December 2019 Events (BC-Wide, Online)

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Amici Curiae (Friends of Court)

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

  • AC LEXtures: Vicarious Trauma Self-Assessment (ACL TIP 104)
    • This workshop will cover: what a self-assessment tool is, why you need it, and how to create one, how to identify your personal triggers, and strategies for integrating vicarious trauma awareness into the workplace.
    • Tuesday, December 10 (5:30 pm – 7:30 pm)
    • Vancouver – 260-800 Hornby St. (Justice Education Society)
    • Registration is required. This event is free for volunteers, social justice friends are asked to consider a minimum $25 donation.

ISS of BC

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  • WorkSafeBC: Keeping Safe at Work (Farsi)
    • This free workshop in Farsi will cover safety regulations at the workplace in BC, workplace injuries and making a WorkSafeBC Claim.
    • Tuesday, December 10 (5:30 pm – 7:30 pm)
    • Vancouver – 2610 Victoria Drive (ISS of BC, room 201)
    • Registration is required. To register email: samira.sarmast@issbc.org or call 604-684-7498 ext. 1672.

Pacific Legal Education & Outreach Society (PLEO)

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  • Recordkeeping & Privacy for Non Profits
    • Are you aware that members of your Society now have a right to access the Official records of the Society? Do your members know that their contact information can be shared with other members? If this is news to you then this workshop is for you. When was the last time you looked at your privacy policy? Learn what to look for and how to keep your organization PIPA and CASL compliant.
    • Wednesday, December 11 (9:30 am – 11:30 am)
    • Vancouver – 100 – 938 Howe Street (Alliance for Arts and Culture)
    • Cost: $50, City of Vancouver Bursaries available
  • Everything a Society needs to know about the CRT
    • Under the New Societies Act, all society act and cooperative associations act disputes will be going to the Civil Resolution Tribunal. This workshop will help societies be prepared for this major change. The CRT has jurisdiction to resolve many Society and Co-operative disputes. Come learn about the steps involved with the CRT and what you can do to prepare your society.
    • Wednesday, December 11 (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
    • Vancouver – 100 – 938 Howe Street (Alliance for Arts and Culture)
    • Cost: $50, City of Vancouver Bursaries available

Plan Institute

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

  • Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning Workshop
    • In this workshop, estate-planning attorney Halldor Bjarnason & Ken Kramer explain 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.
    • Thursday, December 12 (10:00 am – 12:30 pm)
    • Vancouver – 312 Main Street (Plan Institute Office)
    • Cost: 1 seat $65/2 seats $90

BC Employment Standards Branch

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  • The ABC’s of the ESA (Employment Standards Act)
    • This free seminar covers the basics of employment standards and the Employment Standards Act. Topics include: basic definitions, regular wages, hours of work, statutory holiday pay, deductions and annual vacation.
    • Tuesday, December 17 (2:00 pm – 3:30 pm)
    • Teleconference (access by telephone)
    • Registration is required. To register email ESB.Compliance@gov.bc.ca with the following information:
      • Your name and email address.
      • The seminar topic and date would you like to attend.
      • Questions you’d like answered during the session.People’s Law School

People’s Law School

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Free classes for the public, led by lawyers, notaries and other experts:

  • Employment Law
    • This free workshop will discuss the legal issues that may affect you in the workplace. David Turner, a civil litigation lawyer, will explain the essentials of the Employment Standards Act, the law that sets out minimum standards that every employer and employee must follow.
    • Tuesday, December 17 (6:00 pm – 7:30 pm)
    • Vancouver – VPL South Hill Branch

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November 2019 Events

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Society for Children and Youth of BC

Join the Society for Children and Youth of BC on November 20th for A Night for Rights Celebration Fundraiser, an evening benefiting the advancement of Children’s Rights.

When: November 20, 2019 from 6-9 p.m.
Where: Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street Vancouver, BC V5T 3G7
Registration: $45. For more information, email info@scyofbc.org

Seniors First BC

Free Workshops for Older Adults

Workshop on Residential Tenancy for Older Adults
This 60-minute workshop covers information on Residential Tenancy Law in British Columbia. Discuss the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants, and the process involved in dispute resolution with the Residential Tenancy Branch.
When: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Seniors Come Share Society, located at: 15008 26 Ave., Surrey, BC V4P 3H5

Elder Abuse Workshop: What is it? How do we deal with it? (online livestream)
This 90-minute workshop addresses the correlation between social isolation and abuse of older adults, types of abuse and people involved, and strategies to deal with abuse. We discuss 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: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Live streaming from our office in Downtown Vancouver to Fraser Valley University, Abbotsford.

Workshop on Government Benefits for Older Adults
This 90-minute workshop provides an informative overview to numerous federal and provincial government benefits for seniors – including Old Age Security (OAS), Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), Canada Pension Plan (CPP), Fair Pharmacare, BC Senior Supplement, Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER)
When: November 22, 2019
Where: Live streaming from our office in Downtown Vancouver to Seniors Centre in Pemberton .

Law for Non-Profits

A workshop at the BCPNHA Housing Central Conference
Law for Non-Profits will be presenting a Recordkeeping and Privacy workshop at the BCNPHA Housing Central Conference.
When: The Conference is taking place over three days, from November 17-19, 2019. The workshop presented by Law for Non-Profits on Recordkeeping and Privacy will take place from 2:00-3:15 p.m. on the first day (Nov.17). A full agenda for the conference and schedule of events can be found here.
Where: Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre: 1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC, V6Z 2R9 Canada (map)

MOSAIC

How to Renew Your Permanent Resident Card (in Mandarin)
In this workshop, learn:
1. Eligibility and the preparation of documents
2. Calculating the days of residency in Canada
3. Processing time
4. FAQs
When: November 8, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: CCM Crystal Mall Level 24500 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H 4V2 Canada
Registration: Registration can be found here. There is no registration fee.

Canadian Citizenship Preparation
Join us for a two-day workshop to prepare for Canadian citizenship! The sessions 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. Please have PR number ready when registering and please bring pens, paper, the Discover Canada book if you have it, to class.
When: November 14, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and on November 15, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (this is a recurring event)
Where: Vancouver Public Library (South Hill Branch)6076 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC V5W 2Z7
Registration: Please register here. There is no registration fee. For more information, please contact Shaima 604 254 9626 ext 1021 or sjaff@mosaicbc.org.

People’s Law School
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People’s Law School offers free classes for the public, led by lawyers, notaries and other experts.

Strata Law
If you live in a condo you may have questions about strata bylaws and their enforcement, insurance obligations, and strata council duties and responsibilities. Lawyer Oscar Miklos will discuss these topics and much more.
When: Thursday November 7, 2019 from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Burnaby Library – McGill Branch, 4595 Albert St, Burnaby, BC V5C 2G6
Registration: Register online, or by calling 604-299-8955

Representation Agreements
Topics to be covered in this class about representation agreements, which can be used by your legal representative to make major decisions on your behalf, include…

  • the difference between section 7 and section 9 agreements
  • how a representation agreement differs from a power of attorney
  • when a representation agreement is necessary

When: Thursday November 7, 2019 from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Burnaby Library – McGill Branch, 4595 Albert St, Burnaby, BC V5C 2G6
Registration: Register online, or by calling 604-299-8955

Immigration Law
Do you want to stay in Canada? Do you want to sponsor a family member? Learn about how students can become permanent residents, work options for students, what happens when foreign workers lose their jobs, and how to sponsor a spouse or partner. Get the answers to these questions and more from immigration lawyer, Robert Leong.
When: November 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: Vancouver Library – Kensington Branch, 1428 Cedar Cottage Mews, Vancouver, BC V5N 5Z1
Registration: Not required. For more information call 604-527-4660.

Probating a Will
This class will provide basic information about applying for probate or administration. It will cover what probate involves, what you need to start the process, and the duties of an executor. It also explains whether probate is always necessary, and what to do if there is no will.
When: November 19, 2019 from 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: New Westminster Public Library, 716 6th Avenue, New Westminster, BC V3M 2B3
Registration: Not required. For more information, call 604-527-4660.

Wills and Estates
Make sure your estate will be distributed according to your wishes. Learn how to prepare a will, including the legal requirements, what you should include in your will, and what happens if you die without a will.
When: November 26, 2019 from 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Canucks Family Education Centre, 1655 William St., Vancouver, BC V5L 2R3
Registration: Not required. For more information, call 604-527-4660.

Plan Institute

Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning Webinar (recurring, online)
A pre-recorded webinar version of Plan Institute’s highly successful Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning (WTE) course available online for residents BC.
When: Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 7 – 8:15 p.m.
Registration: $25/person. For more information, please contact: Plan Institute Learning, 604-439-9566 or through email at: info@planinstitute.ca

Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning Workshop (in-person)
Becoming well-informed about wills, trusts and estate planning is necessary to secure the financial future of your loved one with a disability. In this workshop, you will learn how to arrange your estate, prepare a will, and the various ins and outs of setting up a trust specifically for your relative with a disability.
When: Thursday, November 19, 2019 from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Vancouver Centre for Social & Economic Innovation, 312 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V6A 2T2
Registration: $65/person. For more information, please contact: Plan Institute Learning, 604-439-9566 or through email at: info@planinstitute.ca

Registered Disability Savings Plan information session (Workshop at Level 1)
The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is a Canada-wide registered matched savings plan specific for people with disabilities. It is a unique savings program that allows savings to grow in a tax-deferred environment and provides matching federal contributions of up to 300% annually. Canada is the first country in the world to have an RDSP, which helps those living with a disability and their families save for the future.
In-Person workshops are held at our Vancouver, BC office located in Downtown Vancouver at 312 Main Street. Practical information including parking and transit options will be sent to all registered participants before the workshops.
This is a Level 1 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.
When: Thursday November 14, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: Vancouver Centre for Social & Economic Innovation, 312 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V6A 2T2
Registration: Register here. Not sure if you should take Level 1 RDSP or Level 2 RDSP Session? Click on the PDF below for a flow chart to help decide which information session is best for you! RDSP Level 1 or Level 2 Flow Chart

Registered Disability Savings Plan information session (Workshop at Level 2)
The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is a Canada-wide registered matched savings plan specific for people with disabilities. It is a unique savings program that allows savings to grow in a tax-deferred environment and provides matching federal contributions of up to 300% annually. Canada is the first country in the world to have an RDSP, which helps those living with a disability and their families save for the future.
In-Person workshops are held at our Vancouver, BC office located in Downtown Vancouver at 312 Main Street. Practical information including parking and transit options will be sent to all registered participants before the workshops.
This is a Level 2 Workshop: For those who already have an RDSP and want deepen their knowledge and learn how to maximize growth.
When: Saturday November 30, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: Vancouver Centre for Social & Economic Innovation, 312 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V6A 2T2
Registration: Register here.
Not sure if you should take Level 1 RDSP or Level 2 RDSP Session? Click on the PDF below for a flow chart to help decide which information session is best for you! RDSP Level 1 or Level 2 Flow Chart

Law Courts Center

AC LEXtures: Trauma-Informed Advocacy in Practice (ACL TIP 103)
Learning outcomes:

  1. Assessing the likelihood for trauma before meeting your client
  2. Asserting boundaries, Focusing your client & Managing client expectations
  3. Relational engagement, responding to emotions & other trauma triggers

CPD hours: 2 (Ethics, professional responsibility, client care relations hours: 2)
When: 12 Nov 2019 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Where: Justice Education Society 260 800 Hornby St Vancouver, BC V6Z 2C5 (use the Smithe St entrance)

For more information,
Call us: 604.551.2727 Write us: dom@lawcourtscenter.com

AC LEXtures: Vicarious Trauma Self-Assessment (ACL TIP 104)

Learning outcomes:

  1. What is a self-assessment tool & why do you need it?
  2. Identifying your personal triggers / creating your own self-assessment tool
  3. Strategies for Integrating vicarious trauma awareness into the workplace

CPD hours: 2
Ethics, professional responsibility, client care relations hours: 2
When: 12 Nov 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Where: Justice Education Society 260 800 Hornby St Vancouver, BC V6Z 2C5 (use the Smithe St entrance)

For more information contact:
Call us: 604.551.2727 Write us: dom@lawcourtscenter.com

Disability Alliance BC
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Debt Management for People with Disabilities

It Can Be Hard to Deal with Debt Stress. Learn more about the options available to you to help manage your debt! The presenter will answer your questions, explain the short and long-term
consequences and give you the information you need to make a decision. The Credit Counseling Society is a registered, non profit service for consumers. Since opening over 20 years ago, they have helped over half a million Canadians.
When: Friday November 22, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: Disability Alliance BC, 204-456 W. Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Y 1R3
Registration: Register here. Event is free.

Courthouse Libraries BC

Webinars open to non-lawyers:


Know Your Rights: A Primer for Advocates & Service Providers
When: November 19 at 2:30 p.m.
Registration: Register here.
Freedom of Information: Tips & Troubleshooting
When: November 21 at 12:30 p.m.
Registration: Register here.

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