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1 Jun, 2020

Human Rights, Accessibility, Inclusion, and Transformation

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This article was originally published in Transition, the magazine of Disability Alliance BC, Winter, 2019.

June 1, 2020

One of the purposes of human rights law is to identify and eliminate persistent patterns of inequality. Yet people with disabilities still face many barriers to participation and inclusion […]

8 May, 2020

Mental Health and Human Rights – Part 3: Duty to Inquire

2020-05-15T16:21:00-07:00May 8, 2020|Tags: , , , |

By Laura Track, Human Rights Lawyer, May 8, 2020

Part 3: Duty to Inquire

This week is Mental Health Week. To mark the occasion, we’ve published this three-part series on Mental Health and Human Rights.

In Part 1 of the series, we talked about the stigma […]

6 May, 2020

Mental Health and Human Rights – Part 2: Duty to Accommodate

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By Laura Track, Human Rights Lawyer, May 6, 2020

Part 2 – Duty to Accommodate

In Part 1 of our Mental Health and Human Rights series in honour of Mental Health Week, we talked about human rights protections for people with mental illness. The BC […]

5 May, 2020

Mental Health and Human Rights – Part 1: Challenging Stigma

2020-05-15T16:21:37-07:00May 5, 2020|Tags: , , , |

By Laura Track, Human Rights Lawyer, May 5, 2020

Part 1 – Challenging Stigma

The Canadian Mental Health Association has named this week Mental Health Week. It’s a great opportunity to remember that mental health is a critical component of our overall health and well-being.

The theme […]

16 Apr, 2020

Poverty kills: Why it’s time to add “social condition” to BC’s human rights law

2020-04-16T14:44:24-07:00April 16, 2020|Tags: , , , , |

By Laura Track, Human Rights Lawyer, April 16, 2020

Poverty kills.

This grisly fact has been true for much longer than COVID-19 has been around. Statistics Canada concluded in 2014 that income inequality is associated with the premature deaths of 40,000 Canadians a year. That’s equal […]

30 Mar, 2020

Top Ten Human Rights Tips for Employers during COVID-19

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By Laura Track, Human Rights Lawyer and Educator, March 30, 2020

Top Ten Human Rights Tips for Employers during COVID-19

Employers across British Columbia are making incredibly difficult decisions right now about terminations, temporary layoffs, and how to maintain safe and healthy workplaces. Many employment lawyers have […]

20 Mar, 2020

CLAS Press Release on the Critical Issue of Halting Evictions as Part of COVID-19 Response

2020-03-20T11:06:28-07:00March 20, 2020|Tags: , , |

Community Legal Assistance Society has recently published a press release on the critical issue of halting evictions as part of government’s response to COVID-19.

“We would like to see and help government facilitate a complete moratorium on all evictions effective immediately, much […]

14 Feb, 2020

Ground-breaking human rights hearing for Indigenous families in the foster care system

2020-02-14T10:33:09-07:00February 14, 2020|Tags: , , , , , |

By Aleem Bharmal, QC, Human Rights Lawyer

The BC Human Rights Clinic is representing an Indigenous mother in the case RR v Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society (VACFSS) which is set to proceed to hearing at the BC Human Rights Tribunal from […]

15 Jan, 2020

Advancing Justice for Indigenous Peoples

2020-01-15T14:03:56-07:00January 15, 2020|Tags: , , , , , |

Last week, news broke that an Indigenous man and his 12 year-old grand-daughter were arrested and handcuffed by Vancouver police. They had gone to a Bank of Montreal branch to open the girl’s first bank account, but a staffer apparently became suspicious and called […]

3 Dec, 2019

New Resource- Guide to Enforcing a Tribunal Order or Settlement Agreement

2019-12-03T11:17:20-07:00December 3, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

By Alanna Tom, CLAS Articling Student

New Resource – Guide to Enforcing a Tribunal Order or Settlement Agreement

Clients sometimes ask us what happens if a respondent does not comply with the terms of a settlement agreement. People may also wonder how the Tribunal enforces its orders […]