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Entries Tagged as 'Human rights'

Child care is a human right

December 11th, 2014 · · No Comments · Children & youth, Employment & labour, Human rights, Women

By Lynell and Melanie Anderson Our understanding of rights evolves along with society, yet the required and corresponding evolution in government policy in BC is stagnant. Re-establishing the Human Rights Commission, as recommended in a new report, could change this reality. We’re passionate about women’s and children’s rights, and concerned about the rights of mothers […]

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BC must provide education to foster discrimination-free workplaces and services

December 10th, 2014 · · 1 Comment · Employment & labour, Human rights

Today, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Poverty and Human Rights Centre released a report on the need for a human rights commission in British Columbia. Yes. You read that right. British Columbia has no human rights commission. It is the only province in Canada without a publicly-funded independent agency that works to […]

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The BC Human Rights Commission and Mental Health

December 10th, 2014 · · 2 Comments · Health care, Human rights

In BC the human rights of people experiencing mental illness are routinely violated through the use of Section 28 under the BC Mental Health Act which is implemented when a person is thought to be a danger to themselves or others. A recent Globe and Mail article indicated that these apprehensions in BC (frequently initiated […]

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BC needs a Human Rights Commission – now

December 10th, 2014 · · No Comments · Human rights

Human rights are everyone’s business. The social climate we live in affects us all. When people are subjected to prejudice and discrimination because they are aboriginal or because of their gender or because of their sexual orientation or for some other reason, it creates a society that is more ugly, less safe and less human […]

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BC’s Workers Need a Human Rights Commission

December 10th, 2014 · · 1 Comment · Employment & labour, Human rights, Immigrants & refugees

Let me explain BC’s strategy for addressing discrimination. First, we ask someone to experience it. Then we ask that person to understand a complex area of law, investigate the facts and engage in a legal proceeding against their employer / landlord / service provider to enforce their rights. We ask many people to do this […]

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Preventing discrimination before it occurs

December 10th, 2014 · · No Comments · Human rights

The human rights process starts with the filing of a complaint of discrimination. In BC, the complaint is filed with the BC Human Rights Tribunal. Filing an effective complaint requires a good deal of time and effort. It can be hard to devote that time and effort if, for example, someone has been fired because […]

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From discrimination against temporary foreign workers to sexual harassment, there’s no shortage of issues a human rights commission could tackle

December 10th, 2014 · · No Comments · Human rights

British Columbia is the only province in Canada that does not have a Human Rights Commission. That makes us the weakest province when it comes to fostering human rights awareness and preventing discrimination. Currently BC only has a Human Rights Tribunal, which mediates and adjudicates complaints about discrimination after it has occurred. The Tribunal does […]

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A lesbian walks into a Torts class…

June 12th, 2014 · · 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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What the UBC rape chant scandal says about women in the Canadian economy

September 10th, 2013 · · 7 Comments · Children & youth, Economy, Education, Employment & labour, First Nations & Aboriginal, Human rights, Media, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance, Women

The news of UBC Sauder Business School students chanting about rape of underage girls during a FROSH week event has generated much outrage. As it should. While the chant might seem like an isolated incident, it is not. The recent rape chant scandals in UBC and in St Mary’s University in Halifax are evidence of […]

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Why wheelchair fees are not ‘fair’ and what they say about the state of seniors care in BC

July 5th, 2013 · · 7 Comments · Health care, Human rights, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Seniors

The recent announcement of a $25/month user fee for wheelchairs used by people in long-term care facilities in the Fraser and Vancouver Coastal health regions has been unpopular – particularly given the simultaneous announcement of pay raises for top government political staff. Premier Clark has since withdrawn the promise of pay raises, except for her […]

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