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Open letter on ending sex discrimination in the Indian Act

Letters and Submissions

On May 13, 2019, 25 organizations and individuals sent an open letter to Canadian government urging swift action to end sex discrimination in the Indian Act, as called for in a statement issued by the National Inquiry on Missing Read More

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Separation Agreements: Your Rights and Options (2019 Edition)

Educational Resources

West Coast LEAF was pleased to partner with Legal Services Society to publish a revised edition of our Separation Agreements booklet, originally published in 2013. This booklet explains the law about the fair division of family property or debt when spouses Read More

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Open letter on refugee rights

Letters and Submissions

West Coast LEAF is one of over 45 women’s and feminist organizations that signed on to an open letter urging Canada withdraw proposed restrictions on refugee rights that would harm women  and children seeking refugee protection from domestic violence. Read More

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Joint letter on the urgent need for a comprehensive response to the National Inquiry report

Letters and Submissions

West Coast LEAF was one of more than 30 organizations to sign on to an open letter to Minister Carolyn Bennett calling for a commitment to transformative change following the report of the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Read More

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Economic security is the bedrock of equality

West Coast LEAF News

The feminization of poverty puts women, children, and gender-diverse people at risk. At West Coast LEAF, we know that the aims of gender equality and justice are incomplete without economic security. Our goals include ensuring that everyone has access Read More

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Submissions regarding the Employment Standards Act

Letters and Submissions

West Coast LEAF provided submissions as part of a public consultation process on modernizing the Employment Standards Act. We explained how gender-based discrimination results in particular difficulties in the labour force for women and gender and sexual minorities, and Read More

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Statement on Dr. Willie J. Parker

West Coast LEAF News

Dear West Coast LEAF community, We are saddened to learn that the keynote speaker at our recent Equality Breakfast is the subject of sexual misconduct allegations. We take these allegations against Dr. Willie Parker very seriously. When we choose Read More

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Tribunal affirms that the rights of transgender people to safety and dignity are essential human rights

West Coast LEAF News

Today, the BC Human Rights Tribunal (“BCHRT”) released its decision on a complaint arising under the BC Human Rights Code’s (“the Code”) prohibition against discriminatory publications. The case, Oger v Whatcott, was heard in December 2018. The BCHRT found Read More