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Richard Elliott

Executive Director, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

Richard Elliott is the Executive Director for the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network (www.aidslaw.ca). The Legal Network promotes the human rights of people living with and vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, in Canada and internationally, through research and analysis, advocacy and litigation, public education and community mobilization. The Legal Network is Canada’s leading advocacy organization working on the legal and human rights issues raised by HIV/AIDS, celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2012.
Are We Making Progress In The Fight Against HIV/AIDS In Canada's African, Caribbean And Black

Are We Making Progress In The Fight Against HIV/AIDS In Canada's African, Caribbean And Black Communities?

The vulnerability of Black Canadians to HIV is highly complex and requires a better focus on prevention, education, harm reduction and testing. Our biggest challenge is the high and especially persistent levels of HIV stigma and homophobia in our communities. These attitudes severely limit our success in engaging Canada's Black communities in a dialogue about HIV, and get in the way of our HIV prevention, testing and treatment efforts. This is what our awareness day is all about. We want to both celebrate our successes and make an objective assessment of where our community is at in this fight to engage people in HIV prevention.
02/07/2016 08:36 EST
Our Drug Policy Shouldn't Be a Criminal Justice

Our Drug Policy Shouldn't Be a Criminal Justice Issue

Mandatory minimum sentences for possessing drugs for personal use do not make Canadians safer. They will not improve the health of our economy, the safety of our streets, or the well-being of communities throughout Canada. The inevitable overcrowding of Canadian prisons will not only increase tension and conflict in prisons, but also cost taxpayers billions of dollars.
10/20/2015 12:23 EDT
Fix a Law for Life: Canada's

Fix a Law for Life: Canada's "Medicines for All" Campaign

In the lead up to World AIDS Day 2012 on December 1, Canada's Parliament has the chance to repair Canada's Access to Medicines Regime (CAMR) and finally get the job done. Members of Parliament must make the all-important decision to end partisan political squabbling and vote "yes" for Bill C-398, the bill that will fix CAMR once and for all. Millions of lives hang in the balance.
11/20/2012 08:01 EST