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Ontario Budget 2018: improvements for people with lower incomes and social assistance recipients

The Government of Ontario budget 2018, which was announced yesterday, includes: new prescription drug and dental programs for people with lower incomes starting in summer 2019. elimination of prescription drug deductibles and co-payments for all senior citizens starting in August … Continue reading

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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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Federal Court overturns immigration decision due to decision-maker’s stigma against people living with HIV

HALCO welcomes the Federal Court’s recent decision overturning a decision of the Immigration Appeal Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) of Canada.  The Federal Court’s decision was in part due to HIV-related stigma on the part of the … Continue reading

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Free public legal education workshops at HALCO in May and June 2018

Our free public legal education workshops are held in person at the 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): Disability Tax … Continue reading

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HALCO joins call to change the system of Above Guideline Increases for residential tenants in Ontario

Advocates across Ontario are calling on the Ontario government to change the system of Above Guideline Increases for residential tenants.  HALCO wrote to the Minister of Housing to request that the system be amended immediately, as had been promised in … Continue reading

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HALCO has new intake hours

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. We are now open for new inquiries on … Continue reading

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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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