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…

Parentage committee starts discussion on surrogacy and independent legal advice

This month, the Parentage Law Reform Project Committee focused on two issues: surrogacy and independent legal advice. Should conception by sexual intercourse be permitted for traditional surrogacy? Section 29 of the Family Law Act governs surrogacy. Surrogacy is when a person carries a child for someone else. There are two kinds of surrogacy. The first is ‘traditional’ surrogacy. In this case, the surrogate carries the child, but also donates an egg (i.e., is genetically related Read more…

By Alison Wilkinson, ago

Parentage committee finishes discussion of donors and parentage

This month, the Parentage Law Reform Project Committee focused on donors and parentage. The Committee started this topic in the June meeting.  Section 24: Should there be more flexibility around donors and parentage? Section 24 of the Family Law Act states that a donor is not automatically a parent by reason only of donation. Should the line between (non-parent) donor and parent be more flexible? Should donors and parents be able to draft pre-conception contracts Read more…

By Alison Wilkinson, ago