Richard Elliott relliott at aidslaw.ca
Mon Nov 29 12:08:19 PST 2010

For immediate release

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
The National Advocacy Committee, Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign


Events planned across Canada to mark World AIDS Day

Canada-wide, November 30-December 3, 2010 - Grandmothers and
grand-others across the country are holding vigils outside of the
offices of Members of Parliament to mark World AIDS Day. They are urging
MPs to amend and support Bill C-393, on which the final stage of debate
will soon resume in Parliament. Bill C-393 aims to streamline Canada's
Access to Medicines Regime, which was created by Parliament in 2004 with
the goal of getting lower-cost generic medicines for AIDS and other
public health problems to developing countries but has failed to
deliver. With more than 1.8 million people dying of AIDS in 2009,
including 260 000 children, the opportunity presented by the proposed
legislation must be seized. 

These vigils are organized by the National Advocacy Committee of the
Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign in support of African grandmothers
who are raising millions of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS, as well as
other civil society groups and concerned Canadians.

Local vigils being held include:

Organizers: Grands 'n' More Winnipeg
When: Tuesday, November 30, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 
Where: (1) One vigil is at the constituency office of Conservative MP
Rod Bruinooge at Unit 27, 2855 Pembina Highway, WINNIPEG, MB; and (2)
another vigil is at the constituency office of Conservative MP Joy Smith
at Unit 13C, 1795 Henderson Highway, WINNIPEG, MB
Contact: Linda Watson, watson1 at mymts.net 

Organizers: Greater Van Gogos Advocacy Committee and representatives of
Universities Allied for Essential Medicines from Simon Fraser University

When: Tuesday, November 30, 10:30 a.m.
Where: On the sidewalk outside the office of Cabinet Minister James
Moore, 2603 St. John's Street, PORT MOODY, BC
Contacts: Kathleen Wallace-Deering, kathleenwd at gmail.com; Roz Johns,
(604) 272-7720

Organizers: Grandmothers of Steel
When: Wednesday, December 1, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
Where: Gore Park, HAMILTON, ON
Contact: Dorothy Johns, d3grannyjohns at yahoo.ca 
Organizers: Grandmothers of Fergus/Elora
When: Wednesday, December 1
Where: ELORA, ON
Contact: Cinda Richardson, cindar at hotmail.com 

Organizers: Oomama-Milton and students from Milton High School
When: Wednesday, December 1
Where: Conservative MP Lisa Raitt's office, 86 Main Street East, MILTON,
Contact: Irene Clarke, iclarke at pathcom.com 

Organizers: Burlington Ubuntu Grandwomen
When: Wednesday, December 1, 5:00 p.m. 
Where: Walk a block along the main street (Brant Street) to City Hall
(candlelight vigil), BURLINGTON, ON
Contact: Linda Rafuse, Lrafuse at cogeco.ca 

Organizers: Omas Siskona of Kitchener-Waterloo
When: Wednesday, December 1, 2:00 p.m. 
Where: South end of the skating rink at Waterloo Civic Square (King
Street at Willis Way, uptown Waterloo) for a time of reflection and
prayer, then walk to the nearby riding office of MP Peter Braid,
Contact: Bonnie Cole-Arnal, bacole at sympatico.ca 

Organizers: Grandmothers to Grandmothers Calgary
When: Wednesday, December 1, 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Where: Constituency office of PM Stephen Harper, Glenmore Landing Mall,
1600-90th Ave SW, CALGARY, ON
Contact: Hilary Elliott, (403) 283-9147, hilary.elliott at gmail.com

Organizers: Ottawa Region Grandmother Groups

When: Wednesday, December 1, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Begins outside offices of Rx&D at 55 Metcalfe Street from 8:30
a.m. until 10:00 a.m., then moves to the Human Rights Memorial at the
corner of Elgin and Lisgar Streets at 11:00 a.m., OTTAWA, ON
Contacts: Pat Evans, (613) 741-7920, pat_evans at carleton.ca 

Additional events being organized by other civil society groups and
concerned Canadians to mark World AIDS Day and support access to
medicines include:

What: Global Access: A World AIDS Day Event Hosted by Oxfam, University
of Toronto Chapter
When: Thursday, December 2, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
Where: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
Room 2212, 252 Bloor Street West, TORONTO, ON
Speakers: Richard Elliott, Executive Director of the Canadian HIV/AIDS
Legal Network; Dr. Anne-Marie Zajdlik, founder and Director of the Masai
Center for Local, Regional, and Global Health; Aria Ilyad Admad,
Universities Allied for Essential Medicine

What: Let's Talk AIDS
Hosted by Dignitas Youth @ U of T St. George
When: Tuesday, November 30, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Where: Medical Sciences Building, Room 3153, University of Toronto, 1
King's College Circle, TORONTO, ON
Speakers: James Fraser, co-founder and Executive Director of Dignitas
International; Paul Hamel, Director of the University College Health
Studies Program at the University of Toronto; Alexis MacDonald, Director
of External Relations for the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
What: World AIDS Day Breakfast
Hosted by AIDS Thunder Bay and a coalition of local civil society groups
When: Wednesday, December 1, 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., $10
Where: Victoria Inn, 555 W. Arthur St., THUNDER BAY, ON

What: World AIDS Day Open Mike Night
Hosted by Victoria College Students' Administrative Council, University
of Toronto
When: Friday, December 3, 8:00 p.m., $3
Where: The Cat's Eye, basement of Wymilwood building, 95 Charles Street


For more information about CAMR and Bill C-393, see www.aidslaw.ca/camr.


Christopher Holcroft
Principal, Empower Consulting for the Legal Network
Telephone: +1 416 996-0767, chris_holcroft at yahoo.com

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