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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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HIV is not a crime – Ryan Peck giving free lunchtime lecture on February 13 in London

HIV IS NOT A CRIME: Calling for an end to Canada’s overly broad criminalization of HIV non-disclosure. Ryan Peck, HALCO executive director and lawyer, argues that Canada has unfortunately become a world leader when it comes to prosecuting people with … Continue reading

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Public Roundtable on February 3, 2017 – Prosecuting HIV: Is it a crime to have sex without disclosing?

Prosecuting HIV: Is it a crime to have sex without disclosing? public roundtable discussion will take place:     Friday February 3rd, 2017, from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm    Canadiana Gallery – Room 160, 14 Queen’s Park Crescent West, Toronto, Ontario The Supreme … Continue reading

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HALCO’s Ryan Peck to receive 2016 Sidney B. Linden Award

Ryan Peck, HALCO’s executive director (and lawyer), has been awarded the 2016 Sidney B. Linden Award. This award from Legal Aid Ontario recognizes individuals who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to assisting low-income Ontarians in the pursuit of access to … Continue reading

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HALCO news Autumn/Winter 2016 newsletter is here!

Our HALCO news Autumn/Winter 2016 edition newsletter includes: HALCO Open House, 2016 Annual General Meeting, and Annual Report HALCO’s New Office HALCO Welcomes Donation of Guta Kaufman Oil Paintings Federal Government Recognizes Over-criminalization of People with HIV New Canadian Coalition … Continue reading

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Ontario Provincial Ministerial Roundtable on Criminal Law and HIV

The Ontario Provincial Ministerial Roundtable on Criminal Law and HIV met on December 5, 2016.  Participating in the meeting were: Attorney General Yasir Naqvi, Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues Tracy MacCharles, Minister of the Environment Glen Murray, as well as … Continue reading

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Trans* identified and living with or affected by HIV?

Trans identified people living with or affected by HIV are invited to participate in a confidential interview on accessing justice as part of the TRANSforming JUSTICE project. Information about the project is available on our website, at www.halco.org/our-services/trans-legal-needs-assessment-ontario. If you … Continue reading

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Progress for people living with HIV in prison

A recent landmark resolution of a complaint to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (the “Tribunal”) has resulted in a number of positive changes for people living with HIV in prison in Canada. A person with HIV filed a human … Continue reading

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New report: ‘Callous, Cold and Deliberately Duplicitous’: Racialization, Immigration and the Representation of HIV Criminalization

This research report by Eric Mykhalovskiy, Colin Hastings, Chris Sanders, Michelle Hayman, and Laura Bisaillon is available on-line at: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2874409. The report explores mainstream Canadian newspaper coverage of HIV non-disclosure criminal cases in Canada. It pays particular attention to how defendants’ … Continue reading

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New Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization

People living with HIV, community workers, lawyers and academics from across the country met in Toronto in October 2016 to officially launch the new Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization.  Ryan Peck, HALCO executive director/lawyer was there. The Coalition was … Continue reading

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