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September 2020 Events

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Pro Bono Going Public 2020

Pro Bono Going Public by Access Pro Bono (APB) is going virtual! This annual event raises much-needed funds and awareness for APB’s pro bono programs.

Registered lawyers will provide free legal advice for low-to-modest income British Columbians by telephone or online in a 10-day province-wide advice-a-thon. All appointments will be pre-scheduled and give ample time for conflict checks.

  • Dates: September 14 – 25 (M-F)
  • Time: 9:00am–5:00pm
  • Location: Online & by telephone; BC-wide

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.
Sept 1-6 | Sept 7-13 | Sept 14-20 | Sept 21-27 | Sept 28-30
Looking for events for intermediaries? Jump to the next section.

September 7-13

  • Legal Lunch & Learn: Let’s Talk Amalgamation – Do’s and Don’ts in Deciding the Future of your Organization (Webinar)
    by Pacific Legal Education & Outreach Society
    • What: These are tough times for non-profits. As we deal with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic with dropping revenues and a pivot in strategy, you may be looking to amalgamate with another non-profit, or gain clarity on the life span and future of your organization. In this webinar we will discuss the do’s and don’ts of amalgamation in how you decide to proceed in this critical stage.
    • When: Wednesday, Sep 9, 2020 12:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
  • COVID-19 related Frauds and Scams (Virtual workshop)
    by Seniors First BC
    • What: Learn more about COVID-19-related scams and ensure safety amidst these times of uncertainty and stay safe.
    • When: Friday, Sep 11, 2020 01:00 PM
    • Cost: Free

September 14-20

  • Arrival Advisor Multilingual Online Demo Series (Online via Zoom)
    by Peace Geeks and AMSSA
    • What: Are you a newcomer to BC? Try Arrival Advisor — a free, anonymous, multilingual app that helps immigrants and refugees access trusted information and services. Join us for a free online demo from September 15 to October 9, 2020, tailored to different regions across BC.
    • When: September 15 – 18 at various times (for residents of Greater Vancouver & Fraser Valley)
    • Cost: Free
  • Meet BC’s Human Rights Commissioner, Kasari Govender (Zoom Meeting)
    by Office of the BC Human Rights Commission
    • What: The Commissioner is hosting virtual regional conversations. The conversation will include an overview of the Office of the Human Rights Commission, discussion on BC’s Human Rights Code, and a conversation about human rights issues affecting your region.
    • When: Thursday, September 17, 2:30-4:30pm (for residents of Metro Vancouver)
    • Cost: Free
  • The Disability Tax Credit & Using Our New DTC App (Webinar)
    by Disability Alliance BC
    • What: This webinar will provide information on the Disability Tax Credit (DTC), which is a prerequisite for opening a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP). We’ll also talk about how to use our new online app, which can help you apply for the DTC.
    • When: Friday, September 18th, 2:00-3:00 pm
    • Cost: Free

September 28-30

  • ART LAW TALKS WEBINAR SERIES FOR THE ARTS SECTOR: In Conversation with the Campbell River Arts Sector (Webinar)
    by Pacific Legal Education & Outreach Society
    • What: As we continue to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of this pandemic, artists and the arts sector have had to adjust in sometimes small, and often monumental ways. We will discuss issues surrounding copyright, royalties in a time of digital programming, considerations when streaming content, licensing, digital facilitation, and changes to contracts and grants. 
    • When: Friday, September 25, 2020 11:00 AM
    • Cost: Free; To attend please contact communications@pacificlegaloutreach.com

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.
September 1-6 | September 7-13 | September 14-20 | September 21-27
Looking for public legal education events? Go back to the beginning.

September 1-6

  • Policing Black and Indigenous Lives in Canada: a Digital Teach-in (Webinar)
    by BC Civil Liberties Association
    • What: Relying on their on-the-ground experience and legal expertise, speakers will address the role of policing in expanding the colonial state, the evidence of police violence and discrimination, current strategies for transformative change, and how people can get involved in the movement.
    • When: Wednesday, September 02, 12:00 PM – 02:00 PM
    • Cost: Free

September 7-13

  • Basics of the YCJA for Service Providers (Webinar)
    by Department of Justice Canada, hosted by CLBC, LawMatters, and Clicklaw
    • What: This 2-hour training session on the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) is designed for front line service providers, public librarians and legal advocates. The session will allow participants to better understand and contextualize the principles of the YCJA, recent amendments to the Act, the objectives behind these amendments, administration of justice offences, as well as bail and sentencing principles and conditions.
    • When: Wednesday, Sep 9, 2020 10:00 AM
    • Cost: Free

September 14-20

  • Recent Advances in Transgender Law (Webinar)
    by the University of Victoria
    • What: The struggle for transgender recognition and rights in Canada is an evolving area of law. In this short zoom presentation, Adrienne Smith, a Vancouver Social Justice Lawyer will discuss recent legal victories for trans people, and a will discuss the issues that may be next for transgender litigants.
    • When: Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
  • Confronting Racism and Addressing Human Rights in a Pandemic (Webinar)
    by the Canadian Human Rights Commission and the Anti-Racism Secretariat at Canadian Heritage
    • What: This live and recorded online discussion will convene advocates and experts from across Canada and across disciplines to raise awareness among participants about the disproportionate negative effects of COVID?19 on Black people, racialized people, Indigenous peoples, and religious minorities, and to explore options for addressing this ongoing crisis with a human rights?based approach and anti-racist ethical lens.
    • When: Wednesday, September 16, 2020, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET
    • Cost: Free
  • Trauma-Informed Legal Practice (Webinar)
    by Courthouse Libraries British Columbia (CLBC)
    • What: This 2-hour webinar will explore the key takeaways from Golden Eagle Rising’s soon to be released Trauma-Informed Legal Practice Manual. In becoming trauma-informed, one will learn about the neurobiological effects of trauma, the likelihood for trauma in clients and witnesses, how to adapt initial engagements with clients, and which examination techniques and litigation approaches minimize (re)traumatization.
    • When: Thursday, September 17, 2020 4:30 PM to 6:30 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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Green background. A half screenshot of the Clicklaw Wikibooks homepage on the left and a white text saying "A new look for Clicklaw Wikibooks!" followed by "wiki.clicklaw.bc.ca" in black on the right

A New Look for Clicklaw Wikibooks!

The logo of Clicklaw Wikibooks

The Clicklaw Wikibooks website gets a new look. The refreshed homepage design, which was launched last week, makes it more user friendly. We’re excited to tell you how we did it and what we changed!

This site hosts plain-language legal publications such as JP Boyd on Family Law and Dial-A-Law. These publications are collaboratively developed and are published and kept up-to-date on a wiki, where they can also be printed and downloaded.

Heuristic evaluation

Last year we had a third-party consultant conducting a heuristic evaluation of the Clicklaw Wikibooks homepage. In other words, a usability expert reviewed the homepage and compared it against accepted usability principles. The result was a set of recommendations comprising editorial updates and “cosmetic” changes to make the site easier to use.

What are the changes?

Here are the highlights of what we did to the homepage design:

  • Brought the site’s styles closer to the Clicklaw website, including the colour scheme
  • Increased the body copy font size to allow better readability on the web (for desktop view)
  • Added in more white space between elements to direct people to and then through different content
  • Rearranged features on the homepage, such as moving the “What is a Clicklaw Wikibook” block to the top page for more visibility
A screenshot of the Clicklaw Wikibooks homepage
A screenshot of the redesigned homepage

Have feedback?

We are always looking for ways to improve our websites. Let us know what you think about the redesigned Clicklaw Wikibooks. Email us at editor@clicklaw.bc.ca.

About Clicklaw Wikibooks

Clicklaw Wikibooks covers various BC legal topics using plain language, so people don’t need legal training to understand them. They are available in print and digitally, and range in size from small booklets to 1,000+ page manuals. They are collaboratively developed in the sense that many different legal professionals and law-related non-profit organizations contribute content and help keep it accurate, while Courthouse Libraries BC manages the platform and helps recruit volunteer authors and reviewers.

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Clicklaw Monthly Roundup: August 2020

We share with you a monthly roundup of changes to Clicklaw’s collection. Here is a summary of updates done in August 2020. We had no updates for July 2020.

Solve Problems

John-Paul Boyd, QC

The new YouTube channel, Five Minute Family Law, is all about family law in British Columbia, Canada. Covering a whole range of family law topics in plain, easy-to-understand language, in short chunks of five minutes or more. This is a good companion resource to the public legal information wiki “JP Boyd on Family Law”.

Find the series on Clicklaw here: https://www.clicklaw.bc.ca/global/search?k=fmfl.

Below is the video playlists:

Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society (PLEO)

  • Art Law Talks – Webinar Library (new)
    A series of webinars discussing legal issues relevant to artists and arts organizations across Canada. This web page has a list of recordings, with supporting materials provided when available.
  • Legal Lunch and Learn – Webinar Library (new)
    A series of webinars about legal issues of concern to British Columbia’s non-profit sector. This web page has a list of recordings, with supporting materials provided when available.

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