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December 2019 Events (BC-Wide, Online)

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Amici Curiae (Friends of Court)

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Professional development sessions for Amici Curiae friends, volunteers, and institutional partners:

  • AC LEXtures: Vicarious Trauma Self-Assessment (ACL TIP 104)
    • This workshop will cover: what a self-assessment tool is, why you need it, and how to create one, how to identify your personal triggers, and strategies for integrating vicarious trauma awareness into the workplace.
    • Tuesday, December 10 (5:30 pm – 7:30 pm)
    • Vancouver – 260-800 Hornby St. (Justice Education Society)
    • Registration is required. This event is free for volunteers, social justice friends are asked to consider a minimum $25 donation.


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  • WorkSafeBC: Keeping Safe at Work (Farsi)
    • This free workshop in Farsi will cover safety regulations at the workplace in BC, workplace injuries and making a WorkSafeBC Claim.
    • Tuesday, December 10 (5:30 pm – 7:30 pm)
    • Vancouver – 2610 Victoria Drive (ISS of BC, room 201)
    • Registration is required. To register email: samira.sarmast@issbc.org or call 604-684-7498 ext. 1672.

Pacific Legal Education & Outreach Society (PLEO)

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  • Recordkeeping & Privacy for Non Profits
    • Are you aware that members of your Society now have a right to access the Official records of the Society? Do your members know that their contact information can be shared with other members? If this is news to you then this workshop is for you. When was the last time you looked at your privacy policy? Learn what to look for and how to keep your organization PIPA and CASL compliant.
    • Wednesday, December 11 (9:30 am – 11:30 am)
    • Vancouver – 100 – 938 Howe Street (Alliance for Arts and Culture)
    • Cost: $50, City of Vancouver Bursaries available
  • Everything a Society needs to know about the CRT
    • Under the New Societies Act, all society act and cooperative associations act disputes will be going to the Civil Resolution Tribunal. This workshop will help societies be prepared for this major change. The CRT has jurisdiction to resolve many Society and Co-operative disputes. Come learn about the steps involved with the CRT and what you can do to prepare your society.
    • Wednesday, December 11 (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
    • Vancouver – 100 – 938 Howe Street (Alliance for Arts and Culture)
    • Cost: $50, City of Vancouver Bursaries available

Plan Institute

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

  • Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning Workshop
    • In this workshop, estate-planning attorney Halldor Bjarnason & Ken Kramer explain how to arrange your estate, prepare a will, and the various ins and outs of setting up a trust specifically for your relative or loved-one with a disability.
    • Thursday, December 12 (10:00 am – 12:30 pm)
    • Vancouver – 312 Main Street (Plan Institute Office)
    • Cost: 1 seat $65/2 seats $90

BC Employment Standards Branch

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  • The ABC’s of the ESA (Employment Standards Act)
    • This free seminar covers the basics of employment standards and the Employment Standards Act. Topics include: basic definitions, regular wages, hours of work, statutory holiday pay, deductions and annual vacation.
    • Tuesday, December 17 (2:00 pm – 3:30 pm)
    • Teleconference (access by telephone)
    • Registration is required. To register email ESB.Compliance@gov.bc.ca with the following information:
      • Your name and email address.
      • The seminar topic and date would you like to attend.
      • Questions you’d like answered during the session.People’s Law School

People’s Law School

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

  • Employment Law
    • This free workshop will discuss the legal issues that may affect you in the workplace. David Turner, a civil litigation lawyer, will explain the essentials of the Employment Standards Act, the law that sets out minimum standards that every employer and employee must follow.
    • Tuesday, December 17 (6:00 pm – 7:30 pm)
    • Vancouver – VPL South Hill Branch

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Screenshot of MyLawBC Family Resolution Centre

Get Help with Making a Parenting Plan at MyLawBC

by Legal Aid BC (Legal Services Society)

Legal Aid BC has recently launched MyLawBC Family Resolution Centre (FRC), an online mediation tool that’s the first of its kind in Canada.

The FRC helps separating parents make a parenting plan that’s in the best interests of their children.

What is a parenting plan?

A parenting plan is a document that outlines how parents going through a separation or a divorce will raise their children. It covers issues such as making decisions about the children, vacation time, and other important topics.

How can MyLawBC help me?

The FRC provides parents with the platform, information, and tools needed to work together to create their plan. They’ll work together online to set out their parenting plan. If they can’t agree on every issue they can ask for a professional mediator’s help at the simple press of a button. It’s free and convenient and parents can go at their own pace in the privacy and comfort of their own homes.

Once downloaded, signed, and witnessed, the parenting plans are legally binding. If they choose to, parents can also add their parenting plan to a separation agreement or an order.

The FRC uses professional mediators who provide their services at no cost to the parents. This service is available to all parents in BC, though mediators will do an initial screening to decide if online mediation is appropriate. In cases where it isn’t, for instance if family violence is a factor, then the mediators will direct those parents to a better-suited service.

About the Family Resolution Centre

The FRC is a continuation of the work Legal Aid BC has done on MyLawBC to help increase access to justice in BC. It joins MyLawBC’s guided pathways and Dialogue Tool as fresh new ways to deliver legal information and services online. While the FRC only deals with parenting plans at this moment, we’re planning to extend it to other topics in the near future, dependent on available project funding. You can learn more about the FRC and our other services by visiting MyLawBC.com.

Other Resources for Separating Parents

MyLawBC refers parents to useful resources to help make their parenting plan, including:

  • Parenting After Separation courses
  • information on including the voice of the child and deciding on the best interests of the child
  • tips for working with an online mediator

Also see MyLawBC’s Dialogue Tool, where parents can create a separation agreement

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