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Online Reputation: Submission to Office of Privacy Commissioner of Canada Regarding its Draft Position

HALCO and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network submitted joint comments in response to the call for comments by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) on its Draft Position on Online Reputation (“Position Paper”). The rapid proliferation of … Continue reading

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Trusts and Access to Social Assistance: Supreme Court Case

On April 25, 2018, the Supreme Court of Canada heard a case that asks whether money held in a trust affects eligibility for social programs, even if the recipient cannot access that money. In this case, a person referred to as … Continue reading

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Modest Advance on Medical Inadmissibility

Federal government makes minor tweaks instead of full repeal to deeply flawed and discriminatory “excessive demand” regime After years of advocacy by HIV, disability and migrant rights organizations, Ahmed Hussen, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship announced changes to … Continue reading

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End legal stigma against people with HIV: HALCO’s Ryan Peck in Law Times

Ryan Peck, HALCO executive director/lawyer, addresses HIV stigma and criminalization in the legal context in an article in the Law Times:  www.lawtimesnews.com/article/end-legal-stigma-against-people-with-hiv-15628/.    

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Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act: HALCO/Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network Brief

While Canada’s proposed Bill C-66 Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act (An Act to establish a procedure for expunging certain historically unjust convictions and to make related amendments to other Acts), was described by Member of Parliament Randy Boissonnault as a … Continue reading

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Space Still Available: Free Workshops at HALCO in May-June 2018

Our free public legal education workshops are held in person at the Specialty Legal Clinic Co-op, 55 University Avenue, 15th Floor Room C2, Toronto (just south of King Street West and the fully accessible St. Andrew subway station): Disability Tax … Continue reading

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Ontario Budget 2018: improvements for people with lower incomes and social assistance recipients

The Government of Ontario budget 2018, which was announced yesterday, includes: new prescription drug and dental programs for people with lower incomes starting in summer 2019. elimination of prescription drug deductibles and co-payments for all senior citizens starting in August … Continue reading

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Invitation to LAO Racialized Communities Strategy Consultation on April 10, 2018

We are pleased to invite you to take part in Legal Aid Ontario’s (LAO) consultation on its Racialized Communities Strategy. HALCO is hosting this HIV-specific consultation session for people living with HIV and other partners in the HIV community.  People are … Continue reading

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Federal Court overturns immigration decision due to decision-maker’s stigma against people living with HIV

HALCO welcomes the Federal Court’s recent decision overturning a decision of the Immigration Appeal Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) of Canada.  The Federal Court’s decision was in part due to HIV-related stigma on the part of the … Continue reading

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Free public legal education workshops at HALCO in May and June 2018

Our free public legal education workshops are held in person at the Specialty Legal Clinic Co-op, 55 University Avenue, 15th Floor Room C2, Toronto (just south of King Street West and the fully accessible St. Andrew subway station): Disability Tax … Continue reading

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