“There have been at least 9 suspected opioid-related deaths in Waterloo Region in December. New individuals, families and entire networks of people known to those lost are either dealing with new grief, or are trying to cope with the latest loss in a wave of grief that has been enduring for many years without any reprieve.“
“CAMBRIDGE – A new central hub offering services for homeless people in Cambridge will help fill a real need in the city, as well ensuring the safety of those doing harm reduction work in the city, organizers say.
Starting July 1, a number of community agencies will begin leasing space for $1 at the region’s social services building at 150 Main St. in the Galt section of Cambridge.”
“COVID-19 forced the shut down of their satellite sites, meaning Jenn Boyd, Harm Reduction Coordinator for the AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area (ACCKWA) no longer had an outlet to reach the people she helps. Boyd says the pandemic created an even greater challenge and checking-in became more important than ever.”
“Region of Waterloo Public Health continues to work closely with local hospitals, health care partners, the Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario and many community partners to respond to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Waterloo Region.”
“Wilfrid Laurier University students Cara Briscoe, Colin Gillis, Darlene Hunos, Sabrina Mountryvong and Ashley Patel are challenging harmful stereotypes about HIV/AIDS in the Waterloo Region community.”
“A new building development at the corner of King and Wellington Streets in downtown Kitchener has forced the AIDS Committee of Cambridge Kitchener Waterloo and Area (ACCKWA), to find another location.”
“KITCHENER – A community health fair examining anti-Black racism in policing, health care and education will be held at Kitchener City Hall Saturday.
The event is examining issues that affect the health and wellness of African, Black, and Caribbean communities, said Ruth Cameron, executive director of the AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, and Area (ACCKWA).”
“KITCHENER – It was a chance to remember those they’ve lost, and to reflect on where they’ve come and where they’re going.
A group of about 50 people gathered in the rotunda in Kitchener City Hall on Saturday afternoon for the annual World AIDS Day vigil, lighting candles, singing songs, and reading the names of some of the local residents – friends and loved ones – who have died.”
“The AIDS committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area is ushering in the New Year by continuing to support, educate and raise awareness.
570’s Hayley Zimak speaks with ACCKWA members about the importance of practicing safe sex and getting tested regularly. The feature documentary also includes s real-time, step by step look at the Rapid HIV testing method.”
“There are many ways that people experience attraction. Think about people you know, what do you want to do with them? Do you want to hold their hand and skip down the street, or kiss them hard on the mouth? Do you want to have a long, honest conversation with them, or bang the shit out of them?”