April 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.

April 1-5

  • Working Through This: Legal Clinic for the Arts with Martha Rans (Webinar)
    from Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society
    • What: Artists and cultural workers are currently facing many uncertainties as a result of COVID-19. Many are navigating legal issues surrounding human resources, landlord/tenant negotiations, commercial tenancy, artist contracts, force majeure clauses, and more. Lawyer Martha Rans, Legal Director of the Artists’ Legal Outreach in Vancouver will address current pressing legal issues of importance to the arts and cultural sector, covering discussion points driven by the questions that you provide in the online registration form.
    • When: Thursday, April 2, 11am
    • Cost: Free
  • Your Rights as a Worker in the Time of Coronavirus (Webinar)
    from People’s Law School
    • What: Has COVID-19 impacted your job? Employment lawyer Sara Forte will answer the most common and pressing questions about the impact of coronavirus on your rights as a worker. We’ve increased capacity to 500 attendees, but don’t delay in registering!
    • When: Friday, April 3, 2020 – 4:00 pm to 4:45 pm
    • Cost: Free

April 6-12

  • COVID-19 Related Information for SRLs: Adjournments, Legal Paperwork, & Urgent Cases (Webinar)
    from National Self-Represented Litigants Project
    • What: Julie Macfarlane (SRLP), along with family lawyers Aisha Amjad (Toronto) and Georgette Makhoul (Windsor) , will be discussing court closures and adjournments, filing and affidavits procedures, and providing examples on what the courts mean when they say they will hear “urgent” or “emergency” cases only during this COVID-19 crisis. Deadline to register is 11:00am on April 7, 2020
    • When: Apr 7, 2020 12:30 – 1:30 PM in Eastern Time
    • Cost: Free
  • Co-parenting during COVID-19 (Webinar)
    from Connect Family Law Vancouver
    • What: Hear from divorce coach and registered clinical counsellor, Shelley Behr, as well as mediator and lawyer, Rebecca Stanley, as they discuss both practical and legal issues facing you as a separated co-parent in today’s climate. There will be an extended time for questions.
    • When: Tue, April 7, 2020, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
    • Cost: Free
  • Legal Lunch & Learn: Commercial Leases in Times of Trouble (Webinar)
    from Pacific Legal Education & Outreach (PLEO)
    • What: Join PLEO Director of Programs Martha Rans in a lively weekly discussion about legal issues of concern to the non-profit sector. Starting Wednesday we’ll talk with Grant Haddock, housing lawyer, about commercial leases and negotiating with landlords when times are tough.
    • When: Wed, Apr 8, 2020 12:00 PM
    • Cost: Free

April 13-19

  • Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning (Webinar)
    from Plan Institute
    • What: Learn 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.
    • When: Thursday, April 16, 2020 from 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
    • Cost: $25 per person

April 20-26

  • Planning for the Future — the legal side (Webinar)
    from Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre & Registry
    • What: We are learning many things in response to Covid-19. Now is the time to get your affairs in order! It’s about taking responsibility; its about exercising your rights and duty! Attend one of our introductory webinars and get informed about legal planning documents available in BC. Same topic, offered different times. There will be a question and answer period at the live webinar.
    • When: Tuesday, April 21, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm OR Thursday, April 23, 3 pm to 4:30 pm
    • Cost: $25 per person

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.

Ongoing

  • Remote Working: Setting Yourself and Your Teams Up for Success (online learning)
    from LinkedIn Learning
    • What: Optimize working remotely, whether you’re new to remote work or not, and whether you’re leading a team or part of a team involving distributed team members. Discover how to be productive and stay connected when working from home or other remote environments.
    • When: self-paced, 13 hours
    • Cost: free

April 1-5

  • Join BC’s Human Rights Commissioner for a Twitter Town Hall
    from BC’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner
    • What: Follow us on Twitter @HumanRights4BC to join Commissioner Kasari Govender for a Twitter Town Hall. Can’t make the time? Tweet us your questions in advance! Home with kids? We want to hear from them!
    • When: Thursday, April 2, 2020 – 2:00-3:00 PM

April 6-12

  • Working Remotely in the Face of COVID-19 (Webinar)
    from CLEBC
    • What: As the COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated, the ability to operate a law practice without everyone being together in an office can be critically important. Going forward, practicing mobility and efficient remote access will be key for an effective disaster avoidance strategy. In this seminar, we’ll provide many recommendations for improving your ability to practice law, increasing your focus and productivity, managing distractions, communication, and taking care of clients from anywhere! Instructor: Paul J. Unger, ESQ — Affinity Consulting Group, LLC, Columbus, OH
    • Who should attend: lawyers and legal support staff in all practice areas (private practice, corporate legal, university, and colleges). Most people have experienced a quick shift in what their work day looks like. Let Paul help you adapt to this new reality. The more people within your office who understand this new reality, the more likely everyone will experience success.
    • Learning level: All levels
    • When: Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
    • Cost: $29, bursary available
  • Working from Home Safely – Cybersecurity in the Face of COVID-19 (Webinar)
    from CLEBC
    • What: In this webinar, we will discuss the ethical and malpractice pitfalls of working remotely and how to address them. We will discuss the need for full disk encryption, email encryption, home wireless router security, Windows updates, AntiVirus/Malware, cloud options and how to tighten up security when using Dropbox, Box, One-Drive or Google Drive. Instructor: Paul J. Unger, ESQ — Affinity Consulting Group, LLC, Columbus, OH
    • Who should attend: Lawyers and legal staff looking for smarter tech security strategies in this time of uncertainty.
    • Learning level: All levels
    • When: Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Cost: $29, bursary available

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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Covid-19 Updates: Services and Online Resources

March 24, 2020 – 06:00 PM PDT: We are no longer updating this blog post. Please visit Covid-19 Resources for British Columbians on the Clicklaw Wikibooks for regularly updated information.

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Here, we are providing a temporary space where intermediaries can find useful information for their community in British Columbia such as:

As many organizations and government agencies are still working on planning their responses and transitioning their workforce, we are updating this post regularly.

Last updated: March 23, 2020 – 10:30 AM PDT

Hotline Numbers & Online Resources

Provincial

  • BC Centre for Disease Control: Covid-19 Resources (BC CDC)
    • Information about COVID-19, how to protect yourself, your family and your community and what to do if you suspect you have the virus. Includes translated content (PDF and videos).
    • BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool: use this online tool first to help determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19.
    • If you are unsure about what to do or have medical concerns or questions, contact HealthLinkBC (call 8-1-1) at any time or speak with your health care provider. 8-1-1 has translation services available.
  • COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information (BC)
    • Includes links to information about work for employees and employers
    • For non-health related information and services such as childcare, travel advisories, school closures and more, call 1-888-COVID19 (toll-free) or 604-412-0957 (7:30am-8pm PST). Translation services available. Text: 604-630-0300. Standard message and data rates may apply.
  • BC COVID-19 response update (March 18)
    • Employers must excuse workers for sickness without requiring a doctor’s note
    • The BC government will make changes to the Employment Standards Act to protect workers and prevent layoffs.
  • Medical Services Plan (MSP) for BC residents
    • MSP coverage wait periods waived for people moving back to BC from COVID-19 impacted areas. Some temporary coverage available for British Columbians who are out of the province and unable to return.
  • WorkSafeBC: Covid-19 and the workplace
    • Recommendations for some key workplace issues related to COVID-19, including rights to refuse work, workplace protections, and compensation.

Federal

Community-Focused Resources

Click on the links for the original service changes announcement and more details.

  • Access Pro Bono BC: Moving nearly all of services from in-person delivery to telephone and online delivery. Shutting down the court-based Civil Chambers Program on a temporary basis while in the process of shifting resources to telephone and online service delivery.
  • Courthouse Libraries BC: All 29 locations are closed. For assistance with finding legal information, members of the public can email librarian@courthouselibrary.ca or leave a voice message: 1-800-665-2570 (toll-free) or 604-660-2841.
  • Legal Aid BC: Taking applications for legal aid over the phone only, not accepting in-person applications. Call the Provincial Call Centre (604-408-2172 or 1-866-577-2525) or the local agent in your community.
  • People’s Law School: Offices are closed. Public legal education classes are postponed. For assistance, call 604-331-5400 or email info@peopleslawschool.ca.
  • Justice Education Society: If you have legal info questions, please Ask JES. Volunteers are available live M-F 11-2 via text or phone to 855-875-8867, or web chat https://justiceeducation.ca
  • Justice Access Centres & Family Justice Centres:
    • In-person services are discontinued temporarily, including the Self-help Resource Rooms and services provided by justice partners located in the Justice Access Centres. Services will continue through telephone and other virtual service options until further notice. In locations or circumstances where services are required prior to or as part of a family court process (e.g Rule 5 or Victoria Early Resolution and Case Management Prototype), services will continue to be available through the use of technology. All callers to local centres will be advised of the service options available to them.
    • Clients with appointments already scheduled with Family Justice Counsellors or Child Support Officers will be contacted directly by our local offices to discuss options for how that appointment can proceed.

PovNet maintains a list of programs and services that may have changed or are temporarily closed, including poverty law advocates. See their Covid-19 Service Changes.

BC Courts & Tribunals

Click on the links for the original service changes announcement and more details, including notices.

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