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November 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.
Nov 1-8 | Nov 9-15 | Nov 16-22 | Nov 23-30
Looking for events for intermediaries? Jump to the next section.

November 1-8, 2020

  • Being a representative. Being an attorney. Being effective! (Webinar)
    by Nidus Personal Planning and Resource Centre and Registry
    • What: Are you named as a representative or a monitor in a Representation Agreement? Are you an attorney named in an Enduring Power of Attorney? What are your primary duties? What authority do you have? This webinar is designed for individuals – spouses, family members, and friends – acting in these roles. (It is not for professionals or institutions who is appointed as an attorney.)
    • When: Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm OR Thursday, Nov. 5, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
    • Cost: Free
  • Making a Will? What if someone dies without a Will? (Webinar)
    by Nidus Personal Planning and Resource Centre and Registry
    • What: Some people do not meet the capability requirements to make a Will. What happens? Who inherits if there is no Will? This presentation will also give tips for those who meet the capability requirements to make a Will.
    • When: Wednesday, Nov. 4, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
    • Cost: Free
  • Addressing Sexual Harassment and Misconduct in the Present Moment (Webinar)
    by Law for Non Profits
    • What: By now we all should know that we have an obligation to provide a workplace free from sexual harassment, bullying and intimidation. How successful are these policies in practice? What is the price we pay for a non-disclosure agreement (NDA)? What barriers exist to prevent complainants coming forward and what can we do to make our processes more responsive?
    • When: Thursday, November 5, 2020 Noon to 1:00 PM
    • Cost: Free

November 16-22, 2020

  • Legal Lunch & Learn: To bylaw or not to bylaw – An Introduction to Policies (Webinar)
    by Law for Non Profit
    • What: What is the difference between bylaws and policies? Which goes where? Featuring governance expert Alison Brewin, we’ll be drilling down into the policies that affect every corner of a non-profit’s day to day operations. Plus, hear insights on what not to include in your bylaws, and why.
    • When: Thursday, November 19, 2020 Noon to 1:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
  • Settling an Estate in British Columbia: Town Hall Edition (Webinar)
    by People’s Law School
    • What: In this free 1-hour webinar, return speakers Nicole Garton and Stacie Ayukawa from Heritage Law answer questions about dealing with an estate. Bring your questions and Nicole and Stacie will answer as many as we can get to.
    • When: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 – 12:00 pm to 1:00 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.
Nov 1-8 | Nov 9-15 | Nov 16-22 | Nov 23-30
Looking for public legal education events? Go back to the beginning.

November 1-8, 2020

  • AC Festival of Dangerous Access to Justice Ideas 2020 (Launch event)
    by Amici Curiae Friendship Society
    • What: November 3 5:30pm is when the topic will be announced, it will likely take 30 minutes only. Have at least one member of your team present.
    • When: 03 Nov 2020, 5:30 PM – 5:45 PM
    • Where: Justice Education Society – 260 800 Hornby St, Vancouver
    • Cost: Free
  • Looking at British Columbia’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (Zoom meeting)
    by CIAJ & Courthouse Libraries BC
    • What: Designed to initiate discussion and pave the way to a major national conference on Indigenous Peoples and the Law to be held in Vancouver in November 2021. Speakers: Regional Chief Terry Teegee, British Columbia Assembly of First Nations (Takla Lake First Nation); Professor Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond (Aki-Kwe), Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia; Senior Associate Counsel, Woodward & Company (Muskeg Lake Cree Nation)
    • When: November 4, 2020, 12:30 – 2:00 pm
    • Cost: Free
  • Canadian Disability Benefit: The Power of New Forms of Democratic Engagement (Zoom meeting)
    by Plan Institute
    • What: A 4-part online learning series on the proposed Canadian Disability Benefit. Peter MacLeod is a pioneer in citizen assemblies and other proven and innovative approaches to democracy that have emerged around the world. He will talk about his decade-long effort to carve out new ways for thousands of Canadians to advise and work with government and why he believes representative democracy can and must be renewed.
    • When: November 5th, 11:30am-1pm PST/2:30pm-4pm EST
    • Cost: Free

November 9-15, 2020

  • Climate Accountability Webinar Series, Part 2: Connecting the Dots: Attribution and Quantification of Climate Harms (Webinar)
    by Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law
    • What: Climate change often doesn’t seem real because its effects look like natural disasters. How much is climate change costing us? How can government officials, lawyers and judges understand the relationship between local costs and climate change? Quantifying climate losses will be key to planning for a climate-resilient future and in climate lawsuits against fossil fuel companies. Second of four webinars.
    • When: Monday, November 9, 2020 Noon to 2:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
  • Trauma-Informed Lawyering with Myrna McCallum: Working with Asian Communities (Zoom)
    by  Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (British Columbia) Society (FACL BC)
    • What: This session will cover what trauma is, trauma-informed client-engagement, cultural humility, and vicarious trauma and resilience. The webinar is for the Asian legal community and also for non-Asian members of the legal community who want to learn about taking a trauma-informed approach to working with Asian clients. It is directed at lawyers, legal advocates, articling students, and law students, and is relevant to all practice areas.
    • When: Thursday, November 12, 2020 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
    • Cost: Free; Pre-registration is required

November 16-22, 2020

  • Climate Accountability Webinar Series, Part 3: Sharing the Burden: Determination of Fossil Fuel Companies’ Fair Shares (Webinar)
    by Centre for Law and the Environment, Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia
    • What: With fossil fuel companies being sued for their contribution to climate change, is Chevron really on the hook for 100% of climate costs when clearly we all contribute? Climate damages litigants need to advance a theory about who has done enough to cause climate change that they could be sued and how those costs should be shared among defendants. What is the role of “contributory negligence”? How should potential government plaintiffs respond to accusations of “climate hypocrisy”? Third of four webinars.
    • When: Monday, November 16, 2020 Noon to 2:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
  • When Caring Hurts – Vicarious Trauma (Webinar)
    by Homelessness Services Association of BC (HSABC)
    • What: This workshop explores the impact of working in a helping profession. Participants will learn about the symptoms and definitions of burnout, compassion fatigue, empathy fatigue and vicarious trauma and review specific tools for dealing with symptoms in order to build resiliency. This session also examines ways to manage the negative impact that come with working in the social service field in order to take care of yourself and to thrive.
    • When: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    • Cost: Free
  • A Night for Rights 2020: a Virtual Celebration and Fundraiser for BC’s Children and Youth (Webinar)
    by Society for Children and Youth of BC
    • What: On National Child Day, join the Society for Children and Youth of BC for an evening celebrating the advancement of children’s rights in BC. This evening will be an opportunity to learn about our work and impact, bid on some amazing silent auction items, and meet other children’s rights supporters from across the province.
    • When: Friday, November 20, 2020 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    • Cost: by donation

November 23-30, 2020

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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Survey Results: Clicklaw and Clicklaw Wikibooks

Survey Results: Clicklaw & Clicklaw Wikibooks

We ran a user survey on Clicklaw and Clicklaw Wikibooks websites from November 2019 to April 2020 to gather on-site feedback from the audience. This post is admittedly late, but we hope you’d still find it useful to know who our users are and what they think about the sites. Please read to the end for the prize winners and what they said.

Who are our users?

It looks like members of the public are still the primary users before the helpers or intermediaries. The proportion of this is higher for Clicklaw (76% of 1032 respondents) than for Clicklaw Wikibooks (65% of 465 respondents).

Why did they visit the site?

They mostly wanted to find legal information. This is more evident for Clicklaw Wikibooks (82%) than for Clicklaw (65%). The next reason was to find someone who can help with a legal question or problem. Clicklaw Wikibooks hosts plain language legal information. Clicklaw offers listings of online resources and the HelpMap for finding local legal services.

Were they able to find the legal info?

The good news is many Clicklaw users thought they succeeded – over half the respondents said they were able to find the legal info. A third chose neutral, which could mean they weren’t sure about what they found yet. They might feel like they would need more time to digest the information before saying it’s what they were looking for.

For Clicklaw Wikibooks, two-thirds of respondents (67%) indicated they could find the legal info. One-fifth of them were neutral (21%).

What did they say?

Here are some of the interesting comments we’d like you to know. Shout out to all the Clicklaw contributors! Let’s give a big round of applause for the legal professionals and law-related, non-profit organizations that contribute to the Clicklaw Wikibooks collection.


I have used Clicklaw in the past and always found it helpful. Thanks for providing this valuable service.

I referred this website to my supervisor, co-workers and clients as well after learning about this thru the legal booth camp. Since then, this website has been my companion and source of info.

Thank you for putting and managing such an important resource online.

This website is a great resource for those that cannot afford a lawyer.

The site is straight forward. The general categories section with sub categories is easy to use. The questions in “Popular Questions” reflects my experience when assisting Library customers.

I didn’t have to look around too much. I found what I needed (phone #) right away. Thanks.

I was looking for information and a formset for an RA9 and found it; very pleased.

My thanks for posting and maintaining the legal information regarding pensions.

I truly appreciate the fact that the website helps people find the information. Information should be free asset and easy to access by everyone. This site is really useful.

Clicklaw Wikibooks

As a practising lawyer I find it a useful reference tool, thanks!

Great website. Especially on asset and debt division.

This site has been at the top of my search for answers since I separated and divorced over 10 years ago, and found myself in need of answers every few years, with new circumstances, from my rural home before heading to see a duty counsel, super grateful,,,,

thank you. many times i consult this site.

The page is professionally written, neatly laid out, and seems clear… at least at this early stage in my efforts to understand how things work out there. https://wiki.clicklaw.bc.ca/index.php?title=Steps_to_Take_regarding_Public_Complaints_(5:III)

very valuable information that help alleviate anxiety

I found more information here than I was expecting

It is very useful to be able to give clients a source for reliable information about family law.

its a great comfort knowing that i can get answers or directions on how to proceed on legal actions its rather confusing when you are not a lawyer

You guys are my heroes! I was despairing of ever being able to probate my late wife’s estate, which meant I couldn’t file her final taxes, file my back taxes, and file my new wife’s taxes. You’ve saved me a lot of headaches and stress by having this wonderful website set up with easily accessible forms. You’ve made it all nice and simple and set it all up in a way that makes my work so much easier! It’s still a lot of paperwork, but I’m good at that. Thank you so much!

Very informative site to help me as executor of father’s estate, and to “walk” me through the probate process. Thankyou!

Our entire board is now using the comparison of old and new model bylaws vs the Societies Act

The prize winners

Finally, we drew and delivered the prize, a Chapters gift card, to the winners. Congrats to ND in Smithers and RK in Burnaby.

One of them shared this comment, and with their permission, we’re sharing it here.

My visit to Clicklaw was to educate myself regarding resources I might be able to recommend to members of the public who use the small local library I work for in northern BC. I now feel better equipped to empower library users, especially more vulnerable members or our community.

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