BCLI Blog

  • Parentage project committee considers court declarations of parentage

    29 July 2021 BCLI’s Parentage Law Reform Project Committee has been meeting monthly over the course of this year. At its most recent meeting—held in July 2021—it completed its overview of the legal, medical, and social dimensions of parentage, by examining processes for surrogacy, donors, and multi-parent families. In the meeting, the committee also began its detailed consideration of […]   Read More

  • A closer look at the Report on Modernizing the Child, Family and Community Service Act: Disclosure

    28 July 2021 This post is part of a series highlighting recommendations in the Report on Modernizing the Child, Family and Community Service Act. For other posts in the series click here. Should section 64 of the Child, Family and Community Service Act be amended to conform with case-law stipulations on what a director should disclose? Brief description […]   Read More

  • BCLI Remembers Arthur Close, QC

    27 July 2021   Arthur L. Close, QC  1941-2021 BCLI greatly regrets the passing in late June 2021 of Arthur L. Close, QC, a founding member of BCLI and its first Executive Director.  For almost 50 years, he was prominently associated with law reform in British Columbia and nationally.    Originally from Edmonton, Mr. Close obtained a degree […]   Read More

  • BCLI recommendations on child employment to be implemented in October 2021

    23 July 2021 Forthcoming changes to employment standards for children and young workers announced in a news release on 21 July 2021 by the Ministry of Labour will implement recommendations contained in BCLI’s 2018 Report on the Employment Standards Act.  BCLI’s report pointed out that the statutory rules in effect in BC for employment of children deviate from […]   Read More

  • A closer look at the Report on Modernizing the Child, Family and Community Service Act: Consent orders

    14 July 2021 This post is part of a series highlighting recommendations in the Report on Modernizing the Child, Family and Community Service Act. For other posts in the series click here. Should section 60 of the Child, Family and Community Service Act be amended to enable the court to dispense with the requirement that consent to an […]   Read More

  • A closer look at the Report on Modernizing the Child, Family and Community Service Act: Emotional harm

    30 June 2021 This post is part of a series highlighting recommendations in the Report on Modernizing the Child, Family and Community Service Act. For other posts in the series click here. Should the ground for protection relating to emotional harm of a child be expanded from circumstances in which a child is emotionally harmed to embrace circumstances […]   Read More

  • A closer look at the Report on Modernizing the Child, Family and Community Service Act: Promoting contact

    16 June 2021 This post is part of a series highlighting recommendations in the Report on Modernizing the Child, Family and Community Service Act. For other posts in the series click here. Should the Child, Family and Community Service Act be amended to adopt new provisions promoting contact between children and their parents, siblings, and other extended family? […]   Read More

  • Quick facts about the Modernizing the Child, Family and Community Service Act Project

    14 June 2021 Project overview term: 1 September 2018 to 31 May 2021 14 project committee members total over project term 19 project committee meetings 39 recommendations for reform Publications one final report one study paper one consultation paper 7 backgrounders 2 media releases 31 blog posts (25 during project term) Public engagement 48 consultation responses 47 written submissions […]   Read More

  • BCLI & CCEL Issue Study Paper On Health Care Consent and Capacity Assessment Tribunals

    9 June 2021 BCLI and CCEL have released the Study Paper on Health Care Consent and Capacity Assessment Tribunals, which examines informal tribunals operating in Canada and Australia that review findings of mental incapacity to consent to health care or admission to a care facility and resolve disputes about substitute decision-making in health care. The study paper follows […]   Read More

  • BCLI Reflects on the Protection of Indigenous Children

    1 June 2021 BCLI Executive Director And Emily Clough, Chair, BCLI Board   The BCLI has been reflecting on the news last week that the remains of 215 children were found at the Kamloops Indian Residential School, on the lands of the Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation. The laws of British Columbia and Canada allowed for the creation […]   Read More


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