- 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.
- Thursday, September 6 (10:00 – 11:00 am): Charity Village presents the webinar Five Things You Need to Know About Harassment Investigations.
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.
- Thursday, September 6 (5:30 – 8:30 am): Vantage Point presents the workshop Understanding the BC Societies Act Part I in downtown Vancouver.
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 10 – 28 (various dates): MOSAIC presents various workshops in Burnaby, Vancouver, and Surrey.
- Monday & Friday, September 10 & 14 (5:30 – 8:30 pm) Citizenship Preparation (English with Mandarin support) – Tommy Douglas Library, Burnaby.
- Saturday, September 15 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) Citizenship Preparation (English with Mandarin support) – Brentwood Community Resource Centre, Burnaby.
- Saturday, September 15 (4:00 – 6:00 pm) Moving Ahead: Social Subsidies and Benefits (Tigrinya) – MOSAIC Highgate, Burnaby.
- Monday & Tuesday, September 17 & 18 (9:30 am – 12:30 pm) Citizenship Preparation (English with Mandarin support) – Vancouver Public Library (Mount Pleasant), Vancouver.
- Wednesday, September 19 (2:00 – 4:00 pm) Moving Ahead: Tenancy Rights (Farsi) – MOSAIC Highgate, Burnaby.
- Wednesday & Thursday, September 26 – 27 (1:30 – 4:30 pm) Citizenship Preparation (English with Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi Support) – MOSAIC Surrey.
- Friday, September 28 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) Canadian Citizenship Application Process (Mandarin) – CCM Crystal Mall Level 2, Burnaby.
- 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.
- September 13 – 19 (various dates): Plan Institute presents information sessions and workshops by phone/computer and in Vancouver.
- Thursday, September 13 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning Workshop – Plan Institute Office, 312 Main Street, Vancouver. Cost: $65.00 per person or $90.00 for two. Register online here.
- Tuesday, September 18 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) – Plan Institute Office, 312 Main Street, Vancouver. Cost: free. Register online here.
- Wednesday, September 19 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) – teleseminar by phone/computer. Cost: free. Register online here.
- 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.
- September 18 – 27 (various dates): Seniors First BC presents various workshops in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Surrey, and Richmond.
- Tuesday, September 18 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) Powers of Attorney, Joint Bank Accounts and Representation Agreements Workshop – Dogwood Pavillion, Coquitlam.
- Tuesday, September 18 (2:00 – 4:00 pm) Government Benefits for Older Adults Workshop – Wilson Centre, Port Coquitlam.
- Saturday, September 22 (9:00 am – 2:30 pm) Focus on Seniors’ Forum: Transportation – Cloverdale Recreation Centre, Surrey.
- Monday, September 24 (10:00 – 11:30 am) Government Benefits for Older Adults Workshop – DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society, Surrey.
- Wednesday, September 26 (11:00 am – 12:00 pm) Frauds and Scams Workshop (in Cantonese) – Richmond Chinese Community Society, Richmond.
- Thursday, September 27 (11:00 am – 12:00 pm) Residential Tenancy for Older Adults Workshop – Richmond Caring Place, Richmond.
- 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.
- Tuesday, September 25 (1:00 – 2:00 pm): the Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) presents an information session in Vancouver.
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.
- Thursday, September 27 (8:15 am – 5:00 pm): BC Freedom of Information & Privacy Association (FIPA) presents the 2018 BC Information Summit at UBC Robson Square Theatre, Vancouver.
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.
- Friday, September 28 (1:00 – 2:30 pm): Nidus presents a presentation The Planning Continuum — a Will is not enough! at the South Granville Seniors Centre in Vancouver.
What are the essential legal documents in BC to plan for incapacity, for end-of-life, and for after death? This presentation gives an overview of legal documents such as Representation Agreements, Enduring Powers of Attorney, and Wills. Learn how Personal Planning is different from Estate Planning. Find out how to make your plans and where to register them. This is part of Nidus’ October Personal Planning Month. Get more information here.
- Saturday, September 29 (8:30 am – 2:00 pm): TRU Community Legal Clinic (CLC) will be at the Weekend Farmers Market in Kamloops.
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.
- September 29 – 30: Access to Justice Week BC presents the 2018 Justice Hack BC in Vancouver.
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.