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COMOX VALLEY: DOING BUSINESS
 
   Comox City Hall.  Link:  http://comox.ca/
 
   Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce.  Link: www.comoxvalleychamber.com
      
   Comox Valley Economic Development Society: business resource information, growth opportunities, facts and statistics.  Link: www.investcomoxvalley.com
 
   Comox Valley Regional District.  Link: www.rdcs.bc.ca/
 
   Courtenay City Hall.  Link:  www.city.courtenay.bc.ca/city-hall.aspx
 
   Cumberland City Hall.  Link:  www.cumberlandbc.net
 
   Cumberland & District Chamber of Commerce.  Link: www.cumberlandbc.org
  

  REAL ESTATE
  
   Financial Institutions Commission of British Columbia (FICOM): a regulatory agency of the provincial Ministry of Finance. FICOM is responsible for administering 10 statutes that regulate real estate and other sectors in British Columbia.  Link: http://www.fic.gov.bc.ca
 
   Real Estate Council of British Columbia: a regulatory agency established by the provincial government, whose mandate is to protect the public interest by enforcing the licensing and licensee conduct requirements of the Real Estate Services Act.  Link: www.recbc.ca
 
   Residential Tenancy Branch: information for landlords and tenants in British Columbia.  Link www.rto.gov.bc.ca
 
   Superintendent of Real Estate: see FICOM, above.  Link: http://www.fic.gov.bc.ca/
 
   Vancouver Island Real Estate Board: www.vireb.com/ 
 

 SENIORS' RESOURCES
 
   British Columbia Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support (BCCEAS): Information and advocacy support for seniors with legal and other problems, including financial abuse.  Link: www.bcceas.ca
 
   British Columbia Government Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport: Seniors.  Information on health, finances, aging.  Includes BC Seniors' Guide in PDF format for downloading.  Link: www.hls.gov.bc.ca/seniors/
 
   Canadian Centre for Elder Law Studies: Discussions, papers and conferences about legal and other issues affecting seniors.  Link: www.bcli.org/ccel
 
   Comox Seniors Centre: Activities, library, presentations of issues of importance to seniors.  Link: www.comoxseniors.ca
 
   Comox Valley Senior Peer Counselling: free, one-on-one service to promote wellness and reduce social isolation, provided by trained and supervised senior volunteers and based on principles of self-help and empowerment.  Contact: 250-334-9917
 
   CRA Evergreen Seniors Club: located in the Florence Filberg Centre at 411 Anderton in Courtenay, the Club is a place for recreation of all sorts, including fitness, hobbies and classes.  Link: www.evergreenseniorsclub.org, or call 250-338-1000
  
   Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry: Non-profit agency for voluntary registration of Representation Agreements and Powers of Attorney in British Columbia. Also has information service, forms, news.  Link: www.nidus.ca
 
   Public Guardian & Trustee: Provincial agency assists those who are incapable of managing their own financial affairs if family or friends unable to do so.  Link: www.trustee.bc.ca  
 
   Tenants Provincial Information Hotline: 1-800-665-1185
 

  FAMILY RESOURCES
 
   British Columbia Family Justice: Information about services available to families, including the Parenting After Separation course, and Family Justice Centres, whose counsellors assist families to resolve issues arising from separation and divorce.  Family Justice Centres services are free.  Link:  www.ag.gov.bc.ca/family-justice/index.htm
 
   Child Support Guidelines: Federally legislated table of amounts payable for child support in British Columbia.  Link:  http://www.canlii.org/ca/regu/sor97-175/part290574.html
 
   Legal Services Society Family Law website:  Useful overview of all areas of family law in British Columbia. Link: www.familylaw.lss.bc.ca
 

 BRITISH COLUMBIA AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
  
   British Columbia Government: links to all provincial government offices.  Link:  http://www.gov.bc.ca/
 
   Canadian Federal Government: links to all federal government offices, ministries, Service Canada.  Link: http://canada.gc.ca/home.html  
 

 COURTS AND TRIBUNALS
 
   British Columbia Courts: General Information about Small Claims Court, Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal, including recent judgments, procedures, and information for the self-represented litigant.  Link: www.courts.gov.bc.ca/
 
   Small Claims Court:
   Legislated forms: This site allows you to fill in the forms online to print out. Link:  http://www.smallclaimsbc.ca/forms  

 Rules: Go to www.bclaws.ca, click on Statutes and Regulations, scroll to Small Claims, and click on Table of Contents - Small Claims Rules
 Judgments: www.courts.gov.bc.ca/
 
   Supreme Court of British Columbia
   Rules: Go to www.bclaws.ca, click on Statutes and Regulations, scroll to Supreme Court and click on Table of Contents - Supreme Court Rules
 Judgments: www.courts.gov.bc.ca/
 
   Tribunals:
 
   British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal. Link: http://www.bchrt.bc.ca/
 
   Canada Human Rights Tribunal.  Link: http://www.chrt-tcdp.gc.ca/
 
   Employment Standards Tribunal.  Link: http://www.bcest.bc.ca/
 

 LEGISLATION
 
   British Columbia legislation - current statutes and regulations.  Link: www.bclaws.ca
 
   Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) - links to all federal and provincial legislation as well as searchable case law by keywords, case name or case citation.  Link: www.canlii.org
 

 GENERAL LEGAL LINKS
 
   Bankruptcy: Non-government website with information about bankruptcy for all provinces.  Link: www.bankruptcycanada.com
 
   British Columbia Courthouse Library Society: Legal library database, plus links for recent government proclamations, search engine for court decisions and more.  Link: www.courthouselibrary.ca/cms
 
   British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre.  Link: www.bcicac.com
 
   British Columbia Mediator Roster Society:  information about mediators on the Society's Civil and Family Rosters, British Columbia's Child Protection Mediation Program Roster, the mediation process.  Link: www.mediator-roster.bc.ca
 
   Canadian Bar Association: information for the general public.  Link:  www.cba.org/CBA/public/main/
 
   Dial-A-Law: Automated recordings on various areas of the law.  Service provided by the Canadian Bar Association to the public.  Link:  http://www.cba.org/BC/Public_Media/dal/default.aspx
 
   Electronic Law Library: expansive electronic law library maintained by the British Columbia Courthouse Library Society.  Includes municipal and regional district by-laws, law searchable by subject, and many other useful links.  Link: www.bclibrary.ca/ell
 
   Law Society of British Columbia: search a lawyer by name or use checklists for information relevant to a legal issue.  Link: www.lawsociety.bc.ca
 
   Lawyer Referral Service: Find a lawyer for low-cost half-hour consultation. Sponsored by the Canadian Bar Association.  Link: www.cba.org/bc/Public_Media/main/lawyer_referral.aspx
 
   "Legal Aid" through Legal Services Society of British Columbia. Link: www.lss.bc.ca or call the local agent at 250-897-1400
 

 PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
 
   Architectural Institute of BC.  Link: www.aibc.ca
 
   Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC.  Link: www.apeg.bc.ca
 
   Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors. Link: www.bclandsurveyors.bc.ca
 
   British Columbia Real Estate Association, representing 12 real estate boards and 18,000 realtors.  Link: www.bcrea.bc.ca
 
   British Columbia Veterinary Medical Association.  Link: www.bcvma.org
 
   The Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators. Link: www.cicbv.ca 
 
   College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia.  Link: www.cdsbc.org
 
   College of Optometrists of British Columbia.  Link: www.optometrybc.com
 
   College of Pharmacists of British Columbia.  Link: www.bcpharmacists.org
 
   College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia.  Link: www.cpsbc.ca
 
   Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC.  Link: www.ica.bc.ca
 
   Law Society of British Columbia. Link: www.lawsociety.bc.ca
 
   Real Estate Council of British Columbia: a regulatory agency established by the provincial government, whose mandate is to protect the public interest by enforcing the licensing and licensee conduct requirements of the Real Estate Services Act.  Link: www.recbc.ca
 
   Society of Translators and Interpreters of British Columbia. Certified members have met the Canadian Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters Council standard for certification.  Useful for translation of legal documents.  Link: www.stibc.org
 

 TAX
  
   Canada Revenue Agency.  Link: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/  
      
   British Columbia Ministry of Finance: Revenue.  Links to a variety of tax information.  Link: http://www.fin.gov.bc.ca/rev.htm
 
   British Columbia Property Transfer Tax.  Link: http://www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/individuals/Property_taxes/Property_Transfer_tax/ptt.htm
 
   British Columbia Provincial Sales Tax.  Link: http://www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/business/Consumer_Taxes/Provincial_Sales_Tax/pst.htm
 

 COMMUNITY LINKS
 
   Comox Seniors Centre: Activities, library, presentations of issues of importance to seniors.  Link: www.comoxseniors.ca
 
   Comox Valley Community Foundation: a non-governmental community organization that administers funds that come from bequests, living donors, endowments, nonprofit organizations and other gifts.  Link:  http://www.cvcfoundation.org/
 
   Comox Valley Hospice Society: provides palliative health care and support resources free of charge to people in the Comox Valley who are dying, faced with terminal illness, or faced with the grief of losing a loved one.  Link: www.comoxhospice.com or call 250-339-5533
 
   Comox Valley Transition Society provides services in the Comox, Cumberland and Courtenay and surrounding areas including Denman and Hornby Islands, to women and children who have experienced violence.  Link:  http://www.cvts.ca/
 
   Filberg Heritage Lodge & Park Association manages The Filberg Heritage Lodge and nine acres of beautifully landscaped grounds on the Comox waterfront.  Home of the annual Filberg Festival.  Link: http://www.filberg.com/
 
   Glacier View Lodge Complex Care Facility, Courtenay.  Link: http://www.glacierviewlodge.ca/index.php
 
   St. Joseph's General Hospital, Comox.  Link:  http://www.sjghcomox.ca/
 
   Y.A.N.A. ("You Are Not Alone"): a local charity that has four furnished apartments in Vancouver where local residents can stay when their children must travel for medical treatments.  Link: http://www.yanacomoxvalley.com/ 
 

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