Category: Advocacy, Policy, Public Health

Date: October 25, 2021 Time: 12 noon Pacific time Join the HIV Legal Network’s Co-Executive Director Sandra Ka Hon Chu and others as they launch their paper on migrant sex work and the ineffectiveness and harm of anti-human trafficking laws in addressing exploitation. Written with Elene Lam of Butterfly, Judy Fudge from McMaster University, and… Read more »

Action Hepatitis Canada Invites You to Connect

Action Hepatitis Canada says that invitations to present about their Progress Report continue to come in. They have shared the Progress Report at the PAHO Meeting of the World Hepatitis Alliance. They will  present at the ECHO+ Annual Liver Conference in Alberta on October 23, and are preparing for a meeting with an Assistant Deputy… Read more »

The Year in Review, 2020-21

  Message from PAN Leadership   The theme of this year’s PAN annual report is Doubling Down in Dual Public Health Emergencies.  When talking about the theme for this year’s report and our upcoming AGM. (Register now), we wanted to convey both the challenges facing our sector and communities, but also the strength and resilience of the… Read more »

  The HIV-HCV Knowledge to Action (K2A) program is offering Community Registration Scholarships for free attendance (virtual or in-person) to this year’s Canadian Conference on Global Health (CCGH 2021). These scholarships are intended to encourage the participation of people with lived experience (HIV and hepatitis C, as well as people working in Community-Based Organizations whose… Read more »

Open Letter to the ‘new’ Government-Demanding action

Dear Colleagues, First and foremost, we would like to thank you for signing onto our call for drug decriminalization in Canada last year. Since then, several jurisdictions have been working on local requests for decriminalization and the Canadian Association of People who Use Drugs launched an historic lawsuit challenging Canada’s punitive drug laws. It is… Read more »

Substance Use News, September 2021

  Substance Use News provides a snapshot of news and resources for those working in harm reduction. We share pieces on the social, medical and political responses to the opioid crisis, from advocacy to welcome change. With the added layer of the coronavirus/COVID-19 public health constraints, those working in harm reduction have heightened concerns about how… Read more »

CCRHC community consultation and upcoming workshops

  Via the Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization  Earlier this year, the Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization (CCRHC) launched a community consultation regarding proposed Criminal Code reforms to limit HIV criminalization. If you have not already done so, please take the survey today! The consultation will close on October 22nd. In addition, there are three upcoming consultation… Read more »

Date: October 14, 2021 Time: 11 AM Pacific time Presenters: Guy Felicella and Kevin Hollett Moderator: J. Evin Jones The next in our PAN Presents webinar series focuses on safer supply. More than a year ago, BC introduced the clinical guidance Risk Mitigation in the Context of Dual Health Emergencies. Hear about how the guidance… Read more »

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

    September 30, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process. (Government of Canada)    There… Read more »

Webinar: Ensuring Supportive Services for Men in Sex Work

Date: Wednesday October 20, 2021 Time: 10 AM Pacific time The next in our KnowledgeConnect webinar series focuses on men in sex work. They have particular needs and challenges, from access to health services, to safety considerations, and dealing with stigma. Health Initiative for Men (HIM) provides outreach education along with peer-centred programs. The HIM… Read more »

Time for a Quickie? STI Express Testing is Now Available

The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) will begin offering Express Testing at the STI clinic in Vancouver, on Tuesday, September 28th, 2021. The new STI Express Testing appointments are part of an effort to resume routine testing services that were not readily available during the pandemic. STI Express Testing will be available for chlamydia, gonorrhea,… Read more »