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Ontario’s new 2019 Health and Physical Education Curriculum

In August 2018, the Ontario Minister of Education issued a Directive requiring all elementary public school teachers (grades 1 to 8) to cease using the 2015 Health and Physical Education (HPE) Curriculum and revert to the 2010 version until a … Continue reading

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Federal government provides one-time funding for immigration and refugee law services

On August 12, 2019, the federal government announced that it would provide $25.7 million in one-time funding for immigration and refugee law services in Ontario for the fiscal year of April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020. Based on this … Continue reading

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HALCO news Summer 2019 is here!

Our HALCO news Summer 2019 edition newsletter is here and includes: Legal Aid Ontario Funding Cuts – Save Our Legal Clinics Criminalization of People Living with HIV – Standing Committee Report Changes to Social Assistance – important ODSP/OW update OHIP+ … Continue reading

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HIV decriminalization changes welcome but not enough: Lawyer’s Daily article by HALCO’s Ryan Peck

On July 17, 2019, the Lawyer’s Daily published an in-depth article by Ryan Peck, HALCO executive director and lawyer. You can access the article on the Lawyer’s Daily website: https://www.thelawyersdaily.ca/articles/13764/hiv-decriminalization-changes-welcome-but-not-enough-ryan-peck.  

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Update on Legal Aid Ontario Funding Cuts

From Ryan Peck, HALCO Executive Director, July 2019 On April 11, 2019, the Ontario government cut funding to Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) by 30% for this fiscal year (2019-20), with additional cuts over coming years. In addition, the government also … Continue reading

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Kreppner Award 2019 – Call for Nominations

The Award The late James Kreppner was a great friend to the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) and to people with HIV and Hepatitis C. In recognition of James’ innumerable contributions, HALCO established the Kreppner Awards in 2010. … Continue reading

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Changes to Social Assistance in Ontario – Important ODSP/OW Update (2019July)

[Note: on July 22, 2019, we revised this info sheet. Please use the revised version, which can be identified by the (R) beside the date in the document footer.] In November 2018, we reported on the government of Ontario’s announcement … Continue reading

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Response to Federal Justice Committee Report on Criminalization of People Living With HIV

This communication was adapted from a statement released by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network (Legal Network) on June 17, 2019. We thank the Legal Network for their incredible and long-standing work on the issue of criminalization of HIV. After hearing … Continue reading

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Interim Pathway for Caregivers to Apply for Permanent Residence in Canada

Applications must be made by June 4, 2019.  In late February 2019, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced a new interim program for caregivers in Canada to apply for permanent residence. The requirements under this interim program are intended … Continue reading

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OHIP+ prescription drug coverage for youth 24 and under will no longer be universal beginning on April 1, 2019

OHIP+, which began on January 1, 2018, currently provides free prescription drug coverage for all Ontario children, youth and young adults age 24 and under who have OHIP coverage. With the child/youth/young adult’s OHIP health card or health care number, … Continue reading

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