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International AIDS Candlelight Memorial

A space to share memories of loved ones, with music and art.

When: Sunday, May 15th from 3-5 pm
Where: The AIDS Committee of Ottawa
The Living Room
19 Main Street
Ottawa, ON K1S 1A9

*Mainstreet @ Greenfield

Hosted by ACO & Bruce House

Light refreshements and snacks will be provided.

RSVP, Questions, information: Sonya@aco-cso.ca

Accessibility note:

ACO is an accessible venue. The washrooms are located on the main floor and are accessible as well.

The washrooms at this event will be gender neutral in recognition that so often gender variant, trans, two spirit and women identified people are at greater risk to violence and harassment.

 

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Spacing Ottawa features ACO in its article on Doors Open Ottawa 2015

Spacing Ottawa features ACO in its article on Doors Open Ottawa 2015.

“The AIDS Committee of Ottawa will be celebrating 30 years of advocacy this fall. To commemorate this event they are preparing a legacy project entitled ACOXXX, which will be interviewing individuals critical to the ACO community and HIV/AIDS movement over the past three decades. This will be compiled into a physical as well as online book, which can be shared internationally. If you’re interested in supporting the ACOXXX legacy project in celebration of 30 years of inspiring work, join them on September 19th 2015, or on World AIDS Day, December 1st, 2015.”

http://spacing.ca/ottawa/2015/06/16/13061/

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Statement from Agellan Capital Partners Inc. and Cushman & Wakefield RE: 240 Bank Street

Statement from Agellan Capital Partners Inc. and Cushman & Wakefield RE: 240 Bank Street

 

“The AIDS Committee of Ottawa (ACO) is a social justice organization that works from an Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression framework and provides education, outreach and support to people living with, affected by or at risk of HIV/AIDS in the Ottawa region. We regret that, due to unforeseen circumstances, and after all of the work that went into planning the move, ACO was not able to move to 240 Bank Street. Agellan Capital Partners Inc. and Cushman & Wakefield acknowledge the effort that ACO put into finding and preparing its new space and recognize the value of the work ACO does in the community.”

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Snowblower 2015 Events Listing

Snowblower 2015 Events

Event Name Snowblower Info Fair and ACO Open House
Date Monday, February 9th
Time 5:00 – 8:00pm
Location AIDS Committee of Ottawa, 19 Main Street
Description/Cost ACOs grand opening of 19 Main Street in collaboration with Snowblower info fair. No cost.
Contact info Caleb Chepesiuk, 613-238-5014 ext. 252 or caleb@aco-cso.ca

 

Event Name The Power of Saying Yes “Healing Power of Erotic Energy”
Date Tuesday, February 10th
Time 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Location ARTS Court, Courtroom
Description/Cost An intimate conversation – Roger Galipeau – a holistic therapist and teacher.The power of Yes – a way to fully embrace and accept your Eros.Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be fulfilled erotically?This two hour session is focused on introducing the concept of love – loving yourself, loving your partner, understanding and expressing your desires and being able to tell someone your secret wishes.The lesson is based on how to yourself and making steps to greater intimacy and satisfaction within yourself.Everyone is welcome though seating is limited, please RSVP
Contact info Grant Cobb, 613-238-5014 ext. 224 grant@aco-cso.ca

 

Event Name Trans Men’s Workshop
Date Tuesday, February 10th
Time 5:30 to 7:00pm
Location ARTS Court, The Library
Description/Cost Fucking QT guysWant to talk about how to navigate sex / dating with queer trans (QT) guys? Are you a trans man who has sex with men? Is your lover / partner / fuckbuddy a QT guy? Are you crushing on that QT babe and want to know how to treat him respectfully? In this workshop, we’ll discuss the ways to manage risks around sex, and build better relationships, communication, and fucking, within MSM communities!**This workshop is open to everyone, but is centered on queer/gay/bi trans guys. These are imperfect and broad terms and include anyone who feels their experiences or identities are affiliated with this.
Contact info Claire Touchette, 613-238-5014 ext. 235, claire@aco-cso.ca

 

Event Name Queering Black History
Date Wednesday, February 11th
Time
Location Arts Court
Description/Cost A photography exhibit and panel discussion celebrating the contributions of queer black leaders
Contact info Preet Bhogal, 613-238-5014 ext. 236, preet@aco-cso.ca

 

Event Name Wabano Event
Date Thursday, February 12th
Time 1-3pm
Location ARTS Court, The Library
Description/Cost Everyone welcome.
Contact info Heather Money, 613-238-5014 ext. 242, heather@aco-cso.ca

 

Event Name Ottawa Wolves Movie Night
Date Thursday, February 12th
Time 6:30-8pm
Location ARTS Court, The Library
Description/Cost The Ottawa Wolves host “Go Dragons! A Rugby Story,” which follows a season in the life of the Chicago Dragons, a gay rugby team in a straight Midwestern league. No Cost
Contact info Derek Cassidy, 613-238-5014 ext. 232, derek@aco-cso.ca

 

Event Name SHAG Cupid with Youth Services Bureau
Date Tuesday, February 10th
Time 1:00 to 4:30pm
Location YSB Drop-in, 147 Besserer Street, Ottawa
Description/Cost The Sexual Health Advisory Group (SHAG) enthusiastically invites all youth ages 16 to 24 of any gender or sexual identity/orientation to join us for our 6th annual SHAG Cupid, a totally FREE event. This sex positive afternoon will feature great music, a workshop from Venus Envy on ‘How to Hook up’ our now-traditional warm and fuzzy compliments center, and a cookie decorating station.Food and cupcakes provided! So many delicious choices! Did we mention the chocolate fondue pot? It’s going to be there.This for-youth and by-youth afternoon will be held at the Youth Services Bureau drop in from 1 pm to 4:30.
Contact info Alisa McClain, 613-241-7788 ext. 413, amcclain@ysb.on.ca

 

Event Name PEP/Prep Information Session
Date Thursday, February 12th
Time 6:30-8pm
Location Gay Zone
Description/Cost Patrick O’Byrne presents on PrEP and PEP, which are medications taken by someone who is HIV-negative before (PrEP) or after (PEP) contact with HIV to help prevent infection.
Contact info Derek Cassidy, 613-238-5014 ext. 232, derek@aco-cso.ca

 

Event Name Queer Mafia and ACO present Pop
Date Friday, February 13th
Time 10 pm
Location SAW Gallery
Description/Cost $10.00 or pay what you can?
Contact info Preet Bhogal, 613-238-5014 ext. 236, preet@aco-cso.ca

 

Event Name Sex Toys for Queer Boys
Date Tuesday, February 10th
Time 7:30 to 9:00 pm
Location ARTS Court, Library
Description/Cost Toys for Queer Boys offers a look at the wonderful world of sex toys geared specifically towards boys who do boys! We’ll talk about anal toys, masturbators, cock toys, lube, and some sensation and kinky toys. Discussion will include a refresher on anatomies and safer toy play. Open to all men of all histories and identities!
Contact info Derek Cassidy, 613-238-5014 ext. 232, derek@aco-cso.ca

 

Event Name Snowblower Gala
Date Saturday, February the 14th
Time 8:00pm
Location Royal Canadian Legion, 330 Kent Street
Description/Cost Performances by Mz. Snowblower 2014 Dixie Landers and other local Ottawa talent.
Contact info Heather Money, 613-238-5014 ext. 242, heather@aco-cso.ca

 

Event Name Curling with the Rainbow Rockers
Date Sunday, February 15th
Time 1-3pm
Location Ottawa Curling Club, 440 O’Connor St.
Description/Cost FREE
Contact info JP Bergeron, 613-238-5014 ext. 223, JP@aco-cso.ca

 

Event Name A conversation about Magnetic Relationships- PEP and Prep
Date Saturday, February 14th
Time 2-4pm
Location ACO, 19 Main Street
Description/Cost In this world when HIV news is focused on science, law, blame and stigma, it is rare to have conversations of loving sex between HIV positive (poz) and HIV negative partners.Those who have had a positive diagnosis and those who love us are often silenced by the shouting ignorance of fear and hate.Magnetic Relationships will encourage a discussion of love, sex, risk and a little bit of science. We hope to grow beyond false barriers and challenge ignorance.Valentine’s day, romantic treats, water, tea, coffee, chocolates $150
Contact info Grant Cobb, 613-238-5014 ext. 224, grant@aco-cso.ca

 

Event Name Family Day with Family Services of Ottawa, Ten Oakes and ACO
Date Monday, February 16th
Time 2-5pm
Location The Living Room @ The AIDS Committee of Ottawa
Description/Cost Come and celebrate your LGBTQ family with us! We will be hosting story time with volunteers from Camp Ten Oaks and Family Services Ottawa. Light refreshments and kid friendly snacks will be available. Family Day (Feb. 16th) 2-5pm at ACO’s new space! (19 Main St)
Contact info Claire Touchette, 613-238-5014 ext. 235, claire@aco-cso.ca

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World AIDS Day – A message from our Executive Director

Dear ACO Community Members and Partners,

 

Today is World AIDS Day, a day that has been globally recognized since 1988. It is a time of reflection, a day to honour and remember those who have passed on, a day to stand in support and solidarity with those living with HIV/AIDS, and a day to think about the work that lies ahead to someday eradicate HIV/AIDS.

It is estimated that last year, 1.5 million people lost their lives to AIDS-related causes across the world. Currently, there are 35 million people living with HIV/AIDS around the globe. Locally speaking, there are 3,600 people living with HIV/AIDS in Ottawa, and 71,300 people across the nation. Every 3 hours, there is someone infected with HIV in Canada. These statistics clearly indicate that we need to fortify our response to HIV/AIDS locally, nationally and globally.

We have to engage with our politicians and policy makers about the importance of strengthening our response to HIV/AIDS in our communities. We have to increase awareness about the impact of HIV transmission and stigma in our communities, and collectively we have to reaffirm our commitment to defeating HIV/AIDS.

This year’s theme/campaign for World AIDS Day is “Getting to Zero”, zero new infections, zero deaths and zero discrimination. Let us always keep this in perspective, as the ultimate goal to achieve in winning our fight against HIV/AIDS.

Please proudly wear your red ribbons and raise HIV/AIDS awareness through your networks.

 

Sincerely,

Khaled Salam

Executive Director

AIDS Committee of Ottawa

(613) 238-5014 ext. 234

khaled@aco-cso.ca

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