February 2019 Events (BC-wide, Online)

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  • Friday, February 1: BC Ombudsperson sends a mobile investigation team to Richmond.

Do you think you have been treated unfairly by the provincial government, your local government, or another public organization in BC? If yes, we may be able to help. We are currently scheduling in-person appointments to hear your complaints. All appointments are free and confidential. Get more information here.

  • February 1 – 23 (various dates): UBC’s Peter A. Allard School of Law presents two events at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
    • Friday, February 1 (12:30 – 2:00 pm) Indigenous Perspective on Lands, Dispossession, and Homelessness:  a part of 2019 Indigenous Awareness Week, co-presented by Indigenous Legal Studies & the Indigenous Law Students Association – Franklin Lew Forum
    • Saturday, February 23 (1:00 – 6:00 pm) Vancouver International Humanitarian Law Conference – Hosted by the Canadian Red Cross. Conference focusing on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and related issues. The purpose is to educate the public about the rules of war and expose them to current hot topics. The sessions include question and answer periods aimed at encouraging dialogue among IHL experts, academics and practitioners. Franklin Lew Forum

  • People's Law School logoFebruary 7 – 14 (various dates): People’s Law School presents free classes for the public in Burnaby.
    • Thursday, February 7 (7:00 – 8:30 pm) Power of Attorney – Burnaby Library – Tommy Douglas Branch
    • Thursday, February 14 (7:00 – 8:30 pm) Probating a Will – Burnaby Public Library – McGill Branch
  • February 7 – 27 (various dates): Plan Institute presents information sessions and workshops by phone/computer and in LadnerVancouver.
    • Thursday, February 7 (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning Workshop – Plan Institute Office, 312 Main Street, Vancouver. Cost: $65.00 per person or $90.00 for two.
    • Thursday, February 21 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) Info Session – Plan Institute Office, 312 Main Street, Vancouver. Cost: free.
    • Thursday, February 21 (7:00 – 9:00 pm) Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning – Delta Community Living Society, Ladner. Cost: $5.00 (families) and $20.00 (professionals). Closing date for registration: Monday, February 18, 2019. For more information, contact Si Stainton, Family Services Manager at sstainton@dcls.ca or 604.946.9508.
    • Wednesday, February 27 (7:00 – 9:00 pm) Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) Info Session – teleseminar by phone/computer. Cost: free.
  • February 12 – 26 (various dates): Amici Curiae presents LEXtures 2019 in Vancouver (also via webinar).
    • Tuesday, February 12 (5:30 – 7:00 pm) Tenancy Law: An Overview – Justice Education Society, 260 800 Hornby St., Vancouver. Cost: free (volunteers & institutional partners rate, Amici Curiae friends rate)/$105 (single-seat rate).
    • Tuesday, February 26 (5:30 – 7:00 pm) Animal Law – Justice Education Society, 260 800 Hornby St., Vancouver. Cost: free (volunteers & institutional partners rate, Amici Curiae friends rate)/$78.75 (single-seat rate).

This workshop reviews the key foundations of the Act and how it affects the ongoing work of your board and organization. Cost: Member- $95.00; Non-member- $110.00. City of Vancouver Bursaries available. 1183 Melville Street, Vancouver. Get more information here.

  • Disability Alliance BC logoThursday, February 21 (12:15 – 2:15 pm): Disability Alliance BC presents a talk on the Disability Tax Credit and Registered Disability Savings Plan at Burnaby Neighbourhood House in Burnaby.

This talk is a part of Pacific Immigrant Resource Society’s EAL course on Parenting and Disability. Cost: free. To register, please contact 604-298-5888 or Valerie at vlai@pirs.bc.ca. Get more information here.

This group is hosted by the North Shore Disability Resource Centre, and is facilitated by and for people with disabilities. This meeting features an RDSP expert from Disability Alliance BC. Space is limited and registration is required. Get more information here.

With the massive amount of media being easily shared digitally, how do we know what’s fair to use or what others can use of ours? Recent court cases with Canadian artists emphasize the importance of understanding copyright. Presenting and accessing creative works – art, photography, video, writing, music – is easier than ever and this has major implications on how we choose to showcase our creative output. Cost: $25, students discount available. Get more information and register online here.

This training is suitable for those working in front-line positions, coordinators and managers at settlement service provider agencies, as well as community stakeholders who work with and support refugees and refugee claimants from the time they come to BC, during their claim process, when a claim decision is received an who are/become permanent residents (PRs). Cost: free. Get more information and register online here.

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Free Webinar Training: Strata Property Disputes & the Civil Resolution Tribunal

Cross-posted from the LawMatters Blog.

As of July 2016, most strata property disputes must be resolved using the new online Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT). Join us for a free webinar for community workers, advocates and public librarians:

Register: Civil Resolution Tribunal Intake Process
Presented by CRT Chair, Shannon Salter
September 8, 12:30-1:30pm PDT

The online Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) is up and running to resolve strata (condominium) property disputes. This session will show you how to use the CRT’s online information and application systems, and answer some common questions about how to help your clients use the CRT. The webinar will be recorded and made available after the presentation to help users navigate this fantastic tool.


The CRT’s goal is to improve access to justice by using technology to provide accessible and affordable dispute resolution services. As a first step, the CRT’s Solution Explorer software application provides free legal information and self-help tools. You can access the Solution Explorer here. These tools help to diagnose problems and resolve them through information, videos, and template letters that are directly relevant to the dispute.

Accessible 24/7 from computers and smartphones, the Solution Explorer helps people resolve their disputes without having to go to court or use the CRT process.

If people cannot resolve a dispute themselves using these tools, they can begin a CRT claim from within the Solution Explorer. The CRT then issues a notice package, which the applicant serves on the other parties to the dispute. The claim goes through a facilitation phase, where a dispute resolution expert works with the parties to achieve an agreement between the parties. If this is not possible, an expert, independent tribunal member will make a binding decision after a hearing. This CRT decision is enforceable as a court order.

Check out our previous CRT webinar for a refresher on the Solution Explorer!

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