BC’s Law Week 2012: celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Charter

Every April the Canadian Bar Association  organizes events across Canada to celebrate the signing of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In BC, Law Week is a collaborative project organized through the partnership of the BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association (CBABC), the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, the Law Foundation of British Columbia, the Law Society of British Columbia, and the Vancouver Bar Association.

This year’s theme is Access to Justice: The Celebration of the Charter of Rights in recognition of the Charter’s 30th birthday. From April 15-22, events such as a speech contest for students, the Dial-A-Lawyer program, and the 9th annual CBABC Fun Run, will be held at various locations throughout BC.

Here at Clicklaw, we think it would be smashing if you joined us at the Vancouver Law Week Open House on Tuesday the 17th. A chance for the public and student groups to learn about the law and the legal system, this year’s Open House is being held outside the Vancouver Art Gallery from 10 am to 3pm. Clicklaw, alongside their friends from Access Pro Bono Society of British Columbia , will be there to answer your questions and share what we do. We’d love to see you!  You will also be able to  learn specifically about Clicklaw at Law Day events in Nanaimo (on the 14th) and Victoria (on the 21st ).

To get you all primed for Law Week, check out these Clicklaw resources from CBABC:


  1. Why in BC, are capable citizens, who are being arrested/apprehended/detained by police and treated as mentally ill refused their sec. 10 Charter Rights call to lawyer?

    To do so discriminates against the mentally ill, and or those citizens being treated as mentally ill, when criminals enjoy sec. 10 of the Charter when they are arrested/detained by BC police.

    I would love to see a lawyer’s response.

  2. Under Section 15 every citizen is guaranteed equality under the law this is not the case in Canada: Example if a citizen takes another Citizen to court he has the right to a decision by a judge for or against in his case. But because the Workmen Compensation Act is protected by a provincial privative clause the only thing the judge can do is send your case back to the WCB to look at again the judge cannot make a decision in your case.
    Which means that injured workers do not enjoy the same rights under the charter as the average citizen? Which means the Charter is not a legal document.

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