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1986

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1986, January 3 (Friday) * K-W Record: Patients with AIDS symptoms fight for treatment as humans

On pp.D1-D2 of The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 1986, January 3, Friday, there was an article by Sheila Hannon, Record staff, entitled “Patients with AIDS symptoms fight for treatment as humans”. This article began with some remarks by Bill Allan, described as a “Waterloo student who has symptoms of the life-threatening condition.” He indicated that “sometimes health-care professionals and others reel back in horror when they learn their patient or client is suffering from acquired immune deficiency syndrome ... And that can make it difficult to receive the medical and/or dental care required to combat the numerous infections which accompany AIDS...” He noted that “for the most part, the local care has been very good.” The article went on to provide the following information. “The health care that AIDS and ARC [AIDS-related conditions] patients can receive locally will be a focus of the AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area (ACCKWA, pronounced Aqua) which Allan was instrumental in founding last fall. The committee wants to put together a roster of doctors, dentists, mental health professionals, social workers and others who are willing to treat people who have been exposed to AIDS.” Other possible projects for ACCKWA were also mentioned. The article went on to say that “A steering committee is now directing the committee's activities until a formal organizational meeting can be held, probably in March.“ The article also said that ACCKWA hoped to organize “a symposium of health-care professionals, civil servants and politicians in February to look at the AIDS situation in the region now and in the future....” The article also surveyed precautionary guidelines followed by local hospitals in dealing with AIDS patients. The article concluded with a discussion of special problems involved in the dental treatment of AIDS patients, and the difficulty in finding local dentists willing to handle AIDS clients.
[source: The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 1986, January 3, Friday, pp.D1-D2; article entitled “Patients with AIDS symptoms fight for treatment as humans”; photocopy supplied by ACCKWA.]

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1986, June 9 (Monday) * K-W Record: Uphill battle: Region AIDS committee organizers campaign for office, phone ‘hotline’

On p.B4 of The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 1986, June 9, Monday, there was an article by Mark Zwolinski, Record staff, entitled “Uphill battle: Region AIDS committee organizers campaign for office, phone ‘hotline’”. The article began “The struggle is just beginning. Starting today, the AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener-Waterloo, and area, (ACCKWA) begins an uphill battle that it hopes will end with a central office, a new ‘hotline’ phone number, and most importantly, an information link to region residents regarding the much talked about, deadly disease.” The article included many comments by two ACCKWA board members, Gordon Youngman and Doug Saunders [referred to in the article as “Sanders”], mostly about complacency in the community and about fund-raising efforts. It was noted that ACCKWA would be participating in AIDS Awareness Week, beginning with a conference that very day at the Waterloo Adult Recreation Centre, to be followed on Friday by a fund-raising dance at the American Hotel in Kitchener. The article spoke of support from local MP Walter McLean and Waterloo Region's medical health officer, Dr. Gerrard Evans. The article closed with the note: “ACCKWA's hotline will come into service in July they say, and plans are to have it reach the whole 519 area code in the future.”
[source: The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 1986, June 9, Monday, p.B4; article entitled “Uphill battle: Region AIDS committee organizers campaign for office, phone ‘hotline’”; photocopy supplied by ACCKWA.]

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1986, June 9 (Monday) * ACCKWA: AIDS Awareness Week: Press Conference at the Waterloo Adult Recreation Centre

On p.B4 of The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 1986, June 9, Monday, there was an article by Mark Zwolinski, Record staff, entitled “Uphill battle: Region AIDS committee organizers campaign for office, phone ‘hotline’”. The article noted that ACCKWA would be participating in AIDS Awareness Week, beginning with a conference that very day at the Waterloo Adult Recreation Centre, to be followed on Friday by a fund-raising dance at the American Hotel in Kitchener.
[source: The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 1986, June 9, Monday, p.B4; article entitled “Uphill battle: Region AIDS committee organizers campaign for office, phone ‘hotline’”; photocopy supplied by ACCKWA.]

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1986, June 10 (Tuesday) * K-W Record: Regional group calls for war on AIDS

On p.A16 of The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 1986, June 10, Tuesday, there was an article by Mark Zwolinski, Record staff, entitled “Regional group calls for war on AIDS”. This article was a report on the press conference by ACCKWA on June 9, Monday, which formed the official opening of AIDS Awareness Week in Waterloo Region. The article spoke mainly about the need for increased public awareness, and noted that “Their battle will be fought with up-to-date pamphlets and, hopefully, a new hotline phone number, which will advise people how to avoid contact with the disease.” The article went on to say that “If funding permits, ACCKWA will expand their operation to include a central office and hotline coverage of the entire 519 area code.” The article also noted that “ACCKWA members will attend a candlelight vigil in Toronto Thursday and hold a benefit dance Friday at the American Hotel.”
[source: The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 1986, June 10, Tuesday, p.A16; article entitled “Regional group calls for war on AIDS”; photocopy supplied by ACCKWA.]

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1986, June 13 (Friday) * ACCKWA: AIDS Awareness Week: Fund-Raising Dance at the American Hotel (Kitchener)

On p.B4 of The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 1986, June 9, Monday, there was an article by Mark Zwolinski, Record staff, entitled “Uphill battle: Region AIDS committee organizers campaign for office, phone ‘hotline’”. The article noted that ACCKWA would be participating in AIDS Awareness Week, beginning with a conference that very day at the Waterloo Adult Recreation Centre, to be followed on Friday by a fund-raising dance at the American Hotel in Kitchener.
[source: The Kitchener-Waterloo Record, 1986, June 9, Monday, p.B4; article entitled “Uphill battle: Region AIDS committee organizers campaign for office, phone ‘hotline’”; photocopy supplied by ACCKWA.]

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1986, Fall * GLOW: Off-Campus Dances

In the Fall, GLLOW dances moved off campus to do fund-raising. (Bar Services on campus made it difficult to make money). These dances were generally fund-raisers for AIDS-related causes. Social as well as political activities were emphasized, and GLLOW membership increased.
[source: Jim Parrott.]

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