Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Legal Information Forum in Victoria Hosts 14 Community Groups

"The future of libraries rest not in their collections, but in their engagement with the communities they serve."        - David Lankes, Community as Collection, November 29, 2013

On November 7th, 2013, Scott Munro of the Greater Victoria Public Library hosted a LawMatters legal information forum at the GVPL Juan de Fuca Branch. A lively group of 18 people representing a range of community groups met to discuss their services and concerns with the provision of legal information. Attending the meeting were representatives from Victoria Native Friendship Centre, Victoria Police Victim Services, Together Against Poverty, BC Families in Transition, Communica (South Island Dispute Resolutions), Restorative Justice Victoria, Action Committee of People with Disabilities, Victoria Disability Resource Centre, Legal Services Society - Legal Aid Lawyer (Local Agent), Ready to Rent BC, Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre, Greater Victoria Public Library, Law Courts - Court Registry, and Courthouse Libraries BC (Victoria Regional Library).

Many participants commented that the event was a good opportunity to connect with other groups providing legal information, and update each other on current programs. Some of the comments from the evaluation forms included these recommendations:

  • Join the Coalition for Public Legal Services.
  • More organized networking between/among groups.
  • Keep up written communication to all levels of government to provide greater access to justice.
  • Do these workshops more frequently and do follow-up.

Victoria is the eighth library in the province to host a community legal information forum. Libraries interested in hosting a forum in their community can view the Planning Guide and contact Janet at jfreeman@courthouselibrary.ca for more information.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

New Legal Information Online December 2013

New on Clicklaw:

Child Support in BC Peoples Law School [20 pp PDF] February 2013 (replaces 2004 edition)

Family Law: Caring for Children After Separation Peoples Law School  [Factsheet 2pp PDF] February 2013 (replaces 2005 edition)

International Child Abduction: A Guidebook for Left-Behind Parents Canada Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development  [31 pp PDF] 2013

The Legal landscape: A Scan of Public Legal Education and Information materials for Non-Profits Peoples Law School and Artists’ Legal Outreach [24 pp PDF] 2013

Limitation Act, Transition Rules, Part 1 BC Ministry of Justice [Video 10:21 minutes] 2013

Limitation Act, Transition Rules, Part 2 BC Ministry of Justice [Video 7:54 minutes] 2013

Overview of the Limitation Act  BC Ministry of Justice [Video 5:57 minutes] 2013

New from BC Civil Liberties Association:

The Curious Tale of The Dog That Hasn’t Barked (Yet) Surveillance and Society [4pp PDF] 2012

The Democratic Commitment Newsletter discusses surveillance, dying with dignity, and prison justice [12 pp PDF] Fall 2013

Rights Talk: Students and Civil Liberties at School  [58 pp PDF] November 2013 (updated from 2005 edition)

New from Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry:

Free Online Webinars on personal planning, Representation Agreements, Enduring Powers of Attorney and other related topics. December 2013 and January 2014 dates 

Other online resources:

Living in retirement  Financial Consumer Agency of Canada [web resource] 2013

Political Activities Self-Assessment Tool for Charities Canada Revenue Agency, [web resource] 2013

PLEI for Non-Profits Peoples Law School and Artists’ Legal Outreach [web resource] 2013

Blog posts and journal articles:

Courthouse Libraries BC's Online Legislation Resources The StreamCourthouse Libraries BC, July 3, 2013
Midwifery in Canada LawNow, November 2013

Police Enforcement Under the FLA: A brief refresher JP Boyd on Family Law, September 22, 2013

Searching Federal Hansard The Stream, Courthouse Libraries BC, November 25, 2013