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4 Sep, 2019

Who’s Who in BC’s Human Rights Landscape?

2019-09-06T09:47:05-07:00September 4, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

By Laura Track

There are several important players in BC’s human rights landscape. Because so many have “human rights” in their name, it’s easy to mix them up.

Here are four of the key players:

The BC Human Rights Tribunal

The Tribunal is like a court. It hears and […]

5 Dec, 2018

“Squishing” into a tight rental housing market: Family status protections for tenants

2019-06-12T14:46:56-07:00December 5, 2018|Tags: , |

By Laura Track

This article was originally published in the Winter 2018 issue of Landlord BC’s magazine called The Key.

Robbin Abernathy is the mother in a family of six.[1] Like many families in BC, she has struggled to find appropriate rental housing for […]

7 Nov, 2018

Human Rights Tribunal decision provides important remedies for resort workers

2019-06-12T13:05:32-07:00November 7, 2018|Tags: |

By Jonathan Blair

In March of this year, a lawyer with the Human Rights Clinic, Dan Soiseth, represented a group of nine former employees (the Complainants) at a BC Human Rights Tribunal hearing against their former employer, Spruce Hill Resort and Spa Ltd. (the Resort) and […]

29 Oct, 2018

Accommodating mental health – breaking down the stigma

2019-06-12T13:59:53-07:00October 29, 2018|Tags: , , |

By Abisola Omotayo

recent decision[1] of the BC Human Rights Tribunal emphasizes the need for service providers to accommodate individuals with mental health issues. The case involved the alleged denial of service by a BC restaurant to a person with mental illnesses. The customer […]

24 Oct, 2018

Equality in Hiring – When are interview questions discriminatory?

2019-06-12T13:54:27-07:00October 24, 2018|Tags: , , , |

By Jonathan Blair

Applying for a job can be an exciting and stress-inducing time. The stakes are high for job applicants – their literal livelihood may depend on the outcome. We all want to make a good impression and be evaluated on the skills and experience […]

30 Jul, 2018

Tenants and medical marijuana: Rights and responsibilities

2019-06-12T13:52:44-07:00July 30, 2018|Tags: , , |

By Laura Track

This article was originally published in the Summer 2018 issue of Landlord BC’s magazine called The Key.

With marijuana legalization on the near horizon, landlords need to be aware of their obligations under BC’s Human Rights Code. There are situations where human rights laws […]

19 Jul, 2018

Childcare: A Human Rights Issue

2019-06-12T13:51:05-07:00July 19, 2018|Tags: , , , |

By Laura Track

Many BC parents will be familiar with the difficulties of accessing quality, affordable childcare in this province. Wait lists are long, costs are high, and there are simply not enough spaces for all the kids who need them.

The lack of meaningful childcare options […]

28 May, 2018

Creating Inclusive Workplaces through Accommodation

2019-06-12T13:47:00-07:00May 28, 2018|Tags: , , , |

By Laura Track

This article was originally published in Visions magazine, BC’s Mental Health and Addictions Journal.

Under Canadian human rights law, employers have an obligation to adjust workplace rules, policies and practices that have a negative impact on employees or job applicants with disabilities. In other words, employers […]

24 May, 2018

Accommodating right means accommodating rights!

2019-06-12T13:42:11-07:00May 24, 2018|Tags: , |

By Laura Track

This article was originally published in the Spring 2018 issue of Landlord BC’s magazine called The Key.

As landlords, you’re in the business of providing accommodations. You provide homes for all sorts of people every day – that’s your job, and you know it […]