News - British Columbia

June 7, 2016
Last week the Carnegie Community Action Project released their report card on how the city of Vancouver measured up in tackling the housing crisis in 2015. The result is mostly F's with a few D's.
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
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
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 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
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
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 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 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
February 19, 2015
The BC provincial budget was unveiled earlier this week and has received significant criticism from many in the anti-poverty community over the last two days. An article published yesterday in the...
Keywords: Government Policy, British Columbia
February 16, 2015
The Georgia Straight has published an open letter from First Call BC to BC Premiere Christy Clark and BC Minister for Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux. The letter responds to...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Family, Government Policy, British Columbia
February 11, 2015
On February 17, BC Finance Minister, Mike de Jong will deliver the 2015 budget speech for the province. The speech has wide ranging implications for government operations and citizens alike. In...
Keywords: Government Policy, Media, British Columbia
February 4, 2015
The 2015 women's memorial march will take place in many communities across Canada and in the United States on February 14. The first women’s memorial march was held in 1991 in response to the murder...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Organizing, Violence, Women, British Columbia, All of Canada, United States
January 28, 2015
A rally was held earlier this week protesting the lack of government regulation for payday loan stores in Burnaby. The story was reported in a recent article. “Monica McGovern with the group ACORN...
Keywords: Debt and Consumer Law, Government Policy, Organizing, British Columbia
January 22, 2015
The Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS), an anti-poverty advocacy organization in Victoria, has filed a petition for judicial review challenging a decision by the Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB...
Keywords: Housing, Legal Assistance, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
January 14, 2015
Last month, the Law Society of BC released a report authored by its “Legal Services Regulatory Framework Taskforce” recommending that the organization request a legislative amendment allowing it to...
Keywords: Government Policy, Legal Assistance, British Columbia
January 14, 2015
A report released earlier this week by BC’s auditor general highlights many problems within BC’s provincial prison system. The report found that “lack of attention to performance management,...
Keywords: Government Policy, Prisoners' Rights, British Columbia
January 13, 2015
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has just released a report that investigates Canada’s response to missing and murdered indigenous women in British Columbia. The IACHR report...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Government Policy, Human Rights, Violence, Women, British Columbia, All of Canada, International