Meet our new Executive Director: Raji Mangat!

West Coast LEAF News

Dear friends of West Coast LEAF, A few weeks ago, the team at West Coast LEAF bid a fond farewell to outgoing Executive Director Kasari Govender. Kasari is going on to be BC’s first human rights commissioner in 17 Read More

They Didn’t Stop Us: Legal aid constitutional challenge going full steam ahead

West Coast LEAF News

Today, the Supreme Court of British Columbia ruled that our case seeking to increase access to justice for women and others fleeing abuse or violent relationships can go ahead. We brought the case in 2017, arguing that the Provincial Read More

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RELEASE: They Didn’t Stop Us: Legal aid constitutional challenge going full steam ahead

In The Media

For immediate release – August 23, 2019 VANCOUVER – Today, the Supreme Court of British Columbia ruled that West Coast LEAF’s case seeking to increase access to justice for women and others fleeing abuse or violent relationships can go Read More

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Letter to the City of Vancouver about sexualized violence in the hospitality industry

Letters and Submissions

West Coast LEAF wrote to the Mayor and Council of the City of Vancouver in support of a motion to investigate pervasive sexual harassment and sexual assault in the hospitality industry and identify steps the City can take to Read More

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Letter urging BC to invest in a rights-based framework for survivors of sexual assault

Letters and Submissions

Commencing in 2016, West Coast LEAF partnered with the YWCA-Metro Vancouver on a project aimed at identifying strategies to reduce barriers in the justice system for sexual assault survivors through dialogue among key stakeholders, including frontline anti-violence activists and service providers, Read More

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2020 BC Budget Submissions

Letters and Submissions

In June 2019, West Coast LEAF made submissions to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services urging the government of BC to commit in Budget 2020 to making financial supports more accessible for families dealing with the Read More

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Open letter urging the Province to overhaul the outdated BC Mental Health Act

Letters and Submissions

On June 26, 2019, the Province announced a 10-year strategy to transform our mental health and addictions system. The investment in voluntary, community-based mental health and addiction services is welcome news. Unfortunately, “A Pathway to Hope” does nothing to Read More

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RELEASE: Community groups disappointed provincial mental health and addictions strategy neglects law

In The Media

For immediate release – June 27, 2019 VANCOUVER – Community groups joined together to express disappointment in “A Pathway to Hope” – the provincial mental health and addictions strategy announced yesterday by the Premier and the Minister of Mental Read More