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Constitutional challenge to inadequate legal aid services launched today

West Coast LEAF and the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre (BCPIAC) announce a constitutional challenge against the Province of BC and the Legal Services Society for their failure to provide adequate family law legal aid to women fleeing violent relationships. The case is brought on behalf of Single Mothers’ Alliance of BC and two individual women, Nicole Bell and A.B., whose safety, well-being, and relationships with their children have been threatened by the lack of legal aid services available to them in their family law disputes. Continue Reading Constitutional challenge to inadequate legal aid services launched today

BC woman’s Charter challenge forces provincial government to provide legal representation to all people detained under the Mental Health Act

A BC woman has won an important legal victory ensuring that everyone detained under the Mental Health Act has access to legal representation Continue Reading BC woman’s Charter challenge forces provincial government to provide legal representation to all people detained under the Mental Health Act

BC man wins important human rights victory for Deaf people in need of welfare

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. Continue Reading BC man wins important human rights victory for Deaf people in need of welfare

Anti-poverty advocates call for BC Hydro to implement an electricity affordability program for BC’s poor

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. Continue Reading Anti-poverty advocates call for BC Hydro to implement an electricity affordability program for BC’s poor

BC woman launches challenge for right to legal representation in Mental Health Act detentions

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. Continue Reading BC woman launches challenge for right to legal representation in Mental Health Act detentions

Tim Hortons: Human rights complaint to proceed against fast food giant

BC Human Rights Tribunal rejected Tim Hortons’ attempt to have a human rights complaint against it dismissed at an early stage. The complaint was brought in 2012 by four temporary foreign workers from Mexico who say they experienced discrimination in the workplace while they were employed at two Tim Hortons locations in Dawson Creek, BC, while the franchise owner was also their landlord. Continue Reading Tim Hortons: Human rights complaint to proceed against fast food giant

Increasing BC Hydro rates drive request for an electricity affordability program

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. The proposal consists of three strategies to address the hardship caused by high hydro rates on low income customers. Continue Reading Increasing BC Hydro rates drive request for an electricity affordability program

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. Continue Reading Ombudsperson office denied request for systemic investigation into inaccessibility at BC’s welfare ministry

RTB takes a pass on investigation request to protect tenant rights in the aftermath of View Towers fire

TAPS first requested that the RTB investigate Westsea on September 25, 2014. This request was denied by the then-director for the RTB. This denial prompted TAPS to file an application in the BC Supreme Court, which resulted in a court consent order directing that the investigation request be resubmitted to the RTB for a new evaluation. Continue Reading RTB takes a pass on investigation request to protect tenant rights in the aftermath of View Towers fire

BC Hydro, provincial and federal governments oppose anti-poverty and seniors’ organizations’ application to intervene in Site C legal cases

BC Hydro and the federal and provincial governments are opposing the participation of anti-poverty and seniors’ groups in Site C Dam Project legal cases. Continue Reading BC Hydro, provincial and federal governments oppose anti-poverty and seniors’ organizations’ application to intervene in Site C legal cases

Low income residential ratepayers’ groups apply to intervene in Site C legal cases

Groups representing the interests of low and fixed income residential ratepayers have just applied to the Federal Court to intervene in support of the Peace Valley Landowner Association (PVLA) challenge to the federal approval of BC Hydro’s Site C Dam Project. Continue Reading Low income residential ratepayers’ groups apply to intervene in Site C legal cases

Community groups ask Auditor General to ensure welfare computer system has emergency back-up system in place

Eight social justice organizations and churches from across BC have asked the BC Auditor General to look into whether the BC Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation has appropriate contingency plans in place should the computer system used to administer welfare crash again. Continue Reading Community groups ask Auditor General to ensure welfare computer system has emergency back-up system in place