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June 2022 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
June 1-5 | June 6-12 | June 13-19 | June 20-30
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June 13-19, 2022

  • RDSP Information Session 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, June 15th, 2022 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM
    • Cost: Free
  • Wills, Trusts & Estate 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 online workshop, 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, June 16th, 2022 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
    • Cost: $25.00

June 20-30, 2022

  • Becoming a Sponsorship Agreement Holder – Information Session (Webinar)
    by Refugee Sponsorship Training Program
    • What: Participants will receive information on the eligibility requirements and application process to become an SAH, as well as how to be added to the mandatory training course, and will have an opportunity to ask questions.
    • When: Monday, June 20th, 2022 6:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
  • RDSP Webinar Level 2 (Webinar)
    by Plan Institute
    • What: This Advanced RDSP workshop is for those who already have a RDSP or have already taken level 1 and would like to deepen their knowledge and learn how to maximize growth. This workshop includes more complicated financial information so attendees should already understand RDSP basics and review our glossary of terms before attending this workshop.
    • When: Wednesday, June 29th, 2022 10:00 AM to 11:45 AM
    • 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.
June 1-5June 6-12 | June 13-19 | June 20-30
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June 1-5, 2022

  • 29th John K. Friesen Conference (Webinar)
    by SFU Gerontology Research Centre
    • What: This year’s Friesen conference will begin with a discussion of facility-based Long-term Care and ways to make it safer and better. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted a number of deficiencies, some relating to the physical plant and some to operations. The morning will open with a progress report on re-visioning standards. Attention will then turn to issues of staffing and to ways of ensuring not just quality care but also quality of life for residents and a positive work environment for staff.
    • When: Thursday, June 2nd, 9:30 AM to 3:15 PM
    • Cost: Regular: $72.98. Student/Senior: $32.55

June 6-12, 2022

  • Preparing Clients for Mediation in Workplace Sexual Harassment Claims (Webinar)
    by CLBC and SHARP Workplaces
    • What: Learn tips and strategies for preparing your client for mediation in a workplace sexual harassment claim from the perspective of legal counsel and a mediator. This 1.5hr presentation will focus on how lawyers can best assist a self-represented client to prepare for and navigate a mediation process. Lawyers representing a client at mediation may also benefit from this session.
    • When: Tuesday, June 7th, 2022 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
    • 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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Community Forum Series Final Report, by the LawMatters program, Courthouse Libraries BC

Community Forum Series Final Report

By LawMatters, Courthouse Libraries BC

Background and Webinar

In 2021 the Community Forum series was hosted in partnership by Courthouse Libraries BC (the LawMatters program), PovNet, and Legal Aid BC. These virtual meetings brought together advocates, community outreach workers and library workers to discuss common barriers our clients face in accessing the justice system, brainstorm potential solutions and establish and expand referral networks in each region or community.

A report was developed about what was learned during these sessions. This report presents key findings and common themes, and outlines next action steps by the organizers.

On Monday, May 30th, the organizers will be holding a webinar to discuss the findings of this report, and to facilitate discussions about how they can work together to ease people’s experience and increase access to justice. Intermediaries, advocates, library workers and other legal advocates will find these discussions useful.

May 16, 2022 update: Registration is now open. Please note that this session will be run as a meeting, not a webinar. Attendees will be invited to participate in the workshop in whatever way works best for them.

Findings from Community Forum Series

Report available here: Community Forum Report (PDF).

Among the findings:

  • There is an ever-increasing demand for community legal services and not enough services to keep up with this demand. Legal intermediaries (e.g. advocates and library workers) are continuously stretched to help members of the public navigate the justice system.
  • There is limited inter-connection among service providers and a general lack of awareness of services available in local communities and regions. Coupled with a high rate of turnover, it can be difficult to establish and solidify referral networks. More frequent regional-based contact could help strengthen those networks.
  • Indigenous people face systemic barriers to accessing services, and there is a need for more on-reserve and wrap-around services.
  • Many rural and remote communities lack lawyers and other legal services. Often, strict eligibility requirements for free or low-cost services mean that many people in these communities are unable to access them. These constraints are a barrier to people getting the essential help they need from intermediaries.

Using the Report

One of CLBC’s strategic goals is to reduce barriers to accessing high quality legal information, resources & referrals, so we will be using the information from this report to inform our activities. Specifically, we will focus on exploring ways to continue hosting regular community meetings to connect intermediaries and support informed referrals in regions and communities. We will also be improving the Clicklaw HelpMap to direct people to appropriate local resources, and will continue to support the legal information needs of lawyers, notaries, library staff and intermediaries delivering much-needed services in remote and rural communities.

Intermediaries in BC can use this report to learn more about the current reality of community-based legal services and existing barriers to access to justice. This report also includes key messages to funders and influential stakeholders, in support of more holistic and stable funding for community programs.

About LawMatters

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LawMatters is a Courthouse Libraries BC outreach program for public libraries. We work in partnership with libraries to provide local access to legal information in print, as well as legal reference and referral services in communities throughout the province.

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