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Changes to the way that the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) deals with employment income

There are new rules for employment income earned by people who receive Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) benefits. These changes do not apply to people who receive Ontario Works (OW) benefits. Under the new rules, the monthly flat rate earnings … Continue reading

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Submission to the Government of Canada Consultation on Reforming the Criminal Law Regarding HIV Non-Disclosure

HALCO and the HIV Legal Network submitted this response to the Government of Canada’s consultation on reforming the criminal law regarding HIV non-disclosure on January 10th, 2023.

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Special considerations for advising sexual assault complainants living with HIV

This paper is devoted to issues faced by a group of individuals with a unique experience: sexual assault complainants living with HIV who could potentially be transformed from complainants to accused persons. In particular, this paper discusses some of the … Continue reading

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HALCO Annual Report 2021-2022

We are very pleased to share our Annual Report 2021-2022, which was presented at our annual general meeting on November 23, 2022. In addition to information about our casework, it provides an overview of our public legal education, law reform, and … Continue reading

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You are Invited to HALCO’s Annual General Meeting on November 23, 2022

  Please click HERE to Register. 

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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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