CLAS’ statement on Ombudsperson report on involuntary admissions under the Mental Health Act

The Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS) welcomes the Ombudsperson’s report released March 7, 2019, “Committed to Change: Protecting the Rights of Involuntary Patients under the Mental Health Act”. The report serves as an important evaluation of detaining facilities’ compliance with completing 6 required forms related to involuntary admission under the Mental Health Act. The investigation findings reflect what countless people detained under the Mental Health Act and community groups and organizations such as CLAS have been saying for decades – that involuntarily detained patients’ rights are routinely violated and disregarded in BC’s mental health system.

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Working CLAS Social 2019

We are excited to invite you to our fundraiser this year. We hope you can join us for dancing, delicious food, and a chance to take home great silent auction items as we raise funds for CLAS' work.

Working CLAS Social
Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 6pm
The Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac Street
Coast Salish Territories

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In Remembrance: The Quebec City Mosque Shooting

The Islamophobia Legal Assistance Hotline (ILAH) is holding a community discussion to mark the second anniversary of the horrific shooting that killed six worshipers at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City in 2016.

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Renter Protection Changes Fall Short, Say Advocates

CKNW Radio. April 14 2018.

Vancouver Courier. April 13 2018.

The Tyee. April 16 2018.


Renoviction ruling in tenant vs. landlord case could set precedent

CTV News. April 10 2018.

Vancouver Sun. April 11 2018.

Global News. April 11 2018.

Vancouver Courier. April 13 2018.






Human Rights Leaders Calling for Changes from Government

CLAS, BCPIAC, West Coast LEAF, CCPA-BC and the Poverty and Human Rights Centre have made submissions to the government in support of a common vision for the BC Human Rights Commission.

Press Release - November 20, 2017

CLAS Submission - November 20, 2017