Mental Disabilities and Human Rights in Housing

By: Emily Zarychta, Human Rights Clinic Lawyer, July 14, 2022

Housing is an essential part of our security and health, especially to those who have mental disabilities. People with mental disabilities are especially vulnerable to precarious housing and homelessness.[1]

Housing providers including landlords, co-ops, and […]

Human Rights in Heat Waves

By Emily Zarychta and Laura Track, Human Rights Clinic Lawyers, June 16, 2022

Climate change is an increasing risk to human health. The heat dome that swept across BC in June, 2021 saw temperatures soar to a record-breaking 49.6°C in some parts of the province. A […]

How Smells and Human Rights Intersect

May 10, 2022 by Emily Zarychta, Human Rights Clinic Lawyer

Smells can be very polarizing. Take the ‘king of the fruit’ – the durian – as an example. This much-loved fruit smells so pungent[1] that the fruits are banned from Singapore’s subway systems and […]

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Anti-Asian Hate and Human Rights

March 4, 2022 by Emily Zarychta, Human Rights Clinic Advocate

From Japanese Canadian internment camps to Chinese head taxes,[1]  anti-Asian[2] hate and discrimination have a long history in Canada. The recent rise in awareness about anti-Asian hate validates what Asian communities have […]

No-Pet Clauses and Human Rights – Part Two ( Medical Information)

February 14th, 2022 by Emily Zarychta, Human Rights Clinic Advocate

This blog post is a follow-up to our July 13, 2020 post: No-Pet Clauses and Human Rights. Our Clinic continues to receive many questions about this issue, and there have been some developments in the […]

Is Workplace Bullying a Violation of Human Rights?

January 27, 2022 by Samrah Mian, CLAS Articling Student

Bullying and harassment at work hurts. People who face workplace bullying or harassment may feel humiliated, angry, and even traumatized by the experience. They’re more likely to be dissatisfied with their job, suffer from low motivation, feel […]

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Workplace Vaccination Policies

September 13th, 2021 

Some Canadian workplaces have decided to make vaccination a requirement for return to in-person work. The reasons for doing so are compelling; vaccines help prevent serious illness from COVID-19 and, as recognized by the BC Human Rights Commissioner, help protect those who […]

2021-09-13T16:16:05-07:00September 13, 2021|Tags: , , |

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 […]

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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 […]

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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

 

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