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!"