Tuesday, November 9, 2010

New Legal Information Online Update November 9

* Amendments to the Citizenship Regulations and Updated Guidelines Regarding the Citizenship Test Citizenship and Immigration Canada Oct. 13, 2010

New on Clicklaw:
* Do You Need Free Legal Advice? (Brochure) Available in 11 languages. Access Pro Bono Society of BC

* Five Ways to Protect Yourself as a Landlord (Fact Sheet) Available in 5 languages.Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre (TRAC)

* From Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry:
- Enduring Power of Attorney Fact Sheet
- What's in a Registry?
- Personal Information Record
- Representation Agreements as a Legal Tool for Supported Decision-Making: Bruce's Story (Videos) Part 1 and Part 2

* From Legal Services Society's Family Law in BC website:
- How to get a final family order in Provincial Court if you agree
- How to deal with a committal hearing (because you've fallen behind in your support payments)
- Old Rules/New Rules in Supreme Court

Legal blogs:
* Your Right to Breastfeed in Canada Shannon Salter’s Rights and Remedies Sept 22, 2010

* On the importance of PLE (Public Legal Education) for youth… Displays a 9 minute video from a U.K. organization. Alberta Legal Resource Centre Blogosaurus Lex Oct. 12, 2010

* From JP Boyd’s BC Family Law Resource Blog:
- CBC Reports Continuing Government Concern with Fraudulent Marriages: Sham, wow. Nov. 8, 2010
- The Ins and Outs of Separation... Part III:The Whens [date of separation] Nov. 5, 2010

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Courtenay Branch Library Legal Information Community Forum

Mari Martin, Manager of the Courtenay Branch Public Library, hosted a lively Legal Information Community Forum on October 5th. Representatives from Wachiay Friendship Centre, RCMP Victim Services, Family Justice Services, Comox Military Family Resource Centre, Service BC, Comox Valley Women's Resource Centre, Courtenay Library, Native Courtworkers and Counselling Association of BC, and Salvation Army Pro Bono Service attended.

After each participant described the services their agency offers, the forum discussion included the barriers clients face, such as literacy and privacy issues when accessing legal information from a variety of resources.

The group was keen to see follow-up from the meeting, such as bringing speakers to the library to provide community workshops on topics such as Drinking and Driving Charges, Residential Tenancy and Power of Attorney. Speakers from the People's Law School speaker service, and the Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre were suggested. Ongoing community interagency meetings were also recommended.

Evaluation responses included appreciations:
  • Useful to see the faces of agencies I frequently make referrals to.
  • Opportunity to network and become more informed.
  • Updates re current services/resources.
  • The informal, round-table atmosphere made it very easy to retain the information!
  • Overview of website Clicklaw.
Suggestions to improve public access to legal resources:
  • More 1- 1 help
  • More coordination of resources
  • Training of retired or disabled professionals to work as volunteer advocates in their preferred field.
We continue to plan more legal information forums: write to jfreeman@courthouselibrary.ca if you would like a forum in your community.

Thanks to Courtenay Library Customer Services Librarian Jason Kuffler for the photos below!