Thursday, March 19, 2009

New Legal Information Online and New Book

* MOSAIC's What's New - Publications page includes updated titles from their Public Legal Education Project for Newcomers:
- A Guide for Humanitarian and Compassionate Applications (available in Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Filipino, French, Persian, Russian, and Spanish) [10pp PDF] 2008
- Family Law [105pp PDF] 2008
- Immigration and Refugee Law [88pp PDF] 2008

* BC Ministry of Labour and Citizens' Services Complaint Resolution and the BC Employment Standards Act fact sheet covers the following topics: understanding rights and responsibilities, using the self-help kit, filing a complaint, dispute resolution, investigation, education, mediation, adjudication hearings, determinations and appeals. Also available in Chinese, Filipino, French, Punjabi and Spanish. [2pp PDF] December, 2008

* Family Relations Act Consultation Report Ministry of Attorney General Justice Services Branch, Civil and Family Law Policy Office released Family Relations Act Review:Report of Public Consultations [64 pp. PDF] February 2009

* Department of Justice, Family Violence Initiative new information:
- About Family Violence in Canada provides a summary of research
- The Criminal Law and Managing Children's Behaviour [fact sheet]
- The Family Violence Initiative Youth Site provides resources for either 10 - 12 years old, or 13 years old plus

* Canada’s 40th Parliament in Crisis: What Happened, What’s Next? [podcast] On January 22, 2009 over 100 people gathered at the University of Alberta to attend a panel discussion that addressed the recent political and constitutional turmoil in the House of Commons. Presented by the Centre for Constitutional Studies, the Legal Resource Centre of Alberta, the Department of Political Science, and the Department of History & Classics, the discussion was recorded as a podcast.

* Tug of War: A Judge's Verdict on Separation, Custody Battles, and the Bitter Realities of Family Court by Harvey Brownstone, ECW Press, 2009
Written by a sitting Ontario family court judge in layman’s language, this book demystifies complex family law concepts and procedures, clearly explains how family court works, and gives parents essential alternatives to resolve their own custody battles and keep their kids out of the often damaging court system. (publisher's blurb)

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