Articles tagged with: Richard Elliott

When will justice department announce new approach to prosecuting cases of HIV non-disclosure?

published: July, 17, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Current Affairs, Women, Legal, Media, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Critics say that recent conviction of Indigenous woman is further proof that the use of sexual assault laws in cases of HIV non-disclosure continue to criminalize marginalized people and women of colour

When will justice department announce new approach to prosecuting cases of HIV non-disclosure?

Tanja-Tiziana This article by Alex McClelland previously appeared in NOW Magazine, here. An Indigenous woman with HIV has had her appeal on an aggravated sexual assault conviction dismissed by the Manitoba Court of Appeal. The decision handed down on June 29 comes as a blow to the growing movement of lawyers and human rights advocates pushing to change laws that they say criminalize people with HIV, in particular vulnerable women.  Activists have been calling for a moratorium on all n

Criminalization of HIV non-disclosure: is the tide turning?

published: June, 19, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Social Media, Conferences, Activism, Current Affairs, Features and Interviews, International , Legal, Media, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver interviews Edwin J. Bernard, Global Co-ordinator of the HIV Justice Network at "Rethinking Justice 2017 Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights

Criminalization of HIV non-disclosure: is the tide turning?

One of the things that made the “Rethinking Justice: 2017 Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights” a “must-attend” for me was the presence of Edwin J. Bernard, Global Co-ordinator of the HIV Justice Network and foremost expert on HIV criminalization worldwide. PositiveLite.com had interviewed Edwin before and published him as well, but that was all the way back in 2012 and 2016 so I attended the symposium hoping for the chance of an interview. I wasn’t disappointed. Edwin proved very

Government walks away from talks on critical harm reduction measure in Canadian prisons.

published: January, 19, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Hep B and C, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Legal, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network says last-minute about face means prisoners remain at risk of HIV and hepatitis C

Government walks away from talks on critical harm reduction measure in Canadian prisons.

TORONTO, January 17, 2017 - In a profoundly disappointing move by a government that claims to support harm reduction and "evidence-based policies," the Government of Canada has withdrawn from a planned mediation, preferring to waste more money on lawyers to fight evidence-based harm reduction services in prisons. Meanwhile, prisoners will continue to needlessly contract preventable infections, at serious cost to both Canadian public health efforts and the public purse. This developmen

Canadian coalition formed to fight HIV criminalization

published: November, 08, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Current Affairs, Sexual Health, Health, Legal, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reports on how a new player has emerged in Canada that has the potential to change the legal landscape against a background of emerging science which could strengthen their case against unjust prosecution of people living with HIV

Canadian coalition formed to fight HIV criminalization

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network announced this week that a coalition has been formed comprising community members of various backgrounds united to fight unjust criminalization of HIV non-disclosure. The issue has long been a thorn in the side of HIV advocates frustrated at the number of people living with HIV who are being prosecuted and jailed, sometimes where there was no chance of transmission taking place, for not disclosing their HIV status to their sexual partners. The Canadian justi

Stephen Lewis headlines Legal Network’s 20th anniversary celebration in style

published: December, 07, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Events, Legal, Bob Leahy - Publisher

It’s been a difficult year for the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network whose work supports the rights of people living with HIV. But they came out swinging with fighting words and star power at their 20th anniversary gala celebration in Toronto this week.

Stephen Lewis headlines Legal Network’s 20th anniversary celebration in style

Executive Director Richard Elliott said it best. “This year has had more challenges than achievements” he confessed to an attentive crowd at the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network’s 20th anniversary gala in Toronto this past week. Here’s what the Legal Network has faced in the space of a few short months.  Funding cuts, courtesy of the Federal Government who will no longer fund anything even smelling slightly of advocacy. A stinging defeat at the Supreme Court where two high profile a

A special video message from Executive Director Richard Elliott and an Awards for Action (Dec 4 2012) sneak peek!

published: November, 30, 2012 Categories // Community Events, Activism, Events, Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

PositiveLite.com supports the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network in every way we can because, like the work they do for people living with HIV, it’s the right thing to do. Here Richard Elliott explains, with news of a special event featuring Stephen Lewis.

A special video message from Executive Director Richard Elliott and an Awards for Action (Dec 4 2012) sneak peek!

Richard Elliott: This has been an important year for the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. In recent weeks you have likely heard from us with updates on critical issues that affect the lives of people living with and vulnerable to HIV/AIDS. I wanted to inform you directly about these activities, as we have been at the forefront of very important issues, with many clear victories. If you have a few minutes, please take the time to watch this short video update  below.  I would li

Kinder, gentler, more understanding.

published: November, 21, 2011 Categories // Activism, Legal, Opinion Pieces

Looking back on the past, Megan DePutter reflects on how her approach to activism has changed over the years and the values she’s learned help to do it better in the present.

Kinder, gentler, more understanding.

When I was 15 years old I wore combat boots and army jackets I found at the Army Surplus store and stage dived into mosh-pits at hardcore shows. I also started up an animal rights group called AREA (Animal Rights and Environmental Awareness) with the aid of my friends. The group gained some great visibility in our city. We worked collaboratively with older, more established animal rights groups in the community. We got vegetarian items put on the school cafeteria menu, organized a trip to Otta

Following up on a Promise: The Yonge and Dundas Die-in

published: December, 15, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Events, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy returns to the topic of the Yonge and Dundas Die-in, why it's important and who is on top of it.

Following up on a Promise: The Yonge and Dundas Die-in

Yesterday in this post I made a gentle dig at the organizers of the die-in supporting Bill C-393 for not going viral the same day. Well, I knew they would come through. Today, YouTube sports not one but two videos about the die-in. You can view them both below. I remember taking part in a die-in like this some years ago in Montreal. It was about funding.  It felt downright peculiar to lie on the hard ground of a busy sidewalk, albeit kind of empowering. To be honest, I was kind of gl