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Entries Tagged as 'Human rights'

Ok, Let’s Talk.

January 29th, 2015 · · Comments Off on Ok, Let’s Talk. · Health care, Human rights, Law & legal issues

Yesterday was Bell Let’s Talk Day 2015.  You might have heard about it.  According to Bell, a record 122,150,772 Bell Let’s Talk tweets, texts, calls, and shares on January 28, 2015 translated into a new donation of $6,107,538 to mental health initiatives. Let’s Talk is a multi-year campaign focused on four “action pillars” related to […]

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Charity is not the right way to tackle poverty in British Columbia

January 28th, 2015 · · Comments Off on Charity is not the right way to tackle poverty in British Columbia · Human rights, Poverty, inequality & welfare

The existence of poverty in British Columbia is a violation of human rights. There is not only a moral duty to eradicate poverty but also a legal obligation under international human rights law. Just before the holidays, December 10 was International Human Rights Day but we have little to celebrate here in BC. A human […]

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Yes Mr. Harper It Is A Sociological Phenomenon

January 14th, 2015 · · Comments Off on Yes Mr. Harper It Is A Sociological Phenomenon · First Nations & Aboriginal, Human rights, Women

Inter‑American Commission on Human Rights Issues Breakthrough Report on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls This piece originally appeared on Blogging for Equality. The Inter‑American Commission on Human Rights has provided a direct answer to Prime Minister Harper: Yes, the murders and disappearances of Indigenous women and girls are a ‘sociological phenomenon’. The Inter-American Human […]

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Child care is a human right

December 11th, 2014 · · Comments Off on Child care is a human right · 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 · · Comments Off on BC needs a Human Rights Commission – now · 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 · · Comments Off on Preventing discrimination before it occurs · 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 · · Comments Off on From discrimination against temporary foreign workers to sexual harassment, there’s no shortage of issues a human rights commission could tackle · 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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