News - British columbia

January 12, 2015
A new report published by the Ministry of Children and Family Development has found that children in foster care are disproportionately accessing income assistance upon turning 19, according to an...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Education, Government Policy, Welfare, British Columbia
December 15, 2014
The Northern Women's Forum hosted the 12th annual event at Wilson Square in front of the Prince George Courthouse on December 7. Community members donated blankets, socks, gloves, coats and other...
Keywords: Homelessness, British Columbia
December 10, 2014
British Columbia is the only province in Canada that does not have a human rights commission. That makes us the weakest province when it comes to fostering human rights awareness and preventing...
Keywords: Human Rights, British Columbia
November 24, 2014
British Columbia has the fifth highest child poverty rate in Canada, according to the 2014 Child Poverty Report Card released today by First Call B.C. Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition. This means...
Keywords: Poverty Research, British Columbia
November 19, 2014
The BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre is assisting a Lower Mainland woman who wants a B.C. Supreme Court judge to overturn a B.C. Legal Services Society decision denying her legal aid. The case...
Keywords: Family, British Columbia
October 20, 2014
Tenants from Vancouver’s SROs gathered on October 19 for an SRO Tenants’ Convention at the Japanese Hall in the DTES. With an aim to equip tenants with the skills to tackle issues ranging from...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
September 25, 2014
The BC Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD) has changed their name to Disability Alliance BC. They also have a new logo and tagline that they hope with speak to the importance of building...
Keywords: Disability, British Columbia
September 9, 2014
Talk by Dr Gary Bloch, a strong advocate for addressing the social determinants of health through primary care and political advocacy. Register for the event: http://bchealth.eventbrite.ca *Not in...
Keywords: Health, Poverty Research, Welfare, British Columbia
September 4, 2014
Vancouver Community Network, the Lower Mainland FreeNet, is working to ensure that life-saving information can circulate quickly among affected groups via text messages. The system will provide...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Homelessness, Welfare, British Columbia
September 3, 2014
Vibrant Communities Canada bloggers talk about the limitations of poverty reduction strategies and a Poverty Outline for Saint John, New Brunswick.
Keywords: Poverty Research, Welfare, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Ontario
August 18, 2014
A short documentary by David Shortt and the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition highlighting the root causes of queer and trans poverty in British Columbia. Premiering at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Homelessness, LGBTQ, Welfare, British Columbia
July 14, 2014
A recent study conducted by the Housing Justice Project indicates that among other issues, renters in Metro Vancouver struggle with housing affordability and instability. With major community...
Keywords: Housing, British Columbia
July 14, 2014
A report released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives examines the rise of temporary agency work in British Columbia, and explores the experiences of temporary agency workers. The...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, British Columbia
June 27, 2014
When the management of a block of luxury flats in London, England, felt they had an issue with homeless people sleeping on the doorstep, their solution was apparently to install a set of spikes. In...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, British Columbia
June 27, 2014
A room full of surprised veteran B.C. Aboriginal leaders erupted in “cheers and tears” after the Supreme Court of Canada, in the most important aboriginal rights case in the country’s history, ruled...
Keywords: Indigenous, British Columbia, All of Canada
June 17, 2014
A 10-year plan which is supposed to address the needs of people with disabilities in British Columbia is not going over well with advocates. Jane Dyson, Executive Director of the BC Coalition of...
Keywords: Seniors and Elders, Welfare, British Columbia
June 9, 2014
Is it in the public interest to ensure that prisoners have access to life saving medication? That was the situation faced by the Community Legal Assistance Society's client. He was denied his HIV...
Keywords: Health, Prisoners' Rights, British Columbia
June 6, 2014
The B.C. auditor general’s recent report, "Disability Assistance: An Audit of Program Access, Integrity and Results", indicates that B.C. adults who have developmental disabilities — such as Down...
Keywords: Disability, Health, British Columbia
May 28, 2014
Several dozen Vancouver lawyers plan to withdraw their services this summer to protest a lack of legal aid funding. At least 100 Vancouver lawyers plan not to take any legal aid clients for five...
Keywords: Government Policy, Legal Aid, British Columbia
May 27, 2014
B.C. Premier Christy Clark has announced “Ward 10C” at St. Paul’s Hospital will no longer be dedicated to AIDS due to a steady reduction in cases. There’s been a 90% drop in AIDS cases in B.C. since...
Keywords: Health, British Columbia