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Save the Date: VBA's Craft Beer & Spirits Festival

Written on Monday, September 22nd, 2014
Save the Date: VBA's Craft Beer & Spirits Festival

The Vancouver Bar Association is gearing up for its fall social event: an evening of craft beer & spirits tasting.

Try craft beer by Deep Cove Brewers, Bomber Brewing and Parallel 49, spirits from Long Table Distillery and Odd Society Spirits, and snacks from The Reef.

The event will take place October 2nd from 6-10 p.m. at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Tickets are $40 for VBA members and $45 for non-members.

Visit VBA's Facebook page for more info including how to order tickets.

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BC Government Seeks Feedback on Franchise Legislation

Written on Friday, September 19th, 2014

If you do franchise work, here's your opportunity to share your thoughts on BC's proposed Franchises Act.

The BC government recently announced it is seeking feedback on new legislation that would be based on the Uniform Law Conference of Canada's Uniform Franchises Act and recommendations from the BCLI's "Report on a Franchise Act for BC".

From the invitation to comment:

"Government recognizes that franchise purchasers make a significant capital investment, yet they are often at a disadvantage when relying on the information provided by the company offering the franchise due to a lack of knowledge and experience, and access to expert advice. Franchise legislation would help to rectify this imbalance and support the expansion of franchises by standardizing regulatory requirements, while at the same time encouraging investment in B.C.

A Franchises Act would govern all franchised businesses throughout the province and would provide important protection for small business owners and franchisors alike by:

  • Regulating the sale of franchises.
  • Requiring that contracts include pre-sale disclosure agreements.
  • Providing more legal rights and protections to help parties to resolve disputes."

Five other Canadian provinces (Alberta, Ontario, New Brunswick, PEI and Manitoba) have already enacted similarly consistent legislation. Comments must be submitted by December 10, 2014. See the news item for email and mailing addresses.

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Categories: BC Law Reform

Nidus Personal Planning Back Online

Written on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Do you assist clients with personal or estate planning? If so, you'll be interested to know that the Nidus Personal Planning Registry is back online after several years on hiatus.

Via the Public Guardian and Trustee, the Nidus Personal Planning Registry "allows for the storage of personal details and documents related to personal planning, end of life wishes and memorial arrangements in one convenient, centralized location."

Both individuals and their lawyers or notaries may register documents, such as:

  • representation agreements
  • enduring powers of attorney
  • advance directives
  • advance care plans
  • living wills
  • revocation notices
  • other related documents, such as list of medications, memorial arrangements, no-CPR forms, etc.

A Personal Information Record that includes a person's contacts and important details (health conditions, allergies, doctors, banks, etc.) may also be created.

Registration in the system is $25 for a first registration and $10 for each additional registration. Once registered, individuals may print a wallet card, and rest assured that their plans and wishes will be accessible to authorized hospitals, financial institutions, and government agencies from one central place.

Learn more about the NIDUS Personal Planning Registry in this brochure, or attend one of the upcoming personal planning events in the Lower Mainland:

  • Burnaby: September 23 | 7–8:30 p.m. Registration Required -- event flyer -- Burnaby Public Library, Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch, 6100 Willingdon Ave
  • Richmond: October 1 | 1:30–3 p.m. Registration Required -- event flyer -- Rchmond Brighouse Public Library, 100-7700 Minoru Gate
  • West Vancouver: October 7 | 2–3:30 p.m. -- event notice -- West Van Memorial Public Library, 1950 Marine Drive



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Categories: BC Legal Associations

Access Pro Bono Seeking Volunteers for its Board of Directors

Written on Monday, September 15th, 2014

Access Pro Bono recently announced that it's looking to fill up to three vacancies on its volunteer Board of Directors, which is made up of "lawyers and non-lawyers from across BC who share a dedication to the pursuit of equal access to justice for all British Columbians."

Candidates may be located anywhere in BC but APB is particularly looking for individuals who are familiar with the legal needs of low income Vancouver Island, Kootenay or Northern BC residents; have non-profit fundraising experience; demonstrated engagement in providing or facilitating pro bono legal services; and/or reflect the province's diversity through physical abilities, gender, ethnicity or cultural perspective.

Directors serve two-year terms that are renewable to a maximum of three consecutive terms. The time commitment -- which includes attending board or committee meetings, leadership, financial oversight, policy works, supporting and attending community events, as well as fundraising -- is four to six hours a month.

Anyone interested should submit their cover letter and resume to APB by October 1, 2014. See more details on the organization's website.

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LSS Boosts Access to Justice with Five Pilot Projects

Written on Friday, September 12th, 2014

Via the ELAN blog, the Legal Services Society received an extra $2 million in funding from the BC government this year, and this fall will see the launch of five new initiatives made possible because of that money. The pilot projects are:

  • Expanded family duty counsel services in Victoria, to provide free legal advice to people going through separation and divorce
  • Expanded Family LawLINE program, to add more services to this free legal advice line for people going through family law issues
  • Referrals to Mediate BC with paid mediation and and then sliding-scale fee services, to expand availability of early and affordable mediation
  • Establishment of a Parents' Legal Centre (location TBD) focused on collaboratively resolving child protection issues
  • Expanded criminal duty counsel services to provide continuity of counsel to clients in uncomplicated cases, in order to resolve cases earlier

The last project, an expanded criminal duty counsel model, is a commitment the government made in last year's justice reform White Paper, A Timely, Balanced Justice System.

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