“The international community has declared the common global goal of “ending AIDS” by 2030. This year, we heard promising statements from some decisionmakers, and we observed some action on some fronts that could help realize the goal. However, words must be matched by deeds if we are to truly protect and promote the health and human rights of people living with HIV and communities particularly affected by the epidemic.
Our calls to action had a direct impact this year. Canada’s Justice Minister made a historic promise to review the criminal justice system’s overcriminalization of people living with HIV, and work is actively underway. The federal Health Minister introduced several harm reduction measures and reinstated harm reduction to the federal drug strategy; she also heeded our steady calls to repeal the current, objectionable law impeding access to life-saving safer consumption services. The federal government began to fulfill its promise to legalize marijuana with a bill — albeit imperfect — tabled in Parliament.”