Timely 2009 Publications
The Community Charter has been in place for five years, enabling both municipal and regional district governance. The courts have pronounced on some of the Charter’s important changes. Local Government Under the Community Charter, to be published in March 2009, will include an overview of the Charter, a topic-by-topic review of how it works with other enabling legislation, insights into the courts’ views on the new approach to enabling local government, and full text of the legislation.
The 2009 edition of Annual Review of Law and Practice promises to be packed with accessible commentary on the major legislative, case law and practice changes in 2008. In its 18th edition, and slated for March publication, this essential practice tool is a reliable way to keep up to speed on pivotal trends.
Crucial Courses in 2009
Municipal law has its own unique practices and pitfalls. Municipal Law Basics on April 3, 2009 will guide you through the practice, including provincial-municipal relations, concurrent authority, municipal services and governance, regulatory powers, local government finance, and more.
The economy has changed; so must the focus of lawyers advising construction industry clients. Join us for Construction Law 2009, a detailed seminar on advising clients when money is tight. Review essential contract clauses, then let seasoned practitioners walk you through the game of musical chairs and show you how to find relief for your client when the music stops.
Further information on these publications and programs is available from CLE customer service at 604-893-2121 (toll-free in Canada at 1-800-663-0437) or on the CLEBC website at www.cle.bc.ca.
The Law Foundation of British Columbia
The Board of Governors of the Law Foundation of B.C. met on November 22, 2008 and approved funding for a number of continuing programs and projects.
Chair Mary Mouat is pleased to announce that funding totalling $2,060,391 was approved for the following 10 projects:
Funding totalling $398,101 was approved for the following 4 Child Welfare Fund projects:
- $100,000, HAIDA CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES SOCIETY, Haida Family Group Conferencing Project
- $100,000, NUU-CHA-NULTH TRIBAL COUNCIL, Usma Nuu-chah-nulth Alternative Dispute Resolution
- $99,604, KLA-HOW-EYA ABORIGINAL CENTRE OF SURREY ABORIGINAL CULTURAL SOCIETY, Circle 5 Alternative Dispute Resolution Project: Focus on Alternative Dispute Resolution for Aboriginal Centre
- $98,497, VANCOUVER ABORIGINAL CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES SOCIETY, 2008 Child Welfare Initiative
Funding totalling $1,542,290 was approved for the following 4 new initiative projects:
- $795,000, CANADIAN BAR ASSOCIATION, B.C. BRANCH, Rural Education & Access to Lawyers Initiative
- $478,790, WEST COAST PRISON JUSTICE SOCIETY, Beyond Liberty Prison Justice Litigation Fund/Prisoner’s Human Rights Project
- $148,500, B.C. COURTHOUSE LIBRARY SOCIETY, Provincial Legal Services Mapping Initiative
- $120,000, ECOJUSTICE CANADA SOCIETY, Public Interest Environmental Law Conference
Funding totalling $120,000 was approved for the following 2 grants:
- $60,000, COMMUNITY LEGAL ASSISTANCE SOCIETY, Public Interest Articling Fellowship
- $60,000, UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA, Public Interest Articling Fellowship
For full details of the programs and projects that received funding, please visit the Law Foundation of B.C. website at www.lawfoundationbc.org.
Mary Mouat Elected New Chair of the Law Foundation
The Board of Governors is pleased to announce that Mary Mouat of Victoria has been elected as Chair of the Law Foundation beginning January 1, 2009. Ms. Mouat succeeds Warren Wilson, QC of Vancouver who has been Chair of the Law Foundation since 2006.
Ms. Mouat earned her law degree from the University of Victoria and was called to the Bar in British Columbia in 1988. She is a partner of the Quadra Legal Centre in Victoria, practising in the areas of family mediation and collaborative law. Ms. Mouat is a qualified Family Law Mediator and Collaborative Law lawyer. She has been active in many communities and Bar organizations including the Victoria Bar Association, the Executive of the CBA (B.C. Branch), the Family Tariff Committee of the Legal Services Society, the Law Courts Education Society, and the Victoria Women’s Sexual Assault Centre. Most recently she was a member of the Family Justice Reform Working Group created by the Justice Review Task Force.
She has been a Governor of the Foundation since 2006 and has served on the Child Welfare Fund, New Grants (as Chair), and Bursary, Scholarship and Fellowship committees.
The Law Foundation of British Columbia is a non-profit foundation which receives the interest on lawyers’ pooled trust accounts and distributes it by means of grants for legal education, legal research, legal aid, law reform and law libraries in the province.
These articles were published in the February 2009 issue of BarTalk. © 2009 The Canadian Bar Association. All rights reserved.