1992 Legislative Session: 1st Session, 35th Parliament

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Certified correct as passed Third Reading on the 25th day of June, 1992
Ian D. Izard, Law Clerk.


BILL 30 -- 1992

HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, enacts as follows:

Dentists Act

1 Section 57 (4) of the Dentists Act, R.S.B.C. 1979, c. 92, is repealed.

Health Emergency Act

2 Section 9 (1) of the Health Emergency Act, R.S.B.C. 1979, c. 162, is amended by adding the following paragraph:

(b.2) prescribing fees for the service of documents, on behalf of the commission, arising out of legal proceedings relating to the work of the commission; .

Hospital Act

3 The definition of "hospital" in section 29.1 of the Hospital Act, R.S.B.C. 1979, c. 176, is repealed.

Name Act

4 Section 2 (a) of the Name Act, R.S.B.C. 1979, c. 295, is amended by striking out "at the time of marriage".

5 The following section is added:

Use of surnames on marriage

2.1 A spouse by marriage may

(a) use the surname he or she had immediately before the marriage,

(b) use the surname he or she had at birth or by adoption, or

(c) use the surname of his or her spouse by marriage.

6 Section 3 (2) and (3) is repealed.

Nurses (Licensed Practical) Act

7 Section 8 of the Nurses (Licensed Practical) Act, R.S.B.C. 1979, c. 300, is amended

(a) in subsection (1) by striking out "council" in both places and substituting "council or a disciplinary committee appointed under section 5 (d)", and

(b) in subsection (2) by striking out "council" and substituting "council, a disciplinary committee appointed under section 5 (d)".

Psychologists Act

8 Section 9 of the Psychologists Act, R.S.B.C. 1979, c. 342, is repealed and the following substituted:

Disciplinary action

9 (1) The board may, on its own motion or on receipt of a complaint,

(a) hear and determine the matter under subsections (3) and (4), or

(b) establish a panel composed of 3 or more of its members and direct that the panel hear and determine the matter under subsections (3) and (4).

(2) If a panel is established under subsection (1) to hear and determine a matter, references in subsections (3) and (4) and sections 9.1 to 14 to the board shall be deemed to be references to the panel for the purposes of the matter.

(3) After a hearing the board may determine that a registered psychologist, former registered psychologist or person applying to be a registered psychologist

(a) does not qualify to be a registered psychologist,

(b) suffers from a physical ailment, emotional disturbance or an addiction to alcohol or drugs that impairs the person's ability to practise psychology,

(c) has professionally misconducted himself or herself,

(d) has incompetently carried out professional duties,

(e) has contravened this Act or the bylaws or code of ethics of the college, or

(f) has contravened an enactment in the course of the practice of psychology.

(4) Where the board has made one or more determinations under subsection (3), it may do one or more of the following:

(a) reprimand or censure the person;

(b) advise the person how to act in similar circumstances if they arise in the future;

(c) fine the person in an amount not exceeding $2 000;

(d) take action under section 9.3;

(e) suspend the person from practice for a term the board considers appropriate;

(f) cancel the registration of the person under this Act;

(g) bar the person from registration under this Act for a period the board considers appropriate.

(5) If a registered psychologist fails to pay a fee imposed under the Act within 60 days of the date of its imposition, the registered psychologist is suspended from practice.

9 Section 10 (5) is amended by striking out "30 days after the hearing," and substituting "the period following the hearing as specified by the bylaws,".

Vital Statistics Act

10 The definition of "married woman" in section 1 of the Vital Statistics Act, R.S.B.C. 1979, c. 425, is repealed.

11 Section 8 (7) is amended by striking out "sections 2 to 5.1 and sections 13 to 18" and substituting "sections 2, 5, 5.1 and 13 to 18".

Wills Act

12 Sections 33, 34 and 35 of the Wills Act, R.S.B.C. 1979, c. 434, are amended by striking out "the form prescribed by regulation" and substituting "a form satisfactory to the Director of Vital Statistics".

13 Section 36 is repealed and the following substituted:


36 The Director of Vital Statistics must maintain, in a system that the Director of Vital Statistics believes facilitates access to information by those who require it, a record of every notice filed with the Director of Vital Statistics under this Act.

14 Section 37 is amended by adding the following subsection:

(3.1) The Director of Vital Statistics may provide a solicitor or member of the Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia who is an applicant under subsection (1) with

(a) a copy of a notice filed under this Act, or

(b) access by computer or otherwise to information contained in a notice filed under this Act.


15 This Act comes into force by regulation of the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

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