Legal Pluralism and the SCC’s decision in Reference re An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families

The BCLI’s Reconciliation Primers highlight how legal pluralism underpins meaningful implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). It can support the application and prioritization of separate and shared legal authorities. As noted in Legal Pluralism: Indigenous Legal Orders & Canadian State Law, the Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families (the Act) presents a helpful example for how legislation can create a framework for coordinating the Read more…

One month left to have your say on renovating the public hearing

BCLI is currently seeking input on how local governments engage the public over land-use bylaws. The Consultation Paper on Renovating the Public Hearing poses six broad issues for reform and sets out a series of options for addressing each of them. The consultation for this project has one month remaining. It will close on Friday, 15 March 2024. To download your copy of the consultation paper and resources for responding, please visit the Renovate the Read more…

Spotlight on renovating the public hearing: Should BC legislation be amended to enable other forms of public engagement on local land-use bylaws?

BCLI is running a public consultation (closing date: 15 March 2024) for its Renovate the Public Hearing Project. The consultation is asking for your views on options for reforming public engagement on local-land-use bylaws. For more information about how to participate in the public consultation, please visit the Renovate the Public Hearing Project webpage. This post throws a spotlight on one of the issues discussed in the consultation paper. Brief statement of the issue BC’s Read more…

CCEL Dementia + Decision Making Project

January is Alzheimer’s Awareness month and the Canadian Centre for Elder Law is commemorating the month with the much anticipated release of the Dementia + Decision-Making Project. Building on our previous work, which revealed that there is a need to better engage people living with dementia in decisions relating to their care and well being, the CCEL Dementia + Decision-Making Project seeks to ensure that healthcare decision-making is approached so that the rights of people Read more…

Public-hearings consultation reaches halfway mark

As of today, BCLI is halfway through its public consultation for the Renovate the Public Hearing Project. You have until 15 March 2024 to respond to our issues for reform. This project examines provincial legislation that requires local governments to engage the public on proposed land-use bylaws. In British Columbia, the default form of this engagement is the public hearing, which has recently attracted criticism. The project aims to develop recommendations for a better way Read more…