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Government agrees to let families keep EI maternity and parental benefits


Vancouver [September 28, 2016] – In response to a human rights complaint, the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation announced yesterday that it will end the practice of clawing back Employment Insurance (EI) maternity and parental benefits from families receiving income and disability assistance. The government also announced that it will no longer claw back EI benefits for parents caring for critically ill children. These changes will allow about 200 families with young children in BC to keep their EI income replacement at a time when they need it most.

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Charter challenge of forced psychiatric treatment filed in BC Supreme Court

Vancouver, BC [September 13, 2016] – Two individuals and the Council of Canadians with Disabilities filed a legal action in the BC Supreme Court today to challenge a BC law that forces psychiatric treatment on people without their consent. The case alleges that the law violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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Family files human rights complaint challenging EI maternity and parental benefits clawback

Vancouver [May 16, 2016] The Community Legal Assistance Society has filed a human rights complaint on behalf of a BC woman who had her Employment Insurance (EI) maternity and parental benefits taken away because her partner receives disability assistance. The complaint alleges that the BC government is engaging in sex discrimination contrary to human rights law by depriving women of these benefits.

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BC Veterinary Medical Association Engages in Systemic Discrimination Against Indo-Canadian Veterinarians

In a landmark decision the BC Human Rights Tribunal has recently ruled, after a very lengthy hearing, that the BC Veterinary Medical Association (BCVMA) engaged in systemic discrimination against a group of thirteen Indo-Canadian vets operating discount clinics in the Lower Mainland.

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Families of children with Type 1 Diabetes file human rights complaint

Vancouver [March 3, 2015] — On March 2, 2015 two families of children with Type 1 Diabetes filed human rights complaints about diabetes care in school. The Ministries responsible for providing diabetes care, the Ministries of Health, Education, and Children and Family Development, are offering one standardized care plan for all children in BC and refusing to allow any changes to the plan to accommodate differences between children.

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Families file lawsuit challenging the claw back of child support

Vancouver [October 15, 2014] – On October 14, 2014, three families and the Single Mothers’ Alliance of BC filed a legal action in the BC Supreme Court to challenge the claw back of child support payments from families on income and disability assistance in BC. The case alleges that deducting child support from families on assistance violates their right to equality under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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Temporary foreign workers defend right to see evidence against them in human rights complaint against Tim Hortons

On March 27 and 28, 2014, four former temporary foreign workers from Mexico will be represented in Supreme Court to defend an order by the BC Human Rights Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) that requires Tim Hortons to disclose its corporate Operating Manual to them.  

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New report finds that BC’s residential tenancy system is plagued by unfairness

A new report by a legal advocacy organization identifies significant and persistent unfairness at the Residential Tenancy Branch, the body charged with administering BC’s tenancy laws. The report, entitled “On Shaky Ground: Fairness at the Residential Tenancy Branch,” sets out the ways in which this unfairness is jeopardizing the protections set out in BC’s tenancy laws.

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Give children the money: Groups call for an end to 100% child support claw back from families on income assistance

Three human rights advocacy organizations are calling on the Province to end its practice of clawing back 100% of child support payments made to families receiving income assistance. The groups are asking the leaders of BC’s four major political parties to commit to implementing an exemption that would allow children to keep up to $300 in child support if their party forms government after the May election.

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