News - British columbia

May 14, 2014
Homelessness is an issue Abbotsford has grappled with for years. But the problem gained a national audience last summer after city workers dumped chicken manure at a homeless camp. Today, figures...
Keywords: British Columbia
May 12, 2014
All British Columbians will be offered a blood test for HIV/AIDS every five years as part of new testing guidelines that are the first of their kind in Canada. Until now, only pregnant women have...
Keywords: Government Policy, Health, British Columbia
May 9, 2014
Social workers unable to access the government’s child-welfare computer system are being told to check with police to see whether there are prior safety concerns about a family, documents show. A...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Government Policy, Welfare, British Columbia
May 7, 2014
Activist and poet Bud Osborn has passed away. Bud was a founding member of Vancouver Area Network of Drugs Users (VANDU), a group of users and former users who work to improve the lives of people who...
Keywords: Art and Culture, Organizing, British Columbia
May 7, 2014
The Opposition Critic for Social Development says a major glitch in the provincial computer system is putting vulnerable children and adults at serious risk. The province’s Integrated Case Management...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Government Policy, Welfare, British Columbia
May 7, 2014
NDP social development critic Michelle Mungall introduced in the legislature on Tuesday a private members bill that she said aims to fight poverty and improve economic realities for needy people. The...
Keywords: Government Policy, Welfare, British Columbia
May 6, 2014
There has been a recent streak of deadly domestic violence in British Columbia. Women's advocates are calling for greater access to legal aid as some women fear the loss of their children in a court...
Keywords: Violence, Welfare, Women, British Columbia
May 2, 2014
Cuts to legal aid in B.C. have created barriers for women fleeing domestic violence, and abusive partners able to use the legal system to continue harassment. There is currently a 25-hour funding cap...
Keywords: Legal Aid, Violence, Women, British Columbia
May 2, 2014
The BC Court of Appeal recently concluded that Parliament intended to make it a criminal offence to help refugees, on a humanitarian basis, and that the Charter allows it. The law criminalizes...
Keywords: Human Rights, Immigrants and Refugees, British Columbia
May 1, 2014
The street vending bylaw, currently being constitutionally challenged by Pivot Legal Society, penalizes a survival strategy for low-income people who struggle to make ends meet. More than 95% of all...
Keywords: Government Policy, Panhandling, British Columbia
April 29, 2014
In a report released yesterday, independent watchdog Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond called for "targeted services and supports" for youth past the current age limit of 19. She is recommending the province...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Government Policy, British Columbia
April 29, 2014
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has published its report, "Working for a Living Wage 2014: Making Paid Work Meet Basic Family Needs in Metro Vancouver." The report finds that the living...
Keywords: Family, British Columbia, All of Canada
April 24, 2014
West Coast LEAF has proposed an amendment to BC's Residential Tenancy Act (the RTA) to ensure that victims of violence are able to end their fixed-term tenancies without penalty in order to escape...
Keywords: Housing, Violence, Women, British Columbia
April 24, 2014
A concerning trend called 'renoviction' is occurring everywhere in the province, from the Downtown Eastside to more rural towns such as Terrace and Kitimat. Renoviction occurs when landlords (legal)...
Keywords: Housing, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
April 22, 2014
Four residents of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside are launching a constitutional challenge after being ticketed for selling personal items on the sidewalk. Defendant Ralph George says the group are...
Keywords: Government Policy, British Columbia
April 14, 2014
The controversial federal program that allows employers to hire non-Canadians continues to grow more quickly than the overall Canadian labour market – through good times and bad, and despite...
Keywords: Unemployment, British Columbia, All of Canada
April 14, 2014
A single mother with one child receives $945 a month in income assistance or $1,242 in disability assistance. If she receives any child-support money from an ex-partner, the government reduces her...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Disability, Women, British Columbia
March 31, 2014
Law Week is a national event held annually celebrating the signing of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The theme for Law Week 2014 is Access to Justice: What does it mean to YOU? There are...
Keywords: Legal Info (PLEI), British Columbia
March 31, 2014
Life in B.C. is about to get more expensive and advocates say it's the province's low-income seniors who will be hit the hardest. A number of rates affecting British Columbians are getting hiked,...
Keywords: Government Policy, Utilities, British Columbia
March 31, 2014
The province is refusing to pick up the bill once federal subsidy contracts for low-income residents living in housing co-ops end, but the Co-operative Housing Federation of British Columbia (CHF BC...
Keywords: Housing, British Columbia