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CAMH presents 10th Annual Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity Forum

March 27, 2013 – According to a recent study by CAMH, alcohol is now the third leading contributor to the global burden of disease and Canadians drink more than 50 per cent above the global average. To address these concerning trends, CAMH, in collaboration with Public Health Ontario, presents the 10th Annual Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity Forum on Tuesday April 2, 2013 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto. This year’s focus is: “Alcohol Policy in Communities across Ontario: Reflection, Evaluation and Integration.”

Alcohol use poses significant health risks including injury, various forms of cancer, liver damage and addiction. With topics ranging from a journalist’s view of alcohol policy to reducing alcohol related harm in university and college towns, this forum will focus on different approaches to address alcohol use in order to create stronger alcohol policy in Ontario.

Dr. Charles GardnerMedical Officer of Health at Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit,

Dr. Arlene King, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and Andrew Murie, Chief Executive Officer at MAAD Canada will participate in a panel discussion to examine how best to move towards the implementation of a provincial alcohol strategy.

Janet McAllister, Health Promotion and Prevention Lead at CAMH and Ashley Wettlaufer, Research Coordinator at CAMH will present the findings of a CAMH report focusing on evidence-based alcohol policies in Ontario.

Lisa Jacobs, Alcohol Prevention Coordinator at Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness and Matthew Rios, President of Acadia Student Union, will present findings from a report on reducing alcohol related harm on college campuses.

Kate Humphrys, Health Promotion Coordinator at Queens University, will discuss successful health promotion initiatives on college campuses.

Ann Dowsett Johnston, an award-winning author and journalist with expertise in alcohol policy issues will present her views on alcohol policy.

Orest Katolyk , Manager of Licensing and Municipal Law Enforcement at the City of London will discuss alcohol related by-laws passed by the City of London.

WHAT:            10th Annual Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity Forum, “Alcohol Policy across Ontario: Reflection, Evaluation and Integration”  

WHEN:            Tuesday April 2, 2013
                        9:15am – 4:15 pm

WHERE:           The Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
                        123 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON

About the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world's leading research centres in its field.  CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues. CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre. For more information, please visit

About Public Health Ontario

Public Health Ontario is a Crown corporation dedicated to protecting and promoting the health of all Ontarians and reducing inequities in health. Public Health Ontario links public health practitioners, front-line health workers and researchers to the best scientific intelligence and knowledge from around the world. For more information, please visit

Media contact: Michael Torres; (416) 595-6015;​​


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