• Australian Bush Fire Appeal Funds Highlight Importance of Current ULCC Consultation on Crowdfunding

    8 January 2020 Huge amounts have been raised for relief of victims of the Australian bush fires in a very short time through worldwide online crowdfunding. One online campaign alone that was started by an Australian celebrity on Facebook has raised Aus. $42.5 million (at the time of this blog’s publication). The enormous donor response has given rise […]   Read More

  • 2019 year in review for child-protection project

    16 December 2019 Even though BCLI began its Modernizing the Child, Family and Community Service Act Project late in 2018, the project only really hit its stride in 2019. This year has seen some significant developments in both components of the project: (1) a focused review of the Child, Family and Community Service Act to identify outdated provisions […]   Read More

  • BCLI / CCEL remembers the Honourable Anne Rowles

    13 December 2019 BCLI / CCEL regrets the passing of its supporter, benefactor and friend, the Honourable Anne Rowles, on 13 November 2019. Madam Justice Rowles was a member of the British Columbia Court of Appeal from 1991 to 2011. She served more than 28 years on the Bench in total, having been first appointed to the County […]   Read More

  • 2019 year in review for the Pension Division Review Project

    12 December 2019 Part 6 of the Family Law Act and the Division of Pensions Regulation set out the legal framework for dividing pension benefits after the breakdown of a spousal relationship. This legal framework first came into force in the 1990s and, like much of British Columbia’s family-law legislation, saw some significant revisions when the Family Law […]   Read More

  • Child Protection Project Committee considers disclosure under the Child, Family and Community Service Act

    3 December 2019 BCLI’s Child Protection Project Committee continued its review of the Child, Family and Community Service Act at its November 2019 committee meeting, moving on to a new topic. At this meeting the committee considered whether to add new disclosure requirements to the act. The committee discussed two issues in the meeting. The first concerned cases […]   Read More

  • BCLI Executive Director to step down

    2 December 2019 Kathleen Cunningham has advised the Board of the BC Law Institute that she will be stepping down as Executive Director at the end of May 2020 to pursue new opportunities. The Board wishes her well and thank her for her years of dedicated service. Kathleen joined the BC Law Institute and Canadian Centre for Elder […]   Read More

  • Review of Division of Pensions Regulation and administrative fees take centre stage at November 2019 meeting of the Pension Division Review Project Committee

    29 November 2019 At this month’s meeting of the BCLI Pension Division Review Project Committee the committee tackled two topics. First, it reviewed the Division of Pensions Regulation, including the forms prescribed under the regulation. Second, it examined the fees that may be charged by a pension-plan administrator to the parties in a pension-division case. The Division of […]   Read More

  • In Memoriam: BCLI and CCEL Remember Marlene Scott, QC and Heather Ferris

    19 November 2019 BCLI and CCEL regret the recent passing of two distinguished lawyers, Marlene Scott, QC (1937-2019) and Heather Ferris (1959-2019), who made extremely valuable contributions as participants in BCLI / CCEL initiatives. Marlene Scott, QC was a past president of the BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association, a past Chair of the Law Foundation of […]   Read More

  • New Project Announced: Health Care Consent and Capacity Assessment Tribunals Project

    19 November 2019 BCLI and CCEL have started a new project on health care, guardianship, and capacity tribunals. The Health Care Consent and Capacity Assessment Tribunals Project follows upon a finding and recommendation in a recent Canadian Centre for Elder Law report, Conversations About Care: The Law and Practice of Health Care Consent for People Living with Dementia […]   Read More

  • BCLI Congratulates Its Board Chair Thomas L. Spraggs on Election as a Bencher of the Law Society

    18 November 2019   On 15 November 2019, the Law Society of BC announced that Thomas L. Spraggs, Chair of BCLI’s Board of Directors, was among the candidates elected as Benchers. He will serve as a Bencher for New Westminster County for the 2020-2021 term. Tom Spraggs has been a member of our Board since 2012, and the […]   Read More

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