Access to Justice

BC Human Rights Tribunal makes historic damages award to victim of racial harassment – but leaves him to swallow high legal costs

  • February 8, 2021
  • Laura Lepine
  • Comments Off on BC Human Rights Tribunal makes historic damages award to victim of racial harassment – but leaves him to swallow high legal costs

On January 28, 2021, the BC Human Rights Tribunal awarded a former corrections officer nearly $1 million in damages for the racial discrimination he experienced in the workplace.

The decision marks the highest general damages award from the BC Tribunal. It comes just over 1.5 years after the Tribunal found that Levan Francis, a Black man, experienced discrimination in employment on the grounds of race and colour, as well as retaliation. » Read the rest

Stopping Gender Discrimination at Work: Is the System Broken?

  • January 29, 2021
  • BakerLaw
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There are long-established laws aimed at protecting women from gender-based discrimination at work. However, as revealed by Robyn Doolittle at the Globe and Mail, in the most recent installment of the series, “Power Gap” (link), actually achieving a just resolution can be a challenge. » Read the rest

(In)Accessibility in the Legal Profession

  • November 3, 2020
  • Khalid Mahdi
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Among key factors that shape the ability of Canadians to access justice, the physical accessibility of courthouses is too crucial an issue to be overlooked. For lawyers with disabilities, the inaccessibility of provincial courthouses is not simply an issue of physical access, but also the ability to participate as members of the legal profession. » Read the rest

Psychosis and Police: a dangerous mix

  • August 26, 2020
  • Kimberly Srivastava
  • Comments Off on Psychosis and Police: a dangerous mix

There has been a lot in the news lately about who is best positioned to respond to those experiencing a mental health crisis. “Wellness checks” are best done by those who have proper training to provide assistance to those being checked in on. » Read the rest

Have Your Say: Help Create Accessibility Standards

  • August 10, 2020
  • BakerLaw
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Accessibility Canada is looking for participants to help shape accessibility standards aimed at addressing barriers faced by Canadians with disabilities in the following areas:

  • employment
  • the built environment
  • information and communication technologies
  • communication, other than information and communication technologies
  • the procurement of goods, services and facilities
  • the design and delivery of programs and services
  • transportation

Check this website of opportunities to get involved and have your say (link).

Accessing and Preparing for Virtual Hearings

  • August 6, 2020
  • Kimberly Srivastava
  • Comments Off on Accessing and Preparing for Virtual Hearings

Are you participating in an upcoming remote hearing? Wondering what to do and how to prepare? Check out these resources on Best Practices for Virtual Hearings (link). These resources may be particularly helpful for self-represented litigants.

If you have an upcoming hearing and are looking for a consultation, we might be able to help. » Read the rest

Huronia Regional Centre Survivors Dissatisfied with Class-Action Results

  • August 4, 2020
  • Kimberly Srivastava
  • Comments Off on Huronia Regional Centre Survivors Dissatisfied with Class-Action Results

The Huronia Regional Centre was formerly an institution for persons with developmental disabilities. Residents were subjected to a multitude of abuses while residing at the Centre. These abuses ranged from physical, emotional and sexual. Former residents of the home brought a class-action lawsuit against the Province to secure some measure of justice for the abuses they endured at the Centre. » Read the rest

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