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New rules at the BC Human Rights Tribunal

The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal (BCHRT) has introduced new rules aimed at improving efficiency and the flow of complaints for both complainants and respondents. Here is a summary of the new rules, and  here are the full official rules.

Seeking pro bono legal assistance

For several years now, I have been experiencing significant problems at work regarding my off-duty volunteer advocacy with Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). I tried to resolve these problems in a number of ways but I was not successful in these efforts. Unfortunately, the situation became so bad that I felt I had no choice but to submit a complaint to the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal. The complaint alleges discrimination in the area of employment on the ground of political belief, contrary to Section 13 of the BC Human Rights Code.

Yesterday, the BCHRT released its first decision about the case. It is a preliminary decision, focused on the issue of timeliness. The decision itself can be read here. The Vancouver Sun also has a writeup.  Because this matter is before the Tribunal, I will refrain from commenting publicly on the actual details of my complaint. The BCHRT is a quasi-judicial body and it is really important for me to respect the legal process underway.

I am seeking pro bono legal assistance. If you have experience in BC human rights law, and you feel the principles raised in this case are important, please contact me. I am not necessarily looking for someone to take over the whole case as that would be a huge commitment. That said, there are a couple of specific areas where I could use some help as the case moves forward.

A big “thank you” to the friends, family and colleagues who are supporting me during a very difficult time in my life. I am also grateful for past and current support from LEAP, Stop the Violence BC and the BC Civil Liberties Association.