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.

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.

Anti-poverty advocates call for BC Hydro to implement an electricity affordability program for BC’s poor

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.

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.

BC Utilities Commission orders reduction of BC Hydro’s Minimum Reconnection Charge (MRC) starting December 1, 2015

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.