BCLI Blog

  • Parentage project committee continues its review of court declarations of parentage

    31 August 2021 At this month’s meeting of BCLI’s Parentage Law Reform Project Committee the committee continued its review of section 31 of the Family Law Act, which deals with the court’s powers to make an order declaring parentage. Since section 31 came into force, it has been the focus of many court decisions under part 3. There are […]   Read More

  • BCLI Study Paper Serves as Platform for Attorney General’s Consultation on Civil Juries

    19 August 2021 As part of its public consultation on the future of civil juries in British Columbia, the Ministry of Attorney General has drawn on a study paper written by  BCLI titled Civil Juries in British Columbia: Anachronism or Cornerstone of the Civil Justice Process to inform the discussion.   Following a request from the Ministry, BCLI conducted comparative legal […]   Read More

  • 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


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