human rights

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

Top Ten Human Rights Tips for Employers during COVID-19

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 […]

2020-03-30T15:01:01-07:00March 30, 2020|Tags: , , , |

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

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 […]

Advancing Justice for Indigenous Peoples

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 […]

Ontario Court finds University Discriminated in Admissions Decision: Longueepee v. University of Waterloo

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently released an important decision about a university’s duty to accommodate a student with disabilities. The Longueépée decision sets out legal principles with potentially significant impacts on students with disabilities and service providers alike, making it an important case for parties on both sides to know.

2020-03-30T15:17:20-07:00November 21, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

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

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 […]