Category Archives: News

John Plater – June 1, 1967, to July 28, 2012

It is with great sadness that we share the news of John Plater’s death.  John was a dedicated advocate for people with HIV and Hepatitis C.  A leader since the 1980s, John was a member of HALCO’s Board of Directors in 2000. … Continue reading

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Submissions in “Rasouli” Consent to Treatment Case at Supreme Court of Canada

HALCO and the the Mental Health Legal Committee (MHLC) were granted intervener status in the upcoming Supreme Court of Canada case of Brian Cuthbertson, et al. v. Hassan Rasouli by his Litigation Guardian and Substitute Decision Maker, Parichehr Salasel (Rasouli). … Continue reading

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HALCO’s Ryan Peck at AIDS 2012

Ryan Peck, HALCO’s Executive Director, is attending AIDS 2012, the international AIDS conference in Washington, D.C. www.aids2012.org/ On July 20, Ryan spoke about the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure, transmission and exposure on a panel at the International Indigenous Pre-Conference on HIV & … Continue reading

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Law Union calls on Ontario to resist Harper’s regressive Omnibus Crime Bill

In the aftermath of an Ontario court striking down another “mandatory minimum sentence” last week, Ontario lawyers and legal rights advocates are urging Ontario’s Attorney General, Hon. John Gerretsen, to take steps to mitigate the impact of the federal government’s … Continue reading

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2012 Pride and Remembrance Run a Huge Success!

The 2012 Pride and Remembrance Run took place on Saturday June 30 and was a great success, raising over $84,000! We would like to thank all of our HALCO volunteers who volunteered their time for the Run. And, of course, … Continue reading

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Social Assistance Update – June 2012

The ODSP/OW Home Repair Benefit is ending so you must apply by June 30, 2012. Our Social Assistance Update includes important information about the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and Ontario Works (OW), including: ODSP/OW Home Repair Benefit ends – … Continue reading

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HALCO news Spring 2012 edition is here!

Our HALCO news  Spring 2012 edition includes: “Rasouli” Consent to Treatment Appeal at the Supreme Court, Important Immigration Law Updates, HALCO Submissions to Ontario Human Rights Review, Decision in Landmark Sex Work Case, New Legal Information Resource:  Planning for illness … Continue reading

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“Rasouli” Consent to Treatment Appeal at Supreme Court

HALCO and the Mental Health Legal Committee (MHLC) have been granted intervener status in the “Rasouli” case, which deals with consent to treatment.  The Supreme Court of Canada will be deciding whether a doctor can unilaterally withdraw life support. Mr. … Continue reading

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Bill C-31 will restrict Humanitarian & Compassionate applications for Permanent Residence

Bill C-31 is currently before Parliament and will pass by the end of June 2012. Bill C-31 makes major changes to Canada’s Immigration and Refugee law and will have significant consequences for people living with HIV. Among the changes, Bill … Continue reading

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Interim Federal Health Program benefit changes take effect June 30, 2012

The Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) provides health care coverage to refugee claimants and some refused refugees. Effective June 30, 2012, the government will implement a number of significant changes to the IFHP.  HIV medications, doctor’s visits for HIV follow-up … Continue reading

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