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Trans rights are human rights

by Laura Track, human rights lawyer, November 20, 2020

Today, November 20, is Transgender Day of Remembrance. It’s a day, in the words of the Vancouver TDOR chapter, to “mourn for the dead; fight like hell for the living.” It’s a day to remember those […]

2020-11-20T08:57:56-08:00November 20, 2020|Tags: , , |

Mandatory Masks and Human Rights

By: Emily Zarychta, Articling Student, October 7, 2020

As employers, grocery and retail stores, schools, and many public services implement mandatory mask policies,[1] some people are wondering whether these policies violate their human rights. The answer, as with so many legal questions is – […]

No-Pet Clauses and Human Rights

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 […]

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

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 […]

2020-07-02T15:51:00-08:00July 2, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Anti-Black Racism and Human Rights

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 […]

2020-07-02T15:51:19-08:00June 15, 2020|Tags: , , |

Human Rights, Accessibility, Inclusion, and Transformation

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

Mental Health and Human Rights – Part 1: Challenging Stigma

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 […]