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390 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 3 M A Y 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE approach to sections types and phases, which favoured significant finetuning over fundamental change. The committee is currently working toward preparing a final report, which will include draft legislation and proposed regulatory changes, for publication in June 2017. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT PENSION DIVISION ON THE BREAKDOWN OF A RELATIONSHIP IN BRITISH COLUMBIA BCLI has been at work updating its popular publication Questions and Answers About Pension Division on the Breakdown of a Relationship in British Columbia. This publication has proved to be an indispensable resource for practitioners and professionals who deal with Part 6 of the Family Law Act. The new edition of Questions and Answers will take into account the developing case law under the Family Law Act, legislative changes and issues raised in the call for issues circulated last year. Thomas G. Anderson, Q.C., is once again the lead author of the publication; BCLI thanks him for his invaluable contribution to the Questions and Answers series. The text of the latest edition of Questions and Answers was approved by the BCLI’s board of directors in December 2016. Publication is planned for spring 2017. OLDER WOMEN’S DIALOGUE PROJECT In March 2017 the CCEL published its second report of the Older Women’s Dialogue Project (“OWDP”), We Are Not All the Same: Key Law, Policy and Practice Strategies for Improving the Lives of Older Women in the Lower Mainland. The report shares consultation findings from speaking with older women from diverse communities, provides research on key barriers to well-being identified by older women and concludes with 30 strategies for law, policy and practice reform aimed at improving quality of life for older women. Although this series of consultations involved women living in the Lower Mainland, many of the findings and strategies are relevant to the experiences of women living throughout B.C. and Canada, pointing to structural barriers to equality that require systemic change and enhanced access to justice and services. The report is a follow-up to the 2013 CCEL report, Your Words Are Worth Something: Identifying Barriers to the Well Being of Older Women. The first report documented findings from 22 consultation events held in nine different languages, capturing the experiences of older women from diverse ethno-cultural communities. The CCEL embarked on Phase 2 in order to expand consultation activities to better include Indigenous women, women over age 80, women living with a disability, and older woman who identify as lesbian or queer. Phase 2 included 14 consultation events.


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