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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

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RELEASE: BC Human Rights Tribunal: hate speech on the basis of gender identity prohibited

In The Media

For immediate release – March 27, 2019 VANCOUVER – 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 Read More

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Submission to the BC Basic Income Consultation

Letters and Submissions

In March 2019, West Coast LEAF submitted input as part of the consultation regarding a universal basic income in BC. We shared our analysis of the gendered dimensions of poverty and echoed the call of BC Poverty Reduction Coalition Read More

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2019 Media Coverage

In The Media

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 2019!   February Vancouver Star, Read More

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The government is wrong to stand in the way of legal aid challenge

West Coast LEAF News

This morning, we’re at the BC Supreme Court to defend our case against the Province of BC (“the Province”) and the Legal Services Society (“LSS”) for their failure to provide adequate family law legal aid for women fleeing violent Read More