December 2018 Events (BC-wide, Online)

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Please join Naomi Sayers and Crystal Reeves in an important conversation about challenging the continued reliance on and justification of state responses to gender-based violence, especially around state and non-state violence against Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people. The session will be two-hours with each facilitator delivering for an hour. Session 1 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm). Session 2 (2:00 – 4:00 pm). Get more information and register online here.

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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 eventassistant@allard.ubc.ca. This event qualifies for 1 CPD credit. DLA Piper Hall, Room 104. Get more information here (PDF).

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October 2018 Events (BC-wide, Online)

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BC’s inaugural Access to Justice Week will take place from October 1 – 5, 2018 with events in Vancouver, Kamloops, and Victoria. The initiative is being led by Allard Law School at the University of British Columbia, Thompson River University Faculty of Law, and the University of Victoria Faculty of Law. While many of the events are for law students, you may be interested in the ones below. Get more information here.

  • Monday, October 1 (8:45 am – 12:05 pm): Innovate BC presents the AI Challenge at the Joseph & Rosalie Segal Centre, Harbour Centre in Vancouver. A half-day event featuring keynotes, panels, and presentations from industry and government leaders. Spend your morning learning how AI innovation is transforming the public and justice sectors and what that means for residents of British Columbia. Admission is free but seats are limited. Get more information and register online here.
  • Thompson River University Faculty of Law, Kamloops
    • Tuesday, October 2 (8:00 – 10:00 am) TRU Community Legal Clinic – free coffee, outside the clinic at 623 Victoria Street
    • Wednesday, October 3 (4:30 – 5:30 pm) Meeting the Self-Represented Litigant Challenge: Lessons from Research & Practice – for lawyers (1 hr CPD credit available), at the TRU Community Legal Clinic (623 Victoria Street)
    • Thursday, October 4 (8:00 – 10:00 am) TRU Community Legal Clinic – OPEN HOUSE, at 623 Victoria Street, email RSVP by Monday, September 24, 2018 to scarroll@tru.ca
  • Allard Law School at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver
    • Tuesday, October 2 (12:30 – 1:45 pm) What would A2J look like for victims of sexual violence? Talk by Professor Julie Macfarlane – Room 122
    • Wednesday, October 3 (12:30 – 1:45 pm) Lawyering with Heart: Violence-informed and solution-focussed lawyering for Indigenous youth and families, a Panel – Room 123

Nidus presents Personal Planning Month with free presentations and webinars, with viewing available at public host locations throughout BC.

3 ways to participate:

  1. As a group – sign up to watch online.
  2. Individually – sign up to watch online.
  3. Attend at a public host location. See poster or full list at PPM2018.

4 topics, each offered twice on different dates. See the poster with webinars information and registration link here (PDF).

  1. Joint ownership – the Good, the Bad & the Risky!
    • October 2, Tuesday morning, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
    • October 11, Thursday evening, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  2. Dying Without a Will & Tips for Making a Will
    • October 16, Tuesday morning, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
    • October 18, Thursday evening, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  3. Consent to Health Care and to Facility Care
    • October 23, Tuesday morning, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
    • October 25, Thursday evening, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  4. The Planning Continuum — A Will is Not Enough!
    • October 30, Tuesday morning, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
    • November 1, Thursday evening, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
    • In-person presentations, for this topic only, are being held in Vancouver & Burnaby, click for poster PPM2018MetroVan (PDF).

Free in-person presentations held in Metro Vancouver: The Planning Continuum — a Will is not enough! See the poster with presentations and registration information here (PDF).

  • Thursday, Oct 4 (2 – 3:30 pm) Burnaby Public Library – Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch
  • Monday, Oct 29 (1:30 – 3:00 pm) West End Seniors Network, 1447 Barclay Street, Vancouver
  • Friday, Nov 9 (1:00 – 2:30 pm) South Granville Seniors Centre, 1420 W. 12th Ave. (at Hemlock St.), Vancouver

Check out other events, webinars, and workshops from various organizations throughout October:

  • Tuesday, October 2 (1:00 – 2:00 pm): the Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) presents an information session in Vancouver.
  • On April 1, 2019, the CRT will begin resolving certain motor vehicle personal injury disputes in BC. Community groups are invited to an information session to find out more about how the CRT works and how we’re implementing this new area of jurisdiction. This session will be held at the CRT office in downtown Vancouver. If you are not able to participate in person, please let us know and we will provide you with call-in information. Get more information and register online here.

  • Tuesday, October 2 (5:30 – 7:30 pm): Amici Curiae presents a lecture and a panel as part of Amici Curiae Lecture Series 2018 at the Justice Education Society in downtown Vancouver (also accessible as a webinar).

Professor Julie Macfarlane of the University of Windsor will deliver a lecture titled Stepping Up to the Challenge of Access to Justice, followed by a panel What makes A2J BC unique? CPD: 2 hours including 2 hours in client relations, ethics and professional responsibility. Seating is limited. Get more information and register online here.

  • October 4 – 5: Access Pro Bono BC presents the 7th National Pro Bono Conference in Vancouver.

Entitled “Seeing the Need, Taking the Lead,” the 7th National Pro Bono Conference will bring together lawyers, paralegals, law students, judges, politicians, government representatives, non-profit sector leaders, academics and the public from Canada, the US and abroad to share ideas and best practices for increasing access to justice for all members of society. Get more information and register online here.

  • October 4 – 18 (various dates): People’s Law School presents free classes for the public in Burnaby and Port Moody.
    • Thursday, October 4 (7:00 – 8:30 pm) Strata Homeowner Survival Guide – Tips for avoiding problems with your strata corporation – Burnaby Public Library – McGill Branch
    • Thursday, October 11 (7:00 – 8:30 pm) Landlord Survival Guide – Tips for avoiding problems with your tenants – Burnaby Public Library – McGill Branch
    • Monday, October 15 (7:00 – 8:30 pm) Wills and Estates – Burnaby Public Library – Bob Prittie Branch
    • Wednesday, October 17 (7:00 – 8:30 pm) Wills and Estates – Port Moody Library
    • Thursday, October 18 (7:00 – 8:30 pm) Probate – Burnaby Public Library – Tommy Douglas Branch

Level: Intermediate/Advanced. There are many kinds of psychological injuries workers may suffer on the job. Some examples are: PTSD for those who witness or are involved in a traumatic event, anxiety, phobias, depression arising from workplace events or from chronic pain from a work-related injury. This course will look at some of the requirements to get a psychological injury accepted by the WCB or on appeal. All courses are held by at the Maritime Labour Centre, 111 Victoria Drive, Vancouver. Course fee for 1-day courses is $70 (members of affiliated unions)/$90 (other). Get more information and the registration form here.

  • Wednesday, October 17: Law for Nonprofits presents two workshops in Vancouver.
    • 9:30 am – 12:00 pm Employment & Human Rights 101 Workshop – Alliance for Arts + Culture, Vancouver. Cost: $50. City of Vancouver Bursaries available. Get more information and register online here.
    • 1:00 – 3:30 pm The New Societies Act: What You Need to Know – Alliance for Arts + Culture, Vancouver. Cost: $50. City of Vancouver Bursaries available. Get more information here.
  • October 24 – 30 (various dates): Courthouse Libraries BC presents two free CPD-eligible webinars.
    • Wednesday, October 24 (12:00 – 1:30 pm) Human Rights 201 for Advocates and Service Providers. This 1.5 hour webinar is a follow up to the introductory level course on human rights law offered earlier this year. This course will expand on the topics covered in the Human Rights 101 course and delve deeper into the topic of the duty to accommodate in human rights law. Our presenter, Laura Track is a lawyer and the Director of Education for the Human Rights Clinic at the Community Legal Assistance Society. Participants in this webinar may claim up to 1.5 hour of CPD credit with the LSBC. Get more information and register online here.
    • Tuesday, October 30 (12:30 – 1:30 pm) Civil Resolution Tribunal: New Areas of Jurisdiction. This 1 hour webinar will highlight some of the areas of jurisdiction that will come under the Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) starting next year, including some motor vehicle personal injury disputes, and provide you with an inside look at the CRT and Solution Explorer. Our presenter Shannon Salter is the Chair of the CRT. This webinar is suitable for lawyers, advocates and front line workers who may be assisting clients in navigating the CRT or the Solution Explorer. Participants in this session may claim up to 1 hour of CPD credit with the LSBC. Get more information and register online here.
  • Friday, October 26 (3:45 – 6:00 pm): Cerebral Palsy Association of BC presents a workshop Mental Health in the Workplace: Rights and Responsibilities of Youth with Disabilities at the Richmond Centre for Disability, Richmond.

This workshop series will address the issues of mental health in the workplace for youth with disabilities. The workshops will be given by two lawyers. Get more information and registration details here.

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September 2018 Events (BC-wide, Online)

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  • September 5 – 14 (various dates): Access Pro Bono presents the 11th Annual Pro Bono Going Public in Vancouver and Surrey, and also by phone.
    • Wednesday, September 5 (10:00 am – 2:00 pm) City Hall Plaza, Surrey
    • Friday, September 7 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) Victory Square Park, Vancouver
    • Wednesday, September 12 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) Vancouver Art Gallery, North Plaza, Vancouver
    • Friday, September 14 (2:00 – 4:00 pm) Telephone clinic, BC-wide

In each free legal advice-a-thon location, volunteer lawyers will work in one-hour shifts throughout the day to advise individual clients in an open-air setting. Clients will be low- and modest-income individuals, including homeless people who may otherwise have limited access to traditional free legal advice clinics. Some clients will have pre-scheduled appointments, while others will simply drop in for free advice on a wide range of legal issues. Get more information here.

Improperly conducted workplace investigations can place you and your organization at considerable risk. Organizations are being sued for improperly conducted harassment investigations. You need to be sure that you handle all investigations in a way that doesn’t place your organization at risk. Learn how to handle workplace harassment investigations from the experts at our free webinar. This webinar will be of interest to HR managers, program managers, executives and nonprofit leaders. Get more information and register online here.

This workshop reviews the key foundations of the Act and how it affects the ongoing work of your board and organization. This Part 1 workshop will focus specifically on key governance and legal compliance issues. Part 1 will also address some common questions about basic corporate attributes and the difference between corporate status and tax designation and provide the basic hierarchy of rules that societies must follow. Cost: Member- $95.00; Non-member- $110.00. City of Vancouver bursary available. Get more information and register online here.

  • September 12 – 15 (various dates): Law for Nonprofits presents two workshops in Nelson and Vancouver.
    • Wednesday, September 12 (9:30 am – 12:00 pm) The New Societies Act: What You Need to Know – Alliance for Arts + Culture, Vancouver. City of Vancouver Bursaries available. Get more information and register online here.
    • Saturday, September 15 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) BC Societies Act: Recordkeeping and Privacy for Non-profits – Hume Hotel, Nelson. Get more information here.
  • September 13 – 17 (various dates): People’s Law School presents two free classes for the public in Burnaby.
    • Thursday, September 13 (7:00 – 8:30 pm) Power of Attorney – Burnaby Public Library, McGill Branch.
    • Monday, September 17 – (7:00 to 8:30 pm) Immigration Law – Burnaby Public Library, Bob Prittie Branch
  • Tuesday, September 18 (12:30 – 2:00 pm): Indigenous Legal Studies at Peter A. Allard School of Law presents Jim Reynolds and his book Aboriginal Peoples and the Law at Indigenous Classroom, Rm 123, UBC Vancouver.

Can Canada claim to be a just society for Indigenous peoples? As part of the process of reconciliation, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission urged a better understanding of Aboriginal law for all Canadians and Jim Reynolds responds to that call in his latest book “Aboriginal Peoples and the Law: A Critical Introduction.” Get more information here.

  • Wednesday, September 19 (various dates): Nelson CARES Society presents the Annual General Meeting in Nelson.

To vote at the AGM you must be a member in good standing with a paid membership at least 14 days in advance. Light refreshments provided. Get more information here.

  • September 19 – 26 (various dates): Vancouver & District Labour Council presents Labour Education courses in Vancouver.
    • Wednesday, September 19 (10:00 am – 4:30 pm) Introduction to WCB – Level: Beginner. A basic overview of the Workers’ Compensation system as it applies to workers who are injured or develop an occupational disease on the job.
    • Wednesday, September 26 (9:30 am – 4:00 pm) Canada Labour Code – All levels.  This new course is designed to provide an understanding of key
      aspects of the code and its application to the unions and employers covered by federal labour law.

All courses are held by at the Maritime Labour Centre, 111 Victoria Drive, Vancouver. Course fee for 1-day courses is $70 (members of affiliated unions)/$90 (other). Get more information and the registration form here.

On April 1, 2019, the CRT will begin resolving certain motor vehicle personal injury disputes in BC. Community groups are invited to an information session to find out more about how the CRT works and how we’re implementing this new area of jurisdiction. This session and another one in October will be held at the CRT office in downtown Vancouver. If you are not able to participate in person, please let us know and we will provide you with call-in information. Get more information and register online here.

  • September 26 – 28 (various dates): the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC presents the AGM and a workshop in Burnaby and Richmond.
    • Wednesday, September 26 (5:30 – 8:30 pm) the 63rd Annual General Meeting at Bonsor Recreation Complex, Burnaby. Light refreshments will be served at 5:30 pm. Members, community partners, and new members are all welcome. Get more information and RSVP details here.
    • Friday, September 28 (3:45 – 6:00 pm) Mental Health in the Workplace: Rights and Responsibilities of Youth with Disabilities – Richmond Centre for Disability, Richmond. Get more information and registration details here.

Join us for our 8th BC Information Summit as we explore how the changing perceptions of the right to know versus the right to one’s privacy are being shaped. As technological innovation continues to evolve and connect our world, it is time for our information and privacy frameworks to catch up. Commissioners and committees are calling for a change to the systems. In terms of the BC freedom of information system, there is the potential for change on the horizon as we await the results from the provincial public consultation. Federally, there is still a lot of work to be done. This conference has assembled a range of experts from varying backgrounds to look at these developments and what they might mean for information and privacy rights. Get more information and register online here.

  • Thursday, September 27 (5:30 – 9:00 pm): Disability Alliance BC presents Fall Fling Gala and Fundraiser at the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver.

Fall Fling is a fun evening out and a great way to connect with friends and colleagues from BC’s diverse disability community. And your attendance is an opportunity to show your support for our work and for British Columbians with disabilities. All proceeds from Fall Fling benefit people with disabilities through Disability Alliance BC’s programs and services. DABC’s Executive Director, Jane Dyson, is retiring this year and this will be her last DABC gala. We really hope you can join us to help celebrate her 20-year legacy advocating for people with disabilities! Get more information and register online here.

  • Friday, September 28 (1:00 – 2:30 pm): Nidus presents a presentation The Planning Continuum — a Will is not enough! at the South Granville Seniors Centre in Vancouver.

What are the essential legal documents in BC to plan for incapacity, for end-of-life, and for after death? This presentation gives an overview of legal documents such as Representation Agreements, Enduring Powers of Attorney, and Wills. Learn how Personal Planning is different from Estate Planning. Find out how to make your plans and where to register them. This is part of Nidus’ October Personal Planning Month. Get more information here.

TRU CLC will kick off Access to Justice Week with other Kamloops legal resources at the weekend Farmers Market, stop by to say hello! Get more information here.

Justice Hack BC is a coding-encouraged-but-not-required hackathon/designathon. It is part of BC’s Access to Justice Week and aims to facilitate knowledge-sharing, and community-building around BC justice issues. Technologists, business people, designers, and justice system actors (including lawyers) can all benefit from attending. Justice Hack BC is designed to provide a deep level of knowledge-sharing between participants that will enhance their careers while gaining a detailed level of knowledge about challenges in the justice system, meeting new people with similar interests and complementary abilities, and (most importantly) having a good time. Get more information and purchase the tickets online here.

BC’s inaugural Access to Justice Week is coming soon in the first week of October. Here’s one of the events planned for the week:

  • Monday, October 1 (8:45 am – 12:05 pm): Innovate BC presents the AI Challenge at the Joseph & Rosalie Segal Centre, Harbour Centre in Vancouver.

A half-day event featuring keynotes, panels, and presentations from industry and government leaders. Spend your morning learning how AI innovation is transforming the public and justice sectors and what that means for residents of British Columbia. Admission is free but seats are limited. Get more information and register online here.

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July 2018 Events (BC-wide, Online)

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  • Friday, July 13 (2:00 – 3:00 pm): Disability Alliance BC presents a free workshop on Registered Disability Savings Plan at RBC Cambie & Broadway, Vancouver.

Under 50? Learn how to open a Registered Disability Savings Plan account and receive up to $1,000 per year. Get more information here.

  • July 14 – 23 (various dates): Seniors First BC presents workshops in Vancouver and Burnaby.
    • Saturday, July 14 (11:00 am – 12:00 pm) Elder Abuse: What Is It? How Do We Deal With It? Workshop (in Mandarin/Cantonese) – 228-2055 Boundary Road, Vancouver. Get more information here.
    • Monday, July 16 (10:00 – 11:45 am) Elder Abuse and Social Connection Workshop – MOSAIC 5575 Boundary Road, Vancouver. Get more information here.
    • Thursday, July 19 (8:00 am – 4:00 pm) Seniors’ Health and Safety Fair – Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver. Get more information here.
    • Friday, July 20 (11:00 am – 12:00 pm) Powers of Attorney, Joint Bank Accounts and Representation Agreements Workshop – South Burnaby Neighbourhood House, 4460 Beresford Street, Burnaby. Get more information here.
    • Monday, July 23 (10:00 – 11:45 am) Elder Abuse and Social Connection Workshop – MOSAIC 5575 Boundary Road, Vancouver. Get more information here.
  • Monday, July 16 (6:00 – 11:30 pm): PovNet presents a burger and beer social at the Morrissey, 1227 Granville Street, Vancouver.

This event is for PovNet members, front line workers, social justice lawyers and all the wonderful people we’ve had the opportunity to work with throughout the year. Come and join us for a burger and beer social at the Morrissey! Please reserve a ticket as soon as possible. Bring colleagues and friends (include them in your ticket numbers or forward them the link to grab their own ticket). Get more info and reserve your ticket here.

  • Friday, July 20 (1:00 – 2:30 pm): Nidus presents a free presentation on Personal Planning at South Granville Seniors Centre, Vancouver.

Are you prepared in case of incapacity, for end-of-life, or for other support needs? Find out about the essential planning documents you can make – to ease the burden on others and avoid the need for government involvement in your personal affairs. No registration is required. Get more information here.

The training program is offered to self-identified women who want to obtain the necessary skills to volunteer for our direct services (intake & crisis line, women’s support groups, court accompaniment, community events, special projects and ongoing training, and more). The training will be held every Friday from September 21st to December 7th, 2018. Get more information by calling Claudia at 604-687-1868 ext. 308 or sending an email to intake@bwss.org.

  • Saturday, July 28 (3:30 – 5:30 pm): QMUNITY presents Trans ID Clinic (Drop-in) at its accessible office in Vancouver.

Qmunity’s Transgender ID Change Clinic provides basic notarial services for low-income transgender individuals who are applying for a legal name change and/or to change gender markers on their identification. To make an appointment, or if you have any questions about the Clinic, please email us at TransID@qmunity.ca. Get more information here.

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May 2018 Events (BC-wide, Online)

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BCCLA members and friends are invited to hear highlights of the BCCLA’s work over the past year, as well as our key priorities into the months ahead. We will also attend to usual AGM business and announce our newly elected Board of Directors. Registration required. Get more information and register online here.

  • Thursday, May 3 (12:00 – 1:00 pm): Courthouse Libraries BC presents the webinar Legal Aid Services for Indigenous People.

This webinar is aimed primarily at frontline staff working in community organizations and public libraries throughout BC. Our goal is to help you be better able to support Indigenous clients facing legal issues by knowing about the services and resources available in your communities.

Our presenter, Rhaea Bailey, is the Legal Services Society Manager of Indigenous Services. She will provide an overview of the organization, the work they do, and how, when and where to access their services. Get more information and register online here.

  • May 3 – 10 (various dates): People’s Law School presents free classes on the legal issues of everyday living in Port Moody and Burnaby.
    • Thursday, May 3 (7:00 – 8:30 pm) Strata Homeowner Survival Guide – Port Moody Library. Register in person at the library, or by calling 604-469-4577. Get more information here.
    • Thursday, May 10 (7:00 – 8:30 pm) Wills and Estates – Burnaby Public Library – McGill Branch. Register in person at the library, or by calling 604-299-8955. Get more information here.
  • May 3 – 22 (various dates): Plan Institute presents events by phone and in Vancouver:
    • Thursday, May 3 (7:00 – 9:00 pm) Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning Workshop – Plan Institute Office, Suite 260 – 3665 Kingsway, Vancouver. Cost: $65.00 per person or $90.00 for two. Register online here.
    • Tuesday, May 22 (7:00 – 9:00 pm) Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) – teleseminar by phone/computer. Cost: free. Register online here.
  • May 10 – 16 (various dates): Law for Nonprofits presents various workshops in Creston, Nakusp, Golden, Invermere, Kaslo, and Vancouver.
    • Thursday, May 10 (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm) Societies Act Transition Workshop – College of the Rockies – Creston campus. Free if your organization is registered with the West Kootenay Transition Hub. Get more information and register online here.
    • Wednesday, May 16 (9:30 am – 12:00 pm) Employment and Human Rights 101 Workshop –  the Alliance for Arts + Culture, Vancouver. The fee is $50. City of Vancouver Bursaries available. Get more information and register online here.
    • Wednesday, May 16 (1:30 pm – 4:00 pm) Societies Act Transition Workshop –  the Alliance for Arts + Culture, Vancouver. The fee is $50. City of Vancouver Bursaries available. Get more information and register online here.
    • Thursday, May 17 (1:00 – 3:00 pm) Societies Act Transition Workshop – Selkirk College, Nakusp. Free if your organization is registered with the West Kootenay Transition Hub. Get more information and register online here.
    • Thursday, May 24 (1:00 – 2:30 pm) Societies Act Transition Workshop – Golden. Free if your organization is registered with the East Kootenay Transition Hub. Get more information and register online here.
    • Thursday, May 24 (1:00 – 2:30 pm) Societies Act Transition Workshop – Invermere. Free if your organization is registered with the East Kootenay Transition Hub. Get more information and register online here.
    • Wednesday, May 30 (1:00 – 3:00 pm) Societies Act Transition Workshop – Selkirk College, Kaslo. Free if your organization is registered with the West Kootenay Transition Hub. Get more information and register online here.

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Organization of the Month | April 2018

This month, we feature Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, a Clicklaw contributor.

CBABC is the provincial division of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA). The CBA is a professional, voluntary organization representing 38,000 lawyers, judges, Quebec notaries, law teachers, and law students from across Canada. More than 6,700 are members of the BC Branch. CBABC operates the Dial-A-Law service.

Law Week 2018 is fast approaching and the Canadian Bar Association’s BC Branch is looking forward to celebrating the signing of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms during the week of April 16-22, 2018.

Originated by the Canadian Bar Association and first held in Canada in 1983, Law Week provides an excellent opportunity for the legal profession to educate the public about the vital role that lawyers and the judiciary serve in guaranteeing an open, independent and unbiased judicial system.

Law Week events are held in communities throughout British Columbia during the month of April and into May this year and are made possible through the efforts of lawyers who donate thousands of hours of volunteer time across Canada.

2018 Events include: courthouse tours, free public law classes, Dial-A-Lawyer Day, The Barry Sullivan Law Cup, Meet the Chiefs student forum, and Judges in the Classroom.

Dial-A-Lawyer Day is an annual event and an integral part of Law Week in BC. British Columbians are invited to speak with a lawyer for up to 15 minutes at no cost about the following areas of law: Business, Employment, Family, Immigration, Tort & Motor Vehicle, and Wills & Estates. Last year, a staggering 325 calls were answered by a group of 20 volunteer lawyers who provided the public with this very valuable service.

Law Week is a collaborative project organized through the partnership of the BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association, the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, the Law Foundation of British Columbia, the Law Society of British Columbia, the Vancouver Bar Association, and the Trial Lawyers Association of BC.

To find out more information about Law Week and how you can participate, visit the Law Week website.

Follow and participate on Twitter: @BCLawWeek  #BCLawWeek

In other news…

Earlier this year, CBABC announced the launch of the new BC Legal Directory. After 30 years in print, the publication is now a purely online experience optimized for mobile devices and fully accessible to the public for the first time.

The BC Legal Directory is the most comprehensive listing of BC lawyers, including private practice, corporate counsel and government lawyers. The directory also includes the judiciary, paralegals, notaries and law-related groups such as law schools and local bar associations. Lawyer profiles are searchable by name, location, languages spoken and areas of practice. The directory offers more robust profiles and wider exposure for legal professionals, along with the capacity to update a profile at any time.

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April 2018 Events (BC-wide, Online)

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  • April 4 – 20 (various dates): Law for Nonprofits presents various workshops in Creston, Slocan Valley, Nelson, and Vancouver.
    •  Wednesday, April 4 (9:30 am – 12:00 pm) The New Societies Act: What You Need to Know – the Alliance for Arts + Culture, Vancouver. The fee is $50. City of Vancouver Bursaries available. Get more information and register online here.
    • Wednesday, April 4 (1:30 – 4:00 pm) Privacy 101 – the Alliance for Arts + Culture, Vancouver. The fee is $50. City of Vancouver Bursaries available. Get more information and register online here.
    • Thursday, April 12 (2:00 – 4:00 pm) The New Societies Act: What You Need to Know –  College of the Rockies – Creston campus. Free if your organization is registered with the West Kootenay Transition Hub. Get more information and register online here.
    • Saturday, April 14 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) The New Societies Act: What You Need to Know – CVFD Fire Hall, Crescent Valley. Free if your organization is registered with the West Kootenay Transition Hub. Get more information and register online here.
    • Friday, April 20 (2:00 – 4:00 pm) The New Societies Act: What You Need to Know – Selkirk College, Nelson. Free if your organization is registered with the West Kootenay Transition Hub. Get more information and register online here.
  • April 4 – 10 (various dates): Plan Institute presents information sessions and workshops by phone and in Vancouver:
    • Wednesday, April 4 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) – teleseminar by phone/computer. Cost: free. Register online here.
    • Thursday, April 5 (7:00 – 9:00 pm) OR Thursday, April 19 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning Workshop – Plan Institute Office, Suite 260 – 3665 Kingsway, Vancouver. Cost: $65.00 per person or $90.00 for two. Register online here.
    • Tuesday, April 10 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) – Plan Institute Office, Suite 260 – 3665 Kingsway, Vancouver. Cost: free. Register online here.
  • April 5 – 25 (various dates): Courthouse Libraries BC hosts free webinars on various topics.
    • Thursday, April 5 (1:00 – 2:30 pm) Canada Pension Plan Disability Application and Reconsideration – for legal advocates, presented by Disability Alliance BC. Register online here.
    • Thursday, April 12 (10:00 – 11:00 am) Financial 1st Aid for Service Providers – for legal advocates and intermediaries, presented by Credit Counselling Society. Register online here.
    • Wednesday, April 25 (12:00 – 1:30 pm) Working with Indigenous Clients: Understanding the Historic and Current Contexts that Affect Your Work – for lawyers and legal advocates, presented by Lynda Gray, author of First Nations 101. Register online here.
  • April 8 – 21 (various dates): the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch presents various events as part of BC Law Week 2018 by phone and across the province.
    • April 8 – 14 Make-a-Will Week
    • April 14 – 21 Regional Events in BC courthouses – Nanaimo, Kamloops, Victoria, Kelowna.
    • April 16 – 20 Vancouver Courthouse Tours
    • Saturday, April 21 (10:00 am – 2:00 pm) Dial-A-Lawyer Day event by phone. Everyone in BC is invited to 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. Download the poster (PDF) for more information.

For a list of all classes, locations, and contact info, visit BC Law Week 2018 website. Topics include strata law, employment law, wills & estates, personal planning, accidents & injuries, and mediation. Get more information on each class here.

  • Friday, April 13 (1:00 – 2:30 pm): Peter A. Allard School of Law presents Indigenous Legal Studies Book Talk: Otter’s Journey at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Join the Indigenous Legal Studies for their inaugural book talk series. In Otter’s Journey, Lindsay Borrows employs the Anishinabee tradition of storytelling to explore how Indigenous language revitalization can inform the emerging field of Indigenous legal revitalization. Get more information here (PDF).

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March 2018 Events (BC-wide, Online)

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Join us for a book launch of Robyn Maynard’s Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present. The book is a comprehensive account of nearly four hundred years of state-sanctioned surveillance, criminalization, and punishment of Black life in Canada. Get more information hereBC Civil Liberties Association is a sponsor of the event.

  • March 1-12 (various dates): Plan Institute presents information sessions and workshops by phone and in Vancouver:
    • Thursday, March 1 (7:00 – 9:00 pm) OR Thursday, March 15 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning Workshop – Plan Institute Office, Suite 260 – 3665 Kingsway, Vancouver. Cost: $65.00 per person or $90.00 for two. Register online here.
    • Tuesday, March 6 (7:00 – 9:00 pm) Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) – teleseminar by phone/computer. Cost: free. Register online here.
    • Monday, March 12 (7:00 – 9:00 pm) Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) – Plan Institute Office, Suite 260 – 3665 Kingsway, Vancouver. Cost: free. Register online here.
  • Friday, March 2 (12:00 – 1:30 pm): Disability Alliance BC presents Snack & Chat at #204 – 456 West Broadway, Vancouver.

On PWD or interested in PWD? Come learn about disability benefits and meet new people! Please call Val at 604-875-0188 to register or email feedback@disabilityalliancebc.org. Registration required. Find more information here.

  • March 2-9 (various dates): Courthouse Libraries BC and LSS present free webinars on various topics.
    • Friday, March 2 (12:00 – 1:30 pm) Interjurisdictional Support Services: What’s New in ISO? – will outline recent changes to the BC Interjurisdictional Support Services, the IJSS website and the ISO forms. Register online here.
    • Tuesday, March 6 (12:30 – 1:30 pm) Refugee Law Basics – for lawyers and advocates who have minimal or no experience in refugee law. Register online here.
    • Friday, March 9 (12:30 – 1:30 pm) Gladue Submissions: A Guide to Preparing Gladue Sentencing – for criminal defence lawyers and front line workers who may be assisting a client in preparing for criminal court. Register online here.
  • March 2-29 (various dates): MOSAIC presents 2-day workshops on Canadian Citizenship Preparation in Burnaby, Vancouver, and Surrey.

Join us for a 2-day workshop to prepare for Canadian citizenship! The session will be facilitated by MOSAIC staff. We will talk about topics such as Canada’s history, symbols, government and geography, as well as the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Register online here.

  • March 3-29 (various dates): the BC government is hosting community meetings across the province to help inform its Poverty Reduction Strategy.
    • Saturday, March 3 ( 9:30 am – 12:00 pm) 221 West Esplanade, North Vancouver
    • Saturday, March 10 (10:30 am – 1:00 pm) Ray-Cam Co-operative Centre, Vancouver
    • Saturday, March 17 (10:30 am – 1:00 pm) Best Western Plus Coquitlam Inn Convention Centre, Coquitlam
    • Tuesday, March 20 (6:00 – 8:30 pm) Heritage Hall, Vancouver
    • Thursday, March 22 (5:30 pm – 8:30 pm) Fort Nelson Aboriginal Friendship Society, Fort Nelson
    • Friday, March 23 (1:30 pm – 4 pm) North Peace Cultural Centre, Fort St. John
    • Monday, March 26 (2:30 pm – 5 pm) Maple Ridge Seniors Activity Centre, Maple Ridge
    • Tuesday, March 27 (6:00 pm – 8:30 pm) Langley Senior Resource Society, Langley
    • Wednesday, March 28 (6:00 pm – 8:30 pm) Garden Park Towers, Abbotsford
    • Thursday, March 29 (6:00 pm – 8:30 pm) Coast Hotel, Chilliwack
  • March 6-20 (various dates): Centre for Feminist Legal Studies presents lectures and a symposium at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
    • Tuesday, March 6 (12:30-1:30pm) – Shauna Labman, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba – 24 Years Later: A Comparative Analysis of the Immigration and Refugee Board’s Gender Guidelines (1993) and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression Guidelines (2017) – Room 122 in Allard Hall, UBC Vancouver. Open to everyone.
    • Friday, March 9 (1:30–6:00 pm) – A symposium in honour of Professor Judith Mosoff and launch of a special issue of the Canadian Journal of Family Law – Terrace Lounge, 4th Floor, Allard Hall, UBC Vancouver. RSVP to eventassistant@allard.ubc.ca.
    • Tuesday, March 20 (12:30-1:30pm) – Sarah Hunt, Geography/First Nations and Indigenous Studies, UBC – Decolonizing Access to Justice for Indigenous Women: Reflections on an Inquiry in Process – Room 122 in Allard Hall, UBC Vancouver. Open to everyone.

Join us for this special event with Jonathan Wilkinson, Member of Parliament for North Vancouver and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change. This event is part of the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs’ new Policy in Practice series. Register online here or email tina.liu@ubc.ca.

Two of UVic’s leading Indigenous scholars, John Borrows and Val Napoleon, will discuss the sacred in Indigenous law and reconciliation. They are key figures in UVic’s proposed dual-degree program in Canadian law and Indigenous law. In this conversation, they will explore the nature of Indigenous law and pose important – and challenging – questions about the role of the sacred. This is a free event, and everyone is welcome. Registration is required.

  • March 8-9 (various dates): Seniors First BC presents a couple of workshops for seniors in Burnaby.
    • Thursday, March 8 (4:00 – 5:30 pm) Government Benefits for Older Adults Workshop – Burnaby Public Library – Tommy Douglas branch
    • Friday, March 9 (10:00 – 11:30 am) Powers of Attorney, Joint Bank Accounts and Representation Agreements Workshop (delivered in Mandarin) – CCM – Crystal Mall, Burnaby

Celebrate West Coast LEAF and International Women’s Day all in one fantastic morning! Keynote speaker: Roberta A. Kaplan, history-making litigator and champion of the marriage equality fight at the US Supreme Court. Emcee: Gloria Macarenko, CBC News host. Buy ticket here.

  • March 9-24 (various dates): People’s Law School presents several classes for the public on the following topics in Burnaby, West Vancouver, and Vancouver:
    • Friday, March 9 (7:00 – 8:30 pm) The Societies Act: Information for Not-For-Profits – Burnaby Public Library – McGill Branch
    • Tuesday, March 20 (6:30 – 8:00 pm) Writing Your Will – Dunbar Community Centre, Vancouver
    • Thursday, March 22 (7:00 – 8:30 pm) Strata Homeowner Survival Guide—Tips for Avoiding Problems with Your Strata Corporation – West Vancouver Memorial Library
    • Saturday, March 24 (2:00 – 3:30 pm) Employment Law – Burnaby Public Library – Tommy Douglas Branch

What if someone is not capable to make a Will? This might be a senior with advanced dementia; or an adult with a disability from birth or childhood that affects their capability to understand the nature and effect of making a Will. Who has legal authority for burial or cremation if there is no Will? How must the estate (what the deceased owns) be distributed? Find out what you can and cannot do according to BC law. You will also learn about Personal Planning and how it is different from Estate Planning. Click date to register:

With environmental pressures mounting in Canada and worldwide, the need for strong environmental laws has never been more important. As a respected lawyer and Leader of the Green Party of Canada, Elizabeth May will share her unique perspective on the legal profession and the evolving legal landscape in Canada. Free admission.

There are more than 27,000 non-profit societies in BC, providing services and programs that touch virtually every citizen. All pre-existing BC societies need to transition to the new BC Societies Act. The Act includes many significant changes. There is a two-year transition period by which time all societies in BC will have to have filed a transition application. This workshop will provide your society with the information it needs on whether to make any bylaw or policy changes necessary for your society to transition to effectively function under the new Act. The fee is $50. City of Vancouver Bursaries available. Get more information and register online here.

We offer social support and share legal resources in a confidential setting. This group is run by Self Represented Litigants for Self Represented Litigants. We have a great group with lots of experience to share! We meet monthly. Spaces are limited – RSVP by email: NSSN.vancouver@gmail.com.

  • March 23-29 (various dates): Courthouse Libraries BC and the Pro Bono Students Canada Family Law Project present free public education sessions for self-represented litigants in Vancouver and online.
    • Friday, March 23 (10:30 am – 12:00 pm) Family Law Financial Disclosure in BC – Vancouver Courthouse Library & also available as a webinar. For self-represented litigants who are applying or responding to an application for child support, spousal support, or property division and will need to complete financial disclosure. Get more information and register online here, or email familylawproject.pbsc@gmail.com.
    • Thursday, March 29 (10:30 am – 12:00 pm) Family Violence – Vancouver Courthouse Library & also available as a webinar. self-represented litigants who are experiencing family violence. Get more information and register online here, or email familylawproject.pbsc@gmail.com.

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February 2018 Events (BC-wide, Online)

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  • February 1-28 (various dates): Seniors First BC presents several workshops for seniors in Pender Harbour, Sechelt, Vancouver, Coquitlam, and Richmond.
    • Thursday, February 1 (1:00-3:00pm) Advance Care Planning against Elder Financial Abuse – Pender Harbour Community Hall, Madeira Park
    • Thursday, February 1 (6:30-8:30pm) Advance Care Planning against Elder Financial Abuse – Seaside Centre, Sechelt
    • Tuesday, February 6 (1:00-2:00pm) Powers of Attorney, Joint Bank Accounts and Representation Agreements – Thunderbird Community Centre, Vancouver
    • Thursday, February 15 (1:00-2:30pm) Powers of Attorney, Joint Bank Accounts and Representation Agreements – Glen Pine Pavilion, Coquitlam
    • Wednesday, February 28 (1:00-3:00pm) Bullying between Older Adults in Communal Settings – Richmond Public Library – Brighouse branch
  • February 1-20 (various dates): Plan Institute presents information sessions and a workshop by phone and in Vancouver:
    • Thursday, February 1 (10:00am-12:00pm) Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning Workshop – Plan Institute Office, Suite 260 – 3665 Kingsway, Vancouver. Cost: $65.00 per person or $90.00 for two. Register online here.
    • Wednesday, February 7 (10:00am-12:00pm) Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) – teleseminar by phone/computer. Cost: free. Register online here.
    • Tuesday, February 20 (10:00am-12:00pm) Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) – Plan Institute Office, Suite 260 – 3665 Kingsway, Vancouver (Feb 20). Cost: free. Register online here.
  • February 1-17 (various dates): the BC government is hosting community meetings across the province to help inform its Poverty Reduction Strategy.
    • Thursday, February 1 (6:00-8:30pm) Princess Margaret Secondary School, Surrey
    • Friday, February 2 (2:30-5:00pm) Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex, Williams Lake
    • Saturday, February 3 (10:00am-12:30pm) Quesnel Tillicum Society Native Friendship Centre, Quesnel
    • Thursday, February 8 (4:30-7:00pm) Senior Citizens Hall, Cranbrook:
    • Friday, February 9 (1:00-3:30pm) TBD, Nelson
    • Saturday, February 17 (1:30-4:00pm) Prince George Native Friendship Centre, Prince George

The door opens half an hour early and a hot meal will be provided. Supports are available to help you participate. Get more information here.

  •  February 5-20 (various dates): People’s Law School presents several classes for the public on the following topics in Burnaby and Vancouver:
    • Monday, February 5 (7:00-8:30 pm) Employment Law – Burnaby Public Library – Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch
    • Thursday, February 15 (7:00-9:30pm) Probating a Will – Burnaby Public Library – McGill Branch
    • Thursday, February 15 (7:00-8:30pm) Writing Your Will – Burnaby Public Library – Tommy Douglas Branch
    • Tuesday, February 20 (6:30-8:00pm) Residential Tenancy for Landlords – Dunbar Community Centre, Vancouver

Open to everyone. Speakers: Ayesha Chaudhry, Canada Research Chair in Religion, Law and Social Justice, University of British Columbia, and Sarah Khan, BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre.

 

Join us for a free public talk on the BC Supreme Courts decision to end indefinite solitary confinement. Panelists will be unpacking the decision, its impact on prison justice and mapping what’s to come. Get more information here.

A conversation with BC’s most distinguished public-sector jurist on Child Protection, Conflicted Premiers, the Suppression of Protests, and the Public Interest. Ted Hughes will be interviewed by CBC journalist Laura Lynch, with special guests David Eby, QC, Attorney-General of BC; Maureen Maloney, SFU, former Deputy Attorney-General of BC and Dean of Law at UVic.

This event is free and open to everyone.

The march honours the lives of missing and murdered women and all women’s lives lost in the Downtown Eastside. March begins at Main Street and E. Hastings, Vancouver. Get more information hereBC Civil Liberties Association supporters will congregate in front of RBC at 11:45 AM.

  • February 14-15 (various dates): Law for Nonprofits presents workshops in Vancouver and Cranbrook.
    • Wednesday, February 14 (9:30 am-12:00 pm) Privacy 101 at BC Alliance for Arts + Culture, Vancouver. The fee is $50. City of Vancouver Bursaries available. Get more information and register online here.
    • Thursday, February 15 (6:00-7:30pm MST) Societies Act Transition Workshop at College of the Rockies – Cranbrook Campus. Free for societies who have registered with the East Kootenay Transition Hub. Get more information and register online here.

We offer social support and share legal resources in a confidential setting. This group is run by Self Represented Litigants for Self Represented Litigants. We have a great group with lots of experience to share! We meet monthly. Spaces are limited – RSVP by email: NSSN.vancouver@gmail.com.

We would like to invite you to attend our 2018 Post-Valentine’s Dance Fundraiser. This fundraiser is a community-building event that will be attended by caregivers, migrant workers, and their friends. Your attendance contributes towards advocating on behalf of some of the most precarious workers in our province, and your solidarity contributes to ensuring justice for all workers. As well, we will be celebrating the launch of our organization’s new name—the Migrant Workers Centre! Get more information and buy your tickets here.

This year, on Pink Shirt Day, a national day of bullying prevention, YWCA Metro Vancouver and Hootsuite have partnered to host #Cyberbullying, a discussion exploring how race and gender are connected to cyberbullying. Join us for an interactive panel discussion that will feature experts, advocates and youth discussing the root causes, effects, and themes surrounding cyberbullying. One of the speakers will be Dr. Wanda Cassidy from SFU Centre for Education, Law and Society. Register online for this free event here.

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