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January 12, 2016
The Disability Alliance BC has put together an update on the changes to the Disability Tax Credit application. See the attached letter and their website for more information.
Keywords: Disability, British Columbia
December 16, 2015
BCPIAC as part of their Access to Welfare campaign requested documents under the Freedom of Information Act from the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation's automated telephone inquiry...
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November 30, 2015
Last week First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition released their annual report card with the latest statistics on child and family poverty in British Columbia. Again this year they found...
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November 23, 2015
The Nanaimo Disability Centre has a new website at: http://ndrc.info/. You can also find them on Facebook. Check out their Find an Advocate listing as well: http://www.povnet.org/node/2527
Keywords: British Columbia
November 6, 2015
From the Disability Alliance BC: Starting December 1st 2015, people receiving the Persons with Disabilities benefit (PWD) will be able to have up to $100,000 in assets without it impacting their...
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November 2, 2015
Last week the BC Supreme Court recognized the right of homeless people to sleep in public spaces. The ruling struck down a bylaw in Abbotsford, BC that banned temporary shelters in parks. For the...
Keywords: British Columbia
October 9, 2015
We are putting together some resources on poverty and the federal election. Check out the following resources to see how various organizations are trying to get poverty to be a federal election issue...
Keywords: Government Policy, All of Canada
July 24, 2015
Yesterday the United Nations Human Rights Committee (HRC) released its response to the review of Canada's human rights record over the last ten years. The report points out a number of issues...
Keywords: Human Rights, All of Canada
July 13, 2015
Last week Canada's human rights record was under UN review for the first time since Stephen Harper came into power in 2006. Many Canadian non-profit and advocacy organizations were in Geneva...
Keywords: Human Rights, All of Canada
June 30, 2015
This is Penny Goldsmith's last official day as the Executive Co-ordinator of PovNet and it is safe to say that anyone involved with PovNet is going to miss Penny deeply. Penny Goldsmith has worked in...
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June 26, 2015
Yesterday the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that a Charter challenge holding governments responsible for the crisis in affordable housing and homelessness will never be heard in Canadian courts....
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, All of Canada
May 29, 2015
The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has found two women from Mexico working under the Temporary Foreign Worker program faced sexual harassment and discrimination in their workplace. One complainant...
Keywords: Women, Workers' Rights, All of Canada
May 22, 2015
Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie released her report, “Seniors Housing in B.C., Affordable, Appropriate, Available.” Among the 18 recommendations in the report, Mackenzie proposes a new initiative...
Keywords: Seniors and Elders, British Columbia
May 13, 2015
In a 40 page complaint filed yesterday, nine social service agencies from across BC have asked the Ombudsperson of BC to launch a systemic investigation into service reductions at the Ministry of...
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
April 14, 2015
A B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled that the Downtown Vancouver Ambassadors, a program paid for by the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, has discriminated against homeless people...
Keywords: Homelessness, British Columbia
April 1, 2015
Advocacy groups estimate that there are an estimated 70,000 temporary workers in Canada whose contracts are suppose to end today due to the federal government's changes to the temporary foreign...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, Workers' Rights, All of Canada
March 27, 2015
Rural communities across BC, including Nelson, Nanaimo, and Nelson are also struggling with increased homelessness due to the lack of affordable housing and low welfare rates.
Keywords: Homelessness, British Columbia
March 27, 2015
Earlier this week Vancouver conducted its annual homelessness count. Last year the count found that despite the mayor's pledge to end homelessness by 2015 the number of people living on the streets...
Keywords: Homelessness, British Columbia
March 12, 2015
Christy Clark`s statement last week that a $15 minimum wage would hurt small businesses was the subject of scrutiny in a story released this week in the Globe and Mail. The article looks at the...
Keywords: Government Policy, Media, Workers' Rights, British Columbia
March 5, 2015
Welfare rates in BC have not increased in eight years and recipients are increasingly finding that as prices in BC continue to rise, getting by on the existing rates is virtually impossible. The BC...
Keywords: Disability, Welfare, British Columbia