November 2018 Events (BC-wide, Online)

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  • November 3 – 10 (various dates): Mediate BC presents Conflict Resolution Week for a workshop and presentations in Vancouver and New Westminster, as well as Facebook Live events.
    • Monday, November 5 (8:30 am – 12:00 pm) Conflict in Motion: Mind, Body and Heart – JIBC New Westminster Campus Theatre. For both experienced conflict practitioners and laypeople with an interest in conflict resolution. Free, register here.
    • Monday, November 5 (7:00 – 8:00 pm) Happy Hallways Preventing and Resolving Neighbourhood Conflict – Chabad-Lubavitch, 5750 Oak Street, Vancouver. Join professional mediator Angela Stadel for a free workshop on preventing and resolving neighbourhood conflict. Free, register here.
    • November 3 – 10 (various dates) Virtual Expo via Facebook. Mediators and Conflict Resolution Enthusiasts will be livestreaming FREE tips and advice on Facebook. Each broadcaster will share inspiring stories and provide valuable takeaways to help you better resolve conflicts in your own personal life. All with the goal of inspiring and equipping you to become your own personal conflict resolution champion. Check out the schedule here.
  • November 5 – 27 (various dates): Plan Institute presents information sessions and workshops by phone/computer and in Vancouver.

This book brings together cutting edge research from around the world to examine the issue of cyberbullying through a mutli-disciplinary lens, offering an array of approaches, interpretations, and solutions. This book is edited by Dr. Wanda Cassidy (Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Education), Dr. Chantal Faucher (Post-doctoral Fellow, Centre for Education, Law & Society), and Dr. Margaret Jackson (Professor Emerita, School of Criminology) from Simon Fraser University, who have been researching cyberbullying among youth and young adults for many years. Free, register here.

  • November 7 – 16 (various dates): Law for Nonprofits presents a workshop in Vancouver (also available via webinar) and a Facebook Live event.
    • Wednesday, November 7 (9:30 am – 1:00 pm) The New Societies Act: What You Need to Know workshop at the Alliance for Arts + Culture Boardroom in Vancouver (also available via webinar). General admission is $50 and live streaming/webinar is $20. City of Vancouver Bursaries available.
    • Friday, November 16 (10:30 am – 12:00 pm) Q&A on the Transition via Facebook Live. Do you have any last questions before transitioning? We will be facebook live streaming to answer any final questions you have before the transition deadline on November 28, 2018. Please go to the Vantage Point’s Facebook to join in.

Come to the free clinic to meet with a lawyer who can provide information about the requirements of Canada’s Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program and help fill out and review sponsorship forms. RSVP by November 5. Get more information here (PDF).

Please join the Society for Children and Youth of BC at our 2nd Annual “A Night for Rights” Celebration Fundraiser to support the advancement of rights for children and youth in BC. Speakers: Dr. Jennifer Charlesworth, Representative for Children and Youth of BC, and Meredith Graham, Spoken Word Artist and young person from care. Get your ticket here.

This lecture explores the practice of spreading legal ideas. It elucidates the challenges in explaining why some legal developments go ‘viral’ and others fail to spread. And it reveals ‘the dark sides of virtue’ by prompting some uncomfortable questions about the role of legal scholars in spreading law and legal ideas. Natasha Affolder is Associate Dean Research and International and a Professor at the Allard School of Law. RSVP to This event qualifies for 1 CPD credit. DLA Piper Hall, Room 104. Get more information here (PDF).

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Library Month at LawMatters

By Megan Smiley, LawMatters Program Coordinator

For those of us without legal training, legal problems can be scary and overwhelming to tackle. Without open access to useful and trusted legal information, it would be near impossible. We are lucky in BC to have a network of public legal education and information organizations working hard to improve access to justice, and local public libraries are a key part that network.

Funded by the Law Foundation of BC, LawMatters is the Courthouse Libraries BC outreach program for public libraries. We believe libraries are the key to informed and connected communities and have been working in partnership with them since 2007.

Together with our library partners, LawMatters works to enhance local public access to legal information throughout the province, from big urban centres to small rural communities. Libraries are able to buy more legal books through LawMatters grant funding, and also receive print copies of some of our most popular Clicklaw Wikibook titles at no cost, such as JP Boyd on Family law. In total, people in 241 communities can find core legal resources at their local public libraries as a result of this program and the hard work of librarians and library staff in each location.

One of the key aspects of our work is to provide training to public library staff on finding and using legal information resources – like Clicklaw.

We regularly hear from librarians that Clicklaw is their ‘go-to’ when answering patrons’ legal questions because it provides ideas for next steps, helps them point their patrons towards the best resource, and when necessary, helps them find the right referral. But it’s also true that librarians are a key part of improving Clicklaw – the relationship is complementary. Public librarians contribute valuable knowledge, expertise and insight so that we can continually develop and improve the site for all users.

People go to public libraries for the widest range of reasons.  Neil Gaiman & Chris Riddell have recently done a beautiful job of expressing the value of libraries, so I won’t attempt to do it here. But I will say to those of you who are struggling with legal issues: Don’t forget about your local public library!

They not only provide free public access to legal books, they can also provide referrals to advocates and other community organizations. They are a quiet safe space for you to think, research, and plan. Lastly, while librarians cannot give legal advice, they are a great resource because they are really good at finding current, reliable, and vetted information. They can help you find the information you need, and if not, help you find the people who can.

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