The gathering brings together young immigrant and refugee leaders to learn, share, network and collaborate on actions towards common challenges and experiences of newcomer youth communities.
It is also an engaging weekend of leadership and skills building, developing peer relationships and FUN!
WHO Should Participate?
Everyone is welcome to apply; however, space is limited and priority will be given to:
Racialized* immigrant and refugee youth
Those who can make a commitment to attend the full event
Immigrant & refugee youth from across Canada, aged 16 to 25 years
Youth settlement workers and allies
*We recognize that race is a social construct, people as “racialized immigrant person” or “racialized people” are immigrants who also belong to a “racial minority”, “visible minority”, or are seen as “people of colour” or “non-White” (adjusted from OHRC).
The B.C. Provincial Court appears to be the only criminal trial court in Canada that provides remote online access to adult criminal court case information. You can access accused persons’ names, charges, bail orders and sentences through Court Services Online (CSO).
Online access like this raises unique tensions between fundamental principles of open courts, the presumption of innocence, and the extent to which personal information should be widely circulated when the outcome of a criminal charge is something other than conviction. The Court’s current policy is not to display case information on CSO after a case has ended if the case has resulted in a stay, withdrawal of charges, or an acquittal or dismissal. The Chief Judge is also considering whether to adopt a policy not to display information about cases that have resulted in “peace bonds” under section 810 of the Criminal Code.
Because there has not been a broad public discussion about what the limits on online publication of criminal case information should be, the Chief Judge invites members of the public, including the media, to comment on these aspects of judicial policy. A Consultation Memorandum has been posted to the Provincial Court website. It outlines the issues and asks for your views. Your comments and discussion will help the Chief Judge determine whether these policies need adjusting and whether they achieve an appropriate balance between openness and privacy considerations.
The Consultation Memorandum also deals with another issue. Members of the media have found that CSO blocks access to case information whenever a publication ban is made. The memorandum explains how publication bans work on CSO and why this blocking happens. The Chief Judge also invites comment on this policy and suggestions for reasonable alternatives.
information about the policies limiting access to case information when a stay, withdrawal, acquittal or dismissal has been entered;
reasons for considering a change to include peace bonds, options for change; and
information about the effect of publication bans on the information available on CSO.
Then please send your comments by September 18, 2015 to:
email@example.com Re: CSO Policy Consultation OR
CSO Policy Consultation
Attention: Mr. Gene Jamieson, Q.C., Senior Legal Officer
Office of the Chief Judge, Provincial Court of British Columbia
337 – 800 Hornby Street, Vancouver, B.C.
The new BC Human Rights Clinic is the result of a 2014 Ministry of Justice review, merging two human rights organizations:
The BC Human Rights Coalition, who operated advocacy, information, and education services for the Clinic, merged with CLAS, who were operating legal services for the Clinic.
WHO CAN USE THIS NEW SERVICE?
You may qualify for this service if you have a complaint before the BC Human Rights Tribunal and seek legal representation or advocacy. You first go through an intake process and must meet certain criteria to qualify. One example of what can qualify you for assistance is the inability to obtain legal representation for free or at a reduced rate from a legal provider.
WHAT CAN THIS NEW SERVICE DO FOR YOU?
Advocacy provided includes:
attending settlement meetings;
responding to applications;
and doing disclosure
LegalRepresentation provided if your case is not settled or dismissed includes:
clinic lawyers who may represent the complainant at a full hearing; or
provideother limited legal assistance; or
CLAS lawyers who are able to provide further limited help with submissions if required, following a hearing.
We have an update: the platform will be used as an early resolution tool for select BC-licensed debt collection agencies. Their aim is to help consumers who don’t feel comfortable speaking to debt collectors over the phone, and who would rather communicate online.
Visit Consumer Protection BC’s blog page for more info on the debt collection pilot project.
We now continue with our ODR series, this time focusing on Small Claims BC.
British Columbians who have disputes where the amount is no more than $25,000 turn to Small Claims Court to find a resolution. However, on average, claims take over a year to reach a judgment.
SmallClaimsBC.ca provides British Columbians with an alternative way to settle disputes without going to court using their ODR platform. Using ODR can help save time and money, which make sense as priorities when you are disputing a smaller amount.
New users to the platform will be asked a series of questions to create an online profile before starting their claim. If you already have an account set up as a “returning user”, you need only enter your credentials to access the dashboard.
Enter your information to complete your online account. This creates a dashboard where your claim(s) can be accessed and managed.
Today’s post introduces Direct Representation from TRAC, a Clicklaw contributor. TRAC now provides free full representation to tenants at dispute resolution hearings in limited situations depending on eligibility and location:
Who? Eligibility criteria to receive representation from TRAC:
– Types of Cases
The Lower Mainland, with some exceptions
TRAC reserves the right to use its discretion on a case-by-case basis, and has the final say regarding which tenants receive assistance. There may be times when TRAC is unable to represent a tenant who falls under the criteria above due to time constraints or other factors.
This fall, the People’s Law School launches the first two of its Access to Restorative Justice Community Forums on the Haida Gwaii Islands. The forums, held in partnership with the Haida Gwaii Restorative Justice Program, will take place in Queen Charlotte City on September 15, 2015 and in Masset the following day. Additional restorative justice forums are scheduled for later in the fall in Prince Rupert and Terrace.
The aim of the community forums is to increase the use of restorative justice processes by victims of crime. The forums plan to address issues such as:
How can victims of crime and offenders have better access to the restorative justice approach?
What needs to be done to strengthen the relationships between police-based victim services and restorative justice agencies?
What is restorative justice?
Restorative justice seeks to repair the harm caused by crime by addressing the needs of victims, engaging the community in the justice process, and encouraging dialogue and healing. Restorative justice involves bringing together the victim, offender and members of the community to discuss the effects of the crime. At a restorative justice session the focus is on the impact of the crime and how to address the harm that was done.
In this approach, crime is understood not only as breaking the law, but as a violation of people, relationships and a disruption of the peace in the community.
Restorative justice principles draw from Aboriginal experience and tradition, including the belief that the community has primary responsibility for addressing crime.
You’ve probably heard some rumblings about Bill C-51, the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015. You likely don’t hear about most bills unless you are actively interested in law or politics, but Bill C-51 has struck a chord with everyday people who are concerned about their privacy rights. Herearesomeplaces you can go to learn about Bill C-51.
Do you know how Bill C-51 became law on June 18th? We’ll try and break it down for you.
Some basics first
Canada’s Constitution defines the government’s powers and your rights. It includes the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The constitution is the supreme law of Canada and all of our laws must conform to it, whether made by our courts or government law-makers (legislators). More on the Constitution here.
There are two primary sources of Canadian law (Quebec is an exception):
Do you have a smartphone? You can already read the Clicklaw blog in a mobile-friendly format, and our Clicklaw Wikibooks (which have helpful legal info on family law, residential tenancy law, wills and estates, and more) now have a mobile option too. We are working on making the main Clicklaw website mobile-friendly, stay tuned.
Why go mobile? Mobile use is not going away; in fact, it’s increasing every year. Nearly 33% of visitors to Clicklaw and the Clicklaw Wikibooks are on either mobile or tablet. We wanted to make the experience better for you, across all devices.
Here’s what you see when you go to a specific Clicklaw Wikibook:
You still have the option of downloading the Wikibook in PDF, EPUB, or ordering a print copy–right from your phone.