Thursday, September 29, 2011

New Legal Information Online Update September 29

New from the Clicklaw Blog:
Clicklaw and the Just a Click Away initiative describes the report of a recent conference and series of webinars on how technology can be used to deliver legal education and information to the public in Canada.
* Find legal help in your community on Clicklaw explains how to use the Clicklaw HelpMap to find local resources.
* New Common Questions on Clicklaw There are now over 130 common questions with answers using Clicklaw resources.

New Resources on Clicklaw
* Refugee Hearing Preparation: A Guide for Refugee claimants Salsbury Community Society, [14 pp PDF] 2010
* Small Town Justice: A Report on the RCMP in Northern and Rural British Columbia BC Civil Liberties Association, [107 pp PDF] 2011

Recently added to Legal Services Society's Family Law in BC website:
Three new fact sheets:
* Can you and your children move to another city when you share child custody and your ex doesn't agree with the move?
* Frequently asked technical questions about the Supreme Court family forms
* What if your ex is harassing you through the courts?

Six new FAQs:
* At what age can children choose which parent they get to live with?
* What financial help can I get to support my nephew who is living with me temporarily?
* How can I argue my case to get my former common-law partner to pay the amount of child support our children are entitled to? He left the relationship to “start over” and changed his job from full-time to part-time so he could go back to school to learn a new job and feel less stressed while studying.
* What can I do about a collection agency that’s harassing me about my former partner’s debt?
* My former common-law partner pays child support for our daughter, who lives with me and stays with him every second weekend. Now he wants her to stay every weekend, but I don’t agree with that. We both want what’s best for our daughter, but just can’t seem to agree on this, no matter how much we discuss it. What can we do?
What is court harassment?

Other new web resources:
* Filing Checklist for Registered Charities Operating in British Columbia
* Come to Canada Citizenship and Immigration Canada has created a web tool that is meant to help users learn how they might visit, study, or live in Canada.
Parental Support in British Columbia JP Boyd’s BC Family Law Blog September 20, 2011

Monday, July 25, 2011

New Legal Information Online Update July 25, including Aboriginal Law titles

* Court Mediation Program – Small Claims web page, Mediate BC Society, 2011

* Debt and Consumer Law Video MOSAICBC [approx. 9 min.] July 2011. Available in Vietnamese, Spanish, Punjabi, Korean, Chinese Traditional and Simplified, Arabic and English . This video provides information on five Debt and Consumer Law issues including:
- Bogus Schools and Diplomas
- Credit Card Debt
- Sponsorship Debt
- Travel Loan Debt for Convention Refugees
- Unethical Immigration Consultants

* Divorce & Your Credit Consolidated Credit Counseling Services of Canada [9 pp PDF] n.d. See other titles at the Debt Learning Centre

* Government of BC
- has a new home page, with a browsing feature for services, forms and ministries, and a new service finder map for government services. Caution: this site appears to be a work in progress, so some features may lack in-depth information.
- The Ministry of Social Development (formerly the Ministry of Housing and Social Development) has a new online manual of policy, procedures and program information about eligibility for ministry employment and assistance programs. Regularly updated.

* Differences between Representation Agreements and Adult Guardianship video, [13 min.] Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry, 2010

* House Party Justice for Children and Youth Ontario [PDF 10pp] Spring 2011. Written for teens, this title gives a number of scenarios and related information about federal, and some Ontario law.

* Minimum Wage Fact Sheet web page, BC Ministry of Labour Employment Standards Branch, April 2011. Reflects recent legislative changes such as elimination of training wage and the increase in minimum wage rate. Available in Chinese (Traditional), French, Punjabi, Spanish and Tagalog and English.

* Oaths web page, Courthouse Libraries BC, revised June 2011

* Sands, Earl Personal Insolvency Guide [87 pp free ebook or PDF] May 2011

* Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Financial Consumer web page, Financial Consumer Agency of Canada, 2011

* New or updated from Legal Services Society:
- If Your Sponsor Abuses You factsheet [2 pp PDF] 2011
- Family duty counsel: How can they help? Elan newsletter article April 5, 2011
- Men Abused by their Partners factsheet [2 pp PDF] 2011
- Updates to Can't Pay Your Mortgage? What You Can Do If You're Facing Foreclosure [4 pp PDF] March 2011
- Updates to Your Welfare Rights: A Guide to BC Employment and Assistance [14 pp PDF] November 2010

* Aboriginal Law from Legal Services Society:
- Aboriginal Harvesting Rights: If You've Been Charged with a Harvesting Offence Criminal Factsheet Series [2 pp PDF] 2011
- Gladue Primer [152 pp PDF] Legal Services Society 2011
- A Guide to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement [28 pp PDF] 2011
- Legal Services Society launched a new Aboriginal section on their website, dedicated to issues that are important to Aboriginal people. June 13, 2011

* New Service:
The Distance Mediation Family Project is for people undergoing separation or divorce and are hoping to resolve differences without going to court, but distance or conflict make it hard to talk in person. People can use the tools such as videoconferencing, phone or email with the assistance of trained mediators.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Spotlight on New Online Multilingual Legal Resources

The number of online legal resources available in additional languages as well as English has recently increased:

* The Clicklaw home page provides links to website information in Chinese simplified and traditional, Punjabi, Korean, and Farsi (Persian), as well as to a page of Clicklaw resources in those languages and Arabic, French, Hindi, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese.

* Courtinformation.Ca website explains the BC Court Information Program for Immigrants and offers legal information in Chinese, Vietnamese, Punjabi, Hindi and Spanish.

* ImmigrantLegal.Ca, BC's Immigrant Legal Toolkit website. Includes a service directory, fact sheets, forms, FAQs, and instructional videos on such areas of law as employment standards, resident tenancy, family law and domestic violence. The resources are available in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi (Persian), French, Korean, Punjabi, Spanish, Vietnamese and other languages.

* The Justice Education Society now offers the following titles:
- Online Parenting After Separation course, in Mandarin and Punjabi
- Families Change: A Guide to Separation & Divorce, in French
- Your Human Rights videos in Mandarin and Punjabi
- Youth and Gangs Resources videos and factsheets in Chinese, Vietnamese, Spanish and Punjabi.

* The Legal Services Society now has Your Guide to the Refugee Claim Process and If Your Child Is Taken: Your Rights As a Parent available in French.

* The Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre has added:
- Tenant Survival Guide in Spanish and Traditional Chinese
- Landlord Guide in Traditional Chinese and Punjabi
- Tenant and Landlord Guide for Newcomers to BC in Chinese Simplified, French, Korean and Persian
- Five Ways to Protect Yourself as a Tenant Fact Sheet in Arabic, Burmese, Chinese Simplified and Traditional, Filipino, French, Japanese, Karen, Kinyarawanda, Kirundi, Korean, Oromo, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish, Swahili, Tigrinya and Vietnamese.
- Tenant Info for Renters in BC in Arabic, Burmese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, and Spanish.
- Translated Tenancy Agreement Forms [scroll to bottom] in Punjabi, Chinese Simplified and Traditional
- 5 Ways to Protect Yourself When Renting Video in Arabic, Burmese, Cantonese, French, Japanese, Kinyarawanda, Kirundi, Korean, Mandarin, Oromo, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish, Swahili, Tigrinya and Vietnamese.
- Are Tenant-Landlord Laws Different in BC and (Mexico, Korea, India, the Phillipines, China)?
fact sheets (respectively in Spanish, Korean, Punjabi, Filipino, Chinese Simplified)

Each year, LawMatters updates a list of Multilingual Legal Information Titles available at many public libraries.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Community Legal Information Forum in Duncan

Representatives from local community groups, as well as the local Law Courts registry, and Courthouse Libraries BC/LawMatters staff, met at the Cowichan Branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library in Duncan on May 10. Public librarians Melanie Reaveley and Monica Finn welcomed staff members from Seniors Support and Resources Society, Legal Services Society, Cowichan Intercultural Society, Ready to Rent (Victoria), The Salvation Army, Vancouver Island Health Authority and Cowichan Women Against Violence.

Participants exchanged information about their services, and discussed what would increase access to justice for their clients. Some of the ideas included: more in-person help for Supreme Court matters; workshops on wills, powers of attorney, executorship and representation agreements as well as family law; co-sponsor a workshop on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren with Parent Support Services; court tours and better court information signage for the public. Appreciative comments included "let's do this twice a year, or quarterly" and "great job gathering groups together!"

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

New Legal Information Online Update April 19, 2011

* Alcohol and the Law (Overview, Background and Teaching Resources) SFU Centre for Education, Law and Society and the Justice Education Society, February 1, 2011

* Are You Aboriginal? Do You Have a Bail Hearing? Are You Being Sentenced for a Crime? Do You Know About First Nations Court? Legal Services Society, 2011

* Child Abduction Cases and the Courts JP Boyd's Family Law Resource Blog, February 11, 2011

* Child Protection Process in British Columbia flowchart Legal Services Society, 2010

* Contempt of Parliament? What does that even mean? Blogosaurus Lex, Alberta Legal Resource Centre, April 13, 2011

* Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act (Video and Transcripts) Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, 2011

* How to Appeal Your Conviction Legal Services Society, updated insert 2011

* How to Appeal Your Sentence Legal Services Society, updated insert 2011

* Indian Act Amendment Bill c-3; How to apply for Indian Status Indian and Northern Affairs Canada 2011
Describes who is eligible to register as an Indian following the 2011 amendments to the Indian Act as a result of Bill C-3 Gender Equity in Indian Registration Act.

* Introduction to Family Law Dial a Law, CBA/BC Branch, December 2010

* Live Safe — End Abuse Fact Sheet Series, Legal Services Society, 2011
Titles include: Criminal Court Process; Custody, Guardianship, and Access; Getting Help from the Police or RCMP; Protection Orders; Safety Planning; Staying in the Family Home on Reserve; What Is Abuse?; What to Do About Money.

* Violence Against Women In Relationships Policy BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, [93 pp PDF] December 2010

* Waiving Filing Fees in BC Small Claims Court Community Legal Assistance Society, 2011

* Warehouse Liens Dial a Law, CBA/BC Branch, October 2010

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

New Legal Information Online Update January 2011

New from Clicklaw:
* New Family Law Service and Family Law Self-help Guides (from Legal Services Society), Clicklaw Blog, January 4 , 2011. For more on Legal Services Society's new and revised publications, see their newsletter Elan, November 2010.
* HelpMap Enhancements Clicklaw Blog, November 22, 2010
* Court Information Program for Immigrants Justice Education Society

From the Government of BC:
* JusticeBC is the B.C. government’s new web-based gateway for British Columbians who want information about the criminal justice system and resources.
* Freedom Of Information requests for records from government ministries have been centralized through the Ministry of Citizen's Services, see "information access operations – request process."

* Multilingual Legal Publications (formerly Multilingolegal) provides resources and searching help in other languages
* Lower Mainland Family Relations And The Law Workshops in Arabic, Spanish, French and Russian

New BC Supreme Court Rules were introduced July 2010, and several resources have been written or revised:
* How to Use the New Supreme Court Family Forms [video] Legal Services Society, 2010
* Court Forms for Judicial Review Community Legal Assistance Society, 2010
* Representing Yourself in a Judicial Review Community Legal Assistance Society, 2010.
* Representing Yourself in a Judicial Review - If You’re Being Evicted Community Legal Assistance Society, 2010
* Supreme Court BC Guidebooks for Representing Yourself Justice Education Society, 2010. 22 guides explain the steps involved in BC Supreme Court civil law matters.
*Where Can I Find the Old Supreme Court Rules and Forms? Courthouse Libraries BC, The Stream blog post November 18, 210

Canadian Sites:
* Canadian portal of links to law-related information and educational resources, reorganized and expanded from the former Access to Justice Network (ACJNet) website.
*I am A Residential School Survivor. I Was Sexually Abused. How Can I Get Justice For The Wrong That Was Done To Me? Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services Corporation of Ontario Lists frequently asked questions about the Independent Assessment Process (IAP) and includes topics such as what kinds of sexual abuse is covered, the amount of compensation available, and the deadline for filing a claim.