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Many people living with HIV are no longer medically inadmissible to Canada

On June 1, 2018, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), announced major positive changes to the excessive demand medical inadmissibility regime. Many people living with HIV are no longer medically inadmissible to Canada. Currently under the Immigration and Refugee Protection … Continue reading

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HALCO Kreppner Award 2018 – Call for Nominations

Nominations for HALCO’s 2018 Kreppner Awards are now being accepted.  Perhaps there is someone you would like to nominate? The Kreppner Awards were established by HALCO in honour of the late James Kreppner.  The awards recognize people who have made … Continue reading

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Challenging the deduction of CPP-D from private insurance

During the week of June 18, 2018, HALCO, the Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) and ARCH Disability Law Centre intervened as a coalition in an application before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) about the deduction of Canada Pension … Continue reading

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HALCO marks Indigenous Peoples Day and commits to Reconciliation

In solidarity with Indigenous Peoples and in support of Reconciliation, the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) participates in the June celebration of Indigenous History Month and Indigenous Peoples Day. Our office is closed on June 21 each year … Continue reading

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Health care in provincial correctional facilities – Submissions

HALCO, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and Prisoners with HIV/AIDS Support Action Network (PASAN) provided comments on health care in Ontario provincial correctional facilities to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional … Continue reading

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End Unjust HIV Criminalization – A Community Dialogue on June 14, 2018

End Unjust HIV Criminalization – A Community Dialogue: Thursday June 14, 2018 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard Street West, Toronto. Canada (and Ontario) has one of the highest levels of criminalizing people living with HIV … Continue reading

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Online Reputation: Submission to Office of Privacy Commissioner of Canada Regarding its Draft Position

HALCO and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network submitted joint comments in response to the call for comments by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) on its Draft Position on Online Reputation (“Position Paper”). The rapid proliferation of … Continue reading

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Trusts and Access to Social Assistance: Supreme Court Case

On April 25, 2018, the Supreme Court of Canada heard a case that asks whether money held in a trust affects eligibility for social programs, even if the recipient cannot access that money. In this case, a person referred to as … Continue reading

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Modest Advance on Medical Inadmissibility

(Note: please see our July 2018 post about new policy: www.halco.org/2018/news/excessive-demand-update.) Federal government makes minor tweaks instead of full repeal to deeply flawed and discriminatory “excessive demand” regime After years of advocacy by HIV, disability and migrant rights organizations, Ahmed … Continue reading

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End legal stigma against people with HIV: HALCO’s Ryan Peck in Law Times

Ryan Peck, HALCO executive director/lawyer, addresses HIV stigma and criminalization in the legal context in an article in the Law Times:  www.lawtimesnews.com/article/end-legal-stigma-against-people-with-hiv-15628/.    

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