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Accessibility at the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction

The Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction will be addressing poverty in BC with a Poverty Reduction Strategy. And we’re thrilled! Now is the time to tackle the serious (and worsening) issues with service delivery at the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, and raise BC’s shamefully low social assistance rates. Learn more about what we hope to see in BC’s poverty reduction strategy. Continue Reading Accessibility at the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction

Human Rights Leaders Share Common Vision for BC Human Rights Commission

On November 17, 2017, the B.C. Public Interest Advocacy Centre (BCPIAC), the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – BC Office (CCPA-BC), the Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS), the Poverty and Human Rights Centre, and West Coast Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (West Coast LEAF) made submissions to the government in support of a common vision for the BC Human Rights Commission (Commission). Continue Reading Human Rights Leaders Share Common Vision for BC Human Rights Commission

Justice before the Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal and Poverty Reduction

BCPIAC’s letter to the new BC government highlighting the anti-poverty community’s pressing concerns about the effectiveness and credibility of the Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal (“the EAAT”), and offer recommendations about how to restore public confidence in the EAAT. Continue Reading Justice before the Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal and Poverty Reduction

Tenant fights eviction for smudging, takes case to B.C. Human Rights Tribunal

A Burnaby woman has filed a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal alleging her landlord is denying her the right to smudge. Crystal Smith of the Tsimshian Haisla First Nation has smudged – the indigenous practice of burning herbs like sage for prayer or cleansing – for about 15 years. Continue Reading Tenant fights eviction for smudging, takes case to B.C. Human Rights Tribunal

Open Letter Regarding Access Barriers to Applying for Income Assistance

To All Candidates in the 2017 BC Provincial Election: We are writing to you as a candidate in the provincial election on behalf of more than sixty undersigned organizations to collectively express our concerns regarding chronic and serious barriers British Columbians face when attempting to apply for income assistance. It is our hope that you will pursue this issue, as it affects British Columbians in all corners of the province. Continue Reading Open Letter Regarding Access Barriers to Applying for Income Assistance

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

Retail Action Network intervenes in Schrenk v BCHRT at Supreme Court

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. Continue Reading Retail Action Network intervenes in Schrenk v BCHRT at Supreme Court

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

Campaign calls on BC government and official opposition to “step up for Women’s equality”

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” Continue Reading Campaign calls on BC government and official opposition to “step up for Women’s equality”