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Dial-A-Law joins forces with People’s Law School

  • March 13, 2019

The Law Foundation of British Columbia, Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch (CBABC) and People’s Law School are pleased to announce Dial-A-Law is now available through the People’s Law School. In 1983, CBABC identified a need for public access to legal information on a variety of law topics. With funding from the Law Foundation of British Columbia, CBABC initiated Dial-A-Law, featuring over 125 scripts of legal information written and edited by volunteer lawyers in British Columbia.


  • March 12, 2019

Looking to get more involved with CBABC? Nominations are open to fill vacancies in Cariboo (1), Nanaimo (1), Prince Rupert (1) Vancouver (3), Victoria (4), Westminster (2), and Yale (3) Counties.

Legal aid system has ‘lost its way’ in BC: report

  • March 11, 2019

A review of the B.C. legal aid system says change is needed in order to reverse years of underfunding and make it more effective, but an organization representing legal aid lawyers in the province is saying it does not go far enough because of a lack of focus on financial concerns and is threatening to withdraw its services unless action is taken to put more money into the system.

Government of Canada announces judicial appointments in the province of BC

  • March 08, 2019

The Honourable Patrice Abrioux, a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, is appointed a Justice of the British Columbia Court of Appeal. Amy D. Francis, a principal at Legacy Tax + Trust Lawyers LLP, is appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Karen F. Douglas, a partner at Harper Grey LLP, is appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

IMLA in Canada Spring Meeting April 25-26, 2019

  • March 06, 2019

The annual IMLA (The International Municipal Lawyers Association) in Canada conference for Canadian local government lawyers will be taking place on April 25-26 in New Westminster, BC. The conference will give local government lawyers the opportunity to connect with and learn from colleagues across the country.  

CBABC Welcomes Provincial Review of Legal Aid

  • March 05, 2019

“We are pleased to welcome the report’s recommendations for meaningful change to legal aid in British Columbia,” said CBABC President Margaret A. Mereigh. “Recommendation 1 endorses the Canadian Bar Association’s proposal for national benchmarks, set in 2016, for integrated public legal assistance services that are sustainably funded, evidence-based and people-centred.”

Bill C-86 Set to Strengthen Financial Consumer Protection

  • February 25, 2019

The Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2, Bill C-86 (Bill), was introduced in the House of Commons on October 29 and received Royal Assent on December 13. Once in force, the Bill will consolidate existing consumer provisions and regulations and strengthen consumer protection provisions that apply to banks and authorized foreign banks under the Bank Act (BA).