BCPIAC's areas of focus aim to address systemic discrimination that affects low and fixed income people in British Columbia. Systemic discrimination arises when an institution exercises a pattern of policies or practices that discriminate a given group of people.
Every day low income people go to courts and tribunals across the country without any legal representation. They struggle to follow the complex rules of the court, to gather the evidence they need to establish their case, and to get their views across to a decision-maker.
Christopher Shay has won his human rights complaint against the BC Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation, with the Ministry agreeing to make a range of changes to improve accessibility and fairness for people who have communication barriers and need welfare.
The BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre (BCPIAC) is intervening on behalf of seven organizations in this rare opportunity to ask the BCUC to order BC Hydro to implement programs for low income residential ratepayers including a discounted rate for electricity, low income customer rules, and a crisis intervention fund.
On Friday, August 12, 2016, Z.B., a woman currently detained in hospital as an involuntary patient under the Mental Health Act, launched a legal challenge in the B.C. Supreme Court, arguing that she has the constitutional right to a government-funded lawyer at an upcoming review of her detention.
Poverty advocates criticize Hydro for number of service disconnections June 10, 2016 | frank Stanford | CFAX 1070 Link to original article The Together Against Poverty Society is outraged by the sharp growth in number of households being disconnected by