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National Organizations Deeply Concerned with Saskatchewan’s Health Policy Shift

People who use drugs will suffer the consequences of backward-thinking and restrictive policies January 26, 2024 | Two leading national human rights organizations have addressed the Saskatchewan provincial government to express profound concern over changes that restrict access to vital harm reduction supplies and safety information. The HIV Legal Network and the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition sent the … Read more


More than 130 experts in substance use call on Federal Government to continue to support and scale-up Safer Supply Programs

Amidst worsening drug poisoning crisis, Canada must show leadership to stop the deaths For immediate release, Thursday, December 14, 2023 – As funding for 21 currently operating safer supply programs across Canada is set to end in March 2024, 131 Canadian experts in substance use – including researchers, front-line physicians and nurse practitioners working directly … Read more


JAMAICAN-CANADIAN ACTIVIST APPEALS COURT DECISION, WILL CONTINUE TO SEEK JUSTICE IN JAMAICA FOR LGBTQ+ PEOPLE

The following statement is issued by the HIV Legal Network and should be attributed to Maurice Tomlinson, Jamaican-Canadian activist, lawyer, and nurse. December 8, 2023 – Kingston, Canada – Today, I filed my notice to appeal the October 27th decision of the Supreme Court of Jamaica, a decision that threatened to end my quest for … Read more


THIS WORLD AIDS DAY, THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA MUST ACT TO END THE HARMS OF HIV CRIMINALIZATION

Law reform has long been promised; the time for change is now Thursday, November 30, 2023 – Toronto – Tomorrow, World AIDS Day, marks nearly a year that people living with HIV in Canada have been waiting for the Government of Canada to take decisive action following national, government-led consultations on reforming the criminalization of … Read more


Canada Must Take a Human Rights-Based Approach to HIV Self-Testing

On International Testing Week, more than 40 organizations from across Canada sign statement of support This statement can be attributed to the HIV Legal Network, HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario and the Canadian AIDS Society. Toronto, ON (November 23, 2023) – Today, more than 40 health and human rights organizations across the country have … Read more


Media Release: Sex workers are deeply disappointed with the Ontario Superior Court decision dismissing systemic harms experienced

SEPTEMBER 18, 2023 BY CASWLR Monday, September 18, 2023 — Today, the Ontario Superior Court released its decision in CASWLR v Attorney General (Canada), a case that sought to strike down harmful provisions of the Protection of Communities and Exploited People Act (PCEPA) on the grounds that they violate sex workers’ Charter rights. Sex workers across Canada are devastated to learn that … Read more


Statement on the arrests of the founders of the Drug User Liberation Front (DULF)

Updated on November 2 at 10:55 am. The HIV Legal Network condemns the October 25, 2023 arrests of the founders of the Drug User Liberation Front (DULF). In the context of a nation-wide toxic drug crisis fueled by an unregulated drug market and bad drug policy, DULF has operated a compassion club and overdose prevention … Read more


Jamaican court blocks LGBTQ+ rights challenge from moving forward

The Jamaican Supreme Court determined last Friday that the so-called “saving laws clause” in the Jamaican constitution prevents it from inquiring into the constitutionality of the three sections of the Offences Against the Person Act that criminalize same-sex intimacy. This misguided decision denies Jamaicans the means to protect their constitutional and human rights, and further … Read more


Together we can end the harmful “War on Drugs”

Today — International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) — is not just a day of reflection but a call to action. It is a plea to governments, organizations, and individuals to come together and prioritize life, health, and dignity above prejudice and stigma as we push toward a world where people who use substances are met with … Read more


Summary of R. v. J.A., 2023 ONCA 12

Introduction In January 2023, the Court of Appeal for Ontario released its decision in the case of R. v. J.A., concerning the appeal of a man who had been convicted of two counts of first-degree murder, ten counts of aggravated sexual assault, and one count of attempted aggravated sexual assault in relation to HIV non-disclosure. … Read more


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