British Columbia

May 6, 2014
There has been a recent streak of deadly domestic violence in British Columbia. Women's advocates are calling for greater access to legal aid as some women fear the loss of their children in a court...
Keywords: Article , Violence, Welfare, Women, British Columbia
May 2, 2014
Cuts to legal aid in B.C. have created barriers for women fleeing domestic violence, and abusive partners able to use the legal system to continue harassment. There is currently a 25-hour funding cap...
Keywords: Article , Legal Aid, Violence, Women, British Columbia
May 2, 2014
The BC Court of Appeal recently concluded that Parliament intended to make it a criminal offence to help refugees, on a humanitarian basis, and that the Charter allows it. The law criminalizes...
Keywords: Article , Human Rights, Immigrants and Refugees, British Columbia
May 1, 2014
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: Article , Government Policy, Panhandling, British Columbia
April 29, 2014
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: Article , Children and Youth, Government Policy, British Columbia
April 29, 2014
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has published its report, "Working for a Living Wage 2014: Making Paid Work Meet Basic Family Needs in Metro Vancouver." The report finds that the living...
Keywords: Article , Family, British Columbia, All of Canada
April 24, 2014
A concerning trend called 'renoviction' is occurring everywhere in the province, from the Downtown Eastside to more rural towns such as Terrace and Kitimat. Renoviction occurs when landlords (legal)...
Keywords: Article , Housing, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
April 24, 2014
West Coast LEAF has proposed an amendment to BC's Residential Tenancy Act (the RTA) to ensure that victims of violence are able to end their fixed-term tenancies without penalty in order to escape...
Keywords: Article , Housing, Violence, Women, British Columbia
April 24, 2014
Led by Atira Women’s Resource Society’s legal advocate Amber Prince, this tool-kit was created by Aboriginal women, for Aboriginal women. The tool-kit aims to address some of the identified gaps in...
Keywords: Online Resource , aboriginal women, Indigenous, reserve, Women, British Columbia, Manuals and guides
April 22, 2014
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: Article , Government Policy, British Columbia
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