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July 17, 2014
There are serious problems at the Social Security Tribunal and the Canada Pension Plan Disability Program, especially for people trying to appeal decisions on their ineligibility for this disability...
Keywords: Disability, Government Policy, All of Canada
July 14, 2014
A report released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives examines the rise of temporary agency work in British Columbia, and explores the experiences of temporary agency workers. The...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, British Columbia
July 14, 2014
A recent study conducted by the Housing Justice Project indicates that among other issues, renters in Metro Vancouver struggle with housing affordability and instability. With major community...
Keywords: Housing, British Columbia
July 9, 2014
Whitehorse residents and community leaders gathered in the rain Friday to express their disapproval of the government’s decision to scrap an affordable housing program in the city. About 40 people...
Keywords: Government Policy, Housing, Yukon
July 7, 2014
The Conservative government’s latitude to choose its own policies was curtailed yet again on Friday when a judge called health-care cuts for failed refugee claimants a form of “cruel and unusual...
Keywords: Government Policy, Health, Immigrants and Refugees, All of Canada
June 27, 2014
A room full of surprised veteran B.C. Aboriginal leaders erupted in “cheers and tears” after the Supreme Court of Canada, in the most important aboriginal rights case in the country’s history, ruled...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, British Columbia, All of Canada
June 27, 2014
When the management of a block of luxury flats in London, England, felt they had an issue with homeless people sleeping on the doorstep, their solution was apparently to install a set of spikes. In...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
June 27, 2014
With Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, Ottawa has dramatically redefined the narrative of what it is to be Canadian, squaring it up with a conservative view of the world and the...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, All of Canada
June 17, 2014
A 10-year plan which is supposed to address the needs of people with disabilities in British Columbia is not going over well with advocates. Jane Dyson, Executive Director of the BC Coalition of...
Keywords: Seniors and Elders, Welfare, British Columbia
June 9, 2014
Is it in the public interest to ensure that prisoners have access to life saving medication? That was the situation faced by the Community Legal Assistance Society's client. He was denied his HIV...
Keywords: Health, Prisoners' Rights, British Columbia
June 6, 2014
The B.C. auditor general’s recent report, "Disability Assistance: An Audit of Program Access, Integrity and Results", indicates that B.C. adults who have developmental disabilities — such as Down...
Keywords: Disability, Health, British Columbia
May 28, 2014
Several dozen Vancouver lawyers plan to withdraw their services this summer to protest a lack of legal aid funding. At least 100 Vancouver lawyers plan not to take any legal aid clients for five...
Keywords: Government Policy, Legal Aid, British Columbia
May 27, 2014
B.C. Premier Christy Clark has announced “Ward 10C” at St. Paul’s Hospital will no longer be dedicated to AIDS due to a steady reduction in cases. There’s been a 90% drop in AIDS cases in B.C. since...
Keywords: Health, British Columbia
May 26, 2014
A Charter challenge case in Ontario alleges that the federal and provincial governments violate the rights of homeless people by failing to implement policies that would eventually eliminate...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Ontario
May 23, 2014
Canada Without Poverty (CWP) has joined forces with the Charter Committee on Poverty Issues (CCPI) in a legal case going to the Supreme Court of Canada in October 2014. The case is called Taypotat v...
Keywords: Aboriginal and First Nations, Education, Human Rights, All of Canada
May 23, 2014
The Income Security Advocacy Centre has created that includes information about why it’s important to vote, how to make sure you can vote, accessible voting for people with disabilities, raising...
Keywords: Government Policy, Unemployment, Ontario
May 23, 2014
Proposed changes to the Citizenship Act could create a new class of naturalized Canadians who have fewer rights than those born in the country. New immigrants to Canada could see their citizenship...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, All of Canada
May 15, 2014
In June 2012, the Canadian government cut funding to refugee health care with the claim that it would protect our immigration system from abuse. However, these cuts have put children's lives at...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, All of Canada
May 14, 2014
Homelessness is an issue Abbotsford has grappled with for years. But the problem gained a national audience last summer after city workers dumped chicken manure at a homeless camp. Today, figures...
Keywords: British Columbia
May 12, 2014
All British Columbians will be offered a blood test for HIV/AIDS every five years as part of new testing guidelines that are the first of their kind in Canada. Until now, only pregnant women have...
Keywords: Government Policy, Health, British Columbia