Clicklaw Monthly Roundup: May 2021

We share with you a monthly roundup of changes to Clicklaw’s collection. Here is a summary of updates done in May 2021.

Solve Problems

BC Ministry of Attorney General

  • Family Justice Counsellors in British Columbia (New)
    A 10-minute video. Family justice counsellors work in Family Justice Centres located in communities across the province to provide services to British Columbians going through separation or divorce.
  • Introducing the New BC Provincial Court Family Rules (New)
    This 7-minute video introduces the new court rules and forms for family law cases in BC Provincial Court. Includes province wide changes, objectives of new rules, registry specific changes, and transition.

Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL)

Canadian Judicial Council 

Each of the handbooks below is a general reference for self-represented civil litigants appearing in Canadian courts. A list of Canadian & BC resources is also included.

  • Civil Law Handbook (New)
    Includes SRL’s rights & responsibilities, legal research, building your case, legal writing, starting a court case, court processes, appeals, and more.
  • Criminal Law Handbook (New)
    Includes SRL’s rights & responsibilities, first steps in your criminal case, bail, building your defence, legal research, court processes, jury, sentencing, and more.
  • Family Law Handbook (New)
    Includes SRL’s rights & responsibilities, family law basics, resolving disputes out of court, legal research & writing, court processes, family violence, and more.

Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS) – BC Human Rights Clinic

  • Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 (New)
    The three-video series provide information about the BC Human Rights Code and how it protects Indigenous Peoples in three areas of life (jobs, tenancy, and access to services). It explains about human rights complaints and how BC Human Rights Tribunal works.

Legal Aid BC

  • Family Law in BC (Updated)
    The website has been greatly revised to reflect the new Provincial Court Family Rules that came into effect on May 17, 2021. It has a new interactive tool for identifying your court registry. Read more details on the Factum.

Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for BC (OIPC)

Office of the Seniors Advocate BC

Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society (PLEO)

  • Societies Act FAQs (Updated)
    For British Columbian non-profit organizations. This wikibook helps individuals understand how to incorporate, manage, and dissolve non-profits in BC.

People’s Law School

Many new and updated resources in PLS’s Clicklaw listings, including: 

  • Accidents and injuries
    Practical information on your rights when you’re injured in an accident. Topics include slip and falls, injuries from a defective product, and figuring out how much in the way of damages you might be entitled to.
  • Health care
    Practical information about you rights to health care and what you can do if you experience discrimination when receiving health care services.
  • Renting & co-ops
    Practical information on your rights when renting or living in a co-op. Topics include a playbook for tenants, co-op disputes and evictions, and your rights when living in a mobile home.
  • Dial-A-Law pages on family law, such as Guardianship, Parenting Arrangements, and Contact, are up to date with the latest information, including the changes to the Divorce Act that came into effect in March and the new Provincial Court Family Rules that took effect in May.

Provincial Court of BC

  • What can I expect at a Family Management Conference? (New)
    This article explains the Family Management Conference at the Provincial Court of BC. Includes definitions, steps for preparing yourself, what will happen at the conference, what happens if you need a trial, getting a copy of an Order, and links to more details.

The National Self-Represented Litigants Project

  • The Evidence Primer: How to Present Your Evidence at Trial (New)
    This Primer is an introduction to the law of evidence for self-represented litigants. It provides a basic overview of the provincial rules of evidence for civil cases, incl. family cases, with a focus on practical knowledge and tips. It is not a comprehensive examination of all the issues.

Reform & Research 

Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL)

  • A Practical Guide to Elder Abuse and Neglect Law in Canada (Project in Progress)
    The Practical Guide aims to: Introduce the concept of elder abuse, provide a summary of key laws relevant to elder abuse and neglect, identify obligations to respond to abuse, neglect and risk, identify key agencies to contact if you are concerned that an older adult is being abused or neglected


BC First Nations Justice Council

  • Indigenous Justice Centres (Newly added)
    The Centres provide culturally appropriate information, advice, support and representation directly to Indigenous people at the community level. While focused primarily on criminal law and child protection issues, they also offer additional services based on community and cultural needs. There are three locations: Merritt, Prince George, and Prince Rupert

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June 2021 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.
June 1-6June 7-13 | June 14-20 | June 21-30
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June 1-6, 2021

  • Elder Abuse: What Is It? How Do We Deal With It? (Webinar)
    by Seniors First BC
    • What: This workshop addresses the correlation between social isolation and abuse of older adults, types of abuse and people involved, and strategies to deal with abuse. Seniors First BC discusses the importance of staying connected to others through brainstorming community resources, and viewing a short video depicting a fictional story of social isolation and elder abuse.
    • When: Thursday, June 3rd, 2021 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    • Cost: Free

June 7-13, 2021

  • Complaining 101 with BC Ombudsperson staff (Webinar)
    by BC Ombudsperson
    • What: Looking for tips to get results when bringing your concerns to public organizations? Join BC Ombudsperson staff and learn how to have your voice heard.
    • When: Tuesday, June 8th, 2021 10:30 AM
    • Cost: Free
  • Buying a Home in British Columbia (Webinar)
    by People’s Law School
    • What: Whether you’re saving up your down payment or spending every weekend at multiple viewings, you can empower yourself with what you need to know to have a smooth transaction and avoid common pitfalls.
    • When: Tuesday, June 8th, 2021 Noon to 1:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
  • RDSP Information Session Level 1 (Webinar)
    by Plan Institute
    • What: Beginner RDSP workshop for those who want to learn what an RDSP is, who qualifies, how to apply for the Disability Tax Credit, and how to open an RDSP. This is best suited to people who want to learn the basics of RDSPs and get general information about the plan. No background knowledge needed to get the most out of this workshop.
    • When: Tuesday, June 8th, 2021 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
    • Cost: Free
  • Disability without Poverty First Monthly Roundup (Webinar)
    by Disability Without Poverty
    • What: Disability Without Poverty is hosting the first of their Monthly RoundUps.  A little more casual than what previous webinars have been, these will be fun, hour long sessions, full of art, music, poetry and updates about the work that is happening. The Monthly RoundUps will be a time to hear stories and ideas from people with disabilities all across the country.
    • When: Thursday, June 10th, 2021 Noon to 1:00 PM
    • Cost: Free

June 14-20, 2021

  • Aging with Rights: Ending Elder Abuse in Canada (Webinar)
    by WEAAD (World Elder Abuse Awareness Day), CanAge, Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario, and Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
    • What: A not-to-be-missed interactive national event for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2021. The webinar will bring together a panel of experts, political figures, advocates and concerned people like you to engage in an inspiring discussion about how we, as a country, can fight elder abuse and protect the rights of older people. Make sure you secure your seat quickly, as space is limited.
    • When: Tuesday, June 15th, 2021 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    • Cost: Free
  • Older Adult Abuse and Neglect Community Safety Series (Webinar)
    by Coquitlam RCMP Community Policing Services
    • What: Older adult abuse and neglect – what it is, how to recognize it, and what to do when you suspect adult abuse and neglect is occurring.
    • When: Tuesday, June 15th, 2021 Noon to 1:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
  • RDSP Information Session Level 2 (Webinar)
    by Plan Institute
    • What: Advanced RDSP workshop for those who already have an RDSP or are deciding where to open their RDSP and want to deepen their knowledge and learn how to maximize growth. This workshop includes more complicated financial information and attendees should already understand RDSP basics and review our glossary of terms before attending this workshop.
    • When: Tuesday, June 15th, 2021 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
    • Cost: Free
  • City of Surrey Focus On Seniors Series: Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention (Webinar)
    by Seniors First BC and the City of Surrey
    • What: Join Seniors First and City of Surrey in honour of World Elder Abuse Day to learn about what elder abuse is, what it looks like, and what we can do to help. Participants will also learn about the services that are available in Surrey to prevent and respond to elder abuse, including information from Seniors First BC, Fraser Health, the BC Association of Community Response Networks (BCCRN), and Seniors Come Share.
    • When: Wednesday, June 16th, 2021 11:00 AM to Noon
    • Cost: Free

June 21-30, 2021

  • Home Renos in British Columbia (Webinar)
    by People’s Law School
    • What: Are you planning on a home reno this summer? Maybe you’re in the early stages and want to know if you need a permit. Or maybe you did some work on your deck last summer and now you’ve just been told you should have gotten a permit. Whatever stage you’re at, we’re here to help with what you need to know and how to deal with common challenges.
    • When: Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021 Noon to 1:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
  • Bullying Between Older Adults in Communal Settings Workshop (Webinar)
    by Seniors First BC
    • What: This workshop addresses the issue of bullying between older adults in communal settings (e.g. seniors’ centres, assisted living housing), types of bullying behaviours and people involved, and strategies to deal with bullying.
    • When: Thursday, June 24th, 2021 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
  • Pivoting to Digital: The Music Edition (Webinar)
    by Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society (PLEO)
    • What: What happens when a musician is put on the spot, expected to share a pre-recorded performance as part of an interview, or festival after the fact?  As art has carried us through the pandemic, the presenter’s and public’s relationship with performances has considerably changed due to going virtual, but your rights haven’t. This panel discussion will discuss the musician’s pivot to digital.
    • When: Friday, June 25th, 2021 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
    • Cost: Free

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.
June 1-6 | June 7-13June 14-20 | June 21-30
Looking for public legal education events? Go back to the beginning.

June 1-6, 2021

  • Confronting Racism in the Criminal Justice System (Webinar)
    by Continuing Legal Education Society of BC (CLEBC)
    • What: Systemic racism is deeply embedded in civil society and in our governing structures. In this full-day course, CLEBC will walk through where, when and how systemic racism, unconscious and conscious bias, micro-aggressions and white privilege exist at each stage of the criminal justice system – from policing to charge assessment, in the bail process, in trials and at sentencing. We will explore how this impacts decisions and proceedings and the ways we can interrupt negative outcomes.
    • When: Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
  • NEVR Conference: Healthy Relationships 2021 (Virtual Conference)
    by Network to Eliminate Violence in Relationships (NEVR)
    • What: NEVR works toward the ultimate goal of eliminating violence in relationships in our community. This conference is an opportunity to learn about the court system and the role of different professionals in the domestic violence justice system, and to participate in designing a court that may work better for survivors of domestic violence. There will be time to listen, reflect and participate in discussions while developing new ideas.
    • When: June 2, 3, and 4, 2021 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM each daily
    • Cost: $22.23 provides access to full conference

June 7-13, 2021

  • Uphold Victims’ Rights and Uproot Systemic Racism (Webinar)
    by Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime (OFOVC)
    • What: OFOVC panelists will discuss experiences of oppression, challenge white privilege, and propose solutions and actions to strengthen victims’ rights.
    • When: Wednesday, June 9th, 2021 10:00 AM to Noon
    • Cost: Free

June 14-20, 2021

  • YWCA Metro Vancouver Presents: The Future of Feminism (Webinar)
    by YWCA
    • What: The Future of Feminism will explore legacies of the movement – those we should bring forward and those we must leave behind – in order to create a just, equitable and inclusive future. Join YWCA Metro Vancouver for this exclusive, one-hour panel discussion featuring YWCA Canada CEO, Maya Roy and YWCA USA Interim CEO, Elisha Rhodes.
    • When: Thursday, June 17th, 2021 Noon to 1:00 PM
    • Cost: Free

June 21-30, 2021

  • No One Left Behind: Reflections on Human Rights and Civil Liberties During the Covid-19 Pandemic (Livestream)
    by BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA)
    • What: Over the past year, the BCCLA collaborated with or supported the work of various individuals and organizations to ensure no one was left behind in Canada’s public health response. We’ve organized a panel to highlight that work and give the panelists a chance to reflect on the impact of the pandemic on some of the most important human rights and civil liberties issues affecting vulnerable and oppressed people across Canada, particularly Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities. 
    • When: Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
    • Cost: Free. RSVP by June 20th to receive link.
  • Q&A on the New Provincial Court Family Rules (Webinar)
    by BC Ministry of Attorney General and Courthouse Libraries BC
    • What: Join us for a 1.5-hour webinar exploring questions and concerns you and your clients may have around the implementation of the new BC Provincial Court Family Rules (PCFR). The Rules took effect on May 17, 2021, with significant changes made to processes and forms. This is an introductory-level and practical focused webinar aimed at intermediaries (advocates, librarians, and community workers) and general practitioner lawyers.
    • When: Thursday, June 24th, 2021 12:30 – 2:00 PM
    • Cost: Free
  • Alone: The Prolonged and Repeated Isolation of Youth in Custody Report (Webinar)
    by Ombudsperson of British Columbia
    • What: This report details the results of a three-year investigation into the use of separate confinement in B.C.’s two youth correctional centres in Prince George and Burnaby, from 2017 to 2019. The report finds the use of separate confinement in B.C.’s youth custody centres is unjust, unsafe and disproportionately impacts Indigenous youth. The Ombudsperson calls for changes to the province’s youth custody laws and practices to set a maximum of 22 hours on separate confinement, treat youth more humanely and strengthen oversight.
    • When: Tuesday, June 29th, 2021 11:00 AM to Noon
    • Cost: Free

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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