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Quick look at SMASH 2021

By Khaled / April 9, 2021

This year, MAX Ottawa had the pleasure of attending the SMASH (Sommet Montréalais d’Action pour la Santé des Hommes ayant des relations sexuelles ou amoureuses avec d’autres hommes) in its 2021 online edition, organized by RÉZO. After the 2020 edition, full of critical information, this year, SMASH is back (March 18-19) with a varied program…

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Retour sur le SMASH 2021

By Khaled / April 6, 2021

Cette année, MAX Ottawa a eu le plaisir d’assister au SMASH (Sommet Montréalais d’Action pour la Santé des Hommes ayant des relations sexuelles ou amoureuses avec d’autres hommes) dans son édition 2021, organisée, en ligne, par RÉZO. Après l’édition 2020, riche en informations, cette année, SMASH est de retour avec une programmation variée embrassant plusieurs…

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Peer Support: A way to connect.

By Khaled / March 22, 2021

Being a newcomer and finding community and resources can be difficult, especially coming from a country that is not queer-friendly. It is for this reason that I am thankful to MAX, as I have found every space created and run by MAX to be warm, inviting and caring. The peer support program at MAX is…

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Neg-otiating poz spaces: Four mistakes we don’t have to make

By Khaled / March 9, 2021

What do you think — is PnP a poz space? The party scene never belonged exclusively to HIV-positive guys (and nor do all such guys party), but it’s not wrong to say that PnP is uniquely poz-friendly. For a long time, chemsex was radically more welcoming than nearly all other social or sexual spaces for queer…

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Peer Support: Why I’m here to listen

By MAX Ottawa / February 16, 2021

My name is Matt (he/him) and I first became involved with MAX as a Peer Support volunteer in the summer of 2020. I was very excited to see the notice that MAX was searching for Peer Support volunteers, as I had been searching for an opportunity like this since moving to Ottawa.  Peer Support was…

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Updates from Acting Executive Director

By MAX Ottawa / October 17, 2020

Greetings, While I understand that these are unprecedented times, I sincerely hope you are staying safe, connected and finding support in ways that are meaningful. From isolation and stress to financial insecurity, the pandemic has certainly affected all of us in a number of ways. I’ve seen the numbers and it is assured that the…

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Giving Back with MAX

By MAX Ottawa / September 29, 2020

Supporting health and wellness for guys into guys  As the pandemic rages on, affecting every part of our society, one thing remains steadily true:  the queer community continues to be one of the hardest hit. Due to COVID-19, queer people face more challenges with employment security, financial security, and physical and mental health.  Impact of…

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Stronger Together

By MAX Ottawa / August 21, 2020

New health services during COVID-19 We recognize the need for increased access to MAX’s community programming, particularly for vulnerable segments of GBT2Q guys into guys during the pandemic.  Over the past few months, MAX Ottawa has launched new programs and services to address community mental health, harm reduction support, and healthcare access for older adults…

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Reopening Plan and Employment Opportunities

By MAX Ottawa / August 5, 2020

MAX’s Reopening Plan and Employment Opportunities While many of you are enjoying relaxed self-isolation restrictions, we at MAX Ottawa have been getting cozy in our new home!  We’re neighbouring up with The Ten Oaks Project and Centretown Community Health Centre (CCHC) at 400 Cooper Street. We’re looking forward to hosting community events and our full…

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MAX Welcomes New Staff

By MAX Ottawa / July 23, 2020

Prioritizing the health and wellness needs of GBT2Q guys into guys in 2020 has certainly brought new challenges. MAX Ottawa has been doing it’s best to adapt to help meet those needs. In addition to moving into a new office and searching for a new Executive Director, MAX is also welcoming our new staff to…

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