60 Its Future. Many thanks to our co-chairs Hugh McLellan, Geoffrey White
and Jan Goddard, and to our sponsors who helped make it possible to provide
bursaries to delegates from the not-for-profit sector.2
On March 30, 2017 we released the fourth edition of the ever-popular
Questions & Answers about Pension Division on the Breakdown of a Relationship
in British Columbia. Many thanks to Tom Anderson, Q.C., for his commitment
to completing this update and the three that preceded it. On
October 4, 2017 we released our Study Paper on Financing Litigation and are
very pleased with the interest communicated from the profession in the
weeks that followed.
Finally, as reported in our last update, the Canadian Centre for Elder Law
(“CCEL”) collaborated with FAIR Canada on its project “Vulnerable Investor
Protective Action and Legal Safe Harbour Project”, which was formally
launched on November 14, 2017. We are encouraged by early signals that
there is interest among regulators and investment firms in tackling the
challenges that arise when investment advisors and their clients must deal
with situations of declining capacity or suspected financial abuse or undue
In 2017 BCLI and CCEL continued work on seven major projects; and we
look forward to releasing the reports and resources resulting from each in
2018. Here is a list of reports to watch for in the coming months:
• Consultation reports from the “Builders Lien Reform”, “Employment
Standards Act Reform”, and “Strata Property Law” projects.
• CCEL’s report resulting from the project “Health Care Consent, Aging
and Dementia: Mapping Law and Practice in British Columbia”.
• The tools developed by the women engaged in the “Older Immigrant
Women: Surviving Violence, Calling for Change” project, to
be released by the CCEL.
• CCEL’s “Inclusive Investing: Respecting the Rights of Vulnerable
Investors through Supported Decision Making” project continues
with publication of a report expected late in 2018.
• BCLI completed its work leading the research and writing for the
“Uniform Vital Statistics Act (Renewal)” project organized by the
Uniform Law Conference of Canada (“ULCC”). The ULCC working
group’s 2017 report to the annual meeting of the ULCC has been
posted to the ULCC website, and the uniform statute with commentary
is expected to be posted early in 2018 in both English and
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