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May 2021 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.
May 1-9 | May 10-16 | May 17-23 | May 24-31
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May 10-16, 2021

  • Pivoting to Digital: The Writers and Literary Organizations Edition (Webinar)
    by Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society (PLEO)
    • What: What are the copyrights and copywrongs of written content online? What new opportunities does the digital transition present for writers, publishers, and events curators? Due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, writers have to advocate for themselves in new ways, requiring new legal literacy when it comes to contracts, and more in order to be empowered when sharing their craft with the world. For this special event co-presented by The Writers’ Trust, as part of the National Network’s Virtual Forum, discussion focuses on the Writers rights when pivoting to digital.
    • When: Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 Noon to 1:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
  • Registered Disability Savings Plan Level 1 (Webinar)
    by Plan Institute
    • What: Beginner RDSP workshop for those who want to learn what an RDSP is, who qualifies, how to apply for the Disability Tax Credit, and how to open an RDSP. This is best suited to people who want to learn the basics of RDSPs and get general information about the plan. No background knowledge needed to get the most out of this workshop.
    • When: Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    • Cost: Free
  • Introducing the Legal Self Assessment and Learning Tool (LSALT) (Webinar)
    by Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society (PLEO)
    • What: Created by PLEO, the LSALT is a simple and low barrier tool that helps your non-profit understand its legal obligations and compliance through an interactive experience. This tool is for artist organizations in the BC and Yukon, offering modules in privacy and records, the Societies Act, Human Rights, and more.
    • When: Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 Noon to 2:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
  • Board Table Disruption: Lawyers at the Board Table (Webinar)
    by Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society (PLEO)
    • What: Where do lawyers fit in at our board tables? Lawyers who act on boards are often informally expected to provide legal counsel to the organization, but this can cause many conflicts if the board also acts as your boss. PLEO hopes to shift the conversation in order to redefine how arts organizations engage and experience the law through their boards. How can lawyers at the board table best protect the interests of an organization, while not being held solely responsible for de-escalating a society’s legal problems?
    • When: Thursday, May 13th, 2021 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
  • Powers of Attorney, Joint Bank Accounts and Representation Agreements (Webinar)
    by Seniors First BC and West End Seniors’ Network
    • What: This workshop focuses on the importance of advance planning, forms of financial abuse through joint bank accounts, powers of attorney, and strategies to deal with financial abuse.
    • When: Thursday, May 13th, 2021 1:30 PM
    • Cost: Free

May 17-23, 2021

  • Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) Information Session Level 2 (Webinar)
    by Plan Institute
    • What: Advanced RDSP workshop for those who already have an RDSP or are deciding where to open their RDSP and want to deepen their knowledge and learn how to maximize growth. This workshop includes more complicated financial information and attendees should already have an understanding of RDSP basics before joining or attend Level 1 first.
    • When: Wednesday, May 19th, 2021 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    • Cost: Free
  • Do’s and Don’ts of Starting a Non-profit (Webinar)
    by Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society (PLEO)
    • What: Are you thinking of starting a non-profit? Are you new to a board? This online workshop will provide you with everything you need to know to get started on your passion project, turning your idea into a society.
    • When: Wednesday, May 19th, 2021 10:00 AM to Noon
    • Cost: $68.27
  • Cyber Frauds and Scams (Webinar)
    by Seniors First BC and the Surrey RCMP
    • What: Join the Surrey RCMP and Seniors First BC to learn about cyber frauds and scams that are on the rise since COVID-19. Topics will include common and emerging scams with CRS, immigration, friends or romance scams, how to identify frauds and scams, and preventing identity theft.
    • When: Wednesday, May 19th, 2021 11:00 AM to Noon
    • Cost: Free

May 24-31, 2021

  • Pivoting to Digital: The Dance Edition (Webinar)
    by Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society (PLEO)
    • What: Virtual performances have carried many of us through the pandemic, providing new ways for us to experience art, and stay connected. But, what are the concerns for dance artists when going virtual, and how can you protect yourself? Dancers everywhere have made the necessary pivot to digital in order to continue to share their work whether it be through offering a livestream, pre-recorded and purchased performance, or more. On May 27th as part of the Vancouver International Dance Festival, PLEO will discuss the legal complexities at play.
    • When: Thursday, May 27th, 2021 1:00 PM to 2:00 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.
May 1-9 | May 10-16May 17-23 | May 24-31
Looking for public legal education events? Go back to the beginning.

May 1-9, 2021

  • Seniors Navigating Training Class 4 (Webinar)
    by Seniors Services Society of BC and the YMCA of Greater Vancouver
    • What: Navigator Training for Seniors Housing and Support courses are specially designed for social service workers, supporting seniors who need housing information and support in BC. Enhance your skills and knowledge in navigating seniors’ housing options and facilitating access to community resources through guest speakers. Class 4 covers: Digital literacy for seniors and Elder Abuse Prevention.
    • When: Thursday, May 6th, 2021 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM
    • Cost: Already paid for with registration of class 1

May 10-16, 2021

  • Rock Your Virtual Presentation Part One: Content Development & Delivery (Webinar)
    by PovNet Society
    • What: We’ve moved into a highly virtual way of working this year, which has prompted a hard shift in how we meet and present information to people. This time last year people would have said “what’s Zoom?”, but now it’s a household name. If you haven’t had the opportunity to develop your skills in virtual presentations, now is your chance with PovNet Society’s five part webinar series.
    • When: Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Cost: Free; Registration includes all five sessions

May 17-23, 2021

  • 2SLGBTQ+ Inclusive Trauma-Informed Care (Webinar)
    by Jenna MacKay, MA, MSW, RSW, Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist, Consultant & Trainer
    • What: Research demonstrates that 2SLGBTQ+ individuals experience disproportionate rates of violence and trauma. This webinar will provide an introduction to trauma experienced by 2SLGBTQ+ individuals and explore how trauma-informed care and practices may be tailored to more competently work with 2SLGBTQ+ individuals from an affirmative stance.
    • When: Tuesday, May 18th, 2021 10:00 AM
    • Cost: Free
  • Rock Your Virtual Presentation Part Two: The Technical Stuff (Webinar)
    by PovNet Society
    • What: We’ve moved into a highly virtual way of working this year, which has prompted a hard shift in how we meet and present information to people. This time last year people would have said “what’s Zoom?”, but now it’s a household name. If you haven’t had the opportunity to develop your skills in virtual presentations, now is your chance with PovNet Society’s five part webinar series.
    • When: Tuesday, May 18th, 2021 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Cost: Free; Registration includes all five sessions

May 24-31, 2021

  • Rock Your Virtual Presentation Part Three: Zoom Alternatives & Other Tools (Webinar)
    by PovNet Society
    • What: We’ve moved into a highly virtual way of working this year, which has prompted a hard shift in how we meet and present information to people. This time last year people would have said “what’s Zoom?”, but now it’s a household name. If you haven’t had the opportunity to develop your skills in virtual presentations, now is your chance with PovNet Society’s five part webinar series.
    • When: Tuesday, May 25th, 2021 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Cost: Free; Registration includes all five sessions
  • Supporting trans, non-binary and gender diverse communities (Webinar)
    by Public Legal Education Association of Canada (PLEAC)
    • What: Trans, non-binary, 2-Spirit, and gender diverse people deserve respect and understanding at work and in the world. Join Shila and Shae from Legal Information Society NS to learn about best practices when working with this demographic. They will explore how to navigate pronouns, honorifics, sex, gender, restorative methods, and more.
    • When: Thursday, May 27th, 2021 11:00 AM to Noon
    • 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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Clicklaw Monthly Roundup: April 2021

We share with you a monthly roundup of changes to Clicklaw’s collection. Here is a summary of updates done in April 2021.

Solve Problems

Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS) 

  • How to File a Human Rights Complaint (new)
    In this video, Human Rights Clinic lawyer Laura Track walks you through what you need to know to file a human rights complaint with the BC Human Rights Tribunal.

Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC)

Legal Aid BC

  • Family Law Illustrated Scenarios (new)
    Short, illustrated scenarios with likeable characters sharing concerns and information about family law issues. These engaging picture stories are designed to capture readers’ own situations and lead them to online (and other) resources. On the Family Law in BC website.

Ministry of Attorney General 

  • Parenting After Separation Course (new)
    In this new site for an existing curriculum, this free course helps parents and guardians make positive choices in caring for their children following separation or divorce. It also provides information about the separation process and how to access help, including mediation from a family justice counsellor.
  • Provincial Court Family Rules (PCFR) Explained (new)
    This document offers a rule-by-rule explanation of the Provincial Court Family Rules, for use by both lawyers and non-lawyers. It is intended to provide information on the new processes but is not intended to be legal advice.

Rise Women’s Legal Centre 

  • Section 211 Toolkit (new)
    This toolkit provides an overview of major issues lawyers may encounter when requesting or responding to psychological reports ordered under s. 211 of the Family Law Act. It was developed primarily for lawyers working with women experiencing family violence, in cases involving parenting disputes.
  • Time Limits in BC Family Law Matters (new)
    If you are involved in a family law matter, you have certain rights under the law. However, to preserve your rights, you must pay attention to certain time limits. This table sets out some deadlines and time limits that may apply to you. You should still speak to a lawyer for legal advice.

BC Society of Transition Houses

  • Technology-Facilitated Violence: Preserving Digital Evidence Toolkit (new)
    This guide helps women and anti-violence workers preserve digital evidence in situations involving technology-facilitated violence against women. It includes the laws and best practices, tech specific guides, courts info, legal options for self-represented litigants, and tech safety resources.
  • Teen Digital Dating Violence Toolkit (new)
    This toolkit provides anti-violence workers and caregivers supporting teens through their experiences of digital dating violence with information, tips, handouts and resources. Includes info to help better understand the legal causes of action related to experiences of teen digital dating violence.

The National Self-Represented Litigants Project

  • Considering Mindfulness (new)
    This primer is for people representing themselves in family or civil court. Includes three “must-do” stress busters for SRLs, the science behind mindfulness, getting started with the practice, and more resources about mindfulness.

Learn & Teach

Justice Education Society (JES)

  • Courts of BC (updated)
    This redesigned website provides educational information and instructional videos about the justice system in British Columbia, which includes the Provincial Court, the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, and administrative tribunals. The site describes the structure of each court, the tribunals, and the types of cases that are heard in each one.
  • Law Lessons (updated)
    This redesigned website consolidates a number of legal education resources for teachers and students. It provides a single online destination to access a broad range of content including lesson plans, legal education videos, mock trial scripts, and a legal dictionary.

Reform & Research 

Rise Women’s Legal Centre

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