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The latest news from the Ontario AIDS Network


Office Closure: Moving Day!

The OAN will be closed from April 26 – May 1st while we set-up and acclimate to our bright new space!

During this time, we should have access to email, but there will definitely be a period of time without any telephone or internet access while the cables and technology service providers finish their installation.

This also means there will not be a newsletter on April 26th – but we will return to regular programming in our May 10th edition.

Thank you for your patience, and we look forward to welcoming visitors soon!

Gay Acting

The GMSH is looking for actors for two video vignettes they are producing to educate Ontarians about U=U. Hurry! The auditions are Monday and Tuesday of next week! Click here for more details.

CATIE is on the lookout for “magnetic couples” (those who are serodiscordant) from in and around Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver and who also want to be part of a U=U video campaign. They will have a similar feel to Buzzfeed videos like this. Interested? Click here for more details!

Have a KIKI!

The Kiki is a bi-weekly, 10 session workshop and drop-in space for guys into guys who PNP (Party N’ Play) or like chemsex hosted by ACT in Toronto.

The Kiki aims to provide harm reduction knowledge for the PNP community, while providing participants with a shame & stigma free space to build and bridge community, promote self-care, advocacy and health.

The Kiki is unique in that there is no goal setting or monitoring of sober days as part of these activities. Access to new harm reduction supplies will be provided during each workshop. Sessions are open attendance and are facilitated by two ACT peers.

For more information, click here or contact program lead Jordan Bond-Gorr at thekikitoronto@outlook.com.

OAN at the Justice Committee on HIV Criminalization

The OAN was asked to provide a statement for the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights on Monday, April 9th on the topic of HIV Criminalization in Canada.

National Coordinator of the Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI), Martin Bilodeau, presented before the committee following the completion of a national statement with Richard Elliott, Executive Director of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network.

Many thanks to these two gentlemen for their work, and a hats off to Martin for presenting remotely while on vacation in Paris!


We’re Moving!

The OAN has found an amazing new office space!

After 5 years behind mirrored window panes overlooking Jarvis Street, the Ontario AIDS Network and the Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance (GMSH) will be moving to a bright, accessible space, around the corner in Toronto’s Cabbagetown neighbourhood.

Our new address information will be shared as soon as we have settled into the space – by May 1st!

We are looking forward to sharing the next chapter of the OAN & GMSH with you!

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