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HALCO marks Indigenous Peoples Day and commits to Reconciliation

In solidarity with Indigenous Peoples and in support of Reconciliation, the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) participates in the June celebration of Indigenous History Month and Indigenous Peoples Day. Our office is closed on June 21 each year … Continue reading

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Health care in provincial correctional facilities – Submissions

HALCO, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and Prisoners with HIV/AIDS Support Action Network (PASAN) provided comments on health care in Ontario provincial correctional facilities to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional … Continue reading

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End Unjust HIV Criminalization – A Community Dialogue on June 14, 2018

End Unjust HIV Criminalization – A Community Dialogue: Thursday June 14, 2018 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard Street West, Toronto. Canada (and Ontario) has one of the highest levels of criminalizing people living with HIV … Continue reading

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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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