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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

Increasing BC Hydro rates drive request for an electricity affordability program

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 hardship caused by high hydro rates on low income customers. Continue Reading Increasing BC Hydro rates drive request for an electricity affordability program

Ombudsperson office denied request for systemic investigation into inaccessibility at BC’s welfare ministry

Ombudsperson, Kim Carter, denied the request of nine social service agencies from across the province for a systemic investigation into service reductions at the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation. Continue Reading Ombudsperson office denied request for systemic investigation into inaccessibility at BC’s welfare ministry

RTB takes a pass on investigation request to protect tenant rights in the aftermath of View Towers fire

TAPS first requested that the RTB investigate Westsea on September 25, 2014. This request was denied by the then-director for the RTB. This denial prompted TAPS to file an application in the BC Supreme Court, which resulted in a court consent order directing that the investigation request be resubmitted to the RTB for a new evaluation. Continue Reading RTB takes a pass on investigation request to protect tenant rights in the aftermath of View Towers fire

Income assistance program failing B.C.’s most vulnerable, advocates say

Mr. Shay, who is deaf, applied to the province’s Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation for immediate income assistance. The urgency of his situation qualified him to receive – at minimum – a food voucher or shelter referral within one business day, according to the ministry’s policies. Continue Reading Income assistance program failing B.C.’s most vulnerable, advocates say

Welfare ministry fails to recognize access problems exist

We filed our complaint because the ministry has built a system that disregards the needs, abilities and resources of income assistance recipients. It makes no sense to require people who often lack reliable access to phones and the Internet to obtain services through a call centre and online. Yet this is exactly what the ministry has done and what it is planning to continue to do. Continue Reading Welfare ministry fails to recognize access problems exist