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CBABC Oral Submission to Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services: Budget 2022

  • September 02, 2021

CBABC was invited to present before the Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services as part of a public consultation by the provincial government for the 2022 budget.

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Law Society of BC, Provincial Government, BC Courts

Submission: Who’s Getting Left Behind? The Impact of the Ongoing Digital Transformation of the Court System on Access to Justice in British Columbia

  • July 19, 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated a digital transformation of BC’s court system, access to justice increased, but some people are being left behind. CBABC identifies those people, suggests some considerations to follow, and invites dialogue with the courts, Court Services, Justice Services and the Law Society of BC to ensure no one is left behind.

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Cullen Commission: Closing Submissions of CBABC and CDAS

  • July 13, 2021

On July 9, 2021, CBABC delivered its final submissions to the Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia. CBABC received joint standing with the Criminal Defense Advocacy Society to participate in the Commission in the fall of 2019. Our participation and submissions were not to overlap with those of the Law Society of BC.

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Bill Introduced: Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2021 (Family Law Act, Residential Tenancy Act, Employment Standards Act)

  • May 13, 2021

First reading of Bill 11 – 2021 on May 12, 2021 which, when passed, includes amendments to legislation that determines whether behaviour constitutes violence, regardless of whether or not there is an intent to harm the other person.

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Provincial Government

Written Submission to Special Committee: Reforming the Police Act (BC)

  • April 30, 2021

The Government appointed a Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act to make recommendations relating to the reform and modernization of policing in BC. The scope of their review includes the role of police with respect to complex social issues including mental health, systemic racism within police agencies and its impact on public safety and trust, and whether measures are needed to make the legislation consistent with DRIPA. 

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Bill Introduced: Firearm Violence Prevention Act

  • March 04, 2021

Bill 4-2021 was introduced on March 4, 2021 aimed at curbing gun violence in British Columbia. If passed, the legislation will make it more difficult for gang members to buy, transport or possess real or imitation firearms.

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