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Entries Tagged as 'Human rights'

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 Premier Clark has since withdrawn the promise of pay raises, except for her […]

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Thank you, Hugh Segal

February 21st, 2013 · · 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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Christy Clark, George Abbott – meet Jeffrey Moore

March 14th, 2012 · · 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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Whatever happened to gender identity and expression?

February 5th, 2012 · · 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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Social Determinants of Health

June 7th, 2011 · · Comments Off · Children & youth, Economy, Employment & labour, Health care, Housing & homelessness, Human rights, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes, Women

It is now clear that economic, and social variables – more than individual behaviour – are the most salient factors in determining people’s well-being. Working and living conditions, the distribution of wealth, and where we live are some of , “the primary factors that shape the health of Canadians” (CCPA Monitor, June 2010). Almost everything […]

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A Paradigm Shift is Happening

November 21st, 2010 · · 2 Comments · Children & youth, Economy, First Nations & Aboriginal, Health care, Housing & homelessness, Human rights, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Women

A “paradigm shift” was the theme of Dr. Marti Glenn, one of the keynote speakers at the 2010 International Congress of The Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology & Health, which took place from November 11-14 at Asilomar, California. Dr. Glenn, who is the Dean of the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, began by saying that, […]

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Reducing the space for democracy – one speaker from the CCPA’s 30th anniversary

November 21st, 2010 · · Comments Off · Human rights, Immigrants & refugees, Transparency & accountability

Last week I was lucky enough to join 250 people in Ottawa for a daylong conference to honour the 30th anniversary of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.  Nine different speakers and two intelligent moderators focused the audience on the democratic and economic challenges we face as a Canadians and some solutions we need to […]

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BC opens door to private jails

May 2nd, 2010 · · 2 Comments · Human rights, Law & legal issues, Privatization, P3s & public services, Transparency & accountability

The BC government has taken the next step down the privatization road by opening the door to private prisons.  On April 28th Partnerships BC posted a request for qualification on the BC Bid web site for a public private partnership (P3) for the Surrey Pretrial Centre. You need to register with Bid BC to see […]

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