BCLI Blog

  • Clicklaw is Coming

    17 April 2009 On 20 April 2009, British Columbians will have a new on-line resource for legal information, education, and help. Clicklaw  will give the people of this province a starting place to find solutions to their legal problems, to learn about the legal system, and to consider law reform.    Read More

  • Clicklaw is Here

    17 April 2009 British Columbians now have a new on-line resource for legal information, education, and help. Clicklaw gives the people of this province a starting place to find solutions to their legal problems, to learn about the legal system, and to consider law reform. The British Columbia Law Institute is part of a network of 24 organizations in British Columbia that have contributed to the development of Clicklaw. We encourage everyone who is interested in public legal education and information to visit Clicklaw.    Read More

  • Ministry of Attorney General Releases Family Relations Act Consultation Report

    17 April 2009 British Columbia's Ministry of Attorney General has released its Family Relations Act Review: Report of Public Consultations. This report summarizes the responses the ministry received during public consultations on reform of the Family Relations Act held in 2007 and 2008. These consultations concerned comprehensive reform of most parts of the province's main family law statute, addressing three BCLI projects in the process. These projects concerned division of pensions on marriage breakdown, parental support, and conflict of laws.    Read More

  • First Annual Boughton Law Corporation/ BCLI Great Debate

    24 March 2009 On October 29th, 2008, Boughton Law Corporation and the BCLI jointly hosted the first annual Great Debate held at the Law Courts Inn, Vancouver. The event was organized to raise funds for the Institute’s law reform initiatives as well as the UBC Faculty of Law’s new building. A silent auction of books signed by authors such as Lawrence Lessig and Ken Dryden was held concurrently    Read More

  • BCLI Welcomes Executive Director of the Samoa Law Reform Commission

    23 March 2009 Recently appointed Samoa Law Reform Commission Executive Director, Ms. Leilani Tuala-Warren, spent two weeks with the BCLI in March 2009 as part of her fact-finding visit to Canada. The new Samoa Law Reform Commission was set up in November 2008 and Ms. Tuala-Warren was invited to spend some time with the BCLI to observe how we operate and carry out our law reform projects in British Columbia.  During her time at the Institute, Ms. Tuala-Warren was also able to attend the Federation of Law Reform Agencies of Canada Conference in Victoria, hosted by the BCLI.    Read More

  • BCLI Welcomes Executive Director of the Samoa Law Reform Commission

    23 March 2009 Recently appointed Samoa Law Reform Commission Executive Director, Ms. Leilani Tuala-Warren, spent two weeks with the BCLI in March 2009 as part of her fact-finding visit to Canada. The new Samoa Law Reform Commission was set up in November 2008 and Ms. Tuala-Warren was invited to spend some time with the BCLI to observe how we operate and carry out our law reform projects in British Columbia.  During her time at the Institute, Ms. Tuala-Warren was also able to attend the Federation of Law Reform Agencies of Canada Conference in Victoria, hosted by the BCLI.    Read More

  • FOLRAC Symposium a Success

    23 March 2009 The BCLI recently organized and hosted The Federation of Law Reform Agencies of Canada (FOLRAC) biennial Symposium at the Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria, British Columbia. The theme of the Symposium this year was Law Reform: Continuing Improvement in Canadian Law Reform.    Read More

  • BCLI Staff Lawyer takes to the Airwaves

    23 March 2009 Laura Watts, BCLI Staff Lawyer and National Director of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law, recently participated in the CBC radio show "On the Coast," hosted by Stephen Quinn. The show ran a series on homelessness entitled "No Fixed Address." Laura appeared on the show to discuss some of the issues faced by seniors who are either homeless or at the risk of becoming homeless, and to raise awareness of a new and promising pilot project that has been introduced by the BC Seniors Services Society to help seniors currently on the street find senior specific housing.    Read More

  • Canadian Lawyer Profiles Commercial Tenancy Act Reform Project

    23 March 2009 The March 2009 edition of Canadian Lawyer contains an article on the BCLI's Commercial Tenancy Act Reform Project. Entitled "A new lease on life for a moribund law," the article by Kevin Marron discusses the challenges of working with an Act described by one lawyer as "the Da Vinci Code of B.C. statutes." The article includes quotes from committee chair Richard Olson as well as other leading British Columbia commercial leasing lawyers.   Read More

  • Continuing Legal Education Society of BC Hosts Elder Law 2009

    13 March 2009 On 1 May 2009, the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC is hosting Elder Law 2009. This course will address a diverse range of issues in the elder law field, including family law matters, health policy, estate planning, and powers of attorney. Two members of the BCLI's staff will be among the presenters. CCEL national director Laura Watts will give a presentation on assisted living and supportive housing in BC and Canada. BCLI staff lawyer Kevin Zakreski will discuss predatory lending.    Read More


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