Court’s Decision Leaves Street Homeless Vulnerable

Yesterday, the BC Court of Appeal (BCCA) released its judgment in a case concerning discrimination against Vancouver’s street homeless population. Unfortunately, the Court upheld the 2012 dismissal of the human rights complaint brought on behalf of homeless people in Read More

Child care can be key to keeping families intact

Today we sent a briefing note to legislators that calls on BC’s Ministry of Children and Family Development to eliminate policies and practices that require parents to have an open child protection file – despite the lack of risk Read More

BC budget doesn’t go far enough

Today, West Coast LEAF Executive Director Kasari Govender travelled to Victoria for the release of the provincial budget. The budget contains mixed news for the rights and safety of women. While we are celebrating the important steps taken towards Read More

At the BC budget: our trip to Victoria

By Kasari Govender, West Coast LEAF Executive Director Today, I travelled to Victoria for the release of the provincial budget. When I left Vancouver this morning, I had budget priorities in mind. I emerged from budget lock-up with mixed Read More

Federal solitary confinement law struck down

Solitary confinement is unconstitutional and its impacts are devastating. Today, the BC Supreme Court confirmed that isolating people in prison for up to 23 hours per day is against Canadian law. We are pleased to see the values of Read More

2018 Media Coverage

At West Coast LEAF, we’re proud to make the news regularly, to share our expertise widely, and ultimately to shift public opinion, laws, and policies. Here’s some of what we’ve been up to in 2018!   January Roundhouse Radio, Read More