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Supreme Court of Canada Decision Confirms the Test on Public Interest Standing

On June 23, 2022, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in British Columbia (Attorney General) v. Council of Canadians with Disabilities about the test for public interest standing. HALCO intervened in the case in coalition with several other … Continue reading

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Canadian Class Action Against Gilead Sciences Inc. For HIV Drugs Containing TDF

 A law firm in British Columbia started a class action lawsuit against the drug company Gilead Sciences Inc. (Gilead). The lawsuit is about five Gilead drugs used for the prevention and treatment of HIV: Viread, Truvada, Atripla, Complera and Stribild. … Continue reading

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Free, Virtual Public Legal Education Workshop Shop (June 2022)

This June, our free public legal education workshops will be held virtually (via Zoom):   Practical Tips for Supporting Clients Navigating the Immigration/Refugee SystemPresenter: Avi Cheema, HALCO Staff LawyerWednesday, June 01, 2022, 3:30-4:30pm (Eastern Time)Click here to register Supporting Clients … Continue reading

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HALCO Responds to New Draft Privacy Legislation for Ontario

In September 2021, HALCO made a submission in response to the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services’ (the “Ministry”) White Paper that proposed new draft privacy legislation for Ontario. People living with HIV continue to face discrimination, social exclusion, and violence when … Continue reading

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HALCO Annual Report 2020-2021

We are very pleased to share our Annual Report 2020-2021, which was presented at our annual general meeting on November 9, 2021. In addition to information about our casework, it provides an overview of our public legal education, law reform, … Continue reading

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You are Invited to HALCO’s Annual General Meeting on November 9, 2021

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Free, Virtual Public Legal Education Workshop Shop (Fall 2021)

This Fall, our free public legal education workshops will be held virtually (via Zoom):   Your Status, Your Rights: HIV Disclosure, Privacy and Confidentiality Presenter: Glenn Betteridge, HALCO Staff LawyerNovember 4, 2021, 3:30-4:30pm (Eastern Time)Click here to register HIV and … Continue reading

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HALCO and Partners to Intervene in Supreme Court of Canada Case about Public Interest Standing

On August 17, 2021, the Supreme Court of Canada granted leave to the Coalition of Speciality Community Legal Clinics, which includes HALCO, to intervene in a case about the legal test for public interest standing. The press release is available … Continue reading

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Submission to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada on Medical Inadmissibility

In April 2021, HALCO and the HIV Legal Network wrote to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada about medical inadmissibility regime in Canada’s immigration system. Under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (“IRPA”), foreign nationals are inadmissible to Canada if their … Continue reading

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HALCO is seeking a STAFF LAWYER (12 Month Contract)

The HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) is a community legal clinic serving the legalneeds of people living with HIV in Ontario. HALCO staff provide legal advice and representation, and engage in public legal education, law reform and community … Continue reading

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