Harassment and Personal Injury Concerns in BC
Each month, Spraggs Law publishes Vancouver Legal News, a curated selection of articles about legal issues discussed in the news. This month we focus on workplace harassment concerns and cases in BC, followed by two reminders about the importance of abiding by safety regulations and a case highlighting the vital role of school ground safety officers in protecting the well-being and safety of students.
Workplace Harassment Cases and Measures in BC
Strengthening protections for harassment victims and witnesses
Recent amendments to the Code of Professional Conduct in British Columbia have been approved, expanding guidance on discrimination, harassment, and sexual harassment. The amendments include new definitions, specific examples, and a rule on reprisals. The aim is to help protect victims and witnesses of harassment to “exercise their rights without fear of retaliation.”
Revising policing standards to aid sexual assault survivors
The British Columbia government is updating policing standards to improve investigations and outcomes for survivors of sexual assault. The province will also provide stable funding to 68 sexual assault programs across BC. However, some organizations question whether these standards will address systemic issues within policing culture.
Sexual Harassment allegations in British Columbia ambulance service
A report on the British Columbia Ambulance Service (BCAS) has revealed a “breadth of sexual harassment” within the organization. The report highlights instances of inappropriate touching, derogatory banter, and a lack of action when complaints are raised.
BC RCMP officer transferred amid harassment allegations
A BC RCMP officer is being transferred after allegations of harassment, including calling women degrading names and making inappropriate comments about their bodies. The officer has admitted to the allegations and will face several conduct measures including pay deductions, forfeiture of annual leave, and mandatory training on preventing harassment and violence in the workplace.
School principal alleges a DEI instructor bullied him
The tragic passing of a Toronto principal brings attention to potential shortcomings in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) training within educational settings. Critics argue that instead of fostering inclusivity, the training might inadvertently lead to division and negative consequences. Prior to his death by suicide, the principal claimed that an anti-racism instructor bullied him for speaking out against an assertion she made. The instructor denies the allegations and says the incident is being used to suppress diversity and inclusion work. An investigation is underway into the development training and the emotional distress the principal endured.
Navigating Road Rules and Local Safety Regulations
Dive into summer safely: navigating pool regulations
With more British Columbians enjoying lakes, beaches and pools as a refreshing reprieve from the summer heat, swimming pool owners and property managers are advised to be aware of their jurisdiction’s pool-related by-laws and safety regulations to prevent injuries and avoid liability.
Electric unicycle riders in Vancouver face fines
Riders of electric unicycles in Vancouver are encountering substantial fines for using public roads and sidewalks. Penalties span from $80 for sidewalk riding to $600 for lacking insurance. The Ministry of Transportation asserts that electric unicycles are prohibited on roads and sidewalks. Proposals for change are emerging, with supporters aiming to classify electric unicycles as recognized mobility aids. While the province has initiated a pilot program for electric kick scooters, there is no specific provision for unicycles.
The vital role of safety officers on school grounds
This recent Times Colonist article highlights the importance of having safety officers in school districts to ensure the well-being of staff and students. It references a 1978 incident that resulted in a serious injury to a student and subsequent legal implications. The article also mentions recent findings in Manitoba schools regarding safety violations. The Ministry of Education in British Columbia advises the presence of district-wide safety coordinators and teams, although it is not mandatory. The article emphasizes the need for dedicated personnel to enforce school safety measures.
What Do You Think?
What do you think about these updates affecting citizens, employers, and employees across Canada? If you have questions about employment law, estate law, business law, personal injury or harassment laws for our team at Spraggs Law, we’d love to hear from you. Contact one of our lawyers in Vancouver today.