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Media Release – Grieving mother urges honesty and action at federal toxic drug crisis committee

Ottawa, ON | April 29, 2024 – On the eve of the tenth anniversary of her son Danny’s death from unregulated drugs, Petra Schulz, co-founder of Moms Stop the Harm (MSTH), will testify before the federal Standing Committee on Health (HESA) today on the “Opioid Epidemic and Toxic Drug Crisis.” Since MSTH’s founding in 2016, … Read more


Major victory for LGBTQ+ rights in Dominica

Today, in a major win for human rights — and LGBTQ+ rights, in particular —, the High Court of Justice in Dominica struck down two sections of the country’s Sexual Offences Act (SOA) that criminalize same-sex intimacy. This welcome decision in the constitutional challenge, launched by a gay man who must remain anonymous for his … Read more


Statement – Challenging the constitutionality of Canada’s “excessive demand” regime in federal court.

The HIV Legal Network and a client of Battista Migration Law Group are challenging the constitutionality of Canada’s “excessive demand” regime in federal court. On February 2, 2024, we filed legal arguments and materials challenging the decision of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to deny a work permit based on an applicant’s HIV status. … Read more


MEDIA RELEASE: TODAY MARKS INTERNATIONAL HIV IS NOT A CRIME AWARENESS DAY. PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV IN CANADA DESERVE BETTER.

TODAY MARKS INTERNATIONAL HIV IS NOT A CRIME AWARENESS DAY. PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV IN CANADA DESERVE BETTER. The Government of Canada has long promised law reform in this country. Why are we still waiting? For immediate release The following can be attributed to the Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization Wednesday, February 28, 2024 … Read more


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


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