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 Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization (CCRHC)
- Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
- Ontario Working Group on Criminal Law and HIV Exposure (CLHE)
- AIDS Committee of Toronto
- Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment (CAAT)
- Federal & provincial HIV and Corrections working groups
- HIV Research Ethics Board [Ontario HIV Treatment Network & University of Toronto]
- Toronto HIV/AIDS Network
- African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario
- Ontario AIDS Network
- Canadian AIDS Society
- Fife House
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 and publications that we have been involved with include:
- Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act (Canada’s Bill C-66 An Act to establish a procedure for expunging certain historically unjust convictions and to make related amendments to other Acts): HALCO and Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network Brief to the Standing Senate Committee (2018 April) www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Bill_C-66-Submission2018Apr.pdf.
- Ontario Proposed Fee Waivers (Photo Card and Birth Certificate) Act (Bill 26): HALCO letter of support (2018 March) www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Fee-Waivers-Act.pdf.
- Ontario Superior Court matter regarding patient rights versus religious physician rights: Intervenor Factum: www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Intervenor-Factum_2017May.pdf. For more information please see www.halco.org/2018/news/ontario-court-confirms-patient-rights (also available as a pdf: www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Patient-Rights-Superior-Court-decision-HALCO-announcement2018Feb.pdf)
- Ontario Income Security Roadmap for Change: HALCO submission 2018January (pdf).
- Ontario Human Rights Code Amendment Act (Bill 164): submissions by coalition including HALCO supporting amendments: www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Human_Rights_Amend-Submissions-2017Dec.pdf.
- Medical Inadmissibility of Immigrants: HALCO / Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network joint submissions to support repeal (2017Nov): www.halco.org/2018/news/medical-inadmissibility-of-immigrants-halco-and-legal-network-make-submissions-to-support-repeal.
- Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization (CCRHC)/ Coalition canadienne pour réformer la criminalisation du VIH (CCRCV): survey, petition, consensus statement, etc.
- Proposed cuts to Legal Aid Ontario refugee and immigration law services -please also see our What’s New post. HALCO June 2017 letters: HALCO letter to Legal Aid Ontario; HALCO letter to the Honourable Yasir Naqvi, Attorney General of Ontario; HALCO letter to the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.
- Submission to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada on Medical Inadmissibility – by HALCO, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and COCQ-SIDA (2017May30-update): www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Medical_Inadmissibility-Submission_to_IRCC-updated2017May30.pdf.
- Privacy Concerns with U.S. Executive Order – letters from HALCO and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network to Canadian government privacy authorities and replies (2017Apr/May): Letter to Privacy Commissioner of Canada; Letter to Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. Replies: Letter from Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario; Letter from Privacy Commissioner of Canada.
- An Act to amend various Acts with respect to medical assistance in dying – deputation by HALCO and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network: www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Medical-Assistance-in-Dying_Ontario-Bill84_HALCO-deputation2017Mar17.pdf.
- Exploring Avenues to Address Problematic Prosecutions Against People Living with HIV in Canada – brief prepared by HALCO and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network (2017Mar): www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Medical-Assistance-in-Dying_Ontario-Bill84_HALCO-deputation2017Mar17.pdf.
- Ontario Provincial Ministerial Roundtable on Criminal Law and HIV – December 2016 brief by the Ontario Working group on Criminal Law and HIV Exposure (CLHE): www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/CLHE_Ministers-Roundtable-brief_2016Dec5.pdf. For more information about the meeting, please see www.halco.org/2016/news/ontario-provincial-ministerial-roundtable-on-criminal-law-and-hiv.
- Complaint against Justice Bernd E. Zabel of the Ontario Court of Justice – HALCO and Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network November 2016 letter to Ontario Judicial Council in support of complaint of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF): www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/HALCO-LN-OJC_complaint-Zabel_J_28Nov2016.pdf.
- Consultation on the future of Immigration in Canada – HALCO Submissions to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada’s consultation (2016Aug): www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/HALCO-submission-Immigration-Consultation-2016Aug.pdf.
- Pay Day Loan Consultation – HALCO submissions to Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (2016May): www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Payday_Loans_Consultation-HALCO_Submissions_toMinGovConsSer-2017May.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 (2016Apr): www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/HALCO_Bill-185-re-social-assistance-rates_Hon-Glenn-Murray_13April16.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; Intervener statement post decision www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Supreme_Court_Intervener_Statement_post-decision_Lloyd-2016Apr.pdf. Supreme Court of Canada decision April 2016: https://scc-csc.lexum.com/scc-csc/scc-csc/en/item/15859/index.do.
- Supervised Injection Services in Toronto – Brief to the Toronto Board of Health (2016Mar): www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Supervised-Injection-Services_Brief-TorontoBrdHlth-2016Mar.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 (2015Mar). 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 (2014Nov): 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, Intervener Factum 2014 August (arguments): 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 (2014Mar): 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 (2014Mar): www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/HRTO_Consultation-HALCO_submission-2014Mar17.pdf.
- Public Consultation on Prostitution-Related Offences in Canada – Submission (2014Mar): 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 (2013Oct): 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 (2013Feb): 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 (2012July): 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 (2012Mar): 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 (2012Feb): 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 (2012Mar): www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Human_Rights_review-HALCO_submissions2012-March.pdf.
- Health Canada’s Consultation on Proposed Improvements to the Marihuana Medical Access Program (marijuana) HALCO submissions (2011July): 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 (2011Apr): 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).