Entries by Brandi Beckett

Prevention is the Best Cure for Homelessness

Many times, a client comes in to the Access Centre angry or frightened because of a dispute with a landlord or perhaps they’ve received an eviction notice. Our legal advocates will often try to negotiate a deal with the landlord if possible because, even if the tenant is in the right, the risk of losing […]

It’s Tax Time Again!

  It’s that time of year again! This year we will be doing the Tax Clinic Monday through Thursday afternoons from 1pm – 4pm (last person in at 3:45pm) at the Access Centre (2nd floor – 304 Martin Street). No need to book an appointment, just come on down during tax drop in hours with all […]

How to Prepare for Raising a Child with a Disability

Access Centre is dedicated to serving disadvantaged individuals in the South Okanagan by offering help and access to various government and community services.   If you’re expecting a child with a disability, you may be unsure about how to start getting ready to accommodate their needs. Or maybe you’ve recently had a child with a […]

Fixed Term Tenancies

We have been receiving a lot of phone calls with questions about fixed term tenancies, here is some information about your rights and responsibilities. A fixed term tenancy means a tenancy agreement that specifies a date for which the tenancy ends. It has also been referred to as a “Lease”. There are three circumstances in […]


Thoughts on Penticton’s Housing Crisis

A letter to the editor from our Poverty Law Advocate, Christie Fiebelkorn: “In my line of work, we receive countless phone calls from distressed individuals affected by the housing crisis. The calls we receive range from eviction notices due to reno-victions, homes being sold, motels increasing the weekly rent by 50% with no notice to tenants, […]


Free Writings from Marginalized Voices

Today we are sharing some downloadable ‘zines’; short, independent booklets created for public distribution by Indigenous Canadians. Here is a golden opportunity to hear perspectives that are not vetted by the dominant culture, reworded or reformatted for better “palatability”, or making a profit from your attention. Click the links below to check them out.   klr-zine […]


Support for Pathways

In March, there was some very sad news about our partners at Pathways Addictions Resource Centre in Penticton. Interior Health is reconfiguring its mental health and addiction services and had decided not to continue to fund Pathways for those services, but rather to offer those services itself. This means that Pathways has now lost 90% […]


What Does a Family Law Advocate Do?

What is a family law advocate and what are the responsibilities and the mandate of a family law advocate? I’ll start out by saying that I’m not a lawyer because I am not a member of the Law Society. I am trained by the Law Foundation of BC in trying to try to assist people […]

Staying Well in a State of Emergency COPING AND ADAPTING TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Schools, businesses, arts and culture venues, workplaces and social services organizations closed their doors or reduced their hours and capacity. Many people lost their jobs, travel restrictions were imposed and visits to our loved ones in long-term care were cancelled. We were also asked to maintain physical distance from people outside our immediate household. Thoughtful […]