The Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS) is seeking an articling student to start May 2020, with flexibility on the start date. This position is for a full articling term of 12 months, including PLTC. This articling position is funded by a special grant from the Law Foundation of BC under its David Mossop Q.C. Public Interest Articling Fellowship Program.Read more
The Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS) welcomes the Ombudsperson’s report released March 7, 2019, “Committed to Change: Protecting the Rights of Involuntary Patients under the Mental Health Act”. The report serves as an important evaluation of detaining facilities’ compliance with completing 6 required forms related to involuntary admission under the Mental Health Act. The investigation findings reflect what countless people detained under the Mental Health Act and community groups and organizations such as CLAS have been saying for decades – that involuntarily detained patients’ rights are routinely violated and disregarded in BC’s mental health system.Read more
We are excited to invite you to our fundraiser this year. We hope you can join us for dancing, delicious food, and a chance to take home great silent auction items as we raise funds for CLAS' work.
Working CLAS Social
Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 6pm
The Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac Street
Coast Salish Territories
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Vancouver – Today, the BC Government Rental Housing Task Force released a set of recommendations with no meaningful protections for renters in BC. The Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS), along with other tenants’ rights advocacy organizations and countless renters and housing insecure British Columbians participated in a consultative process and submitted recommendations and comments; a vast majority of which were ignored.Read more
CLAS staff Danielle Sabelli and Samrah Mian made submissions to the recently established BC Rental Housing Task Force, including four recommendations to protect and enhance Tenants' rights. The full submission including recommendations can be found here.Read more
Supreme Court of Canada issues decision with grave consequence for marginalized communities’ access to justice
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OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada has released a decision today that will impact the human rights protections available to vulnerable groups who want to challenge government discrimination. The court confirmed that the laws made by government are not “services.” The Court’s ruling will make it more difficult for people and groups to challenge discriminatory laws using human rights systems. This decision further erodes a declining state of access to justice in Canada.Read more
Listen to an interview with Jonathan Blair, CLAS staff lawyer about the recent BC Supreme Court renoviction case.
BC Supreme Court rules in favour of renovicted tenant
(Victoria, BC) Former residents of Super-in-Tent City (SIC), a tent city formerly located on the Victoria law courts property, are celebrating a May 18, 2018, decision from Justice Sharma of the BC Supreme Court, affirming their rights as tenants in the social housing building at 844 Johnson Street which was set up to house them when the tent city was dismantled.
This precedent setting decision dismisses an appeal brought by the Portland Hotel Society (PHS), a non-profit supportive housing provider and operator of the property located at 844 Johnson Street, and affirms the findings of the Residential Tenancy Branch that tenants in the building are covered under the Residential Tenancy Act and should be afforded all the same rights as tenants who reside in market housing. The decision also clearly mandates that blanket guest restrictions, like those imposed on the tenants at 844 Johnson Street, are illegal and must be removed. The decision will have positive and lasting effects on the lives of thousands of tenants living in supportive housing in Victoria and across the province.Read more