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Seized Vehicle Becomes Anti-Gang PSA on Wheels

Written on Friday, July 11th, 2014

The BC Ministry of Justice has come up with an unusual way to warn youth about the dangers of gang life: they've repurposed a seized Nissan 350Z into a rolling public service announcement that will appear at community events and throughout the streets of Kelowna over the next two years.


Photo credit: BC Ministry of Justice

The vehicle was provided by the Civil Forfeiture Office, which since 2006, "has taken in approximately $47 million and has returned more than $16 million from successful forfeiture actions in the form of grants to crime prevention programs, victims of fraud and phoney investment schemes, and victim services programs."

Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton said,

“The promise of a glamorous life and flashy cars lures many young people into crime, but we need them to understand that this lifestyle is dangerous and often ends badly. This vehicle is a testament to that, as it was involved with both weapons and drugs in its previous life. Now that it’s been reformed, it can turn to a life of good and help the Kelowna RCMP connect with youth who are at risk, and ensure young people are aware of the dangers that are involved in a life of crime.”

See the press release: Forfeited drug vehicle gets new life fighting crime.

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Categories: News and Alerts

Back by Popular Demand: Tsilhqot'in Nation SCC Decision Webinar

Written on Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Sign up for the 90 Minute Rebroadcast Webinar including experts Jean Teillet, Partner, Pape Salter Teillet LLP and John J.L. Hunter, Q.C., Senior Counsel, Hunter Litigation Chambers.

July 15, 2014: 12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
July 23, 2014:   2:30pm - 4:00pm PDT 

CPD: 1.5 hours 

The sweeping decision (Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia) by the Supreme Court of Canada granting aboriginal title to roughly 200,000 hectares of land, kicks off a new chapter in Aboriginal Law in BC and Canada! How will this historic decision impact economic resource projects, treaty negotiations, reconciliation efforts, the power of government, and the application of provincial and federal laws to lands where Aboriginal title and ownership are in question?

Join us for this intensive 90 minute discussion as our expert panelelucidate the implications and legal factors, and answer some of the pressing questions. This is a fantastic primer to our Two-Day program on October 7-8, and a must-attend short session for all who deal with Aboriginal law issues, including lawyers, First Nations delegates, government, and industry.

Please note, this is part of PBLI’s new short-sessions, “Dynamic Dialogue”, available only via Webinar. Access made simple and easy!

*Introductory registration fee: $100

Register online here or by calling 604-730-2500 / 1-877-730-2555.

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REAL Program Celebrates 5 Years

Written on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Via UVic Law, the Rural Education and Access to Lawyers (REAL) program -- a joint project of CBABC and the Law Society of BC --  has released its five-year report. The program seeks to "address the current and projected shortage of lawyers practicing in small communities and rural areas of British Columbia."

In REAL's 2009-2013 Five-Year Summary Report, the program's accomplishments are evident. Since its inception in 2009, REAL has:

  • provided summer opportunities for 79 students in the province - 39 of whom returned to complete their articles
  • captured the attention of justice system organizations across Canada as well as received national media coverage
  • established an active presence on Twitter and Facebook

The report describes how REAL has met its goals through engagement with the profession, law schools, and the media; networking; and resource development, and shares what REAL summer students and participating law firms had to say about their experiences with the program.

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Updated Practice Directives from BCCA

Written on Monday, July 7th, 2014

The BC Court of Appeal recently updated two of its practice directives:

  • Judicial Settlement Conferences came into effect on June 27, and updates an earlier directive. It simplifies language and allows a justice in chambers to refer appeals to the program.

 For more Court of Appeal practice directives, visit the BCCA's civil & family and criminal "directives & notes" webpages. 

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Categories: BC Courts

Upcoming Webinar on Tsilhqot'in Nation SCC Decision

Written on Friday, July 4th, 2014

Following the SCC's June 26th decision, CLE is offering a webinar on Tsilhqot'in Nation v. British Columbia: Analysis and Implications. The webinar takes place Wednesday, July 16th, and counsel from the decision will discuss the background, analysis and implications of this landmark Aboriginal title case.

Commercial and Aboriginal lawyers in private practice, industry and government are encouraged to register, along with others who focus on Aboriginal law issues, such as First Nations and industry leaders and employees of First Nations or First Nations organizations.

Register before July 9th to receive early bird pricing ( $135); after July 9th the price is $150. There will also be several rebroadcasts later in July and in September. The webinar will count as 1.5 Law Society of BC CPD hours.

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