As Hydro Rates Climb, an Idea to Reduce Bills for Low-income Folks Advocates pitch affordability program, but minister insists rates are modest. February 27, 2016 | Andrew MacLeod | TheTyee Link to original With electricity rates continuing to spiral upwards, an advocacy organization is pushing to have BC Hydro adopt measuresRead more
Khaira tree planters win EI appeals after almost six years For Immediate Release | BCPIAC Almost 6 years after closure of the Khaira Enterprise Ltd. camp in Golden, BC, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has sided with former Khaira tree planters in EI and income tax appeals stemming from work theyRead more
Increasing BC Hydro rates drive request for an electricity affordability program for BC’s poor Erin Pritchard | BCPIAC Original article published on ClickLaw Blog In September 2015, BC Hydro filed a Rate Design Application (RDA) with the BC Utilities Commission (Commission). This means the Commission, BC Hydro and stakeholders willRead more
Tim Hortons: Human rights complaint to proceed against fast food giant Company fails in bid to have complaint thrown out For Immediate Release | BCPIAC and CLAS Last Friday, the BC Human Rights Tribunal rejected Tim Hortons’ attempt to have a human rights complaint against it dismissed at an earlyRead more
BC Utilities Commission orders reduction of BC Hydro’s Minimum Reconnection Charge (MRC) starting December 1, 2015
BC Utilities Commission orders reduction of BC Hydro’s Minimum Reconnection Charge (MRC) starting December 1, 2015 The BC Utilities Commission has just ordered that BC Hydro’s Minimum Reconnection Charge (MRC) of $125.00 plus GST be reduced to $30 on an interim basis, starting on December 1, 2015. BC Hydro had requested thatRead more
New Ontario program helps low income ontarians with electricity bills November 2, 2015 | Ontario Energy Board Link to Ontario Energy Board Press Release Ontario Energy Board Ontario Energy Board released an announcement introducing a new program to help low income residential customers to make electricity more affordable. See the pressRead more
Debt, subterfuge will cost B.C. Hydro ratepayers October 24, 2015 | Brady Yauch | Consumer Policy Institute Link to article at Consumer Policy Institute website Why ratepayers in BC can expect their electricity rates to go in one direction: up. This article originally appeared in the Times Colonist. Ratepayers in BCRead more
Changing the meaning of citizenship Lobat Sadrehashemi Originally published in Cultures West Magazine Fall 2015 Issue The government of Canada introduced the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act (Bill C-24) in February 2014, and the bill received royal assent in June 2014.As of June 11, 2015 all the provisions are now in force.Read more
Increasing BC Hydro rates drive request for an electricity affordability program for BC’s poor For Immediate Release | BCPIAC Legal advocacy group, the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre (BCPIAC) will ask the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) to implement an electricity affordability program for BC Hydro’s 160,000 low income residential customers.Read more
The provincial government is seeking to bypass a regulatory review to fast-track two major projects designed to supply the natural gas industry with clean energy for production.
BCPIAC letter in reply to a call for comments in response to the Ministry of Energy and Mines proposal to exempt the North Montney Power Supply Project and the Peace Region Electricity Supply Project from undergoing a review by BC’s energy utility regulator.
Since December 2012 the refugee determination process in Canada has undergone drastic changes. This report is based in-depth interviews and focus groups with refugee claimants, their lawyers and service providers in British Columbia about the impacts of these changes on refugee claimants’ access to legal representation.
Effective January 1, B.C.’s local gas distribution company, FortisBC, amalgamated its various operating companies into a single entity. As a result, programs previously available only on the Mainland will soon be available on Vancouver Island.
Ombudsperson office denied request for systemic investigation into inaccessibility at BC’s welfare ministry
Ombudsperson, Kim Carter, denied the request of nine social service agencies from across the province for a systemic investigation into service reductions at the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation
The Residential Tenancy Branch has once again turned down an advocacy group’s request that it investigate the landlords of View Towers, despite numerous complaints that tenants were forced out of their low-income rental suites after a major fire in 2014.