News - British columbia

January 28, 2014
Provincial Ombudsperson Kim Carter released today her office’s latest report Time Matters: An Investigation into the BC Employment and Assistance Reconsideration Process. The report identifies that...
Keywords: Unemployment, British Columbia
January 23, 2014
According to an article in the Vancouver Sun, former foster children in B.C. will soon have access to a $200,000 fund that will help pay for non-tuition expenses if they cannot afford to attend post-...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Education, British Columbia
January 20, 2014
Jane Ordinario and Leo Alejandria are not strangers to the struggles of the thousands of Filipino workers who come to B.C. lured by the promise of steady work at better pay than they can make at home...
Keywords: Government Policy, Workers' Rights, British Columbia, All of Canada
January 14, 2014
Needle exchanges, methadone clinics and safe injection sites are now permitted in Abbotsford, B.C., after the city council voted on January 13th to amend a 2005 zoning-bylaw that had forbidden them....
Keywords: Government Policy, Homelessness, British Columbia
January 10, 2014
On December 20, 2013, a high-profile camp in Abbotsford's Jubilee Park was abandoned after the city went to court for a removal order. Since then, there have been at least four new camps along the...
Keywords: Homelessness, British Columbia
January 10, 2014
A Georgia Straight article by Trish Garner, a community organizer for the B.C. Poverty Reduction Coalition, describes donations as a common response to poverty. She states that giving to charities...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Government Policy, British Columbia, All of Canada
January 9, 2014
As part of Homelessness Action Week 2014, the City of Vancouver has joined with Reel Causes to hold a short video contest for amateur and professional film makers to raise awareness about, promote...
Keywords: Homelessness, British Columbia
December 20, 2013
The Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation (MSDSI) has made a positive change to the regulations governing the Request for Reconsideration process. This change will start immediately....
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
December 12, 2013
ACORN Canada is fighting for the right for all people to have access to affordable high speed internet. They are targeting the large telecommunications companies and the federal government to provide...
Keywords: Organizing, British Columbia
December 3, 2013
Today on International Day for Persons with Disabilities take a look at the work of organizations in BC that are working for the rights of people with disabilities including the BC Coalition of...
Keywords: Disability, British Columbia
November 27, 2013
Yesterday Campaign 2000 along with their provincial partners including First Call BC, released their annual child poverty report cards. 1 in 7 children in Canada are poor, and the rate is actually...
Keywords: Children and Youth, British Columbia, All of Canada
November 26, 2013
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has put together a report and short video that shows that after a year and a half only 6% of the BC Ombudsperson’s recommendations for addressing crisis in...
Keywords: Seniors and Elders, British Columbia
October 29, 2013
A new Justice Access Centre ("JAC") opened on October 24, 2013 in Victoria, BC. The Justice Access Centre provides support to families in Victoria and the southern part of Vancouver Island dealing...
Keywords: Legal Assistance, British Columbia
October 16, 2013
Last week PovNet launched our new PovNet Timeline: A Selective History of Poverty, Anti-poverty Organizing and Technology in BC at the Provincial Training Conference for Legal Advocates and the PLAIN...
Keywords: Art and Culture, British Columbia
October 11, 2013
A new report by the Community Legal Assistance Society identifies significant and persistent unfairness at the Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB), the body charged with administering BC’s tenancy laws...
Keywords: Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
October 8, 2013
Researchers say that the data quality for Canada's National Household Survey was even worse than expected and has masked shifts in poverty and income inequality. In 2010 the federal government...
Keywords: Poverty Research, British Columbia
October 3, 2013
For the last year, the Older Women’s Dialogue Project has been exploring the pressing law and social policy issues impacting older women and what they can do to address these barriers to improve the...
Keywords: Seniors and Elders, Women, British Columbia
October 1, 2013
The B.C. Public Interest Advocacy Centre (BCPIAC) is representing a group of tree planters, most of them immigrants or refugees of African origin, who were found living in squalid conditions in a...
Keywords: Human Rights, Immigrants and Refugees, Workers' Rights, British Columbia
September 24, 2013
Keywords: Indigenous, British Columbia
September 19, 2013
Yesterday was the official launch of Reconciliation Week in Vancouver, a series of events being held in conjunction with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Events are being held at...
Keywords: Indigenous, British Columbia