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B.C. Appeal Court decision on homelessness issue ‘indictment’ of human rights process: law prof

Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 12:37 PM | By Ian Burns

The B.C. Court of Appeal has sided with the provincial Human Rights Tribunal in deciding that a program designed to “remove” homeless people from Vancouver’s downtown area was not discriminatory, a decision the plaintiff’s lawyer has vowed to take to the Supreme Court of Canada.

The case in Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users v. Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association 2018 BCCA 132, deals with the Downtown Ambassadors program offered by the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA). During 2007 and 2008, the ambassadors undertook “removals”...