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This week's feature article is from Rob MacDonald, a consultant at The Health Communication Unit. In his introduction he writes that his purpose is to, "briefly profile two rural-based organizations that have a rural health focus: Gateway Rural Health Research Institute and The Ontario Rural Council. The second purpose of this feature is to invite health promoters in rural communities to forward their success stories to us so that we can help facilitate the exchange of knowledge with other health promoters who have an interest in rural Ontario."

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CIHR CAFÉ Scientifique Presents From the Playground to HIV: If Risks for Gay Men Start Early, When Should Prevention Begin?


Toronto, Ontario
November 17, 2009

7:00 p.m.
Gardiner Museum, Terrace Room, 111 Queen’s Park

We know the statistics are grim: gay men suffer from one of the highest rates of HIV infection of any population. But do we really understand the reasons why? It may be about more than just sex. In fact, there is growing evidence that increased HIV risk begins with the bullying and homophobia that many young gay men experience in school and at home.

Community Power Conference 2009


Toronto, Ontario
November 15 to 16, 2009

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, 800 Level, 222 Bremner Boulevard

Building community networks and local energy solutions is the goal of the first annual Community Power Conference (CP2009). Hosted by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA), this event will build on the foundation of Ontario's new Green Energy Act, and work towards 100% sustainable energy.

Canadian Institute for Health Information


Canadian Institute for Health Information is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides essential data and analysis on Canada’s health system and the health of Canadians. CIHI tracks data in many areas, thanks to information supplied by hospitals, regional health authorities, medical practitioners and governments. Other sources provide further data to help inform CIHI’s in-depth analytic reports. The CIHI website includes research and reports, data and standards at

Ontario Rural Council


The Ontario Rural Council acts as a catalyst for rural dialogue, collaboration, action and advocacy, and offers a vital venue for the province's collective rural voice. Individually, each of TORC’s members shares a commitment to healthy, vibrant rural communities, businesses and organizations. Collectively, it identifies and discusses complex rural issues through a collaborative approach that ultimately serves to strengthen the rural voice in Ontario and communicates to the province's policy- and decision-makers.

Gateway Rural Health Research Institute


The Gateway Rural Health Research Institute is the brainchild of a group of residents and healthcare professionals in a rural Ontario community in Huron County who propose to create a centre to research healthcare issues in rural populations, the first community-driven rural research centre in Canada. Most of healthcare-related research conducted in Canada and elsewhere is based on results of surveys taken of test populations close to large urban medical centres of learning or practice, with projections of results for rural sector populations.

Call for Papers--OANHSS Conference 2010


Deadline December 14, 2009

The Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors (OANHSS) is inviting proposals to present at our 2010 Annual Meeting and Convention. This event is an opportunity to share your expertise and experiences with senior staff from the long term care, seniors’ housing and community services sectors.

This year’s theme is Get Inspired!

Delegates attending the 2010 convention will be looking to:

Shine A Light On Canadian Activism! Nominate Someone Today for The Casey Awards


Deadline November 18

Created in tribute to June Callwood, The Casey Awards annually celebrate individuals and organizations across Canada that demonstrate leadership in the fields of HIV/AIDS and/or social justice. Recipients share Callwood's commitment to volunteerism and collaboration, working to advance the dignity of every human being.

Nominations will be accepted until Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 5:00 p.m.


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