Extended Hours in Kamloops, Nanaimo and New West Courthouse Libraries

Courthouse Libraries BC (CLBC) is pleased to announce extended hours in three heavily used branches, which will increase access for members of the public.

As of today, Kamloops, Nanaimo, and New Westminster will all be open full time, Monday to Friday, from 8:30-12:00 pm, 12:30-4:00 pm. The extended official hours assure that members of the public and all lawyers have more access on Fridays, and that all clients in these locations can benefit from staff expertise for extended hours as well.

These improvements are made possible by funding from the Law Society of BC and Law Foundation of BC. CLBC’s vision is for members of the public as well as lawyers to have the legal information they need and the skills to use it. Now Kamloops, Nanaimo, and New Westminster will offer a similar level of in-person service as CLBC’s other regional libraries in Prince George and Kelowna.

Vancouver and Victoria branches continue to offer continuous uninterrupted staff assistance from Monday to Friday, from 8:30-4:30 pm.

“In person help from our law librarians is consistently ranked as one of the most valued services we offer”, said Kensi Gounden, CLBC’s Chief Executive Officer. “A lawyer can shave hours off their research time with the help of a law librarian’s expertise, and members of the public benefit immeasurably from a librarian who is trained in reference even if that guidance does not extend to legal advice.” Learn more about CLBC’s many services, including free CPD training and remote access to select subscriptions, at www.courthouselibrary.ca

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Oct. 2016 – Events (Richmond, Vancouver, Burnaby, online)





  • cubdy5cwaaa1z79Hear the PovNet story at the Vancouver launch of Storming the Digital Divide, Monday, October 177pm – 9:30pm. Our Town Cafe, 245 E. Broadway (@ Kingsway) The cafe and washroom are wheelchair accessible.




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SOPA program for Newcomers

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MOSAIC, a non-profit committed to empowering refugees and immigrants publishes a guide on legal issues for newcomers, and also operates a Legal Advocacy Program as well as a Legal Clinic for Temporary Foreign Workers.

MOSAIC now offers a Settlement Online Pre-Arrival program!

The SOPA program is for newcomers who are approved or in the process of applying to immigrate to Canada and settle in British Columbia.

SOPA provides free online facilitated and self-directed courses focusing on job search and communication skills to help prepare newcomers for Canada.

Currently, the following courses are offered:

  • Working in Canada (self-directed)
  • Canadian Workplace Integration (self-directed)
  • Job Search Strategies (facilitated)
  • Soft Skills: Working with Others (facilitated)
  • Soft Skills: Professional Communication (facilitated)

These courses will help newcomers to:

  • build realistic goals with the right tools for their job search;
  • establish a connection with employment programs and immigrant service providers; and
  • integrate to the local labor market and workplace with more ease.

If someone comes to you with questions about what resources are available for family members or friends who are not yet in Canada, but are in the process of applying to immigrate and settle in BC, go to http://arrivepreparedbc.ca to learn more about program eligibility requirements or email sopa@mosaicbc.com.

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Essay Contest for BC High School Students

Magna Carta and its relevance to Canada in the 21st century

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The Law Society of BC invites BC public high school students in the 2014/2015 and 2015/16 academic years who are currently enrolled in, or have taken, Law 12 or Civic Studies 11 courses, to enter an essay contest on Magna Carta and its relevance to Canada in the 21st century.

The essay should include some discussion of the rule of law, human rights and democratic principles.

The submission deadline has been extended to December 31, 2015.

Click here for prize details, eligibility criteria and submission guidelines [PDF].

LSLAP Summer Program Update

Free legal advice for low-income people in Metro Vancouver

by Emma Wilson
Peter A. Allard School of Law J.D. Candidate

LSLAP is re-opening its summer program as of today. We have begun booking clients for appointments at our clinics in Surrey, Richmond, Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, Burnaby, North Vancouver and New Westminster. See our service listing on the Clicklaw HelpMap for clinic locations, hours, language support availability, and contact information (This listing will be updated in the coming weeks).

LSLAP provides free legal advice and representation (where appropriate) to low-income earning members of the public living in the lower mainland.

We are happy to take on cases for people dealing with issues including but not limited to:

  • Employment Insurance claims
  • Tenant-side Residential Tenancy issues
  • Human Rights Tribunal proceedings
  • Immigration Review Board
  • Employment Law (ESB and small claims court)
  • Workers Compensation Board
  • Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Pension claims
  • Summary proceedings in criminal court

For a list of the kind of services we can provide, as well as the areas of law in which we cannot assist, please refer to our previous blog post or our website. To book a clinic with LSLAP, please call our switchboard at 604-822-5791.

Essay Contest for BC High School Students

LSBC-Colour-LogoWhat is it about? The Law Society of BC is hosting an essay contest in honour of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. The essay topic is “Magna Carta and its relevance to Canada in the 21st Century.” Students are asked to submit an essay that demonstrates an understanding of the significance of the Magna Carta to the rule of law, human rights and democratic principles.

Who can enter? The competition is open to students in a BC public high school in the 2014/15 academic year who are currently enrolled in, or have taken, Law 12 and/or Civics Studies 11 courses.

What can I win? The first prize winner will receive an award of $1,000 and will be invited to a special awards presentation event in Vancouver; the runner up will receive $500.

When do I enter by? Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2015.

For more information on essay requirements, submission guidelines and judging criteria, go here to download the information form.

Update June 19, 2015: The deadline has been extended to December 31, 2015! Read more at the Law Society’s News page.

March 28-29 downtime

UPDATE (March 30): The website is back! Thank you everyone for your understanding.

The main Clicklaw website will be temporarily unavailable from around noon on Saturday, March 28th to 2pm on Sunday, March 29th.

This is due to a planned power outage in the Vancouver Courthouse Library.

The Clicklaw blog will still be available, and you can contact us via Twitter, or leave a comment here. You can always check the status of the website here.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.