Category: PAN News and Events

Via BC Civil Liberties Association on April 23, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE VANCOUVER/ (Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territories, April 23, 2021 –  Civil Liberties, Indigenous and Community organizations are responding to the Travel Restrictions (COVID-19) Order announced by the BC Minister of Public Safety Mike Farnworth. The order made under BC’s Emergency Programs Act… Read more »

  April 21, 2021   Premier of BC John Horgan Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General David Eby, Attorney General and Minister responsible for Housing   Subject: Proposed Travel Restrictions in BC and Accompanying Police Enforcement   Dear Premier Horgan, Minister Farnworth and Minister Eby, We are writing to you today on… Read more »

As we head into a new fiscal year and welcome the onset of spring, we would like to take a moment to update members and allies on our work in light of the continuing dictates of COVID. On an operational level, PAN’s own programs and services continue to be impacted as both BC and Canada… Read more »

Wednesday, April 14 will mark the 5th anniversary of the declaration of the BC Public Health Emergency of overdose and overdose deaths. This anniversary comes on the heels of BC’s deadliest year ever with 1,716 lives lost to Illicit drug overdoses in 2020. With 329 deaths already recorded in January and February, without dramatic changes… Read more »

The Honourable John Horgan, M.L.A. Premier of British Columbia   Dear Premier Horgan: As we near April 14th and the five-year anniversary of the Provincial Medical Health Officer declaring a public health emergency of overdose and overdose deaths, it is a solemn occasion. Over 7000 people have died since the declaration. Last year alone, 1716… Read more »

April 22 is Earth Day and PAN is pleased to host a PAN Presents… special Earth Day webinar with Dr. Maya Gislason. This webinar will present opportunities to think about an equity approach to climate change – what are some of the impacts of climate change on health equity? How can we understand the relationship between… Read more »

Substance Use News, March 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 »

Hepatitis C Testing Technologies Visual Resource

As the project coordinator for the Hepatitis C Leadership Project, I wanted to learn more specifics about the various hepatitis C testing technologies. During a conversation focused on community knowledge-building with Dr. Sofia Bartlett from the BCCDC, it was recognized that creating a visual summary of hepatitis C testing technologies could be useful for community…. Read more »

Opportunity in question

  Or rather, what is the opportunity within a question? We all like answers because of the opportunity to inform, educate, or clarify. Behind every great answer, however, sits an equally valuable question. The Canadian Liver Foundation recently launched their ‘Just Ask’ campaign to recognize March as Liver Health Month. They invite people to participate… Read more »

Introducing Indigenous Cultural Safety Resources

We have recently published a new page for our members, allies, and stakeholders titled Indigenous Cultural Safety Resources. We humbly acknowledge we are not an authority on cultural safety.  A core approach of our work is being committed to ongoing learning to enable PAN, as an organization, to reflect, grow and change – and we… Read more »

Substance Use News, February 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 »

“There may be nothing more important for our community than supporting people living with HIV to become leaders.” This is the lead in to the Pozcast episode featuring the Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI).  Hear PAN’s PLDI Manager Marc Seguin along with Tara Jewal (PLDI Manager at the Ontario AIDS Network), and host James Watson… Read more »