October 2019 Events (BC-Wide, Online)

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Webinars – Personal Planning Month October 2019

Ways to view the free webinars:

  • Attend public viewing at a host location (see below).
  • Participate on your own computer or iPad/tablet or phone (by yourself or with family/friends/colleagues) by clicking the link to register for each date.
  • Ask your public library or community organization to be a host for the public in your community. Tell them to contact info@nidus.ca.

Download the poster (PDF) or visit the website for more details.

  • Joint Ownership – The Good, the Bad & the Risky!
    • Tuesday, October 1 – (10:30 am – 12:00 pm)
      • Online (watch on your own device)
      • Okanagan Regional Library: Armstrong and Sicamous Branches (drop-in)
      • Stewart Public Library (register in-person, by phone 236-749-2003 or email stewartpubliclibrary@gmail.com)
      • Terrace Public Library (drop-in)
    • Thursday, October 3 – (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm)
      • Online (watch on your own device)
      • Burnaby Public Library: Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch (drop-in)
      • Castlegar & District Public Library (drop-in)
      • Kitimat Public Library (call to register: 250-632-8985)
    • This free webinar will discuss parent and child joint ownership and recent court cases that have led to new cautions about it.
    • Registration is required for online viewing, Stewart Public Library, and Kitimat Public Library.
  • Tips for Making a Will – What Happens if Someone is Not Capable to Make a Will?
    • Tuesday, October 8 – (10:30 am – 12:00 pm)
      • Online (watch on your own device)
      • Okanagan Regional Library: Armstrong and Sicamous Branches (drop-in)
      • Stewart Public Library (register in-person, by phone 236-749-2003 or email stewartpubliclibrary@gmail.com)
      • Terrace Public Library (drop-in)
    • Thursday, October 10 – (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm)
      • Online (watch on your own device)
      • Burnaby Public Library: Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch (drop-in)
      • Castlegar & District Public Library (drop-in)
      • Prince Rupert Public Library (drop-in)
    • This free webinar will discuss situations where people are not considered capable of making a will due to legal requirements, and what happens with the law in cases of people with disabilities and adults with advanced dementia. It will also provide tips and resources to those who are legally capable of making a will.
    • Registration is required for online viewing and Stewart Public Library .
  • Myths & Realities of Planning
    • Tuesday, October 22 – (10:30 am – 12:00 pm)
      • Online (watch on your own device)
      • Okanagan Regional Library: Armstrong and Sicamous Branches (drop-in)
      • Terrace Public Library (drop-in)
      • Stewart Public Library (register in-person, by phone 236-749-2003 or email stewartpubliclibrary@gmail.com)
    • Thursday, October 24 – (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm)
      • Online (watch on your own device)
      • Bowen Island Public Library: email info@bowenlibrary.ca to register.
      • Burnaby Public Library: Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch (drop-in)
      • Castlegar & District Public Library (drop-in)
      • Salmo Public Library (drop-in).
    • This free webinar will provide an overview of incapacity, end-of-life and after-death documents including: representation agreements, enduring powers of attorney, and wills. It will also discuss how personal planning is different from estate planning.
    • Registration is required for online viewing, Stewart Public Library, and Bowen Island Public Library.
  • Consent: What is the Law in BC for Health Care? It’s Time to Update Old Ideas and Old Practices!
    • Tuesday, October 29 – (10:30 am – 12:00 pm)
      • Online (watch on your own device)
      • Okanagan Public Library: Armstrong and Sicamous Branches (drop-in)
      • Stewart Public Library (register in-person, by phone 236-749-2003 or email stewartpubliclibrary@gmail.com)
      • Terrace Public Library (drop-in)
    • Tuesday, October 29 – (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm)
      • Online (watch on your own device)
      • Bowen Island Public Library (email info@bowenlibrary.ca to register)
      • Burnaby Public Library: Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch (drop-in)
      • Castlegar & District Public Library (drop-in)
      • Prince Rupert Public Library (drop-in)
    • This free webinar will discuss law in BC around non-legal documents such as living wills, the Do-Not-Resuscitate form and Levels of Care forms, including MOST (medical orders for scope of treatment).
    • Registration is required for online viewing, Stewart Public Library, and Bowen Island Public Library.

In-person Presentations

  • Myths & Realities of Planning
    • Thursday, October 17 – (2:00 pm – 3:30 pm)
      • Burnaby – Burnaby Public Library Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch
      • Registration is required. Click here or call 604-436-5400 to register.
    • Monday, October 28 – (1:00 pm – 2:30 pm)
      • Vancouver – South Granville Seniors Centre (drop-in)
    • This free presentation will provide an overview of incapacity, end-of-life and after-death documents including: representation agreements, enduring powers of attorney, and wills. It will also discuss how personal planning is different from estate planning.

Free workshops for older adults:

  • Workshop on Frauds and Scams
    • Thursday, October 3 – (1:00 pm – 2:30 pm)
    • Surrey – Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, Surrey Stroke Recovery Branch
    • This free workshop focuses on common scams targeting older adults, offers strategies to protect themselves from scams, check for counterfeit bank notes and deal with financial abuse; and covers such resources as the National Do-Not-Call List.
  • Workshop on Frauds and Scams
    • Friday, October 11 – (2:30 pm – 3:30 pm)
    • Richmond – 4071 Chaltham Street (Maple Residencies)
    • This free workshop focuses on common scams targeting older adults, offers strategies to protect themselves from scams, check for counterfeit bank notes and deal with financial abuse; and covers such resources as the National Do-Not-Call List.
  • Workshop on Residential Tenancy for Older Adults
    • Friday, October 11 – (11:30 am – 12:30 pm)
    • Vancouver – 6184 Ash Street (Peretz Centre)
    • This 60-minute workshop covers information on Residential Tenancy Law in British Columbia. We discuss the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants, and the process involved in dispute resolution with the Residential Tenancy Branch.
  • Workshop on Government Benefits
    • Friday, October 18 – (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)
    • Vancouver – 990 West 59th Ave (Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre)
    • This workshop will provide an informative overview of numerous federal and provincial government benefits for seniors – including Old Age Security (OAS), Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), Canada Pension Plan (CPP), Fair Pharmacare, BC Senior Supplement, Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER).
  • Workshop on Powers of Attorney, Joint Bank Accounts and Representation Agreements
    • Thursday, October 24 – (10:30 am – 12:00 pm)
    • Surrey – 13853 102 Ave (Seniors Residence, Chartwell Imperial Place)
    • This free workshop will discuss powers of attorney, joint bank accounts and representation agreements.
  • Everything a Society Needs to Know About the CRT
    • Friday, October 4 – (2:00 pm – 3:30 pm)
    • Victoria – 643 Broughton (Ballet Victoria)
    • This workshop will help societies be prepared for dispute resolution using the online Civil Resolution Tribunal. Come learn about the steps involved with the CRT, what you can do to prepare your society, as well as recent proposed changes to the Societies Act.
    • Cost: $50. Registration is required.
  • Privacy and Recordkeeping for Non Profits
    • Friday, October 11 – (9:30 am – 11:30 am)
    • Vancouver – 100 – 938 Howe St (Alliance for Arts and Culture)
    • Are you aware that members of your Society now have a right to access the Official records of the Society? Do your members know that their contact information can be shared with other members? If this is news to you then this workshop is for you.
    • Cost: $50. Registration is required.
  • Employment & Human Rights 101 Workshop
    • Thursday, October 17 – (10:30 am – 12:30 pm)
    • Nanaimo – 1860 Duffin Crescent (Greenrock Liquor Store – downstairs)
    • What are the legal differences between an employee and an independent contractor? What are an organization’s responsibilities when hiring or terminating an employee? It can be difficult to know when legal advice is needed or what type of guidance is required to properly address an issue. This workshop provides foundation knowledge and capacity to identify, plan for, and respond to legal issues that can arise.
    • Cost: $50. Registration is required.
  • Privacy and Recordkeeping for Non Profits
    • Thursday, October 17 – (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
    • Nanaimo – 1860 Dufferin Crescent (Greenrock Liquor Store – downstairs)
    • Are you aware that members of your Society now have a right to access the Official records of the Society? Do your members know that their contact information can be shared with other members? If this is news to you then this workshop is for you.
    • Cost: $50. Registration is required.
  • Everything a Society Needs to Know About the CRT
    • Thursday, October 17 – (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
    • Duncan – 246 Ingram Street (United Church of Canada)
    • This workshop will help societies be prepared for dispute resolution using the online Civil Resolution Tribunal. Come learn about the steps involved with the CRT, what you can do to prepare your society, as well as recent proposed changes to the Societies Act.
    • Cost: $25. Registration is required.
  • Moving Ahead: Tenants’ Rights and Responsibilities (Arabic)
    • Friday, October 4 – (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)
    • Burnaby – 310–7155 Kingsway (MOSAIC Highgate)
    • This free workshop will discuss tenancy rights and tenancy law, discrimination in renting, moving-in condition and landlord’s responsibilities.
    • Registration is required.
  • Moving Ahead: Canadian Citizenship (Farsi)
    • Wednesday, October 16 – (2:00 pm – 4:30 pm)
    • Burnaby – 310–7155 Kingsway (MOSAIC Highgate)
    • This free workshop will provide an introduction to Canadian citizenship.
    • Registration is required.
  • Citizenship Preparation (English with Mandarin support)
    • Friday, October 18 & October 25 – (5:30 pm – 8:30 pm)
    • Burnaby – Burnaby Public Library Tommy Douglas Branch
    • This free workshop will discuss topics such as Canada’s history, symbols, government and geography, as well as the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
    • Registration is required.
  • Moving Ahead: Children’s Rights in Canada (English/Tigrinya)
    • Saturday, October 19 – (4:00 pm – 6:00 pm)
    • Burnaby – 310–7155 Kingsway (MOSAIC Highgate)
    • This free workshop will discuss parent’s responsibilities in Canada, children’s rights, abuse and neglect and investigations and young people’s rights and responsibilities.
    • Registration is required.
  • Canadian Citizenship Preparation
    • Tuesday, October 22 & October 29 – (10:00 am – 1:00 pm)
    • Surrey – 200A-7134 King George Boulevard (MOSAIC Surrey)
    • This free workshop will discuss topics such as Canada’s history, symbols, government and geography, as well as the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
    • Registration is required.
  • Financial Literacy (English/Arabic)
    • Thursday, October 24 – (12:00 pm – 2:30 pm)
    • Surrey – 200A-7134 King George Boulevard (MOSAIC Surrey)
    • This free workshop will discuss identity theft, fraud prevention, credit cards and prepaid cards, different types of fraud and what to do, and the difference between types of cards and how to manage them.
    • Registration is required.
  • Moving Ahead: Basic Law Knowledge (Swahili)
    • Friday, October 25 – (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)
    • Burnaby – 310–7155 Kingsway (MOSAIC Highgate)
    • This free workshop will discuss the law in Canada, fundamentals of Canadian law, the separation of courts and government, criminal law and civil law and the consequences of breaking the law.
    • Registration is required.

Free classes for the public, led by lawyers, notaries and other experts:

  • Wills and Estates
    • Monday, October 7 – (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm)
    • Burnaby – Burnaby Public Library Tommy Douglas Branch
    • This free workshop will cover: when you should make a will, the requirements for making a will, and what you should include in your will.
    • Registration is required.
  • Real Estate: Important Tips for Buying and Selling
    • Tuesday, October 8 – (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm)
    • Port Moody – Port Moody Library
    • This free workshop will discuss real estate from a legal perspective, including: terminology, an overview of the processes of sale and purchase, what a lawyer does for their clients and how to protect yourself.
    • Registration is required.
  • Wills and Estates
    • Friday, October 11 – (11:00 am – 12:30 pm)
    • Salmon Arm – Salmon Arm Library
    • This free workshop will instruct on how to prepare a will, including the legal requirements, what you should include in your will, and what happens if you die without a will.
  • Wills and Estates (Mandarin)
    • Tuesday, October 15 – (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm)
    • Burnaby – Burnaby Public Library Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch
    • This free workshop will instruct on how to prepare a will, including the legal requirements, what you should include in your will, and what happens if you die without a will. This class will be presented in Mandarin.
    • Registration is required.
  • Wills and Estates
    • Tuesday, October 15 – (6:30 pm – 8:00 pm)
    • Surrey – Surrey Library Guildford Branch
    • This free workshop will instruct on how to prepare a will, including the legal requirements, what you should include in your will, and what happens if you die without a will.
    • Registration is required.
  • Wills and Estates
    • Thursday, October 17 – (6:30 pm – 8:00 pm)
    • Surrey – Surrey Library Fleetwood Branch
    • This free workshop will instruct on how to prepare a will, including the legal requirements, what you should include in your will, and what happens if you die without a will.
    • Registration is required.
  • Being an Executor
    • Monday, October 21 – (6:30 pm – 8:00 pm)
    • Surrey – Surrey Library Ocean Park Branch
    • This free workshop will discuss what’s involved in taking on the responsibility of “settling” an estate as an executor – beginning with locating the will to distributing the estate according to the instructions in the will.
    • Registration is required.
  • Wills and Estates
    • Wednesday, October 23 – (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm)
    • New Westminster – New Westminster Public Library
    • This free workshop will instruct on how to prepare a will, including the legal requirements, what you should include in your will, and what happens if you die without a will.
  • Wills and Estates
    • Thursday, October 24 – (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm)
    • Burnaby – Burnaby Public Library McGill Branch
    • This free workshop will discuss when you should make a will, what to include and the requirements for your will.
  • Power of Attorney
    • Thursday, October 24 – (6:30 pm – 8:00 pm)
    • Surrey – Surrey Library Semiahmoo Branch
    • This free workshop will cover important questions around the power of attorney document, including when you should make one, what the different types are, what the power of attorney’s powers and responsibilities and what issues can arise when no power of attorney is available.
    • Registration is required.

Professional development sessions for Amici Curiae friends, volunteers, and institutional partners:

  • AC LEXtures: Parents Legal Centre
    • Tuesday, October 15 – (5:30 pm – 7:30 pm)
    • Vancouver – 260 800 Hornby St. (Justice Education Society)
    • This event is free for volunteers. Donations are gratefully accepted from other attendees.
    • This lecture will cover the services and activities of the Parents Legal Centre.
    • Registration is required.
  • No Housing Co-op is an Island
    • Saturday, October 19 – (8:30 am – 4:45 pm)
    • Richmond – 3099 Corvette Way (Westin Wall Centre)
    • Cost: $190 + GST (full-day), $160 + GST (half-day). Click here for information on how to get additional discounts.
    • This set of 12 workshops will address outside influences that can impact your co-op, for better or worse. Workshops include “Ask the Lawyers,” “Disputes under the CRT,” and “Privacy Primer for Co-ops,” among others.
    • Registration is required. To register go to: chf.bc.ca
  • Compassion, Law and Why Refugee Claims Matter
    • Thursday, October 24 – (5:30 pm – 7:00 pm)
    • Vancouver – 2610 Victoria Dr. (ISS of BC)
    • This free event is part of the speaking series “A Closer Look: Does Immigration Matter?” The lecture will be presented by Catherine Dauvergne, Dean of Allard School of Law at UBC, and is on the topic of “Compassion, Law, and Why Refugee Claims Matter.”
    • Registration is required.

For individuals with a disability and their families, friends, caregivers, and support workers:

  • Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) Information Session Level 2
    • Saturday, October 19 – (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)
    • Vancouver – 312 Main Street (Vancouver Centre for Social & Economic Innovation)
    • This free workshop will provide information for those who want to take advantage of the RDSP and make the best financial decisions for long-term growth.
    • Registration is required.
  • Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning Workshop
    • Thursday, October 24 – (10:00 am – 12:30 pm)
    • Vancouver – 312 Main Street (Vancouver Centre for Social & Economic Innovation)
    • Cost: $65 per person or $90 for two people.
    • This workshop will explain how to arrange your estate, prepare a will, and the various ins and outs of setting up a trust specifically for your relative or loved-one with a disability.
    • Registration is required.
  • Twitter Town Hall
    • Monday, October 28 – (12:00pm – 2:00pm)
    • Online – Tweet your stories, comments and questions to #A2JChatBC
    • In this free event, Chief Justice Bauman, Chief Judge Gillespie and Jennifer Muller, a former self-represented litigant, will discuss opportunities and progress in the Access to Justice movement in a live Twitter Town Hall.
  • Bridging Regulatory Reform and Human-Centered Design & Innovation
    • Tuesday, October 29 – (4:00 pm – 6:30 pm)
    • Vancouver – Pan Pacific Vancouver
    • Open to all in the legal profession. A lecture by Professor Margaret Hagan, Director of the Legal Design Lab at Stanford Institute of Design. She will share examples of policy change and experimentation which have generated the most impact and encouraged access to justice action.
    • Cost: $30 (lawyer, notary/paralegals, justice advocates, judges and articling students)/$15 (law students). Registration is required.

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