HIV is Not a Crime

HIV is a disease that we have turned into a crime, argues Ryan Peck. The Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion, Community Legal Services at Western Law, and HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario hosted this lunchtime talk with Ryan Peck to discuss practices, policies, and reform efforts pertaining to the criminal prosecution of HIV non-disclosure. (Recorded Monday, February 13, 2017 at Innovation Works)

Ryan Peck graduated from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law in 2000. Since 2007, he has been executive director of the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO), where he was previously both an articling student and a staff lawyer. Ryan has worked as a staff lawyer at the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, and in the Tenant Duty Counsel Program at the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario. He has also served as criminal duty counsel at Toronto’s Old City Hall. Ryan is a member of the Ontario Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS (which provides HIV-related advice to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care), chair of the Ontario Working Group on Criminal Law and HIV Exposure, and member of the executive committee of the board of directors of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. He is also the recipient of the 2016 Legal Aid Ontario Sidney B. Linden award.

Choosing Wisely in Southwestern Ontario: A Knowledge Exchange Forum

Choosing Wisely in Southwestern Ontario: A Knowledge Exchange Forum
Hosted by the SouthWestern Academic Health Network

Friday, May 12, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Parkwood Institute, Mental Health Care Building Auditorium
550 Wellington Road, London, Ontario

“We hope you will consider joining us on Friday, May 12th to participate in our knowledge exchange forum focused on various Choosing Wisely implementation projects. We are pleased to advise that we have secured speakers from North York General Hospital and St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto who will share their project implementation experiences. Our event agenda will also include a panel discussion with representatives from the SWAHN region who will speak to their own Choosing Wisely journey.”

More details available at

At a Glance

  • Choosing Wisely Canada is a campaign to help clinicians and patients engage in conversations about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures.
  • The SouthWestern Academic Health Network (SWAHN) brings together professionals, educators and researchers across all health disciplines, including partners in the universities, colleges, hospitals, research organizations, healthcare delivery organizations, clinicians, educators and Local Health Integrated Networks (LHINs) to achieve extensive, sustainable and evidence-based health outcomes for communities and residents of Southwestern Ontario.

Human Rights in Education

If a student cannot be denied the right to participate in a classroom on the basis of their gender, race, or culture, Jacqueline argues that our approach to segregating students with disabilities is a violation of their basic human rights. Join us for a conversation about education, equity, and why we need to rethink some of our assumptions about the way classrooms are organized in Ontario.

Jacqueline Specht is the director of the Canadian Research Centre on Inclusive Education and a Professor of Applied Psychology at Western Education.

Will a populist, anti-immigration agenda come to Ottawa?

The Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion is proud to be a co-sponsor for the next Wolf Hall Debates event at London Public Library. The question on the floor for discussion: Will a populist, anti-immigration agenda come to Ottawa in 2019? Probably yes? or, Probably no?

As we see populist, anti-immigration sentiment gain political traction across Europe and in the United States, we wonder: will Canada be different?

Monday, May 29, 7:00pm
(Pre-event concert at 6:30pm)
Wolf Performance Hall, London Public Library
FREE. All welcome. Coffee & refreshments served.
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Panelists and speakers include a number of leading, highly respected local and national thinkers:

Anton Allahar is Professor of Sociology at Western University, where he studies economic development, globalization and democracy, and ethnic and racial relations. Anton was born in Trinidad, West Indies, and completed his PhD in Political & Economic Sociology at the University of Toronto. Among his many published works, he is the author of Richer and Poorer: the Structure of Inequality in Canada and co-author of Lowering Higher Education: the rise of the corporate university and the decline of liberal education.

Victoria Esses is Professor of Psychology at Western University, where she studies prejudice and discrimination in attitudes toward immigrants and immigration. She is also the Director of the Western Centre for Research on Migration and Ethnic Relations, which facilitates research that draws on academic knowledge to inform public policy and practice on migration and ethnic relations in Canada and internationally. Her research lab aims to understand and facilitate more productive interactions between groups through laboratory and field research.

Stephanie Levitz (@stephanielevitz) is a journalist and Parliament Hill reporter at The Canadian Press, where she covers federal politics, immigration and refugee policy. She is currently writing the nationally syndicated Populism Project series, investigating Canadian parallels to the factors in America that led to Trump’s election. Stephanie’s work appears in The Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, Maclean’s magazine as well as on numerous news websites including and Huffington Post.

Ingrid Mattson (@IngridMattson) is the London and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic Studies at Huron University College. She is widely published on issues of Qur’an interpretation, Islamic theological ethics, and interfaith relations. Her book, The Story of the Qur’an, is an academic best-seller and was chosen by the US National Endowment for the Humanities for inclusion in its “Bridging Cultures” program. From 2001-2010 Dr. Mattson served as vice-president, then as president of the Islamic Society of North America (USA), the first woman to serve in either position.

Erna Paris is a historian and award-winning author of seven works of nonfiction. Her works have been published in fourteen countries and translated into eight languages. Erna’s book, Long Shadows: Truth, Lies, and History, was chosen as one of “The Hundred Most Important Books Ever Written in Canada” by the Literary Review of Canada. Her most recent book is From Tolerance to Tyranny: A Cautionary Tale from Fifteenth-Century Spain. Erna was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2015.

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This event is free and open to the whole community. Please share this invitation widely.


Taking It Local: an update on human rights

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) and the City of London invite you to join us at:

Taking it local: An update on human rights

Thursday, May 11, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

London Convention Centre
300 York St, London, ON N6B 1P8

This FREE one-day event features plenary and concurrent sessions on a variety of human rights topics.

Featured speakers include guests from the Ontario Human Rights Commission and the City of London.

Breakfast, lunch and light refreshments will be provided.


Register online by May 3, 2017 at

or by calling Alicia Carr at 416-314-4526.