News - British columbia

October 13, 2011
A group of B.C. lawyers providing duty counsel services have announced their plan to disrupt the system through a refusal to provide services. They will target the beginning of 2012 to stop serving...
Keywords: Alberta, Legal Aid, Prisoners' Rights, British Columbia
October 7, 2011
British Columbia's smaller communities have been hit hard by the same ongoing economic recession, and staggering job losses that affect urban areas. On Gabriola Island, a project hiring unemployed...
Keywords: Organizing, Unemployment, British Columbia
October 3, 2011
On the heels of Pivot's recent announcement that they will not be participating in the Missing Women's Inquiry, two more groups have withdrawn. The Women's Memorial March Committee and the Downtown...
Keywords: Human Rights, Indigenous, Violence, Women, British Columbia
September 30, 2011
The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed the federal government's appeal of an exemption which has allowed Insite, a supervised injection site in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, to operate. PHS...
Keywords: Government Policy, Health, Legal Research, British Columbia, All of Canada
September 27, 2011
There are two sides to the debate over child poverty in British Columbia. According to the well-funded researchers at the Fraser Institute, the problem is exaggerated, but despite attempts such as...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Education, Family, Poverty Research, British Columbia
September 19, 2011
In its fifth year, the large turnout for the annual DTES Women's Housing March shows that the movement pushing for better access to safe and affordable housing for women in the neighbourhood, is not...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Indigenous, Tenants' Rights, Violence, Women, British Columbia
September 19, 2011
Nick Smith, a BC public school teacher, wrote in The Tyee last week about the utility of open source software, and the special advantages it has for teaching courses online. Smith is an affiliate of...
Keywords: Education, Technology, British Columbia, International
August 31, 2011
The CCPA blog Policy Note posed the question, "HST referendum: was the vote split along income lines?" in a recent post. Be sure to check out the comments, and the Vancouver Sun article quoted by...
Keywords: Family, Government Policy, British Columbia
August 31, 2011
Quest Food Exchange operates its low-cost grocery store model at three locations in the Lower Mainland: 611 E Hastings - In the Union Gospel Mission building (This location has wheelchair access)...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Health, Organizing, British Columbia
August 24, 2011
A successful First Nations university program has closed as a result of federal funding cuts. The Indian Studies Support Program of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, which had...
Keywords: Education, Indigenous, British Columbia
August 22, 2011
The City of Vancouver has struggled to force the owners of two Vancouver Single Room Occupancy hotels to clean up their properties and fix the multitude of reported problems. Recently the situation...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Legal Aid, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
August 15, 2011
The Social Planning and Research Council of BC has released a report on serving aboriginal homeless persons in a culturally sensitive way. From the Executive Summary: Previous research has shown that...
Keywords: Homelessness, Indigenous, British Columbia
August 11, 2011
100 Mile House & District Women's Centre has received funding from the Legal Services Society to provide a range of legal services in the 100 Mile House area. More details area available in this...
Keywords: Legal Aid, Tenants' Rights, Welfare, Women, Workers' Rights, British Columbia
August 11, 2011
The Tyee is running a series on housing issues in Vancouver. The fourth part of this series, by Jackie Wong, was published today and examines the Residential Tenancy Branch arbitration process....
Keywords: Housing, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
August 10, 2011
The City of Vancouver has taken its complaints about the landlords of two Downtown Eastside rooming houses to court. Staff and councillors referred to the owners as slum lords and described problems...
Keywords: Housing, Tenants' Rights, British Columbia
August 10, 2011
Downtown Eastside Women's Centre has a extended their night shelter service, and anticipates BC Housing will soon be accepting tenders to run a 24-hour women's shelter in the Downtown Eastside. The...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Women, British Columbia
August 5, 2011
Justice Education Society of BC and We Can BC have launched a program aiming to end violence against women and girls. They're looking for students to join their 'Youth Against Violence Team.' The...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Violence, Women, British Columbia
August 3, 2011
The B.C. Missing Women Inquiry will examine the question of why it took so long to investigate and apprehend convicted murderer Robert Pickton. The Attorney General for B.C., Barry Penner, has denied...
Keywords: Human Rights, Indigenous, Violence, Women, British Columbia
July 14, 2011
A new report, The Cost of Poverty in BC and the accompanying short video, released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, reveal the cost of poverty in BC to be twice the anticipated cost of...
Keywords: Poverty Research, British Columbia
July 8, 2011
In BC, according to provincial legislature if you qualify as a "persons with disabilities" and perform at least 10 hours of volunteer work a week, you are eligible for a volunteer supplement. But...
Keywords: Disability, Welfare, British Columbia