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This week's feature, by Barbara Zupko, is an overview of a rural health study in the Region of Waterloo. Barbara writes that "this large-scale qualitative research project has stretched our perspectives as health promoters and taught us some practical lessons about working with community partners."

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Work-life Wellness Series


The second full-day session of the Thursday Work-Life Wellness Series is being run at the Delta Meadowvale Resort and Conference Centre. The title of the workshop session is Social Support in the Workplace, and it features Olivia McIvor of Vancouver's Kyosei Consulting who will speak about a highly successful program called "Kindness to Colleagues".

Canadian Health Network Open House


4:30-7:30 p.m.

Toronto Reference Library, 3rd Floor, 789 Yonge Street

Are you looking for trustworthy and reliable e-health information to recommend to your patrons or customers? Have you tried the Canadian Health Network (CHN)?

Please join us before the American Library Association/Canadian Library Association Annual Conference for the Canadian Health Network Open House. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Asking Citizens what matters for Quality of Life in Canada: A rural lens. (2001)


Using a series of public dialogues with groups from across Canada, researchers explored citizens' perceptions concerning quality of life issues. Regardless of personal background, participants agreed that the issues involved included political rights and democracy, health, education, the environment, social programs, personal well-being, safe communities, the economy and government. Results were analyzed according to participants' memberships in the following population groups: rural, urban, influencer or hard-to-reach.


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