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Conference Board of Canada Health Summit 2014: Aging, Chronic Disease and Wellness, Day 2

  • Date: Friday, October 24, 2014
  • Time: All Day
  • Location: Toronto Marriott, Downtown Eaton Centre
  • Address: 525 Bay St, Toronto, ON (Google Maps)
  • Contact: Conference Board of Canada

Aging and chronic care needs will be defining issues in the evolution of health care.

Previous Health Summits have assessed the sustainability of our health care system. The 12 inconvenient truths and five key priorities for change identified previously have helped to identify the issues, and the actions required to fix health care.

The 2014 Summit, our 3rd in Toronto, will focus on two interrelated issues that represent the most complex challenges to system sustainability and that will affect the health of all Canadians, now and in the future:

  1. The system is misaligned with an aging population
  2. The current delivery model is ill-equipped to address chronic care and prevention

How can we apply the five priorities for change to aging and chronic care issues?

The experts will examine the issues of elder and chronic care under the five priorities for change identified in 2012

  1. Fix the gateway to the health care system. Primary care is the first contact point with the health care system. The consensus was that interdisciplinary family care teams should be the standard model for primary care, and should be expanded and strengthened in all provinces and territories.

  2. Invest in and use technology more intensively in the health care system, particularly information technology. More intensive and standardized use of information technology would allow patient information to be collected and shared seamlessly, making treatment much more efficient and boosting health care system productivity.

  3. Change health professional compensation. The compensation model for physicians and other health professionals should be linked to patient outcomes, not activities like treatment or consultation, within a clear accountability structure.

  4. Build an appropriate support system to care for the elderly. Few older Canadians want to be hospitalized for chronic conditions. They want to be cared for and healed in their homes and the communities where they live.

  5. Improve the state of Canadians' overall health and wellness. A healthier population would slow the growth in chronic diseases and health care demand, so Canada needs a "wellness system" as well as a health care system. Employers have an important role in supporting the wellness of employees and their families.

The compelling case for change.

The Conference Board's recent briefing, the first in a series, Future Care for Canadian Seniors-Why It Matters, identified a pressing need for change. It found that the burden of home care currently rests largely with individuals.

In 2007 close to 1.3 million Canadians provided over 1.5 billion hours of home support and community care, more than 10 times the number of paid hours provided by formal home care services. In the same year, absenteeism and turnover related to unpaid care was estimated to cost Canadian businesses over $1.28 billion.

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) report, Seniors and the Health Care System: What Is the Impact of Multiple Chronic Conditions?, provides a snapshot of the health of older Canadians living outside of institutions and being treated in primary health care settings.

74 per cent of seniors 65 and older and 48 per cent of adults 45 to 64 reported having one or more of 11 chronic conditions, and 24 per cent of seniors reported having three or more chronic conditions.

The top conditions included:

high blood pressure-47 per cent of seniors and 23 per cent of older adults

arthritis-27 per cent of seniors and 17 per cent of older adults

heart disease-19 per cent of seniors and 4 per cent of older adults

diabetes-17 per cent of seniors and 8 per cent of older adults

Furthermore, researchers with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Institute of Aging report that Alzheimer's disease and other related dementias affect about 8 per cent of seniors 65 and over, increasing to a third or more for those 85 and over.

Priorities for ACTION.

The first step must be to define the problem and make credible, evidence-based projections about future need. This is the purpose of the Conference Board's ongoing series on Future Care for Seniors. Building on this knowledge, the Summit will examine issues such as:

  • shifting to chronic disease management
  • mental health for seniors
  • rethinking compensation and system incentives
  • encouraging active living at every age
  • the workplace and supporting wellness-employers need to step up
  • focusing on prevention
  • improving screening for chronic diseases
  • changes needed in primary care to address an aging population
  • accommodating caregivers in the workplace
  • the looming crisis in care for dementia patients
  • robotics' potential role in senior and home care
  • tackling loneliness-the silent killer
  • patient-centred care

Benefit from the insights of the Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care.

Once again, the Summit will feature the latest research from CASHC and other relevant research areas at the Conference Board. These include the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management, the Council on Healthy Aging, the Centre of Advancement of Health Innovations, and the Council of Workplace Health and Wellness.

CASHC has already produced the primer, The Who, What, Where of Care for Canadian Seniors, and this Summit will offer a preview of the results of upcoming studies, such as Base Case Forecast of Demand and Supply of Care for Canada's Aging Population and a detailed EKOS survey on Canadian's views, needs, spending, and expectations for seniors care. Leading researchers will also draw on a series of projects related to private and public partnerships in health care.

Learn from a broad range of experts and the latest research.

Canada's health system leaders will gather at this Summit to discuss the latest research, hear from top Canadian and international experts, and explore practical solutions to complex challenges in seniors and chronic care.

The Conference Board consistently convenes a broad range of stakeholders, including medical and health professionals, administrators, professional associations, health services providers, pharmaceutical companies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), governments, suppliers, and patient groups for these events.

This diversity helps develop innovative solutions, and creates the energy and insightful dialogue that sets our Summits apart.


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Birding Mac Forest: Late Migrants

  • Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014
  • Time: 1:00pm until 3:00pm
  • Location: McMaster Conservation Corridor
  • Address: 1085 Lower Lion's Club Road, Ancaster, ON (Google Maps)
  • Contact: Rob Porter
  • Email: rgeraldporter@icloud.com

Join local birder Rob Porter on a guided birding hike of McMaster Conservation Corridor, aka "Mac Forest", which is host to a tallgrass prairie restoration project over the next few years and a Smithsonian Forest Plot.

Expected sightings include winter woodpecker and sparrow species, kinglets, some migrant hawks, and perhaps a few late warblers. You can also check the latest observations at this location at the URL: http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L2093687

Meet at Lower Lion's Club road, just off of Wilson Street (bottom of Ancaster Hill). Park on the extra-wide north shoulder two lots in. Contact Rob at rgeraldporter@icloud.com for more details.

Event hosted by the Hamilton Naturalists Club. All are welcomed.


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Be Sure to Vote in the Hamilton Municipal Election

  • Date: Monday, October 27, 2014
  • Time: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Location: Various

Municipal Election Day is Monday, October 27, 2014 between 10am and 8pm.

Visit the City election website for more information, including the lists of candidates for Mayor, Council, and School Board Trustees and the rules for voter eligibility.

There is a form to find out where to vote based on your address.

You can also find out whether you are on the voters' list.

Raise the Hammer also has an election page with contact information for all the mayoral and council candidates and their responses to a set of policy questions.


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Under the Trees: Hike & Creative Writing Workshop

  • Date: Monday, October 27, 2014
  • Time: 5-7 pm
  • Location: Meet at east end of Dundurn Castle parking lot
  • Phone: 905-524-3339

Join authors, John Terpstra and Ariel Gordon on an urban forest hike and creative writing workshop. Dress for the weather and bring a pen and notebook.


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Hammer Bluesfest

  • Date: Saturday, November 01, 2014
  • Time: 2:00 PM to Midnight
  • Location: Columbus Club of Hamilton
  • Address: 222 Queenston Road (Google Maps)
  • Contact: Craig Logue
  • Email: clogue@southpawcreative.ca
  • Phone: 905-515-3737

The Hamilton Blues Society will launch a brand new festival on Saturday, November 1, 2014. Marked as Hamilton’s “true blues” festival, the one-day event will be held from 2:00 pm to Midnight at the Columbus Club of Hamilton (222 Queenston Road), celebrating blues music in its purest form.

Holding true to the southern roots of blues music, the festival will also feature the delectable tastes of hot Southern Smoke, and cold Mill Street beer, in addition to the performances by some of the best blues musicians in Canada.

Local audiences will recognize many of the performers, including Hamilton’s own The Vaudevillian, who will be performing at 3:30 pm, as well as members of the Blues Society’s Hammer Blues Band with special guests, who will start the festival. Later in the evening, the Hammer Bluesfest will feature a series of co-headliners of Canada’s top blues talent, including Brant Parker and Jack de Keyzer. Vancouver’s Harpdog Brown will close out the night.

Tickets for the Hammer Bluesfest are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and are available at Dr. Disc, Picks & Sticks, and online through the Hammer Bluesfest website. Tickets are valid through the entire day.

The Hamilton Blues Society is a not-for-profit organization that celebrated its first anniversary in 2014. Our purpose is to promote and document the performance and enjoyment of blues music in the Hamilton area, to forge new relationships and build good will in the arts.


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Remembrance: Voices from World War I

  • Date: Saturday, November 08, 2014
  • Time: 7.30pm
  • Location: Melrose United Church
  • Address: 86 Homewood Ave (Google Maps)
  • Contact: Bach Elgar Choir
  • Email: bachelgar@gmail.com
  • Phone: 9055275995

The Bach Elgar Choir is honouring the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War with a unique event. As well as music from the period, including works by Elgar and Reger and specially arranged World War I songs, the concert will include readings by Shaw Festival star Lorne Kennedy from the McMaster University collection of soldiers' letters and diaries.

This 55 voice community choir has been performing in Hamilton since 1905. The concert is being sponsored by McMaster University and supported by the Hamilton Spectator.


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Up in Smoke: Skullduggery in Our Own Backyard, by Ross Pennie

  • Date: Saturday, November 08, 2014
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Location: MUMC (McMaster hospital), Ewart Angus Centre, Rm. 1A1
  • Address: 1200 Main St W, Hamilton, ON L8N 3Z5 (Google Maps)
  • Contact: secretary, Hamilton Association
  • Email: secretary@haalsa.org
  • Phone: 905-527-0080

Medical mystery writer, Dr. Ross Pennie, shares the real story behind his recent murder mystery that features his medical sleuth, Dr. Zol Szabo, smoking out the local trade in cheap tobacco. Q & A to follow. HSR accessible. Please check website for parking advice.


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Hamilton Remembrance Day Garrison Parade and Service

  • Date: Sunday, November 09, 2014
  • Time: 10:15 AM; Service - 10:45 AM
  • Location: Liuna Station
  • Address: 360 James Street North (Google Maps)
  • Contact: City of Hamilton
  • Email: specialevents@hamilton.ca
  • Phone: 905-546-2666

DATE: Sunday, November 9, 2014

PARADE: Begins at 10:15 am at the John Foote V.C. Armouries

SERVICE LOCATION: Liuna Station, 360 James Street North

TIME: Parade – 10:15 am, Service – 10:45 am

PARKING: Admission is free. Parking is free and can be accessed off of John Street North.

DETAILS: A parade of Hamilton and area Veterans, Hamilton Garrison Units and Cadet Corps will leave the John Foote V.C. Armouries on James Street North at 10:15am. The Parade will proceed north on James Street, east on to Barton Street East, north on Hughson Street North, east on Murray Street to Liuna Station for a Memorial Service at 10:45am.


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Hamilton Remembrance Day Service

  • Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2014
  • Time: 10:45 AM
  • Location: City Hall
  • Address: 71 Main Street West (Google Maps)
  • Contact: City of Hamilton
  • Email: specialevents@hamilton.ca
  • Phone: 905-546-2666

DATE: Tuesday, November 11, 2014

LOCATION: City Hall Forecourt, 71 Main Street West in downtown Hamilton

TIME: 10:45 am – 11:30 am

ADMISSION: Admission is free. Paid parking is available at surface lots around City Hall as well as in the Hamilton Convention Centre garage, 1 Summers Lane

DETAILS: Please join us for this special day of remembrance at City Hall where we will be honouring and remembering our veterans, and all who served Canada during war, armed conflict and peace.


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Startup Weekend Maker's Edition

  • Date: Friday, November 21, 2014
  • Time: 6:30pm
  • Location: Mohawk College
  • Address: 135 Fennel Avenue West (Google Maps)

The first ever Maker Edition of Startup Weekend Hamilton is happening on November 21st-23rd at Mohawk College. Startup Weekend events are 54-hour weekend long events during which groups of makers, hackers, students, developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more pitch ideas for new startup companies, form teams around those ideas, and work to develop a working prototype, demo, or presentation by Sunday evening where a panel of judges will select a wining team.

While Hamilton has hosted four previous Startup Weekend events since 2011, this will be our first ever Maker’s Edition that is focused on creating physical products. Imagine designing and creating 3D printed products, Arduino based micro-controllers, wearables, robots and the endless hardware startup possibilities. Hamilton is a city with a legacy in manufacturing great physical products – it’s time to bring the ambition back with a 21st century spin!

The winners of the event will receive a prize package courtesy of Mohawk College, the details of which will be announced soon. Those who place first will also have the opportunity to compete in the Global Startup Battle for up to $500,000 in prizes, gain international exposure, and showcase the best of the Hamilton startup scene. The Global Startup Battle was previously won by McMaster students Matt Gardner and Jason Moore as part of Groupnotes (now co-founders of Videostream which has 575k users). We want to see another Hamilton team take home the top prize!

Join us on November 21st – 23rd for the first ever Startup Weekend Hamilton Maker’s Edition!


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Open Data Jam

  • Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014
  • Time: 9:00am - evening
  • Location: McMaster Innovation Park
  • Address: 175 Longwood Road South (Google Maps)

Open Data Jam 2014

ODJAM2014 is a 3-day event bringing together government, developers and citizens to collaborate and accelerate Open Data efforts in Hamilton.

Governments and organizations have become some of our largest data collectors and the resource is often resting in silos untouched. Open Data is taking this valuable resource and giving it to people who can unlock its value --- resulting in new economies, job creation and increased efficiencies in public services.

Friday, November 21, 2014 (1:00-5:00pm)

Learn how other cities are changing culture within government to release more datasets

See how developers are using the data to improve government services

Hear about Open Datasets currently available in Hamilton

Familiarize yourself with tools to interpret Open Data

Open Hamilton Jam Time! Pitches, building solutions, workshops...

Starts: Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 9:00am

Ends: Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 4:00pm

Together with McMaster Innovation Park, Innovation Factory, The City of Hamilton, and Microsoft, Open Hamilton is calling all developers, designers and problem-solvers to Open Data Jam 2014!! A chance to work with civic-minded developers to create compelling applications using Hamilton's Open Data. Hear about local success stories! Have a chance in determining how the City of Hamilton creates open-data sets, and help prioritize the next sets of open data. Collaborate with other developers, and city officials to create applications that make a difference in our daily lives!

Be a part of the Open Data/Open Government movement in Hamilton. Help make collaboration and co-operation a key cog in the economic growth of Hamiltonians.


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Holiday Bazaar

  • Date: Sunday, November 23, 2014
  • Time: Noon - 7 p.m.
  • Location: Hamilton Sheraton Center
  • Address: 116 King Street East, 2nd FLR. (Google Maps)
  • Contact: Louise
  • Email: eventobepr@gmail.com
  • Phone: 289-698-2644

Lady Boss Holiday Bazaar Date: Sunday November 23, 2014 Time: Noon - 7:00 p.m. Location: Sheraton Hamilton Hotel, 116 King Street East, 2nd Floor

FREE ADMISSION with a canned food donation for The Hamilton Dream Center

Free Family portraits with Santa Claus. RSVP @ eventobepr@gmail.com or call 289-698-2644

You've got your list(s) We've got your gift(s)

Come shop at Lady Boss Holiday Bazaar where you will find quality unique gifts at inexpensive prices. Your ONE stop shop for ALL your HOLIDAY needs. Holiday shopping with ease

Tell a friend, Share/Tweet/Pinterest/Instagram bring a friend

About Lady Boss: A community initiative that provides the opportunity for women and men to network together, to empower and support each other. Visit our face book page to see what we have been up too. FB: LadyBossThursdays


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Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

  • Date: Sunday, November 30, 2014
  • Time: Train is expected to arrive between 7pm and 9pm
  • Location: Gage Park @ Lawrence Rd
  • Address: 1 Lawrence Rd (Google Maps)
  • Contact: City of Hamilton
  • Email: specialevents@hamilton.ca
  • Phone: 905-546-2666

Date: Sunday, November 30, 2014

Location: Gage Park at Lawrence Rd

Time: The Holiday Train schedule will be announced mid-to-late October. The train is expected in Hamilton between 7pm and 9pm. Please check back for train arrival time closer to the event date.

The CP Holiday Train is making a stop in Hamilton offering free concerts and seasonal festivities from a boxcar turned into a travelling stage. The entertainers on this year’s Holiday Train have not yet been announced, but previous trains have included the talents of musicians such as Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLachlan, Melanie Doane, and Doc Walker.

The concert is free, but attendees are encouraged to make a cash or non-perishable food donation to Hamilton Food Share which will be on site at the event.


For more information on the CP Holiday Train please visit the CP Rail website: http://www.cpr.ca/en/in-your-community/holiday-train

Or phone the City at 905-546-2666


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Christmas Tree of Hope Tree Lighting Ceremony

  • Date: Friday, December 05, 2014
  • Time: 5pm to 8:30pm, tree will be lit at 6pm
  • Location: Gore Park
  • Address: King St. & James St. (Google Maps)
  • Contact: City of Hamilton
  • Email: specialevents@hamilton.ca
  • Phone: 905-546-2666

What better way to celebrate the holiday spirit than with the lighting of the CHML Christmas Tree of Hope? This festive event, much enjoyed by Hamiltonians young and old is presented in partnership with the Downtown BIA and AM 900 CHML and will bring together people from all parts of our community for the lighting of the tree, a free musical performance, amusement rides, and general holiday cheer. Unwrapped toys and donations welcome for the CHML/Y108 Children’s Fund Toy Drive.


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Free Public Talk: Labrador with a View Camera, by Arnold Zageris

  • Date: Saturday, December 06, 2014
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Location: MUMC (McMaster hospital), Ewart Angus Centre, Rm. 1A1
  • Address: 1200 Main St W, Hamilton, ON L8N 3Z5 (Google Maps)
  • Contact: secretary, Hamilton Association
  • Email: secretary@haalsa.org
  • Phone: 905-527-0080

The 15th Dr. John Rae Memorial Lecture. Photographer Arnold Zageris has explored large sections of the Canadian north, producing remarkable large format photographs outdoors with a traditional 19th-century-style camera. He shows and describes his experiences and presents his recent book, On the Labrador. Q & A to follow. HSR accessible. See website for parking options.


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Child ID Program

  • Date: Saturday, December 06, 2014
  • Time: 8:30 - 10:30
  • Location: Scottish Rite Hamilton
  • Address: 4 Queen Street South, Hamilton ON, L8P 3R3 (Google Maps)
  • Contact: Dave Michal
  • Email: davemichal@hotmail.com

Temple Lodge No. 324 is offering the MasoniChIP program this December 6th at the Breakfast with Santa located at the Scottish Rite. The MasoniChIP program uses modern, police-approved techniques to create a child identification kit for the ones you love. This information is matched to work seamlessly with Ontario's law enforcement providers. By being so compatible, the critical indentifying information can be broadcast and shared more quickly than ever before to assist with the safe recovery of missing children.

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Free Public Talk: The Cybernetic Orchestra-- Live Coding for Music and More

  • Date: Saturday, January 10, 2015
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Location: MUMC (McMaster hospital) Ewart Angus Centre, Rm. 1A1
  • Address: 1200 Main St W, Hamilton, ON L8N 3Z5 (Google Maps)
  • Contact: secretary, Hamilton Association
  • Email: secretary@haalsa.org
  • Phone: 905-527-0080

Dr. David Ogborn, McMaster professor in Communication Studies & Multimedia demonstrates 'live' computer coding that creates music in real-time and talks about the future possibilities. He is director of McMaster's Cybernetic Orchestra, which has been performing since 2010. Q & A to follow. HSR accessible. See HAALSA website for parking options.


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Hamilton RV Expo

  • Date: Friday, January 23, 2015
  • Time: 12
  • Location: The Careport Centre
  • Address: 270 Longwood Road S (Google Maps)
  • Contact: Shannon O'Callaghan
  • Email: socallaghan@continuumevents.ca
  • Phone: 1-905-527-7469x. 314

Hamilton RV Expo The Largest RV Show in Southwestern Ontario!

Located at the best venue in Hamilton! 3 Days to shop for your RV!

January 23 – 25, 2015 Careport Centre

Visit: www.ontariorvshows.com for discount admission tickets! Only $12!


Free Parking!

Show Hours:

Friday 12-7 Saturday 10-7 Sunday 10-5

The Hamilton RV Expo is the premier recreation vehicle show in Southwestern Ontario, setting the standards to which others strive to achieve. From all types of RVs to destination ideas and camping equipment, the Hamilton RV Expo has it all. Come get inspired, get informed, be entertained and most importantly be ready to shop!


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Hamilton RV Expo

When: January 23-25,2015

Where: Careport Centre, 270 Longwood Road South, Hamilton, Ontario

Show Times:

Friday 12-7 Saturday 10-7 Sunday 10-5

The Hamilton RV Expo will feature recreation vehicles of all types with more motor homes for 2015! Join us and shop for your new RV, find camping destinations, attend our RV seminars and have all of your RV questions answered from A to Z! Admission only $12 on-line! Visit our website for more details! www.ontariorvshows.com


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2015 Hamilton Winterfest

  • Date: Saturday, February 07, 2015
  • Time: 12pm to 8pm
  • Location: Pier 8 (kick off event)
  • Address: 47 Discovery Drive (Google Maps)
  • Contact: City of Hamilton
  • Email: specialevents@hamilton.ca
  • Phone: 905-546-2666

Date: February 7-16, 2015;
Kick Off Event: Saturday February 7, noon-8pm

Hamiltonians of all ages are invited to celebrate the launch of Hamilton Winterfest at a Kick-Off event at Pier 8 (47 Discovery Drive) on Sat. Feb. 7 from 12:00pm to 8:00 p.m. Visitors will enjoy live music and DJs while they skate, as well as great performances, outdoor art installations, warming food and drinks, and interactive activities. All activities are free (except skate rental fees), and refreshments are for sale.

The City of Hamilton’s Tourism and Culture Division presents the Kick-Off each year to shine a light on the exceptional selection of Winterfest events taking place in neighbourhoods across the city from February 7-16, 2015. Events are presented by neighbourhood groups, recreation centres, arts and cultural organizations, and small businesses across the city. Now in its 37th year, the Winterfest program continues to draw people out of their homes during a time of hibernation and celebrates the beauty of the winter season.

For details on the program and Kick Off event, visit www.hamiltonwinterfest.ca.


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