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Letter to the Editor and Comings and Goings, November 2003

I Response to OHPE 336.1, "The Quality of Seniors' Lives in Canada"

Randi Fine of the Older Persons' Mental Health and Addictions Network writes in response to our November feature on senior's quality of Life (

While the work done is both impressive and important I wonder how much energy was devoted to exploring issues related to older adults at risk of or coping with mental illness and /or addictions. This important focus is so often left out of our discussions about seniors' quality of life, yet it is an unfortunately growing concern and one for which

very few solutions have been posed, and to which even fewer resources have been devoted. I would welcome some thoughts on this from the study authors and others.

Randi Fine, Coordinator

Ontario Gerontology Association's Older Persons' Mental Health and Addictions Network

Tel: (416) 782-1601

Fax: (416) 782-1601

[email protected]

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III Comings and Goings

Here are a few notes from other publications on recent appointments of interest to health promoters:

* Wyn Chivers has been apponted National Executive Director of Muscular Dystrophy Canada (from the Community Action newspaper, October 27)

* Charity Village notes that Tony Dagnone, president and CEO of London Health Sciences Centre, was elected chair of the board of directors of the Ontario Hospital Association and Hilary Short is their new president and CEO (see more People on the Move at

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III Contributing to the OHPE

The OHPE exists to reflect the health promotion community in Ontario and there are a number of ways for the community to contribute. Here are our submission guidelines for events, announcements, job postings, feature articles, letters to the editor, comings and goings and other occasional columns.

Events, Announcements and Job Postings

* Please keep it short and simple.

* Events and announcements are limited to 150 words.

* Job postings are limited to 200 words and must include location and submission deadlines. The email version of the newsletter will include the title, organization, location, deadline and a brief description with a link to the full posting on our website.

* For all of the above, we recommend submitting a brief description with a link to a website or an email address where people can obtain more detailed information.

* We reserve the right to edit notices for length, consistency and correctness.

* We regretfully exclude notices targeted to the general public rather than to health promotion practitioners specifically.

Letters to the Editor, Comings & Goings, and Other Occasional Columns

* We welcome your comments on anything we publish. Send your letters to [email protected].

* We are particularly interested in your feedback on our feature articles: did we miss a relevant program, a resource, a point of view?

* While we can't guarantee that your letter will be featured we do promise that all our correspondents be asked for permission before we post.

* You can also say farewell to old colleagues and welcome new ones. We gather your news and compile a monthly round up of who's who and who's where in our Comings & Goings

column. Email your news to [email protected].

* We occasionally compile special columns that collect web resources on such issues as SARS, West Nile, and elections. If you have an idea for such a column, let us know at [email protected].

* There is no submission deadline for these special items.

Feature Articles and Resources

* Feature articles should be approximately 1000 words and should include an introduction or overview of the issue (including the writer's perspective or context); steps, process or key points; an example or tips for practical application; a conclusion or next steps; and references.

* Articles should be accompanied by key resources for further investigation. The resources can be, for example, organizations, print or electronic articles, journals, websites, listservs or events, and we recommend including about three of each type. Please provide a comment, review or annotation about each resource.

* Please allow up to six weeks for a response from our part-time editorial team.

* More detailed writers guidelines are available on request.


* Please send us unformatted documents. The OHPE Bulletin is sent in plain text and we cannot include graphics, bold or italics.

* All submissions can be emailed to [email protected].

* There is no charge for posting items in our newsletter.


* Events, announcements and job postings must be sent by 5:00 p.m. Thursday for inclusion in the next day's issue.

* Feature articles and accompanying resources must be submitted at least nine full days in advance: i.e., 5:00 p.m. Wednesday the week before publication.

* Letters to the editor are welcome at any time.

We look forward to hearing from you!