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Free, Virtual Public Legal Education Workshop Series (Spring 2021)

This spring, our free public legal education workshops will be held virtually (via Zoom):   Income Supports: The Latest on Provincial and Federal Programs Presenter: Samuel Mason, HALCO Staff Lawyer April 15, 2021, 3:30-4:30pm (Eastern Time) Click here to register … Continue reading

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HALCO calls for Thunder Bay District Jail Class Order to be rescinded

On February 9, 2021, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit issued a Class Order under the Health Protection and Promotion Act requiring everyone released from the Thunder Bay District Jail to report immediately to an isolation shelter, and, among other … Continue reading

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HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario COVID-19 Update (March 10, 2021)

The update includes the following topics: HALCO Services Income Support Housing Healthcare Taxation Immigration and Refugees Travel to Canada   Ontario’s Regional COVID-19 Framework Enforcement of COVID-19 Requirements Links Please see here for a PDF of the update.

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Ontario Government Expanding Funding for Children, Youth and Students (UPDATED INFORMATION JANUARY 2021)

In November 2020, the Ontario government announced financial support for people up to and including age 12 and people up to and including age 21 with special needs. Funding is now also available for people up to and including those … Continue reading

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Coalition including HALCO calls on Ontario to respond to COVID-19 outbreak in Correctional Facilities (Updated March 31, 2021)

On December 21, HALCO, Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Aboriginal Legal Services, the Community Justice Collective and the Black Legal Action Centre wrote to Ontario’s Solicitor General to express deep concern regarding the handling of the COVID-19 outbreak at Toronto South Detention … Continue reading

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HALCO contributes to article on COVID-19 and human rights in the Canadian Journal of Public Health

This article critically discusses human rights concerns over Canada’s responses to COVID-19 and strongly recommends a human rights-based approach.

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Ontario Government Funding For Children and Youth (Updated)

In January 2021, the government of Ontario expanded this funding. For information, see here. On November 30, 2020, the Ontario government announced additional financial support for children and youth. Eligible parents or guardians who apply for the funding will receive … Continue reading

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HALCO Annual Report 2019-2020

We are very pleased to share our Annual Report 2019-2020, which was presented at our annual general meeting on November 5, 2020. In addition to information about our casework, it provides an overview of our public legal education, law reform, … Continue reading

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Immigration and Travel to Canada Update (October 2020)

Included in this HALCO immigration and travel to Canada update is information about the following: Parent/grandparent sponsorship: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will randomly select potential sponsors to apply to sponsor their parents or grandparents. Forms are being accepted online … Continue reading

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HALCO Calls for Stronger Privacy Protections in Ontario

On October 16, 2020, HALCO made a submission in response to the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services’ (the “Ministry”) consultation on the strengthening of privacy protections in Ontario. People living with HIV continue to face discrimination, social exclusion, and … Continue reading

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