Bulkley Valley Research Centre - Science in the Public Interest

An Introduction to Human Rights Law in the Northern BC Context

Wednesday March 9, 2016  12:00pm-1:00pm

The Old Church - on the corner of First Avenue and King St. - Smithers, BC

About this seminar:

The term “human rights” is often used indiscriminately, to refer to what is moral, what ought to be. In the legal context, however, the term is defined more narrowly. While inspired by “morality”, in Canadian law, human rights are restricted to individuals who face discrimination on the basis of a traditionally disadvantaged characteristic. That said, even in this limited sense, human rights can lead to broad, systemic change.

This seminar will review the human rights principle in Canada, including discrimination, competing and intersecting grounds, the duty to accommodate, and affirmative action. It will then apply those principles to Northern BC, surveying some of the newest human rights decisions in this region. 

About Lisa Feinberg:

Lisa Feinberg is a lawyer with Perry & Company, practicing a variety of areas of law, including employment, family, wills and estates, and civil ligation. Prior to moving to Smithers last year, Lisa worked at a Bay Street firm in Toronto, focusing on human rights, labour and employment law. Having traded skyscrapers for mountains, Lisa has happily adapted to Smithers. Lisa is active in the Smithers community, as a member of the Northern Society for Domestic Peace Board of Directors, the Bulkley Valley Refugee Sponsorship Group, and the BC-Canadian Bar Association.