News and notices
June 4, 2019
The Tribunal is asking for participants in a survey about Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights.
November 16, 2018
The Tribunal is asking for input about how to protect both privacy and freedom of expression in relation to its process. Please provide your input by January 14, 2019 to BCHumanRightsTribunal@gov.bc.ca or by mail.
The Tribunal must protect privacy, transparency, and freedom of expression in relation to its process.
The Tribunal is seeking input on whether it should limit the use that parties may make of the information in a complaint file. If not, why not? If so, why?
Any limit must be clearly understood. If you recommend limits on publication of complaint file information, what clearly understood limits would you propose?
- The Tribunal publishes decisions that contain information from complaint files
- After a complaint is on the hearing list, certain documents are available to the public
- Hearings are open to the public
- If there is a judicial review, material filed in court is available to the public (unless a party gets a court order)
- People can apply for access under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
A party can apply to the Tribunal to limit the Tribunal and others from publishing information. Subject to an order limiting publication and rules regarding confidentiality of certain information, people may speak publicly about a complaint.
Parties have asked whether the right to speak publicly about a complaint includes reproducing a complaint or response to complaint or making public any of the information in a complaint file including, for example, medical diagnosis or other highly personal information.
The Tribunal’s Rules and policies do not answer these questions.
The Tribunal is seeking input on ways to protect privacy, transparency, and freedom of expression in relation to its process.
You may wish to address the following questions, identify other issues, or make general comments.
- Is privacy currently protected enough by operation of other laws?
- Should parties be required to seek an order limiting publication?
- Should the Tribunal limit what complaint file information may be made public?
- Should the Tribunal amend its forms to allow a party to identify information they consider requires protection?
May 18, 2018
Invitation for intervenors
On September 10 – 13, 2018, the Tribunal will be hearing the case of Morgane Oger v. Bill Whatcott. The complaint alleges that Mr. Whatcott violated s. 7 of the Human Rights Code [Code] when he distributed a number of pamphlets about Ms. Oger’s fitness for public office in light of her gender identity. The complaint raises issues of general public interest, including:
- how s. 7 of the Code is interpreted in light of ss. 2(a), (b), 15 and 27 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and
- an application of the legal principles set out in Saskatchewan (Human Rights Commission) v. Whatcott, 2013 SCC 11, to the facts of this case
The Tribunal has granted intervenor status to the Canadian Association for Free Expression and the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, pursuant to s. 22.1 of the Code. In light of the legal issues raised by the complaint, the Tribunal is inviting further intervenor applications up until June 15, 2018. Applications should identify the nature of the applicant and how they will be able to usefully contribute to the legal issues raised in the complaint.