September 2018 Events (BC-wide, Online)

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  • September 5 – 14 (various dates): Access Pro Bono presents the 11th Annual Pro Bono Going Public in Vancouver and Surrey, and also by phone.
    • Wednesday, September 5 (10:00 am – 2:00 pm) City Hall Plaza, Surrey
    • Friday, September 7 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) Victory Square Park, Vancouver
    • Wednesday, September 12 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) Vancouver Art Gallery, North Plaza, Vancouver
    • Friday, September 14 (2:00 – 4:00 pm) Telephone clinic, BC-wide

In each free legal advice-a-thon location, volunteer lawyers will work in one-hour shifts throughout the day to advise individual clients in an open-air setting. Clients will be low- and modest-income individuals, including homeless people who may otherwise have limited access to traditional free legal advice clinics. Some clients will have pre-scheduled appointments, while others will simply drop in for free advice on a wide range of legal issues. Get more information here.

Improperly conducted workplace investigations can place you and your organization at considerable risk. Organizations are being sued for improperly conducted harassment investigations. You need to be sure that you handle all investigations in a way that doesn’t place your organization at risk. Learn how to handle workplace harassment investigations from the experts at our free webinar. This webinar will be of interest to HR managers, program managers, executives and nonprofit leaders. Get more information and register online here.

This workshop reviews the key foundations of the Act and how it affects the ongoing work of your board and organization. This Part 1 workshop will focus specifically on key governance and legal compliance issues. Part 1 will also address some common questions about basic corporate attributes and the difference between corporate status and tax designation and provide the basic hierarchy of rules that societies must follow. Cost: Member- $95.00; Non-member- $110.00. City of Vancouver bursary available. Get more information and register online here.

  • September 12 – 15 (various dates): Law for Nonprofits presents two workshops in Nelson and Vancouver.
    • Wednesday, September 12 (9:30 am – 12:00 pm) The New Societies Act: What You Need to Know – Alliance for Arts + Culture, Vancouver. City of Vancouver Bursaries available. Get more information and register online here.
    • Saturday, September 15 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) BC Societies Act: Recordkeeping and Privacy for Non-profits – Hume Hotel, Nelson. Get more information here.
  • September 13 – 17 (various dates): People’s Law School presents two free classes for the public in Burnaby.
    • Thursday, September 13 (7:00 – 8:30 pm) Power of Attorney – Burnaby Public Library, McGill Branch.
    • Monday, September 17 – (7:00 to 8:30 pm) Immigration Law – Burnaby Public Library, Bob Prittie Branch
  • Tuesday, September 18 (12:30 – 2:00 pm): Indigenous Legal Studies at Peter A. Allard School of Law presents Jim Reynolds and his book Aboriginal Peoples and the Law at Indigenous Classroom, Rm 123, UBC Vancouver.

Can Canada claim to be a just society for Indigenous peoples? As part of the process of reconciliation, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission urged a better understanding of Aboriginal law for all Canadians and Jim Reynolds responds to that call in his latest book “Aboriginal Peoples and the Law: A Critical Introduction.” Get more information here.

  • Wednesday, September 19 (various dates): Nelson CARES Society presents the Annual General Meeting in Nelson.

To vote at the AGM you must be a member in good standing with a paid membership at least 14 days in advance. Light refreshments provided. Get more information here.

  • September 19 – 26 (various dates): Vancouver & District Labour Council presents Labour Education courses in Vancouver.
    • Wednesday, September 19 (10:00 am – 4:30 pm) Introduction to WCB – Level: Beginner. A basic overview of the Workers’ Compensation system as it applies to workers who are injured or develop an occupational disease on the job.
    • Wednesday, September 26 (9:30 am – 4:00 pm) Canada Labour Code – All levels.  This new course is designed to provide an understanding of key
      aspects of the code and its application to the unions and employers covered by federal labour law.

All courses are held by at the Maritime Labour Centre, 111 Victoria Drive, Vancouver. Course fee for 1-day courses is $70 (members of affiliated unions)/$90 (other). Get more information and the registration form here.

On April 1, 2019, the CRT will begin resolving certain motor vehicle personal injury disputes in BC. Community groups are invited to an information session to find out more about how the CRT works and how we’re implementing this new area of jurisdiction. This session and another one in October will be held at the CRT office in downtown Vancouver. If you are not able to participate in person, please let us know and we will provide you with call-in information. Get more information and register online here.

  • September 26 – 28 (various dates): the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC presents the AGM and a workshop in Burnaby and Richmond.
    • Wednesday, September 26 (5:30 – 8:30 pm) the 63rd Annual General Meeting at Bonsor Recreation Complex, Burnaby. Light refreshments will be served at 5:30 pm. Members, community partners, and new members are all welcome. Get more information and RSVP details here.
    • Friday, September 28 (3:45 – 6:00 pm) Mental Health in the Workplace: Rights and Responsibilities of Youth with Disabilities – Richmond Centre for Disability, Richmond. Get more information and registration details here.

Join us for our 8th BC Information Summit as we explore how the changing perceptions of the right to know versus the right to one’s privacy are being shaped. As technological innovation continues to evolve and connect our world, it is time for our information and privacy frameworks to catch up. Commissioners and committees are calling for a change to the systems. In terms of the BC freedom of information system, there is the potential for change on the horizon as we await the results from the provincial public consultation. Federally, there is still a lot of work to be done. This conference has assembled a range of experts from varying backgrounds to look at these developments and what they might mean for information and privacy rights. Get more information and register online here.

  • Thursday, September 27 (5:30 – 9:00 pm): Disability Alliance BC presents Fall Fling Gala and Fundraiser at the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver.

Fall Fling is a fun evening out and a great way to connect with friends and colleagues from BC’s diverse disability community. And your attendance is an opportunity to show your support for our work and for British Columbians with disabilities. All proceeds from Fall Fling benefit people with disabilities through Disability Alliance BC’s programs and services. DABC’s Executive Director, Jane Dyson, is retiring this year and this will be her last DABC gala. We really hope you can join us to help celebrate her 20-year legacy advocating for people with disabilities! Get more information and register online here.

TRU CLC will kick off Access to Justice Week with other Kamloops legal resources at the weekend Farmers Market, stop by to say hello! Get more information here.

Justice Hack BC is a coding-encouraged-but-not-required hackathon/designathon. It is part of BC’s Access to Justice Week and aims to facilitate knowledge-sharing, and community-building around BC justice issues. Technologists, business people, designers, and justice system actors (including lawyers) can all benefit from attending. Justice Hack BC is designed to provide a deep level of knowledge-sharing between participants that will enhance their careers while gaining a detailed level of knowledge about challenges in the justice system, meeting new people with similar interests and complementary abilities, and (most importantly) having a good time. Get more information and purchase the tickets online here.

BC’s inaugural Access to Justice Week is coming soon in the first week of October. Here’s one of the events planned for the week:

  • Monday, October 1 (8:45 am – 12:05 pm): Innovate BC presents the AI Challenge at the Joseph & Rosalie Segal Centre, Harbour Centre in Vancouver.

A half-day event featuring keynotes, panels, and presentations from industry and government leaders. Spend your morning learning how AI innovation is transforming the public and justice sectors and what that means for residents of British Columbia. Admission is free but seats are limited. Get more information and register online here.

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July 2018 Events (BC-wide, Online)

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  • Friday, July 13 (2:00 – 3:00 pm): Disability Alliance BC presents a free workshop on Registered Disability Savings Plan at RBC Cambie & Broadway, Vancouver.

Under 50? Learn how to open a Registered Disability Savings Plan account and receive up to $1,000 per year. Get more information here.

  • July 14 – 23 (various dates): Seniors First BC presents workshops in Vancouver and Burnaby.
    • Saturday, July 14 (11:00 am – 12:00 pm) Elder Abuse: What Is It? How Do We Deal With It? Workshop (in Mandarin/Cantonese) – 228-2055 Boundary Road, Vancouver. Get more information here.
    • Monday, July 16 (10:00 – 11:45 am) Elder Abuse and Social Connection Workshop – MOSAIC 5575 Boundary Road, Vancouver. Get more information here.
    • Thursday, July 19 (8:00 am – 4:00 pm) Seniors’ Health and Safety Fair – Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver. Get more information here.
    • Friday, July 20 (11:00 am – 12:00 pm) Powers of Attorney, Joint Bank Accounts and Representation Agreements Workshop – South Burnaby Neighbourhood House, 4460 Beresford Street, Burnaby. Get more information here.
    • Monday, July 23 (10:00 – 11:45 am) Elder Abuse and Social Connection Workshop – MOSAIC 5575 Boundary Road, Vancouver. Get more information here.
  • Monday, July 16 (6:00 – 11:30 pm): PovNet presents a burger and beer social at the Morrissey, 1227 Granville Street, Vancouver.

This event is for PovNet members, front line workers, social justice lawyers and all the wonderful people we’ve had the opportunity to work with throughout the year. Come and join us for a burger and beer social at the Morrissey! Please reserve a ticket as soon as possible. Bring colleagues and friends (include them in your ticket numbers or forward them the link to grab their own ticket). Get more info and reserve your ticket here.

  • Friday, July 20 (1:00 – 2:30 pm): Nidus presents a free presentation on Personal Planning at South Granville Seniors Centre, Vancouver.

Are you prepared in case of incapacity, for end-of-life, or for other support needs? Find out about the essential planning documents you can make – to ease the burden on others and avoid the need for government involvement in your personal affairs. No registration is required. Get more information here.

The training program is offered to self-identified women who want to obtain the necessary skills to volunteer for our direct services (intake & crisis line, women’s support groups, court accompaniment, community events, special projects and ongoing training, and more). The training will be held every Friday from September 21st to December 7th, 2018. Get more information by calling Claudia at 604-687-1868 ext. 308 or sending an email to intake@bwss.org.

  • Saturday, July 28 (3:30 – 5:30 pm): QMUNITY presents Trans ID Clinic (Drop-in) at its accessible office in Vancouver.

Qmunity’s Transgender ID Change Clinic provides basic notarial services for low-income transgender individuals who are applying for a legal name change and/or to change gender markers on their identification. To make an appointment, or if you have any questions about the Clinic, please email us at TransID@qmunity.ca. Get more information here.

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May 2018 Events (BC-wide, Online)

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BCCLA members and friends are invited to hear highlights of the BCCLA’s work over the past year, as well as our key priorities into the months ahead. We will also attend to usual AGM business and announce our newly elected Board of Directors. Registration required. Get more information and register online here.

  • Thursday, May 3 (12:00 – 1:00 pm): Courthouse Libraries BC presents the webinar Legal Aid Services for Indigenous People.

This webinar is aimed primarily at frontline staff working in community organizations and public libraries throughout BC. Our goal is to help you be better able to support Indigenous clients facing legal issues by knowing about the services and resources available in your communities.

Our presenter, Rhaea Bailey, is the Legal Services Society Manager of Indigenous Services. She will provide an overview of the organization, the work they do, and how, when and where to access their services. Get more information and register online here.

  • May 3 – 10 (various dates): People’s Law School presents free classes on the legal issues of everyday living in Port Moody and Burnaby.
    • Thursday, May 3 (7:00 – 8:30 pm) Strata Homeowner Survival Guide – Port Moody Library. Register in person at the library, or by calling 604-469-4577. Get more information here.
    • Thursday, May 10 (7:00 – 8:30 pm) Wills and Estates – Burnaby Public Library – McGill Branch. Register in person at the library, or by calling 604-299-8955. Get more information here.
  • May 3 – 22 (various dates): Plan Institute presents events by phone and in Vancouver:
    • Thursday, May 3 (7:00 – 9:00 pm) Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning Workshop – Plan Institute Office, Suite 260 – 3665 Kingsway, Vancouver. Cost: $65.00 per person or $90.00 for two. Register online here.
    • Tuesday, May 22 (7:00 – 9:00 pm) Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) – teleseminar by phone/computer. Cost: free. Register online here.
  • May 10 – 16 (various dates): Law for Nonprofits presents various workshops in Creston, Nakusp, Golden, Invermere, Kaslo, and Vancouver.
    • Thursday, May 10 (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm) Societies Act Transition Workshop – College of the Rockies – Creston campus. Free if your organization is registered with the West Kootenay Transition Hub. Get more information and register online here.
    • Wednesday, May 16 (9:30 am – 12:00 pm) Employment and Human Rights 101 Workshop –  the Alliance for Arts + Culture, Vancouver. The fee is $50. City of Vancouver Bursaries available. Get more information and register online here.
    • Wednesday, May 16 (1:30 pm – 4:00 pm) Societies Act Transition Workshop –  the Alliance for Arts + Culture, Vancouver. The fee is $50. City of Vancouver Bursaries available. Get more information and register online here.
    • Thursday, May 17 (1:00 – 3:00 pm) Societies Act Transition Workshop – Selkirk College, Nakusp. Free if your organization is registered with the West Kootenay Transition Hub. Get more information and register online here.
    • Thursday, May 24 (1:00 – 2:30 pm) Societies Act Transition Workshop – Golden. Free if your organization is registered with the East Kootenay Transition Hub. Get more information and register online here.
    • Thursday, May 24 (1:00 – 2:30 pm) Societies Act Transition Workshop – Invermere. Free if your organization is registered with the East Kootenay Transition Hub. Get more information and register online here.
    • Wednesday, May 30 (1:00 – 3:00 pm) Societies Act Transition Workshop – Selkirk College, Kaslo. Free if your organization is registered with the West Kootenay Transition Hub. Get more information and register online here.

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April 2018 Events (BC-wide, Online)

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  • April 4 – 20 (various dates): Law for Nonprofits presents various workshops in Creston, Slocan Valley, Nelson, and Vancouver.
    •  Wednesday, April 4 (9:30 am – 12:00 pm) The New Societies Act: What You Need to Know – the Alliance for Arts + Culture, Vancouver. The fee is $50. City of Vancouver Bursaries available. Get more information and register online here.
    • Wednesday, April 4 (1:30 – 4:00 pm) Privacy 101 – the Alliance for Arts + Culture, Vancouver. The fee is $50. City of Vancouver Bursaries available. Get more information and register online here.
    • Thursday, April 12 (2:00 – 4:00 pm) The New Societies Act: What You Need to Know –  College of the Rockies – Creston campus. Free if your organization is registered with the West Kootenay Transition Hub. Get more information and register online here.
    • Saturday, April 14 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) The New Societies Act: What You Need to Know – CVFD Fire Hall, Crescent Valley. Free if your organization is registered with the West Kootenay Transition Hub. Get more information and register online here.
    • Friday, April 20 (2:00 – 4:00 pm) The New Societies Act: What You Need to Know – Selkirk College, Nelson. Free if your organization is registered with the West Kootenay Transition Hub. Get more information and register online here.
  • April 4 – 10 (various dates): Plan Institute presents information sessions and workshops by phone and in Vancouver:
    • Wednesday, April 4 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) – teleseminar by phone/computer. Cost: free. Register online here.
    • Thursday, April 5 (7:00 – 9:00 pm) OR Thursday, April 19 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning Workshop – Plan Institute Office, Suite 260 – 3665 Kingsway, Vancouver. Cost: $65.00 per person or $90.00 for two. Register online here.
    • Tuesday, April 10 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) – Plan Institute Office, Suite 260 – 3665 Kingsway, Vancouver. Cost: free. Register online here.
  • April 5 – 25 (various dates): Courthouse Libraries BC hosts free webinars on various topics.
    • Thursday, April 5 (1:00 – 2:30 pm) Canada Pension Plan Disability Application and Reconsideration – for legal advocates, presented by Disability Alliance BC. Register online here.
    • Thursday, April 12 (10:00 – 11:00 am) Financial 1st Aid for Service Providers – for legal advocates and intermediaries, presented by Credit Counselling Society. Register online here.
    • Wednesday, April 25 (12:00 – 1:30 pm) Working with Indigenous Clients: Understanding the Historic and Current Contexts that Affect Your Work – for lawyers and legal advocates, presented by Lynda Gray, author of First Nations 101. Register online here.
  • April 8 – 21 (various dates): the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch presents various events as part of BC Law Week 2018 by phone and across the province.
    • April 8 – 14 Make-a-Will Week
    • April 14 – 21 Regional Events in BC courthouses – Nanaimo, Kamloops, Victoria, Kelowna.
    • April 16 – 20 Vancouver Courthouse Tours
    • Saturday, April 21 (10:00 am – 2:00 pm) Dial-A-Lawyer Day event by phone. Everyone in BC is invited to speak with a lawyer for FREE for up to 15 minutes about the following areas of law: business, employment, family, immigration, tort & motor vehicle, wills & estates. Download the poster (PDF) for more information.

For a list of all classes, locations, and contact info, visit BC Law Week 2018 website. Topics include strata law, employment law, wills & estates, personal planning, accidents & injuries, and mediation. Get more information on each class here.

  • Friday, April 13 (1:00 – 2:30 pm): Peter A. Allard School of Law presents Indigenous Legal Studies Book Talk: Otter’s Journey at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Join the Indigenous Legal Studies for their inaugural book talk series. In Otter’s Journey, Lindsay Borrows employs the Anishinabee tradition of storytelling to explore how Indigenous language revitalization can inform the emerging field of Indigenous legal revitalization. Get more information here (PDF).

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March 2018 Events (BC-wide, Online)

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Join us for a book launch of Robyn Maynard’s Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present. The book is a comprehensive account of nearly four hundred years of state-sanctioned surveillance, criminalization, and punishment of Black life in Canada. Get more information hereBC Civil Liberties Association is a sponsor of the event.

  • March 1-12 (various dates): Plan Institute presents information sessions and workshops by phone and in Vancouver:
    • Thursday, March 1 (7:00 – 9:00 pm) OR Thursday, March 15 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning Workshop – Plan Institute Office, Suite 260 – 3665 Kingsway, Vancouver. Cost: $65.00 per person or $90.00 for two. Register online here.
    • Tuesday, March 6 (7:00 – 9:00 pm) Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) – teleseminar by phone/computer. Cost: free. Register online here.
    • Monday, March 12 (7:00 – 9:00 pm) Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) – Plan Institute Office, Suite 260 – 3665 Kingsway, Vancouver. Cost: free. Register online here.
  • Friday, March 2 (12:00 – 1:30 pm): Disability Alliance BC presents Snack & Chat at #204 – 456 West Broadway, Vancouver.

On PWD or interested in PWD? Come learn about disability benefits and meet new people! Please call Val at 604-875-0188 to register or email feedback@disabilityalliancebc.org. Registration required. Find more information here.

  • March 2-9 (various dates): Courthouse Libraries BC and LSS present free webinars on various topics.
    • Friday, March 2 (12:00 – 1:30 pm) Interjurisdictional Support Services: What’s New in ISO? – will outline recent changes to the BC Interjurisdictional Support Services, the IJSS website and the ISO forms. Register online here.
    • Tuesday, March 6 (12:30 – 1:30 pm) Refugee Law Basics – for lawyers and advocates who have minimal or no experience in refugee law. Register online here.
    • Friday, March 9 (12:30 – 1:30 pm) Gladue Submissions: A Guide to Preparing Gladue Sentencing – for criminal defence lawyers and front line workers who may be assisting a client in preparing for criminal court. Register online here.
  • March 2-29 (various dates): MOSAIC presents 2-day workshops on Canadian Citizenship Preparation in Burnaby, Vancouver, and Surrey.

Join us for a 2-day workshop to prepare for Canadian citizenship! The session will be facilitated by MOSAIC staff. We will talk about topics such as Canada’s history, symbols, government and geography, as well as the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Register online here.

  • March 3-29 (various dates): the BC government is hosting community meetings across the province to help inform its Poverty Reduction Strategy.
    • Saturday, March 3 ( 9:30 am – 12:00 pm) 221 West Esplanade, North Vancouver
    • Saturday, March 10 (10:30 am – 1:00 pm) Ray-Cam Co-operative Centre, Vancouver
    • Saturday, March 17 (10:30 am – 1:00 pm) Best Western Plus Coquitlam Inn Convention Centre, Coquitlam
    • Tuesday, March 20 (6:00 – 8:30 pm) Heritage Hall, Vancouver
    • Thursday, March 22 (5:30 pm – 8:30 pm) Fort Nelson Aboriginal Friendship Society, Fort Nelson
    • Friday, March 23 (1:30 pm – 4 pm) North Peace Cultural Centre, Fort St. John
    • Monday, March 26 (2:30 pm – 5 pm) Maple Ridge Seniors Activity Centre, Maple Ridge
    • Tuesday, March 27 (6:00 pm – 8:30 pm) Langley Senior Resource Society, Langley
    • Wednesday, March 28 (6:00 pm – 8:30 pm) Garden Park Towers, Abbotsford
    • Thursday, March 29 (6:00 pm – 8:30 pm) Coast Hotel, Chilliwack
  • March 6-20 (various dates): Centre for Feminist Legal Studies presents lectures and a symposium at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
    • Tuesday, March 6 (12:30-1:30pm) – Shauna Labman, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba – 24 Years Later: A Comparative Analysis of the Immigration and Refugee Board’s Gender Guidelines (1993) and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression Guidelines (2017) – Room 122 in Allard Hall, UBC Vancouver. Open to everyone.
    • Friday, March 9 (1:30–6:00 pm) – A symposium in honour of Professor Judith Mosoff and launch of a special issue of the Canadian Journal of Family Law – Terrace Lounge, 4th Floor, Allard Hall, UBC Vancouver. RSVP to eventassistant@allard.ubc.ca.
    • Tuesday, March 20 (12:30-1:30pm) – Sarah Hunt, Geography/First Nations and Indigenous Studies, UBC – Decolonizing Access to Justice for Indigenous Women: Reflections on an Inquiry in Process – Room 122 in Allard Hall, UBC Vancouver. Open to everyone.

Join us for this special event with Jonathan Wilkinson, Member of Parliament for North Vancouver and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change. This event is part of the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs’ new Policy in Practice series. Register online here or email tina.liu@ubc.ca.

Two of UVic’s leading Indigenous scholars, John Borrows and Val Napoleon, will discuss the sacred in Indigenous law and reconciliation. They are key figures in UVic’s proposed dual-degree program in Canadian law and Indigenous law. In this conversation, they will explore the nature of Indigenous law and pose important – and challenging – questions about the role of the sacred. This is a free event, and everyone is welcome. Registration is required.

  • March 8-9 (various dates): Seniors First BC presents a couple of workshops for seniors in Burnaby.
    • Thursday, March 8 (4:00 – 5:30 pm) Government Benefits for Older Adults Workshop – Burnaby Public Library – Tommy Douglas branch
    • Friday, March 9 (10:00 – 11:30 am) Powers of Attorney, Joint Bank Accounts and Representation Agreements Workshop (delivered in Mandarin) – CCM – Crystal Mall, Burnaby

Celebrate West Coast LEAF and International Women’s Day all in one fantastic morning! Keynote speaker: Roberta A. Kaplan, history-making litigator and champion of the marriage equality fight at the US Supreme Court. Emcee: Gloria Macarenko, CBC News host. Buy ticket here.

  • March 9-24 (various dates): People’s Law School presents several classes for the public on the following topics in Burnaby, West Vancouver, and Vancouver:
    • Friday, March 9 (7:00 – 8:30 pm) The Societies Act: Information for Not-For-Profits – Burnaby Public Library – McGill Branch
    • Tuesday, March 20 (6:30 – 8:00 pm) Writing Your Will – Dunbar Community Centre, Vancouver
    • Thursday, March 22 (7:00 – 8:30 pm) Strata Homeowner Survival Guide—Tips for Avoiding Problems with Your Strata Corporation – West Vancouver Memorial Library
    • Saturday, March 24 (2:00 – 3:30 pm) Employment Law – Burnaby Public Library – Tommy Douglas Branch

What if someone is not capable to make a Will? This might be a senior with advanced dementia; or an adult with a disability from birth or childhood that affects their capability to understand the nature and effect of making a Will. Who has legal authority for burial or cremation if there is no Will? How must the estate (what the deceased owns) be distributed? Find out what you can and cannot do according to BC law. You will also learn about Personal Planning and how it is different from Estate Planning. Click date to register:

With environmental pressures mounting in Canada and worldwide, the need for strong environmental laws has never been more important. As a respected lawyer and Leader of the Green Party of Canada, Elizabeth May will share her unique perspective on the legal profession and the evolving legal landscape in Canada. Free admission.

There are more than 27,000 non-profit societies in BC, providing services and programs that touch virtually every citizen. All pre-existing BC societies need to transition to the new BC Societies Act. The Act includes many significant changes. There is a two-year transition period by which time all societies in BC will have to have filed a transition application. This workshop will provide your society with the information it needs on whether to make any bylaw or policy changes necessary for your society to transition to effectively function under the new Act. The fee is $50. City of Vancouver Bursaries available. Get more information and register online here.

We offer social support and share legal resources in a confidential setting. This group is run by Self Represented Litigants for Self Represented Litigants. We have a great group with lots of experience to share! We meet monthly. Spaces are limited – RSVP by email: NSSN.vancouver@gmail.com.

  • March 23-29 (various dates): Courthouse Libraries BC and the Pro Bono Students Canada Family Law Project present free public education sessions for self-represented litigants in Vancouver and online.
    • Friday, March 23 (10:30 am – 12:00 pm) Family Law Financial Disclosure in BC – Vancouver Courthouse Library & also available as a webinar. For self-represented litigants who are applying or responding to an application for child support, spousal support, or property division and will need to complete financial disclosure. Get more information and register online here, or email familylawproject.pbsc@gmail.com.
    • Thursday, March 29 (10:30 am – 12:00 pm) Family Violence – Vancouver Courthouse Library & also available as a webinar. self-represented litigants who are experiencing family violence. Get more information and register online here, or email familylawproject.pbsc@gmail.com.

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February 2018 Events (BC-wide, Online)

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  • February 1-28 (various dates): Seniors First BC presents several workshops for seniors in Pender Harbour, Sechelt, Vancouver, Coquitlam, and Richmond.
    • Thursday, February 1 (1:00-3:00pm) Advance Care Planning against Elder Financial Abuse – Pender Harbour Community Hall, Madeira Park
    • Thursday, February 1 (6:30-8:30pm) Advance Care Planning against Elder Financial Abuse – Seaside Centre, Sechelt
    • Tuesday, February 6 (1:00-2:00pm) Powers of Attorney, Joint Bank Accounts and Representation Agreements – Thunderbird Community Centre, Vancouver
    • Thursday, February 15 (1:00-2:30pm) Powers of Attorney, Joint Bank Accounts and Representation Agreements – Glen Pine Pavilion, Coquitlam
    • Wednesday, February 28 (1:00-3:00pm) Bullying between Older Adults in Communal Settings – Richmond Public Library – Brighouse branch
  • February 1-20 (various dates): Plan Institute presents information sessions and a workshop by phone and in Vancouver:
    • Thursday, February 1 (10:00am-12:00pm) Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning Workshop – Plan Institute Office, Suite 260 – 3665 Kingsway, Vancouver. Cost: $65.00 per person or $90.00 for two. Register online here.
    • Wednesday, February 7 (10:00am-12:00pm) Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) – teleseminar by phone/computer. Cost: free. Register online here.
    • Tuesday, February 20 (10:00am-12:00pm) Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) – Plan Institute Office, Suite 260 – 3665 Kingsway, Vancouver (Feb 20). Cost: free. Register online here.
  • February 1-17 (various dates): the BC government is hosting community meetings across the province to help inform its Poverty Reduction Strategy.
    • Thursday, February 1 (6:00-8:30pm) Princess Margaret Secondary School, Surrey
    • Friday, February 2 (2:30-5:00pm) Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex, Williams Lake
    • Saturday, February 3 (10:00am-12:30pm) Quesnel Tillicum Society Native Friendship Centre, Quesnel
    • Thursday, February 8 (4:30-7:00pm) Senior Citizens Hall, Cranbrook:
    • Friday, February 9 (1:00-3:30pm) TBD, Nelson
    • Saturday, February 17 (1:30-4:00pm) Prince George Native Friendship Centre, Prince George

The door opens half an hour early and a hot meal will be provided. Supports are available to help you participate. Get more information here.

  •  February 5-20 (various dates): People’s Law School presents several classes for the public on the following topics in Burnaby and Vancouver:
    • Monday, February 5 (7:00-8:30 pm) Employment Law – Burnaby Public Library – Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch
    • Thursday, February 15 (7:00-9:30pm) Probating a Will – Burnaby Public Library – McGill Branch
    • Thursday, February 15 (7:00-8:30pm) Writing Your Will – Burnaby Public Library – Tommy Douglas Branch
    • Tuesday, February 20 (6:30-8:00pm) Residential Tenancy for Landlords – Dunbar Community Centre, Vancouver

Open to everyone. Speakers: Ayesha Chaudhry, Canada Research Chair in Religion, Law and Social Justice, University of British Columbia, and Sarah Khan, BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre.

 

Join us for a free public talk on the BC Supreme Courts decision to end indefinite solitary confinement. Panelists will be unpacking the decision, its impact on prison justice and mapping what’s to come. Get more information here.

A conversation with BC’s most distinguished public-sector jurist on Child Protection, Conflicted Premiers, the Suppression of Protests, and the Public Interest. Ted Hughes will be interviewed by CBC journalist Laura Lynch, with special guests David Eby, QC, Attorney-General of BC; Maureen Maloney, SFU, former Deputy Attorney-General of BC and Dean of Law at UVic.

This event is free and open to everyone.

The march honours the lives of missing and murdered women and all women’s lives lost in the Downtown Eastside. March begins at Main Street and E. Hastings, Vancouver. Get more information hereBC Civil Liberties Association supporters will congregate in front of RBC at 11:45 AM.

  • February 14-15 (various dates): Law for Nonprofits presents workshops in Vancouver and Cranbrook.
    • Wednesday, February 14 (9:30 am-12:00 pm) Privacy 101 at BC Alliance for Arts + Culture, Vancouver. The fee is $50. City of Vancouver Bursaries available. Get more information and register online here.
    • Thursday, February 15 (6:00-7:30pm MST) Societies Act Transition Workshop at College of the Rockies – Cranbrook Campus. Free for societies who have registered with the East Kootenay Transition Hub. Get more information and register online here.

We offer social support and share legal resources in a confidential setting. This group is run by Self Represented Litigants for Self Represented Litigants. We have a great group with lots of experience to share! We meet monthly. Spaces are limited – RSVP by email: NSSN.vancouver@gmail.com.

We would like to invite you to attend our 2018 Post-Valentine’s Dance Fundraiser. This fundraiser is a community-building event that will be attended by caregivers, migrant workers, and their friends. Your attendance contributes towards advocating on behalf of some of the most precarious workers in our province, and your solidarity contributes to ensuring justice for all workers. As well, we will be celebrating the launch of our organization’s new name—the Migrant Workers Centre! Get more information and buy your tickets here.

This year, on Pink Shirt Day, a national day of bullying prevention, YWCA Metro Vancouver and Hootsuite have partnered to host #Cyberbullying, a discussion exploring how race and gender are connected to cyberbullying. Join us for an interactive panel discussion that will feature experts, advocates and youth discussing the root causes, effects, and themes surrounding cyberbullying. One of the speakers will be Dr. Wanda Cassidy from SFU Centre for Education, Law and Society. Register online for this free event here.

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December 2017 Events (BC-wide, Online)

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Register online here.

From Courthouse Libraries BC & PovNet. This webinar is aimed at legal advocates.

Effective communication with a client can be difficult to achieve under ideal circumstances, let alone if your client has fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Individuals affected by FASD are at a higher risk of being involved with the law and the court system. Understanding the communication difficulties common among individuals with FASD can go a long way towards trying to minimize negative and repeated encounters with the legal system. Our presenters, Robyn Matthews and Myles Himmelreich, will be providing some insight on how FASD can affect communication with a client and practical tips for effective communication with clients with FASD. Robyn Matthews is the Family and Community Support Coordinator with the Asante Centre and Myles Himmelreich is a well-known motivational speaker on FASD, having presented nationally and internationally for many years, sharing his experiences in living with FASD.

This webinar is made possible with the financial support of PovNet and is intended to assist legal advocates and lawyers working in the area of poverty law. While we invite advocates and lawyers from all areas of practice to participate in this webinar, we would appreciate it if you can indicate if you practice in the area of poverty law to assist us in funding more webinars like this in the future. Register online at the link above.

Register important information and documents and make them available to the people and institutions who need to know. For example, register a Representation Agreement, Enduring Power of Attorney and other details related to personal or estate planning. Be prepared in case of a natural disaster such as a wildfire, flood or earthquake — register documents you can use during the disaster and to re-build your life afterwards. Register online at the link above.

Fee is $50. If you are a registered non-profit society delivering community social social services within the geographical boundaries of the City of Vancouver, you may be eligible to receive a bursary to assist you with all or part of the workshop registration fee. Get more information here.

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November 2017 Events (BC-wide, Online)

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  • Wednesday, November 1 (6-7:30pm): Fashion Without Limits: Diversity in Motion at 644 Bentley Road, Port Moody: the Cerebral Palsy Association of British Columbia will mark Canada’s 150th anniversary with Fashion Without Limits: Diversity in Motion, a multi-disciplinary showcase of the disability community. Our community celebration of diversity in honour of Canada 150 will feature: Adapted ballroom dancing, an adapted fashion show, and the launch of our new Assistive Equipment Fund to honour our two most active and boundary-pushing members: Jason Cole and Rand Surbey. This free, inclusive event will includes refreshments and networking opportunities with community members and organizations. We are excited to bring together members of the disabled community in an inclusive cultural event to share in the inspiration and accomplishment of our members.
  • November 4-10 2017: Conflict Resolution Week: Everyone has their own story during a conflict. It feels like we’re right and they’re wrong – we’re the victim or hero and they’re the villain. There’s Another Story – explore how mediation, unlike fairy tales, has creative and fair options to resolve conflict. Mediators can help you uncover that story and will be out across the province to share some of their tips and skills with you. Check out the Conflict Resolution Week calendar to check out events in Nanaimo, Victoria, Vancouver, and online.
  • November 7-22, 2017 (Various Dates): People’s Law School presents several classes on the following topics in Burnaby, Salmon Arm, and Vancouver:
    • Tuesday, November 7 (12-1pm) Communication Toolbox—Tips on Communicating With a Co-Parent – People’s Law School
    • Tuesday, November 14 (6:30-8pm) Wills and Estates – Okanagan Regional Library – Salmon Arm Branch
    • Tuesday, November 21 (7-8:30pm) Wills and Estates – Burnaby Public Library – McGill Branch
    • Wednesday, November 22 (7-8:30pm) Power of Attorney – Burnaby Public Library – McGill Branch
  • November 8-29, 2017: Nidus presents various online webinars and an in-person presentation in Vancouver:
    • November 8, 11:30am-12:30pm – Online Webinar – Planning for Health Care & Personal Care – How can you plan for incapacity, end-of-life, and other support needs? Learn about Representation Agreements – the only legal document in BC to plan for health care and personal care matters. Find out about other documents being used and promoted in the health system – are they legal? What do they mean for patients and their families?
    • November 15, 1-2:30pm – South Granville Seniors Centre (3rd floor, 1420 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver): Attend a free presentation conducted by a Nidus-trained volunteer. Learn about planning for incapacity and end-of-life. Find out how to book an appointment for personal help to make and register your planning documents. No registration Required.
    • November 29, 11:30am-12:30pm – Online Webinar – Planning for Financial & Legal Matters – Enduring Powers of Attorney or a Representation Agreement with authority for routine finances are legal documents in BC adults may use to plan for incapacity, end-of-life, and other support needs. If there are no arrangements in place, adults can lose their rights through adult guardianship, called Committeeship in BC. Find out how adult guardianship is the LAST RESORT in BC. Also learn about the limits of a Power of Attorney and Bank Power of Attorney.
  • Friday, November 17 (3:45-6pm): Legal Workshops-Mental Health in the Workplace: Rights and Responsibilities of Youth with Disabilities at 451-409 Granville St., Vancouver: The Cerebral Palsy Association of BC is proud to host a new workshop series titled Mental Health in the Workplace: Rights and Responsibilities of Youth with Disabilities This workshop series will address the issues of mental health in the workplace for youth with disabilities. The workshops will be given by Lou Poskitt from Miller Titerle Law Corporation and Kemily Ho from Tevlin Cledle Curtis Employment Law Strategies. Food and refreshments will be provided. To register for these workshops contact Lindsay at programs@bccerebralpalsy.com or call 604-408-9484.
  • Wednesday, November 29 (7:30pm): Battered Women’s Support Services Presents Angela Davis at the Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver: Angela Davis has spent decades as an activist, author and scholar expressing ideas that remain at the forefront, on important issues of race, women’s rights, capitalism and justice. Private reception is now sold out but excellent seats are still available. Don’t miss the opportunity to see one of the most enduring feminist icons live in Vancouver, Coast Salish Territory.

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October 2017 Events (BC-wide, Online)

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  • October 2017: Personal Planning Month: Getting your affairs in order gives you peace of mind and takes the burden off family and friends. It’s easy when you know the steps to take. Attend a free presentation, find out about Nidus’ free forms to make your own Representation Agreement. Nidus is an independent, non-profit, charitable organization that was set up by seniors and disability groups. Nidus is the Centre for Excellence on Representation Agreements and personal planning.
    • Provincial Interactive Webinars with Q&APublic libraries across BC are hosting Nidus presentations. Locations include: Castlegar, Duncan, Okanagan (Enderby, Armstrong, Salmon Arm, Vernon, Summerland), Kamloops, Kelowna, Nanaimo, Trail, Thompson-Nicola, Victoria, Prince Rupert, Williams Lake.
    • Metro-Vancouver in-person presentationsWith the generous support of local seniors centres, neighbourhood houses and public libraries, Nidus-trained volunteers and staff are able to offer some in-person presentations in the Metro-Van area.
    • Webinars for ProfessionalsProfessionals need information and resources geared to their workplace role. Nidus is offering presentations for the following settings.

      Interested professionals should email info@nidus.ca for details.

Engaging Older Women in your Community is a promising practices tool developed as an outcome of the Older Women’s Dialogue Project (OWDP), a collaborative project between the West Coast Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (West Coast LEAF) and the Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL). The publication is intended to support your agency to anticipate and address structural barriers to the participation of older women in community initiatives aimed at legal and policy change.

The tool includes key questions to explore, tips for enhancing organizational capacity to include older women, and examples from our experience throughout the OWDP. All of the ideas contained in this resource reflect what CCEL and West Coast LEAF learned through working with older women in Vancouver, BC.

There are more than 27,000 non-profit societies in BC, providing services and programs that touch virtually every citizen. All pre-existing BC societies need to transition to the new BC Societies Act. The Act includes many significant changes. There is a two-year transition period by which time all societies in BC will have to have filed a transition application. This workshop will provide your society with the information it needs on whether to make any bylaw or policy changes necessary for your society to transition to effectively function under the new Act.

The Fee is $50, but if you are a registered non-profit society delivering community social services within the geographical boundaries of the City of Vancouver, you may be eligible to receive a bursary to assist you with all or part of the workshop registration fee. See registration link for details.

  • October 16-24 (Various Dates): People’s Law School presents several classes on the following topics in Surrey and Vancouver:
    • Monday, October 16 (7-8pm) Probating a Will – Surrey Libraries Ocean Park Branch
    • Tuesday, October 17 (7-8:30pm) Wills and Estates – Surrey Libraries Guildford Branch
    • Wednesday, October 18 (7-8:30pm) Residential Tenancy for Landlords – Surrey Libraries Newton Branch
    • Thursday, October 19 (7-8:30pm) Strata Law – Surrey Libraries City Centre Branch
    • Tuesday, October 24 (6:30-8pm) Immigration Law – What TPRs Need to Know – Dunbar Community Centre
    • Tuesday, October 24 (12-1pm) Your Tenancy Rights – People’s Law School

This year, PovNet celebrates twenty years of building an online community of advocates, social justice lawyers and other passionate front-line workers and supporters who are committed to supporting those living in poverty, while battling the systemic issues that drive people there. We would be so happy if you could join us to celebrate this milestone. We would also like to invite you to help spread the word about this event. We are so excited to be celebrating the work of PovNetters from all over BC and indeed right across Canada. The celebration will be held at the Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport, and will start with a short Annual General Meeting, followed by a few speakers and stories. We will have finger food and refreshments and there will be a cash bar. The location is within 1 block of the Aberdeen Canadaline station. We look forward to sharing this evening with you!

  • Tuesday, October 24 (12:30-1:30 PM): Litigating for Access: Suing the Government Over the Crisis in Legal Aid at Room 122, Allard Hall, 1822 East Mall, UBC, Vancouver.

Part of the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies’ Fall 2017 lecture series. Featuring West Coast LEAF’s Executive Director Kasari Govender and Litigation Director Raji Mangat.

Get your tickets now and spend an evening with your friends from CLAS and other familiar faces from the social justice community. Tickets are $20, plus service fee, online and $25 at the door. Space is limited so buy early. A full dinner menu will be available so stay for a drink or two and maybe even dinner. Either way, we want you to join us for a fun night. Thanks for supporting our organization as we work towards advancing dignity, equality and justice for all across BC. Tickets can be purchased here. Please direct any questions about the event to Dianne Bankay at dbankay@clasbc.net.

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June 2017 Events (Online, Vancouver, BC-wide)

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  • Tuesday, June 6 (10am-12pm): Usability Testing: A Way to Enhance Your PLEI Resources A workshop at the Law Foundation of BC offices in Vancouver. In developing a public legal education and information resource, usability testing is an excellent way to learn about how people might use your resource and to improve its ease of use and effectiveness. There are several usability testing methods, many of which are increasingly affordable even on small projects. This workshop will share the range of methods in the usability testing toolbox and when to apply each method.
  • June 7-14 (various dates): Nidus logo_niduspresents online webinars & an in-person presentation on Personal Planning

Wednesday, June 7 (11:30-12:30pm) Online Webinar: Live Demo of the Personal Planning Registry. Register Online.

Wednesday, June 14 (11:30-12:30pm) Online Webinar: Planning for Health Care & Personal Care. Register Online.

Wednesday, June 14 (1:00-2:30pm) In-Person Presentation: Planning for incapacity and end-of-life. No Registration required. At South Granville Seniors Centre, 1420 West 12th Avenue (between Granville & Hemlock) in Vancouver. Held in lounge on 3rd floor.

Wednesday, June 28 (11:30-12:30pm) Online Webinar: Planning for Financial & Legal Matters. Register Online.

  • June 13-28 (various dates): Courthouse Libraries BC presents various online webinars open to advocates and community workers:

Tuesday, June 13 (12:30pm-2:00pm): Working More Effectively with Clients Who Have Mental Health Issues.
Advocates around BC report they are increasingly providing services to clients with complex and multiple barriers. In this 1.5 hour webinar offered jointly with PovNet, Kristi Yuris and Kris Sutherland will provide practical strategies aimed at increasing each advocate’s capacity to work more effectively with clients with mental health issues. NOTE: This Webinar is now sold out. There is space in our in-person group viewings at the Vancouver (800 Smithe St) and Kamloops (455 Columbia St) library locations. Please email training@courthouselibrary.ca to register for an in-person viewing or to be added to our waitlist for the webinar.

Monday, June 19 (12:30-1:30pm): Civil Resolution Tribunal: BC’s New Online Tribunal (An Update).
The online Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) is resolving strata property disputes, and as of June 1, will also begin accepting small claims disputes under $5,000. In this 1 hour webinar hosted jointly with the Civil Resolution Tribunal, Shannon Salter will walk you through the CRT process including some changes specific to small claims disputes and discuss the use of CRT since inception. She’ll also answer your questions about how to help your clients using the CRT.
Register online.

Wednesday, June 21 (12:30-1:30pm): Representing Your Client at a Hearing of the Mental Health Review Board.
In this one hour webinar offered jointly with Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS), you will hear from Diane Nielsen and another legal advocate of CLAS. This webinar will assist lawyers and advocates in representing people who are involuntarily detained under the Mental Health Act (MHA) at Mental Health Review Board (Review Panel) hearings to review their involuntary detention.
Register online.

Wednesday, June 28 (12:30-1:30pm): Clicklaw Refresher for Libraries & Community Helpers.
This one hour webinar is aimed toward community helpers and public library staff. LawMatters Coordinator Shannon McLeod and Clicklaw Coordinator Audrey Jun will be reviewing how to search Clicklaw for reliable legal information specific to BC as well as how to use Clicklaw Wikibooks and the Clicklaw Helpmap to make better referrals.
Register online.

  • Wednesday, June 21 (starting at 6:30pm): BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA) holds their Annual General Meeting at the YWCA Hotel in Vancouver. The AGM is your chance to hear about their work, elect BC FIPA board members, and talk about some of this year’s most important freedom of information and privacy issues. It will feature a talk by Sinziana Gutiu about the current climate for information and privacy issues in BC and what BC’s new political climate could bring. RSVP to fipa@fipa.bc.ca.

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