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Criminal law out of step on HIV – article in Law Times by HALCO’s Ryan Peck

On March 17, 2017, the Law Times Speaker’s Corner published an in-depth article by  Ryan Peck, HALCO executive director and lawyer. In the article, Ryan addresses both the science in relation to HIV transmission and the criminal law in relation … Continue reading

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Free public legal education workshops at HALCO in April and May 2017

Our free workshops are held in person at the HALCO office/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): Rent Increases: Protecting your … Continue reading

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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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