Positive Living BC has prepared a position paper on HIV criminalization that calls for new Charge Assessment Guidelines. New guidelines are the only way we can mitigate the damage, namely increased criminalization of HIV non-disclosure, otherwise done by the 2012 Supreme Court of Canada decisions in the cases of Mabior and D.C. New guidelines will be approved only if the provincial Government believes there is public support in their favour.
So we’re asking for your help. Please send an email to the Ministers of Justice (JAG.Minister@gov.bc.ca) and Health (firstname.lastname@example.org) expressing your support for new Charge Assessment Guidelines. And please let us know you have done so by emailing Ross Harvey, Executive Director, at email@example.com. You are welcome to use this message:
Please be advised that [I / (name of organization)] [have/has] reviewed the position paper “The Need for New Charge Assessment Guidelines: HIV Non-Disclosure in British Columbia”, dated June 11, 2014 and previously sent to you by Positive Living BC.
[I / (name of organization)] strongly [support/s] the paper’s analysis as accurately reflecting the realities confronting people living with HIV in these regards in BC. More particularly, [I/we] urge you to accept the recommendations for new Charge Assessment Guidelines contained in the paper and to do what you can to ensure their adoption and implementation.
Thank you very much for your kind consideration of this communication.
[Your name / Your organization’s name]
The Annual General Meeting takes place on August 14 and will be held at the Chateau Granville Hotel, in conjunction with the Community Forum: “Our Lives, Our Future: Living Longer with HIV”. Registration begins at 5:30 pm and the meeting will be held from 6 pm to 7 pm. Important information and dates, including how to register and vote, are available here.
The Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life is back in style for its 29th year! Join us on September 21 and help support low-income individuals living with HIV in BC. All proceeds will directly support members of Positive Living BC’s Community Health Fund. When you walk, you help our members access the healthcare options they need to live long, full, and healthy lives. Learn more, register, or donate here.