Category: Advocacy, Policy, Public Health

New PHAC Funding Announcement re: HIV test kits

  via PHAC Dear colleagues, As you may be aware, on August 1, 2022 at the 24th International AIDS Conference, the Honourable Minister of Health, Jean-Yves Duclos, announced a new investment of $8 million (link to announcement). This funding will make HIV test kits available through community-based organizations to the populations they serve. HIV self-test… Read more »

  Via Canadian Drug Policy Coalition Job title: Executive Director Reports to: Governing Council The Opportunity: Canadian Drug Policy Coalition seeks a skilled organizational leader and advocate to lead our expanded team to meet this important moment in Canadian drug policy development. The Executive Director will bring insight and skills for strategic drug policy advocacy processes, organizational development and change leadership, fundraising,… Read more »

On International Overdose Awareness Day this year we’re shouting out to Moms Stop the Harm, a group that was started with love and fury and continues on with the same grace and grit. Moms Stop the Harm is urging everyone to support International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) and has a list of suggestions. Wear and… Read more »

BC-CfE HIV Care Rounds presents: The Monkeypox 2022 Outbreak is declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.  What are the implications?   Date: Wednesday, August 24th, 2022 Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM Pacific time.   On completion of this webinar, attendees will be able to: Identify the presentation of Monkeypox (MPX) associated with the 2022… Read more »

In early April, the BC legislature empowered the Select Standing Committee on Health to examine the urgent and ongoing illicit drug toxicity and overdose crisis. This is a non-partisan, all party committee comprised of ten MLAs that have been tasked to come up with recommendations with respect to what reforms and initiatives the province and… Read more »

Substance Use News July 2022

Substance Use News provides a monthly collection of news and resources on the social, medical and political responses to the toxic drug supply crisis. Visit our Substance Use and Overdose Response page for more information on advocacy and resources.  Info for People Who Use Substances: get the latest alerts, and tips on how to stay… Read more »

Via the Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization   July 27, 2022 — Today, the Government of Canada announced new community consultations as Canada finally looks to reform the misguided law on HIV non-disclosure. The Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization (CCRHC) welcomes this announcement, which comes after several years of community advocacy. Advocates have long… Read more »

Via CCRHC After several months of community consultations, the Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization (CCRHC) has finalized its second Community Consensus Statement which calls on the Canadian government to change the Criminal Code to limit HIV criminalization. The CCRHC developed this new Statement to be a common set of demands for law reform by those… Read more »

  See post on First Nations Health Authority site. Host an Event or Ceremony in your Community on International Overdose Awareness Day   In 2016, BC declared a public health emergency in response to the opioid crisis, or what is now being referred to as the toxic drug supply crisis. A tainted and unpredictable drug… Read more »

PAN Launches Leadership Course for World Hepatitis Day

  World Hepatitis Day (WHD) is recognized every year on July 28th to bring awareness and encourage global action on the burden of viral hepatitis. The 2022 WHD theme is “I Can’t Wait.”   Explorations in Leadership course There are many ways you can get involved with WHD, including PAN’s new self-guided online course “Explorations… Read more »

Indigenous homelessness study: Indigenous 2SLGBTQIA+

    On August 2, 2022, from 2-3 PM Pacific time, Resilience Planning will be hosting a Discussion Circle for members of the Indigenous 2SLGBTQIA+ community to share their lived experience with homelessness and housing insecurity in BC. An honorarium of $60 (e-transfer or alternate) will be provided to each participant in reciprocity for their… Read more »

Mpox and Pride

  Monkeypox is a rare disease that can spread from person-to-person through close contact including, but not limited to, sexual contact. We have developed a new resource page to support people with information on prevention, advocacy, and resources. In time for Pride, which is celebrated over the BC Day long weekend in the Lower Mainland,… Read more »