June 2019 Events (BC-wide, Online)

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For individuals with a disability and their families, friends, caregivers, and support workers:

  • Navigating Housing on Reserve Webinar
    • Monday, June 10 (12:30 – 1:30 pm) Change of date – this webinar has been rescheduled to Tuesday, July 9 (12:30 – 1:30 pm)
    • Webinar
    • Hosted by UBC Allard School of Law Indigenous Community Legal Clinic
    • This 1 hour webinar will present a legal toolkit to assist you when working with clients who require assistance addressing housing on reserve matters.
    • Participants in this webinar may claim up to 1 hour of CPD credit with the LSBC.
  • Board Chair Breakfast Series (Part 2 of 3)
    • Wednesday, June 12 (7:30 – 9:00 am)
    • Vancouver – BCIT Downtown Campus
    • Cost: $60
    • Directed at not-for-profit board chairs, board members and executive directors, this forum will focus on the legal responsibilities of the Chair in regards to employee risk management.
  • Workers’ Compensation Review Public Hearings
    • Multiple datesJune 14 – June 27
    • Multiple locations – Surrey, Castlegar, Nanaimo, Campbell River, Vancouver, Chilliwack, Williams Lake, Kamloops, Cranbrook, Kelowna, Victoria, Fort St. John, Prince George, Terrace
    • Free event for British Columbians to share their views on what an improved workers’ compensation system should look like.
  • Employment and Human Rights 101 Workshop
    • Monday, June 17 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)
    • Nanaimo – Harbour City Theatre Alliance
    • Cost: $50
    • This workshop provides foundation knowledge and capacity to identify, plan for, and respond to legal issues that can arise in nonprofits in regards to employment and human rights.

Free classes for the public, led by lawyers, notaries and other experts:

  • Wills and Estates
    • Wednesday, June 19 (6:00 – 7:30 pm)
    • Vancouver Public Library – Dunbar Branch
    • Free workshop open to the public covering: when you should make a will, requirements for making a will and what you should include in your will.
  • Immigration Law
    • Monday, June 24 (7:00 – 8:30 pm)
    • Burnaby Public Library – Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch
    • Free workshop open to the public on how students can become permanent residents, work options for students, what happens when foreign workers lose their jobs and how to sponsor a spouse or partner.
  • Annual General Meeting
    • Thursday June 27 (6:30 pm)
    • Vancouver – VPL Central Branch (Alma VanDusen room)
    • Free event featuring guest speaker Bryan Carney (The Tyee)
    • Space is limited – RSVP fipa@fipa.bc.ca

Stay informed:


Mediate BC’s New Website: Helping Your Clients with Mediation

by Mediate BC

On May 1st Mediate BC launched a new, redesigned version of its website. The new MediateBC.com is designed to be a user friendly way to connect members of the public with information and options to resolve conflicts using mediation and other collaborative dispute resolution processes.

Mediate BC website's home page shown on a laptop

How is this good for the clients we serve?

Your clients come to you for advice and support on a number of issues. They might also have unresolved conflict within the family, at work, or in their business which is impacting other areas of their life. Unresolved conflict is stressful, time consuming, mentally and emotionally draining, and can be expensive. Resolving conflict in a consensual manner can allow your clients to get back to business and focus on other parts of their lives.

Why should our clients know about mediation?

Mediation is a fast, affordable way to resolve disputes out of the court system. A mediator is trained to help you have a constructive conversation, and find solutions everyone can agree to. This process gives you much more control than going to court, trying to convince a judge of your point of view, and having a solution imposed on you. Mediation is informal, private and confidential so it’s much less stressful than going to court. Mediation can even improve relationships because both parties often leave with a better understanding of the other person’s perspective.

What’s on the refreshed Mediate BC Website?

To help you as you explore the site, we’ll provide a bit of a run-through with summaries of all the different sections:

This tab gives more information on what mediation is, and how it compares to other options for resolving a dispute. Here you can find answers to some commonly asked questions, like how much does mediation cost, and why you might want to choose it for resolving conflicts.

If you have a conflict around a family issue, you can find more specific information on the Family Mediation Page. This includes separation and divorce, parents and teens, elder care, and child protection mediation.

If you have a conflict in the workplace, there is a section with relevant information, including bullying and harassment, and options for workplace mediation.

Mediation can also be used for wills and estate disputes, small claims, commercial and business disputes, and community disputes such as those with strata councils and within co-ops. The Resolving Other Disputes tab has information specific to resolving those disputes.

When you want to find a mediator, we make it easy by having this link available wherever you are on the website.

If you have any questions about mediation, or would like brochures or other public education materials you are warmly invited to contact Zoe Stryd the public education coordinator at Mediate BC: 1-877-656-1300 x 106.

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