The Retail Action Network (RAN) is intervening in the appeal of a human rights case in the Supreme Court of Canada. Schrenk v. British Columbia (Human Rights Tribunal) is about the extent to which the BC Human Rights Code (“the Code”) applies to discriminatory harassment in the workplace. BCPIAC has teamed up with Catherine Boies-Parker and Robin Gage, from Underhill, Boies-Parker, Gage and Latimer LLP, to represent RAN in this intervention.
BC Organizations are calling on the BC government and official opposition to step up for Women’s equality and “commit to implementing – fully and without delay – the UN’s recommendations to demonstrably improve the lives of women in our province”
B.C.’s Islamophobia Legal Assistance Hotline is calling the recent attack at a Quebec City mosque, which left six dead, a “despicable act of terrorism.”
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
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
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.
Report points to “gaping hole” in BC’s system of human rights protection Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives | December 10, 2014 Link to original article Today—December 10th—is International Human Rights Day. But what does that mean here in BC—the only province in Canada without a human rights commission? A newRead more
BCPIAC Submissions on Budget Bill C-43 November 2014 | Lobat Sadrehashemi BCPIAC lawyer Lobat Sadrehashemi made submission to the Standing Committees on Immigration & Finance asking the committee to eliminate sections 172 and 173 of Bill C-43. Read the submissions below Submission of the British Columbia Public Interest Advocacy CentreRead 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