Law Update


BCSC dismisses injunction to restrict picketing.

BCSC dismisses injunction to restrict picketing.


Landmark verbal decision by SCC on class size and composition

The Supreme Court of Canada issued the last chapter in the BCTF’s struggle to restore stripped collective agreement language.


Injury to dignity damages upheld by BCCA

In this case, the BC Court of Appeal restored the highest-ever award of damages by the BC Human Rights Tribunal for injury to dignity in a discrimination case. This decision reversed the Supreme Court of British Columbia’s earlier decision to set aside the Tribunal’s original award of $75,000.


SCC recognizes Right to Strike

The Supreme Court of Canada has recognized a constitutional right to strike as part of section 2(d) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This precedent setting decision overturns a 1987 decision of the Court. Craig Bavis, partner at Victory Square Law Office, was co-counsel on behalf the the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour.


Supreme Court of Canada Decision – RCMP Right to Form Unions

On Friday, January 16th the Supreme Court of Canada will release a very important decision in - Mounted Police Association of Ontario et al. v. Attorney General of Canada (Ont.). The case will consider the right of members of the RCMP to form and join unions, as well as engage in collective bargaining. We know many of our clients and friends will have questions about the decision. In the coming days we will be pleased to offer more in-depth analysis on the decision. However, in the meantime please join Marjorie Brown and Shannon Beckett of Victory Square Law Office for a question and answer session about the case. Marjorie and Shannon will address the main elements of the decision, the cases that lead to this result and be available to answer general questions. This session is open to clients and friends of VSLO but space is limited. Please contact Kelly Robinson to reserve your spot. When: 3 pm, Friday, January 16, 2015 Where: Dial-in audio conference How to register: contact Kelly Robinson at 604 602 7995 or


Employer ordered to pay damages after mass indefinite layoff with no notice

USW Local 1-424 successfully applied to the Labour Relations Board for damages under s. 54 of the Labour Relations Code when the Wolverine Mine laid off approximately 300 employees indefinitely and with no notice. This is the first Board case where s. 54 has been found to apply to a layoff. The Employer has applied for reconsideration and the case is ongoing.


BC Human Rights Tribunal sets new high-water mark for injury to dignity damages

In this case, the complainant was awarded $75,000 for injury to dignity, signalling the Tribunal’s willingness to make substantial injury to dignity awards in cases where the circumstances warrant. Prior to Kelly, the highest damages awarded for injury to dignity was $35,000 and the average was around $5000.