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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

Increasing BC Hydro rates drive request for an electricity affordability program for BC’s poor

BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre (BCPIAC) will ask the Commission to implement rate relief, emergency bill assistance, and specific terms and conditions for low income BC Hydro ratepayers. Continue Reading Increasing BC Hydro rates drive request for an electricity affordability program for BC’s poor

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

BC Utilities Commission orders reduction of BC Hydro’s Minimum Reconnection Charge

The BC Utilities Commission has just ordered that BC Hydro’s Minimum Reconnection Charge (MRC) of $125.00 plus GST be reduced to $30 on an interim basis, starting on December 1, 2015. BC Hydro had requested that the lower MRC be implemented by April 1, 2016, but we successfully argued that the MRC is unjust and unreasonable as it no longer reflects BC Hydro’s actual costs to reconnect a customer. Continue Reading BC Utilities Commission orders reduction of BC Hydro’s Minimum Reconnection Charge

Debt, subterfuge will cost BC Hydro ratepayers

Ratepayers in BC can expect dramatic electricity-rate increases for years to come. Those rate increases will be needed to pay off B.C. Hydro’s soaring long-term debt and other costs the company has shunted to future ratepayers to make itself seem profitable and offset the impact of its spending on current customers. Continue Reading Debt, subterfuge will cost BC Hydro ratepayers

Changing the meaning of citizenship

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. This new law fundamentally changes our citizenship laws including the requirements for obtaining citizenship and expanding the grounds to take citizenship away. Continue Reading Changing the meaning of citizenship