• Bill 40 receives royal assent

    Vancouver, 18 November 2015 — Yesterday, Bill 40 received royal assent from the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, completing its journey through the legislative process. Bill 40—or, to use its legislative title, the Natural Gas Development Statutes Amendment Act, 2015, SBC 2015, c 40—is a multifaceted statute that amends a range of natural-resource and housing acts. Its […]   Read More

  • New BC Franchises Act Implements BCLI Recommendations

    Vancouver – 20 October 2015.   Today the B.C. Legislative Assembly passed the Franchises Act (Bill 38), broadly supported on both Government and Opposition sides.  When brought into force, the Franchises Act will implement nearly all of the recommendations in the 2014 Report on a Franchise Act for British Columbia by the British Columbia Law Institute […]   Read More

  • BCLI welcomes three new members

    Vancouver, 1 October 2015—The British Columbia Law Institute is pleased to welcome three recent appointees to its Board. They are: Margaret Mason, Partner, Bull Housser & Tupper LLP, appointee of the Law Society of British Columbia for a three year term commencing May 1, 2015. Dennis Pavlich, Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law, appointee […]   Read More

  • BCLI Starting New Project on Litigation Financing

    Vancouver, 11 September 2015 – The number of self-represented litigants in British Columbia’s courts has been steadily increasing. In her 2013 report, University of Windsor Faculty of Law professor Dr. Julie Macfarlane wrote that the inability to afford legal counsel is the most consistently-cited reason for self-representation and a lack of access to justice. In […]   Read More

  • BCLI Seeks Input on New and Emerging Issues for Update to Pension Division Q & A Materials

    Vancouver, 26 August 2015 – The law on pension division is rapidly evolving. BCLI is working to keep pace with it by developing the fourth edition of its popular Questions and Answers on Pension Division at the Breakdown of a Relationship resource. Do you have a question about the new Pension Benefits Standards Act or […]   Read More

  • In Memorium: Remembering the Hon. Flora MacDonald, O.C.

    The British Columbia Law Institute and the Canadian Centre for Elder Law would like to express sympathy to the family, friends, and colleagues of the Honourable Flora MacDonald, O.C.. Flora MacDonald, who passed on July 26th, was a Distinguished Fellow at the Canadian Centre for Elder Law and a keynote speaker at the 2005 Canadian […]   Read More

  • Have your say on a proposed Enforcement of Money Judgments Act

    The Ministry of Justice for British Columbia is asking for public comment on a proposal to reform the law of enforcing money judgments. A proposed Enforcement of Money Judgments Act would consolidate and modernize British Columbia’s rules and procedures used by creditors to enforce judgments for money against debtors. Among its highlights, the “proposed act would […]   Read More

  • BCLI announces selection of new Executive Director

    The British Columbia Law Institute / Canadian Centre for Elder Law is pleased to announce the selection of a new Executive Director, Kathleen Cunningham, B. Comm, LL.B, MPS, TEP to lead BCLI effective June 1, 2015. Jim Emmerton, current Executive Director, is scheduled to retire June 30, 2015. Called to the bar of the Law […]   Read More

  • BCLI welcomes Bill 24, the new Societies Act

    The British Columbia Law Institute applauds the introduction of Bill 24, which will create a modern Societies Act for British Columbia. The bill implements the bulk of the recommendations made in BCLI’s Society Act Reform Project. “This bill is a landmark for British Columbia’s not-for-profit sector,” said Margaret Mason, chair of BCLI’s Society Act Reform […]   Read More

  • Executive Director Jim Emmerton appointed to the National Seniors Council

    BCLI Executive Director Jim Emmerton has been appointed to the National Seniors Council. The NCS was established to advise the Government of Canada on matters relating to the well-being and quality of life of seniors, including the opportunities and challenges arising from Canada’s rapidly growing and increasingly diverse population of seniors. The appointments of Mr. […]   Read More

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