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This Oscars, let action=life.

This Oscars, let action=life.

*Grateful that this piece was first posted at Positive Lite, Canada’s Online HIV Magazine. This has been adapted from letter for use by HIV advocates to raise awareness in the lead up to the Oscars first written by the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance. The Oscars are once again upon us, drawing our eyes to the compelling films … Continue reading

Treatment alone will not solve the HIV epidemic.

The Globe and Mail reported this week that B.C. is leading the way in HIV prevention with its treatment as prevention work. While I certainly support of everyone getting appropriate, self-determined HIV care, framing treatment as prevention diverts attention from structural drivers of the epidemic and focuses on biomedical solutions to issues that are social, medical … Continue reading

Use your words.

“We are not sure that words can always save lives, but we know that silence can certainly kill.” -Dr. James Orbinski, in An Imperfect Offering Some days when I think about the world around me, I am so entirely appalled at the amount of injustice that continues in my backyard, in the lives of my friends, in … Continue reading

Let these not be dead men’s dreams

Challenging words from 1969 on the anniversary of the oft-quoted “I Have A Dream” speech, and in the wake of a recent death of Canada’s elected political leader who dared to dream – and to fight – for this dream, and so many others. Inconvenient Hero (Himes, 1969) Now that he is safely dead Let … Continue reading

News mash-up: April 12.

I’ve missed a lot of things recently, including, but not limited to the federal election (get informed and vote).  In other news, Bill C-393 died on the table (again). Australia has introduced their version of Bill C-393 and is poised to be the first jurisdiction to actually do something productive on the issue.  New targets … Continue reading

Medicine saves lives, round two.

In October, I wrote Medicine saves lives to extol the virtues of Bill C-393 and encourage you to contact your MP to do your part to ensuring this bill that will increase global access to live-saving medications gets passed.  Last week, the House of Commons voted to send this legislation to the Senate (the normal process for … Continue reading