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Entries Tagged as 'Law & legal issues'

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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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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State of play – 3rd party advertising rules and the 2013 provincial election

February 5th, 2013 · · 4 Comments · Electoral reform, Law & legal issues

BC’s third party election advertising law has been highly controversial since its introduction in 2008. I wrote the following briefing note to help organizations understand if/how the law affects them. BC’s 3rd party election advertising law applies to many many kinds of public communication during a provincial election campaign — so even if you don’t […]

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An inadequate appeal process for tenants means a bumpy ride for everyone

January 24th, 2013 · · 1 Comment · Housing & homelessness, Law & legal issues

(Co-authored by Kendra Milne and Jess Hadley, staff lawyers at the Community Legal Assistance Society) Earlier this week, we read with interest Kathy Tomlinson’s January 21st CBC Go Public story, “Landlords ‘powerless’ as tenants get free ride”, which investigates one family of tenants who have apparently taken advantage of several successive landlords.  In her article, […]

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Need for a Regional Police Force

January 3rd, 2013 · · Comments Off · Law & legal issues

Creating a Vancouver region police force is at least one recommendation of the Missing Women Inquiry that should be put into effect as soon as possible. This will be difficult, mainly because the RCMP, with a 20 year contract that was put in place last March, is not going to be easily dislodged from the […]

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Imbalance in residential tenancy rights enforcement in BC

October 25th, 2012 · · 3 Comments · Housing & homelessness, Law & legal issues

Yesterday some media outlets reported that the Residential Tenancy Branch has conditionally waived the first (and to my knowledge only) administrative penalty it has issued. BC’s Residential Tenancy Act was amended in 2006 to allow the Branch to issue administrative penalties, essentially monetary fines, against landlords or tenants that contravene the Act or repeatedly ignore […]

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Getting it Wrong For Seniors in British Columbia

September 27th, 2012 · · 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 · · 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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Rights-based legal aid: a proposal for BC

November 9th, 2010 · · Comments Off · Law & legal issues

CCPA-BC’s new study on legal aid in BC explores the impact of cuts to the system and proposes a new rights-based approach that would cut both economic and social costs. Listen to interviews with the authors on CBC’s Early Edition, Jim Harrison’s show on CHNL in Kamloops and Adam Stirling’s show on CFAX in Victoria. […]

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