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THN Update
Updates from the Toronto HIV/AIDS Network for the week of February 4 - February 10
Opening Doors Toronto 2020 
Crossing new Thresholds: Emerging Doors to Care

February 24th & 25th at The 519

Registration is now open
 Pride Toronto 2020
Festival Weekend; June 26-28 2020
Artist Application -  Deadline - February 29, 2020
Community Events 2020 - Deadline - March 1, 2020
StreetFair Registration 2020 -  Deadline 
May 1, 2020
Parade 2020 Registration - Deadline - May 1 2020
Early Bird Pricing ended Wednesday, January 15th,  
REGULAR Jan 16/20 - Apr 14/20
LATE Apr 15/20 - May 1/20
THN's (ASOs) Calendar of  Upcoming Events
Monthly recurring ASOs programming is available on the calendar of events
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Community News & Information 

 Update on the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
 Consultation: developing a new Poverty Reduction Strategy for Ontario. Share your feedback on ways to reduce poverty in Ontario to help us create the new five-year poverty reduction strategy.
 Toronto People with AIDS Network announce new Director of Programs & Services, Ian McKnight
  2020 City Budget: All the events, new research, and the latest coverage. City of Toronto budget page.

Community Events

Positively Speaking gives voice to people living with HIV by sharing their diverse and compelling stories.
 Hosted by Casey House social worker Liz Creal with peer program manager Andre Ceranto, Positively Speaking is written by Casey House staff and produced in partnership with the RTA School of Media, Ryerson University.
 A client advisory group, collaborative brainstorming sessions and client votes determined topics for the first season: HIV and long-term survivors, relationships, mental health, housing, isolation and living positively. The first episode is out now and the rest of Season 1 airs beginning of January. 
Listen from our website or find it wherever you find podcasts. Then, subscribe, share it, talk about it, and help get the word out.
iTunes    Spotify   Google Podcasts      Stitcher

Become your own Expert  Women Empowering Positive Women & PWA invites you to learn new skills in Art & Crafts training skills, paired with Psycho-social Education; and Community Outreach Product Sales and Promotion. Meetings are held twice a month, every other  starting Friday, February 21, 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m


Wellness is a  free 8-week group program on wellness for gay, bi, queer, cis and trans men. This program focused on issues brought to the group by members, notably loneliness, relationships, self-esteem, anxiety, well-being, and more.The program starts Tuesday, February 11 at ACT,  from 6:30 to 8:30 – until Tuesday March 31

The Course of Love a One Night Stand workshop discussing gay men’s relationships & dating. Thursday, February 13 from 7:30 - 9 pm, please RSVP!

PEACH is a new group for gay, bi, queer and trans men who have sex with men to discuss skills for healthier relationships and better sex. Meet & Greet: Tuesday, February 11 at 6 pm | Group Sessions: Tuesday, February 18 to Tuesday, April 21 from 6 - 9 pm

Newly Diagnosed is a 10 -week group for cis and trans women, men and folks to talk about the new experiences and life changes after being diagnosed with HIV. Wednesday, February 26 to Wednesday, April 29, 2020 from 6 - 8 pm

 Intimate Partner Violence is a 8-week group for cis & trans gay/bi/queer men, including two-spirit and non-binary folks who are concerned about intimate partner violence or abuse in their relationships.N: Tuesday, February 25 to Tuesday, April 14, 2020 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Social Support Network arranges trips within Toronto for people living with HIV to socialize and do something fun together. Transportation to and from the event is provided. Sometimes there may be a small cost associated with attending (for example if there is lunch involved), but organizers do their best to minimize costs.
Love Positive Women February 1st to 14th. ACT and Fife House is hosting a Love Positive Women Party on February 13th
HIV Basics will be offered through their blended learning program, which combines a six-week online course with a webinar meeting. Starts on February 17th, 2020 and concludes with an interactive webinar on March 23, 2020

Community Health Forum:


Exploring the struggles of marginalized populations of women attaining women-centered HIV care in clinical and community settings. Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 7 - 9 pm at Ramada Plaza Hotel (300 Jarvis Street) A light buffet will be served at 6:30 pm. This event is accessible and admission is free!

Recurring Monthly Community Events

 JUMPSTART! - Tuesday, February 4, 11, 18 & 25
HIV Testing - Wednesday, February 5, 12, 19 & 26
Body Image Support Group For Gay, Bi & Queer Guys - Wednesday, February 5, 12, 19 & 26
Women's Zone - Thursday, February 6, 13, 20 & 27
Good Company Lunch - Thursday, February 6, 13, 20 & 27
PYO Youth Drop-In - Thursday, February 6, 13, 20 & 27
Meet N' Eat - Friday, February 7, 14, 21 & 28
Totally outRIGHT - Saturday, February 8, 15, 22 & 29
Sober Bowling for Boisterous Beauties - Sunday, Feb. 9
Women's Coffee Night - Tuesday, February 11, 20 & 25
PEACH - Tuesday, February 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 and April 7, 14 & 21
Love Positive Women - Thursday, February 13
The Course of Love - Thursday, February 13
Gay Men's Coffee Night - Tuesday, February 18
Condom Stuffing Party - Wednesday, February 19
Community Health Forum: Creating Welcoming Spaces - Thursday, February 20
Intimate Partner Violence - Tuesday, February 25, March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 and April 7 & 14
Big Gay Book Club - Wednesday, March 4
Rainbow Sistas  First Monday of the month
Harm Reduction Drop-In First and Third Wednesday from 6 to 8:00 p.m. 
Socialite 411, Every other Thursday  from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Foreign Integration, Last Monday of the month, from 6 to 9:00 p.m.
Give HIV the Finger, Thurs, Jan 16th from 6 to 9:00 p.m.
Housing Help Drop-In   Tuesdays from 1 – 4:00 pm
Health Promotion / Nursing Clinic, 1st and 3rd Wed's from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Speak Art Loud, Last Thursday of every month, 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Opportunities for Engagement


Is seeking a Housing Coordinator, Addictions Supportive Housing Program, Application deadline: Friday, February 7, 2020.
Is seeking a Personal Support Worker, Personal Support & Care Planning and the Huntley Transitional Housing Programs (1 Full-Time, 1 Part-Time Contract Positions), Application deadline: Friday, February 7, 2020.
Is seeking a Facilities Operations Manager. Application deadline: Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Volunteer & Board Opportunities

Surveys & Studies

The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is doing research to find out what types of information and support are needed by people living with advanced cancer. We will also use this research to help us update our booklet Advanced Cancer to make it as useful as possible.   
Who can take part in the research? • A person with advanced or stage 4 cancer  • A person giving care (or who has given care) to someone with advanced or stage 4 cancer  
We want to get opinions from a wide range of people and communities, including (but not only): • People living with a rare cancer  • Older adults (aged 65 and older) • People living in a rural or remote location (not a city or town centre) • Members of the LGBTQ2+ community  • People in lower income households • Those who see themselves as a visible minority.
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