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Jonathan Chapnick is a lawyer at the Hospital Employees' Union and a CCPA-BC Research Associate. Views expressed are his own.

A lesbian walks into a Torts class…

June 12th, 2014 · Jonathan Chapnick · 8 Comments · Education, Human rights, Law & legal issues

A lesbian walks into a Torts class at Trinity Western University in Langley.  Her name is Mary. Even before the discussion of Donoghue v. Stevenson begins, Mary is told to leave because she admits to having engaged in a “sexual expression of intimacy” with her same-sex partner at their home in Surrey. “But we’re married,” she […]

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Frameworks and photo-ops

May 26th, 2014 · Jonathan Chapnick · 1 Comment · Education, Employment & labour

About a year-and-a-half ago, BC teachers and their employers approved a landmark framework agreement for their upcoming round of contract negotiations. In the wake of a difficult and divisive round of bargaining, and after many, many years of frustration and disappointment, the parties agreed to do things differently.  It was the first change to bargaining […]

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Thank you, Hugh Segal

February 21st, 2013 · Jonathan Chapnick · 3 Comments · Economy, Employment & labour, Human rights, Law & legal issues, Taxes

The debate on Bill C-377 has moved to the Senate. As many Policy Note readers probably know, Bill C-377 would impose onerous and unfair financial and operational disclosure obligations on unions and other labour organizations, in the lofty name of “transparency and accountability,” but with the actual malicious aim of weakening Labour and publicizing the […]

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Getting it Wrong For Seniors in British Columbia

September 27th, 2012 · Jonathan Chapnick · Comments Off · Employment & labour, Health care, Law & legal issues, Privatization, P3s & public services

Seniors and their families need and should have access to useful information when they are making critical decisions about residential care and throughout the period of residence in facilities. – BC Ombudsperson, The Best of Care: Getting It Right for Seniors in British Columbia (Part 1) Mass replacement of staff can occur when facility operators switch […]

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Christy Clark, George Abbott – meet Jeffrey Moore

March 14th, 2012 · Jonathan Chapnick · 3 Comments · Children & youth, Education, Human rights, Law & legal issues

There’s a freight train heading for BC’s education system — and it’s not being driven by government or teachers. This train hit the tracks long before the current collective bargaining dispute. Its operator is an eight-year-old boy from North Vancouver, named Jeffrey Moore. With the support of his family, Jeffrey is driving a human rights […]

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“Mass staff replacements” in seniors’ care: impacts and solutions

February 16th, 2012 · Jonathan Chapnick · 1 Comment · Employment & labour, Health care

Deep in the second volume of the BC Ombudsperson’s recently-released second report on seniors’ care, is an interesting and important discussion about large-scale staff replacements and other substantial changes at residential care facilities. Under the current legislative framework governing most care facilities for seniors, a facility operator must notify its regional medical health officer four months […]

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Whatever happened to gender identity and expression?

February 5th, 2012 · Jonathan Chapnick · Comments Off · Human rights, Law & legal issues

A year ago this week, Bill C-389, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (gender identity and gender expression), passed third reading in the House of Commons, receiving support from MPs from all political parties. So whatever happened to it? The private member’s bill, sponsored by former Burnaby-Douglas MP […]

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