Municipal institutions need to add an anti-discrimination clause to facility rental policies

On April 24 2019, I asked VSB Trustees that the Vancouver Public Library Library follow the example of the Toronto Public Library and reserve the right to deny or cancel a booking as follows when it reasonably believes use by any individual or group will be for a purpose that is likely to promote, or would have the effect of promoting discrimination, contempt or hatred for any group or person on the basis of prohibited grounds. Continue reading Municipal institutions need to add an anti-discrimination clause to facility rental policies

We won: Bill Whatcott found to have violated section 7 of BC Human Rights Code

BC tribunal rules that publishing flyers indicating an intention to discriminate on the basis of gender identity and likely to expose an individual and other transgender persons to hatred or contempt violates human rights law. Continue reading We won: Bill Whatcott found to have violated section 7 of BC Human Rights Code

Audio: Vancouver Rape Relief to be excluded for future contracts until it meets City of Vancouver eligibility criteria on inclusion

On March 13, 2019 the Vancouver City Finance and Programs Committee heard from speakers in favour of and opposed to a grant request by Vancouver Rape Relief. This is the audio of the speakers presentations.

The city renewed the grant but listed the organization as ineligible for future funding. Continue reading Audio: Vancouver Rape Relief to be excluded for future contracts until it meets City of Vancouver eligibility criteria on inclusion