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B.C. Human Rights Code to include explicit protection for gender identity, expression

Hon. Suzanne Anton, BC Attorney General and Minister of Justice

Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton introduced legislation Monday to make B.C.'s Human Rights Code more explicit in the protections it affords transgender persons in British Columbia.

Bill 27, Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2016, was passed to include "gender identity or expression" among the protected grounds covered by the code. Prior to the change, transgender individuals were protected under the code's protected grounds of "sex", as interpreted by B.C.'s Human Rights Tribunal and the courts.

Joint task force mobilized to scale up overdose response

Premier Christy Clark and Health Minister Terry Lake explained the importance of the Joint Task Force on Overdose Response. — Submitted photo

British Columbia is experiencing an unprecedented rise in overdoses.

In response to this, Premier Christy Clark announced a newly formed Joint Task Force on Overdose Response headed by provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall and Clayton Pecknold, director of police services.

Other members are still being determined but will include representatives from BC Centre of Disease Control and the ministries of Health and Public Safety.

OPINION: Does Family Planning Have Environmental Effects?

OPINION: Does Family Planning Have Environmental Effects?

The following article was originally posted on the Worldwatch Institute blog. Worldwatch is an independent research organization based in Washington, D.C. that works on energy, resource, and environmental issues.

Ask environmental leaders where voluntary family planning fits into their organizations’ missions and goals, and most will draw a blank.

Op/Ed: The LNG dream remains in the spin cycle

The Liberals continue to trumpt the benefits LNG to B.C.

It seems like only yesterday that British Columbians were being told that the province was on the cusp of LNG riches. In fact, it almost was.

Last October, Finance Minister Mike de Jong predicted: “We are poised to see the final steps taken. Every step of the way, there have been detractors and naysayers and people who have dismissed the opportunities.”

Those final steps hit a speed bump last Friday when the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission nixed NextEra Energy’s proposed $4.3 billion purchase of Hawaiian Electric Industries.

COLUMN: Homelessness in a Neighbouring City

COLUMN:  Homelessness in a Neighbouring City

Nelson's Report on Homelessness

This column is narrowly focussed on a social problem in Nelson, but despite that, I am sure the issues are of interest to readers anywhere in Canada.

Nelson's Committee on Homelessness has released its eighth annual report card on the issue of homeless citizens. It explains some background. You can find it at http://nelsoncares.ca/8th-annual-report-homelessness-nelson/

The signs of deterioration

Router Melt-Down at City Hall; New Life for Rotary Health Centre Building? Concern for Wildlife and a New Bylaw.

Router Melt-Down at City Hall; New Life for Rotary Health Centre Building? Concern for Wildlife and a New Bylaw.

Rossland City Council Meeting,  July 18, 2016

Present:   Mayor Kathy Moore, and Councillors Aaron Cosbey, Lloyd McLellan, Andrew Zwicker, John Greene, Marten Kruysse, and Andy Morel.

New Chief Financial Officer Elma Hamming  made her first appearance at a public meeting.

Public Input Period:

OPINION: Media Failing Citizens on Corporate Rights Deals

OPINION: Media Failing Citizens on Corporate Rights Deals

The Trudeau government is hell-bent on ratifying two massive investment agreements -- the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) -- that will radically undermine Canadian democracy. Yet very few Canadians are informed about these deals because our mainstream media has been so irresponsible in reporting on their impacts.

June overdose death numbers show increase

June overdose death numbers show increase

Updated statistics from the BC Coroners Service show the number of illicit drug overdose deaths among B.C. residents has increased.

The total number of overdose deaths for June 2016 was 56, an increase from 43 in May 2016. A total of 371 overdose deaths have been reported from January to June 2016.

Panhandling bylaw avoids adoption as status quo in city’s downtown set to continue

A concern about the intent of the proposed bylaw — and a call for more time to measure the effectiveness of a potential street outreach worker — was enough to have the passing of a proposed panhandling bylaw thwarted Monday night. — The Nelson Daily

A rare 11th hour decision by city council has derailed the controversial proposed panhandling bylaw from becoming legislation.

A concern about the intent of the proposed bylaw — and a call for more time to measure the effectiveness of a potential street outreach worker — was enough to have the passing of a proposed panhandling bylaw thwarted Monday night.

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