On October 11th and 12th, the Alberta Law Reform Institute [ALRI] will hosted law reformers from across Canada at the bi-annual symposium of the Federation of Law Reform Agencies of Canada [FOLRAC]. Representatives from law reform agencies and commissions in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia and Alberta worked together on a shared mission of advancing law reform in Canada.
This Year's Agenda
For two days, participants tackled the challenges of decision-making in various areas of law reform including media strategy, professional networking, and expanding the ways in which law reform agencies engage and consult with the public and legal community. The Symposium concluded with a talk by University of Alberta Law Professor Hadley Friedland who was invited to speak at this year's symposium. Professor Friedland led a rigorous discussion around the role of law reform agencies in responding to the calls-to-action issued by Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
More than four decades ago, FOLRAC started as an informal meeting of law reform representatives that gathered together during the annual meetings of the Uniform Law Conference of Canada. These meetings evolved into structured events where law reformers shared their experiences, discussed challenges and successes, and assisted each other in carrying out their work.
FOLRAC officially incorporated in 1990 and since then there have been twelve meetings and symposiums held across Canada. Agenda topics vary widely and have included social media, plain language, online consultations, and public engagement among others.
The Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan has posted a new consultation paper on the Land Charges Act. The paper - Tentative Proposals for a Land Charges Act - is part of the Commission's project on real property security law in Saskatchewan. The consultation period runs until February 15, 2019.
Read the consultation and have your say.
A recent CBC Go Public story quoted the Law Commission of Ontario's Report on Small Estates.
Read more here
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2017-2018 was a busy and productive year for ALRI. The Institute released four publications and celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Read the full annual report.
The Alberta Law Reform Institute publishes Final Report 112, Property Division: Common-law couples and Adult Interdependent Partners
In its latest report, ALRI makes recommendations to change the law for how common-law couples divide property if their relationship breaks down. This Report also recommends changes to the law for married couples who lived together before marriage and for adult interdependent partners who are not common law couples.
Why is Law Reform Needed?
2016 Census data indicates that 320,260 Albertans consider themselves to be in common-law relationships. If common-law couples break up and cannot agree how to divide their property, they need to rely on complex judge-made law to divide their property. ALRI considers that the law of unjust enrichment is overly complicated, costly to litigate, and unpredictable.
Legislated rules would better guide parties to make their own agreements and settle disputes. Couples who lived together before marriage and adult interdependent partners may also need to rely on judge-made law for property division and would also benefit from a clearer legislated framework for property division.
Download Final Report 112, Property Division: Common-law Couples and Adult Interdependent Partners here
The British Columbia Law Institute is conducting public consultation on changes to the Strata property Act
The British Columbia Law Institute is asking for public input on proposed changes to Strata Property Act, Strata Property Regulation, and Schedule of Standard Bylaws.
For more info and to participate, visit their project page here.
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Important activities by Canadian Law Reform Agencies.