Articles tagged with: Canadian AIDS Society

From the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS), a plea to the Minister for an urgent change of direction

published: March, 21, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Health, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

A letter to the Minister of Health re the Community Action Fund. CAS says ”the process is placing many organizations across Canada in peril — some to the point of possibly closing their doors.”

From the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS), a plea to the Minister for an urgent change of direction

(Read our PositiveLite.com article “Funding update: Canadian AIDS Society says it’s time for the movement to mobilize to get more money from the Feds” for background.)  Dear Minister Philpott, It is with considerable dismay that I find myself once again obliged to write to you regarding troubling issues surrounding the HIV and HCV Community Action Fund (CAF), the flawed Letter of Intent (LOI) process and the subsequent offer of “transitional funding.” Community-based organization

Funding update: Canadian AIDS Society says it’s time for the movement to mobilize to get more money from the Feds

published: March, 14, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

The clock is ticking as 30% of community-based HIV organizations, including CAS, are set to lose federal funding in a year’s time. Bob Leahy reports

Funding update: Canadian AIDS Society says it’s time for the movement to mobilize to get more money from the Feds

The Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) is fighting for its life. It’s not alone. It was one of many agencies whose letter of intent to apply for a renewal of funding under the Community Action Fund administered by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) was disallowed in October of last year.  As we reported in October 2016 PHAC has in the past provided funding to  community based organizations who respond to HIV  - AIDS Service Organizations (ASO’s) plus national partners like CATIE, the I

Youth Unleashing Power: reflections (an editorial piece)

published: September, 08, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Community Events, Activism, Conferences, Youth, Events, Revolving Door, Spirituality, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

A report on Youth Unleashing Power: A Pozitive Youth Symposium (YUP) 2016

Youth Unleashing Power: reflections (an editorial piece)

It was at the Canadian Aids Society's Pozitive Youth forum in 2015 when Piotr Burek, one of the organizers of Youth Unleashing Power: A Pozitive Youth Symposium (YUP), met a positive person from his generation for the very first time. For seven years since he tested positive, he had not had the opportunity to meet a positive peer his age. The empowering feelings of connecting with peers at the forum, something he yearned to experience for years, was one of the reasons we, as organizers of Yout

Are people who use drugs listened to?

published: June, 07, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // General Health, Mental Health, Research, Health, Guest Authors

Bob Leahy talks to the Canadian AIDS Society’s Lynne Belle-Isle whose research work includes examining the inclusion of people who use drugs in decision making processes

Are people who use drugs listened to?

Bob Leahy: Thanks for talking to PostiveLite.com Lynne. Now tell me, the title of the research you presented at CAHR was what? Lynne Belle-Isle: What I presented was a summary of my research with the Centre for Addiction Research, B.C. It was tilted “From One Ally to Another: Practical Guidelines to Better Include People who Use Drugs at your Decision-making Table.” Why did you think this would be a valuable topic to explore? It started back with my work at the Canadian AIDS Society. I

The CAS Fiasco – Friday November 13 Edition

published: November, 13, 2015 Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reports on a quieter week in the ongoing Canadian AIDS Society affair; meanwhile CCPN reacts with a call for a Special Members’ meeting - and the CAS ex-chair weighs in

The CAS Fiasco – Friday November 13 Edition

In a week free of fresh bombshells at the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) offices in downtown Ottawa and when the biggest news in the HIV world was of rumours that TV star and bad-boy Charlie Sheen has secretly been HIV-positive for two years, the top CAS story came from CPPN/RCPS jumping into the fray with a call for CAS to convene a special members' meeting inclusive of the voices of people living with HIV. In an open letter to the HIV community, CPPN/RCPS chair Emerald (Ezzie) Gibson said “C

The CAS Fiasco – Thursday November 5 edition

published: November, 05, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Problems deepened yesterday for the Canadian AIDS Society board as four key member organizations quit while the three staff whistleblowers appeal to the community once again to step in.

The CAS Fiasco – Thursday November 5 edition

The Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) faced further turmoil yesterday as four member organizations quit what increasingly looks like a sinking ship. The four organizations involved – PARN (Peterborough), HARS (Kingston), Windsor and, significantly ACT (Toronto)  - join two others that resigned a few  months ago - PWA Foundation (Toronto) and Thunder Bay. More member resignations are reported to be on the way.  As reported yesterday one board member has also resigned, citing disatisfaction wit

CAS: a positive perspective

published: November, 04, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Guesting Jeff Potts works at the Canadian AID Society (CAS) and was one of the three staffers who blew the whistle on management (the ED has since resigned.) Today he tells his side of the story

CAS: a positive perspective

John F. Kennedy once said, “The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis.' One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger--but recognize the opportunity.”   I admit that I have thought, said, and done some things in my 47-year lifetime that I was not – that I am not proud of.  I have made mistakes; I have, on occasion, erred in judgement.  But, I have never been ashamed… until very recently, and for three specific

Canadian AIDS Society in crisis or in chaos? Wednesday Nov. 4, 2015 edition

published: November, 04, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Things go from bad to worse – to worse still – as another board member resigns, while others are left in the dark as the Acting Chair struggles to rebuff community protests while keeping the organization barely afloat.

Canadian AIDS Society in crisis or in chaos? Wednesday Nov. 4, 2015 edition

Yesterday marked yet another day of crisis for the under-siege Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) board of directors. Meanwhile community outrage at the appointment of past board chair Gary Lacasse to replace resigning CEO Monique Doolittle-Romas reached new heights.  Many community members are now considering how best to reverse the Lacasse appointment and unseat the current board of directors.  Here is what PositiveLite.com learned yesterday in this fast-moving story.  Acting Board chair Davi

Canadian AIDS Society not out of the woods as embattled CEO resigns, but identity of replacement raises more questions

published: November, 03, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

The saga that started with three CAS staff whistleblowers pointing fingers at the CAS CEO and board takes a new twist as the former board chair slides into the departing CEO’s seat. But how did he get there – and is he the right person for the job?

Canadian AIDS Society not out of the woods as embattled CEO resigns, but identity of replacement raises more questions

It seems the troubles at the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) are not over. In fact they might just only be beginning. And word is that members are madder than ever.  Yesterday saw two momentous announcements from CAS Acting Chair David Stempowski. First was the resignation of embattled CEO Monique Doolittle-Romas. That came as no surprise given that many member agencies had asked for her resignation in response to ongoing member concerns,  precipitated further by a shocking accusat

Living with HIV in Canada?

published: December, 06, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Activism, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

The federal funding agency PHAC wants to hear your views on how they propose distributing funds to the agencies that serve us, and how those services will be delivered

Living with HIV in Canada?

Are you living with HIV or AIDS? Do you use the services of your local Service Organization? Do you want to learn about the new Community Action Fund? Join us in a discussion of the upcoming changes to the funding structure from the Public Health Agency of Canada and share how the integrated Community Action Fund will impact your needs.   When?  by teleconference - Thursday, December 11, 2014, 2:00 p.m. (EST)  Register  Contact Jeff Potts at This email address is being protected fr

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