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Throughout the year we keep on getting messages from people across Canada telling us that they wish they had the TRIP! Project in their community.  While we usually send out small care packages to communities outside of Toronto, there are a few TRIP! resources which are available for free across Canada, including shipping!  The CATIE (Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange) Ordering Centre is a national resource for free HIV/AIDS and Hep C resources. CATIE will ship you any information you want right to your door step or community centre! It's now easier than ever to start your own harm reduction project, as it doesn't matter if you're a grassroots youth collective in Nunavut or an established social services agency-- it's all free!

For a few years CATIE has been including our Safer Snorting resource both in French and English .  This month they've added two TRIP! resources to their roster, including both our Boyz on Boyz and Grrlz on Grrlz Sexual Health Postcards! We are so incredibly excited to be contributing to this national database and we hope that our materials will reach out across the country empowering youth to make health desicions about how they party.  On our new postcards we've included room for you to personalize the resource and put in your own contact information.  We are so pleased to be collaborating with CATIE again, and we hope to have more of our resources available in the future.

RIP Big Bop

RIP Big Bop

On January 30th 2010 at 9pm, the big purple building on the corner that was once referred to by some as "Crack and Pizza", will open it's doors one last time for Nocturnal Commission's and Embedded's Good to The Last Bop. For the past three decades, The Big Bop has been host to a variety of events catering to youth of all subcultures from punk, ska and goth to being Toronto's most notorious rave venue. To many, the close of the complex comes as sad news. As one of the few well known all-ages event spaces in city some argue that there will certainly be a decrease in the already limited number of all-ages parties. However many such as myself have seen the close as a kind of blessing and as the possibility of a re renewal in the search for new, cleaner, more positive feeling spaces for parties. There is nothing like the feeling that freshness brings. Instead of a loss to the nightlife community the close should be seen as a new era. The scene has changed over they years and it should be expected that change should take place in all areas.

We all have our favorite Big Bop memories. From talking for hours with our friends in the washroom, telling our moms we were sleeping at friends house while trying not to fall off of the fire escape, drinking until the sun came up and even having sex for some of us (See: i had sex at big bop Facebook group). Some of us made friends or got to know the friends we had even better. Others, for the first time, were able to express themselves in a way that they weren't comfortable doing in another environment. Hearts were broken and mended and cell phones were lost and found.  So as we gather there for one last time on January 30th we should be reminded that the parties made it the place it was, and not the place that made the parties what they were.

 

We will miss the Big Bop!

 

<3Sara.

Empower Manual now LIVE

An HIV/AIDS Arts Activism Manual for Youth by Youth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Toronto, ON — January 2009

Check it OUT:  “Empower: Youth, Arts and Activism: An
HIV/AIDS Activism Manual for Youth by Youth”

Button-Making, Fashion, YouTube Projects, Film-Making, Safer Sex
Organizing, and More!

The manual, Empower: Youth, Arts, and Activism, is designed for
youth by youth, and features a diverse range of projects put forward by
passionate, inspiring and fired-up individuals committed to social
change. Each individual, group and project is committed to challenging
social and structural issues around HIV and AIDS. From HIV positive
youth fighting stigma to peer education projects and safer sex parties,
this manual honours the work of communities creating spaces to talk
about the issues that matter most.  And, each project is accomplished
with the use of art!

This youth, queer, and sex positive manual features work, interviews
and hot tips from the following youth activists and program:

- Prise Positive Take, Montréal
- Fashioning Change, YouthCARE, Toronto
- sprOUT/Compass, Griffin Centre, North Toronto
- PhotoVoice and the Francophone Project, GAAP, Toronto
- The Sense Project: Head & Hands, Montréal
- No Pants No Problem! Safer Sex Party Organizing, from Montréal to
Toronto
- Native Youth Sexual Health Network, Turtle Island
- Innovative HIV Prevention by Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention
(Black CAP), Toronto
- Playing it Safe Project, YouthCO AIDS Society, Vancouver
- Visual Artist, Jenn Yee.

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Partners of Empower: Youth, Arts, and Activism – An HIV/AIDS Arts
Activism Manual for Youth by Youth

Youth Action Network (YAN)

Gendering Adolescent AIDS Prevention
(GAAP)

Centre for Urban Health
Initiatives (CUHI)

Printing of the manual has been generously supported by CATIE.

To order a FREE copy of the manual please visit the
CATIE Ordering Centre at www.catie.ca after
the launch. CATIE Centre Catalogue Number ATI-26158. Copies also
available for download.

For more information about Empower, please visit www.empoweryouth.ca or contact
Sarah Switzer, managing editor at sarah@empoweryouth.info.

 

The Toronto Raver Information Project Comments on the U.S. Crackdown on Raves

Found from DanceSafe
E-News Issue No. 4

February 1-7, 2001
Interview by Jane Tseng, DanceSafe

The Toronto Raver Info Project (TRIP) is a community based peer education and harm reduction group in Toronto, Canada. TRIP was founded approximately five years ago and works out of Queen West Health Center. They have established themselves as experts in health issues surrounding the late night dance music scene in Toronto through their community forums and booth outreach services at events. In light of recent events in New Orleans, E-News talked with Erin Lewis, Project Director of TRIP about how they worked with city officials and the rave community a year and a half ago when the city of Toronto placed a ban on raves.

E-News: How would you compare the recent events surrounding raves in the United States to the government crackdown on
raves in Toronto last year?

Lewis: There are a lot of things that are very familiar, they sound very much like what was going on here in Toronto last year. The city was saying that raves are warehouses of sin. There was story in the newspaper wherethey took pictures of ecstasy pills and put them next to a table full of guns, saying that all of these drugs and these guns were confiscated at raves, when the reality is that there has never been a gun found out a rave in Toronto. They really sort of played up on the hazards of the environment saying that there weren't any washrooms and people were filling their water bottles up out of toilets and things like that. In response, what they did was ban raves off of the city's property, because the city doesn't support this kind of behavior. They said "You can't have anything there, because your parties are too dangerous". The problem was that the city property, the exhibition grounds in Toronto, is the most safe environment for large gatherings of people, because that is what it was built for. It is adequately zoned, it has exits, hundreds of toilets, running water, and its own security.


E-News: How did the ban on raves and the negative public attention on the rave scene affect the harm reduction work that TRIP does?

Lewis: Trip actually had to sit through this inquest into the death of a guy who died on ecstasy a year and a half ago at a party. We went through having our information out there on trial...having all of these powerful people from the city pulling apart everything in our information, telling us, "You're promoting drug use." They were saying that information like ours contributed to his death, and that we were making people want to use drugs. That was absolute hell. But we're still kicking, right?

E-News: What steps did TRIP and the community take to react to the government crackdown?

Lewis: We did a lot as TRIP and the Toronto Dance Safety Committee, whose chair was the project manager of TRIP at that time. The Party People Project, which is a community activism project that started out of one of TRIP's community forums, is a group of about 150 people from the rave community in Toronto that also happened to be politically active. They were also very loud and very political. They took every measure to fight the government in the crackdown and really worked to mobilize themselves. When the city government was deciding whether or not to keep the ban in place, the Party People Project and the Toronto Dance Safety Committee put together a huge information package and an accompanying video that really went in depth to dispel all of these myths about the community. They did a lot of political lobbying. One of the things that we did was to organize a large rally at city hall and we were able to pull together about 20,000 people for
that. We had say "Hey, we're here, and we dance, and its not just ravers that you would be shutting down through this crackdown".

E-News: Did the rave community enlist the support of any other organizations?

Lewis: The way that everything was worded in this government crackdown meant that if they were going to be banning raves, they would be banning a number of large exhibitions through the city, a number of multi-cultural festivals, the gay pride ball, and things like that. It really alarmed a number of other communities as well. We really worked to get their support, and to help to fight this.

E-News: When the city lifted the ban on raves, did the govornment create more regulations on how parties would be thrown?

Lewis: The protocols for safer dance events was initially carried out by the Toronto Dance Safety Committee, which is affiliated with TRIP. We were very closely involved in writing that protocols and working with the city to find some room for agreement. The police force, and the city of Toronto, and the media were really working together on this to shut down the scene and there are a lot of residual affects from that. There are a lot of protocals in place that make it really hard for people to throw parties in Toronto. It has caused a lot of division among the rave community. People started finger-pointing. Who wants to work with the city on something as sacred as your dance floor? We shouldn't be in this situation anyway. But unfortunately, we had no choice. All of these promoters in the city and all of the party kids in the city could get busted if we hadn't worked with the city to find some common ground. The biggest fight around that was to define what constitutes a rave, and what constitutes a raver. That was a really tough one to define. We had to be very choosy with our words, and very careful as to how we would define a rave, so that other groups that throw events that aren't necessarily raves, wouldn't fall into the same sort of situation.

E-News: What experience or advice can you give on how to deal with a situation where your community is being unfairly targeted?

Lewis: You have to be really proactive. You have to say, "we're going to fight this, we're going to win."

FDA Press Release on Ketamine Recall

Teva Animal Health, Inc. expands a voluntary nationwide recall of Ketamine Hydrochloride Injection, USP CIII 100mg/mL in 10mL vials

Contact:
Denise Bradley
Tel: 215-591-8974 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- December 21, 2009 - Teva Animal Health, Inc. is expanding a nationwide voluntary recall of Ketamine Hydrochloride Injection, USP CIII 100mg/mL in 10mL vials for all lot numbers within their expiration dates to the Veterinary Level.  This product had previously been recalled to the distributor level and is being expanded as a result of an increased trend in serious adverse events associated with this product.

Veterinarians who have this product in their possession are instructed to cease using the product immediately and return it to their distributor.

Ketamine Hydrochloride is a rapid acting, non-narcotic, non-barbiturate agent for anesthetic use in cats and for restraint in subhuman primates. This recall is being conducted as a result of an increased trend in serious adverse events associated with this product, including lack of effect, prolonged effect, and death and involves all lot numbers within expiration.

Teva Animal Health, Inc is voluntarily recalling the aforementioned product. The FDA has been apprised of this action.

Consumers with questions may contact 800-759-3664 from 8:00am – 5:00pm CST Monday-Friday.

 More information here with complete list of brand recall.

Mephedrone

 Mephedrone (aka 4-methylmethcathinone)

Max Volume aka M-Cat 

The trip:

- feels euphoric, somewhere between cocaine and MDMA, but different than either. Closer to MDMA, but just as expensive or more than coke!
- is much better than MDMA for sex (most people on MDMA don't get horny at all, some can't get erections -- no problems like that here)
- trip comes on and ends very suddenly (bang, there it is... bang, where'd it go?)
- lots of people say it gives them a compulsion to redose, but each time is less effective
- burns like hell when snorted and tastes disgusting (especially the drip) but feels great enough that lots of people think the initial pain is worth it
- strong smell (one user on Erowid compared it to ammonia)
- fast onset (10-20 minutes), medium-short duration (2-3 hours), somewhat of an unpleasant crash for about an hour, not much of a hangover at all
- a common dose with pretty decent effects seems to be 100 mg. 50 mg seems too mild for some and 200 can be overwhelming.

Health effects:

- very caustic (ie, it burns), so causes quite a lot of damage to the nose, sinus and back of the throat when snorted
- high potential for addiction, seems a lot worse for that than MDMA, partly because of the short duration and sudden end making people want to redose
- rather toxic. LD-50 is totally unknown and we only have a vague idea of the long term health effects, but everything we know suggests it's potentially bad news. Handful of deaths, lots more hospitalizations, plenty more adverse reactions that didn't seek medical help
- one of its metabolites, 4-methylephedrine, is a potent vasoconstrictor, which means it causes your blood vessels to squeeze up, which means that it's really dangerous to use if you've got high blood pressure or are pregnant (vasoconstrictors during pregnancy lead to the fetus not getting enough blood supply, leading in turn to poor development and low birth weight)
- in the a lot of the described adverse reactions, people report skin turning blue or purple. If you notice this happening, get help immediately!

 

For more info see:

Mephedrone: the users, the dealers, the debate


Mephedrone: From plant food to Britain’s party drug

NeuroSoup Mephedrone 

 

Drugs, drugs, drugs, which are good, which are bad?

Drugs, drugs, drugs... take this survey and tell us what you've done! The TRIP! Project's own volunteer Leanne WIlkins is undertaking her masters research in cognitive neuroscience and is looking to see the effects of various drugs on the mind. It's 100% confidential so fill it out today! Note that the survey does take time so make sure you have some set aside. Be sure to read the consent form so you know the benifits and risks of participating.

Take the survey today!

EMPOWER: Youth, Arts, and HIV/AIDS Activism Launch Party!




Empower Manual

 

Empower: Youth, Arts, and HIV/AIDS Activism
Launch Party!

 

Check out Drag Performances,
Interactive Panel Discussions, Fashion,
Visual Art Exhibitions, Discussion Panels, and Sexy Safer Sex Information! Come
out to an interactive, action-packed World AIDS Day event with performances,
exhibitions and discussions by local youth activists and educators,
service providers and community organizers. This is a Queer Positive
space.

 

This FREE interactive symposium will
launch "Empower: Youth, Arts and
Activism: An HIV/AIDS Activism Manual for Youth by Youth." For more
information on the manual, see below.

 

Performances, Exhibition and Discussion by:

  • Kim Simard, Prise Positive
  • Jay, Romeo and Company, sprOUT, Griffin Centre
  • Nidhi Punyarthi, Gendering Adolescent AIDS Prevention
  • Jessica Yee, Native Youth Sexual Health Network
  • Jessica Whitbread, No Pants No Problem Party Organizer
  • Henry Luyombya, Peer Educator, Planned Parenthood
    Positive Prevention
  • Jenn Yee, Visual Artist
  • Lulu Gurney and Aaron Chan, Youth CO
  • David Lewis-Peart, Mary Yehdego, and Shani Robertson,
    Black-CAP


More to Come!

Everyone is welcome. Snacks & Refreshments
Provided. Guests will
receive a free copy of the manual upon arrival.
For questions or more information, please contact
cuhi.admin@utoronto.ca

 

EVENT DETAILS:

Date: November, 26, 2009
Time: 6:00 - 9:00pm
Place: William Doo Auditorium*,
New College, University of Toronto.
45 Willcocks
(SW Corner of Willcocks and Spadina. Closest Subway Station: Spadina)

* Wheelchair accessible.

*** The launch will be preceded by a
talk by Dr. Jessica Fields
(Sociology, City University of New York), "Under Lock and Key: Sex
Education and the Effort to Prevent and Protect", as well as a
networking reception. These events are organized as part of the Youth
Sexual Health RIG.

Event date/time: November 26, 2009
4:00 - 5:30: Dr. Jessica Fields talk - Women and Gender Studies
Lounge, 2nd Floor Wilson Hall Residence (20 Willcocks)
5:30 - 6:00: Networking Reception
6:00-9:00: Manual Launch & Symposium - William Doo Auditorium (45
Willcocks)

 

Empower: Youth, Arts, and Activism

 

The manual, Empower: Youth, Arts, and
Activism, is designed for youth
by youth, and features a diverse range of projects put forward by
passionate, inspiring and fired-up individuals committed to social
change. Each individual, group and project is committed to challenging
social and structural issues around HIV and AIDS. From HIV positive
youth fighting stigma to peer education projects and safer sex
parties, this manual honours the work of communities creating spaces
to talk about the issues that matter most. And? each project is
accomplished with the use of art!

 

Partners:

Youth
Action Network

www.youthactionnetwork.org/
Gendering Adolescent AIDS Prevention
(GAAP)

www.utgaap.info
Centre for Urban Health Initiatives
(CUHI)

www.cuhi.utoronto.ca

 

Printing of the manual has been
generously supported by CATIE.
To order a FREE copy of the manual after the launch, please visit the
CATIE Ordering Centre at
www.catie.ca after the launch. CATIE Centre
Catalogue Number ATI-26158.

Peer Research 101


 

For Us, By Us: Peer Research 101 features peer researchers from Queen West and Access Alliance Community Health Centres.  Produced by TRIP! Coordinator Lisa Campbell Salazar it is an educational webinar on community based research ethics produced in association with the Toronto Community Based Research Network .

Bust at the Zone

During a 'routine sweep' Police raided the afterhours club, the Comfort
Zone, early Sunday morning arresting over 100 people, but releasing
around 75% of them. Most of those charged, were charged for possession
of illegal drugs including heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, ketamine and GHB
with a value of $30,000. About $35, 000 cash was also siezed.

 

Read the National Post article for full info.

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