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December 2020 Events

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Educating & Helping the Public

Free or low cost events for the general public to understand and use the law. Follow the links to see cost & registration info. All times in Pacific Time unless stated otherwise. See disclaimer.
Dec 1-6 | Dec 7-13 | Dec 14-20 | Dec 21-31
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December 1-6, 2020

  • Elder Abuse: What Is It? How Do We Deal With It? (Webinar)
    by Seniors First BC
    • What: This workshop addresses the correlation between social isolation and abuse of older adults, types of abuse and people involved, and strategies to deal with abuse. We discuss the importance of staying connected to others through brainstorming community resources and viewing a short video depicting a fictional story of social isolation and elder abuse.
    • When: Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    • Cost: Free

December 7-13, 2020

  • Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning Online Workshop (Webinar)
    by Plan Institute
    • What: Becoming well-informed about wills, trusts and estate planning is necessary to secure the financial future of your loved one with a disability. In this webinar you will learn things you should consider when creating a will, ways in which to ensure your loved one is protected when family passes, the types of trusts available, and more.
    • When: Thursday, December 10th, 2020 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
    • Cost: Free

Learning & Community Building

Free or low cost professional development events for intermediaries, the people providing information and support to members of the public in their interactions with the legal system. We only include those that are open to non-lawyers. Also, events by organizations who help British Columbians in their interactions with the legal system. All times in Pacific Time unless stated otherwise. See disclaimer.
Dec 1-6 | Dec 7-13 | Dec 14-20 | Dec 21-31
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December 7-13, 2020

  • Client Centric Care: Applying An Access to Justice Lens (In person)
    by Law Courts Center
    • What: Amici Curiae Friendship Society AGM 2020. On behalf of the Amici Curiae Friendship Society, Board Chair Supreme Court of BC Justice Joel Groves invites you to join. See link for the evening’s agenda.
    • When: Tuesday, December 8th, 2020 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
    • Cost: Social Justice Friend Rate Gifts gratefully accepted here: https://www.legalformsbc.ca/donate-here.html
  • Helping Criminalized Women Reduce Vulnerability: Criminal Record Suspension Workshop for Community Workers (Webinar)
    by Courthouse Libraries BC and Asian Women for Equality Society (AWCEP)
    • What: The purpose of this session is to provide information on the Record Suspension application process with a focus on assisting clients with completing the Measurable Benefit/Sustained Rehabilitation Form to improve chances of success. We will discuss how a record suspension can help marginalized women access more options in life.
    • When: Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
    • Cost: Free

Disclaimer: These events are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the Clicklaw team of any of the products or services of the organizations. Contact the external site for questions regarding their events.

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Until January 15, 2021 - BCLI Seeks Input on Proposals to Reform Child Protection Law

Help Reform BC’s Main Child Protection Law

by the British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI)

Can you share your views on BCLI’s proposals to reform our province’s main child protection law?

About the proposals

Last month the British Columbia Law Institute published its Child Protection Project Committee’s Consultation Paper on Modernizing the Child, Family and Community Service Act. In this consultation paper the committee is asking for public comment on its proposals to government to reform British Columbia’s main child protection law.

“The committee has taken a focused review to the Act and found selected areas in need of improvement,” noted committee co-chair, Corinne Feenie. “The committee is proposing changes to the Act’s definitions, disclosure provisions, provisions for independent legal advice, and selected court
procedures and orders. The committee is also proposing new provisions to incorporate children’s views into child protection proceedings and for legal representation for children.”

“The committee hopes to receive a wide range of responses to its consultation paper,” said committee co-chair, Katrina Harry, a member of the Esketemc First Nation. “Due to the overrepresentation of Indigenous children in the child welfare system, it is particularly important that the committee receives feedback from Indigenous communities, representatives, and agencies, and the committee specifically welcomes and will solicit such input. Public response is important and will be taken into
account as the committee forms its final recommendations.”

How to share your views

Go to the BCLI website, where you can find:

  • Copies of the consultation paper
  • A backgrounder summarizing its contents
  • A response booklet
  • A link to the committee’s survey

The deadline for responses is 15 January 2021.

About the British Columbia Law Institute

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The British Columbia Law Institute was created in 1997 by incorporation under the provincial Society Act. Its purposes are to promote the clarification and simplification of the law and its adaptation to modern social needs, promote improvement of the administration of justice and respect for the rule of law, and promote and carry out scholarly legal research.

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