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Entries Tagged as 'Law & legal issues'

The diminishing of access to government information – and some things to do about it

September 1st, 2015 · · No Comments · Democracy and participation, Law & legal issues

Freedom of Information legislation (FOI), or Access to Information (ATI) as it is known at the federal level in Canada, was a pretty important addition to government accountability when it became law in jurisdictions across Canada. The Supreme Court of Canada described freedom of information legislation as a pillar of our democracy that provides citizens […]

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#BoycottTims? It’s about time.

June 9th, 2015 · · Comments Off on #BoycottTims? It’s about time. · Economy, Employment & labour, Human rights, Immigrants & refugees, Law & legal issues

Twitter was raging against Tim Hortons last Thursday. According to the Ottawa Sun, for much of the day the hottest trending topic in Canada was #BoycottTims. It’s about time, I thought to myself, these allegations have been in the news for at least a couple of years. Back in 2013, a group of Tims employees […]

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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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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 on Need for a Regional Police Force · 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 on Getting it Wrong For Seniors in British Columbia · 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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