February 20, 2018

RCMP respond to Human Rights Watch report

  The RCMP says it takes allegations of police abuse in a recent report "very seriously", but it needs more details to take proper action. Chief Superintendant Janice Armstrong says some of the allegations outlined in the Human Rights Watch report looking at policing along the highway of tears, have been reported but she says they want to … [Read more...]

HD mining loses human rights complaint against unions

Now that the Canadian Human Rights Commission has tossed out a complaint from a Chinese miner hired to work in Northern BC, local union leaders continue their fight to find out why jobs at the new mine in Tumbler Ridge were not offered to Canadians. "Maybe they should file a complaint on the federal and provincial government." Steve Hunt with the … [Read more...]

Richwater Nabs “Top Dog” Rights

Richwater Films has picked up the film rights to Dougie Brimson's epic British crime novel "Top Dog". Leo Gregory will play a London villain named Billy Evans who bites off more than he can chew when he crosses a more dangerous criminal gang. Brimson, who previously co-wrote soccer hooligan movie "Green Street," is adapting his own novel into a … [Read more...]

Human rights tribunal to hear ‘Albino Rhino’ beer complaint

The BC Human Rights Tribunal will hear a complaint by a Vancouver woman with albinism over Earls' Albino Rhino beer and Albino wings. Ikponwosa Ero says the names are demeaning and humiliating, especially when customers say they would like to order "an Albino." Ero must prove she experienced an adverse impact because of the branding, and that her … [Read more...]

Chinese miner files human rights complaint

A temporary worker from China hired to work in a northern BC coal mine has filed a human rights complaint against the United Steelworkers of America. The union's Steve Hunt says  the complaint comes as no surprise. "I guess it was expected. When all else fails, you know, attack, I guess. That's what they are doing. They have failed in court, … [Read more...]

Children’s rights advocate talks teen suicide among aboriginals

B.C.’s children’s rights watchdog has some insight on suicide among First Nations teens. This, after news of heavy drinking, self-harm and a suicide pact surfaced in Vancouver’s Grandview-Woodlands neighbourhood. Mary-Ellen Turpel-Lafond says these kids often deal with the effects still felt in their families about their treatment … [Read more...]

Human rights groups slam Missing Women Inquiry ahead of deadline

The inquiry into B.C. missing and marginalized women, and why serial killer Robert Pickton wasn't caught sooner, didn't have to be this way. That, according to three human rights groups, days before the quiry is expected to deliver its findings. The B.C. Civil Liberties Association, Pivot Legal Society and West Coast LEAF have put together a report … [Read more...]

Flu shot sparks human rights court battle

Forcing health care workers to take the flu shot is a violation of human rights. That's the message from Reid Johnson, president of the Health Sciences Association Union, which has filed a grievance with its employers over a policy which mandates workers get vaccinated. "We encourage our member to get a flu vaccination every year but people for … [Read more...]

Bacon’s rights violated at Surrey pre-trial

His rights were violated while he was in jail. That finding today from a BC Supreme court judge in the case of accused gang boss Jamie Bacon, who's facing prosecution for the murders of six men at a Surrey highrise in 2007. Justice Mark McEwan has ruled Bacon's phonecalls with his lawyer were illegally recorded while he was in custody at the Surrey … [Read more...]

Human Rights Tribunal upholds shipyard worker’s complaint

A former worker's complaint of racial discrimination against the operators of the Victoria shipyards has been partially upheld by the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal. Austin Francis filed the complaint against Seaspan Marine which is now considering an appeal. In 2009, the black man was working in Esquimalt when he found a white rag with two eye holes … [Read more...]