Category: Community News

Counselling for MMIWG Impacted Individuals

The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) administers free counselling services in BC available to survivors, family members and individuals affected by the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. People of all genders are encouraged to connect to this counselling. Individuals do not need to have status and can live on or off… Read more »

Update: Prison Needle Exchange Programs

Last month we endorsed the statement calling on the federal government to fix fundamental flaws in the Correctional Service of Canada’s “Prison Needle Exchange Program.” We’ve received a thank you from the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Exchange, along with some additional information.   Saturday, August 10, was Prisoners’ Justice Day, and marked the release of this… Read more »

PAN has been part of a national conversation with multiple partners including the Ontario AIDS Network, the Alberta Community Council on HIV in Alberta, COCQ-SIDA, and others, regarding Canada’s role in resourcing for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. The following letter was sent to the Prime Minister last week.   Tuesday,… Read more »

STBBI Needs Assessment with Healthcare Providers

Earlier this summer the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) conducted a needs assessment survey on STBBI guidelines with P/T programs. PHAC is conducting a second needs assessment on STBBI guidelines with healthcare providers (e.g., nurses, nurse practitioners, or physicians) who provide direct STBBI care. The objective of this survey is to ensure that STBBI… Read more »

Preventing the Sexual Transmission of HIV Course

CATIE’s Preventing the Sexual Transmission of HIV blended learning course aims to develop core knowledge on the prevention of sexual transmission of HIV for frontline service providers who have a role in HIV prevention. Through this course, participants will gain in-depth knowledge of the biology of the sexual transmission of HIV and emerge with a… Read more »

HIV Criminalization – Update

A quick summer update on the HIV criminalization front… BC’s Prosecutorial Guidelines As previously reported, on April 16th, 2019, BC Prosecution Services issued revised prosecutorial guidelines (the revised “Sex 2” policy). Encouragingly, the guidelines state clearly that there will be no prosecution for suppressed viral load (i.e., under 200 copies/ml) for at least 4 months;… Read more »

Societies Act Consultation

PAN has been contacted by the Financial and Corporate Sector Policy Branch of the BC Ministry of Finance. We share this information here for all of our members who may wish to take part in this consultation.  We are writing to inform you that the BC Government is conducting a consultation on proposed amendments to… Read more »

Substance Use News July 2019

  Substance Use News provides a snapshot of news and resources for those working to support folks who use substances. We share pieces on the social, medical and political responses to the opioid crisis, from advocacy to welcome change. See our Drug Use and Overdose Response page for resources on overdose services, team resilience, governmental reports,… Read more »