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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

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RELEASE: Advocacy group: Government is wrong to stand in the way of legal aid challenge

In The Media

For immediate release – February 25, 2019 VANCOUVER – This morning, West Coast LEAF is at the BC Supreme Court to defend our case against the Province of BC (“The Province”) and the Legal Services Society (“LSS”) for their Read More

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RELEASE: Budget 2019 brings welcome improvements in benefits but falls short on legal aid

In The Media

For immediate release – February 19, 2019 VICTORIA – Today, the provincial government released Budget 2019. The budget takes important steps towards addressing poverty in the province. The budget also leaves disappointing gaps in services that will disproportionately impact Read More

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Letter of support for Jeremy Matson’s petition to the CEDAW Committee regarding discrimination in the Indian Act

Letters and Submissions

In February 2019, West Coast LEAF re-affirmed our support for Jeremy Matson’s petition under the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) regarding sex discrimination in the way status is Read More

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The National Inquiry must ensure that the human rights of Indigenous women, girls, and Two-Spirit people are secured.

West Coast LEAF News

Today, with both a sense of hope and heavy hearts, we made our final written submissions to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. We are grateful to the Indigenous women who fought long and Read More