British Columbia - Government policy

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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: Government Policy, Human Rights, Indigenous, Violence, Women, British Columbia, All of Canada, International
A new report published by the Ministry of Children and Family Development has found that children in foster care are disproportionately accessing income assistance upon turning 19, according to an...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Education, Government Policy, Welfare, British Columbia
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
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
Social workers unable to access the government’s child-welfare computer system are being told to check with police to see whether there are prior safety concerns about a family, documents show. A...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Government Policy, Welfare, British Columbia
The Opposition Critic for Social Development says a major glitch in the provincial computer system is putting vulnerable children and adults at serious risk. The province’s Integrated Case Management...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Government Policy, Welfare, British Columbia
NDP social development critic Michelle Mungall introduced in the legislature on Tuesday a private members bill that she said aims to fight poverty and improve economic realities for needy people. The...
Keywords: Government Policy, Welfare, British Columbia
The street vending bylaw, currently being constitutionally challenged by Pivot Legal Society, penalizes a survival strategy for low-income people who struggle to make ends meet. More than 95% of all...
Keywords: Government Policy, Panhandling, British Columbia
In a report released yesterday, independent watchdog Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond called for "targeted services and supports" for youth past the current age limit of 19. She is recommending the province...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Government Policy, British Columbia
Four residents of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside are launching a constitutional challenge after being ticketed for selling personal items on the sidewalk. Defendant Ralph George says the group are...
Keywords: Government Policy, British Columbia
Life in B.C. is about to get more expensive and advocates say it's the province's low-income seniors who will be hit the hardest. A number of rates affecting British Columbians are getting hiked,...
Keywords: Government Policy, Utilities, British Columbia
Squamish officials backed a call for a $10-a-day B.C. child care program that would come with a $1.5 billion annual price tag. Last week, the District of Squamish became the 26th municipality to...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Family, Government Policy, British Columbia
B.C. union leaders are calling for the minimum wage to be increased from the current $10.25 to $13 an hour, which represents the poverty line. The last time the minimum wage was raised was in 2012....
Keywords: Government Policy, British Columbia