News - British columbia

September 17, 2013
The Legal Services Society (LSS), the administer of Legal Aid in BC, is facing a large budget shortfall and is advising legal aid lawyers not to book any criminal, child protection cases or do any...
Keywords: Legal Aid, British Columbia
September 12, 2013
The Tyee's Pieta Woolley has been writing about the reasons why many graduates of the provincial foster care and child protection system become homeless as young adults. As 620,000 B.C. children and...
Keywords: Children and Youth, British Columbia
September 10, 2013
For more then 120 years thousands of Aboriginal children in BC were taken from their families and forced to attend residential schools where they were stripped of their language, culture and...
Keywords: Indigenous, British Columbia
August 21, 2013
An article in this week's Georgia Straight says that several advocacy groups have warned that TransLink’s new Compass fare card could make it impossible for social-service providers to continue to...
Keywords: Homelessness, Poorbashing, Welfare, British Columbia
July 24, 2013
An article in the Times Colonist says that advocates for the Together Against Poverty Society in Victoria say it is impossible to reach the BC Income Assistance Office by calling the toll free line....
Keywords: Welfare, British Columbia
July 8, 2013
The child poverty rate in British Columbia is back to being the worst in Canada. It rose from 10.5 percent in 2010 to 11.3 percent in 2011, according to newly-released figures from Statistics Canada...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Poverty Research, British Columbia
June 11, 2013
Advocates in the Downtown Eastside are claiming that the police are targeting poor people with jaywalking and vending tickets. PIVOT and VANDU through a freedom of information request found that in...
Keywords: Poorbashing, British Columbia
May 14, 2013
As the 2013 BC Elections come up in May, we are putting together a list of election resources that can help you understand some of the issues. The following websites have campaigns, information and...
Keywords: Government Policy, British Columbia
April 12, 2013
First Call, a coalition of organizations and individuals who have come together to work for stronger policies and a better allocation of resources for the benefit of children and youth, have prepared...
Keywords: Children and Youth, British Columbia
March 26, 2013
The Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness has started a Homelessness is Unacceptable Campaign with a poster series and video that shows images of homeless living environments with the tag...
Keywords: Homelessness, British Columbia
February 12, 2013
With the sudden passing of Clyde Hertzman, we mourn the loss of a strong advocate around poverty and children.
Keywords: British Columbia
January 15, 2013
Late last year Pivot brought a lawsuit against the city on behalf of a homeless man named Clarence Taylor, who was ticketed for sleeping outside. Through Clarence’s case, they are challenging a set...
Keywords: Homelessness, British Columbia
January 9, 2013
British Columbia’s Human Rights Tribunal has awarded more than $15,000 to an elderly woman who said she was discriminated against when her apartment building’s landlord refused to construct a ramp....
Keywords: Disability, Human Rights, Seniors and Elders, British Columbia
December 6, 2012
B.C.'s Hardest Working is a project of the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition that tells the stories of 100 people from around BC who are part of the working poor and those working hard to survive on...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, British Columbia
December 4, 2012
In late November, First Call released their annual Child Poverty Report Card, that again showed that BC remains near the bottom when it comes to various measures of poverty. The report found: BC had...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Poverty Research, British Columbia
December 4, 2012
The Globe and Mail and CBC's As it Happens have reactions and analysis of the Supreme Court of Canada's landmark decision that held that severe learning disabled students are entitled to the same...
Keywords: Disability, Education, British Columbia
November 19, 2012
Earlier this month the Supreme Court of Canada released a landmark decision that held that severe learning disabled students are entitled to the same access to education as students without...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Disability, Education, British Columbia, All of Canada
November 13, 2012
According to an article in The Mainlander, most of the few remaining rights and affordable housing that tenants have in British Columbia were earned by working class activists and renters in the...
Keywords: Housing, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
October 5, 2012
The BC Poverty Reduction Coalition is looking for people to tell their stories about working hard and struggling to make ends meet. One hundred stories will be featured on a website to be released at...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, British Columbia
September 26, 2012
Raise the Rates has launched a new welfare challenge to everyone: live for one week on $26 worth of food, the amount that a single, able-bodied person on welfare would have. In January of last year,...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Welfare, British Columbia