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March 2024 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.
March 1-10March 11-17 | March 18-24March 25-31
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March 1-10, 2024

  • Essential Documents for Personal Planning (In-Person)
    by Nidus and West End Seniors Network
    • What: What are the essential legal documents in BC for those who want to plan for incapacity, end-of-life, and for after death? Learn how Personal Planning is different from Estate Planning. Find out how to make your documents and where to register them. A Nidus-trained volunteer will provide an overview of Representation Agreements, Enduring Powers of Attorney, and Wills. Held at Barclay Manor, 1447 Barclay St., Vancouver. Registration is required.
    • When: Friday, March 1st, 2024 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
    • Cost: Free
  • Government Benefits for Seniors (Webinar)
    by Seniors First BC and New Horizons for Seniors (Cortes Island)
    • What: Seniors First BC for a Government Benefits presentation in partnership with New Horizons for Seniors (Cortes Island). A Seniors First BC legal advocate will present an overview of federal and provincial government benefits for seniors, including Old Age Security (OAS), Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), Canada Pension Plan (CPP), Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER), Rebate for Accessible Home Adaptations (RAHA), and more. No registration required.
    • When: Wednesday, March 6th, 2024 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    • Cost: Free
  • The Importance of Staying Connected (In-Person)
    by Seniors First BC and Archway Community Services
    • What: Join Seniors First BC for a learning event on “The Importance of Staying Connected: Preventing Social Isolation and Loneliness” in partnership with Archway Community Services – Lunch with the Bunch program. This presentation introduces the importance of staying connected. It discusses issues of social isolation and loneliness including risk factors, the correlation between social isolation and decreased well-being, and how we can do our part to stay connected with loved ones in our lives. Held at Archway Community Services, 2420 Montrose Ave, Abbotsford.
    • When: Friday, March 8th, 2024 Noon to 1:00 PM
    • Cost: Free

March 11-17, 2024

  • Advance Planning (In-Person)
    by Seniors First BC and Vancouver Public Library
    • What: Join Seniors First BC for an Advance Planning presentation in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library! Advance planning can help ensure your wishes will be respected if you were to become incapable and when you pass away. Held at Vancouver Public Library Central Branch, 350 West Georgia St.
    • When: Thursday, March 14th, 2024 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
  • Personal Planning through Storytelling: Representation Agreements, Nidus Registry & more (Webinar)
    by Nidus and Parkinson Society of BC
    • What: What is personal planning? How is it different from estate planning? What if I have a Will and an Enduring Power of Attorney – am I covered? What if I can’t make any of these documents? What will happen to me in an emergency if I can’t speak for myself? Learn the answers to these questions and more. There will be a short period for Q&A. All are welcome to attend.
    • When: Thursday, March 14th, 2024 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    • Cost: Free

March 18-24, 2024

  • RDSP 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: Thursday, March 21st, 2024 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
    • Cost: Free

March 25-31, 2024

  • RDSP 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, March 27th, 2024 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Cost: Free
  • Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning (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 webinar, 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, March 28th, 2024 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
    • 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.
March 1-10March 11-17 | March 18-24 | March 25-31
Looking for public legal education events? Go back to the beginning.

March 1-10, 2023

  • AC Volunteer Information Session (Webinar)
    by AC Friends of Court
    • What: Interested in learning more about how Amici Curiae Friendship Society assists folks across the province provide reliable legal information and form-filling services regardless of their means? Join AC in this virtual session to understand the volunteer process. They’ll cover legal forms workshopping, client session records, the role of the supervising lawyer, and the face of the self-represented litigant.
    • When: Tuesday, March 5th, 2024 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
  • Equality Breakfast 2024 (In-Person)
    by West Coast LEAF
    • What: West Coast LEAF’s main fundraising event of the year, the Equality Breakfast brings together community members, friends, advocates, and activists with a shared passion for gender justice. Join the Equality Breakfast to hear the incredible keynote address by Dr. Pam Palmater on International Women’s Day. The breakfast is held at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 West Georgia St.
    • When: Friday, March 8th, 2024 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM (doors open at 6:30 AM)
    • Cost: Ticket prices vary

March 11-17, 2023

  • Reimagining our Cities: Advancing Equity in a Polarized Time (In-Person)
    by YWCA
    • What: In celebration of International Women’s Day 2024, YWCA and the CBC are bringing together a diverse panel of women to discuss how our communities can work towards becoming more equitable and inclusive in an increasingly polarized world. This is held at the Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews Vancouver.
    • When: Tuesday, March 12th, 2024 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM; post event reception 8:00 PM to 9:00 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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A Review of Parentage under Part 3 of the Family Law Act: we want to hear from you

by the British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI)

The BCLI’s Parentage Law Reform Project Committee is considering changes to the Family Law Act Part 3, which deals with parentage, and wants to hear your thoughts.

Parentage is the foundation of many aspects of a child’s identity, such as family name and relationships. Parentage can also shape legal rights and responsibilities. Relationships and families come in all forms. And there are many different ways of having babies and expanding families.

When the Family Law Act came into force in March 2013 it gave British Columbia its first comprehensive legislative framework for the law of parentage. The goals of this legislative framework were to provide a complete and protective scheme that addresses children equally, no matter whether the child was born through natural or assisted reproduction. Over the past decade there have been considerable developments in law, society, and reproductive science.

The Parentage Law Reform Project Committee has examined whether Part 3 continues to meet these goals. The consultation paper contains thirty-four tentative recommendations for reform.

Now it’s your turn to get involved!

You can submit your feedback via the Response Booklet or the Survey.

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