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Stress, Anxiety and the Duty to Accommodate

March 23, 2021 by Judith Grimsrud, HRC Advocate 

Many Canadians are experiencing increasing levels of stress, depression, and anxiety due to the ongoing pandemic. Worries about unemployment, job security, finances, and exposure to the coronavirus, balancing family and work responsibilities, and the ill-effects of social isolation […]

2021-03-23T14:49:50-07:00March 23, 2021|Tags: , , |

Masks and Human Rights: Information for Customers and Service Providers

March 3, 2021 

On November 24, 2020, BC’s Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General ordered that all individuals must wear a face mask in all indoor public spaces, including in retail stores and in workplaces (in shared common areas of office buildings).

The order includes […]

2021-03-04T15:21:31-07:00March 4, 2021|Tags: , , |

Watch our new video to learn more about how BC’s Human Rights Code protects us from discrimination in our tenancies

Renters have a right to be treated fairly, without discrimination, by their landlords.

To watch our new Human Rights and Tenancy video, please check our website page here: https://bchrc.net/legal-information/audio-video/#videodirect

 

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 […]

2020-11-20T08:57:56-07:00November 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 […]

2020-07-02T15:51:00-07:00July 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 […]

2020-07-02T15:51:19-07:00June 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 […]