Legal Aid BC systems are undergoing an upgrade June 23 – 24. Staff will only be proceeding with matters that require immediate attention during this time. If your matter is not urgent, please call the following week. Your patience is appreciated.
Provincial Training Conference 2020
[1:03:51] A session for new advocates to work on housing case studies with experts in the field to learn how to identify issues and do effective, relevant legal research and statutory interpretation. Some familiarity with the Residential Tenancy Act, Regulation, Policy Guidelines and Rules of Procedure will be beneficial.
[1:48:12] CASL lawyer Alison Ward and other senior advocates discuss some of their recent cases and lessons learned.
[1:26:27] Information for new advocates, from two advocates who have been doing this work for a long time. Addresses issues such as government relations, community outreach, professional responsibility, and file management.
[1:38:32] John-Paul E. Boyd QC (of the wiki book and many other social media information sources) talks about the new Divorce Act and how it will affect your clients.
[1:45:21] A session about the 7 new legal clinics funded by the Law Foundation and the Province of BC, as well as services provided by other clinics such as the Child and Youth Legal Centre.
[1:57:07] An update on new public legal education and information resources at Legal Aid BC.
[1:30:15] A plenary session with speakers from the Office of the Ombudsperson about their role, their power, their process, and their consultation and training team's proactive work with public bodies.
[1:58:36] An update on family case law relevant to the work of advocates by a lawyer familiar with the work of advocates.
[1:14:11] A session on COVID-19 changes and updates on issues such as evictions.
[1:43:33] An important update on EI and CERB.
October 13, 2020 [1:45:21] Key Legislative and Procedural changes of 2020, eg. income assistance; COVID-19 supplements; EI/CERB; housing - evictions and other issues, including challenges of clients who signed up for the wrong benefits. Provincial Advocacy Conference 2020.
[1:52:26] Why is the Mental Health Act so bad and what can we do about it? This session is about Health Justice's three-year project to support law reform that promotes human rights principles and evidence-based health practices.
[1:59:25] Updates from the Law Foundation and Legal Aid BC about the work of their organizations over the past year. Update from BC's Human Rights Commissioner about the Commission's work over the past year and issues the Commission will be addressing.
BC Housing and Tenancy Law Updates
October 2019 [1:18:59] Lawyers from TRAC, Atria Women's Resource Society, and CLAS discuss residential tenancy legislation and policy updates, and case law updates. For community workers and advocates.
October 2019 [24:32] Lawyer Zuzana Modrovic (TRAC) explains the legislative and policy guideline updates in BC's Residential Tenancy Act. For community workers and advocates. Part 1 of 3.
October 2019 [25:24] Lawyer Amber Prince (Atira Women's Resource Society) discusses the systemic problems with information and privacy in tenancies. For community workers and advocates. Part 2 of 3.