Parentage Committee Completes Its Review Of Surrogacy Arrangements

At its latest committee meeting—held earlier this month—BCLI’s Parentage Law Reform Project Committee tackled a pair of emerging issues concerning the law of parentage and surrogacy arrangements. These issues may point to some gaps in part 3 of the Family Law Act that may need to be filled with new legislation. First, the committee examined so-called traditional surrogacies. These are surrogacy arrangements in which the surrogate is linked both genetically and gestationally to the child. Read more…

By Kevin Zakreski, ago

Supporting Vulnerable Victims and Witnesses: Project Update

Introduction: The Canadian Centre for Elder Law is conducting a one-year project with the goal of completing a model policy framework to support victims and witnesses of crime with capacity issues. To reach this goal, CCEL staff are interviewing victim service workers, police, Crown Counsel, designated agencies, defence counsel and other professionals working with this vulnerable population. In addition, CCEL is investigating best practices across Canada and in other countries around the world. Key informant Read more…

By Alison Wilkinson, ago

BCLI attends the 2022 Uniform Law Conference of Canada

The BCLI was pleased to participate in the Uniform Law Conference of Canada’s (ULCC) 2022 annual meeting held in Edmonton, Alberta from August 15 to 19, 2022. Karen Campbell, Executive Director of the BCLI and Greg Blue, Q.C., Senior Staff Lawyer attended the meeting as members of the BC delegation to the Civil Section of the ULCC. This was the first in-person conference that the ULCC has organized since 2019. The ULCC is a government-supported Read more…

By Karen Campbell and Greg Blue, ago

September 2022 Newsletter: Join our Team!

The BCLI is Hiring a Staff Lawyer Are you passionate about addressing fundamental legal and systemic issues? Would you like to promote the development of better laws for all peoples in BC and better futures for Canada’s aging population? The BCLI is looking for a staff lawyer to join our team.  This lawyer will also contribute to the implementation of a new law reform program that supports aligning BC’s Crown legal framework with Indigenous governance Read more…

In “a case about everything the parties did wrong to achieve a particular goal,” Ontario court illustrates the differences between guardianship and parentage

Jacobs v Blair, 2022 ONSC 3159, was a case involving a dispute between two couples over the parentage and guardianship (which consists of, in the words of Ontario’s legislation, “decision-making responsibility, parenting time, contact and guardianship with respect to children”) of a young child. The case illustrates some fundamental differences between parentage and guardianship of children in Canadian family law. While parentage of children conceived by sexual intercourse is (in the lion’s share of cases) Read more…