February 2019 Events (BC-wide, Online)

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  • Friday, February 1: BC Ombudsperson sends a mobile investigation team to Richmond.

Do you think you have been treated unfairly by the provincial government, your local government, or another public organization in BC? If yes, we may be able to help. We are currently scheduling in-person appointments to hear your complaints. All appointments are free and confidential. Get more information here.

  • February 1 – 23 (various dates): UBC’s Peter A. Allard School of Law presents two events at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
    • Friday, February 1 (12:30 – 2:00 pm) Indigenous Perspective on Lands, Dispossession, and Homelessness:  a part of 2019 Indigenous Awareness Week, co-presented by Indigenous Legal Studies & the Indigenous Law Students Association – Franklin Lew Forum
    • Saturday, February 23 (1:00 – 6:00 pm) Vancouver International Humanitarian Law Conference – Hosted by the Canadian Red Cross. Conference focusing on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and related issues. The purpose is to educate the public about the rules of war and expose them to current hot topics. The sessions include question and answer periods aimed at encouraging dialogue among IHL experts, academics and practitioners. Franklin Lew Forum

  • People's Law School logoFebruary 7 – 14 (various dates): People’s Law School presents free classes for the public in Burnaby.
    • Thursday, February 7 (7:00 – 8:30 pm) Power of Attorney – Burnaby Library – Tommy Douglas Branch
    • Thursday, February 14 (7:00 – 8:30 pm) Probating a Will – Burnaby Public Library – McGill Branch
  • February 7 – 27 (various dates): Plan Institute presents information sessions and workshops by phone/computer and in LadnerVancouver.
    • Thursday, February 7 (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning Workshop – Plan Institute Office, 312 Main Street, Vancouver. Cost: $65.00 per person or $90.00 for two.
    • Thursday, February 21 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) Info Session – Plan Institute Office, 312 Main Street, Vancouver. Cost: free.
    • Thursday, February 21 (7:00 – 9:00 pm) Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning – Delta Community Living Society, Ladner. Cost: $5.00 (families) and $20.00 (professionals). Closing date for registration: Monday, February 18, 2019. For more information, contact Si Stainton, Family Services Manager at sstainton@dcls.ca or 604.946.9508.
    • Wednesday, February 27 (7:00 – 9:00 pm) Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) Info Session – teleseminar by phone/computer. Cost: free.
  • February 12 – 26 (various dates): Amici Curiae presents LEXtures 2019 in Vancouver (also via webinar).
    • Tuesday, February 12 (5:30 – 7:00 pm) Tenancy Law: An Overview – Justice Education Society, 260 800 Hornby St., Vancouver. Cost: free (volunteers & institutional partners rate, Amici Curiae friends rate)/$105 (single-seat rate).
    • Tuesday, February 26 (5:30 – 7:00 pm) Animal Law – Justice Education Society, 260 800 Hornby St., Vancouver. Cost: free (volunteers & institutional partners rate, Amici Curiae friends rate)/$78.75 (single-seat rate).

This workshop reviews the key foundations of the Act and how it affects the ongoing work of your board and organization. Cost: Member- $95.00; Non-member- $110.00. City of Vancouver Bursaries available. 1183 Melville Street, Vancouver. Get more information here.

  • Disability Alliance BC logoThursday, February 21 (12:15 – 2:15 pm): Disability Alliance BC presents a talk on the Disability Tax Credit and Registered Disability Savings Plan at Burnaby Neighbourhood House in Burnaby.

This talk is a part of Pacific Immigrant Resource Society’s EAL course on Parenting and Disability. Cost: free. To register, please contact 604-298-5888 or Valerie at vlai@pirs.bc.ca. Get more information here.

This group is hosted by the North Shore Disability Resource Centre, and is facilitated by and for people with disabilities. This meeting features an RDSP expert from Disability Alliance BC. Space is limited and registration is required. Get more information here.

This training is suitable for those working in front-line positions, coordinators and managers at settlement service provider agencies, as well as community stakeholders who work with and support refugees and refugee claimants from the time they come to BC, during their claim process, when a claim decision is received an who are/become permanent residents (PRs). Cost: free. Get more information and register online here.

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Essay Contest for Secondary School Students

Know a BC high school student who likes to write and is interested in law? Tell them about this essay contest.

The Law Society of BC is inviting BC secondary school students to participate in an essay contest about the Rule of Law.

The Rule of Law Essay Contest

When:
Submission deadline is April 5, 2019

Who:
All grade 12 students in BC and any BC secondary student who is currently enrolled in, or has taken, either law 12 or civic studies 11.

Topic:
How would you explain the concept of the rule of law to a new classmate who recently arrived in Canada? Please provide examples of its application to our daily lives, which may include a discussion of any current challenges or threats to the rule of law.

Prizes:
The winner and runner-up will receive cash prizes of $1,000 and $500, respectively, at an awards presentation at the Law Society in Vancouver.

For contest details, including submission guidelines and a downloadable flyer, go to the contest page at the Law Society of BC website.