On Monday, April 26, B.C.'s Supreme Court recognized all three members of a polyamorous "triad" as legitimate parents of their 2-year-old son.
According to court documents, Olivia, Eliza and Bill have been living together while in a long-term relationship with one another since 2017. While Bill and Eliza were in a relationship long before Olivia joined, Olivia became an equal part of their relationship at a time when they were trying to conceive.
All three of them had apparently agreed that Olivia would be a "full parent" to Clarke during Eliza's pregnancy, but the provisions of B.C.'s Family Law Act (FLA) only recognized Eliza and Bill — the biological parents — as his legal parents. They petitioned the courts to recognize Olivia as a legal parent to Clarke.
"She identifies as Clarke's parent, and Clarke sees her as one of his mothers," states the court documents. The Court concluded that the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency is to amend Clarke's birth registration so that Olivia is also listed as his legal parent.
This is not the first Canadian case made for polyamorous parents. CBC News reported that in 2018, a court in Newfoundland and Labrador recognized three people of a polyamorous relationship as the parents of one baby; that relationship included two men and one woman.
On Tuesday, May 11, B.C. announced that the province will now offer paid sick leave to all workers who need to miss work due to COVID-19 related reasons.
According to the B.C. government, this means anyone who is sick with COVID-19, awaiting results from a COVID-19 test, needs to self-isolate or is missing work to follow orders from either the province or their employer will now have three paid sick days off.
All full-time and part-time employees are eligible, and nobody will need to provide a doctor's note to take that time off. Employers are legally required to pay staff their full wages, and the province says they will pay back employers without an existing sick leave program up to $200 a day per employee to make up for it.
According to a news release, these three paid sick days will only be offered until December 31. That being said, on January 1, 2022, the legislature says they will create permanent paid sick leave for workers dealing with any injury or illness.
B.C. is the fourth province to implement laws that offer paid sick days to workers. It follows Ontario, which just announced on April 29 they will also offer workers paid COVID-19 sick leave. Quebec employees who have been working with their company for at least three months are legally allowed to take two paid sick days. P.E.I. residents can take one paid day off after working five years at one place.
Police said they received reports of the drivers speeding and purposefully ramming their vehicles into one another. "The vehicles finally came to a stop at the intersection of 227th Street and 119 Avenue, when two men jumped from the vehicles and began physically fighting on the street," said a police report. The drivers had also hit several other vehicles amid the altercation.
"This type of behavior was completely dangerous and reckless. These two people were so engrossed in whatever their drama was that they weren't thinking about any other person other than themselves," said Constable Julie Klaussner. "Thank you to the public for the overwhelming number of reports and updates helping police to shut down this incident quickly. Thankfully no-one was seriously injured in this reckless event."
Both men were arrested and are now facing multiple charges.
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A new ranking of the top Canadian cities for young adults to work in was released on Tuesday, May 11. For those who want to work on the West Coast, it seems like now is the time to hunt for jobs in Vancouver.
While there were 27 major Canadian cities included in the list of the best places to work, B.C. cities ended up snagging more than one of the top 20 spots. Victoria ranked fourth, and Kelowna came out at number 12.
The RBC and Youthful Cities' 2021 Urban Work Index determined the rankings by using 11 different criteria, including good jobs for youth, cost of living, climate change, and equity and inclusion.
Youthful Cities says it recognizes the impact COVID-19 has had on youth looking for entry-level work. The hope is that the urban work index can serve as a guide "for a more inclusive and accessible work in our great Canadian cities."
Vancouver was ranked number one for public transportation, public health, and equity and inclusion. Even though it landed first place, Youthful Cities said that Vancouver was close to having the lowest score for cost of living.