Friday, October 31, 2008

New Resources and Titles

* The People’s Court is a magazine article by Alex Hutchinson that examines a case for universal legal care in Canada. The article mentions the BC civil legal aid test case, the BC Supreme Court Self-Help Information Centre and some of the BC Civil Justice Review recommendations. [3pp PDF] The Walrus, September 2008.

* The new Justice Access Centre (JAC) in Nanaimo opened on October 30, and will help people with legal issues such as separation or divorce, income security, employment, housing, or debt. The focus of the JAC is on solving problems through out-of-court settlements, but also to better prepare those who do go to court. Another JAC is expected to open in Vancouver soon.

* New on the Family Law in BC (Legal Services Society) website:
"How to Serve Documents Outside BC" in Farsi [7 pp PDF] October 2007
Aboriginal Child Protection Fact Sheets:
- Understanding Aboriginal Community and Parents' Rights [2 pp PDF] August 2008
- Understanding Court Orders and Hearings [2 pp PDF] August 2008
- Understanding Kith and Kin Care Agreements [2 pp PDF] August 2008

* A new website for the BC Law Institute includes the BC Law Reform Group , the Canadian Centre for Elder Law and the International Law Reform Group .

* Another redesigned website has been launched recently: the Community Legal Assistance Society now includes information on their programs such as the Community and Disability Law Programs , the Mental Health Law Program and the Human Rights Clinic .

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

New Publication on Custody and Access from YWCA Vancouver

The YWCA web page Information for Women Leaving Abuse links to the new publication "Leaving an Abusive Relationship: Information on Custody and Access for Women with Children" [28pp PDF]. The guide will soon be available in seven languages: Korean, Mandarin, Punjabi, Vietnamese, Spanish and Farsi. Written in plain language, the guide offers information on legal processes and terminology, and gives women the tools to make the best possible choices for themselves and their children. July 2008.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

New Legal Information Online Update

* Understanding Your New Home Sales Contract Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation
* Sample Renovation Contract Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation

* An Inside Look at Family Mediation is an 8½-minute video available from Legal Services Society's Family Law in BC website. The video is excerpted from a 2-DVD set created by the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia , September 2008.

* Employment Insurance (EI) Compassionate Care Benefits information and links page on Povnet website, October 2008.

* The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) became law in December 2007, and should become available at financial institutions in late 2008. The RDSP is a new vehicle that will assist families in planning for the long-term financial security of relatives with disabilities. See the PLAN website for an RDSP calculator and telelearning seminar.
* The new RDSP: What you need to know is a useful article published by the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities, Fall 2008.