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13 Jul, 2020

No-Pet Clauses and Human Rights

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Laura Track, Human Rights Lawyer July 13, 2020

This blog post has been adapted and updated from an article originally published in the Fall, 2018 edition of Landlord BC’s magazine The Key.

Landlords play an important role in protecting human rights by providing discrimination-free housing and […]

2 Jul, 2020

“The trend is upwards” – Recent Injury to Dignity Awards

2020-07-02T15:51:00-07:00July 2, 2020|Tags: , , , |

By Maddie Lusk, summer law student – July 2, 2020

In every discrimination case, BC’s Human Rights Tribunal has the power to order the respondent to compensate the complainant for injury to their “dignity, feelings, and self-respect”.[1] This is often referred to simply as […]

15 Jun, 2020

Anti-Black Racism and Human Rights

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By Laura Track, Human Rights Lawyer, June 15, 2020

Anti-Black Racism and Human Rights

Human rights complaints about race-based discrimination are notoriously hard to prove. Like all complaints, the complainant must show that there was a connection, or nexus, between their protected characteristic and the negative treatment […]

1 Jun, 2020

Human Rights, Accessibility, Inclusion, and Transformation

2020-06-01T11:38:05-07:00June 1, 2020|Tags: , , , |

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

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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

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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 […]