Category: In The News


BC Court of Appeal Finds Trial Judge Failed to Give Appropriate Consideration to Child’s View

BC Court of Appeal finds trial judge failed to give appropriate consideration to child’s view. In Stav v Stav, 2012 BCCA 154, court relies on views of the child contained in Report prepared by Roster Member. See specific discussion at paragraphs 67 to 79 of the April 5, 2012 judgement. Read the full case at … Continue reading BC Court of Appeal Finds Trial Judge Failed to Give Appropriate Consideration to Child’s View

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BC Hear the Child Society Submits Final Report to the Vancouver Foundation

The BC Hear the Child Society submits its final report to the Vancouver Foundation as funder of the Hear the Child Education Project. Read the Final Report.

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Review parenting plans biannually to consider child’s views?

The following article appeared in the New York Times. OPINION In Whose Best Interests? By RUTH BETTELHEIM Published: May 19, 2012 IN divorced families, whose needs count for more: those of parents or those of children? Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber When parents divorce, their child custody plans are supposed to place the “best interests … Continue reading Review parenting plans biannually to consider child’s views?

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Ontario Developing Guidelines on Listening to Children

Canadian Lawyer Magazine recently published an article about developing guidelines for judges in Ontario who meet with and interview children in family law. Sometimes young people want to speak directly to a judge in family law cases. With this in mind, in 2010 Suzanne Williams from IICRD and an advisor to the BC Hear the … Continue reading Ontario Developing Guidelines on Listening to Children

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BC’s Family-Law Changes are Long Overdue

Read Trudi Brown’s article in the Victoria Times Colonist where she discusses the “three bombshells” of the proposed Family Law Act.

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BC Hear the Child Society on Radio Canada

The BC Hear the Child Society was highlighted in an interview today about the new Family Law Act on Radio Canada, la premiere chaine.  The Society is working with IICRD, funded by the Vancouver Foundation, to address a gap in services to children so they have opportunities to share their views and have them considered … Continue reading BC Hear the Child Society on Radio Canada

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Children’s Law and the Canadian Bar Association

The CBA is considering a proposal to establish a Children’s Law Section. Is it time for a Section dedicated to issues affecting children across legal domains?

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BC Hear the Child Society in CBA October Newsletter

The BC Hear the Child Society has been profiled in “Move From Law to Action and Hear the Child“, an article in the October 2011 edition of The Family Way – CBA National Family Law Section Newsletter. Read the full article.

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Welcome New Directors

Welcome Arlene Henry, QC, Dr. Derek Swain and David Dundee to the BC Hear the Child Society’s Board of Directors!

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