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Legal Information for Indigenous People

S.H.E.D. Society of Bella Coola

This booklet provides basic & accessible legal information for Indigenous people facing legal issues, incl. the justice systems, children & families, rights & protections, death & taxes, income security, and class actions. It explains how the laws can vary for people based on their Indigeneity.

Last reviewed July 2024
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Privacy: Biometrics in the Workplace

BC Civil Liberties Association

This fact sheet provides you with information about your biometrics’ privacy rights in the workplace and the things you can do if you believe that your employer has breached them.

Last reviewed March 2024
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HIV Testing Handbook: A Guide to Your Rights

BC Civil Liberties Association

This handbook covers some of the topics that you need to know to understand your rights in regard to HIV testing. It covers topics like informed consent, “non-nominal” (no-name) testing, and how to safeguard your medical privacy and limit who can view your medical information.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Freedom of Expression: Social Media Platforms

BC Civil Liberties Association

Fact sheet about the right to free expression in Canada in terms of social media.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Electronic Devices Privacy Handbook: A Guide to Your Rights at the Border

BC Civil Liberties Association

This handbook is meant to help you make sense of the current state of play with respect to electronic searches at the Canadian border and at US preclearance zones in Canada, and to provide tools to protect your privacy when traveling with electronic devices.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Privacy: Video & Audio Recording in the Workplace

BC Civil Liberties Association

This fact sheet provides you with information about your privacy rights in the workplace with regard to video and audio surveillance and the things you can do if you believe that your employer has breached them.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Dial-a-Law: Charter Rights: Legal Rights

People’s Law School

Several legal rights are enshrined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Learn about these rights, and what a court can do if your legal rights are violated.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Protecting Personal Information: Cannabis Transactions

Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for BC (OIPC)

Cannabis is illegal in most places outside of Canada. The personal information of users is therefore very sensitive. Some countries may deny entry to people who have purchased cannabis. This guide was created to help cannabis retailers/purchasers understand their rights and obligations under PIPA.

Last reviewed March 2024
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LSLAP Manual: Public Complaint Procedures

Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (LSLAP)

This chapter on administrative law is used by law students handling cases at LSLAP’s legal clinics. It’s an overview of citizens’ rights, including the right to vote, and sets out the legal avenues available to individuals who believe that a government agency has acted improperly.

Last reviewed March 2024
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Resources on Police Record Checks

Canadian Civil Liberties Association

Want to know what a police record is? How do you try to deal with a non-conviction record? What privacy and human rights laws apply, or what are the best practices for employers? Click on the link for related resources.

Last reviewed March 2024