Projects

CURRENT & ONGOING PROJECTS

Negotiating the Legal Terrain: How Survivors of Domestic Violence Experience Their Search for Justice – Phase One (November 2015 to February 2016)

Funded by the Government of Alberta, through a partnership between the Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research and the Alberta Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness. CPLEA will develop a plan and methodology to conduct research that will tell the stories of survivors of domestic violence who have navigated the justice system.

Domestic Violence & Renting in Alberta: Exploring Landlords’ Roles in Supporting Tenants At-Risk of or Experiencing Domestic Violence (December 2015 to February 2017)

Funded by the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy through Homeward Trust Edmonton’s Community Research Projects funding. CPLEA will explore ways landlords can more effectively help tenants at-risk of or experiencing domestic violence. This research will be used by CPLEA staff in future projects to design resources that will help landlords play their roles effectively. We would like to thank the Alberta Residential Landlord Association; the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters; the Edmonton Community Legal Centre; and the Stop Abuse in Families Society for their support and assistance with this project.

Condominium Education Project – Phase Two (September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2016)

Funded by the Alberta Real Estate Foundation, the goal of this project with its three phases is to increase the knowledge of Albertans on their rights and obligations under condominium law. The emphasis of Phase Two is to produce plain language legal information resources on rights and responsibilities of condominium board members. Phase One of the project involved the development of Condo Law for Albertans. For more information, contact Judy Feng at jfeng @ cplea.ca.

Law for Alberta’s Multicultural Communities – Discrimination & Renting (June 2015 to May 2016)

This project is funded by the Alberta Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund. In this project, CPLEA will create resources for multicultural communities to learn about their rental rights under the Alberta Human Rights Act. These resources use real-life scenarios to explain what landlords are allowed to do and not do under the Act. Resources will also explain what remedies are available and how individuals can access these remedies.

OakNet Redesign (July 2015 to June 2016)

The Older Adult Knowledge Network (OakNet) website will be undergoing a redesign in consultation with seniors organizations in Alberta. The redesign will include an updated, refreshed aesthetic and reorganization of the legal information on the website to better reflect the information seeking behaviour of Alberta’s growing seniors population. Funded by the Alberta Law Foundation.

Family Law Toolkit for Albertans Experiencing Domestic Violence (July 2015 to June 2016)

CPLEA is developing a selection of family law resources for Albertans experiencing domestic violence and the frontline service workers who assist them. Resources will address family-based legal issues that Albertans fleeing domestic violence need to consider before and after they have left an abusive relationship. Funded by the Alberta Law Foundation.

Child Welfare Project (January 2016 to June 2016)

CPLEA will be conducting an environmental scan and needs assessment to determine what public legal education resources are needed for Albertans involved with the child welfare system as well as for frontline service providers who assist these individuals.

Canadian Legal FAQs

The Canadian Legal FAQ website provides a wealth of information about the law at both the federal and provincial level. The FAQs are reviewed on an ongoing basis to ensure that they accurately reflect the current state of the law. In 2015-16, we plan to update the following FAQs: Divorce, Child Support, Child Custody, Real Estate, Employment, and History of Unions. We will be creating new FAQs on sponsorship of refugees. Funded by the Alberta Law Foundation.

Pro Bono Students Canada Project

The Centre for Public Legal Education is pleased to partner with Pro Bono Students Canada to give law students hands-on research and writing experience on a variety of projects. For the 2015 – 2016 academic year, our staff is supervising six pro bono students. Students are contributing articles on a variety of topics for publication in LawNow magazine, reviewing and drafting FAQs, and assisting with the development of our family law toolkit for Albertans experiencing domestic violence.


 

RECENTLY COMPLETED

Accessing Justice: Legal Information for Frontline Service Providers (October 1, 2014 to January 31, 2016)

This is a project in partnership with the Justice Sector Constellation, a working committee of the Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative. With funding provided by the Alberta Law Foundation, this project will develop a workshop for intermediaries who work with vulnerable populations to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to recognize client legal issues and to make appropriate client referrals to legal services.

Condominium Education Project – Phase One (April 1, 2014 to October 31, 2015)

Funded by the Alberta Real Estate Foundation, the goal of this project with its three phases is to increase the knowledge of Albertans on their rights and obligations under condominium law. During Phase One, CPLEA produced a comprehensive new website for Alberta consumers thinking about buying a condo, currently living in one, or considering selling or renting their condo.

Law for Alberta’s Multicultural Communities – Your Rights at Work (March 2014 – April 2015)

This project is funded by the Alberta Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund. In this project, CPLEA created resources for multicultural communities to learn about their employment rights. These resources use real-life scenarios to explain human rights law and employment to young people. Research indicates that immigrants with limited English speaking abilities often turn to their children to act as intermediaries to pass on information, including legal information. By developing resources for youth, the youth will learn about human rights law and then will also be able to pass this information along to their family members.

Elder Abuse Awareness Project

This project is focused on increasing the knowledge and awareness of how intermediaries can use the law to prevent and reduce elder abuse. A resource guide, facilitator’s guide, and multiple tip sheets were produced for the project. All resources can be accessed for free online in English and French through our Publications page. We gratefully acknowledge the Government of Canada – Employment and Social Development for funding this project.

Legal Information for Post Secondary Students (LIPS) (Completed January 2015)

This project, funded by Status of Women Canada, was designed to build partnerships and collaboration between Northern Lakes College (NLC) and its community stakeholders and to assist in developing resource-based strategies and approaches intended to help prevent violence against women on campus. Guided by student opinion and input, CPLEA developed legal resources for rural college students to be used at NLC and in colleges across Alberta. From these consultations the website WillowNet was created.

LawCentral Alberta (Français)

This project was funded by Canada Justice and entailed replacing the very old content management system which was the foundation of the existing LawCentral suite of 3 websites (LawCentral Alberta, LawCentral Canada, and LawCentral Français). The 3 sites offered a collection of links to law-related information resources and services on justice and legal issues of relevance to Albertans. The project combined LawCentral Alberta (English only), Canada (English only) and LawCentral Francais into one site. The redesign afforded CPLEA the opportunity to provide a new service to Francophone Albertans by adding information available in French and providing French language search terms all on one site.


PAST PROJECTS

Families and the Law (Fall 2014)

CPLEA partnered with the Edmonton Community Legal Centre for this project to create new resources on Family Law in Alberta. The five booklets in the series provide practical legal information on Child Custody and Parenting, Financial Support, Property Division, Representing Yourself in Family Court, and Young Parents. We gratefully acknowledge the Alberta Law Foundation for the funding that made this project possible.

Hidden Homeless: Residential Tenancies Issues of Victims of Domestic Violence (June 2014)

Funded by the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy through Homeward Trust Edmonton’s Community Research Projects funding. This study was undertaken to better understand the legal context within which victims of domestic violence operate in staying in, leaving, and finding new rental housing. Its purpose is to contribute to preventing at-risk populations from entering or returning to homelessness.

Constitutionally-protected Minority Official Language Rights (Spring 2014)

Funded by Justice Canada’s Access to Justice in Both Official Languages Support Fund, resources have been developed for people interested in learning more about their constitutionally-protected French language minority rights outside of Québec.

Les droits des minorités de langues officielles protégés par la Constitution (Spring 2014)

Financé par Le Fonds d’appui à l’accès à la justice dans les deux langues officielles, des ressources ont été créee pour les personnes intéressées à en apprendre davantage à propos les droits linguistiques protégés par la Constitution (hors du Québec).

Alberta Alliance for the Safety of Animals and People (AASAP)

The Alberta Alliance for the Safety of Animals and People (AASAP) is a partnership of Alberta based non-profit, government and victims services agencies that help both animal and human victims of domestic violence. The Alliance supports the provision of a province-wide pet safe-keeping network for family violence victims while they are in emergency shelters or otherwise trying to leave situations of domestic violence. AASAP includes professionals from law enforcement, social services, veterinary services, health, animal welfare, women’s shelters, legal education and other communities. The Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta is proud to be a partner in this worthwhile initiative. For more information on the initiative see Alberta Alliance for the Safety of Animals and People (AASAP).

Law for Alberta’s Multicultural Communities: Research Project (completed Spring 2014)

CPLEA received funding from the Alberta Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund to undertake research to clarify the need for accessible legal information for multicultural groups in Alberta. The project looked at the information needs related to specific areas of civil law as identified in the Alberta Human Rights Act. Immigrants’ information-seeking behaviours, including when and how information is accessed, were investigated and recommendations on appropriate formats and sources provided.