BC Human Rights Commission - Online Discussion Invitation

DABC has received the following information from MLA Ravi Kahlon,  Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Multiculturalism:


On August 4, 2017, Premier John Horgan along with Attorney General David Eby, announced that British Columbia will re-establish the B.C. Human Rights Commission to address inequality and discrimination. I have been asked by the Attorney General to lead a public engagement process and provide recommendations.

To accomplish this, I am asking for feedback from all British Columbians.

To ensure that we are listening to all British Columbians’ perspectives, I will also be hosting an online discussion at engage.gov.bc.ca/bchumanrights. I ask that you encourage your networks and friends to participate and share their stories and ideas online before November 17, 2017 at 4 p.m. Please feel free to display and distribute the poster to let people know about the engagement.

I look forward to hearing from you. Together, we can create a commission that is efficient, effective and equipped to protect, promote and defend human rights in British Columbia.

Sincerely,

Ravi Kahlon, MLA, Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Multiculturalism

News Release: Increase to the Annual Earnings Exemption (AEE)

The BC Government has announced that beginning October 1st, 2017, the Annual Earnings Exemption (AEE) for people receiving the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) benefit will be increased by $2,400 a year. People receiving income assistance will be able to earn an additional $200 a month.

From the news release on the BC Government News’ website:

“We are very pleased to see an increase to earnings exemptions come in with the rate increase,” said Jane Dyson, executive director of Disability Alliance BC. “Work offers people dignity, independence and it connects them to their community. Increasing the earnings exemption is also a good step towards poverty reduction.”

For more details, download the news release here or visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017SDPR0057-001597.

DABC meets with Shaanxi Disabled Persons’ Federation

DABC was thrilled to meet with members of the Shaanxi Disabled Persons’ Federation this week. We learnt about the Federation’s work, and about the Chinese government’s policies to promote the employment of people with disabilities.

After our meeting, our guest presented us with calligraphy done by Chairman Zhu Feng and bookmarks made by some of his clients.