Letter – Grandmothers against AIDS

Victoria grandmothers are joining a nation-wide shout-out Nov. 1 to promote affordable medicines to fight AIDS in Africa.

Grandmothers against AIDS

Victoria grandmothers are joining a nation-wide shout-out Nov. 1 to promote affordable medicines to fight AIDS in Africa. The Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN) is organizing gatherings on 17 hilltops across Canada to send the message “from our hill to Parliament Hill” that Bill C-398 must be passed. “We believe our politicians have the power to save lives in Africa — all they have to do is pass Bill C-398,” says local GRAN member Anne Young. Bill C-398 will cut through red tape, allowing generic drug makers to sell life-saving anti-retrovirals to Africa, at no cost to Canadians. A similar bill collapsed last year when the federal election was called. The rally here at noon, Thursday, Nov. 1, at Clover Point, will feature music and messages aimed at urging Canada’s MPs to pass the licensing law. Once Bill C-398 becomes law, one Canadian company has promised to develop an AIDS drug for children. A child born with AIDS in Africa has a 50 per cent chance of dying before her second birthday. Fewer than 1 in 5 children are getting the life-saving anti-retroviral drugs.

Anne Moon,Victoria

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Music of Cream touring band more than a tribute act

Ginger Baker’s son Kofi, Clapton’s nephew Will joined by rock stalwarts for 50th anniversary tour

Actors asked to find a spirituality for new Belfry production

Playwright/director Tara Beagan’s The Ministry of Grace tells Indigenous tale of challenge, love

PERFECTLY POTABLE: Bold reds that make you stand up and take notice

Monday wine columnist Robert Moyes weighs in on a trio of fine reds and a yummy late harvest white

Powerful Russian folk trio makes triumphant return to city

Trio Voronezh back on Victoria stage for first time since appearing at Coupe Mondiale in 2013

Abbamania, Night Fever in spotlight at McPherson in Victoria

ABBA, Bee Gees songs will fill the Mac Feb. 7, along with Lady Gaga tribute

VIDEO: Nickelback gears up for nostalgia tour

Canadian band joins Stone Temple Pilots for a summer tour that includes just one stop in Canada

Winners announced for inaugural Victoria Arts Council/Monday poetry contest

More than 100 entries received in five categories

Canadian polar bears’ ‘ingenious’ survival seen in BBC Earth series

Film crews also go to Tofino to watch black bears snap up crabs under massive boulders

Spring author’s reading series kicks off early in Sidney

Sidney and Peninsula Literary Society hosting Yasuko Thanh and Carla Funk for Feb. 7 event

The winners of London Drugs’ 2019 Amateur Photographer of the Year contest are…

After more than 26,000 entries, the winners have been selected across Western Canada.

‘How to Train Your Dragon’ filmmaker Dean DeBlois among Canadian Oscar nominees

Multiple Oscar-nominated Canadian talents on Academy Award hopefuls list

Most Read