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Invitation to LAO Racialized Communities Strategy Consultation on April 10, 2018

We are pleased to invite you to take part in Legal Aid Ontario’s (LAO) consultation on its Racialized Communities Strategy. HALCO is hosting this HIV-specific consultation session for people living with HIV and other partners in the HIV community.  People are … Continue reading

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U = U Community Conversation on March 1, 2018

Community Conversation:  Undectectable = Untransmittable and HIV Criminalization March 1, 2018 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 490 Sherbourne Street, Toronto Hosted by the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP). Guest Speakers: Ryan Peck (HALCO executive director/lawyer) and Christian … Continue reading

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HALCO intake hours are changing on March 1, 2018

In order to address the increasing demand for HALCO’s services as well as the growing complexity of the legal issues facing our clients, we are changing our intake hours for new inquiries. Beginning March 1, 2018, we will be open … Continue reading

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Ontario court confirms that all patients have the right to equitable, non-discriminatory access to medical services

We welcome yesterday’s decision by Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice (Divisional Court) that doctors cannot put their personal religious beliefs ahead of patients’ rights to health care. The Court rejected the argument by a number of physicians that the Canadian … Continue reading

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HALCO and coalition partners support Human Rights Code Amendment Act

The Ontario government has proposed important amendments to the Ontario Human Rights Code (Code) that will expand human rights protection for vulnerable Ontarians. HALCO is part of a coalition of community organizations that provided submissions to the government supporting the … Continue reading

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Ontario Income Security Roadmap for Change – HALCO submissions

The Ontario government released a new report called “Income Security: A Roadmap for Change” in November 2017. You can access the Roadmap report on the government of Ontario website: English: ontario.ca/page/income-security-reform Français: ontario.ca/fr/page/reforme-de-la-securite-du-revenu The Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) prepared … Continue reading

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Medical Inadmissibility of Immigrants: HALCO and Legal Network Make Submissions to Support Repeal

Under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, foreign nationals are inadmissible to Canada on health grounds if their health condition might reasonably be expected to cause an “excessive demand” on health or social services, or if they have an inadmissible … Continue reading

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A step towards ending unjust HIV criminalization – Un pas pour cesser la criminalisation injuste du VIH

(Voir plus bas pour la version française.) A step towards ending unjust HIV criminalization On World AIDS Day after years of advocacy by community organizations, both the federal and Ontario governments recognized the need to limit the “overcriminalization of HIV” … Continue reading

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Changements à la Loi sur l’Immigration et la Citoyenneté

(English:  www.halco.org/2017/news/immigration-and-citizenship-law-updates) Plusieurs changements importants ont été apportés aux lois canadiennes en lien avec l’immigration et la citoyenneté. Le feuillet de renseignement sur les Changements à la Loi sur l’Immigration et la Citoyenneté offre plus de renseignements :  www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Changements_à_la_Loi_sur_l’Immigration.FR2017Nov-HALCO.pdf Changements à … Continue reading

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HIV Criminalization: Governments of Canada and Ontario make important announcements

Today, World AIDS Day, the Governments of Canada and Ontario made important announcements about limiting the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure. As we anticipated, the federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould released a statement and her department’s report on the criminal justice … Continue reading

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