A BC woman has won an important legal victory ensuring that everyone detained under the Mental Health Act has access to legal representation
The BC Utilities Commission, which regulates the province’s electricity rates, has announced it will issue its decision in BC Hydro’s rate review process on Friday, January 20, 2017
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.
Islamophobia Legal Assistance Hotline launched by legal community For Immediate Release | BCPIAC, CLAS, BCCLA, FACLBC, SABABC, CBABC, NCCM, CABL, Access Pro Bono VANCOUVER (March 9, 2016) – Today the legal community in British Columbia launched the Islamophobia Legal Assistance Hotline, after a nationwide increase in reported incidents of racialRead 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
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
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
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
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.
BC Hydro, provincial and federal governments oppose anti-poverty and seniors’ organizations’ application to intervene in Site C legal cases For Immediate Release | BCPIAC Vancouver – 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.Read more
Groups representing interests of low income residential ratepayers apply to intervene in Site C legal cases For Immediate Release | BCPIAC Vancouver, BC – 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 ValleyRead more
Community groups ask Auditor General to ensure welfare computer system has emergency back-up system in place For Immediate Release | BCPIAC 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 hasRead more
BC Human Rights Tribunal finds discrimination in tree planter case, awards close to $700,000 for injury to dignity For Immediate Release | BCPIAC The BC Human Rights Tribunal today issued its decision in favour of 55 tree planters who worked for Khaira Enterprises Ltd. in 2010, finding that the workersRead more