BCLI Blog

  • Child-protection committee completes review of selected court orders and procedures at this month’s meeting

    20 March 2020 At its March 2020 committee meeting, BCLI’s Child Protection Project Committee continued its review of provisions of the Child, Family and Community Service Act relating to selected court orders and procedures. The committee considered four issues under this topic at the meeting. First, the committee examined whether a clarifying amendment should be made to section […]   Read More

  • Deadline extended on ministry of finance’s reverse-mortgage consultation

    13 March 2020 The BC Ministry of Finance has extended the deadline for comments in its Mortgage Brokers Act consultation to 4:00 p.m., Friday, 17 April 2020. This consultation asks the public for comments on, among other topics, legislation specifically dedicated to reverse mortgages, a topic that has previously been addressed in a report from the Canadian Centre […]   Read More

  • BC Ministry of Finance consulting on reverse mortgages as part of its review of the Mortgage Brokers Act

    6 February 2020 In January, the Ministry of Finance for British Columbia opened a public consultation on reforms to the Mortgage Brokers Act. As the ministry’s discussion paper (PDF) noted: The Mortgage Brokers Act (MBA) was originally enacted in 1972 as consumer protection legislation in response to an increased number of mortgage brokers and complaints of gross and unconscionable interest […]   Read More

  • Court procedures and orders make up the subject of January 2020 Child Protection Project Committee meeting

    5 February 2020 BCLI’s Child Protection Project Committee continued its review of the Child, Family and Community Service Act at its January 2020 committee meeting, moving on to a new topic. At this meeting the committee considered selected court procedures and orders under the act. The committee discussed three issues in the meeting. First, it tackled the procedure […]   Read More

  • Australian Bush Fire Appeal Funds Highlight Importance of Current ULCC Consultation on Crowdfunding

    8 January 2020 Huge amounts have been raised for relief of victims of the Australian bush fires in a very short time through worldwide online crowdfunding. One online campaign alone that was started by an Australian celebrity on Facebook has raised Aus. $42.5 million (at the time of this blog’s publication). The enormous donor response has given rise […]   Read More

  • 2019 year in review for child-protection project

    16 December 2019 Even though BCLI began its Modernizing the Child, Family and Community Service Act Project late in 2018, the project only really hit its stride in 2019. This year has seen some significant developments in both components of the project: (1) a focused review of the Child, Family and Community Service Act to identify outdated provisions […]   Read More

  • BCLI / CCEL remembers the Honourable Anne Rowles

    13 December 2019 BCLI / CCEL regrets the passing of its supporter, benefactor and friend, the Honourable Anne Rowles, on 13 November 2019. Madam Justice Rowles was a member of the British Columbia Court of Appeal from 1991 to 2011. She served more than 28 years on the Bench in total, having been first appointed to the County […]   Read More

  • 2019 year in review for the Pension Division Review Project

    12 December 2019 Part 6 of the Family Law Act and the Division of Pensions Regulation set out the legal framework for dividing pension benefits after the breakdown of a spousal relationship. This legal framework first came into force in the 1990s and, like much of British Columbia’s family-law legislation, saw some significant revisions when the Family Law […]   Read More

  • Child Protection Project Committee considers disclosure under the Child, Family and Community Service Act

    3 December 2019 BCLI’s Child Protection Project Committee continued its review of the Child, Family and Community Service Act at its November 2019 committee meeting, moving on to a new topic. At this meeting the committee considered whether to add new disclosure requirements to the act. The committee discussed two issues in the meeting. The first concerned cases […]   Read More

  • BCLI Executive Director to step down

    2 December 2019 Kathleen Cunningham has advised the Board of the BC Law Institute that she will be stepping down as Executive Director at the end of May 2020 to pursue new opportunities. The Board wishes her well and thank her for her years of dedicated service. Kathleen joined the BC Law Institute and Canadian Centre for Elder […]   Read More


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