Event Date: Nov 21, 2019
Housing can be a challenging issue for some people living with MS. This webinar will provide an overview of tenant and landlord responsibilities, human rights when facing discrimination, how owners and tenants interact with strata corporations, and the process of making disputes in order to come to a resolution.
This session was hosted by the British Columbia & Yukon Division of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. It was offered free of charge and was funded in part by the Law Foundation of British Columbia.
Laura Track, CLAS, Human Rights Lawyer and Director of Education
Laura is a human rights lawyer and the Director of Education in CLAS’s Human Rights Clinic. She advocates on behalf of people who have experienced discrimination and assists complainants to navigate BC’s human rights process. Laura also has a strong interest in making legal knowledge accessible. She delivers workshops and presentations to a wide variety of audiences to help people understand their human rights and comply with their legal obligations. Laura earned her law degree from UBC in 2006, and holds a Masters in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University.
Emma Lazo, Education and Workshop Coordinator, Tenant REsource and Advisory Centre (TRAC)
As TRAC’s Public Legal Education Coordinator, Emma Lazo’s primary responsibility is delivering workshops on tenants’ and landlords’ rights and responsibilities to communities across British Columbia. Emma also educates thousands of tenants and advocates each year by answering calls on TRAC’s Tenant Infoline and helping distribute TRAC’s publications, such as the Tenant Survival Guide. During her 10 years at TRAC, Emma has developed a passion for providing education on residential tenancy law and promoting the legal protection of tenants.
Shawn M. Smith, Strata Property Lawyer
Shawn was called to the bar in British Columbia in May of 1999. He practices almost exclusively in the area of strata property law. He routinely acts as legal counsel to strata corporations, strata management firms and individual owners. He has 20 years of experience drafting bylaws, helping navigate general meetings, assisting in the enforcement of bylaws, providing legal opinions on the application of the Strata Property Act, collecting unpaid strata fees and representing clients in disputes. He has appeared as counsel in Provincial Court, the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal on a variety of matters. He routinely contributes to the newsletters for strata associations and gives lectures to groups, large and small. He can be followed on Twitter @stratashawn.