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Vancouver – Today, the BC Government Rental Housing Task Force released a set of recommendations with no meaningful protections for renters in BC. The Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS), along with other tenants’ rights advocacy organizations and countless renters and housing insecure British Columbians participated in a consultative process and submitted recommendations and comments; a vast majority of which were ignored.Read more
CLAS staff Danielle Sabelli and Samrah Mian made submissions to the recently established BC Rental Housing Task Force, including four recommendations to protect and enhance Tenants' rights. The full submission including recommendations can be found here.Read more
Supreme Court of Canada issues decision with grave consequence for marginalized communities’ access to justice
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OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada has released a decision today that will impact the human rights protections available to vulnerable groups who want to challenge government discrimination. The court confirmed that the laws made by government are not “services.” The Court’s ruling will make it more difficult for people and groups to challenge discriminatory laws using human rights systems. This decision further erodes a declining state of access to justice in Canada.Read more
Listen to an interview with Jonathan Blair, CLAS staff lawyer about the recent BC Supreme Court renoviction case.
BC Supreme Court rules in favour of renovicted tenant
(Victoria, BC) Former residents of Super-in-Tent City (SIC), a tent city formerly located on the Victoria law courts property, are celebrating a May 18, 2018, decision from Justice Sharma of the BC Supreme Court, affirming their rights as tenants in the social housing building at 844 Johnson Street which was set up to house them when the tent city was dismantled.
This precedent setting decision dismisses an appeal brought by the Portland Hotel Society (PHS), a non-profit supportive housing provider and operator of the property located at 844 Johnson Street, and affirms the findings of the Residential Tenancy Branch that tenants in the building are covered under the Residential Tenancy Act and should be afforded all the same rights as tenants who reside in market housing. The decision also clearly mandates that blanket guest restrictions, like those imposed on the tenants at 844 Johnson Street, are illegal and must be removed. The decision will have positive and lasting effects on the lives of thousands of tenants living in supportive housing in Victoria and across the province.Read more
On April 12 2018, the BC government announced amendments to the Residential Tenancy Act (the “RTA”). The government says that the aim of these amendments is to increase protections for tenants facing eviction due to renovations, repairs, or demolition. However, tenant advocates, Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS) and Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre (TRAC), say that the changes will not provide meaningful protection for tenants across the province.Read more
Tenant advocacy organizations are celebrating a decision from the BC Supreme Court which set aside a “renoviction” allowed by the Residential Tenancy Branch.Read more
New report finds disturbing rights violations in BC’s mental health detention system
FOR RELEASE NOVEMBER 29, 2017
BC is violating the rights of people in mental health detention, according to a report released today by the Community Legal Assistance Society: Operating in Darkness: BC’s Mental Health Act Detention System
Pivot Legal Society, Community Legal Assistance Society, BC Civil Liberties Association, and West Coast LEAF are calling on the provincial government to implement significant changes to BC’s justice and legal systems in order to support marginalized and Indigenous communities in the province, and to improve the delivery of justice to all British Columbians.