Alberta's Bill 23, the Alberta Human Rights Amendment Act of 2017, was introduced with a stated purpose to enhance protections of children in housing and bring children’s rights in alignment with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We compared Alberta and Ontario’s relevant legislation regarding housing rights for children, in order to see whether … Continue reading A Tale of Two Provinces
It’s now election time. You can take your chance to ask your candidates questions related to children, housing and human rights. Here are some possible questions below. If elected, how will your government address: 1) birthovictions, the forced eviction of women upon giving birth in age-restricted condo buildings, cooperatives and mobile home parks? 2) lack … Continue reading Questions for your candidates
Lola is the mother of a newborn. She lives with her husband and her infant daughter in Calgary, Alberta. My husband and I rented an adult-only condo in August 2017. The condo was in a relatively newer subdivision called Cranston, in the far south end of Calgary. It was about a 30-minute drive from … Continue reading Lola: Unable to remain in condo after having given birth
Photo via Pixabay by StockSnap Guest Contribution In today's political climate, more and more people have taken to protesting in order to be heard. These events are often rallies where individuals with the same views come together and try to make change, and while many of them are peaceful, there are sometimes verbal or physical … Continue reading Staying Safe While Protesting: A Guide for the Entire Family
The Child-Friendly Housing Coalition has been in the midst of some re-organizing. Previously, the CFHCA started out as a means by which to rally towards protection for children in housing in Alberta. This window of opportunity arose as a result of a January 2017 court ruling on age and the Charter. The government had agreed … Continue reading What Priorities Should We Look At?
The Alberta Human Rights Commission and the tribunals that accompany the human rights complaint procedure are responsible for assessing whether the human rights laws of the land (namely, the laws contained in the Alberta Human Rights Act) have been broken. If broken, the tribunals may assess awards to be paid out to those adversely affected … Continue reading We Want to Hear from You!
Making the Right Changes to Get Your Home and Your Life Ready If you have a disability, you’re probably used to making adaptations to live independently, but when you’re about to become a parent, adaptations take on a whole new meaning. Babies depend on you entirely, and meeting their needs is a little different from … Continue reading Planning for Parenthood With a Disability
As of January 1, 2018, landlords can no longer discriminate on the basis of age in Alberta. Changes to the Alberta Human Rights Act are now in force. Rental buildings: The changes mean rental buildings can no longer be designated “Adult only” or have age restrictions unless they are designed seniors-only (age 55+). Condominiums: Condos … Continue reading Changes to the Alberta Human Rights Act Now in Force
Bill 23 received Third Reading in the Legislature on November 14, 2017, and Royal Assent on December 15, 2017. Please visit the Legislative Assembly website to view the bill.
I moved to Edmonton, Alberta less than a year ago from Montreal, Quebec. I am a single mom of a twenty month old girl with no support from her father. Moving to Edmonton meant that I would be closer to my parents and that my daughter would be closer to her grandparents. Needless to say, … Continue reading Asiya: Bought a Condo and Can’t Move In