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July 2020 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.
July 1-5 | July 6-12 | July 13-19 | July 20-26 | July 27-31
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July 6-12

  • RDSP Information Session – Level 2 (Webinar)
    by Plan Institute
    • What: Level 2 – For those who already have an RDSP and want to deepen their knowledge and learn how to maximize growth.
    • When: Tuesday, July 7, 2020 from 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM PDT
    • 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, July 9, 2020 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM (for residents of Vancouver Island/Coast)
    • Cost: Free

July 13-19

  • RDSP Information Session – Level 1 (Webinar)
    by Plan Institute
    • What: Level 1 – 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.
    • When: Tuesday, July 7, 2020 from 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM PDT
    • Cost: Free

July 20-26

  • 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: Tuesday, July 21, 1:00-3:00pm (for residents of Fraser Valley)
    • 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.
July 1-5 | July 6-12 | July 13-19 | July 20-26 | July 27-31
Looking for public legal education events? Go back to the beginning.

July 1-5

  • Indian Day Schools (Webinar)
    by UBC Indigenous Community Legal Clinic in collaboration with CLBC
    • What: This 2-hour webinar will explore some of the history of Indian Day Schools in Canada, leading up to the recent Class Action for Survivors of Indian Day Schools. The presenters will cover a brief history of Indian Day Schools in Canada, followed by an exploration of the Claim form that survivors need to complete. This will be a practical guide for helping clients fill out the Indian Day School form.
    • When: Thursday, July 2, 2020 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
    • Cost: Free

July 6-12

  • Taking Action for Justice: Steps to Addressing Systemic Violence toward Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Gender-Diverse People Amidst a Delayed National Action Plan (Webinar)
    by National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health
    • What: This presentation will focus on how the Federal Government can act now ensuring full involvement of Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit, and gender diverse people, as stated in the National Inquiry’s Final Report.
    • When: Tuesday, July 7, 2020 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    • Cost: Free
  • National Indigenous Justice Summit (Online conference)
    by Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, BC First Nations Justice Council, Indigenous Bar Association, Membertou First Nation, Union of BC Indian Chiefs, Indigenous Community Legal Clinic (UBC), Testify: Indigenous Laws + the Arts, and other community advocates and allies
    • What: A discussion about changes that need to happen within the justice system to address the overwhelming level of racism faced by Indigenous Peoples, including police involved deaths, over incarceration and human rights violations.
    • When: Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 4:00 PM – CALL FOR JUSTICE: Forum of Indigenous Families & Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 8:30 AM – National Indigenous Justice Summit
    • Cost: Free
  • Substance Use Awareness and Safety Training (Webinar)
    by Homelessness Services Association of BC (HSABC)
    • What: The latest research on drug use, the effects on behaviour and skills to help as you support clients with addictions. This HSABC webinar applies questioning and exploration to understanding, and learning about the physiological effects of certain drugs, including: hallucinogens, depressants, stimulants, anabolic steroids and cannabis. 
    • When: Wednesday, July 8, 2020 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    • Cost: Free for members; for non-members, $1.00 fee
  • Managing Hostile Interactions Part 1 with Mario Govorchin (Webinar)
    by Homelessness Services Association of BC (HSABC)
    • What: Service providers are aware of the challenges of dealing with upset, angry, frustrated and confused clients. This workshop will provide participants with proven strategies for managing hostile interactions in a manner that dramatically increases the likelihood of constructive resolution for all parties.
    • When: Wednesday, July 8, 2020 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Cost: Free for members; for non-members, $25 processing fee

July 20-26

  • AC LEXtures: Judicial Review v Civil Litigation (Webinar)
    by Law Courts Center
    • What: Upon completion of the session, attendees will: (1) understand the key differences between a civil action and a judicial review; and (2) be able to identify how and when a judicial review is the appropriate next step instead of a civil action.
    • When: 21 Jul 2020, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    • Cost: Single Zoom Seat Sale – Consider a minimum of $25 donation. These go to the Amici Curiae Friendship Society to help fund its operations. Amici Curiae and Social Justice In-Person Rate: $0

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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BCLI Seeks Input on Proposals to Reform Pension Division

by the British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI)

Can you share your views on the 25 tentative recommendations to reform how pension division is carried out when separating?

The project

The BCLI’s Pension Division Review Project Committee is asking the public to share its views on tentative recommendations to reform how pension division upon the breakdown of a spousal relationship is carried out, in its just-published Consultation Paper on Pension Division: A Review of Part 6 of the Family Law Act.

“The committee has examined part 6 and found it’s generally working well,” noted committee chair Colin Galinski, “but there are areas that could be improved. We hope to hear from pension and family-law specialists and the general public on what they think about our proposed reforms.”

Tentative recommendations for reform

The consultation paper contains 25 tentative recommendations for reform, addressing the following topics: transitional provisions; private annuities; disability benefits; waiving survivor benefits after pension commencement; commuted value: transfer and calculation; locked-in retirement accounts and life income funds; death of a spouse before becoming a limited member; administrative fees; and forms.

How to share your views

Go to the BCLI’s website, where you can find:

  • the consultation paper,
  • a backgrounder summarizing its contents,
  • a response booklet, and
  • a link to the committee’s survey

The committee seeks input from pension-division specialists and interested members of the general public until September 15, 2020.

About the British Columbia Law Institute

The British Columbia Law Institute was created in 1997 by incorporation under the provincial Society Act. Its purposes are to promote the clarification and simplification of the law and its adaptation to modern social needs, promote the improvement of the administration of justice and respect for the rule of law, and promote and carry out scholarly legal research.

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Clicklaw Monthly Roundup: June 2020

We share with you a monthly roundup of changes to Clicklaw’s collection. Here is a summary of updates done in June 2020. For resources specific to pandemic responses, go to Covid-19 Resources for British Columbians (bit.ly/covid19bc).

Solve Problems

The National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP)

  • So you’re representing yourself (new)
    This initial “getting you started” primer gives an overview of the self-rep process, and the other guides you can find from us on various topics. If you are or are going to be a self-represented litigant in family or civil court, this primer is for you. Also available in audio format on SoundCloud.
  • A starter checklist to help you represent yourself in family or civil court (new)
    This checklist helps you prepare yourself before going to court. This version includes some examples. A blank version of the checklist that you can customize is also available.
  • Settlement Smarts for Self-Represented Litigants (updated)
    This primer helps you prepare and navigate the settlement processes you may encounter during your time as a self-represented litigant. Includes personal & strategic tips specific to the process. Also available in audio format on SoundCloud.
  • Coping with the Courtroom: Essential Tips and Information for Self-Represented Litigants (updated)
    Provides info on what to expect on your day in court (What does the courtroom look like? When do I stand & sit? How do I address the judge?). Includes practical information on how to present your evidence, how to question witnesses, how to object, how to make opening & closing statements, etc. Also available in audio format on SoundCloud.

Reform & Research

Raising the Alarm: The Case for Better Flame Retardant Regulation in Canada (new)
by Environmental Law Centre, University of Victoria

Report written for the Victoria Fire Fighters Association about improving flame retardant regulations in Canada.

HelpMap

NSRLP West
by the National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP) West

Endeavoring to connect those who represent themselves in court and elsewhere with the information and assistance they seek. NSRLP West aims to provide connections with resources that may be helpful to people representing themselves in court or elsewhere in their lives. We do not provide legal advice but can listen and respond to the needs of people who are self representing (self-represented litigants/SRLs) in order to research and advocate for change within the justice system. We are currently assisting the community of Kamloops

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