Training Session Recordings

Employment

Presenter: Kevin Love, lawyer at CLAS

Topic:An opportunity to get updates about changes in EI that have been instituted in response to COVID, and do ask questions about issues you are seeing in your work.

Host: The Canadian Bar Association

Topic: Derek Lacroix, QC discusses the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on mental health and wellness and ways to cope to relieve stress, fear, and anxiety about returning to work. Know the signs of stress and anxiety, and learn how to calm distress with valuable resources, helping you and your clients navigate through this transition to the new norm.

Cost: Members – Free
Non-Members – $35

Recording:  Click Here

People’s Law School

Presenters: Sara Horte & Jim Wu

Topic: In this 45-minute webinar, employment lawyers Sara Forte and Jim Wu answer common questions being asked by British Columbians who are being called back to work. In this webinar, you will learn:

  • What workers can do if they don’t feel safe returning to work. [5:45]
  • Six safety measures established by WorkSafeBC that your employer must follow. [6:45]
  • The factors a court will consider in assessing whether a change in your job amounts to a “constructive dismissal”. [12:10]
  • Risks to be weighed before asserting a claim for constructive dismissal [14:30], including risks to your eligibility to receive employment insurance (EI) benefits. [15:25]
  • A framework for having a difficult conversation with your employer, using as an example a request to continue to work from home. [18:00]
  • Your rights in relation to who is called back and in what order, and what amounts to discrimination. [26:40]
  • What happens to protected leave for parents with school-aged children. [29:45]
  • What happens if you decide not to return to work. [31:40]
  • The obligation on employees to self isolate — and corresponding obligation of employers to enforce it — where employees display certain symptoms. [38:45]
  • Situations where employers need to provide masks to their employees. [41:30]
  • How to prepare for a conversation with your employer if you’re experiencing anxiety or other mental illness that prevents you from returning to work. [43:45]

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Host: The Canadian Bar Association

Topic: Dr. Chris Stewart-Patterson presents practical strategies for returning to the workplace and shares current medical information as it pertains to COVID-19. Dr. Stewart-Patterson has a background in Occupational Medicine and epidemiology, and consulting experience in developing return to work protocols.

Cost: Members – Free
Non-Members – $35

Recording:  Click Here

People’s Law School

Presenter: David Brown

Topic: Are you trying to figure out what emergency benefits apply to you? In this 45-minute webinar, employment lawyer David Brown explains the different benefits available to workers in British Columbia, what those benefits look like, and how to know which ones apply to you.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • The different emergency benefits being offered to workers in British Columbia. [07:30]
  • How the cut off date of March 15, 2020 is used to determine which benefits you may be eligible for. [08:05]
  • The key elements of the different emergency benefits being offered, namely the Canadian emergency response benefit (CERB), the BC emergency benefit for workers, and emergency wage subsidy programs. [08:22]
  • The four basic requirements you need to meet to be eligible for CERB benefits. [10:50]
  • The bottom line about CERB: the dollar amount of the benefit, how long you’ll receive it, and how it differs from EI benefits. [13:40]
  • How the CERB is taxable as income and why you should set aside some of the money you receive for next year’s tax filings. [16:15]
  • Which categories of workers are eligible for which benefits. [18:40]
  • In particular, you’ll learn what benefits are available (or not available) for the following categories of workers:
    • part-time workers [19:15]
    • self-employed workers [21:10]
    • workers who are sick and unable to work [21:15]
    • parents who need to stay home to look after their children [23:45]
    • individuals who have recently exhausted their EI benefits [24:30]
    • students who rely on their income from summer employment [26:00] (Update: As David suggested would happen, on April 22, 2020, the federal government announced the Canada emergency student benefit.)
    • individuals who have quit their jobs [27:10]
  • Whether you can be eligible for and choose between more than one benefit. [29:45]
  • What happens if you apply for and receive benefits, and it later turns out you weren’t eligible to receive them. [31:40]
  • Where to go to apply for benefits. [33:25]
  • What steps to take if your record of employment (ROE) indicates you “quit,” when you thought you agreed to a layoff. [35:10]
  • What to do if you applied for and have received both CERB and EI benefits. [37:20]
  • What happens to your EI eligibility period once the CERB benefit is no longer available. [39:15]
  • What happens if you lost your job just before the state of emergency — can you apply for the CERB benefit? [41:00]

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People’s Law School

Presenter: Sara Forte

Topic: Has your job been impacted by the coronavirus? In this Q&A session with Sara Forte, learn about your rights and options as a worker, factors to consider in weighing your options, and steps you can take to be part of the solution.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • The questions you should ask yourself if you think you’re at risk of losing your job. [11:45]
  • How you can “be part of the solution that keeps you working.” [13:15]
  • The bottom line about your employer’s right to lay you off … and limits on that right. [15:30]
  • How the nature of your lay off — permanent or temporary — determines whether you’re eligible for severance pay. [20:30]
  • How your employer may be exempt from paying you severance if your employment has become “impossible to perform” because of “unforeseen circumstances.” [22:00]
  • How much severance will you get: three different ways severance can be determined. [27:00]
  • Another way severance can be exempted if your employment contract has become “impossible to perform.” [29:17]
  • Two reasons why you might agree to a temporary lay off. [30:10]
  • Two reasons why you might opt for termination instead. [31:30]
  • How accepting a termination with severance affects your employment insurance benefits. [33:30]
  • How some employers are offering continued benefits as a gesture of goodwill. [34:22]
  • What you can do if you still have a job but you don’t feel comfortable. (Not the same as asserting your right to refuse “unsafe work”.) [37:27]
  • Why you should think twice before quitting your job because you don’t feel comfortable. [40:26]
  • How new protected (unpaid) leave measures protect parents who need to stay home to care for their school aged children. [43:35]
  • How you may be eligible to receive the Canada emergency response benefit if you’ve stopped work for reasons related to the coronavirus. [44:50]
  • What coronavirus-related resources are available from Forte Law and the People’s Law School. [46:52]

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Family & Child Protection

People’s Law School

Topic: As of March 1, 2021, Canada’s Divorce Act sees its most substantial changes in 35 years. John-Paul Boyd QC walks you through the key changes and answers questions about how those changes affect you.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • How changes in the Divorce Act reflect updated societal views about the best interests of children that align more closely with provincial family laws. [4:05]
  • What major changes are being made, including new language, new rules about relocation, and new duties for parents, lawyers and judges. [5:50]
  • What is not changing, including the rules about spousal support, separation, child support, and dividing property. [10:45]
  • Who is affected by changes to the Divorce Act. [11:40]
  • How parenting after separation is affected by changes to the Divorce Act and how new language is used to reflect those changes. [13:05]
  • The factors to be considered in deciding what is in the best interests of children, including family violence. [17:40]
  • The process that must be followed if a separated parent wants to relocate and that relocation would affect relationships their child has with others. [23:40]
  • Whether a separated couple needs a written separation agreement, and when they can file for divorce and start dividing assets. [31:15]
  • Whether you need to update a court order made before changes to the Divorce Act took effect. [34:25]
  • How much a basic divorce costs. [37:10]
  • How much a divorce costs if it goes to trial. [41:30]
  • How much mediation or other out-of-court options cost. [42:40]
  • How family violence affects parenting time and contact. [45:00]
  • What age children can decide who they want to live with. [47:50]
  • What happens if there aren’t enough arbitrators and mediators to meet demand. [49:15]
  • What principles apply in relocation applications. [52:30]

Speaker: JP Boyd, QC

Resources: https://www.peopleslawschool.ca/changes-divorce-act-recorded-webinar

Recording: 

Topic: This is a general overview of family law and covers the following topics:
– Federal Versus Provincial jurisdiction over family law
– Divorce Act – grounds for divorce (including cases on adultery and mental and physical cruelty)
– Divorce Act – child support
– Divorce Act – spousal support (and 4 objectives)
– Divorce Act – spousal misconduct
– Divorce Act – varying spousal support orders.

Speaker: Rubina Sidhu

Resources: Family Law PPT

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Topic: Shares how support workers may assist clients in situations when they need to have income imputed to their partner.

Speaker: Taruna Agrawa

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Presenters: Clea Amundsen, Kitsilano Family Law

Topic:
1) Learn how to identify Hague files
2) Understand how an application for a return of the child works through an overview of the Convention
3) Consider how Canadian courts will decide on Hague applications through an examination of recent case law

Resources: PPT 

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Presenter: Caity Goerke, advocate lawyer at Parent Support Services Society of BC (PSS)

Topic: Information about the Parent Support Centre, what it does and the kind of support available to kinship care providers.

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Presenter: Lucie Krajca, Rise

Topic: How to apply to the provincial court to be heard on urgent family law matters during Covid-19

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Resources:

Presentation Slides
NP 19 COVID-19 Suspension of Regular Court Operations
NP 20 Affidavits for use in Court Proceedings
• ADM 880 Template – PDF Version or Word
note: type in all info, save as PDF, then use the pencil feature in PDF comments to check off the boxes (saves printing, writing, scanning)
ADM 880 TEMPLATE Further Information Letter
ADM 880 TEMPLATE Further Application Letter
1. Precedent ADM 880 Application for Urgent HearingPDF Version or Word Version
2. Precedent – ADM 880 Further Information Letter contains scheduling email for Robson square (if that’s the OCR)
3. Precedent – ADM 880 Further Application for Urgent HearingThis is the further application using the fictional scenario, if the Urgent Hearing Decision asked us to make a further application proposing a method of service on the opposing party.
4. Precedent – ADM 880 Further Application Letter contains email to Robson square provincial court registry. This is the letter to accompany a further application using the example of proposing a method of subservice.
5. Precedent – Notice of 5. Precedent – Notice of Motion – sample NOM using the fictional scenario that may be helpful.

Additional Information: In follow up to the question about whether it might be persuasive to submit a sworn affidavit rather than the letter, I would add, think of the Letter as a factual conversation with the judge, a bit more like submissions (without the law), rather than an affidavit.

Also, good news. Many court registries have listed their emails now. You have to right click the text under “For Urgent Provincial Court Filing” found next to most registries in think link, to copy the email. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/justice/courthouse-services/courthouse-locations

Host: The Canadian Bar Association

Topic: Bill C-78 introduces important new provisions regarding disclosure and confidentiality under amendments to the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act. As well, Bill C-78 also takes steps for federal implementation and streamlining of inter-jurisdictional procedures, including under the 1996 Hague Child Protection Convention and the 2007 Hague Child Support Convention. Bill C-78 also has new jurisdictional rules in parenting cases. These changes will present challenges for family law practitioners.

Cost: Members – $75
Non-Members – $159

Recording:  Click Here

Host: Department of Justice

Topic: The first course in this series is Introduction to Federal Family Law Amendments. While this course focuses primarily on the amendments to the Divorce Act, it also briefly describes amendments made to the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act and the changes relating to two international Conventions touching on matters of family law.

Recording:  Click Here

Housing

Presenters: Zuzana Modrovic and Robert Patterson, TRAC

Topic: An overview of the Residential Tenancy Act and dispute resolution.

Resources: Dispute Resolution PPT, Residential Tenancy Law PPT 

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Presenters: Danielle Sabelli and Holly Popenia, CLAS; and Robert Patterson, TRAC

Topic: An opportunity to hear updates about residential tenancy issues in BC and to ask questions about issues you are encountering in your work.

Resources: PPT

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Human Rights

BC Human Rights Clinic

Topic: Human Rights Clinic lawyer Laura Track walks you through what you need to know to file a human rights complaint with the BC Human Rights Tribunal.

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BC Human Rights Clinic

Topic: Learn how the BC Human Rights Code protects you from discrimination in your tenancy.

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Topic: This 1.5 hour webinar is a follow up to the introductory level course on human rights law offered earlier this year. This course is aimed at advocates and service providers to help you assist clients facing discrimination and human rights issues. This will be a practical workshop covering the nuts and bolts of making a human rights complaint, navigating the BC Human Rights Tribunal’s website and forms, and providing guidance to clients wishing to make a human rights complaint.

This course will expand on the topics covered in the Human Rights 101 course.

Speaker: Laura Track, lawyer and the Director of Education for the Human Rights Clinic at the Community Legal Assistance Society

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Courthouse Libraries BC

Topic: This 1 hour webinar is an introductory level course to human rights law aimed at advocates and service providers. This workshop will help you assist clients facing discrimination and human rights issues.

Advocates and service providers interact every day with marginalized and disadvantaged communities. These communities are especially vulnerable to violations of their human rights, whether in their employment, tenancy, or access to services.

Topics we will cover include:
• What is the Human Rights Code and what does it cover?
• What is discrimination? What does discrimination look like?
• What are my client’s rights if they have a disability?
• What are the steps in a human rights complaint?
• What can the Human Rights Tribunal do about discrimination?
• What additional help is available?

Speaker: Laura Track, lawyer and the Director of Education for the Human Rights Clinic at the Community Legal Assistance Society.

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Immigration

CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario)

Topic: The federal government introduced a new program that would allow some refugee claimants working in the healthcare sector to apply for permanent residence. The program aims to acknowledge refugee claimants’ exceptional service working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join us to understand the details about who qualifies for the program, how to apply, and options for those who do not qualify, but are still working in healthcare during the pandemic. Our legal expert will share up-to-date and practical information for frontline workers to support their communities.

Speaker: Kristin Marshall, Refugee Lawyer and Trainer, CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario)

*ASL interpretation was provided for this webinar and is included in the recording.

Resources: Slides can be downloaded HERE on the right-hand side under “Related Files”

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Topic: Presentation on “How to help people with Precarious Immigration Status”. Covers how foreign nationals who do not have status in Canada face various barriers. We talk about what those barriers are and how workers may assist their client(s) to overcome them.

Speaker: Taruna Agrawal

Resources: FASL Precarious Status PPT

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Topic: You are invited to attend a free training facilitated by the Migrant Workers Centre (MWC), in partnership with the BC Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons. This training will raise awareness and provide information and resources about labour trafficking and exploitation of vulnerable migrant and temporary foreign workers in BC. Participants in the training will gain an increased awareness of labour trafficking and how best to assist and support workers experiencing victimization.

Topics to be covered include:
• how to recognize cases of labour exploitation and trafficking;
• protection mechanisms, including vulnerable worker open work permits and temporary resident permits for victims of trafficking;
• civil remedies, such as employment standards complaints and human rights applications;
• resources available to migrant workers and service providers.

Recording:  Click Here *password required*

Password: XKSD7*CQ

Presenters: Juliana Dalley, Migrant Workers Centre; and Lobat Sadrehashemi, Immigration and Refugee Legal Clinic

Topic: This session will explore:
-changes at the border in terms of who can enter Canada;
-changes to processing for refugee claims, appeals to the Refugee Appeal Division, and Federal Court
-changes to processing for applications for permanent residence, temporary residence and citizenship
-impacts for permanent residency applicants who have lost their jobs or are working reduced hours
-changes to CBSA involvement – detention and removals
-the availability of new covid income support measures for those without permanent resident status and citizenship

Resources: Session Powerpoint Slides

Presenters: Migrant Workers Centre and Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS)

Topics:

  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
  • Employment Insurance and other Federal Benefits
  • Provincial Benefits
  • Immigration Implications
  • Questions

Other

Topic: Courthouse Libraries BC and JSL Law are pleased to present a panel discussion on race issues within the BC and Canadian Legal System with former Chief Justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin, Judge Wolf of the BC Provincial Court, Judge St. Pierre of the BC Provincial Court and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh.

Recording: 

Race Issues in the BC Legal System from Courthouse Libraries BC on Vimeo.

Presenters: Lindsay M. Lyster, Q.C. and Melissa VanderHouwen of Moore Edgar Lyster LLP

Topic: Covid-19 Information for Executive Directors

Resources: PPT

Presenter: Dom Bautista, Executive Director of Amici Curiae Friendship Society

Topic: Services provided by Amici Curiae Friendship Society

Resources:

2020-04-21 FASL Monthly Check-Up – Amici Curiae Friendship Society from Law Foundation of BC on Vimeo.

Skills & Procedures

Topic: This session on interviewing for advocates includes the important aspects for client-centred interviews. The session also includes roleplay and situation examples.

Speaker: Thea McDonagh, Director of Advocacy at Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS)

Resources: Interviewing Checklist, Interviewing Guide

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Topic: Covers the sources of domestic (Canadian) law and discuss the relevance of both written and unwritten sources. The aim here is to give you a comprehensive and theoretical understanding of the overall structure of Canadian law.

Speaker: Rubina Sidhu

Resources: Sources of Law PPT

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Presenters: Taruna Agrawal and Andrea Bryson of Rise Women’s Legal Centre Topic: This webinar is geared towards support workers to maintain relationships with and maximize outcomes for their clients in working with their lawyers. The FASL lawyer and the Case Manager share their unique perspectives on how to support clients while they navigate the legal systems with a lawyer Recording:

Host: The Canadian Bar Association – BC Branch

Topic: Now that court proceedings are being held remotely by audio conference or video conference, it’s important to understand how the Provincial Court is using Microsoft Teams. Find out what the Court counsel’s expectations are and the valuable lessons learned during the initial launch.

Recording:  Click Here

Host: The Canadian Bar Association

Topic: This webinar is designed to guide lawyers in any area of practice to build awareness of how clients’ trauma affects Lawyer-Client relationships. How can lawyers support and work with clients who have experienced trauma? How do perspectives on this relationship differ between lawyer and client in connection with trauma?

Cost: Members – $75
          Non-Members – $159

Recording:  Click Here

Presenter: Vicky Law, Rise Virtual Legal Clinic with Rise Women’s Legal Centre Topic: The session will discuss the necessary security and safety measures to adopt when using videoconferencing software Zoom with clients. Vicky will also discuss how to use technology safely to ensure that privileged and confidential client information is kept in accordance with the Code of Professional Conduct. Resources: Training Session PPT, Zoom Security Settings PDF

Presenter: Andrea Bryson, Rise Legal Clinic

Topic: What if we approached this work as something that can sustain us instead of harming us. A slightly different take on concepts of self-care and burnout from a long time advocate.

Resources: Reynolds 2011 Resisting Burnout With Justice – Advice from a long-time, dynamic, advocate on working in difficult times. Reflections on self-care and compassion fatigue.

Recording coming soon!

Presenters: Alison Ward and Johnathan Blair, staff lawyers CLAS, Erin Pritchard Co-ED, Disability Alliance of BC, Doug King, ED of Together Against Poverty Society

Topic: Issues such as:
• confidentiality and how to maintain it in different circumstances (e.g. shared laptop with kid, one bedroom apartment with a partner etc),
• how to obtain consents from clients

Resources: Alison Ward PPT

Presenters: Andrea Bryson, Case Manager/Designated Paralegal and Taruna Agrawal, Family Advocate Support Lawyer, Rise Women’s Legal Clinic

Topic: A discussion of professional responsibility issues when working remotely – confidentiality, getting consent, and other issues.

Resources: PPT – Taruna Agrawal 

The Canadian Bar Association (Nova Scotia Branch)

Now Available for Purchase: $30+GST/HST

Link: https://www.cbapd.org/details_en.aspx?id=NS_NS20ZOO05A

Presenters: Tina Hall (Managing Lawyer and Advisor to the Chief Medical Officer of Health, NS DOJ); David Fraser (Privacy Lawyer, McInnes Cooper); Matt Saunders (Former Emergency Management Consultant; current Partner, Cox & Palmer); Sean Foreman, QC (NS DOJ)

Topic: This webinar will discuss legal aspects of public health and pandemic management, including extraordinary emergency powers that governments can use to control the spread of the coronavirus. It will include a discussion of what those powers are, who wields them and what their legal limits are. The session will also cover what information public health authorities and others can compel for these purposes, and what personal health information businesses and employers can collect to reduce risk in their workplaces and places of business. And as more businesses transition to work from home, the panelists will also discuss cybersecurity issues this raises.

Courthouse Libraries

Topic: This webinar is designed for legal advocates funded by the Law Foundation. These fundamental principles of file management may also be useful to advocates working in other organizations.

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Courthouse Libraries 

Topic: This webinar is designed for legal advocates funded by the Law Foundation. These fundamental principles of professional responsibility may also be useful to advocates working in other organizations.

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Welfare & Disability Benefits

Presenters: Thea McDonagh and Madyson Powell, Together Against Poverty Society (TAPS)

Topics: 

  • Ministry of Social Development & Poverty Reduction (MSDPR)
  • Application for Income Assistance
  • Barriers to Eligibility for Income Assistance
  • Categories & Rates of Assistance
  • Living Arrangements & Dependency
  • Income & Assets
  • Supplements
  • Appeals

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Presenter: Andrew Robb, Staff Lawyer, Disability Law Clinic, Disability Alliance BC

Topic: In British Columbia, hospitals and other healthcare settings have changed their visitor policies due to the pandemic crisis. This webinar, hosted by DABC staff lawyer Andrew Robb, addresses the rights of people with disabilities to have their essential support person(s) or caregiver(s) with them in hospitals, despite restrictive visitor policies.

Transcript: Click Here

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Presenters:
Alison Ward, Danielle Sabelli and Kevin Love, staff lawyers, CLAS

Topic: Information about poverty law issues and resources in the time of COVID -19 such as housing, welfare, ESA, EI new CERB benefit, and other recent developments.