Report re Child Protection System

The Government of Manitoba released its report on improving child welfare legislation on September 19, 2018. Titled “Opportunities to Improve Outcomes for Children and Youth“, it will provide guidance to the government to inform new legislation and policies.

On December 21, 2017, then Families Minister announced a formal review of Manitoba’s child welfare legislation. As community leaders, we were very pleased to be asked to lead this important initiative.  Following our appointment, we spent the next four months holding meetings and reviewing written submissions and online survey responses. In addition to hearing formal presentations in Winnipeg, we met with key stakeholders in Thompson, Dauphin and Brandon. It is remarkable that over 1,540 individuals provided input in such a short frame of time.

Additional commentary:

Notice from the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench

The Court recently published Version 5 of the  Mandatory Standard Clauses for Family Division Orders. The use of standard clauses has been mandatory since 1998.

Version 5 of the Standard Clauses reflects legislative changes that have come into force since the release of Version 4 of the Standard Clauses and contains many other changes to clause wording and footnotes. The terms used in the applicable legislative and regulatory provisions and Rules were taken into account as clauses were drafted.

Be sure to read the entire notice for full instructions.

ICLR Weekly Case Law Update

The Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England and Wales 

Here’s the Weekly Case Law Update for September 17, 2018.

If you are a member of the Law Society of Manitoba, and would like a copy of any of the decisions from the digest please contact the library and we will be  happy to provide those for you.

New Guide – How to Search Manitoba’s Hansard

Hansard is the official record of all debates and meetings of the legislature. It is an invaluable resource when researching the intricacies behind particular legislation. Manitoba’s Hansard is online from 1958 to the present, however, using it can be quite challenging,  particularly when you’re looking for information prior to 1996.

Legal Information Professional Allyssa McFadyen received some tips from staff at the Legislative Assembly’s Reading Room, and developed this easy-to-follow guide.

If you have further questions or difficulty with finding out what the government was thinking when they designed a particular statute, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Law in the Library

Law in the Library is a free program offered by the Winnipeg Public Library in conjunction with the Community Legal Education Association. This program offers free sessions on various areas of law, presented by professionals.

Registration through the Winnipeg Public Library is required.

The upcoming sessions are:

Small Business and the Law

Thursday, September 13: 6:30- 8 pm.  Register

ABCs of First-Time Home Buying

Tuesday, October 2: 6:30-8 pm.  Register

Wills

Monday, October 15: 6:30 – 8pm.  Register

Criminal Law: What are Your Rights?

Tuesday, October 30: 12 – 1 pm.  Register

Healthcare Directives and Powers of Attorney

Thursday, November 1: 6:30-8 pm. Register

How to Start a Business

Monday, November 5: 5:30-7:30 pm. Register