The Positive Side

Winter 2014 

Editor's Letter

By David McLay

Welcome to the Winter 2014 Positive Side.

I’d like to use this letter to send a huge shout-out to the people who bring this magazine to life. The team, many of whom have been involved since its inception over a decade ago, use their creativity, their skills and their devotion to produce a fabulous issue each time. Thank you! Together we produce one of the best HIV magazines anywhere.

I trust you’ll agree that this issue’s cover, featuring cellist Robert Bardston from Medicine Hat, Alberta, is particularly powerful. Equally powerful is his story. Don’t miss it. The inspiring stories continue with our profile of Doris Peltier and our feature article on three people with HIV who started their own successful businesses. All of this issue’s contributors break new ground and prove that people with HIV walk all the paths of life.

The magazine continues with health pieces on thyroid problems, anxiety, intimacy, supplements, superfoods and screening tests for people over 50. And it all starts off with a snapshot of the epidemic that highlights how the virus is affecting people in different parts of the country, and how communities are responding to it.

For me, this mix of articles reveals the resilience, diversity and creativity that live within Canada’s HIV community. And I feel honoured and proud to be able to share those stories. CATIE is committed to ensuring that the voices of people with HIV—the voices that are at the organization’s origins and core—are always heard and respected.

Surveys of our readers consistently state that one of the things they like most about the magazine is that it provides a sense of connection to other people living with the virus. Your voices are truly at the heart of our success.

So, I encourage you to check out  our Contributions policy to find out how you can contribute your story (or photo) to the magazine. We need YOU! And, of course, send your stars and cherry bombs to