December 7th, 2011 - International Human Rights Day Celebration
The B.C. Human Rights Coalition and the United Nations Association in Canada, Vancouver Branch celebrated International Human Rights Day, Wednesday, December 7, 2011. This was the 63rd Anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Super Tribunal - BCLI Report Now Released Nov 1, 2010
There has been discussion surrounding the Creation of a "Supertribunal"- a tribunal that would deal with all matters related to employment. Various papers have been written in support and against the idea. These papers were submitted to the BC Law Institute who was preparing a report for the Minister of Labour. The BCLI Report has now been released. (see the report and all the papers)
International Human Rights Day -
Presentation of the Renate Shearer Award
to David R. Eby
This year, the United Nations Association in Canada, Vancouver Branch, has nominated David Eby as the Award recipient.
From left to right: Patsy George, the United Nations Association in Canada, Vancouver Branch; David R. Eby and Susan O'Donnell, the Executive Director of the BC Human Rights Coalition.
David Eby is currently the Executive Director of the BC. Civil Liberties Association (“BCCLA”), one of Canada’s most active civil liberties groups. He is also an Adjunct Law Professor on civil liberties at UBC. Prior to moving to the BCCLA Mr. Eby was a lawyer and Campaign Director with Pivot Legal Society..
While at Pivot, and then the BCCLA, Mr. Eby has been at the forefront of pressure to end the practice of police self investigation in cases of serious allegations of misconduct, or in custody death. His advocacy has led to promises of reform from the provincial government, including establishment of an independent civilian investigative body. Mr Eby is currently working with the Solicitor General’s Police Services Division Branch of BC to establish rules for the introduction of new weapons and restraints by police departments. The event is co-sponsored by the BC Human Rights Coalition and the United Nations Association Vancouver Branch.
International Human Rights Day Celebration -
December 10, 2009.
The B.C. Human Rights Coalition and the United Nations Association in Canada, Vancouver Branch celebrated International Human Rights Day, Thursday, December 10, 2009. This year also marked the 22nd anniversary of the presentation of the Renate Shearer Memorial Award. This Award is a memorial to the life and work of Renate Shearer who was a champion of equality and dignity for all. In addition, this was also the 61st Anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year's recipient was Tim Agg. Tim Agg was recognized for his lifelong efforts to ensure human rights for all, and for his work in support of disadvantaged youth in British Columbia.
Susan O’Donnell the Coalition’s Executive Director with
Award recipient, Tim Agg.
View slideshow of the event.
New legislation to include social condition as protected ground in BC Human Rights Code.
The BC Human Rights Coalition is pleased to see that MLA Jenny Kwan has introduced legislation to include social condition as a protected ground in the BC Human Rights Code (the “Code”). The Coalition has supported the inclusion of social condition for many years and would endorse similar legislation brought in by any political party
The term “social condition” includes anyone in a socially identifiable group that suffers from social or economic disadvantage on the basis of income, occupation, poverty, lack of adequate housing, or any similar circumstance. (Press release)
Visitor from Australia.
The BC Human Rights Coalition was glad to welcome City Councillor Tony Briffa from Hobson’s Bay, Australia. The Councillor dropped by our offices and met with Executive Director Susan O'Donnell, and Communications Officer Robyn Durling to learn about human rights in Canada and specifically B.C. Councillor Briffa was very interested in housing and tenancy issues related to human rights and poverty. The Councillor was very kind and offered some of our staff a lapel pin from Hobson’s Bay, and a pin of a Kangaroo.
Local Author writes book on how to create a Respectful Workplace.
Ms. Pinsky started out doing both labour and human rights, and would be called in to deal with complaints. She noticed that she would get repeat business from a number of her clients. Noticing that she would be returning to the same workplaces she realized that despite writing workplace policies and doing training sometimes the situation would not change. She looked further and started to realize that the core of the problem in the majority of the cases was not one person being discriminated against or harassed or bullied; it was generally a systemic problem that flowed from the culture. She discerned that if companies really wanted to not have to deal with these kinds of complaints, and really wanted to comply with the spirit of human rights law - which is to create a respectful environment and real equality of opportunity, there had to be an environment to nurture these real principles. What was required was a way to change the culture in the workplace. Ms Pinsky wrote her book to assist employers in creating real and substantive change in the workplace based not only on the idealistic principles embodied in human rights law, but also based on economic efficiency – profitability. Hence the title “Road to Respect: Path to Profit”.
To purchase a copy of her book click on the picture of the book above.
International Human Rights Day Celebration -
December 10, 2008.
The B.C. Human Rights Coalition and the United Nations Association in Canada, Vancouver Branch celebrated International Human Rights Day, Wednesday, December 10, 2008. This year also marked the 20th anniversary of the presentation of the Renate Shearer Memorial Award. This Award is a memorial to the life and work of Renate Shearer who was a champion of equality and dignity for all. In addition, this was also the 60th Anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
This year, the recipient of the Renate Shearer Memorial Award was Miriam Palacios. Miriam is a tireless human rights activist and advocate.
Photo:Miariam Palacios looking at the Renate Shearer Memorial award she is about to receive from Renate's son Dr. Carl Shearer.
Visit from Africa
The Minister of Labour for the Republic of Mozambique, Dr. Maria Helena Taipo, along with Antonitta Tauzene from the Mozambique Embassy in the U.S, and other representatives of the Republic, visited the offices of the BC Human Rights Coalition, in Vancouver. The representatives from Mozambique met with Robyn Durling, the Communications Coordinator for the Coalition. The purpose of the meeting was to have a discussion on the Human Rights process in British Columbia and how it compared to the process in Mozambique.
Left to right: Dr. Taipo, Robyn Durling and Antonitta Tauzene
The Ministry of the Attorney General made amendments to the Human Rights Code eliminating mandatory retirement. Bill 31 proposed both an expanded definition of age to include protection to those over age 64 as well as extending age protection into an area of the Code where it is not currently available. A Ministry news release and backgrounder with FAQ’s is available.
Read our submission to the Premier's Council on Aging and Seniors' Issues. We recommended our human rights legislation ought to be strengthened in a umber of areas in order to adequately reflect the needs of older British Columbians.
2005-12-15 Read our submission to the Federal Labour Standards Review Committee. We suggest current provision's within the Code should be extended to include all grounds and all forms of workplace discrimination.
2004-11-19 Read our submission to the Canadian Human Rights Commission in response to their Looking Ahead document.
2004-03-26 The third reading of Bill 3, the Cremation, Internment, and Funeral Services Act, resulted in the government repealing the right of same-sex couples to control the remains of their loved ones. Read our letter urging the government to reconsider its decision.