VANCOUVER, B.C. (CN) – The Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users sued the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal, a business group and the city, demanding an end to discrimination against homeless people, under Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, known as VANDU, sued the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal, the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, and the City of Vancouver, in B.C. Supreme Court. VANDU claims that discrimination against homeless people should be included in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, as homeless people in Vancouver are disproportionately aboriginal, disabled or drug addicted.