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HALCO Spring 2017 newsletter is here!

Our HALCO news Spring 2017 newsletter includes: HALCO’s Ryan Peck Receives the Sidney B. Linden Award Campaign to Stop Unjust HIV-related Criminal Prosecutions in Ontario Mileage Rate Increase for Social Assistance Recipients (ODSP and OW) Employment Insurance (EI) Waiting Period … Continue reading

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Privacy Concerns with U.S. Executive Order: letters from HALCO and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

HALCO and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network wrote to Canadian government privacy authorities to express grave concern with executive order signed by U.S. President Donald Trump on January 25, 2017. The order, titled “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of … Continue reading

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Ontario Bill 84 Medical Assistance in Dying – HALCO deputation

On March 17, 2017, Amy Wah, HALCO policy lawyer, made a deputation to the Ontario Legislature Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs about Bill 84 An Act to amend various Acts with respect to medical assistance in dying. The … Continue reading

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Canada’s HIV scientists express deep concern about overly broad criminalization

Canada’s top HIV researchers and the Canadian Association for HIV Research Board of Directors endorsed an important statement yesterday to express their deep concern about the ongoing, overly broad use of the criminal law in HIV non-disclosure cases. You can … Continue reading

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Criminalization of HIV non-disclosure – Information and Updates info sheet

This info sheet includes information about recent developments, as well as information about HALCO free legal services for people living with HIV in Ontario and our public legal education workshops. You can find the info sheet on our website: www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/HALCO_Criminalization-Update2017Mar.pdf. … Continue reading

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New Brief: Exploring Avenues to Address Problematic Prosecutions Against People Living with HIV in Canada

HALCO and the Canadian HIV/ AIDS Legal Network prepared this brief to encourage the federal and provincial governments, in consultation with the community, to take action to limit HIV criminalization and, to bring the law in line with current science, … Continue reading

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New Report – HIV Criminalization in Canada: Key Trends and Patterns

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network prepared this report as part of an effort to contribute to an informed public dialogue on the issue of HIV criminalization in Canada. The report provides a snapshot of the temporal and demographic patterns of … Continue reading

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Criminal law out of step on HIV – article in Law Times by HALCO’s Ryan Peck

On March 17, 2017, the Law Times Speaker’s Corner published an in-depth article by  Ryan Peck, HALCO executive director and lawyer. In the article, Ryan addresses both the science in relation to HIV transmission and the criminal law in relation … Continue reading

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Free public legal education workshops at HALCO in April and May 2017

Our free workshops are held in person at the HALCO office/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): Rent Increases: Protecting your … Continue reading

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Tell Ontario’s Attorney General to stop unjust HIV-related prosecutions

People living with HIV continue to be charged with aggravated sexual assault — one of the most serious offences in Canada’s Criminal Code — even where there is no intent to cause harm, no transmission occurs and the risks of … Continue reading

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