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  • 19 Jun 2020 2:04 PM | Anonymous


    FACL BC - AGM: SAVE THE DATE AND CALL FOR NOMINATIONS 


    1. Save the Date - Annual General Meeting

    FACL BC’s Annual General Meeting (the “AGM”) will be held on Thursday, July 30, 2020 from 5:00 to 6:30pm via Zoom. Our official notice, registration link, agenda, and other information will be provided at a later date.

    The AGM is open to current FACL BC members only. If you are not a current FACL BC member, you can join or renew your membership through our website. If you have any questions regarding your membership status, please contact us at inquiries@faclbc.ca.

    2. Call for Nominations

    If you are interested in joining FACL BC’s Board of Directors (the “FACL BC Board”), please submit your nomination statement to inquiries@faclbc.ca by 11:59pm on July 10, 2020. Your nomination statement should include a short summary of who you are, why you are interested in our organization, the extent of your previous involvement with FACL BC (if any), and the position you seek to run for (maximum of 300 words). These nomination statements will be sent to all FACL BC members along with our notice of AGM. Please use the subject line “AGM Nomination”.

    The following positions are available:

    Directors-at-Large - Two Year Term

    The FACL BC Board has four Directors-at-Large positions available. These positions are open to FACL BC’s full members. Members on the FACL BC Board are expected to assume active high-level and on-the-ground leadership for our various initiatives.

    Secretary - One Year Term

    The FACL BC Board has one Secretary position available. This position is open to FACL BC’s full members. The Secretary is an integral part of the FACL BC Board and responsible for, among others:

    • overseeing the issuance of notices of FACL BC General Meetings and Board meetings;

    • taking minutes of FACL BC General Meetings and Board meetings;

    • maintaining the records of the FACL BC Society in accordance with the Societies Act;

    • assisting in conducting the correspondence of the FACL BC Board; and

    • overseeing the filing of the annual report of the FACL BC and making any other filings with the registrar under the Societies Act.

    Area Representatives - One Year Term

    The FACL BC Board has one Area Representative position for each of Kamloops and Victoria available. Area Representatives are key liaisons between FACL BC and their respective region’s legal community and represent/promote FACL BC in their respective regions. These positions are open to FACL BC’s full members in Kamloops or Victoria.

    Student Directors - One Year Term

    The FACL BC Board has one Student Director position for each of BC’s law schools (UBC, TRU, and UVic) available. Student Directors are key liaisons between FACL BC and their respective law school and represent/promote FACL BC at their respective law school. These positions are open to FACL BC’s student members who are current JD or graduate students at UBC, TRU, or UVic.

    All FACL BC Board members are expected to attend monthly Board meetings, participate in FACL BC committees (Membership, Advocacy, or Mentorship), and contribute actively to the planning and execution of FACL BC programming and initiatives.

    If you have any questions regarding any of the positions, please contact us at inquiries@faclbc.ca.

  • 3 Jun 2020 6:32 PM | Anonymous


    FACL BC’s Resource List to Support Black Communities

    In our FACL BC Statement on Anti-Black Racism and Recent Events in Canada and the US, FACL BC calls on Asian communities in Canada to take action against anti-Black racism.

    The FACL BC Advocacy Committee has compiled this list of organizations and informative resources available to combat anti-Black racism and support Black communities. We recognize that this is not a comprehensive, exhaustive list.


    Organizations and Groups


    Allyship Resources

  • 3 Jun 2020 6:16 PM | Anonymous

    FACL BC Statement on Anti-Black Racism and Recent Events in Canada and the US

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 3, 2020

    FACL BC has always advocated for equity and justice, and, in doing so, stands against racism and discrimination aimed at Asian communities in Canada. As members of the legal profession, it is our duty to advocate for the rights and freedoms of all persons and to oppose oppression. This duty does not stop with the Asian community or at our borders. We believe that it is important to speak out against racism that impacts any community. This activism is a reflection of our values and mission as an organization.

    Black lives matter, at all times and in all places. As historically marginalized communities, we must stand together with Black communities in condemning violence, oppression, and racism. We also recognize the historical ties between Asian and Black communities, the fact that there are members of our communities with both Asian and Black heritage, and the importance of solidarity against white supremacy.

    We urge and demand that fair and proper investigations be conducted into the deaths of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. We recognize that Black communities in Canada have been disproportionately targeted by police violence. “A CBC analysis in 2018 found that 18 [B]lack men and one [B]lack boy were among the 52 people killed in encounters with Toronto police officers between 2000 and 2017. That is more than a third of the total figure. Of those 52 cases, seven Toronto police officers have faced charges after being involved in the death of a civilian. Only one was found guilty” (capitalization added).1 We condemn police violence against Black people in the US and in Canada. We call upon authorities to create long-term strategies to eradicate this violence and to invest in resources for marginalized community members.

    FACL BC also recognizes that anti-Black racism exists in British Columbia, and has displaced Black communities, including those formerly residing in Hogan’s Alley. We applaud the initiative headed by The Hogan’s Alley Society, which seeks to honour the legacy of Black Strathcona residents and is “working with the City of Vancouver to ensure that the redevelopment of the Hogan’s Alley block represents the legacy of the Strathcona’s Black community.”2

    We also condemn the actions of Officer Tou Thao, who stood by while George Floyd was asphyxiated.3 His complicity depicts the dire need and responsibility to be actively anti-racist. We must confront anti-Black racism within our own communities, dismantle the “model minority” myth,4 which harms both Black and Asian communities,5 and hold ourselves and others in our communities accountable. We call on Asian communities in Canada to commit to being actively anti-racist and combat anti-Black racism. This includes learning about the history of anti-Black racism, having conversations about race and anti-Black racism with family and friends, listening to and amplifying Black voices, and demanding justice and accountability.6

    We commit to working towards strengthening interracial solidarity with Black communities, including the Black Canadian legal community.

    FACL BC has compiled a resource list for individuals who wish to support Black communities moving forward. We also invite our members and members of the public to consult various other publicly released statements from other law organizations in light of these events:

    On behalf of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (British Columbia) Society


    About FACL BC

    The Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (British Columbia) Society is a diverse coalition of Asian Canadian legal professionals working to promote equity, justice, and opportunity for Asian Canadian legal professionals and the wider community.  FACL BC represents the interests of over 300 legal professionals in British Columbia. Its members include lawyers from all areas of practice ranging from large firm lawyers, in-house counsel, solo practitioners, students, professors and lawyers serving at all levels of government. 

    For more information, contact inquiries@faclbc.ca.

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    1 https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-june-1-2020-1.5592953/police-brutality-continually-treated-like-a-one-off-in-canada-says-desmond-cole-1.5592954 
    2 https://www.hogansalleysociety.org/about-hogans-alley/
    3 https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/officer-who-stood-george-floyd-died-asian-american-we-need-n1221311
    4 https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/what-is-the-model-minority-myth
    5 https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2017/04/19/524571669/model-minority-myth-again-used-as-a-racial-wedge-between-asians-and-blacks
    6 https://medium.com/awaken-blog/20-allyship-actions-for-asians-to-show-up-for-the-black-community-right-now-464e5689cf3e

  • 26 May 2020 8:18 PM | Anonymous

    Anti-Asian Prejudice/Racism/Hate Crimes Resource List

    May 2020

    In light of the alarming rise in anti-Asian hate crimes/incidents in British Columbia and across Canada, the FACL BC Advocacy Committee has put together this resource guide for those who have been victimized or impacted by these unfortunate incidents:

    BC Government Anti-Racism FAQs 

    Report a hate crime 

    Hate Crimes - VictimsInfo.ca - An Online Resource for Victims & Witnesses of Crime in BC 

    VictimLinkBC

    VictimLinkBC is a toll-free, confidential, multilingual telephone service available across BC 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It provides information and referral services to all victims of crime.

    Contact: 1-800-563-0808 (toll-free) or VictimLinkBC@bc211.ca

    Crime Victim Assistance Program

    The Crime Victim Assistance Program assists victims, immediate family members, and some witnesses in coping with the effects of violent crime.

    Contact: 1-866-660-3888 (toll-free) or cvap@gov.bc.ca


    BC Hate Crimes

    Contact the BC Hate Crimes Team for non-emergency questions about hate crimes, resources, training or education.

    Contact: 1-855-462-5733 (toll-free) or BC_Hate_Crime_Team@rcmp-grc.gc.ca


    BC Human Rights Tribunal 

    Contact the BC Human Rights Tribunal to file a complaint or if you have questions about whether you can file a complaint.

    Contact: 1-888-440-8844 (toll-free) or BCHumanRightsTribunal@gov.bc.ca


    BC Human Rights Clinic

    The BC Human Rights Clinic provides free legal assistance and representation to individuals who have filed complaints with the BC Human Rights Tribunal. To apply for free legal representation from the Clinic, complete and return this application form: https://bchrc.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/1.-Clinic-Application-for-Legal-Services-Apr-2020.pdf

    Contact: 1-855-685-6222 (toll free) or intakebchrc@clasbc.net


    Resilience BC Anti-Racism Network

    The Resilience BC Anti-Racism Network will offer a multi-faceted, province-wide approach with greater focus and leadership in identifying and challenging racism. The program will connect communities with information, support, and training they need to respond to and prevent future incidents of racism and hate.


    BC Government Virtual Mental Health Supports During COVID-19


    Self-Care Tips For Asian Americans Dealing With Racism Amid Coronavirus

  • 7 May 2020 2:02 PM | Anonymous

    COVID-19 Resources

    Practise Resources for BC Lawyers

    Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by Webinar

    Court Notices

    Supports for Businesses and Individuals

    Housing

    Employment

    • See above under Supports for Businesses and Individuals for: CERB, BC Emergency Benefit for Workers, etc.

    Health

    Mental Health and Wellness

    Support for Hate Crimes

    • Victim Link BC: a toll-free, confidential, multilingual telephone service available across B.C. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-563-0808 or by email: VictimLinkBC@bc211.ca

    Travel

    Provincial Updates

  • 23 Mar 2020 8:03 AM | Anonymous

    COVID-19 Statement from the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (British Columbia) Society

    March 23, 2020

    To our members and partners:

    The COVID-19 pandemic has continued to spread globally and has impacted our lives greatly.  To date, there are over 300,000 confirmed cases and 14,000 deaths globally, and the situation in British Columbia and the rest of Canada has been worsening.  The World Health Organization, Centre for Disease Control and our public health officials have collectively urged the public to strongly comply with a number of preventive measures to combat COVID-19.  These measures will protect yourself, your family and your community.1,2   These measures include, but are not limited to:

    1. Practice social distancing when you are out in the community, and remain at home as much as possible;
    2. Wash your hands often with soap and water (alternatively, hand sanitizers when you are out in the community) for at least 20 seconds;
    3. Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces;
    4. If you are sick with COVID-19 symptoms, wear a mask, self-isolate for 14 days and seek medical assistance accordingly;
    5. Self-isolate for 14 days upon return to Canada; and
    6. Stay informed and follow the advice given by your healthcare providers and public health officials.

    We hereby ask and urge you to immediately follow and comply with these measures seriously, and encourage those around you to do the same.  As a legal or industry professional, you play an important role in the fabric of our society and communities.  You are a role model to those around you and your leadership will be instrumental to our collective fight against COVID-19.   Our healthcare professionals are working tirelessly and altruistically with shortages in staffing and resources – the least we can do is our part not just as legal and industry professionals, but as a responsible member of the society in general.  This is beyond just you – think about your colleagues, friends, family and the communities at large, especially those who are vulnerable.  

    Together, we can help prevent unnecessary deaths and spread of cases. 


    On behalf of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (British Columbia) Society

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    1  https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-feature/coronavirus-disease-covid-19 

    2  https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public




  • 12 Mar 2020 5:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    All,

    It is with our deepest regrets that we must inform you that we are cancelling our upcoming two events: (1) Mentor/Mentee Mixer on Friday, Mar 13; and (2) Anxiety and Mental Health in the Legal Profession on Wednesday, Mar 18 and will be rescheduling these events once it is appropriate to do so. 

    With the recent announcement of the global illness becoming a pandemic, we strongly advise you to stay informed and to take the necessary precautions as according to health guidelines recommended by public health officials.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. However, we would appreciate your full cooperation to ensure that our community remains healthy and safe. We thank you for your consideration and hope to see you all at a later date.

    Sincerely,

    FACL BC Executive Committee

  • 9 Feb 2020 11:30 AM | Anonymous

    FACL BC STATEMENT AGAINST PREJUDICIAL MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE CORONAVIRUS​ 

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE I FEBRUARY 9, 2020

    VANCOUVER, B.C. - The Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (British Columbia) Society (“FACL BC”) unequivocally condemns The Province newspaper’s February 6th, 2020 headline that described the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) as the "China Virus." The Province newspaper is one of the most widely distributed newspapers in British Columbia, hence the impact of its journalism is far-reaching and significant.

    FACL BC calls on The Province to publicly apologize for using such a xenophobic headline that targets the Asian community. We also call on The Province, as well as other journalists, news organizations and other public sources of information to exercise greater responsibility and cultural sensitivity in reporting on the Novel Coronavirus.

    The use of the term China Virus is a deliberate conflation between the Novel Coronavirus and China or Chinese people. This has no factual or scientific basis and is rooted in prejudice and the racial profiling of people of Chinese origin, who account for roughly 12 percent of the B.C. population. Most significantly, it contributes towards the racialization of diseases such as the Novel Coronavirus, which in turn perpetuates the recent rise in xenophobic hate crimes against the Asian community in Canada.

    These incidents are unfortunately reminiscent of the discrimination faced by Asian-Canadians during the 2003 SARS outbreak. A 2004 report, “Yellow Peril Revisited: The Impact of SARS on Chinese and Southeast Asian Communities”, examined the impact of the SARS outbreak on Asian-Canadians, and found pervasive discrimination, harassment, and marginalization in workplaces and public settings. People avoided restaurants and businesses in the Chinese community and shunned individuals with Asian backgrounds. It is critical that we remember these experiences and ensure that they do not continue.

    In light of the fact that headlines such as the one used by The Province can put entire communities at risk, it is imperative that journalists exercise greater responsibility and sensitivity when reporting on the Novel Coronavirus.

    FACL BC calls on political leaders at all levels of government to be proactive in combatting misperceptions and discrimination during this time. As the situation continues to develop, FACL BC will continue to engage with its members, relevant stakeholders, and decision-makers to ensure that we are all vigilant in addressing prejudice against people of Asian descent.

    We hope that you join us in calling for accountability on the part of The Province. As British Columbians, we should expect and demand better. 

    For those who have experienced discrimination, here are some resources:

    • If you have been a victim of a hate crime, contact your local Police or RCMP detachment or dial 9-1-1.

    • Connect with a community agency to get support. There are various organizations in British Columbia that can provide support for victims of racism, including those in Organizing Against Racism and Hate (OARH) communities across the province.

    • File a complaint with the BC Human Rights Tribunal (http://www.bchrt.bc.ca/index.htm)

    • If you are a person of limited means and wish to get legal advice, contact Access Pro-bono (http://www.accessprobono.ca/contact-apb)


    About FACL BC

    The Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (British Columbia) Society is a diverse coalition of Asian Canadian legal professionals working to promote equity, justice, and opportunity for Asian Canadian legal professionals and the wider community.  FACL BC represents the interests of over 300 legal professionals in British Columbia. Its members include lawyers from all areas of practice ranging from large firm lawyers, in-house counsel, solo practitioners, students, professors and lawyers serving at all levels of government. 

    For more information, contact inquires@faclbc.ca.

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