TOPICS

Aboriginal Law: General: What are my rights and responsibilities as a Canadian citizen? What rights and responsibilities do I have living on a reserve? What are my rights and responsibilities with regard to local law set out by the Band on reserve? How do treaties affect those living on and/or off reserve? (also see Family Law: General Aboriginal)

Abuse of Older Adults: What is abuse of older adults? What laws protect against abuse of older adults? What are the signs and symptoms of abuse? Where can victims get help? What can the police do?

Adoptions: This program includes information on all types of adoptions: private, step-parent, agency, Crown ward, international and adult adoptions.

Agriculture and the Law: Farm families face unique problems and the law reflects these special concerns. Topics to be covered include: sale and purchase of land and machinery; leases; types of security; legislation protecting farmers; farm incorporation; tax considerations; wills; and matrimonial property division.

Bankruptcy: What is bankruptcy? How do I qualify for bankruptcy? How much does it cost to declare bankruptcy? If I go bankrupt, will I lose everything? What are my duties if I go bankrupt?

Bullying: What rights do I have? Who is responsible, who can be held accountable? Who can I talk to? How am I protected? Where am I protected? What I can I do to protect myself and/or help others? (also see Human Rights, Youth Crime)

Buying and Selling a Condominium: Discusses condominium by-laws; financial statements; operating budgets and insurance. Examines how the condominium corporation is run, how it maintains the common areas and how it enforces the by-laws.

Buying and Selling a Home: Discusses the legal implications of a listing agreement; an offer to purchase; an accepted offer; the roles of a real estate agent and a lawyer; and the costs involved in completing a sale.

Child Custody, Access and Maintenance: When parents separate or divorce, who gets custody? Who pays maintenance and how much? Discusses the Child Support Guidelines and tax implications applicable to maintenance payments. How does a court determine what is best for the child? How are agreements and court orders enforced?

Common Law Relationships: What is the legal position of couples living together regarding income tax, worker's compensation, old age security, welfare and debts? How does the new legal definition of spousal relationship effect these domestic arrangements? Discusses how decisions are made regarding property, maintenance, custody of and access to children if a couple separates.

Consumer Law: Rights and Responsibilities: Explains warranties and guarantees; returns, exchanges or refunds for defective goods; mail order services; signing contracts; door-to-door sales and buying used cars.

Consumer Wisdom: Designed to help strengthen consumer awareness, by giving information on a variety of common transactions that many of us take for granted. Topics will include retail purchases, returns and exchanges, door-to-door sales, buying used cars and doing business on the internet.

Copyright and Patent Laws (also see Patent and Trademarks): What are the definitions and legal implications of copyright and patent laws? This program will be of interest to artists, writers and inventors and people who use photocopiers, videotape machines, computer software, stereo dubbing equipment, etc. Includes a discussion of the penalties for infringement of copyright.

Counselling: Legalities: Counsellors enter into a special relationship with their clients. Can they be held civilly or criminally responsible for the advice they give? Is the discussion between counsellor and client confidential if the counsellor is called to court? Must a counsellor report any illegal activity they become aware of during their discussions with a client?

Creditors and Debts: A discussion of debt law in Saskatchewan: giving security for a loan, responsibility of co-signers, credit ratings, collection agencies, repossessing goods, liens, garnishing wages and bank accounts, and foreclosing on a mortgage.

Criminal Law: This program discusses how a criminal charge is brought to court; the rights of the accused; punishment; and criminal records. It includes how a victim of a crime can be compensated for damages.

Divorce and Family Mediation: Mediation is a way for couples/families to work out their own agreement without going to court. How does mediation work? What are the advantages and the costs? Examines the role of a mediator and mediating issues such as division of property, custody, access and maintenance.

Divorce Law: A discussion about how to legally end a marriage and how the court determines custody, access, maintenance, and division of family property.

Drugs, Alcohol and the Law: This program offers a basic guide to the laws that control the use of alcohol and other drugs in Saskatchewan. Alcohol and drug offences are covered, as well as the powers granted to the police in enforcing related laws.

Duties of an Executor: What are the steps required to administer an estate? How are the executor's expenses paid? Can the executor refuse to act?

Employee Rights: A discussion of the employee's legal rights regarding human rights, labour standards, wrongful dismissal, employment insurance and workers' compensation. Includes how and when to enforce these rights. (also see Wrongful Dismissal)

Employment Insurance and the Law: Who can collect employment insurance? How long do you have to wait? For how long can you collect? What are the rules and regulations for collecting? Can you appeal a decision to cut your benefits?

Enforcing Maintenance Orders or Agreements: This program discusses how to enforce orders or agreements in Saskatchewan and between provinces. Includes how the Maintenance Enforcement Office enforces an order or agreement.

Family Law: General: What rights and responsibilities do parents have? What rights and responsibilities do children have? What rights and responsibilities do adopted children have, are they the same? What happens when parents get divorced? What is emancipation? What about the rights of Grandparents and other extended family?

Family Law: General Aboriginal: What rights and responsibilities do parents have? What rights and responsibilities do children have? What rights and responsibilities do adopted children have, are they the same? What happens when parents get divorced? What is emancipation? What about the rights of Grandparents and other extended family? How do these laws apply to those living on reserves?

Family Law: Dividing Family Property: What possessions are included in family property? How does the court divide them? How is the family home divided? What is the effect of a marriage contract or separation agreement?

Farm Debt: Legal Aspects: What legal protections are available to farmers regarding foreclosures or seizures of machinery, livestock and grain? How are farmers affected by Bank Act seizures? What help is available to farmers?

Farm Land: Leasing and Selling: A discussion of the types of agreements that can be made when buying, selling or leasing farm land. Examines other interests in land such as easements and oil and gas leases.

Farm Women: Financial Rights Topics to be covered include: sale and purchase of land; farm debt; legislation protecting farmers; and matrimonial property division.

Going to Court?: Civil suits such as personal injury claims, divorce or matrimonial property are legal actions that do not involve the criminal law. What is involved in taking a civil suit to court? Explains statements of claim and defence; notices of motion; examinations for discovery; parties to an action; and settling out of court.

Health Care: Legal Issues: A brief discussion of "Living Wills" or Advance Health Care Directives for persons who recognize they may be unable to handle their own affairs for a period of time; and guardianship under The Dependent Adults Act for persons without the mental and/or physical capabilities to manage their own affairs.

HIV/AIDS & the Law: HIV/AIDS is not just a medical problem. This program discusses many legal issues such as discrimination and human rights, mandatory reporting and confidentiality.

Home Building and Renovation Contracts: What terms should make up a contract and can it be cancelled? What can a homeowner do if a contractor's work is incomplete or below standard? What can a contractor do if the homeowner refuses to pay?

Human Rights: General: What is Discrimination? Who enforces The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code? How am I protected? Where am I protected? Information on accommodating peoples needs and the complaint process.

Human Rights in the Workplace: How does the law protect against discrimination in the workplace? Includes a discussion of The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code; affirmative action; pay equity; and sexual harassment.

Immigration and Citizenship: Discusses entry to Canada as a temporary resident, immigrant or refugee and how to become a Canadian citizen. Departure notices and deportation orders are also examined.

Income Tax for Farmers: Farm operations are subject to special tax considerations. This program looks at Income Tax Act provisions and how these affect the farmer. It also discusses issues in tax planning.

Insurance: No-Fault Automobile Insurance: A discussion of the changes to The Automobile Accident Insurance Act, No-Fault Insurance and what it all may mean to you. (also see Personal Injury Claims)

Intellectual Property Issues for the Entrepreneur: Many entrepreneurs do not realize that copyright issues concerning print sources and electronic sources affect their daily business affairs.  This session discusses intellectual property issues in the age of electronic information and will appeal to artists, creators, computer software designers/producers and those who love information.

Investing Wisely: A discussion of what to look for when making an investment: the kinds of markets and types of securities available; dealing with reputable brokers; reading a prospectus and financial statement; and the role of the Saskatchewan Securities Commission.

Kids, School and the Law: A discussion of the legal rights and responsibilities of students and parents, disciplinary matters, liability issues, as well as the role of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code, and the Saskatchewan Education Act. (also see Bullying, The Rule of Law, Youth Crime)

Labour Law: The Labour Standards Act: This program examines employees' rights such as overtime pay; days off; holidays; maternity leave; notice for layoffs; pay when being fired; and when and how an employee can make a complaint against the employer.

Life Insurance Basics: Discussion includes: Why is life insurance important? Do you need it? If so, how much? What do you look for in a policy, company and agent? Is your current policy meeting your needs?

Living Wills: What is a living will or health care directive? Also discusses how to make a health care directive and what happens if you do not have a directive.

Mortgages: A discussion of the types of mortgages available; additional costs; a second mortgage and paying out a mortgage. What happens when someone fails to make mortgage payments?

Municipal Law and Civic Bylaws: How does your local government make and enforce laws? Discussion includes zoning by-laws, building plans, expropriating land and property taxes. What rights do citizens have?

Non-Profit Corporations: Discusses the legal responsibilities and liabilities of the members and directors of non-profit corporations. Examines the advantages and disadvantages of incorporating.

Occupier's Liability: Who is responsible if someone is hurt on your property? What if you are hurt on someone else's property? Who pays for injuries to the customer who slips on some ice, the snowmobiler who crashes into a neighbour's fence, or the child who is hurt in a construction area? When can the occupier of property be sued? How are damages calculated? (also see Personal Injury Claims)

Older Adults and the Law: A discussion of many areas of the law as it relates to seniors: powers of attorney; guardianship; financial and other forms of abuse; and estate planning. (also see Abuse of Older Adults)

(The) Ombudsman: The Ombudsman investigates your complaints against provincial government agencies that make decisions or recommendations that you feel unfairly affect you. Discusses how to make a complaint to the Ombudsman.

Patent and Trademarks: Discusses what a patent is and how inventors can protect their inventions. Also discusses trademarks and industrial designs and how they can be used to distinguish your product from other people's products in the marketplace. (also see Copyright & Patent Law)

Patients' Rights: A discussion about receiving medical services, confidentiality of records, medical malpractice, and the patient's right to informed consent.

Pension Law: What kind of pension plans are available? What are the responsibilities of the administrator? What about pension surpluses? What is the legal obligation of your employer? What are the risks associated with the pension fund?

Personal Injury Claims: Discusses making a claim for personal injury resulting from negligence in a variety of situations, such as accidents on private and public property, medical malpractice and injury from defective products. Also discusses Automobile Insurance and how no-fault and tort coverage affect personal injury claims arising out of automobile accidents.

Power of Attorney: What is a power of attorney? How do you give a power of attorney? What are the duties of a power of attorney? Also discusses types of powers of attorney, duties of an attorney, ending a power of attorney and misconduct by the attorney.

Preparing for Marriage: What are your rights and responsibilities as a married person? Includes a discussion of property, debts, wills and contracts.

Residential Landlord and Tenant Law: A discussion of the law that applies when renting a house, apartment, duplex or other residence. Includes security deposits, notices, leases, rent increases, repairs to property and general duties of both the landlord and the tenant.

Rule of Law: The Rule of Law means that everyone is subject to the law; that no one, no matter how important or powerful, is above the law. What's to prevent the state from bending the courts to their will? How does the Rule of Law affect my individual rights? What responsibilities does the government have under the Rule of Law?

Sentencing Circles: What is a Sentencing Circle? Where do they fit in to the Criminal Code? What is restorative justice? Where do Sentencing Circles take place? Who are Sentencing Circles for? Why not just go to court? What rights and responsibilities does the offender have in a Sentencing Circle? How about the victim(s) of the crime? How are families and communities involved? (Also see Criminal Law, and Youth Criminal Justice Act)

Single Parents (also Common Law): What is the legal position of couples living together regarding income tax, worker's compensation, old age security, welfare and debts? How does the new legal definition of spousal relationship affect these domestic arrangements? Discusses how decisions are made regarding property, maintenance, custody of and access of children if a couple separates.

Small Claims Court: This program discusses when and how to use Small Claims Court, with or without a lawyer. Includes how to prepare for the trial and how to enforce and appeal a judgment after the trial.

Special-care Homes: Looks at the choices many people face as they make decisions about long term personal care. Discussion will include the rights and responsibilities of an older person as they and their family face a time of significant transition.

Small Business Law: What are the duties and liabilities of a single owner or a partnership? Discusses funding sources; legal regulations; incorporation; tax; and leasing or buying property.

Traffic Violations: Speeding tickets and other "moving violations" are an aggravation to many people. This session looks at some of the consequences and other issues surrounding traffic tickets, including whether you can "fight" them.

Travel Law: A discussion of the legal issues surrounding travelling outside of Canada, including regulations and restrictions, customs and immigration, health matters, the role of embassies and where to go for help.

Violence Against Women: A discussion of federal and provincial laws dealing with criminal harassment and protection for victims of domestic violence. Also discusses restraining orders and peace bonds. What is involved in obtaining an order or peace bond, or in laying a criminal charge? What protection is provided by The Victims of Domestic Violence Act?

Wills and Estates: Who should make a will and what can be included? Discusses the legal requirements for a valid will; what happens to an estate if there is no will; and tips for estate planning.

Wrongful Dismissal: When can an employer fire an employee without notice? What happens if an employee is dismissed without cause and without reasonable notice? How are damages calculated? (Also see Employee Rights)

Youth Crime / Youth Criminal Justice Act: The YCJA is the governing legislation for the youth criminal justice system. What age range does the YCJA apply to? Who can be held responsible for the actions of youth? What rights does a youth have when being arrested or detained? What alternatives are there to going to court? Information on sentencing, publication of names, and criminal records.