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Legislative Update

Bill Introduced: Labour Relations Code Amendments

  • May 16, 2022

On April 6 the government introduced Bill 10, the Labour Relations Code Amendment Act, 2022. The proposed amendments to the Labour Relations Code establish a single-step union certification system, enabling workers to join a union when a clear majority of employees indicate they want to.

Professional Notice

Supreme Court of BC Practice Direction: Class Proceedings

  • May 11, 2022

This Practice Direction describes the procedure for requesting the assignment of a case management judge in a proceeding that is commenced under the Class Proceedings Act. It also sets out the requirements for submission of originating process and other documents to the National Class Action Database.

CBABC Submission

Report from Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act

  • May 09, 2022

In 2021, the Government formed a Special Committee to reform the Police Act. A public consultation was conducted and the final report of this Special Committee has now been published, along with recommendations for modernizing the legislation and policies around policing in BC.

Legislative Update

Bill Introduced: Anti-Racism Data Act

  • May 06, 2022

The BC government has introduced Bill 24, the Anti-Racism Data Act as a first step to dismantle systemic racism and discrimination faced by Indigenous, Black and people of colour in BC. The new anti-racism legislation builds upon recommendations in the BC Human Rights Commissioner’s report, “The Grandmother Perspective” which were supported by CBABC in its submissions to Government.

Legislative Update

Directive for Civil Litigation

  • May 05, 2022

The Government has released new directives for civil litigation involving Indigenous Peoples, in alignment with the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act. These directives will provide legislative tools and policies to support new approaches to disputes while avoiding costly, lengthy and adversarial litigation.

Legislative Update

Bill Introduced: Mental Health Act

  • May 03, 2022

The Government has recently introduced legislation to allow amendments to the Mental Health Act. BC’s Mental Health Act allows people with a severe mental-health illness to be admitted and treated at designated mental-health facilities involuntarily for the person’s own protection, or the protection of others. The proposed amendments will ensure that people have access to an independent rights advisor to discuss their rights and options.

Call for Consultation

BCLI: Public Hearings on Land Use and Planning

  • May 02, 2022

The British Columbia Law Institute has released a paper on how public hearings could be changed to improve the consultation process on land use and land planning in BC. This study paper may play a helpful role for groups interested in law reform. CBABC Members are invited to indicate their interest in responding to this study paper and developing CBABC recommendations for reform by contacting the Director of Advocacy at advocacy@cbabc.org, by May 19, 2022.

Call for Consultation

BC Government: Adult Guardianship Act Review

  • May 02, 2022

The BC government has established a working group to review the adult abuse and neglect framework contained within the Adult Guardianship Act. The working group would appreciate the input of CBABC in their review. Some topic areas that have been identified for consideration include the scope and application of the Act, responses by designated agencies, and the adult’s involvement in the process and their rights.

Legal News

Law Society develops alternative discipline program

  • April 22, 2022

The Law Society’s governing board has approved rules and a process for diverting lawyers from disciplinary proceedings in appropriate cases for treatment of an underlying health issue that led to conduct resulting in a complaint.