Archive for October, 2012



What is a 10 year anniversary if not serenaded by the renown songwriter of Cirque du Soleil, René Dupéré & be charmed by the mesmerizing voice of Alegria, Francesca Gagnon? Come, be moved…

Yes, still living without borders, M.F. is B.A.C.C. – Brave & Anti Colorectal Cancer. So to all the warriors, survivors & supporters – Thank you ! And please keep helping the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada raise more awareness about this treatable disease.

Give. Buy a t-shirts and/or pictures of East Asia & 50% of the profits will go to the C.C.A.C. –

When – Thursday, November 8, 2012 / Entrance fee: $20 per person
Where – Galerie Avenue Art: 731, de la Commune West street, Montreal
Exposition – 14h – 21h / Cocktail & performance: 17h – 21h

Thank you for confirming your presence –

Colorectal cancer screening: Get gutsy, get talking, get tested

This year in Quebec, an estimated 6,200 men and women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer (CRC), and 2,450 will die from CRC. Given that the incidence and mortality rates of CRC in Quebec are among the highest in the world, the best opportunity to reduce the burden of this disease is through screening.

Researchers are working to provide answers about CRC screening.

How effective is screening? What options are available for CRC screening? What factors are associated with getting screened? What parts of the colonoscopy experience do people consider important? How long should I wait for screening before getting worried?

Come join the discussion with 3 scientific and medical experts in the field. Learn about CRC, provincial CRC screening programs, and the most current research findings in CRC screening. This is your chance to ask questions and get the most up-to-date information. Don’t miss it!

Hosted by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre in collaboration with CIHR.

Jen’s Booty Banter: Dancing in the Sheets

I feel vindicated.  Study after study is proving what I have been saying. Exercise lowers the risk of colon cancer. It is estimated that 13-14 percent of colon cancer cases may be attributable to physical inactivity alone.  

Apparently, a whole bunch of medical research has gone into this (including in some 52 studies according to New York Times best-selling author Dr. Joel Furhman read more about his findings on the CCCA web site Furhman explains that these studies saw a 21 per cent risk decrease in men and 24 per cent in those individuals who engage in regular physical activity. Increase intensity, lower the risk. So there you have it. Get your booty moving.  Shake it. I know, I sound like a broken record.
Walk, run or now that winter is upon us, skate, ski — cross country or downhill. Snow shoe. Just do something. Do it indoors. Do it outdoors.  Just move.
Or here’s an idea that for many may be a bit more fun: just do “it”, have an exercise date! Crank up some body-moving tunes in the comfort of your own home for 30 minutes. Get sweaty with your partner. Warm up with your honey, dance, get hot together. Eat healthy snacks that won’t make you feel guilty — cut up some veggies and fruit, get some dip (it might come in handy later too). 
No need to be a gym bunny here. Even when you may not feel great about yourself (let’s face it we all feel that way sometimes) forget about that and just hop in the sack. You will burn calories, get your heart rate going, improve your aerobic and for mental health, increase your circulation all the while helping your butt. Exercise lowers the risk. Plain and simple. So, go for it and incorporate more sex in your life. Done vigorously, it is actually considered exercise. Have some fun between the sheets, work major muscle groups all the while lowering the risk of developing colorectal cancer (and other cancers for that matter).  Isn’t that enough of a reason right there to dance in the sheets?

Basically, 30 minutes of sex burns roughly 85 calories, or the equivalent of what a 140 person walking at 3.5 miles an hour for 30 minutes burns. The more sex you have, the more you benefit. Consider doing the dirty deed at least three times a week. You don’t need to run a marathon to assist in keeping your butt disease-free, (ok, in fairness I do like doing that too) but boost up your sex life and you are helping your overall health (and your immunity too it turns out.)
Why more exercise advocates aren’t pushing more sex is beyond me.  So come on, go ahead, shake your buns and then get some booty action. Do it for your butt health.

Jennifer Hartley is a features writer and copy editor for Ottawa Life Magazine and writer for Ottawa Outdoors Magazine. Previously she was theatre editor for Ottawa Xpress and now defunct Metro newspaper and has written articles for a variety of magazines across the country and abroad in the United Kingdom.


strong>Fashion and Fundraising unite at the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada’s (CCAC) annual gala

Fashion lovers and CCAC supporters are invited to come together once again in celebration of the wonderful work accomplished by the association during 2012. As distinguished guests flock into Le Windsor on November 6, they will be immersed in a world of Glamour and Couture, where fashion will be transformed into a pure sensory experience to benefit the CCAC’s many initiatives in Quebec and across the country.

The event consists of a cocktail dînatoire, live and silent auction and a European style fashion show, compiled by Artistic Director Hans Koechling and will feature Montreal’s exciting new luxury fashion house PAVONI, whose line inspiration fittingly derives from the peacock, long recognized as the embodiment and symbol of elegance. Models will also be wearing beautiful jewelry by ANZIE and shoes by Browns.

While renowned Quebec media figure Anne Marie Withenshaw will be the host of the gala, other prominent attendees include, Olympic gold-medal short track speed skater François-Louis Tremblay, whose mother is a colorectal cancer survivor.

“I am thrilled to be a part of such luxurious and worthwhile event. The CCAC plays such an integral role in the lives of Canadian colorectal cancer patients and their families and this event is one of the many ways supporters can help raise funds to fight, treat and eventually beat this horrible yet preventable disease,” said Withenshaw.

Preventing colon cancer, prolonging the lives of those touched by it, supporting patients and their families as they cope with the challenges of this disease and ensuring that patients have timely access to the most effective treatments are just a few examples of what the CCAC accomplishes daily.

“Our awareness and education programs ensure not only that more people are aware of the disease, but that more men and women are screened for it. The number of patients that we can provide information and offer support increases annually. It is through the generosity of supporters at events such as the gala that we are able to continue to make a difference every single day,” Barry Stein, CCAC President.

Major sponsors for the event currently include; our platinum sponsor INTACT, silver sponsor BAYER, Dairy Farmers of Canada, CN, MNP, Raymond James and Disaronno.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $375 and a group of 10 is 3,250$. For more information, sponsorship opportunities, purchase program advertising space or to reserve tickets, visit or contact our offices at 514.875.7745.