Category Archives: News

HIV Criminalization: New Resources for African, Caribbean, and Black Communities

  Along with the HIV Legal Network, African Caribbean Council on HIV/ AIDS in Ontario (ACCHO), Africans in Partnership Against AIDS (APAA), and Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP), we are very pleased to present these new HIV Criminalization … Continue reading

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Canadian Oxycontin and OxyNEO Class Action Settlement

A class action lawsuit against the manufacturers of certain opioid medications settled recently. Anyone who was prescribed, ingested and then developed an addiction to OxyContin and/or OxyNEO tablets in Canada between January 1, 1996, and February 28, 2017, is eligible … Continue reading

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HALCO Annual Report 2022-2023

We are very pleased to share our Annual Report 2022-2023, which was presented at our annual general meeting on November 28, 2023. 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 28, 2023

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HALCO and partners respond to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) “An Immigration System for Canada’s Future: Strengthen Our Communities” consultation

Along with the HIV Legal Network and COCQ-SIDA, we provided input to IRCC’s review of Canada’s immigration system. We highlighted several changes to the immigration system that are needed to protect and respect the rights of people living with HIV … Continue reading

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Free, Virtual Public Legal Education Workshop (November 2023)

This November, our free public legal education workshops will be held virtually (via Zoom):   Pathways to Permanent Residency in Canada   Presenter: Alexandra Veall, HALCO Staff LawyerThursday, November 02, 2023, 3:00-4:00 pm (Eastern Time)Click here to register Benefit and Healthcare … Continue reading

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Information about HIV testing, including Self-Testing

In the past, HIV testing was only accessible through a health care provider or a designated testing site. Recently, some people have been able to get HIV self-testing kits that allow them to test on their own or with the … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Federal Government Announces Repeal of Discriminatory HIV-related Immigration Policy

We are celebrating an important victory for people living with HIV — and human rights for all. On June 15, 2023, the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic of Ontario (HALCO), the HIV Legal Network, and the Coalition des Organismes Communautaires … Continue reading

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HALCO and partners call on Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to immediately revoke the discriminatory HIV Automatic Partner Notification Policy

HALCO, the HIV Legal Network and the Coalition des organismes communautaires québécois de lutte contre le sida (COCQ-SIDA) are calling on Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to immediately revoke the discriminatory HIV Automatic Partner Notification Policy that applies to applicants … Continue reading

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HIV Criminalization: New Pamphlets for Indigenous Communities

Along with the HIV Legal Network and Communities, Networks & Alliances (CAAN, formerly known as the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network), we are very pleased to share materials focusing on HIV criminalization for Indigenous communities.   English short guide: http://www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/3840_HIVLN_JPIP_HIVCrim_Short-EN-Final.pdf French … Continue reading

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