April 2019 Events (BC-wide, Online)

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Law Week is a national event held annually in April celebrating the signing of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This year, events are held in communities throughout British Columbia in March, April, and May. Below is a list of what’s going on this month:

  • Regional events
    • Saturday, April 13 (10:00 am – 1:30 pm), Nanaimo Courthouse
    • Saturday, April 13 (10:00 am – 2:00 pm), Victoria Courthouse
    • Tuesday, April 16 (5:00 – 8:00 pm), Kamloops Courthouse
  • Dial-A-Lawyer Day
    • Saturday, April 13 (10:00 am – 2:00 pm)
    • Call 604.687.3221 or 1.800.663.1919 and speak with a lawyer for FREE for up to 15 minutes about the following areas of law: business, employment, family, immigration, tort & motor vehicle, wills & estates.
  • Free Public Education Law Classes
    • April 1 – 27 (various dates)
    • For a list of all classes, locations, and contact info, visit BC Law Week 2019 website. Classes are made possible by People’s Law School. Topics include strata law, employment law, wills & estates, personal planning, and residential tenancy.
  • Student Outreach Program – Judges in the Classroom
    • Schools are invited to use an online booking application to request BC Provincial Court judges and BC sheriffs to present at their location – either in-person or by a live video presentation.
  • Courthouse Orientation and Court Watching
    • Any group in the community is welcome to take part in the Justice System Education Program. Participants visit the courthouse, speak with justice system professionals and experience court in action. Click here to book your group online.

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

  • Drafting Financial Statement Affidavits When Violence is Involved
    • Tuesday, April 2 (5:30 – 7:00 pm)
    • Vancouver – Justice Education Society, 260 800 Hornby St.
    • Webinar access available
    • Cost: Amici Curiae volunteers and firm accountant volunteers: free/Single Seat Rate (in-person and webinar): $157.50
  • Human Rights Primer
    • Tuesday, April 30 (5:30 – 7:30 pm)
    • Vancouver – Justice Education Society, 260 800 Hornby St.
    • Webinar access available
    • Cost: Amici Curiae volunteers and firm accountant volunteers: free/Single Seat Rate (in-person and webinar): $157.50

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

  • Working with Lawyers
    • Friday, April 26 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)
    • Webinar
    • Free for support workers who are supporting women navigating a variety of legal systems with the help of a lawyer

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2019 Bi-Monthly Update Series: January/February

To keep you informed, here are some highlights of changes and updates made to Clicklaw in January and February:

Jan-Feb | Mar-Apr | May-Jun | Jul-Aug | Sep-Oct | Nov-Dec

Multi-lingual Phone Line for Employment Standards
by BC Employment Standards Branch

This multi-lingual phone line for the Employment Standards Branch offers real-time information about employment rights in more than 130 languages. Employment information will be available for both workers looking to understand their rights and employers wanting to understand their legal obligations. Translators will stay with the caller on the phone to help them get to the information they need. This service is available as a trial to March 31, 2019.

Disability Alliance BC

Legal Services Society

People’s Law School

Dial-A-Law is now a service of People’s Law School. It features free information on the law in British Columbia in over 130 topic areas. The information is reviewed by lawyers and updated regularly. Dial-A-Law was previously operated by the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch. A few of the scripts are:

Tenant Survival Guide
by Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre (TRAC)

New, revised edition. Available on Clicklaw Wikibooks. Compared to a PDF, the Wikibook is easier to read on screen, fully searchable, and hyperlinked to key forms and resources. It can also be downloaded as an EPUB – a popular e-book standard – and read on an e-reader, tablet or mobile device. This plain-language guide offers tenants a basic understanding of residential tenancy law in BC. It is designed to educate readers on their rights and responsibilities, and help prevent or resolve any problems they may encounter during their tenancy.

Legal Clinic for Sex Workers
by PACE Society

In partnership with the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program and Law Students for Decriminalization & Harm Reduction, we provide free legal advice and representation for sex workers who cannot afford a lawyer. This is a drop-in pilot project currently operating every second Wednesday from January 16th – March 13th 2019 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Pension Division Review Project
by British Columbia Law Institute

This project will make recommendations to reform the law of pension division on spousal breakdown under part 6 of the Family Law Act. Pensions are a complex type of property to divide fairly between spouses, so the law applying to pension division must be regularly reviewed and kept up to date. This project also allows BCLI to build on past work involving pension division.

Health Care Consent, Aging and Dementia: Mapping Law and Practice in BC
by Canadian Centre for Elder Law

The Canadian Centre for Elder Law (“CCEL”), in collaboration with the Alzheimer Society of British Columbia (“The Society”), is embarking on a project which examines the law, policy and practice of consent to health care in the context of aging and dementia. This 16-month project funded by the Law Foundation of British Columbia will involve extensive comparative legal research on informed consent and interrelated areas of the law, as well as community and key stakeholder consultation. The work will be informed by an expert interdisciplinary advisory committee and will culminate in a report identifying areas for law and practice reform and at least one plain language educational resource on health care consent rights.

2018 CEDAW Report Card
by West Coast LEAF

West Coast LEAF’s 10th annual CEDAW Report Card grades BC on nine issues impacting women’s human rights, including child protection, a new section this year. The Report Card assesses BC’s record in 2018 in relation to the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

Stay informed: