BC Courts Resume In-Person Proceedings

Great news! 

As of June 15, 2020 across the Province, 40 in person trial courts are available, in addition to virtual courts.  After July 3, 2020, The Provincial Court of B.C. will resume all previously scheduled in-person proceedings in all criminal, family and small claims matters.

  • Criminal, family, small claims, and youth court trials and hearings scheduled after July 3, 2020 will remain on the trial list on the date scheduled. Lawyers and self-represented litigants should attend court on the date scheduled at 9:00 AM to advise if they are ready to proceed. After hearing from them, the Court will decide whether to grant any adjournments sought and decide which trials will proceed.
  • All witnesses and any parties represented by lawyers are to wait outside the courthouse and be within a 30-minute distance and be prepared to attend and testify in court.
  • Any criminal trials, continuations or preliminary inquiries (except summary proceedings set for half a day or less) that are adjourned for lack of court time will be scheduled for a pre-trial conference before a new hearing date is set.
  • Family and small claims case conferences will proceed by telephone on their scheduled dates. The Court will provide the parties with telephone details.

Trail FAIR Society is a Community Partner of Legal Aid BC (formerly called the Legal Services Society).

Our Community Based Victim Services Program is continuing to provide services to people during the pandemic.  We can assist people to access legal information, resources, and connect them to Legal Aid BC by telephone, and in person services.

We are located in the FAIR Main office on Columbia Ave in Trail and can be reached at 250-364-2326, ext. 227 for Nadia or ext. 234 for Sarah

Neighbourhood House Study RFP

For over ten years, the concept of a family centre or “hub” for family services – often referred to as a Neighbourhood House – has been discussed in the community.

The Trail FAIR Society is now accepting submissions from qualified consultants to develop and complete a Feasibility Study and Public Engagement process related to a Neighborhood House in the Greater Trail area.

Click here to view the full RFP.

Proposals must be received by 3pm Wednesday July 15, 2020

 

COVID-19:  WHERE ARE WE NOW?

Most of our services are still available through phone and email or Zoom contact.

These include Family Advancement, Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR), Community Based Victim Services, Advocacy Program, Mental Health and Substance Use Support, Transition House and the Crisis Line.  You can get more information about how to connect by calling us at 250-364-2326.

We have added the social distancing protocol to the enhanced cleaning and hand washing practices. Staff schedules have been adjusted to have fewer people in our buildings at one time.

Groups and certain services have been cancelled until further notice including:

  • CCRR Toy Lending Library (still open for childcare referrals)
  • Building Beautiful Babies
  • Muffins and Munchkins
  • Motherwise
  • Women’s Tuesday Drop In
  • Mental Health Family Support Group
  • CCRR Friday Playgroup
  • Strong Start (Fruitvale Elementary School)
  • COINS’ Family Gathering
  • COINS’ Healing Talking Circle

We strive to find creative ways to provide support for the many unique needs this crisis has created as well as for the other issues that continue to impact peoples’ lives despite an active pandemic.

The staff, volunteers, management and contractors at FAIR are working to promote everyone’s health and wellness.  We wish you the best of health and security.

For more information on programs and support call us at 250-364-2326.  If you have any concerns or questions please contact Janet MacNeil, Executive Director at the above number  (ext 224 or JMacNeil@trailfair.ca.

Interior Network Crisis Line is available 24/7 at can be reached at:  1-888-353-CARE (2273)

Important Notice re: COVID-19.

Important Notice:

As you may be aware, Canadian public health authorities have escalated measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.

FAIR’s number one priority will always be the health and safety of our clients, staff and the communities we serve.  With that in mind, we are taking precautionary efforts and working with our partners to minimize the risk of exposure and to promote the health and wellbeing of all people, particularly those with significant vulnerabilities.

The following measures will take effect today Monday, March 16, 2020:

  • Enhanced cleaning protocols at all FAIR worksites
  • Staff and volunteers who have traveled out of the country will stay away from worksites for 14 days
  • Staff, volunteers and community members are asked to refrain from coming in to any of FAIR’s sites if they are ill (ie. cough and fever)
  • Travel to, and planning of, conferences and events are suspended until further notice
  • Group meetings will be scheduled only using teleconference or video conference technologies
  • The CCRR Toy Lending Library will be closed until further notice.
  • All groups are suspended until further notice including –
    • Building Beautiful Babies
    • Muffins and Munchkins
    • Motherwise
    • Women’s Tuesday Drop In
    • Circle of Security
    • Mental Health Family Support Group
    • CCRR Friday Playgroup
    • CCRR Workshops
    • Violence is Preventable workshops in schools

Please note that our Columbia Ave building remains open and staff will keep appointments unless otherwise notified.  The Interior Network Crisis Line will continue to be available 24/7 as usual and can be reached at 1-888-353-CARE (2273)

FAIR continues to monitor developments and will follow the recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Canada, the BC Ministry of Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control.

If you are unsure about your symptoms or have questions or concerns, contact HealthLinkBC (8-1-1).

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

Janet MacNeil, Executive Director

jmacneil (at) trailfair.ca  250-364-2326 ext 224