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2014 Events

Past Events

April 2014

Thursday, April 24
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

January 2014

Thursday, January 23
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

  • ON POINT: Making Prison Needle and Syringe Programs Work in Canada
    A free, jointly sponsored panel discussion in support of prisoners' rights and justice
    Jorgenson Hall — Ryerson University
    2nd floor (accessible)
    Corner of Gerrard St. E and Victoria St., Toronto

    Daniela De Santis — Hindelbank Prison, Switzerland
    Ruth Elwood Martin — University of British Columbia, Vancouver
    Sandra Ka Hon Chu — Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, Toronto
    Julie Thomas — Healing Our Nations, Nova Scotia

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2013 Events

December 2013

Tuesday, December 3
7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

  • Parliamentary Breakfast — honouring Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week
    Parliamentary Dining Room, Centre Block

    Yves Yomb, Executive Director of Alternatives-Cameroun
    Kerrigan Johnson, Vice President of the 2-Spirited People of the First Nations

    Hosted by Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, International Indigenous Working Group on HIV and AIDS, Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

    RSVP by Novemnber 26 @ 5:00pm EST (details in flyer)

Sunday, December 1 — World AIDS Day
7:00 p.m.

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

  • Fire in the Blood — film screening and panel discussion
    Ryerson University
    LIB072, Library Building, 350 Victoria Street, Toronto

    Panelists: Richard Elliott, Executive Director, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network; Patricia Evans, National Co-Chair, Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN); Carol Devine, former Access to Medicines campaigner, MSF Canada

    Free admission; registration required.

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October 2013

Friday, October 18
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

September 2013

Thursday, September 19
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

  • Inside Insite
    Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Auditorium, 6th floor, 155 College Street, Toronto (one block west of University Avenue)

    To commemorate the second anniversary of the Supreme Court decision on Insite, Vancouver’s supervised consumption site, we have organized a free talk with Darwin Fisher, Intake Manager and long-time staff member at Insite.

    Come hear first-hand how supervised injection services transform lives and communities. The event will be moderated by Toronto Star columnist Joe Fiorito.

    For more info, contact:

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June 2013

Thursday, June 13, 2013 – Friday, June 14, 2013

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2012 Events

December 2012

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
7:00 p.m.

  • Awards for Action 2012
    Law Society of Upper Canada (Convocation Hall)
    130 Queen Street West, Toronto

    A Benefit in Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and the 11th Annual Awards for Action on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights

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September 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. MDT

Friday, September 21, 2012 and Sunday, September 23, 2012
6:30 p.m. PT and 6:00 p.m. PT

  • West Coast Premières — Positive Women; Exposing Injustice
    Victoria: The Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas St.
    Vancouver: Simon Fraser University Woodwards Theatre, 149 West Hastings St.
    More information and buy tickets

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July 2012

July 22 – 27, 2012
XIX International AIDS Conference

June 2012

Thursday, June 14, 2012
9:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET

Thursday, June 14, 2012
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. ET

  • Positive Women: Exposing Injustice
    Signy & Cléophée Eaton Theatre — Royal Ontario Museum
    Level B1, 100 Queen's Park (Southwest corner at Bloor Street), Toronto

    Premiere of documentary exploring the impacts of criminalization of HIV non-disclosure on women in Canada. Q&A to follow.

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April 2012

Thursday, April 12, 2012
1:30 – 4:30 p.m. ET

  • Rights, Responsibilities & Remedies: A workshop for service providers on women, HIV and the law

    Women's Health in Women's Hands CHC
    2 Carlton Street, Suite 500, Toronto

    A half-day workshop for frontline workers providing services, counselling or support to diverse HIV-positive and at-risk women in Toronto.

    Presented by Renée Lang, staff lawyer at the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) and Alison Symington, senior policy analyst at the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, in collaboration with Women’s Health in Women’s Hands.

    Registration is free; follow link above for more information.

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March 2012

Thursday, March 22, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET

  • Criminalization of HIV Non-Disclosure: Implications for Policy and Practice

    Organized by the CIHR Social Research Centre in HIV Prevention (SRC)
    Debates Room, Hart House, University of Toronto
    7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto

    A discussion with international and Canadian experts who will share their research, experience, and insight on the impact of criminalization of HIV non-disclosure in relation to policy and practice. Featuring presentation by Executive Director Richard Elliott.
    Follow link above for more information and to register.

Saturday, March 3, 2012
8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. ET

  • Concert for CAMR: A Campaign for Global Access to Meds

    El Mocambo
    464 Spadina Avenue, Toronto

    Organized by Canadians for CAMR — $10 per person; all proceeds going to the campaign to reform CAMR
    Visit the Facebook Event Page for ticketing information and performance lineup

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February 2012

Monday, February 6, 2012
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. ET

January 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET

2011 Events

October 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. AT

  • Sex, Silence, Science and Justice: Should it be a crime not to disclose you have HIV?
    Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University
    Weldon Law Building, Room 207
    6061 University Avenue, Halifax, Nova Scotia

    Guest lecture by Richard Elliott, Executive Director, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET

  • Thrown Under the Omnibus: What you need to know about the Safe Streets and Communities Act
    Church of the Redeemer
    162 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario

    Free panel discussion on Bill C-10, the federal government’s Safe Streets and Communities Act, and its impact on Canadian families, communities and our economy. Moderated by CBC's Maureen Brosnahan.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
5:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. PT

  • Criminalization of HIV Non-Disclosure: Science, Society and the Law
    Law Courts Inn
    800 Smithe Street, Vancouver, British Columbia

    A legal seminar designed for legal professionals.
    For more information and to register, visit

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June 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • Prevention vs. Prosecution
    Hosted by AIDS Committee of Ottawa
    Bronson Centre Theatre, Ottawa

    An examination of the current climate of HIV criminalization in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K., featuring Richard Elliott, Legal Network Executive Director

Thursday, June 9 – Friday, June 10, 2011

Thursday, June 9, 2011

  • Public Lecture by Alan Young
    Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School
    Counsel in the Ontario case Bedford v. Canada, a constitutional challenge of prostitution-related provisions of the Criminal Code 

    Novotel Toronto Centre
    45 The Esplanade, Toronto

2010 Events

December 2010

Thursday, December 2
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

  • Global Access: A World AIDS Day Event
    Hosted by Oxfam, University of Toronto Chapter
    Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
    Room 2212
    252 Bloor Street West, Toronto

    A World AIDS Day event to discuss access to medicines in the developing world, featuring Richard Elliott, Executive Director of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

Wednesday, December 1
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

  • Criminals and Victims? Race, Law and HIV Exposure in Ontario
    Co-hosted by the African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario, the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic (Ontario) and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
    Bennett Lecture Hall
    Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
    78 Queen’s Park
    Toronto, Ontario

    Symposium on the impact of the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure on African, Caribbean and Black communities

    The event will be simultaneously broadcast on the Internet. Information on how to access the event online will be sent once your registration is confirmed.

    Space is limited. To register, please e-mail Precious Maseko, Administrative Coordinator, at When responding to the invitation, please indicate whether you will be attending in person or via the Internet.

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October 2010


Monday, October 4
7:00 p.m.

  • Richard Elliott on "Criminalization Creep: Legal Developments, Community Responses"
    Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium — Banquet Room
    11455 – 87 Avenue
    Edmonton, Alberta

    Third in HIV Edmonton's and CBC Edmonton's "Distinguished Speaker Series" Admission free; suggested donation $10
    Refreshments provided at reception to follow
    For more information:

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September 2010


Thursday, September 30
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 29
11:30 a.m.

July 2010


Sunday, July 18 to Friday, July 23

June 2010


Monday, June 14, 2010
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

  • HIV/AIDS & TB Parliamentary Caucus — Reception
    Parliament Hill, Centre Block, Room 238S
    RSVP required

    The HIV/AIDS and TB (HAT) Parliamentary Caucus is an all party, non-partisan initiative dedicated to developing a better understanding of the needs of people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS or Tuberculosis.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Saturday, June 12, 2010

April 2010


April 14 , 2010

9.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.

  • Putting lives first : Canadian legislative reform can help HIV positive mothers and children
    Organized by Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and Universities Allied for Essential Medicines
    Centre St Pierre
    1212 rue Panet, Montréal (métro Beaudry)

    Information session on Canada's Access to Medicines Regime (CAMR) and Bill C-393,under review by the House of Commons Indsutry Committee.
    (This initiative is particularly relevant for organizations working on G8/G20 and on mother-child health issues.)

    Organizations that would like to know more about practical advocacy activities to assure the adoption of this Bill are invited to join us for a practical work session after the presentations.

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March 2010


March 21–27, 2010

  • Days of Action for G8 on Universal Access to HIV-AIDS Prevention, Treatment and Care
    Organized by the Canadian Labour Congress

    For more information,

March 24, 2010

  • National Day of Action and Awareness on Canada’s Access to Medicines Regime (CAMR)
    Please see for information on public events and individual actions taking place across the country.

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2009 Events

December 2009


Thursday, December 3, 2009
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

  • Withholding Hope: Canadian Red Tape and the Fight to Get AIDS Medicine to Africa
    University of Toronto
    Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) Building, room 2295
    252 Bloor Street West

    Canada has failed to keep its promise to deliver essential AIDS medication to millions of Africans in need. Richard Elliott, Executive Director of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, will be discussing why Canada is unable to export this much-needed medication; and Lois Chingandu, Executive Director of SAfAIDS, and Veronica Ngwerume-Kanyongo, Director and co-founder of Seke Rural Home-Based Care, will be discussing the impacts on AIDS-affected areas in southern Africa.

    The discussion will be followed by a letter-writing campaign to Members of Parliament, urging them to take action today.

    (Organized by Oxfam Canada, University of Toronto Chapter.)

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November 2009


Monday, November 23, 2009
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Friday, November 20, 2009
6:00 p.m.

“Children Can’t Wait!” — A benefit in support of the campaign to reform Canada’s Access to Medicines Regime“Children Can’t Wait!” — A benefit in support of the campaign to reform Canada’s Access to Medicines Regime (CAMR)

▪ Singer/songwriter/performer Jeffery Straker (

▪ Guest speaker David Morley, President and CEO of Save the Children Canada
▪ On-site silent auction

Bright Pearl Restaurant — 346 Spadina Ave., Toronto
Registration Form

Thursday, November 19, 2009
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009
7:00 p.m.

October 2009


Wendesday, October 7, 2009
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wendesday, October 7, 2009
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

June 2009


Friday, June 12, 2009

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Sunday, June 14, 2009

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