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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

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”

BC man wins important human rights victory for Deaf people in need of welfare

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 communication barriers and need welfare. Continue Reading BC man wins important human rights victory for Deaf people in need of welfare

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