Articles tagged with: 2012

Criminal Sex? Women, HIV and the Injustice of the Law.

published: January, 27, 2012 Categories // Community Events, Events, Women, Legal, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

A documentary film screening with expert panel discussion in Ottawa, hosted by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and the Canadian AIDS Society

Criminal Sex? Women, HIV and the Injustice of the Law.

In less than 15 years, more than 130 people living with HIV in Canada have been charged with not disclosing their HIV-positive status to their sexual partners, including many cases where there was no significant risk of HIV transmission.  The over-use of the criminal law has contributed to a climate of anxiety, fear and misinformation that undermines HIV counselling, education and prevention efforts — and puts all Canadians at greater risk. Women’s voices have rarely been heard on th

THEATRE REVIEW: Atom Egoyan directs Arsinée Khanjian in Martin Crimp’s Cruel and Tender

published: January, 27, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Performances, John McCullagh

John McCullagh has been to see Arsinée Khanjian in an intense marital drama based on an ancient Greek tragedy but set against today’s “war on terror”.

THEATRE REVIEW: Atom Egoyan directs Arsinée Khanjian in Martin Crimp’s Cruel and Tender

Cruel and Tender, written by Martin Crimp, one of Britain’s foremost playwrights, and directed by Canada’s acclaimed film director, Atom Egoyan, has opened at Canadian Stage in Toronto. It’s an adaptation of Sophocles’ Greek tragedy The Trachiniae, written in 490 BCE. Crimp created this adaptation in 2004 because it resonated in a world seeking to justify the invasion of Iraq. The Trachininae tells the story of Dejaneira, the wife of Hercules, who desperately misses her warrior husban

THEATRE REVIEW: Ronnie Burkett’s Penny Plain

published: January, 26, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Performances, John McCullagh

John McCullagh reviews Penny Plain, Ronnie Burkett’s apocalyptic drama performed by puppets, which opened last night at Factory Theatre in Toronto.

THEATRE REVIEW: Ronnie Burkett’s Penny Plain

We know something’s up even before Ronnie Burkett appears on stage to begin manipulating his long-string puppets. News reports - recorded apparently by real news readers from across the country - boom out telling of imminent chaos. The banking system has failed, utilities have been cut off, a global pandemic has broken out, Iceland has sunk into the sea taking its entire population with it and billions are dead, including two-thirds of the population of Canada. Then we’re introduced to Mi

Happy Virus Day

published: January, 24, 2012 Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Living with HIV

AIDS as performance art. Our new writer Robert Birch on life as art, art as life in Victoria BC, circa 1965.

Happy Virus Day

“Thank you. I’ll set up an appointment next month, Doctor. It must be hard to pass on the news of yet another diagnosis.” I hang up the phone, wonder if I needed to apologize, instead think back to January’s flu. Get dressed. For some of us shock is a wonder drug. “Get to work.” I jump into my doc martins and roll into my rust coloured suede Wild West winter coat. “Shoulders too wide, sleeves too long,” the same thought occurs to me every day. Then I remind myself that the extr

Theatre Preview: Penny Plain - an end-of-the-world romance

published: January, 23, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Features and Interviews, Theatre, John McCullagh

Hear what master puppeteer Ronnie Burkett has to say to PositiveLite.com readers about his latest show, Penny Plain, and watch as he previews a short scene from it.

Theatre Preview: Penny Plain - an end-of-the-world romance

This week, Ronnie Burkett, Canada’s master puppeteer, is bringing his latest creation, Penny Plain, to Toronto theatregoers after wowing audiences in Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. Burkett has been captivated by puppetry since the age of seven, when he opened the World Book Encyclopedia to the entry on puppets. He began touring his puppet shows around his native Alberta at the age of 14 and has been on the road ever since. Now recognized as one of Canada’s foremost theatre artists, Burk

Checking in with ATOMc

published: January, 19, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Sex in the HIV prevention world and how one hot and sexy message can lead to another

Checking in with ATOMc

Some time ago, I wrote about a project in Montréal aiming to encourage testing through social networks. This project continues, and continues to produce recruitment materials that are getting noticed. The latest YouTube video for the project (see below)  is a case in point:  What's interesting about this is the perception of what the message is, which is not necessarily the message intended by the organization putting it out (AIDS Community Care Montreal). I encourage you to watch

Seville orange marmalade - the best ever!

published: January, 18, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Contributors, Lifestyle, John McCullagh

Breakfast would not be breakfast for British-born John McCullagh without a slice of toast and home-made Seville orange marmalade.

Seville orange marmalade - the best ever!

  Marmalade is jam made from citrus fruit. It’s common on the breakfast tables of my native Britain, less so in Canada and the U.S. While you can buy it in supermarkets, it’s never as tasty as home-made. The classic and, to my mind, best marmalade is made from the intensely sharp and bitter Seville oranges that, when mixed with sugar, create a mouthwateringly bittersweet jam. Originally, these oranges were grown in southern Spain, where, interestingly, they are rarely consumed, being mo

National Ballet star Rex Harrington

published: January, 15, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Lifestyle, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

He’s known as “Sexy Rexy” on So You Think You Can Dance Canada – and he certainly doesn’t hide that he’s gay. Here he is talking about the gay thing for PFLAG Canada.

National Ballet star Rex Harrington

  Here’s what Wiki has to say about him: Rex Howard Harrington, (born October 30, 1962 in Peterborough, Ontario) is a Canadian ballet dancer. In 2000, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2005, he was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame. He is currently Artist-in-Residence at the National Ballet of Canada. Harrington has appeared in Norman Jewison's "The January Man", as well as the film adaptation of "The Four Seasons", for which Rex won a Gemini Award in 2000. Harrington ha

TORONTO HIV/AIDS NETWORK: “$80 million service cuts are still on the table at City Council."

published: January, 13, 2012 Categories // Community Events, Activism, Events, Events

Final debates and votes Tuesday January 17-Thursday January 19.

TORONTO HIV/AIDS NETWORK: “$80 million service cuts are still on the table at City Council.

You can help! 1.    Petition message from Commitment2Community: “Please take action on the 2012 City Budget now – visit  http://togethertoronto.ca/campaigns/community-services to sign a petition urging your city councillor not to cut funding to the Community Partnership and Investment Program (CPIP). Signing this petition is quick, easy and effective. Your message will go to directly to your city councillor and you can customize it with your own comme

Two (more) HIV prevention videos that don’t work.

published: January, 10, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Health, Sexual Health, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Didn’t fear-based HIV prevention messaging get lambasted aeons ago? Well, it’s back in two brand new campaigns from NYC and France respectively. Bob Leahy gives a failing grade to both. See the videos here and make up your own mind.

Two (more)  HIV prevention videos that don’t work.

I hate HIV prevention videos that don’t work. The HIV sector has little enough money  - and mark my words, will have even less before 2012 is out - so it hurts when its spent less then effectively, particularly at a time when it is becoming increasingly clear how to stop new infections. Another article I've written for later later this week includes an in-depth examination - or at least my views -  of what works and what doesn’t.  For now, though, here are two examples that

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