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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

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

REPORT: Refugee Reform & Access to Counsel in British Columbia

Since December 2012 the refugee determination process in Canada has undergone drastic changes. This report is based in-depth interviews and focus groups with refugee claimants, their lawyers and service providers in British Columbia about the impacts of these changes on refugee claimants’ access to legal representation. Continue Reading REPORT: Refugee Reform & Access to Counsel in British Columbia

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

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

Legal aid denied: woman asks court to overturn decision

A Lower Mainland woman wants a B.C. Supreme Court judge to overturn a B.C. Legal Services Society decision denying her legal aid. Backed by the B.C. Public Interest Advocacy Centre, the woman, who can only be identified as P.G., claims she lacks the skill and confidence to adequately represent herself against an ex-husband she accuses of “emotional and mental abuse.” Continue Reading Legal aid denied: woman asks court to overturn decision