Minimum wage is failing women

Viveca Ellis

Minimum wage work is women’s work: that’s what West Coast LEAF and the Single Mothers’ Alliance BC said in an informative opinion piece published last month in the Vancouver Province newspaper. Here’s a snippet from the article: Women make up the majority of minimum-wage workers. Among minimum-wage workers aged 25 to 54, 70 per cent … Read more

Latest report on women’s rights in B.C.

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, or CEDAW, was adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly. Often described as an international bill of rights for women, it defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination. Last week, West … Read more

B.C. courts no longer just for wealthy

Great news from West coast LEAF, a B.C.-based organization using the law to further women’s equality, on the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision to strike down provincial court hearing fees. More below: West Coast LEAF is thrilled to report that the Supreme Court of Canada has struck down BC’s court hearing fees as unconstitutional. This … Read more

End the child support clawback

A note from our friends at the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition regarding child support clawback for single mothers on welfare:   BC’s government currently has a policy of taking off child support dollar for dollar from single parents’ income assistance benefit. By taking that money away, the provincial government is depriving children living in lone-parent … Read more