Category: Community News

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a huge impact on the not-for-profit and charitable sectors, and no doubt the aftershocks will be continue to be felt for some time to come.  The PAN team would like to share our latest understanding of some of the government supports that have been created for community-based organizations and the… Read more »

At PAN, our Approaches include social change and equity.  An essential piece of supporting the “dignity, health and wellness of all people” is recognizing the interdependence of all species, and the urgent need to take active steps to prevent the destruction of the ecology and environment on which we all rely. Late in 2019, PAN… Read more »

PAN Solidarity Groups: Belonging. Solidarity. Connection.

PAN will be hosting a series of online workshop sessions, for frontline service providers of PAN member organizations, with Clinical Supervisor/Instructor/Consultant Vikki Reynolds ( – PAN Solidarity Group: Belonging. Solidarity. Connection. These online sessions will explore the importance of belonging, solidarity and connection in these challenging and uncertain times.  Vikki works to bridge the worlds… Read more »

Date: April 22, 2020 Time: 10- 11:30 AM Pacific Harm reduction workers provide essential services for people who use drugs and are still working closely with clients during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, doing outreach, distributing harm reduction supplies and reversing overdoses. Workers must take additional precautions to protect themselves and their clients from COVID-19…. Read more »

Temporary Emergency Child Care for Essential Workers

Via the Overdose Emergency Response Centre of the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions To support parents who are essential service workers during the response to novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Province is launching a new process. This process will match parents, who are working on the front lines of B.C.’s COVID-19 response and have children… Read more »

The BC and Yukon Association of Drug War Survivors is working to ensure the “equitable application of public health protections to vulnerable British Columbians” during the dual public health emergencies of drug overdose deaths (declared April 14, 2016) and COVID-19 (declared March 17, 2020). An open letter has been sent to Honourable John Horgan, Premier;… Read more »

Call for Immediate Action to use Emergency Powers to House all Unhoused BC Residents Pivot Legal Society has released this letter in coalition with several organizations (BC Association of Friendship Centre Societies, CCAP, BC Poverty Reduction Coalition). The letter requests immediate action to address the threat of COVID-19 for people who are unhoused and inadequately… Read more »

Deliberative Dialogue Report – Now Available!

We are pleased to announce that a final report from the Deliberative Dialogue, held in November 2019 in Vancouver, is now available. The Deliberative Dialogue was an opportunity for people from across BC (including people with living and lived experiences, staff and other service providers from community-based organizations, and policymakers) to come together for one… Read more »

Substance Use News March 2020

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, policy recommendations,… Read more »

Updated Hepatitis C testing Information from BC CDC

Updated April 14, 2020 Following this posting on April 3, PAN received additional information from the BC CDC on hepatitis C testing in the light of COVID-19. BC CDC has released the following memo, Temporary suspension of non-urgent Hepatitis C (HCV) testing. Most recent information appears in memo and below: All non-urgent hepatitis C testing… Read more »

Webinars with the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness

The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness is offering two COVID-19 response webinars: COVID-19 Response for Unsheltered Homeless People Date: April 1, 2020 Time: 11 AM Pacific time In this webinar, Iain De Jong of OrgCode Inc will offer strategies, tools and advice for providing outreach and support to unsheltered homeless people during the COVID-19 pandemic…. Read more »

The Friends for Life Women’s Wellness and Leadership Project was designed to support women on their own path to health and wellness. Women throughout British Columbia received financial grants, through funding provided by Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), to support their self-directed health and education opportunities. All grant applicants from across British Columbia were invited… Read more »