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Taking Distress Calls in Spanish


Spanish-speaking people in London, Ontario now have access to a crisis line in their first language. The London and District Distress Centre opened the line recently with funding from the city and the local United Way. Fourteen volunteers will staff the line from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. each night. London has about 16,000 Spanish-speaking citizens and the new line is the first Spanish crisis line in Canada.

Organizers hope to open similar lines in other languages in the future. Reach the Spanish distress line at (519) 667-6585.

[source - CharityVillage Newsbytes -]

Ontario students starting their community service - campaigning for Diabetes Awareness


Beginning with this year's Grade 9 class, Ontario students must complete 40 hours of community service during their four years of high school. Many students are already off and running, with students from several schools in the London area canvassing for the annual Canadian Diabetes Association door-to-door campaign, which began last week. Diabetes awareness month is in November and World Diabetes Day is November 14. See and for the London branch see

NEW STUDY ON ELDERCARE COSTS available now from Statistics Canada


Statistics Canada released a new monograph November 2, 1999 that offers a detailed analysis of the nature and extent of informal care to seniors who require help because of a long-term health or activity limitation.

"Eldercare in Canada: Context, content and consequences" provides a detailed analysis of the men and women who provide different types and amounts of care, and examines the hidden costs incurred by people who provide care, which range from guilt to the impact on their jobs. The report also examines the significance of these caregiving patterns for an aging population.

For more information, contact Kelly Cranswick at (613) 951-4339 or e-mail [source - CharityVillage Newsbytes -]

New publication about Women, Health and the Environment


Sweeping The Earth: Women Taking Action For A Healthy Planet, edited by Miriam Wyman with a foreword by Dr. Roberta Bondar

Available October 15, 1999 360 pp. ISBN 0-921881-48-7 $24.95

Thirty-three women from eleven different countries make the connection between health and the environment. Working at a grassroots level, environmental activists are taking action to ensure the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe is safe for ourselves, our families, our communities.

Published by gynergy books, PO Box 2023, Charlottetown PEI C1A 7N7, Canada


New Affordable Housing Resource


This new resource will be of interest to those concerned with the state of affordable housing in Ontario and in Canada. Here's what you can expect:

1. A regular moderated e-bulletin that will provide the latest useful information on housing issues with a focus on Ontario communities. We expect the e-bulletin to be short, crisp, and helpful.

2. A `Housing Who's Who' directory of those in Ontario playing an active role in public and private housing issues. The directory is structured to permit searching by location, skill, and interest. Be sure your name is included in the directory. Instructions are found on the web site.

3. An on-line library of the documents and resources most useful for understanding housing issues in Ontario and in Canada. This library is a selection of the best material available - it is not an inclusive or comprehensive list of documents that meets the needs of academic scholars, but instead is exactly what's needed for those who want a good understanding of current options and opportunities.

4. An events listing, where meetings, conferences, and events focused on housing are listed. The best of these events will be referred to in the e-bulletin. Ensure events you're involved with are listed - you can add them yourself - instructions are found on the web site.

5. Discussion space, where ideas can be shared with the many others who use the site. Contact the site regularly to keep abreast of what's being said about housing issues by the best minds in the country. We will be counting on your participation.

Consumer Health Information Service (CHIS): New Hours


As of November 1, 1999, CHIS will be open as follows:

For reference service/public use of the collection at the Toronto Reference Library:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 12-4pm

Wednesday: 12-8pm

Saturday 1-5pm

For toll-free telephone service to Ontario residents outside of the Toronto local calling area:

Monday-Friday: 10-12pm and 2-4pm

For more information, contact: Consumer Health Information Service, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., Toronto, ON, M4W 2G8 Tel. (416) 393-7058

The purpose of the Consumer Health Information Service is to provide public access to a wide range of health and medical information, in order to facilitate informed personal decision making.

Horizons newsletter: issue on Population Health


The September 1999 issue of Horizons, the newsletter of the Policy Research Initiative is on the topic of Population Health. Articles highlight early childhood development; social inequalities in health; children and young families; health services research; global perspectives on health, and more. Featured authors: Robert Evans (Canadian Institute for Advanced Research), Carolyn Decoster and Charlyn Black (Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and Evaluation), Kimberlyn McGrail et. al., John Lavis, Bani Dheer and Robert Barnard (d~Code).

Current and past editions of Horizons are available for downloading in Adobe Acrobat at

The Policy Research web site (, working in concert with the PRI newsletter, includes a list of web sites corresponding to the research themes of Horizons issues. The Population Health sites are listed at:


By Alejandro R Jadad, chief. Health Information Research Unit, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8N 3Z5

In BMJ (British Medical Journal) 1999;319:761-764 ( 18 September )

The full-text of this article is available for free on BMJ


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