Articles tagged with: PHAC

PositiveLite.com Publisher Bob Leahy talks to CATIE’s Executive Director Laurie Edmiston

published: April, 05, 2017 Categories // Activism, Features and Interviews, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

PositiveLite.com gets the inside scoop on U=U (CATIE’s role in promoting it) federal government funding (any hope of more money?) and the Federal HIV/AIDS strategy (missing in action or not?)

PositiveLite.com Publisher Bob Leahy talks to CATIE’s Executive Director Laurie Edmiston

It’s a pleasure chatting with CATIE’s Laurie Edmiston. She is frank, knowledgeable, speaks with conviction – and generous with both her time and opinions. I asked her this week for her opinion on three topics crucial to where we are in the response to HIV at this time. I asked her about CATIE’s decision to endorse U=U (Undetectable = Untransmittable) earlier this year and CATIE’s ongoing role in providing information and resources around that topic. I asked her about the status of t

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

CAS staffers break ranks to drop bombshell accusations and a plea for help

published: October, 04, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // AIDS Walk for Life, Activism, Conferences, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In an open letter, three Canadian AIDS Society staffers risked their jobs this past weekend to express a loss of confidence in CAS leadership. Can the already embattled CAS survive this latest blow? Bob Leahy reports.

CAS staffers break ranks to drop bombshell accusations and a plea for help

Three insiders take aim at CAS leadership  Three unhappy staffers from the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) have blown the whistle on the organization, accusing its leadership of a lack of transparency and accountability to its members, a lack of vision, failure to honour the GIPA principles and inadequate consultation with the community in developing its strategic plans. In the letter, remarkable for its bluntness, they also cite a focus on internal funding issues rather than the needs of the co

Canada, the rudderless ship

published: August, 27, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Health, International , Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Despite sea changes in treatment and prevention opportunities, Canada’s response to HIV is mired in the status quo, says Bob Leahy. And with no National AIDS Strategy, Canada is falling behind other poorer nations climbing their way out of the epidemic

Canada, the rudderless ship

What the numbers tell us Think that Canada is a world leader in its response to HIV?  Think again.  It may come as a shock to many that Canada is doing poorer than many lesser developed countries. Typically thought of as the epi-centre of the epidemic, Africa has in fact made huge strides in getting people living with HIV on treatment and achieving viral load suppression. Who ever thought, for instance, that Rwanda would be doing better than we are?  Our most prosperous provinces are now

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

Opportunity to have a voice on national funding issues

published: November, 17, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Canadian AIDS Society is hosting teleconferences for people with HIV and PHAC (Public Health Agency of Canada) regarding service integration issues for people living with HIV/AIDS

Opportunity to have a voice on national funding issues

As many involved in the Canadian AIDS movement might know, there are many changes afoot with the funding of AIDS programs and services from the Federal Government. Integration is the new word on everyone’s lips and it is going to affect many people in terms of the services provided and accessed through federal funding.  Integration can mean many things. In mathematics it is a way of adding slices to find the whole. This definition makes it all the more easier to understand the desire of t

Finding a national voice

published: June, 24, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Conferences, Events, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Canada has no national organization for people living with HIV. But Bob Leahy says there's a need for a strong national voice, and delegates to the Canadian AIDS Society’s recent AGM and Forum for People Living with HIV seem to agree.

Finding a national voice

Adversity often brings people together, sharpens the focus on the real priorities and spurs action where action did not previously exist.   And if outright extinction isn’t in the wind, some would say the infrastructure that the AIDS community has built up over the last couple of decades is decidedly vulnerable, thanks to funding realignments proposed by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). That complex infrastructure includes an annual Forum for people living with HIV drawing poz me

Bang for your Buck

published: April, 21, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

A guest post from AIDS New Brunswick’s Executive Director Nick Scott on what ASO’s have to gather statistics and report activity, all in the cause of accountability.

Bang for your Buck

It’s that time of year again! It’s the time when community organizations prove just how accountable we are to the public… even if it kills us. For those of you who may not be “in the know” or in the thick of it, the fiscal year is over and all (Canadian) AIDS organizations must complete a rather daunting reporting process to the federal government known as PERT through an online application called PDCAS. My motivation for taking a break from this very process to write about this see

Hepatitis C (HCV) threatens gay men’s sexual health, but is it being taken seriously?

published: April, 10, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Gay men are particularly at risk for HCV infection, PHAs too. But where are the HCV prevention campaigns? And what’s the story on HCV testing for PHAs? Bob Leahy reports on the gap between recommendations and practice in our response to this problem.

Hepatitis C (HCV) threatens gay men’s sexual health, but is it being taken seriously?

The Warnings “I’m surprised there isn’t a greater sense of urgency about this in the community” said  Dr Kevin Fenton of the US Centers for Disease Control, speaking at the International AIDS Conference in Mexico in 2008. He was talking about a study that showed that more than one fifth of HIV-positive gay men attending a STI clinic in Amsterdam had hepatitis C, compared with only one in 250 negative men; numbers had risen by 50% in the last year. A year later, aidsmap.com