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Hot off the press: Your Welfare Rights

Your Welfare RightsWe’ve reprinted our popular booklet Your Welfare Rights. There have been some changes to the law since the booklet was last printed in April 2012. These changes are highlighted and explained at the beginning of the booklet. Previous versions of the booklet and/or update insert should be recycled.

This booklet explains in plain language:

  • who can get welfare,
  • how to apply for welfare,
  • what benefits are available,
  • your responsibilities while on welfare, and
  • how to appeal a decision about your benefits.

The booklet also has detailed information on who can help you and where to get more information.

Hot off the press: Separation Agreements: Your Right to Fairness

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separationAgreementsSecond edition produced in collaboration with West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund (West Coast LEAF) and with financial support of Status of Women Canada to improve women’s access to justice in family law cases.

Separation Agreements: Your Right to Fairness explains in plain language the law about fair division of family property or debt when spouses separate, and what to do if you believe your agreement might be unfair. The 16-page booklet, to be printed in six languages, provides information about:

  • setting aside a separation agreement,
  • making a fair agreement,
  • preparing your financial statement for court, and
  • managing your case and working with a lawyer.

It also lists where to get free legal help, including publications, court forms, fact sheets, and other comprehensive family law resources available on the LSS Family Law in BC website.

Separation Agreements: Your Right to Fairness is now available in English in print and online, and will be available in spring 2014 in simplified and traditional Chinese, Punjabi, Spanish, and Tagalog.

Hot off the Press: How to Get a Court-Appointed Lawyer for Your Child Protection Case

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How-to-Get-A-Court-Appointed-Lawyer-for-Your-Child-Protection-Case-452-lssThis attractive new publication is for people facing a complicated child protection hearing who’ve been denied legal aid but can’t afford a lawyer. The booklet explains in plain language (and appealing graphics) why and how you can make a “JG application” for a free court-appointed lawyer. The two necessary forms are included right in the booklet, clearly explained and perforated for easy removal. Also includes what to say and do in court at the JG application hearing.

Hot off the Press: If You Are Charged with a Crime and Representing Yourself in a Criminal Trial

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Representing-Yourself-in-a-Criminal-TrialifYouAreChargedWithACrimeWe’ve updated two of our criminal law publications to reflect recent changes in Provincial Court process. Our brochure, If You Are Charged with a Crime, outlines the first steps and available options when someone is charged with an offence. The booklet, Representing Yourself in a Criminal Trial, takes the reader through preparation for trial, pre-trial court appearances, and the trial itself.

Hot off the press: Relationship abuse fact sheets now available in print in Farsi (Persian)

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liveSafeEndAbuseSeven fact sheets in the Live Safe — End Abuse series are now available in print in Farsi (Persian). The fact sheets cover 11 topics to inform readers about relationship abuse (family violence). We identified seven topics that would be most helpful to someone dealing with family violence. These seven fact sheets are also available in Chinese (simplified and traditional), Punjabi, and Spanish.

  • Getting Help from the Police or RCMP explains the right to call police in abusive situations, how police can help, and what happens when police arrest an abuser.
  • If Your Sponsor Abuses You describes what newcomers (immigrants) to Canada can do if abused by their sponsors or when leaving an abusive relationship.
  • Parenting explains what the terms guardian, parenting time, parental responsibilities, and contact with a child mean under the BC Family Law Act, and describes parenting orders and limits on parenting.
  • Protection Orders explains peace bonds, no contact orders, and family law protection orders, and how to apply for them.
  • Safety Planning gives details about how to make a safety plan for use at home, outside the home, and after leaving an abusive relationship.
  • The Criminal Court Process describes what happens when an abuser faces criminal charges, what it means to be a court witness, what happens at trial, and possible sentences.
  • What Is Abuse? explains that abuse can be physical, emotional, verbal, psychological, financial, or sexual, and that certain types of abuse are crimes.

All the fact sheets list community support services and legal resources. See Abuse & family violence for all the fact sheets in this series.

All fact sheets in this series are folded for display in brochure racks.

Hot off the press: Revised Indian Residential Schools Settlement fact sheet

Indian Residential Schools Settlement

Indian Residential Schools SettlementWe’ve updated our Indian Residential Schools Settlement fact sheet. This fact sheet is for Indian residential schools survivors who want to know what their options are under the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. The fact sheet has information on:

  • who’s covered by the settlement agreement,
  • how they can take action against the Government of Canada for abuse they experienced at an eligible residential school, and
  • the Common Experience Payment and the Independent Assessment Process, including what to do now that the application deadlines have passed.

The fact sheet also lets survivors know:

  • who can help them with their settlement agreement claim,
  • where to get emotional and other support, and
  • how to get legal help.

Hot off the press: Are you Aboriginal?

Are You Aboriginal?

Are-You-Aboriginal-Gladue-First-Nations-Court-350-lssWe’ve updated our Are you Aboriginal? fact sheet. This fact sheet is for Aboriginal people who have been charged with a crime. It includes information on Gladue rights — special rights under the Criminal Code that encourage judges to take a restorative justice approach. This means that, when setting bail or sentencing, the judge must keep in mind the special circumstances that Aboriginal offenders face, and consider all options other than jail. Gladue rights apply to all Aboriginal people: status and non-status Indians, Inuit, Métis, and anyone who self-identifies as Aboriginal.

The fact sheet also includes information on the First Nations Courts in  Duncan, Kamloops, and New Westminster. It includes contact information for the First Nations Court duty counsel, and information on how to apply to have your matter transferred to First Nations Court.

Hot off the press: Defending Yourself reprints

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We’ve reprinted two of the booklets in the new Defending Yourself series: Assault and Theft Under $5,000.

These redesigned publications replace booklets from the What to Do If You Are Charged series.

Hot off the press: revised Guide to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement

Indian Residential Schools Settlement

A Guide to the Indian Residential Schools SettlementWe’ve updated our online-only booklet A Guide to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement. This booklet is for Indian residential school survivors and for the advocates who help them. Written in plain language, this booklet has complete and easy-to-understand information on the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. It also has a comprehensive “Who can help” section with resources and information for survivors on where to get support, health and healing, and where to get legal help.

The booklet has been updated to let survivors know what their options are now that the deadlines to apply to the Common Experience Payment and the Independent Assessment Process under the settlement agreement have passed.

We’ve also revised the booklet to make it easier to read, and have added some new features, like linked cross-references and clickable external links to resources.

Hot off the press: Understanding Child Protection Mediation for Aboriginal Families

Understanding-Child-Protection-Mediation-for-Aboriginal-Families-451-lssWe have a new fact sheet in the Aboriginal child protection fact sheet series: Understanding Child Protection Mediation for Aboriginal Families. This fact sheet is for Aboriginal parents who are involved with the Ministry of Children and Family Development. It explains in plain language what parents’ rights are during a child protection investigation – including the right to ask for a mediator to help them work with the ministry. The fact sheet also explains how mediation works, how it can help Aboriginal families, how mediation can meet the unique cultural needs of Aboriginal families, and how to find a mediator.

See our Aboriginal publications page for a complete list of the Aboriginal child protection fact sheets.