Alcohol Report
12:00 p.m. Lunch (Rotunda)
1:00 p.m. Environmental Carcinogens Report
1:45 p.m. UV Radiation Report
2:30 p.m. Break (Rotunda)
2:45 p.m. Early Detection/Screening Report
3:30 p.m. Tobacco Report
4:15 p.m. Common Ground - Emerging Trends
5:00 p.m. Reception (light refreshments) in the Rotunda

Wednesday, March 8, 2000

9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks (Dr. Leslie Levin)
9:30 a.m. Mapping & Mobilization
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Coalition Visioning
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Towards Our Vision
2:45 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Building an Effective Cancer Prevention Coalition
4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks


  • The culmination of a two-year process bringing together citizens, community groups and organizations to work on cancer prevention across the Greater Toronto Area.

  • Over 130 members representing 45 organizations across the GTA.

  • Membership includes cancer education, research and support organizations, public health, environmental groups, health and safety leaders, health professionals, academics, citizens, and politicians.

  • In 1998, the Coalition received its initial mandate: To build a coalition that would combine a range of cancer prevention issues and points of view into a comprehensive, integrated cancer prevention agenda.

  • Participants approved working groups based on the risk factors for cancer identified in the 1995 Report of the Ontario Task Force on the Primary Prevention of Cancer.

  • Eight working groups were formed, each dealing with a particular cancer risk factor: tobacco, alcohol, dietary risk factors, ultraviolet radiation, occupational carcinogens, environmental carcinogens, physical inactivity, and the screening and early detection of women's cancers.

  • On March 7, 2000 seven reports will be presented, with the occupational and environmental working groups combining their research and recommendations.

  • On March 8, 2000 the Coalition will frame the recommendations into an Action Plan for Cancer Prevention.

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