BCPIAC Press Releases

The following are media releases about BCPIAC cases and focus areas. Media contacts for specific cases can be found here. If you would like to receive our press advisories and releases sign up to our media list. If you have further questions, please contact us.

Constitutional challenge to inadequate legal aid services launched today

For Immediate Release | BCPIAC VANCOUVER – 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 ...
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BC woman’s Charter challenge forces provincial government to provide legal representation to all people detained under the Mental Health Act

For Immediate Release | BCPIAC Please note, there is a court-ordered publication ban in place VANCOUVER, B.C. – A BC woman known as Z.B. has won an important legal victory ensuring that everyone detained under the Mental Health Act has access to legal representation when their ...
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BC Hydro regulator to issue decision on rates for BC’s poor

Media Advisory 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. In its decision, the Commission will determine rate structures and conditions of service for BC ...
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BC man wins important human rights victory for Deaf people in need of welfare

For Immediate Release | BCPIAC VANCOUVER, B.C. – 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 ...
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Anti-poverty advocates call for BC Hydro to implement an electricity affordability program for BC’s poor

For Immediate Release | BCPIAC August 15, 2016 (Vancouver) Starting on August 16, 2016, the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) will hold a public hearing to review BC Hydro’s Rate Design Application (RDA). In this process, the BCUC will hear evidence and submissions from BC Hydro ...
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BC woman launches challenge for right to legal representation in Mental Health Act detentions

For Immediate Release | BCPIAC Please note, there is a court-ordered publication ban in place VANCOUVER, B.C. – 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 ...
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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 racial and faith-related discrimination against ...
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Khaira tree planters win EI appeals after 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 they did in 2010. Most of ...
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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 early stage.  The complaint was brought in ...
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Increasing BC Hydro rates drive request for an electricity affordability program

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. The proposal consists of three strategies to address the ...
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