Category: Advocacy, Policy, Public Health

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) wants to better understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on access to services to prevent, test and treat sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBI) including harm reduction services. If your organization works with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples or directly provides STBBI prevention, testing, treatment services,… Read more »

July 15, 2021 The Honourable David Eby, QC Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing Sent via email: [email protected] Re: Community concern that the elimination of any ‘social distancing’ COVID-19 hotel rooms will exit people to street homelessness   Dear Minister Eby: As the province continues to make tremendous strides in responding to the COVID-19… Read more »

Date: July 14, 2021 Time: 7AM Pacific time Streaming live on Facebook and YouTube Hosted by Edwin J Bernard With guests Kene Esom, Lisa Power, and Richard Elliott Associate Producer: Denis Nzioka Executive Producer: Edwin J Bernard Produced and directed by Nicholas Feustel HIV Justice Network invites you to the next episode of our web… Read more »

Substance Use News, June 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 coronoavirus/COVID-19 public health constraints, those working in harm reduction have heightened concerns about how… Read more »

BC’s Overdose Overview: June 13-19, 2021

Support for the community Check the latest drug alerts for people who use substances, including up to date information on: • overdose alerts • overdose prevention sites • safety information • drug checking information Overdose event tracking The weekly overdose dashboard provides provincial and regional information on: • Illegal drug overdoses attended by paramedics (BC Emergency Health… Read more »

Please note this piece has details that may make it difficult for some to read. First Nation Cowessess Chief Cadmus Delorme made the announcement on Thursday June 24, 2021 that 751 unmarked graves have been found in a cemetery near the former Marieval Indian Residential School in what is commonly called Saskatchewan. We wish to… Read more »

Invitation to Participate in Peer Panel: Family and Caregivers of People with Lived and Living Experience The Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions is working on a new public-facing campaign around the topic of drug use and overdose. The purpose of the campaign is to help inform and educate the general public in British Columbia… Read more »

The Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions is working on a new public-facing campaign around the topic of drug use and overdose. The purpose of the campaign is to help inform and educate the general public in British Columbia and reduce stigma. The Ministry is seeking participants with lived and living experience surrounding substance use… Read more »

BC’s Overdose Overview: June 6-12, 2021

Support for the community Check the latest drug alerts for people who use substances, including up to date information on: • overdose alerts • overdose prevention sites • safety information • drug checking information Overdose event tracking The weekly overdose dashboard provides provincial and regional information on: • Illegal drug overdoses attended by paramedics (BC Emergency Health… Read more »

The Dr. Peter Centre is leading a bilingual National COVID Vaccine Community of Practice to support agencies in facilitating ongoing knowledge translation and exchange for both the people they serve and the frontline workers who serve them, in addition to providing a repository of information frameworks for developing structures and processes, strategies for engaging stakeholders,… Read more »

BC’s Overdose Overview: May 30-June 5, 2021

Support for the community Check the latest drug alerts for people who use substances, including up to date information on: • overdose alerts • overdose prevention sites • safety information • drug checking information Overdose event tracking The weekly overdose dashboard provides provincial and regional information on: • Illegal drug overdoses attended by paramedics (BC Emergency Health… Read more »

Changes in Leadership at the HIV Legal Network

This news comes from the HIV Legal Network newsletter. Stay up to date with the HIV Legal Network by subscribing here. After nearly 28 years of involvement with the organization, 14 of them as Executive Director, our own Richard Elliott is stepping down and moving on to new adventures — though we know him well… Read more »