HALCO participates in Law Reform and community development activities that benefit or assist people with HIV/AIDS.
Law Reform activities are frequently based in community development initiatives and seek to involve as many and as broad a range of individuals with HIV/AIDS as possible. Please contact us for more information about our Law Reform and community development activities.
Some of the networks and organizations that we have been involved with include:
- Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
- AIDS Committee of Toronto
- African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario
- Ontario AIDS Network
- Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment
- Canadian AIDS Society
- Fife House
- Ontario Working Group on Criminal Law and HIV Exposure (CLHE)
- Federal & provincial HIV and Corrections working groups
- HIV Research Ethics Board [Ontario HIV Treatment Network & University of Toronto]
- Toronto HIV/AIDS Network
Community Legal Clinic and Legal Aid Ontario Networks
- Inter-Clinic Immigration Working Group
- Ontario Steering Committee on Social Assistance
- Toronto Social Assistance Action Committee
- Tenant Advocacy Group
- Interclinic Public Housing Workgroup
- Family Violence Interclinic Workgroup Toronto
- Specialty Legal Clinics Co-Location Project
- Legal Aid Ontario Clinic Law Advisory Committee
- Legal Aid Ontario Family Law Advisory Committee
Some of the Law Reform activities that we have been involved with include:
- Consultation on the future of Immigration in Canada – HALCO Submissions to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada’s consultation: www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/HALCO-submission-Immigration-Consultation-2016Aug.pdf.
- Bill 185 to establish the Social Assistance Research Commission – HALCO wrote to Glen Murray, Member of Provincial Parliament for Toronto Centre and Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, to urge him to support Bill 185: www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/HALCO_Bill-185-re-social-assistance-rates_Hon-Glenn-Murray_13April16.pdf.
- Supervised Injection Services in Toronto – Brief to the Toronto Board of Health: www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Supervised-Injection-Services_Brief-TorontoBrdHlth-2016Mar.pdf.
- Mandatory Minimum Prison Sentence Challenge at Supreme Court of Canada – intervention by HALCO, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the Prisoners with HIV/AIDS Support Action Network, the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, and the Canadian Association of People who Use Drugs (together, the “Coalition”). Intervener Factum (arguments): www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Supreme_Court_Intervener_Factum_Lloyd-2016Jan.pdf.
- Access to Remedies under Ontario Human Rights Code – Intervention by HALCO and the Mental Health Legal Committee in Kodama v. K.M. at the Ontario Divisional Court. Intervener factum (arguments): www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Intervener_Factum-Kodama_v_KM-HALCO-MHLC-2015Mar31.pdf.
- Social assistance and refugee claimants Submissions – Canada Budget Bill C-43 by HALCO and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network: www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Bill_C-43_Submission_to_CIMM_2014Nov7.pdf.
- Autonomy in medical decision-making: HALCO and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network were among the interveners in Lee Carter, et al v. Attorney General of Canada, et al (“Carter”) at the Supreme Court of Canada. Our Intervener Factum (arguments) is on our website: www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Supreme_Court_Intervener_Factum-Medical_Decision-making_Autonomy-CARTER-2014Aug.pdf.
- Trans* Legal Needs Assessment Ontario project: www.halco.org/our-services/trans-legal-needs-assessment-ontario.
- Opposing Accreditation of Trinity Western University School of Law – Submission to the Law Society of Upper Canada: www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/TWU-School-of-Law_LSUC-accreditation_HALCO_2014Mar21.pdf.
- Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) procedures, Practice Directions and the Rules of Procedure – Submission to Consultation: www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/HRTO_Consultation-HALCO_submission-2014Mar17.pdf.
- Public Consultation on Prostitution-Related Offences in Canada – Submission: www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Prostitution_Related_Offences_Consultation-HALCO_Submission-2014Mar13.pdf.
- Landlord and Tenant Board should have power to review individual Rent Subsidies. In September 2013, we made a submission to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly to request that Section 203 of the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 be amended to give the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) explicit power to review decisions about rent subsidies that affect individual social housing tenants and members of housing co-operatives: www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/HALCO-submission_Standing-Committee_RTA-section-203-Oct2013.pdf.
- Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police Diversity Committee – submissions for HIV issues to be specifically addressed in best practices: www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Police-Criminalization-recomm_LN-HALCO_Feb2013.pdf.
- Rasouli Consent to Treatment case at the Supreme Court of Canada: Brian Cuthbertson, et al. v. Hassan Rasouli by his Litigation Guardian and Substitute Decision Maker, Parichehr Salasel (Rasouli) on consent to medical treatment – Intervener Factum: www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Rasouli_intervention_Factum-2012July.pdf.
- Public Interest Standing case at the Supreme Court of Canada – Intervener Factum: www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Supreme_Court_Intervener_Factum-CriminalCodeSexWork-2012Mar.pdf. For more information, please see our post: www.halco.org/2012/news/halco-coalition-intervene-at-supreme-court-in-criminal-law-sex-work-case .
- Criminalization appeals at the Supreme Court of Canada – Intervener Factum is on our website: www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Supreme_Court_Intervener_Factum-MabiorD.C.-2012-Feb.pdf. For more information, please visit our HIV & Criminal Law page.
- Participation in the Ontario Working Group on Criminal Law and HIV Exposure’s (CLHE) Campaign for Prosecutorial Guidelines for HIV non-disclosure criminal law matters. Ryan Peck, HALCO Executive Director, is co-chair of the Working Group (please visit our HIV & Criminal Law page).
- Acting as counsel for the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS in Bedford, Terri et al v. The Attorney General of Canada at the Ontario Court of Appeal. For more information, please see page 11 of our HALCO news Spring 2012 newsletter: www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/HALCO_Newsletter-2012SpringJune.pdf.
- Making made written submissions to the Ontario Human Rights Review 2011-12. Our submissions focus on our experience with human rights issues for people living with HIV in Ontario. For more information, please read our HALCO submissions: www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Human_Rights_review-HALCO_submissions2012-March.pdf.
- Providing submissions to Health Canada’s Consultation on Proposed Improvements to the Marihuana Medical Access Program (marijuana) : www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/HALCO-Medical_Marihuana_submission2011July.pdf. You can see the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) submissions on the CAS website: www.cdnaids.ca/Submission-for-Marihuana-Consultations.
- Making submissions regarding proposed amendments to the Regulations under the Ontario Personal Health Information Protection Act related to Ontario’s eHealth initiative: www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/HALCO-PHIPA_e-Health_amendment_submission-2011Apr.pdf. Please visit our Health Law section for more information.
- Intervening in a judicial review at the Federal Court concerning the extent to which immigrant applicants with high prescription drug costs could be denied entry to Canada. We argued, and the Court accepted, that immigration officers must take into account an individual’s personal circumstances, including the availability of private health insurance, when conducting an “excessive demand” analysis. The Court decision Companioni v. Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, 2009 FC 1315 is available on the Federal Court website: http://decisions.fct-cf.gc.ca/en/2009/2009fc1315/2009fc1315.html.
- Acting as counsel in
inquests relating to people living with HIV/AIDS who passed away in prison.
- Providing submissions to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care regarding electronic health records.
- Advocating for human rights reform including advocacy for and implementation of Bill 107, an Act to Amend the Human Rights Code, 2006. The Bill was passed and a new human rights regime came into effect in Ontario in June 2008. (please visit our Human Rights section for more information about human rights law in Ontario).