CCPA Policy Note

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

December 10th, 2014 · · 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 · · 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 · · 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 · · 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 · · 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 · · 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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An effective poverty reduction plan is not just a piece of paper

December 2nd, 2014 · · Children & youth, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Transparency & accountability

Last week, First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition published its annual report card on child poverty in BC. As in past years, the results were sobering. Based on 2012 data, 20.6% of children, or one of five, live in poverty in BC. Nearly half of children living in single parent families live below […]

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Refuting the tired claims of those opposed to minimum wage increases

November 28th, 2014 · · Economy, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

In a Vancouver Sun opinion piece, Laura Jones of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business warns against minimum wage increases, calling it “Fa-la-la economics”. Perhaps it’s not the season to be so Grinch-like. Jones is right about one thing – the minimum wage is not a magic cure for our economic woes. No one has […]

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It’s time to seriously tackle child poverty

November 24th, 2014 · · Children & youth, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Women

One in five BC children lives in poverty. This is the sobering finding of the 2014 BC Child Poverty Report Card released on November 24th, the 25th anniversary of a unanimous all-party resolution in Canada’s House of Commons to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000. Child poverty is not just a big […]

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How to create good jobs in BC

November 20th, 2014 · · Economy

Five years have passed after the end of the Great Recession but both BC and Canada as a whole are very far away from a meaningful recovery in the labour market. Headline unemployment rates are not terrible (6.1% in BC and 6.8% in Canada) but fewer people are looking for work and part-time positions are […]

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