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10Jan
2019
Events

2019 LGMA Annual Conference - Vancouver (June 11-13)

Kathleen Higgins and Sabrina Spencer will be presenting a session entitled "The Cities We Need: Planning for Resiliency" at the Local...

10Jan
2019
Events

2019 LGMA Annual Conference - Vancouver (June 11-13)

Sukhbir Manhas and Elizabeth Anderson will be presenting a session entitled "Cannabis: The Lessons Learned so Far" at the Local Government...

07Jan
2019
Events

2019 BC Land Summit - Vancouver (May 8-9)

Bill Buholzer will be presenting a session entitled "Enforcement: The Pointy End of Regulation" at the 2019 BC Land Summit being held in...

07Jan
2019
Events

AKBLG Elected Officials Seminar - Kimberley (Feb 27)

Mike Quattrocchi will be presenting a session entitled "Local Government Law 101" at the Association of Kootenay and Boundary Local...

07Jan
2019
Events

NCLGA Elected Officials Seminar - Prince George (Jan 31)

Kathleen Higgins will be presenting a session entitled "Local Government Law 101" at the Northern Central Local Government Association...

07Jan
2019
Events

LGLA Elected Officials Seminar - Richmond (Jan 17)

Reece Harding will be presenting a session entitled "Local Government Law 101" at the Local Government Leadership Academy Elected...

07Jan
2019
Events

LGLA Elected Officials Seminar - Richmond (Jan 16)

Reece Harding will be presenting a session entitled "Local Government Law 101" at the Local Government Leadership Academy Elected Officials...

04Jan
2019
Events

SFU City Program Course - Vancouver (Mar 14)

Bill Buholzer & Guy Patterson will be presenting a Planning and Zoning Law Refresher course at the SFU City Program Course on March...

03Jan
2019
Events

Young Anderson Annual Local Government Law Seminar - Victoria (Feb 8)

Young, Anderson will be presenting its Annual Local Government Law Seminar on February 8, 2019 at the Westin Bear Mountain Resort, 1999...

02Jan
2019
Events

Young Anderson Annual Local Government Law Seminar - Vancouver (Nov 22)

Young, Anderson will be presenting its Annual Local Government Law Seminar on November 22, 2019 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900...

01Jan
2019
Events

2019 LGMA CAO Forum - Kelowna (Feb 7)

Sukhbir Manhas will be presenting a session entitled "Legal Update" at the Local Government Management Association CAO Forum being held...

17Dec
2018
Blog

A blunt end to non-compliant cannabis dispensaries in Vancouver

In a decisive statement on the scope of municipal power to regulate cannabis dispensaries, Chief Justice Hinkson of the BC Supreme Court...

30Nov
2018
Blog

Amendments to the Human Rights Code Receive Royal Assent

Bill 50, the Human Rights Code Amendment Act, which re-establishes the British Columbia Human Rights Commission, received royal assent on...

24Nov
2018
Seminar Papers

Business Regulation: How Far Can You Go?

In 1994 in a case that raised the scope of the municipal power to regulate businesses under the Municipal Act, Madam Justice Southin put...

24Nov
2018
Seminar Papers

Affordable Housing Toolkit Update

This paper discusses some of the potential tools and recent developments to promote affordable housing in British Columbia. The first...

24Nov
2018
Seminar Papers

Planning for Resiliency

Since at least the 1990s, and coinciding with the release of the Brundtland Report and the adoption of the United Nations Framework...

24Nov
2018
Seminar Papers

#Whatnow? Sexual Misconduct and the Workplace

The #metoo movement has empowered many people to speak up against sexual assault misconduct. From CBC to Hollywood to Google Inc, sexual...

24Nov
2018
Seminar Papers

Professional Reliance: A Local Government Perspective

This paper looks at some of the findings contained in the Final Report of the Review of Professional Reliance in Natural Resource...

24Nov
2018
Seminar Papers

Cannabis: The Whole Picture

Cannabis regulation is a big topic and hot topic for local governments. October 17, 2018 saw Canada’s Parliament legalize possession of...

24Nov
2018
Seminar Papers

All You Need to Know About Parks

When strolling through a beautiful BC park on a Sunday walk, one frequently ponders the nature of the park, articulating fascinating and...

24Nov
2018
Seminar Papers

The Ins and Outs of Drainage

The law of drainage, as it applies to local governments in British Columbia, is drawn from two sources: the common law and statute. The...

24Nov
2018
Seminar Papers

Expropriation 201

In this paper, we go beyond the general process to be followed by local governments when exercising their expropriation powers and...

21Nov
2018
Client Bulletins

Legislation to allow "Ride-Sharing" Proposed by BC Legislature

Local governments will likely be interested in proposed amendments to provincial legislation relating to online platform “ride-sharing”...

01Nov
2018
Events

SFU City Program Course - Vancouver

Bill Buholzer & Guy Patterson will be presenting a Planning and Zoning Law Refresher course at the SFU City Program Course on...

20Oct
2018
Events

Elections Questions? Our E-Team is ready for your call

In order to assist with the upcoming local government elections, we have a designated team of lawyers to respond to your elections...

19Oct
2018
Events

LIBOA Zone 5 Meeting - Langley

Elizabeth Anderson will be presenting a session entitled "Regulating Cannabis at the Local Level" at the Licence Inspectors and Bylaw...

16Oct
2018
Client Bulletins

Elections Questions? Call us - our E-Team is ready!

In order to assist with the upcoming local government elections, we have a designated team of lawyers to respond to your elections...

02Oct
2018
Client Bulletins

Shoreline Works and the Zoning Power

Local governments with shoreline zoning need to be aware of the B.C. Supreme Court’s October 1, 2018 decision in Fonseca v. Gabriola...

11Sep
2018
Events

UBCM Annual Convention - Whistler

Kathleen Higgins and Elizabeth Anderson will be speaking about "Homelessness, Tent Cities and the Use of Public Spaces" at the Union of...

07Sep
2018
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 29, Number 3 - UBCM Conference Issue

In this UBCM Conference issue: Municipal Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags Upheld by Court - Sabrina Spencer Let's Remake a Deal: New Law...

01Sep
2018
Events

Young Anderson Annual Local Government Law Seminar - Vancouver

Young, Anderson will be presenting its Annual Local Government Law Seminar on November 23, 2018 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900...

01Sep
2018
Events

LGMA Corporate Officers Forum - Kelowna

Sukhbir Manhas will be presenting a session on November 22 entitled "Legal Update" at the Local Government Management Association...

17Aug
2018
Blog

Supreme Court of Canada to Revisit Dunsmuir

In a 2016 paper, Justice Stratas of the Federal Court of Appeal bemoaned the state of administrative law in Canada, stating: “Our...

14Aug
2018
Events

Municipal Administration Training Institute - Kelowna

Reece Harding will be teaching "Municipal Law" at the Municipal Administration Training Institute (MATI) on August 14, 2018 at the...

25Jul
2018
Client Bulletins

Public Input on BC’s ‘Clean Growth Future’ Strategy Open Until August 24

On July 20, 2018, the provincial government released three intentions papers that will be available for comment until August 24, 2018....

16Jul
2018
Client Bulletins

New Legislation: Cannabis Production in the Agricultural Land Reserve

On Friday, July 13, 2018, the provincial government made changes to what qualifies as a “farm use” in relation to cannabis production on...

12Jul
2018
Events

PIBC Chapter Event - 2018 Okanagan Interior Law and Wine Event and Social - Penticton

Bill Buholzer and Guy Patterson will be presenting a day long seminar on "Pertinent Topics in Land Use Planning Law" at the PIBC Okanagan...

09Jul
2018
Blog

It's in the Bag (For Now): BC Supreme Court Upholds Victoria's Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags

Across the globe, municipal bans on plastic bags have been met with varying levels of opposition. In Texas, the state Supreme Court, in a...

20Jun
2018
Blog

Cannabis Act Timeline Established

The Prime Minister has announced today that the official date for the coming into force of the federal Cannabis Act will be October 17,...

10Jun
2018
Events

CAUBO 2018 Conference - Vancouver

Stefanie Ratjen will be presenting a session entitled "Cannabis and the Campus: What Employers Need to Know" at the Canadian Association...

07Jun
2018
Events

LIBOA 2018 Conference and AGM - Victoria

Michael Moll & Elizabeth Anderson will be presenting a session entitled " Injunctions" at the Licence Inspectors and Bylaw Officers...

31May
2018
Events

2018 PIBC Annual Conference - The Game Plan - Victoria

Bill Buholzer & Guy Patterson will be presenting a session entitled "Temporary Use Permits: Part of your Game Plan?" at the 2018 PIBC...

31May
2018
Events

CLE Privacy Update 2018 - Vancouver

Rosie Jacobs will be presenting at the CLE course entitled "Privacy Update 2018" being held in Vancouver on May 31, 2018.

30May
2018
Events

GFOABC BC Conference 2018 - Kelowna

Bill Buholzer will be presenting a session entitled "Advanced Development Finance: Developer Cost Recovery Mechanisms" at the GFOABC...

17May
2018
Events

2018 LGMA Annual Conference - Victoria

Reece Harding will be presenting a session entitled "Responsible Conduct Overview" at the Local Government Management Association Annual...

16May
2018
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 29, Number 2 - LGMA Conference Issue

In this LGMA Conference issue: Missed by a Milestone: Damages Award Against City Upheld in Tendering Case - Joe Scafe BC New...

16May
2018
Events

2018 LGMA Annual Conference - Victoria

Alyssa Bradley will be presenting a session entitled "Protecting Water Resources" at the Local Government Management Association Annual...

16May
2018
Events

2018 LGMA Annual Conference - Victoria

Elizabeth Anderson will be presenting a session entitled "Homelessness" at the Local Government Management Association Annual Conference...

16May
2018
Events

2018 LGMA Annual Conference - Victoria

Kathleen Higgins will be presenting a session entitled "Get Ready for the Surging Sea" at the Local Government Management Association...

15May
2018
Events

2018 LGMA Approving Officers Workshop - Victoria

Bill Buholzer & Guy Patterson will be presenting a session entitled "Legal Update" at the Approving Officers Workshop during the...

09May
2018
Events

NCLGA 2018 AGM and Convention - Fort Nelson

Mike Quattrocchi will be presenting a session entitled "Local Government Legal Q&A" at the North Central Local Government Association...

09May
2018
Events

LMLGA 2018 AGM and Conference - Whistler

Sukhbir Manhas will be presenting a session at the Lower Mainland Local Government Association 2018 AGM and Conference being held in...

02May
2018
Events

CBA - Budding New Law: The Cannabis Potential - Webinar

Stefanie Ratjen will be presenting at the Canadian Bar Association's "Budding New Law: The Cannabis Potential" webinar being held May 2,...

26Apr
2018
Blog

Giving Local Governments the Information and Tools to Address Rental Housing Shortages

On April 24, 2018, BC’s provincial government introduced two Bills intended to address the issues of housing affordability and lack of...

26Apr
2018
Events

WKBLGMA 2018 Conference - Invermere

Mike Quattrocchi will be presenting a session entitled "Legal Update" at the West Kootenay Boundary Local Government Management...

23Apr
2018
Blog

Expanded job-protected leaves proposed by BC Government

The B.C. government has introduced Bill 6, the Employment Standards Amendment Act, 2018, in the B.C. legislature. This Bill will expand...

20Apr
2018
Events

TOLGMA 2018 Conference - Osoyoos

Sukhbir Manhas will be speaking at the Thompson Okanagan Local Government Association Annual Conference being held in Osoyoos April...

19Apr
2018
Events

VILGMA 2018 Annual Conference - Parksville

Sukhbir Manhas will be presenting a Marijuana Legal Update at the Vancouver Island Local Government Association Annual Conference being...

18Apr
2018
Events

PBLI - Local Government 2018: Current Issues - Vancouver

Kathleen Higgins will be presenting a session entitled " Planning and Land Use: Addressing Housing Issues" at the Pacific Business &...

13Apr
2018
Events

AVICC 2018 AGM & Convention - Victoria

Sukhbir Manhas will be presenting a session entitled "How Local Governments Handle Cannabis Legislation" at the Association of Vancouver...

12Apr
2018
Events

PIBC Kootenay Rocky Mountain Chapter - 2018 Kootenay Planning Conference - Kimberley

Bill Buholzer and Alyssa Bradley will be presenting a session entitled "Marijuana Legislation" at the PIBC Kootenay Rocky Mountain...

12Apr
2018
Events

NCLGMA 2018 AGM and Conference - Prince George

Carolyn MacEachern will be presenting a session entitled "Freedom of Information, Protection of Privacy Act – Update’" at the North...

12Apr
2018
Events

PIBC Kootenay Rocky Mountain Chapter - 2018 Kootenay Planning Conference - Kimberley

Bill Buholzer and Alyssa Bradley will be presenting a session entitled "Case Law Legal Update" at the PIBC Kootenay Rocky Mountain...

04Apr
2018
Events

GFOABC Property Tax 203: Local Government & the Assessment Appeal Process - Webinar

Reece Harding will be presenting an "Assessment Appeals" session at the Government Finance Officers Association of BC "Property Tax 203:...

22Mar
2018
Blog

British Columbia Supreme Court Confirms Site Profile Opt-Out Means No Development Freeze

In Gibsons Alliance of Business and Community Society v. Town of Gibsons, 2018 BCSC 448, the court has confirmed for those local...

21Mar
2018
Blog

High-Level Insight: Consultation Report on Cannabis Regulations Released

This week, the federal government released a summary report from its public consultation on the proposed approach to the regulation of...

21Mar
2018
Events

2018 Regional District CAO Forum - Victoria

Rosie Jacobs will be presenting a session entitled "FOI Legal Update" at the Regional District CAO Forum being held in Victoria March...

13Mar
2018
Blog

Michael McEvoy appointed next Information and Privacy Commissioner for BC

Michael McEvoy has been appointed the next Information and Privacy Commissioner for BC, effective April 1, 2018. Michael McEvoy is...

13Mar
2018
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 29, Number 1

In this Issue: Supreme Court of Canada Expands Protection Against Discrimination in the Employment Context - Carolyn MacEachern...

08Mar
2018
Events

LGMA - Advanced FOIPP Webinar

Carolyn MacEachern will be presenting at the Local Government Management Association's "Advanced FOIPP" webinar being held March 8, 2018.

01Mar
2018
Events

Translink Transportation Forum

Stefanie Ratjen will be presenting a session entitled "Open Data 101" at the Translink Transportation Forum being hosted by the City of...

22Feb
2018
Events

2018 LGMA CAO Forum - Vancouver

Sukhbir Manhas will be presenting a session entitled "Legal Update" at the Local Government Management Association CAO Forum being held...

19Feb
2018
Blog

OIPC Reviewing Local Government Video Surveillance

The OIPC issued a release on February 7, 2018, regarding its concerns about video surveillance by local...

13Feb
2018
Client Bulletins

Young, Anderson Welcomes Kathleen Higgins

Young, Anderson is very pleased to announce that, effective February 13, 2018, Kathleen Higgins has joined the firm's partnership....

09Feb
2018
Events

Young Anderson Annual Local Government Law Seminar - Victoria

Young, Anderson will be presenting its Annual Local Government Law Seminar on February 9, 2018 at the Westin Bear Mountain Resort, 1999...

06Feb
2018
Blog

A Chronic Issue: BC releases details on how cannabis will be sold

On February 5, 2018, the Provincial government released further details about the highly-anticipated legislation to regulate the...

02Feb
2018
Events

LGLA 2018 Leadership Forum - Richmond

Bill Buholzer will be presenting a session entitled "How Local Governments handle Cannabis Legislation" at the Local Government...

31Jan
2018
Events

LGLA 2018 Leadership Forum - Richmond

Reece Harding will be presenting a session entitled "Responsible Conduct: Codes of Conduct from Principles to Action!" at the Local...

01Jan
2018
Events

CLE Residential Real Estate Conference - Vancouver (Dec 6)

Elizabeth Anderson is participating in the CLE Residential Real Estate Conference being held in Vancouver on December 6, 2018.

20Dec
2017
Client Bulletins

The Honourable Madam Justice Marzari

It is with honour that we advise that our partner, colleague, and friend, Francesca Marzari, was appointed as a Justice of the British...

05Dec
2017
Blog

A Mixed Bag: Cannabis to be sold at Public and Private Stores in BC; Minimum Age is 19

Initial information on how cannabis will be regulated in BC has been released by the provincial government. On December 5, 2017, the...

28Nov
2017
Seminar Papers

Legalizing Cannabis: A Joint Effort

With the introduction of the Cannabis Act, the Federal government is proposing the legalization of the recreational use of cannabis....

28Nov
2017
Seminar Papers

The Building Act: What You Need to Know

Legislation about building standards would ordinarily warrant, at most, a ‘break-out’ session at a local government law seminar; in...

28Nov
2017
Seminar Papers

Water Law: The Water Sustainability Act and More

Water is frequently making headlines in BC. Whether it is too much water—such as the recent flooding in the Okanagan this past spring—or...

28Nov
2017
Seminar Papers

Local Government Services and the Human Rights Code

This paper is an update to the 2011 seminar paper “Local Government Services – Striking the Accommodation Balance”. Local governments...

28Nov
2017
Seminar Papers

Mastering the Art of Delegation

Tent cities have been all over the news lately, but did you know the Manitoba Court of Appeal in 1919 was called on to consider the...

28Nov
2017
Seminar Papers

Tendering Law Update

Tendering is perhaps the most common method used by local governments to procure works and services. Unfortunately for local governments,...

28Nov
2017
Seminar Papers

Dealing with Aggressive Members of the Public

Aggression / n. 1. the act or practice of attacking without provocation, esp. beginning a quarrel or war. 2. an unprovoked attack. 3....

28Nov
2017
Seminar Papers

Strata Property: A Primer for Local Goverments

Subdivision by way of strata plan is becoming more common each year as developers seek to capitalize on sale of land that is smaller than...

28Nov
2017
Seminar Papers

Assessment Appeals: What is the Role for Local Government?

This paper explores the following: 1. Legislation Overview; 2. Considerations on Getting Involved; 3. How to get Involved; and 4....

24Nov
2017
Events

Young Anderson Annual Local Government Law Seminar - Vancouver

Young, Anderson will be presenting its Annual Local Government Law Seminar on November 24, 2017 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900...

23Nov
2017
Events

Building SustainABLE Communities Conference - Kelowna

Barry Williamson will be hosting and facilitating a Leadership & Governance breakout session at the Building Sustainable Communities...

23Nov
2017
Events

Vancouver Labour Arbitration & Policy Conference - Vancouver

On November 23, Carolyn MacEachern will be speaking at the Vancouver Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference being put on by Lancaster...

23Nov
2017
Events

SFU City Program Course - Vancouver

Bill Buholzer & Guy Patterson will be presenting a planning law course at the SFU City Program Course on November 23, 2017 in...

07Nov
2017
Events

LGMA - Recent FOI & Privacy Developments Webinar

David Loukidelis will be presenting at the Local Government Management Association's "Recent FOI & Privacy Developments" webinar...

26Oct
2017
Events

Association of Regional District Planning Managers - 2017 conference - Victoria

Bill Buholzer will be presenting a session entitled "Legal Update" at the Association of Regional District Planning Managers in Victoria,...

24Oct
2017
Events

AGLG - Surrey

Reece Harding will be speaking at the Auditor General for Local Government on October 24, 2017.

23Oct
2017
Events

LGMA School for Approving Officers - Kamloops

Bill Buholzer & Guy Patterson will be presenting at the LGMA School for Approving Officers on "The Approving Officer as a Statutory...

13Oct
2017
Events

LGMA Clerks & Corporate Officers Forum - Victoria

Sukhbir Manhas will be presenting a session on October 13 entitled "Legal Update" at the Local Government Management Association...

29Sep
2017
Blog

Court of Appeal un-stops a dock, because it's not a "private moorage facility"

Late last year we reported on a decision of the BC Supreme Court upholding Bowen Island’s refusal of a building permit for a structure...

25Sep
2017
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 28, Number 3 - UBCM Conference Issue

In this UBCM Conference issue: Do not disturb: Striking a balance between welcoming public spaces and freedom of expression - Stefanie...

25Sep
2017
Events

2017 UBCM Convention - Vancouver

Sukhbir Manhas will be presenting a session entitled "Cannabis Legalization" at the 2017 UBCM Conference, being held in Vancouver...

25Sep
2017
Events

BC Mayors’ Caucus - UBCM Convention Vancouver

Reece Harding will be presenting a session entitled "Code of Conduct" at the BC Mayors' Caucus on the first day of the UBCM Convention...

13Sep
2017
Blog

A joint effort: Ontario's Proposed Cannabis Retail Model

The Ontario provincial government has released its framework to regulate the use and sale of recreational cannabis. Although additional...

07Sep
2017
Events

TOLGMA 2017 Conference - Kamloops

Barry Williamson will be presenting a session entitled "Speaking of Conflict …. What you and can’t say in some particular conflict...

16Aug
2017
Blog

A renewed Human Rights Commission in BC

The provincial government has announced plans to reinstate the B.C. Human Rights Commission. Human rights commissions are typically...

15Aug
2017
Events

Municipal Administration Training Institute - Kelowna

Reece Harding will be teaching "Municipal Law" at the Municipal Administration Training Institute (MATI) on August 15, 2017 at the...

26Jul
2017
Events

GFOABC Collectors’ Forum - webinar

Christina Reed will be presenting a "Legal Update" at the Government Finance Officers Associate of BC Collector's Forum webinar being...

30Jun
2017
Blog

Court Upholds Release of Claims in Mountain Biking Accident

On June 16, 2017, the BC Supreme Court upheld Whistler Mountain Resort Limited Partnership’s release of claims in the case of a mountain...

26Jun
2017
Client Bulletins

Retail Cannabis Sales, Post-Cannabis Act Tabling: Still Unlawful

With the recent tabling of the draft Cannabis Act, the current legal state of storefront marijuana dispensaries may seem murkier than...

20Jun
2017
Blog

David Loukidelis QC recognized as Honorary Archivist by the Association of Canadian Archivists

David Loukidelis QC, the firm's associate counsel and a former partner, has been designated as an Honorary Archivist. This award from the...

14Jun
2017
Events

GFOABC BC Conference 2017 - Victoria

Reece Harding and Sukhbir Manhas will be presenting a session entitled "The Role of Local Governments in Assessment Appeals" at the...

08Jun
2017
Events

LIBOA 2017 Conference and AGM - Guildford

Michael Moll & Elizabeth Anderson will be presenting a session entitled " Property Maintenance Standards" at the Licence Inspectors...

01Jun
2017
Events

2017 PIBC Annual Conference - Equilibrium - Prince George

Bill Buholzer will be presenting a session entitled "Inclusionary Zoning: A Solution to our Affordable Housing Dilemma?" at the 2017 PIBC...

01Jun
2017
Events

2017 PIBC Annual Conference - Equilibrium - Prince George

Alyssa Bradley & Ray Young will be presenting a session entitled "Regional Voices" at the 2017 PIBC Annual Conference - Equilibrium,...

31May
2017
Blog

When the Truth Hurts, but is also a Defence to Defamation

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has confirmed that when a former employer tells the truth in an employment reference check, they...

31May
2017
Events

2017 PIBC Annual Conference - Equilibrium - Prince George

Guy Patterson will be presenting a session entitled "Subdivision on the Fringe" at the 2017 PIBC Annual Conference - Equilibrium, being...

18May
2017
Events

2017 LGMA Annual Conference - Penticton

Bill Buholzer will be presenting a session entitled "Inclusionary Zoning: A Solution to our Affordable Housing Dilemma?" at the Local...

17May
2017
Blog

Bill Buholzer recognized as the LGMA's 2017 President's Award recipient

The firm is pleased to announce that on May 17, 2017, during this year's LGMA Annual Conference in Penticton, Bill Buholzer was awarded...

16May
2017
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 28, Number 2 - LGMA Conference Issue

In this LGMA Conference issue: Going Green: A First Look at Canada's Proposed Cannabis Act - Elizabeth Anderson The Perils of...

16May
2017
Events

2017 LGMA Approving Officers Workshop - Penticton

Mike Quattrocchi & Ryan Smith, Department Manager, City of Kelowna will be presenting a session entitled "Air Space Parcels" at the...

04May
2017
Events

PIBC North Island Chapter 2017 - Legal Update seminar - Nanaimo

Bill Buholzer & Alyssa Bradley are presenting a "Legal Update" seminar for the North Island Chapter of the PIBC. The seminar is being...

03May
2017
Client Bulletins

A Hazy Road Ahead: The Proposed Cannabis Act and Local Governments

A new legal landscape for the recreational use of cannabis in Canada has been proposed in the House of Commons. For local governments,...

26Apr
2017
Events

PIBC Climate Action Webinar

Guy Patterson will be presenting at the PIBC's webinar on Climate Action on April 26, 2017.

12Apr
2017
Events

NCLGMA 2017 AGM and Conference - Prince George

Carolyn MacEachern will be presenting a session entitled "Freedom of Information, Protection of Privacy Act – ‘Trends and What to...

05Apr
2017
Events

LMLGMA 2017 Conference - Guildford, Surrey

Sukhbir Manhas will be presenting a session entitled "Legal Update" at the Lower Mainland Local Government Management Association 2017...

05Apr
2017
Events

BC Recreation and Parks Association 2017 Symposium - Kelowna

Carolyn MacEachern & Elizabeth Anderson will be presenting a session entitled "Human Rights Complaints in Parks and Recreation...

31Mar
2017
Events

APEGBC’s Municipal Engineers Division - Spring Session - Vancouver

Bill Buholzer will be presenting a session entitled "Development Cost Charges" at the Association of Professional Engineers and...

31Mar
2017
Events

WKBLGMA 2017 Conference - Creston

Mike Quattrocchi will be presenting a session entitled "Legal Update" at the West Kootenay Boundary Local Government Management...

29Mar
2017
Events

2017 Regional District CAO Forum - Victoria

Reece Harding will be presenting a session entitled "Open Session on Integrity: Finding the Right Solution in BC" at the Regional...

20Mar
2017
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 28, Number 1

In this Issue: Settlement Records Protected from Disclosure in British Columbia - Francesca Marzari Top Ten Tips for Municipalities as...

10Mar
2017
Blog

A Legal Duty to Document?

On March 8, 2017, the Minister of Finance, the Honourable Mr. Michael de Jong, tabled Bill 6, the Information Management (Documenting...

06Mar
2017
Client Bulletins

Unrestricted Matters In The Building Act: The Plot Thickens

The Minister of Natural Gas Development and Minister Responsible for Housing and Deputy Premier, whose portfolio includes the Building...

28Feb
2017
Client Bulletins

Settlement Records Protected from Disclosure in British Columbia

In its decision released February 28, 2017, the BC Supreme Court has found that settlement records, including negotiated settlement...

24Feb
2017
Events

LGMA CAO Forum - Victoria

Sukhbir Manhas will be presenting a session entitled "Legal Update" at the Local Government Management Association CAO Forum being held...

10Feb
2017
Events

Young Anderson Annual Local Government Law Seminar - Victoria

Young, Anderson will be presenting its Annual Local Government Law Seminar on February 10, 2017 at the Westin Bear Mountain Resort, 1999...

13Jan
2017
Blog

Election Upheld Despite Failure to Hold Advance Voting Opportunity

The BC Supreme Court recently upheld a school board trustee election, even though only one of the two statutorily-required advance voting...

04Jan
2017
Blog

Smoke Signals: Cannabis Task Force Report a Sign of What's in Store for Local Governments

The Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation has released its final report, A Framework for the Legalization and Regulation of...

14Dec
2016
Blog

The SCC Protects Solicitor-Client Privilege from Disclosure to the OIPC in Alberta, but not BC

On Friday, November 25, the Supreme Court of Canada released a decision that protects documents in which solicitor-client privilege is...

28Nov
2016
Seminar Papers

Medical Marihuana in the Workplace

An increasing amount of people are being prescribed medical marihuana to deal with various medical conditions and disabilities. Given the...

28Nov
2016
Seminar Papers

Managing the Market: The Affordable Housing Toolkit

This paper examines some of the local government powers available to address affordable housing issues in British Columbia. The first...

28Nov
2016
Seminar Papers

A User Friendly Guide to New Legislation

In remarks delivered in 2013 to the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals, Canada’s Chief Justice described a “revolution” in...

28Nov
2016
Seminar Papers

Redrawing the Boundaries Applying the New Human Rights Legislation Locally

Recent changes to the BC Human Rights Code provide explicit protections against discrimination on the grounds of gender identity or...

28Nov
2016
Seminar Papers

Contaminated Sites A Local Governments Role

Contaminated sites exist in every community in British Columbia. The role various levels of government play in the identification,...

28Nov
2016
Seminar Papers

The 911 on What to do Before the OIPC Calls

This year marks a significant year for local governments and their relationship with the Office of the Information and Privacy...

28Nov
2016
Seminar Papers

When is a Highway Really a Highway?

This paper is not about the typical highway, the road recorded in the Land Title Office, named and paved by the local government and...

28Nov
2016
Seminar Papers

Allocating Risks Through Releases, Indemnities and Insurance

In an effort to keep legal and insurance costs down, local governments are increasingly seeking indemnities, insurance and releases from...

28Nov
2016
Seminar Papers

The A to Z of Local Government Procurement

As we all know, local governments are significant consumers of both goods and services. Local governments purchase a vast array of goods,...

25Nov
2016
Events

Young Anderson Annual Local Government Law Seminar - Vancouver

Young, Anderson will be presenting its Annual Local Government Law Seminar on November 25, 2016 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900...

24Nov
2016
Events

CLE Human Rights Conference - Vancouver

Carolyn MacEachern will be presenting a session entitled "Medical Marihuana in the Workplacet" at the CLE Human Rights Conference being...

21Nov
2016
Blog

Court sinks another dock, this time for incomplete application

In another decision from the docks of Bowen Island, the BC Supreme Court has sided with the Municipality. In Dong, a case decided earlier...

18Nov
2016
Events

VILGMA 2016 Annual Conference - Campbell River

Sukhbir Manhas will be presenting a session entitled "Ethics in Local Government" at the Vancouver Island Local Government Association...

17Nov
2016
Blog

More breaking news from the mundane world of municipal law: don't pick the cherries

The British Columbia Supreme Court may be poised to adopt a new doctrine in municipal law. In two recent cases, both featuring broad...

15Nov
2016
Blog

Appeal Court sends a message that a local government is unable to regulate mailbox placement.

A local government has lost its fight to regulate the location of Canada Post’s proposed community mailboxes (CMBs). In Canada Post v...

08Nov
2016
Events

Simon Fraser University - Financing Development Seminar

Bill Buholzer & Jay Wollenberg will be presenting SFU City Program's popular seminar on "Financing Development" on November 8, 2016.

17Oct
2016
Events

Municipal Administration Training Institute - Kamloops

Bill Buholzer and Guy Patterson will be presenting at the Municipal Administration Training Institute (MATI) on October 17, 2016 in...

13Oct
2016
Events

PIBC Central North Chapter 2016 Legal Update Seminar - Courtenay

Bill Buholzer and Guy Patterson are presenting a legal update seminar on October 13, 2016 in Courtenay.

05Oct
2016
Client Bulletins

REMINDER - Annual Tax Sale Service Deadline

Now that the leaves have turned, Halloween is in the air and annual tax sales have been completed, it is time for municipal tax...

04Oct
2016
Blog

Christina Reed Returns to Young, Anderson

The firm is pleased to announce that Christina Reed will be returning to the office on October 7, 2016. Christina spent her last year on...

27Sep
2016
Events

UBCM Annual Conference - Victoria

Reece Harding will be presenting a session entitled "Open Season on Integrity: Hunting for the Right Solution for BC" at the Union of BC...

26Sep
2016
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 27, Number 3 - UBCM Conference Issue

In this UBCM Conference issue: The Building Act: Unrestricted Matters Revealed - Bill Buholzer Assessor of Area #01 - Capital et al v....

21Sep
2016
Events

Canadian Bar Association - webinar

Bill Buholzer & Amber Hieb of the Building and Safety Standards Branch of the Province of BC will be presenting a webinar on the...

16Sep
2016
Events

TOLGMA 2016 Conference - Vernon

Sukhbir Manhas will be presenting a session entitled "Homelessness Issues and Update on Marijuana Sales Usage" at the Thompson Okanagan...

30Aug
2016
Client Bulletins

This Just In: Selling marihuana still (mostly) illegal, at least for now, even in British Columbia

In case you were wondering, in Canada, “the operation of a medical marihuana retail dispensary … is currently not allowed within the...

09Aug
2016
Events

Municipal Administration Training Institute - Kelowna

Reece Harding will be teaching "Municipal Law" at the Municipal Administration Training Institute (MATI) on August 9, 2016 at the...

03Aug
2016
Client Bulletins

Identification of Contaminated Sites – Changes in Store for Local Governments

The Ministry of Environment has extended the period for stakeholder comments on its Intentions Paper regarding Identification of...

27Jul
2016
Blog

Government Extends Protection under the Human Rights Code to Transgendered Persons

On Monday, July 25, the Legislature gave Bill 27 – 2016 Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2016 three readings. The Bill amends the Human...

19Jul
2016
Blog

Former BC Government Employee Charged under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

A former employee of the Ministry of Transportation was fined $2,500 under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act...

22Jun
2016
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 27, Number 2 - LGMA Conference Issue

In this LGMA Conference issue: Win for North Saanich on Ability to Tax Nav Canada for Airport Lands is a Win for All Local Governments...

22Jun
2016
Events

LGMA Annual Conference - Nanaimo

Sukhbir Manhas and Carolyn MacEachern will be presenting a session entitled "Local Government Governance: Anatomy of a Respectful...

22Jun
2016
Events

LGMA Annual Conference - Nanaimo

Francesca Marzari and Michael Moll will be presenting a session entitled "The Sharing Economy: Uber and Beyond" at the Local Government...

21Jun
2016
Client Bulletins

SCC Confirms Exclusive Federal Authority to Regulate Location of Radiocommunication Antenna Systems

The Supreme Court of Canada has given judgment in Rogers Communications Inc. v. Chateauguay (City), 2016 SCC 23, holding that the City...

16Jun
2016
Events

LIBOA 2016 Conference and AGM - Vernon

Barry Williamson & Michael Moll will be presenting a session entitled " Bylaw Enforcement - Duty vs Discretion" at the Licence...

01Jun
2016
Events

GFOABC BC Conference 2016 - Whistler

Joseph Scafe will be presenting a session entitled "Put the Baseball Bat Away - Collect the Debt the Legal Way" at the GFOABC Conference...

01Jun
2016
Events

GFOABC BC Conference 2016 - Whistler

Elizabeth Anderson will be presenting a Part 2 continuation of last year's session entitled "Tax Sales and Debt Collection" at the GFOABC...

27May
2016
Events

South Coast Regional District Seminar - Powell River

Reece Harding will be presenting a session entitled "Do BC Local Governments Need an Integrity Commissioner?" at the Powell River...

12May
2016
Events

CLE - Subdivision, Regulation, and Discretion Course - Vancouver

Sukhbir Manhas will be one of the course presenters at The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia's upcoming course...

12May
2016
Events

LIBOA Zone 6 Meeting - Langley

Carolyn MacEachern & Francesca Marzari will be presenting a session addressing Aging Populations, People with Disabilities and...

12May
2016
Events

2016 PIBC Annual Conference - Planning Unfiltered - Kelowna

Bill Buholzer & Guy Patterson will be presenting a session entitled "Epic Planning Blunders: Navigating the Legal Minefield" at the...

12May
2016
Events

LMLGA 2016 AGM and Conference

Michael Moll will be presenting a session on "Uber/Taxis" on the second day of the Lower Mainland Local Government Association 2015 AGM...

12May
2016
Events

LMLGA 2016 AGM and Conference

Alyssa Bradley will be presenting a session on "Medical Marijuana" on the second day of the Lower Mainland Local Government Association...

12May
2016
Events

CLE - Subdivision, Regulation, and Discretion Course - Vancouver

Mike Quattrocchi will be one of the course presenters at The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia's upcoming course...

04May
2016
Events

LGMA - Board of Variance Workshop - Richmond

In partnership with Young Anderson the LGMA is offering a one-day workshop, on May 4, 2016, for Board of Variance members and senior...

03May
2016
Events

2016 BC Mayors' Caucus - Fort St John

Reece Harding will be presenting a session entitled "Do BC Local Governments Need an Integrity Commissioner?" at the 2016 BC Mayors'...

29Apr
2016
Events

AKBLG 2016 Conference - Kimberley

Sukhbir Manhas will be presenting a session entitled "Promoting Business in the Face of the Prohibition Against Assistance" at the...

27Apr
2016
Events

JUL 2017 GFOABC Collectors’ Forum - webinar

Reece Harding will be presenting a "Legal Update" at the Government Finance Officers Associate of BC Collector's Forum webinar being held...

25Apr
2016
Blog

New Conflict of Interest Exception

The Province has responded to the calls from the UBCM, our office, and others, and enacted a new regulation under the Community Charter...

22Apr
2016
Events

LIBOA Zone 4 Meeting - Nanaimo

Carolyn MacEachern & Francesca Marzari will be presenting a session addressing Aging Populations, People with Disabilities and...

14Apr
2016
Events

WKBLGMA 2016 Conference - Fairmont Hot Springs

Sukhbir Manhas will be presenting a session entitled "Medical Marijuana" at the West Kootenay Boundary Local Government Management...

09Apr
2016
Events

AVICC 2016 AGM & Convention - Nanaimo

Reece Harding will be presenting a session entitled "Local Government & First Nations: Some Foundational Legal Principles" at the...

08Apr
2016
Client Bulletins

Court Refuses Temporary Injunction to Remove Homeless Camp in Victoria

On April 5, 2016 in British Columbia v Adamson, the Honourable Chief Justice Hinkson refused to grant the Province an interlocutory...

06Apr
2016
Events

NCLGMA 2016 AGM and Conference - Prince George

Mike Quattrocchi will be presenting a session entitled "Legal Update" at the North Central Local Government Management Association 2016...

06Apr
2016
Events

NCLGMA 2016 AGM and Conference - Prince George

Carolyn MacEachern will be presenting a session entitled "FOIPPA - Trends And What To Expect" at the North Central Local Government...

05Apr
2016
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 27, Number 1

In this Issue: Edmonton's Uber-Friendly Bylaw - Michael Moll Reminder: Judgements on Title Must be Renewed Every 2 Years - Don...

30Mar
2016
Events

2016 Regional District CAO Forum - Victoria

Reece Harding will be presenting a session entitled "Integrity Commissioner" at the Regional District CAO Forum being held in Victoria...

10Mar
2016
Events

UBCM 2016 Benefits Conference

Carolyn MacEachern will be presenting a session entitled "Current Legal Issues and Case Law" at the Union of British Columbia...

26Feb
2016
Events

LGMA CAO Forum - Kelowna

Sukhbir Manhas will be presenting a session entitled "Legal Update" at the Local Government Management Association CAO Forum being held...

25Feb
2016
Client Bulletins

Federal Court Quashes New Medical Marihuana Regulations

The state of flux and uncertainty surrounding medical marihuana production and distribution continues with yesterday’s decision of the...

10Feb
2016
Blog

City Councillors May Be Required to Disclose Emails from Personal Accounts in FOI Requests

It is well established that city councillors may be required to disclose emails sent from councillors’ personal email accounts in some...

05Feb
2016
Events

Young Anderson Annual Local Government Law Seminar - Victoria

Young, Anderson will be presenting its Annual Local Government Law Seminar on February 5, 2016 at the Westin Bear Mountain Resort, 1999...

05Feb
2016
Events

LGLA 2016 Leadership Forum - Richmond

Reece Harding will be presenting a session entitled "Is there a Role for an Integrity Commissioner?" at the Local Government Leadership...

22Jan
2016
Events

PIBC Sunshine Coast Chapter event - Gibsons

Bill Buholzer and Guy Patterson will be speaking at the Planning Institute of BC's Sunshine Coast Chapter event being held on January 22,...

05Jan
2016
Blog

The new Local Government Act is now in Force

As of January 1, 2016 the revision of the Local Government Act is now in effect. The BC government intends the revision to only...

15Dec
2015
Client Bulletins

Building Act Clock Starts Ticking

Some sections of the new Building Act that significantly affect local governments came into force on December 15. Section 5 of the Act...

11Dec
2015
Blog

Proposed revision of the Local Government Act

The proposed revision of the Local Government Act is being made available to the public on various websites. If the drafters of the...

07Dec
2015
Client Bulletins

Quebec Councillor Disqualified for Municipal Contract

In British Columbia local elected officials who consider our “ethical conduct” rules to be unduly onerous might take some comfort from a...

30Nov
2015
Seminar Papers

Open Season on Integrity: Hunting for the Right Solution for BC

This paper examines the current legislative vacuum in British Columbia in dealing with an elected official’s misconduct. The paper then...

30Nov
2015
Seminar Papers

Anatomy of a Workplace Investigation

You have received a complaint of bullying and harassment in the workplace. What do you do? The first step is to review the complaint and...

30Nov
2015
Seminar Papers

To Air (BnB) is Human: Regulating the Share Economy

This paper will focus on two of the most prominent businesses utilizing the share economy: ride share services such as Uber, and services...

30Nov
2015
Seminar Papers

Conflict of Interest

It is the summer of 1893, Judge Walkem of the British Columbia Supreme Court has ordered that the City of Victoria be prohibited from...

30Nov
2015
Seminar Papers

21st Century Works & Services Bylaw

During the last few years, our firm has had the opportunity to review and draft either replacements or revisions to numerous local...

30Nov
2015
Seminar Papers

Land Title Search & Rescue: An Overview of Charges, Liens and Interests in Land

Most local government employees will encounter a title search at some point in their careers. It can be an overwhelming experience; a...

30Nov
2015
Seminar Papers

FOI and Privacy Update

Access to information and privacy cases are making headlines in British Columbia. This year, from investigations into the use of employee...

30Nov
2015
Seminar Papers

Land Use Contracts: Good Riddance or Fond Farewell?

Land use contracts, now destined for execution, are double agents. They are creatures of the Legislature, and therefore public law tools,...

30Nov
2015
Seminar Papers

Hot Topics & Caselaw Updates

The year 2015 has seen developments in many areas of interest to local governments, both in the courts and in the realm of shifting...

27Nov
2015
Events

Young Anderson Annual Local Government Law Seminar - Vancouver

Young, Anderson will be presenting its Annual Local Government Law Seminar on November 27, 2015 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900...

20Nov
2015
Events

VILGMA 2015 Annual Conference - Nanaimo

Sukhbir Manhas will be presenting a session entitled "Legal Update" at the Vancouver Island Local Government Association Annual...

27Oct
2015
Client Bulletins

OIPC Investigates Public Bodies’ Records Retention & Disposal Practices

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) recently released Investigation Report F15-03, based on investigations into...

21Oct
2015
Client Bulletins

Abbotsford Bylaws Prohibiting Overnight Camping In Public Places Found Unconstitutional

In Abbotsford City v. Shantz, 2015 BCSC 1909, the Chief Justice of the BC Supreme Court found a number of the City’s bylaws related to...

16Oct
2015
Events

LGMA Corporate Officers Forum - Richmond

Sukhbir Manhas will be presenting a session on October 16 entitled "Legal Update" at the Local Government Management Association...

05Oct
2015
Events

IMLA 80th Annual Conference - Las Vegas

Francesca Marzari will be presenting a session entitled "Planes, Trains and Postboxes? The federal enclave at the end of the block" at...

21Sep
2015
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 26, Number 3 - UBCM Conference Issue

In this UBCM Conference issue: Canada Post Superboxes: Signed, Sealed, Delivered and Yours? - Francesca Marzari Putting a Price on...

21Sep
2015
Events

UBCM Annual Convention - Vancouver

Francesca Marzari will be presenting a session entitled "Marijuana: Legalization, Legislation and Access" at the Union of BC...

11Sep
2015
Events

TOLGMA 2015 Conference - Osoyoos

Sukhbir Manhas will be presenting a session entitled "Council Relations" at the Thompson Okanagan Local Government Association Annual...

08Sep
2015
Client Bulletins

Young Anderson Lawyers Available For Advice During UBCM 2015 Convention

A meeting room has been arranged at the Pan Pacific Hotel for the duration of the UBCM Convention (September 22-24, 2015) to assist...

11Aug
2015
Events

Municipal Administration Training Institute - Victoria

Reece Harding will be teaching "Introduction to Local Government Law and Bylaw Drafting" at the Municipal Administration Training...

23Jul
2015
Blog

OIPC clarifies interpretation of s. 25 public interest requirement

In response to the Mount Polley mine tailings pond dam failure in August 2014, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for...

16Jul
2015
Blog

OIPC's IT Security and Employee Privacy: Tips and Guidelines

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for BC (“OIPC”) released a guidance document outlining issues employers should...

10Jul
2015
Blog

Land Title Office Stops Registering Notices of Latecomer Agreement

The Land Title and Survey Authority has recently changed its practice and will no longer accept a Form 17 Notice of Excess or Extended...

10Jul
2015
Client Bulletins

Canada Post v. City of Hamilton Community Mailbox Placement Fight To Continue

Canada Post is ending all urban door-to-door mail service to five million Canadians in five years. Like any change in government...

19Jun
2015
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 26, Number 2 - LGMA Conference Issue

In this LGMA Conference issue: Tempest in a TeaPOT? Letters of Intent, Business Licensing and the ALR - Francesca MarzariWorksafe...

18Jun
2015
Events

LGMA Annual Conference - Prince George

Francesca Marzari and Alyssa Bradley will be presenting a session entitled "The Tough Issue of Homelessness" at the Local Government...

17Jun
2015
Events

LGMA Annual Conference - Prince George

Bill Buholzer will be moderator for a session entitled "Auditor General" at the Local Government Management Association Annual Conference...

17Jun
2015
Events

LGMA Annual Conference - Prince George

Sukhbir Manhas will be presenting a session entitled "Have you Been Defamed?" at the Local Government Management Association Annual...

16Jun
2015
Events

LGMA Conference Approving Officer’s Workshop - Prince George

Bill Buholzer will be speaking at the Approving Officer's Seminar, preceding the LGMA Conference in Prince George.

11Jun
2015
Blog

Medical Marihuana: Smoking Not Required

On the marihuana file, it seems the federal government can’t win for losing. The Supreme Court of Canada on June 11 released its judgment...

04Jun
2015
Events

FREE Seminar - Bylaw Drafting, Planning & Land Use Management - West Kelowna

As part of our ongoing service to our clients, Young Anderson is presenting a free day-long seminar on topics of interest to local...

04Jun
2015
Events

LIBOA 2015 Conference and AGM - Sun Peaks

Don Howieson & Michael Moll will be presenting a session entitled " Accommodation Issues" at the Licence Inspectors and Bylaw...

28May
2015
Events

GFOABC BC Conference 2015 - Penticton

Reece Harding will be presenting a session entitled "Tips in the PILT World" at the GFOA Conference in Penticton from May 27-29, 2015.

27May
2015
Events

GFOABC BC Conference 2015 - Penticton

Christina Reed and Elizabeth Anderson will be presenting a session entitled "Reserve Funds & Tax Sales" at the GFOA Conference in...

25May
2015
Events

GFOABC BC Conference 2015 - Penticton

Christina Reed will be presenting a session entitled "Development Cost Charges" at the GFOA Conference in Penticton from May 27-29, 2015.

20May
2015
Events

PBLI - The Role of Local Governments in Canadian Federalism - Vancouver

Francesca Marzari and Linda Adams will be presenting a session entitled " Shipping and Navigation" at the Pacific Business & Law...

12May
2015
Blog

Province Weeds out Pot Prohibitions

On May 7th the Province settled any lingering doubts about the authority of local governments to prohibit the production of medical...

08May
2015
Events

FREE Seminar - Bylaw Drafting, Planning & Land Use Management - Nanaimo

As part of our ongoing service to Vancouver Island clients, Young Anderson is presenting a free day-long seminar on topics of interest to...

01May
2015
Blog

ANNOUNCING THE SECOND IN OUR SERIES OF FREE DAY-LONG SEMINARS - WEST KELOWNA

JUNE 4 - SAVE THE DATE BYLAW DRAFTING, PLANNING & LAND USE MANAGEMENT SEMINAR Young, Anderson will be offering a free day-long...

24Apr
2015
Events

AKBLG 2015 Conference - Nakusp

Reece Harding will be presenting a session entitled "First Nations Supeme Court Ruling" at the Association of Kootenay Boundary Local...

23Apr
2015
Events

AKBLG 2015 Conference - Nakusp

Alyssa Bradley will be presenting a session entitled "Conflict of Interest" at the Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Governments...

16Apr
2015
Events

2015 PIBC Annual Conference - Beyond Borders - Seattle

Ray Young, Reece Harding & Gregg Cockrill will be presenting a session entitled "First Nations" at the 2015 PIBC Annual Conference -...

16Apr
2015
Events

2015 PIBC Annual Conference - Beyond Borders - Seattle

Bill Buholzer will be presenting a session entitled "Professional Ethics" at the 2015 PIBC Annual Conference - Beyond Borders being held...

15Apr
2015
Client Bulletins

Taxi War: When Municipalities Can Frustrate Provincial Aims

In recent years, suburban taxis companies have made repeated efforts to obtain operating permits to allow them to meet the significant...

15Apr
2015
Blog

Don't Hype the Belief

In Mouvement laïque québécois v. Saguenay (City), 2015 SCC 16 the Supreme Court of Canada found a municipal bylaw to be inoperative,...

15Apr
2015
Events

Human Rights and Accommodation Conference - Vancouver

Carolyn MacEachern will be presenting a session entitled "Don't Shoot the Messenger: Dealing with Whistleblowers in the Modern Workplace"...

09Apr
2015
Events

NCLGMA 2015 AGM and Conference - Prince George

Carolyn MacEachern will be presenting a session entitled "Freedom of Information" on the final day of North Central Local Government...

25Mar
2015
Events

Regional District CAO Forum - Victoria

Gregg Cockrill will be presenting a session entitled " First Nations" at the Regional District CAO Forum being held in Victoria March...

19Mar
2015
Blog

CRTC issues $1.1 million penalty to the first CASL-offender

On March 5, 2015, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) issued its first penalty under Canada’s...

09Mar
2015
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 26, Number 1

In this Issue: Municipal Zoning Restrictions Apply to Moorage and Public Interest Special Cost Awards Limited - Barry Williamson CPR...

03Mar
2015
Blog

ANNOUNCING THE FIRST IN OUR SERIES OF FREE DAY-LONG SEMINARS - NANAIMO, BC

MAY 8 - SAVE THE DATE BYLAW DRAFTING, PLANNING & LAND USE MANAGEMENT Young, Anderson will be offering a free day-long seminar for...

26Feb
2015
Events

LGMA CAO Forum - Richmond

Sukhbir Manhas will be presenting a session at the Local Government Management Association CAO Forum being held February 25-27, 2015 in...

17Feb
2015
Client Bulletins

Building Act Phases out Local Building Standards

After more than a decade of consultation the Province has introduced a new Building Act. The Act modifies the current building regulation...

17Feb
2015
Blog

New Workplace Safety Legislation Introduced in BC

On February 11, 2015, the B.C. government introduced legislation to improve workplace health and safety following recommendations from...

06Feb
2015
Events

Young Anderson Annual Local Government Law Seminar - Victoria

Young, Anderson will be presenting its Annual Local Government Law Seminar on February 6, 2015 at the Westin Bear Mountain Resort, 1999...

29Jan
2015
Client Bulletins

Public Hearing Procedures: A New Wrinkle

The B.C. Supreme Court has added a new wrinkle to the extensive case law on procedural fairness in the context of statutory public...

21Jan
2015
Events

LGLA Newly Elected Officials Seminar - Kelowna

Raymond Young and Barry Williamson will be presenting a session entitled "Law 101" at the Local Government Leadership Academy Newly...

20Jan
2015
Events

LGLA Newly Elected Officials Seminar - Richmond

Raymond Young and Alyssa Bradley will be presenting a session entitled "Legal Clinic" at the Local Government Leadership Academy Newly...

14Jan
2015
Events

LGLA Newly Elected Officials Seminar - Richmond

Raymond Young and Alyssa Bradley will be presenting a session entitled "Legal Clinic" at the Local Government Leadership Academy Newly...

01Dec
2014
Seminar Papers

The Tsilhqot'in Nation and Whistler Cases: What Do They Mean for Local Government

This paper deals with the Supreme Court of Canada’s recent landmark decision in the Tsilhqot’in v. British Columbia, the first case in...

01Dec
2014
Seminar Papers

The Perils of Labour & Employment Law

Local government employers are well aware of the many perils involved in managing and dismissing employees given the obligations placed...

01Dec
2014
Seminar Papers

Working with the AGLG

This paper reviews the statutory basis for the activities of the Auditor General for Local Government, compares that office with similar...

01Dec
2014
Seminar Papers

Defamation: What Are Your Rights?

Unlike the officers and employees of a private corporation, as an officer or employee of a local government, you are often in the public...

01Dec
2014
Seminar Papers

Hot Topics in Planning Law

2014 has been a year of a number of important court decisions of interest to local governments, several of which are particularly...

01Dec
2014
Seminar Papers

FOI Update: A Review of Some "Interesting" FOI Decisions

Access to information legislation, such as the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), serves an important...

01Dec
2014
Seminar Papers

The Tough Issue of Homelessness

Many local governments are faced with tough decisions relating to people living in places not generally intended or safe for human...

01Dec
2014
Seminar Papers

Compost, Recycling and Putrescibles (aka C.R.A.P.): Case Studies in Waste Management

Waste is very lucrative these days. Many municipal and regional district bylaws and waste management plans are not equipped to address...

01Dec
2014
Seminar Papers

Caselaw Update

This paper summarizes some of the cases of interest from the past 12 months. This paper does not include any comments on the recent,...

28Nov
2014
Events

Young Anderson Annual Local Government Law Seminar - Vancouver

Young, Anderson will be presenting its Annual Local Government Law Seminar on November 28, 2014 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900...

27Nov
2014
Blog

Checking Additional References Without Consent When Hiring New Employees Contrary to FIPPA

The Office of Information and Privacy Commissioner (“OIPC”) recently published a guidance document and issued an Order which set out...

25Nov
2014
Blog

Solicitor-Client Privilege-Keeping your legal advice out of the fray

Two recent BCSC court decisions illustrate the fine line that divides conduct that waives solicitor-client privilege and conduct that...

20Nov
2014
Client Bulletins

Mandatory Land Title Document Electronic Filing for Local Governments

December 31, 2014 is the last day that local governments with populations of 5,000 or more are permitted to register land title documents...

20Oct
2014
Events

Municipal Administration Training Institute (MATI) - Kamloops

Bill Buholzer will be speaking on The Approving Officer as a Statutory Decision-Maker at the Municipal Administration Training Institute...

16Oct
2014
Events

LGMA Corporate Officers Forum - Kelowna

Sukhbir Manhas will be presenting a session on October 16 entitled Caselaw Update at the Local Government Management Association...

16Oct
2014
Events

LGMA Corporate Officers Forum - Kelowna

Sukhbir Manhas will be presenting a session on October 16 entitled Contracts and Agreements at the Local Government Management...

15Oct
2014
Events

LGMA Corporate Officers Forum - Kelowna

Pat Kendall will be presenting a session on October 15 entitled Elections at the Local Government Management Association Corporate...

14Oct
2014
Client Bulletins

Elections

With the upcoming local government elections, our lawyers are available to assist you with your election related questions. We have been...

08Oct
2014
Blog

BIG WIN at Supreme Court of Canada!

I am still basking in our big win at the Supreme Court of Canada which established that access to the justice and the courts is a...

29Sep
2014
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 25, Number 3 - UBCM Conference Issue

In this UBCM Conference issue: Tsilhqot'in Nation v British Columbia: Aboriginal Title Proven in British Columbia - Gregg Cockrill BC...

19Sep
2014
Client Bulletins

OIPC requires public bodies to disclose non-responsive information

Two recent decisions of the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner have called into question the practice of many public...

04Jul
2014
Client Bulletins

Court of Appeal resolves density conundrum

In the first Court of Appeal decision to address the question of what is “density” for the purpose of interpreting a restriction on the...

12Jun
2014
Client Bulletins

Court Of Appeal Confirms That Municipal Councillors Are Officers For The Purposes of FIPPA

In May, 2011, the Provincial Court found that a Prince George Councillor was guilty of breaching section 30.4 of the Freedom of...

12Jun
2014
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 25, Number 2 - LGMA Conference Issue

In this LGMA Conference issue: The Land Conservancy Selling Heritage Properties to Pay Debts - Francesca MarzariBill 17: Sweeping...

11Jun
2014
Events

LGMA Annual Conference - Vancouver

Carolyn MacEachern will be presenting a session entitled Personal Options for Dealing with Workplace Bullying at the Local Government...

10Jun
2014
Events

LGMA Conference Approving Officer's Workshop

Bill Buholzer will be speaking on Access to Subdivided Parcels Public Interest at the Approving Officer's Seminar, preceding the LGMA...

03Jun
2014
Events

LIBOA 2014 Conference and AGM

Don Howieson & Elizabeth Anderson will be presenting a session entitled " Bylaw Enforcement Trends in the BC Courts" at the Licence...

03Jun
2014
Events

LIBOA 2014 Conference and AGM

Don Howieson will be presenting a session entitled "Community Policing Initiatives and the BC Policing and Community Safety Plan" with...

28May
2014
Events

GFOABC BC Conference 2014

Bill Buholzer & Pat Kendall will be presenting a session entitled "Development Cost Charges and More" at the Government Finance...

26May
2014
Blog

SCC Clarifies the Broad Definition of “Policy Advice or Recommendations” under FOIPPA

On May 9, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed an appeal by an applicant and the Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner...

20May
2014
Blog

Young Anderson welcomes a new associate lawyer

Young Anderson is delighted to announce that Maria Kim has joined Young, Anderson as an associate effective May 20, 2014 after articling...

15May
2014
Events

2014 BC Land Summit - Vancouver

Bill Buholzer will be presenting a session entitled "Community Amenity Contrubutions and Land Use Approvals" with Lois-Leah Goodwin at...

15May
2014
Events

2014 BC Land Summit - Vancouver

Bill Buholzer will be presenting a session entitled "Medical Marihuana Production" at the 2014 BC Land Summit being held in Vancouver May...

09May
2014
Events

LMLGA 2014 AGM and Conference

Carolyn MacEachern & Francesca Marzari will be presenting a session entitled "Aging populations, people with disabilities and...

09May
2014
Events

NCLGA AGM and Convention

Bill Buholzer will be presenting a session entitled "Controlling Councillor Conduct" on the final day of North Central Local Government...

08May
2014
Blog

Court Upholds Prince George OCP and Zoning Amendments Permitting Rural Area Recovery Facility

On May 7, 2014, the Supreme Court of British Columbia released its decision in Pettersen v. Prince George dismissing a challenge to two...

08May
2014
Events

LMLGA 2014 AGM and Conference

Don Howieson & Elizabeth Anderson will be presenting a session entitled "Stories from the Trenches (and Furrows and Fields): Legal...

06May
2014
Events

VILGMA 2014 Annual Conference - Sidney

Carolyn MacEachern will be presenting an HR Issues session on May 6 at the Vancouver Island Chapter of the LGMA 2014 Annual Conference...

28Apr
2014
Blog

Contract not “legal instrument” under s. 12(3)(a) of FIPPA

On April 15, 2014, the B.C. Supreme Court dismissed a petition for judicial review of an Office of Information and Privacy Commissioner...

10Apr
2014
Events

NCLGMA 2014 AGM and Conference

Pat Kendall will be presenting a session entitled "Elections Law" on the final day of North Central Local Government Management...

27Mar
2014
Client Bulletins

Bill 17 Revises Ministerial Approval Requirements

On March 10, 2014, Bill 17, the Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2014, was introduced in the Legislature by the Attorney General and...

26Mar
2014
Events

Regional Distrist CAO Forum

Bill Buholzer will be presenting a session entitled " Medical Marijuana" at the Regional District CAO Forum being held in Victoria March...

25Mar
2014
Client Bulletins

New Medical Marihuana Regulations Delayed by Court Injunction

On the afternoon of Sunday, March 16, 2014 a large area in the north Langley Township neighbourhood of Walnut Grove was in lockdown as...

19Mar
2014
Client Bulletins

Land Use Contracts: Endgame Begins

The provincial government has tabled in Bill 17, the Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2014, amendments to the Local Government Act...

10Mar
2014
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 25, Number 1

In this Issue:Do you have a Licence for That? Local Government Response to the Decriminalization of Prostitution - Jay...

03Mar
2014
Blog

Reece Harding sabbatical - March 1 to August 31, 2014

The Firm wishes the best to partner Reece Harding as he begins his sabbatical to gain his certification as a mediator from the Justice...

25Feb
2014
Blog

4 Year Terms on the Way

The Provincial government will introduce legislation this spring to change local election terms from 3 to 4 year cycles. If enacted the...

20Feb
2014
Events

LGMA CAO Forum - Vancouver

Sukhbir Manhas will be presenting a session entitled Controlling Council Conduct at the Local Government Management Association CAO Forum...

07Feb
2014
Events

LGLA Forum - Richmond

Reece Harding will be presenting a session entitled Elected Officials: Game Misconduct at the Local Government Leadership Academy Forum...

07Feb
2014
Events

Young Anderson Annual Local Government Law Seminar - Victoria

Young, Anderson will be presenting its Annual Local Government Law Seminar on February 7, 2014 at the Westin Bear Mountain Resort, 1999...

04Feb
2014
Blog

R v. Skakun to be heard at the Court of Appeal in April 2014

In May 2011, Mr. Skakun, a councillor of the City of Prince George, was convicted for a breach of section 30.4 of the Freedom of...

12Dec
2013
Client Bulletins

“What’s Density?” - A Common Sense Answer

The BC Supreme Court, in issuing reasons for judgment in Society of Fort Langley Residents for Sustainable Development v. Langley...

02Dec
2013
Seminar Papers

Medical Marihuana Update

The issues surrounding the growing and distribution of medical marihuana have been of particular interest to local governments over the...

02Dec
2013
Seminar Papers

Privacy Issues in the Work Place

Managing employees has always been complicated and is becoming even more so with the increasing use of technology in the workplace and a...

02Dec
2013
Seminar Papers

MMBC: What are the Issues?

In 2004, the Province enacted the Recycling Regulation under the Environmental Management Act to implement a framework for extended...

02Dec
2013
Seminar Papers

Repeal, Rescind, Reconsider

As the level of government that is closest to the people, municipalities and regional districts are often the first governments to...

02Dec
2013
Seminar Papers

Revitalization Tax Exemptions

Revitalization tax exemptions are currently experiencing a surge in popularity in BC. However, they are not as simple as ordinary...

02Dec
2013
Seminar Papers

Controlling Councillor Conduct

This paper will consider the power to, and the processes by which a council may address the misconduct of one of its members. After...

02Dec
2013
Seminar Papers

Water Law 101

This paper deals mainly with the difficult question of private ownership of water bodies, while touching briefly on common law rights...

02Dec
2013
Seminar Papers

Caselaw Update

Local government law is diverse and the cases that touch on local government issues are no different. The past few years have seen many...

29Nov
2013
Events

Young Anderson Annual Local Government Law Seminar - Vancouver

Young, Anderson will be presenting its Annual Local Government Law Seminar on November 29, 2013 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900...

21Nov
2013
Events

VILGMA 2013 Annual Conference - Qualicum Beach

Elizabeth Anderson will be presenting a Caselaw Update session on November 21 at the Vancouver Island Chapter of the LGMA 2013 Annual...

09Nov
2013
Events

Young Anderson - Premier Host Sponsor - PIBC 2013 World Town Planning Day - Vancouver

Young Anderson is proud to announce its Premier Host Sponsorship of the Planning Institute of BC's 2013 World Town Planning Day -...

04Nov
2013
Events

SFU City Program Course - Nanaimo

Bill Buholzer will be teaching an SFU City Program Course on Development Charges and Community Amenity Contributions with Jay Wollenberg...

25Oct
2013
Blog

District of Invermere Succeeds in Deer Cull Petition

On October 25, 2013, the B.C. Supreme Court dismissed the Petition of the Invermere Deer Protection Society who were seeking to...

25Oct
2013
Events

Capilano University - Municipal Law in BC program - Parksville

Alyssa Bradley will be presenting Bylaw Drafting Fundamentals on October 25 at Capilano University in Parksville as part of their...

22Oct
2013
Blog

British Columbia Court of Appeal Clarifies Relationship between Local Governments and First Nations

Reece Harding's article: British Columbia Court of Appeal Clarifies Relationship between Local Governments and First Nations has been...

21Oct
2013
Events

Municipal Administration Training Institute - Approving Officer as a Statutory Decision Maker

Bill Buholzer will be speaking on the Approving Officer as a Statutory Decision-Maker at the Municipal Administration Training Institute...

08Oct
2013
Blog

Young Anderson - Premier Host Sponsor - PIBC 2013 World Town Planning Day - Vancouver

Young Anderson is proud to announce its Premier Host Sponsorship of the Planning Institute of BC's 2013 World Town Planning Day -...

30Sep
2013
Blog

Young Anderson welcomes its newest associate Elizabeth Anderson

The Firm is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Anderson has joined us as an associate lawyer. Like her father, Elizabeth will be carrying...

28Sep
2013
Events

Intercultural Competency in the Workplace - Douglas College

Maria Kim will be speaking on Intercultural Competency in the Workplace (organized by the Korean Community Workers Network) at Douglas...

20Sep
2013
Events

UBCM Convention Vancouver

Ray Young will be chairing and Francesca Marzari will be speaking at a workshop entitled Conflict of Interest at the Union of BC...

19Sep
2013
Blog

Check out our Conflict of Interest article for the workshop at the UBCM today.

Workshop article: http://www.younganderson.ca/images/uploads/files-documents/bulletins/Client_Bulletin-2013-September-19-fm-Conflict.pdf

16Sep
2013
Events

BC Mayors’ Caucus - UBCM Convention Vancouver

Bill Buholzer will be speaking at the BC Mayors' Caucus on the first day of the UBCM Convention in Vancouver on September 16, 2013.

15Sep
2013
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 24, Number 3 - UBCM Conference Issue

In this UBCM Conference issue:BCSC Upholds Local Government Authority to Regulate Long-Term Moorage - Barry WilliamsonCourt Confirms...

12Sep
2013
Events

TOLGMA 2013 Conference - Salmon Arm

Sukhbir Manhas will be presenting a session on Legalized Grow Ops and Land Use/Zoning and Potential Enforcement Implications at the...

10Sep
2013
Events

PIBC Kootenay Rocky Mountain Chapter 2013 Legal Road Show - Cranbrook

Ray Young & Gregg Cockrill are presenting an evening discussion on Community Amenity Contributions Why are the lawyers getting their...

26Aug
2013
Blog

Young Anderson Lawyers Available For Advice During UBCM 2013 Convention

The “Atrium Boardroom” at the Pan Pacific Hotel has been reserved for clients who may wish to meet with any of the firm’s lawyers whilst...

26Aug
2013
Client Bulletins

Young Anderson Lawyers Available For Advice During UBCM 2013 Convention

The “Atrium Boardroom” at the Pan Pacific Hotel has been reserved for clients who may wish to meet with any of the firm’s lawyers whilst...

18Aug
2013
Events

CBA Canadian Legal Conference and Expo 2013

Francesca Marzari will be presenting a session entitled "Municipal Councillor No-No's" at the Canadian Bar Association Canadian Legal...

15Aug
2013
Client Bulletins

Local Government E-Filing of Land Title Documents

When the Land Title and Survey Authority (“LTSA”) introduced the Electronic Filing System (“EFS”), local governments lost the ability to...

15Aug
2013
Events

Municipal Administration Training Institute - Victoria

Reece Harding will be teaching an Introduction to Local Government Law at the Municipal Administration Training Institute (MATI) on...

26Jul
2013
Blog

Young Anderson associate headed to University of Toronto

Young Anderson is delighted to announce that Michael Moll has been accepted into the LL.M program at the University of Toronto in the...

11Jul
2013
Blog

SCC Refuses Leave to Appeal in Halalt Case

The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed Halalt First Nation’s application for leave to appeal the British Columbia Court of Appeal’s...

07Jul
2013
Events

Annual National Conference of the Canadian Institute of Planners - Vancouver

Bill Buholzer is presenting a session entitled "Land Use Law in the Supreme Court of Canada" at the Annual National Conference of the...

07Jul
2013
Events

Annual National Conference of the Canadian Institute of Planners - Vancouver

Carolyn MacEachern is presenting a session entitled "Workplace 101: Labour, Employment & Human Rights" at the Annual National...

06Jul
2013
Events

Annual National Conference of the Canadian Institute of Planners - Vancouver

Alyssa Bradley is presenting a session entitled "Medical marijuana and land use problems - scenes from Canada and the USA" at the Advance...

06Jul
2013
Events

Annual National Conference of the Canadian Institute of Planners - Vancouver

Gregg Cockrill is presenting a session entitled "First Nations Land Claims - what are they and how "out there" are the demands our...

06Jul
2013
Events

Annual National Conference of the Canadian Institute of Planners - Vancouver

Bill Buholzer is presenting a session entitled "Constitutional conundrums for working planners" at the Advance Workshop of the Annual...

06Jul
2013
Events

Annual National Conference of the Canadian Institute of Planners - Vancouver

Jay Lancaster is presenting a session entitled "What does jurisdiction really mean? As a planner have I got it, and how do I find out?"...

06Jul
2013
Events

Annual National Conference of the Canadian Institute of Planners - Vancouver

Ray Young is presenting a session entitled "What is the "real place" of official or comprehensive planning documents in Canadian land use...

06Jul
2013
Events

Annual National Conference of the Canadian Institute of Planners - Vancouver

Sukhbir Manhas is presenting a session entitled "Procedural and Public Due Process in Planning Law" at the Advance Workshop of the Annual...

20Jun
2013
Events

PIBC Central North Chapter 2013 Legal Road Show - Fort St John

Ray Young & Gregg Cockrill are presenting an evening discussion on Community Amenity Contributions Why are the lawyers getting their...

18Jun
2013
Blog

Supreme Court of Canada Issues Decision Regarding Mandatory Alcohol and Drug Testing

On June 14, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld a decision of a Board of Arbitration that had struck down the random alcohol testing...

14Jun
2013
Events

PIBC Central North Chapter 2013 Legal Road Show - Terrace

Ray Young & Gregg Cockrill are presenting an evening discussion on Community Amenity Contributions Why are the lawyers getting their...

12Jun
2013
Events

LGMA Annual Conference

Francesca Marzari will be presenting a session entitled Business Regulation - Shark Fin Soup at the Local Government Management...

11Jun
2013
Client Bulletins

Grit, Gravel and Quarrying

In Peachland (District) v. Peachland Self Storage Ltd., 2013 BCCA 273, the British Columbia Court of Appeal dealt directly with the...

11Jun
2013
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 24, Number 2 - LGMA Conference Issue

In this LGMA Conference issue:Medical Marihuana: Health Canada Hits Reset Button - Bill BuholzerThe Perils of Independent Contractor...

11Jun
2013
Events

LGMA Conference Approving Officer's Seminar session on works and services bylaws

Bill Buholzer will be speaking on works and services bylaws at the Approving Officer's Seminar, preceding the LGMA Conference in Kelowna.

07Jun
2013
Events

LIBOA Conference and AGM

Don Howieson and Michael Moll will be presenting a session entitled Medicinal Marihuana Legislation Amendments on the final day of the...

01Jun
2013
Events

FCM Annual Conference and Tradeshow

Francesca Marzari will be presenting a session entitled Medical Marijuana (Good to Grow) at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities...

29May
2013
Events

GFOABC BC Conference 2013

Pat Kendall and Joanna Track will be presenting a session entitled Local Area Services & Revitalization Tax Exemptions at the...

23May
2013
Events

PIBC Okanagan Interior Chapter 2013 Legal Road Show

Ray Young & Gregg Cockrill are presenting an evening discussion on Community Amenity Contributions Why are the lawyers getting their...

10May
2013
Events

LMLGA 2013 AGM and Conference

Francesca Marzari & Michael Moll will be presenting a session entitled "Good to Grow? - The Proposed Medical Marihuana Regulation...

10May
2013
Events

LMLGA 2013 AGM and Conference

Bill Buholzer will be presenting a session entitled "Conflict of Interest" on the final day of the Lower Mainland Local Government...

06May
2013
Blog

Young Anderson associate headed for Columbia University

Young Anderson is delighted to announce that Bryan Jung has been accepted into the LL.M program at Columbia University in New York in the...

03May
2013
Events

NCLGA 58th AGM and Convention

Bill Buholzer will be presenting a session entitled Conflict of Interest on the final day of the North Central Local Government...

25Apr
2013
Events

PIBC South Coast Chapter 2013 Legal Road Show

Ray Young & Gregg Cockrill are presenting an evening discussion on Community Amenity Contributions Why are the lawyers getting their...

19Apr
2013
18Apr
2013
Events

UBCM 2013 Benefits Conference

Carolyn MacEachern will be presenting a session entitled Current Legal Issues and Case Law at the Union of British Columbia...

11Apr
2013
Blog

Adams Lake Indian Band Denied Leave to Appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada

On April 11, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed the application of the Adams Lake Indian Band for leave to appeal from the...

14Mar
2013
Events

NCLGMA AGM and Conference

Mike Quattrocchi will be presenting a session entitled Local Government Dealings In Property and Carolyn MacEachern will be presenting a...

12Mar
2013
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 24 Number 1

In this Issue: A Look Back at 2012 - Francesca MarzariCourt of Appeal Rejects Local Government Duty to Consult First Nation - Reece...

06Mar
2013
Events

21st Annual Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute Conference - Denver

Ray Young and Alyssa Bradley are presenting a session entitled "Common Problems: Common Solutions: Common Law" at the 21st Annual Rocky...

06Mar
2013
Events

Planning Institute of BC's South Island Chapter planning law topics event

Bill Buholzer will be speaking on planning law topics at PIBC's South Island Chapter event at Burnside Gorge Community Centre in Victoria.

27Feb
2013
Events

Canadian Bar Association joint meeting of the Aboriginal and Municipal Law subsections

Reece Harding will be speaking at the Canadian Bar Association joint meeting of the Aboriginal and Municipal Law subsections on the...

22Feb
2013
Events

Simon Fraser University Continuing Studies Community Amenity Contributions course

Simon Fraser University Continuing Studies will be offering its popular one-day course on Community Amenity Contributions instructed by...

25Jan
2013
Client Bulletins

Toronto Mayor Remains in Office: Could It Happen Here?

The Ontario Divisional Court’s decision in the matter of the disqualification of Mayor Rob Ford for violating the Ontario Municipal...

16Jan
2013
Client Bulletins

Changes in Federal Marihuana Regulation

Late in 2012 the federal Minister of Health announced pending changes in federal policy regarding the production of marihuana for...

11Jan
2013
Client Bulletins

Directors of Non-profit Societies in a Conflict of Interest

The Court of Appeal delivered reasons today in Schlenker v. Torgrimson, 2013 BCCA 9, declaring that two elected officials were in a...

11Jan
2013
Client Bulletins

Transition to the B.C. Building Code 2012

The new B.C. Building Code was brought into force by B.C. Reg. 264/2012 effective December 20, 2012. There are transitional provisions...

10Dec
2012
Blog

2012 BC Building Code Takes Effect December 20th

The Province’s new Building and Plumbing Code comes into effect December 20, 2012. The new BC Building Code introduces hundreds of...

03Dec
2012
Seminar Papers

Local Government and First Nations: The Duty to Consult

In 2004, we presented a paper at this seminar entitled “The Duty to Consult First Nations: Is Local Government Next?”. At that time this...

03Dec
2012
Seminar Papers

Employer Obligations: Staying Out of Hot Water

Recent case law and changes to the Workers Compensation Act in relation to bullying and harassment highlight the increasing obligations...

03Dec
2012
Seminar Papers

Agreements; The Top 10 List

This paper contains, with no attempt at “Lettermanesque” humour, a “top 10” list of points for consideration with respect to local...

03Dec
2012
Seminar Papers

The Land Development Process: From the Legal Perspective

There are several perspectives from which land development can be viewed. For example, the developer’s perspective will include elements...

03Dec
2012
Seminar Papers

Contaminated Sites: Liability for Remediation Know the Risks, Manage the Risks

Any local government that owns or occupies land as a landowner, tenant or occupier has exposure to liability for environmental...

03Dec
2012
Seminar Papers

Intellectual Property: the Basics

The term “intellectual property” refers to a legal property interest in “creations of the mind”: such things as ideas, music, words,...

03Dec
2012
Seminar Papers

Development Approvals Under Part 26: What's New (and What's Old)

Over the past year we have received several questions on the process around considering official community plan bylaws and zoning bylaws...

03Dec
2012
Seminar Papers

Financing Municipal Services: A Lawyer, an Engineer, and an Accountant are Driving Down the Road ...

Constructing, expanding, and upgrading municipal services and systems, and particularly capital services such as sewer, drainage, water,...

03Dec
2012
Client Bulletins

Ontario Superior Court of Justice Rules Toronto Shark Fin Ban Invalid

On November 30, 2012, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice struck down the City of Toronto’s bylaw banning the possession, sale, and...

30Nov
2012
Blog

Court Declares Toronto Shark Fin Soup Bylaw Invalid

In Reasons for Judgment released today, the Ontario Supreme Court of Justice declared the Toronto Shark Fin Soup Bylaw to be invalid as...

30Nov
2012
Events

Young Anderson Annual Local Government Law Seminar - Vancouver

Young, Anderson will be presenting its Annual Local Government Law Seminar on November 30, 2012 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900...

23Nov
2012
Blog

North Cowichan Succeeds Before British Columbia Court of Appeal

On November 22, 2012 the District of North Cowichan was cleared by the British Columbia Court of Appeal to supply groundwater to the...

23Nov
2012
Client Bulletins

Court of Appeal Confirms Adequacy of Consultation Regarding North Cowichan Water Project

Note: SCC Refuses Leave to Appeal in Halalt Case. For more details see our July 11, 2013 Blog:...

01Nov
2012
Client Bulletins

Cohen Report Cites Problems with RAR Implementation

The report of the Cohen Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River has been released. Given that the...

31Oct
2012
Client Bulletins

Property Assessment Appeal Board Finds Nominal Value in Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal

In this decision which is sure to cause debate within local government financial circles, the Property Assessment Appeal Board ("PAAB")...

29Oct
2012
Events

Municipal Administration Training Institute - Approving Officer as a Statutory Decision Maker

Bill Buholzer will be speaking on the Approving Officer as a Statutory Decision-Maker at the Municipal Administration Training Institute...

25Oct
2012
Client Bulletins

Workplace Computers and Employee Privacy Rights

The Supreme Court of Canada recently released the decision of R. v. Cole about whether a teacher had a reasonable expectation of privacy...

09Oct
2012
Events

Canadian Institute of Planners - To plan is human: to implement is divine

Ray Young and Alyssa Bradley will be speaking at the CIP Annual Conference in Banff - October 9-12. The session will address incentives,...

02Oct
2012
Blog

New Limitation Act in force June 1, 2013

Today, the Ministry of Justice announced that the new Limitation Act will take effect on June 1, 2013. The new Act attempts to simply the...

25Sep
2012
Client Bulletins

Court of Appeal Rejects Local Government Duty to Consult First Nations

On September 24, 2012 the British Columbia Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal of the Neskonlith Indian Band. The NIB had sought to...

24Sep
2012
Blog

Local Government has no “duty to consult” First Nations

Today, our B.C. Court of Appeal ruled unanimously that a local government does not have a duty to consult First Nations as if it were the...

24Sep
2012
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 23, Number 2 - UBCM Conference Issue

In this UBCM Conference Issue: No-Fee Emergency Calls (Taxes Apply), It's Party Time!, Worksafe BC to Adjudicate Claims of Harassment...

07Sep
2012
Blog

Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute Conference

Ray Young and Alyssa Bradley will be speaking in March at the 22nd annual Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute Conference at the Sturm Law...

16Aug
2012
Blog

Local Government Duty to Consult - Case Reserved

On August 15, 2012, our British Columbia Court of Appeal reserved its decision in Neskonlith Indian Band v. City of Salmon Arm. This appeal...

16Aug
2012
Client Bulletins

BCCA Clarifies Disclosure Requirements in the Public Hearing Process

On August 14, 2012, the British Columbia Court of Appeal allowed Fisher Road Holdings Ltd.’s appeal in Fisher Road Holdings Ltd. v...

16Aug
2012
Events

Municipal Administration Training Institute

Reece Harding will be teaching segments on Local Government Law and Bylaw Drafting at MATI on August 16, 2012 at the University of...

10Aug
2012
Client Bulletins

Per Unit Latecomer Charges Restored

The British Columbia Court of Appeal this week reversed the lower court’s decision in Okanagan Land Development Corporation v. City of...

09Aug
2012
Blog

Province Succeeds in Adams Lake Indian Band Appeal

The Province of British Columbia has succeeded in its appeal of the March 2011 B.C. Supreme Court decision where it was found to have not...

07Aug
2012
Blog

Neskonlith Appeal to be Heard August 14 and 15

Reece Harding and Gregg Cockrill are preparing to argue the appeal in Neskonlith Indian Band v. City of Salmon Arm on August 14 and 15 in...

27Jul
2012
Blog

Court of Appeal Clarifies: No Private Law Duty of Care Owed to Applicants in Council Meetings

On July 25, 2012, the BC Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal in P.S.D. Enterprises Ltd. v. New Westminster (City), 2012 BCCA 319....

26Jul
2012
Blog

911 Cost Recovery "Fee" is Unauthorized Tax

In judgment made on July 10, 2012, the BC Supreme Court quashed a City of Nanaimo bylaw because a "fee" under the bylaw was found to be a...

25Jul
2012
Blog

Councillor's Breach of Privacy Conviction Upheld

On July 25, 2012, the British Columbia Supreme Court upheld the conviction of Brian Skakun, a City of Prince George Councillor, for...

13Jun
2012
Events

LIBOA-Bylaw Enforcement

Don Howieson and Michael Moll will be discussing "Evidence in Bylaw Enforcement Proceedings" and "The Marihuana Medical Access Program...

01Jun
2012
Events

Are Local Governments "The Crown" - IMLA

Bill Buholzer presented: "Are Local Governments The Crown"? Neskonlith Indian Band v. Salmon Arm (City), at the International Municipal...

30May
2012
Events

Legal Update - Government Finance Officers Association of British Columbia

Pat Kendall and Barry Williamson will be presenting a legal update at the annual Government Finance Officers Association of British...

16May
2012
Events

Local Government Management Association of British Columbia - Municipal Auditor General

Alyssa Bradley spoke at the Annual Conference of the Local Government Management Association of B.C. in Victoria on Wednesday, May 16....

15May
2012
Events

Legal Update - LGMA Approving Officers Seminar

Bill Buholzer presented a Legal Update, at the Local Government Management Association Approving Officers Seminar in Victoria on May 15,...

08May
2012
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 23, Number 1 - LGMA Conference Issue

In this LGMA Conference issue: First Nations Consultation ≠ The Crown; Using Legal Services Effectively; Volunteer Firefighter...

24Apr
2012
Events

The Creation of a Municipal Auditor General

Alyssa Bradley presented "The Creation of a Municipal Auditor General" at the Lower Mainland LGMA Spring Conference at the Shadbolt...

04Apr
2012
Client Bulletins

Supreme Court Rejects Local Government Duty to Consult First Nations

Since the Supreme Court of Canada’s 2004 decision in Haida Nation v. British Columbia (Minister of Forests), First Nations around the...

13Mar
2012
Blog

National Conference of the Canadian Institute of Planners

Alyssa Bradley and Ray Young are teaming up with Julian Juergensmeyer, Professor of Law, Georgia State University, to present at the...

01Mar
2012
Events

Conduct of Local Elected Officials - LGLA

Bill Buholzer presented on the Conduct of Local Elected Officials at the Local Government Leadership Academy Newly Elected Officials...

01Mar
2012
Events

Legal Clinic Plenary - Prince George

Bill Buholzer and Gregg Cockrill presented a Legal Clinic Plenary in Prince George sponsored by the Local Government Leadership Academy...

10Feb
2012
Events

Riparian Areas Regulation CBA

Bill Buholzer presented on the topic of Riparian Areas Regulation at the Environmental Law Section, B.C. Branch of the Canadian Bar...

09Feb
2012
Events

Newly Elected Officials - LGLA

Pat Kendall and Francesca Marzari presented a session on Local Government Law for Newly Elected Officials at the Delta Vancouver Hotel,...

03Feb
2012
Events

First Nations and Local Governments - CAO Forum

Ray Young spoke on First Nations and Local Governments at the CAO Forum in Kelowna on February 3, 2012.

30Jan
2012
Events

Board of Variance Seminar - Kimberley

Ray Young and Gregg Cockrill presented a Board of Variance Seminar at Kimberley on January 30, 2012.

27Jan
2012
Events

Legal Clinic Plenary - LGLA

Ray Young and Alyssa Bradley presented a Legal Clinic Plenary at Tigh-Na-Mara Resort, sponsored by the Local Government Leadership...

20Jan
2012
Client Bulletins

Supreme Court of Canada Upholds North Cowichan Tax Rates Bylaw

On January 20, 2012, the Supreme Court of Canada delivered unanimous Reasons for Judgment in Catalyst Paper Corp. v. North Cowichan...

20Jan
2012
Events

Young, Anderson Annual Client Seminar

Young, Anderson held its Vancouver Island Annual Client Seminar on Friday, January 20, 2012 at Bear Mountain Resort.

19Jan
2012
Events

Newly Elected Officials - LGLA

Barry Williamson and Mike Quattrocchi presented at the Newly Elected Officials session at the Delta Grand Okanagan, sponsored by the...

18Jan
2012
Blog

Supreme Court of Canada - Catalyst Paper v. District of North Cowichan - Reasons

The Reasons for Judgment in Catalyst Paper Corporation v. Corporation of the District of North Cowichan, heard in the Supreme Court of...

21Dec
2011
Client Bulletins

Accessory Uses - Keeping Up With the Times

A standard definition of an accessory use in many zoning bylaws in British Columbia is “customarily incidental to and subordinate to” a...

13Dec
2011
Blog

LGLA's Newly Elected Seminars

Young, Anderson's lawyers participated in four of the LGLA's newly elected seminars in January and February 2012 - Kelowna, Parksville,...

02Dec
2011
Seminar Papers

Regulating Business: Where are the Boundaries?

From prohibiting the sale of dogs in pet stores, to medical marijuana “compassion clubs” and body rub parlors, local governments are...

02Dec
2011
Seminar Papers

Protection of Privacy: The Other Side of the FOI Coin

The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act came into force in 1992. The purposes of the Act are expressed in section 2 as...

02Dec
2011
Seminar Papers

Local Government Services: Striking the Accommodation Balance

Section 8 of the Human Rights Code (the “Code”) prohibits discrimination on the basis of various enumerated grounds with respect to the...

02Dec
2011
Seminar Papers

Local Government Procurement: Beyond "Contract A"

Most local government officials dealing with procurement matters have at least some familiarity with ‘Contract A’. It is also well...

02Dec
2011
Seminar Papers

Injurious Affection and Highway Projects

The Court of Appeal’s recent decision in Susan Heyes Inc. dba Hazel & Co. v. Vancouver (City) 2011 BCCA 77 may have relieved some of...

02Dec
2011
Seminar Papers

Acquiring and Disposing of Interests in Land

This paper is intended to be a summary of key legal issues concerning the purchase and sale of land by local governments. We will be...

02Dec
2011
Seminar Papers

New Challenges in Land Use Regulation

This paper discusses common challenges in land use regulation. One common challenge is federal airport zoning regulations for land in the...

02Dec
2011
Events

Young Anderson Annual Client Seminar Vancouver

Young, Anderson held its annual Vancouver Client Seminar on December 2, 2011 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

03Nov
2011
Events

Legal Update

Bill Buholzer provided a legal update for the Association of Regional District Planning Managers in Victoria on November 3, 2011.

01Nov
2011
Events

Human Rights Conference - Continuing Legal Education

Carolyn MacEachern spoke at the Human Rights Conference for the Continuing Legal Education Society regarding discrimination with respect...

31Oct
2011
Client Bulletins

Election Contact Information

We confirm that our lawyers will be available throughout election day on Saturday, November 19 to deal with your election questions.

27Oct
2011
Events

LGMA - Clerks and Corporate Officers Forum 2011 - Affidavits and Oaths

Alyssa Bradley presented: "Affidavits and Oaths - The Corporate Officer's Role and Responsibilities as a Commissioner for Taking...

17Oct
2011
Events

The Approving Officer as a Statutory Decision-Maker - MATI

Bill Buholzer spoke on The Approving Officer as a Statutory Decision-Maker at the MATI School for Statutory Approving Officers in...

12Oct
2011
Events

Board of Variance Seminar

Alyssa Bradley and Bill Buholzer presented a seminar on board of variance matters to local government staff in the Sea to Sky Corridor on...

06Oct
2011
Events

Pop-up Planning Issues - Simon Fraser University City Program

Bill Buholzer presented a one-day course called "Pop-up Planning Issues" for the Simon Fraser University City Program at Harbour Centre...

05Oct
2011
Client Bulletins

Definition of Employee for Election Purposes

Employees of a local government who want to run for office with their local government must take a leave of absence during the nomination...

03Oct
2011
Blog

Sukh Manhas and Reece Harding off to the Supreme Court of Canada

Sukh Manhas and Reece Harding appeared in Ottawa from October 13 to 19, 2011, for their appearance before the Supreme Court of Canada in...

21Sep
2011
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 22, Number 2 - UBCM Conference Issue

In this UBCM Conference Issue: Some Observations on the Municipal Auditor General, Provincial Consultation Requirements “Aspirational”,...

15Sep
2011
Events

Case Law Update

Sukhbir Manhas presented a case law update at the Thompson Okanagan Local Government Management Association Chapter Annual Conference in...

09Sep
2011
Events

Brown Bag Planning Clinic - Highlands

Gregg Cockrill and Alyssa Bradley presented a Brown Bag Planning Clinic on Friday, September 9, hosted by the District of Highlands. The...

16Aug
2011
Events

LIBOA - Dangerous Dog Application - Golden

Don Howieson presented a practical guide to a dangerous dog application, from seizure to destruction, at the LIBOA in Golden on August...

13Aug
2011
Events

MATI - August 13, 2011

Reece Harding taught the Introduction to Local Government Law and Bylaw Drafting Course on August 13, 2011.

21Jul
2011
Client Bulletins

Aeronautics Act Zoning Regulations

CBC News has recently reported that an overheight building at the Crown Isle Resort development near the Comox Valley airport could limit...

05Jul
2011
Client Bulletins

Court of Appeal Scuttles Riparian Area “Variance” Procedure

The B.C. Court of Appeal has held, in a unanimous judgment in Yanke v. Salmon Arm (City), that a hardship-based “variance” process that...

23Jun
2011
Client Bulletins

Solar Hot Water Ready Regulation Rolled Out

Effective on June 21, 2011 the Solar Hot Water Ready Regulation is in force. The regulation was made under s. 692 of the Local Government...

07Jun
2011
Events

Remedial Action Orders

Don Howieson and Michael Moll presented on Remedial Action Orders at the Licence Inspectors & Bylaw Officers Association Conference...

03Jun
2011
Client Bulletins

Councillor Convicted for Disclosure of Personal Information

In a May 24, 2011 Provincial Court decision in R. v. Skakun a Prince George councillor was found guilty of breaching section 30.4 of the...

03Jun
2011
Events

LIBOA - Dangerous Dogs

Don Howieson presented a paper to members of the LIBOA on Dangerous Dogs.

18May
2011
Blog

Bill Buholzer awarded Distinguished Partnership Award

Bill Buholzer was awarded LGMA's Distinguished Partnership Award at the recent conference in Penticton. The award recognizes Bill's work...

17May
2011
Events

LGMA Approving Officers' Workshop

Bill Buholzer spoke on preliminary subdivision approvals at the LGMA Approving Officers' Workshop In Penticton on May 17, 2011.

13May
2011
Events

2011 Planners' Brown Bag Clinic Series

Gregg Cockrill and Ray Young were on the road with the Young, Anderson Brown Bag Clinics, May through October providing a whole new focus...

02May
2011
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 22, Number 1 - LGMA Conference Issue

In this LGMA Conference Issue: How much is that doggie in the window? He’s not for sale anymore, Between a rock and a hard place: Court...

28Apr
2011
Events

LIBOA-Dangerous Dogs

Don Howieson presented a paper to members of the LIBOA on Dangerous Dogs.

19Apr
2011
Client Bulletins

OCP and Consistency

On April 18, 2011, in Residents and Ratepayers of Central Saanich Society v. District of Central Saanich [2011 BCSC 491], the Court held...

25Mar
2011
Client Bulletins

Castlegar Successfully Defends Remedial Action

Local governments are becoming increasingly comfortable with the use of remedial action requirements to address nuisance properties in...

09Mar
2011
Client Bulletins

The Constitutional Duty to Consult First Nations

In Reasons for Judgment delivered yesterday in the case of Adams Lake Indian Band v. British Columbia, the British Columbia Supreme Court...

03Mar
2011
Events

Continuing Legal Education - Municipal Law Update 2011

Bill Buholzer chaired the Continuing Legal Education "Municipal Law Update 2011" course offered at UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, March 3,...

22Feb
2011
Client Bulletins

No Liability in Nuisance for Canada Line Construction

In a significant decision for local governments, the Court of Appeal reversed the decision of the British Columbia Supreme Court in Heyes...

08Feb
2011
Blog

Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute

Alyssa Bradley and Ray Young spoke at the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute at the Sturm College of Law in Denver, on March 4, 2011 on...

04Feb
2011
Blog

Young, Anderson Annual Victoria Client Seminar

Young, Anderson held its annual Victoria Client Seminar on February 04, 2011 at the Westin Bear Mountain Resort.

04Feb
2011
Events

Young, Anderson Annual Victoria Client Seminar

Young, Anderson held its annual Victoria Client Seminar on February 4, 2011 at the Westin Bear Mountain Resort.

15Dec
2010
Client Bulletins

Building Permit Applications and New DCCs

Effective January 1, 2011, the new s. 937.001 of the Local Government Act comes into force, protecting building permit applicants from...

03Dec
2010
Seminar Papers

Construction Projects: From Start to Finish

In this paper, we will provide you with techniques in managing risk in contractual relationships for construction projects. The...

03Dec
2010
Seminar Papers

Sauce for the Gander: Conflict of Interest for Elected Officials and Employees

Most local government elected officials and employees are aware that the Community Charter contains a comprehensive set of rules with...

03Dec
2010
Seminar Papers

Elections - Gearing Up for 2011

The first part of this paper reviews what we think are the top election issues, with our choices based in part on court decisions since...

03Dec
2010
Seminar Papers

Telecommunications: Towers of (Federal) Power

While some telecommunication towers, such as the CN Tower, can offer multiple uses and be heralded as a landmark, other telecommunication...

03Dec
2010
Seminar Papers

Local Governments and Carbon Offsets

"Allowance units", "compliance units", "emission reduction units", "carbon neutrality", "carbon offsets"...What are these terms and...

03Dec
2010
Seminar Papers

Avoiding Labour and Employment Litigation

Many recent cases serve as a good reminder of some general principles that employers can follow to try and avoid litigation or at least...

03Dec
2010
Seminar Papers

Legislative Powers Fettering Agreements - The New Kid on the Block

The Supreme Court of Canada's observation that municipalities cannot "sell zoning" in the absence of provincial legislation implementing...

03Dec
2010
Seminar Papers

The Growing and Selling of Medical Marijuana: A Local Government's Role

In recent years, medical marijuana dispensaries have been opening up across British Columbia. To date, there are approximately 8...

03Dec
2010
Events

Young, Anderson Annual Client Seminar

Young, Anderson held its annual Client Seminar on December 3, 2010 at the Hotel Vancouver.

19Nov
2010
Events

Subdivision Regulation and Discretion - CLE

Ray Young and Christina Reed spoke at the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia on "Subdivision Regulation and...

03Nov
2010
Events

Vancouver Island Local Government Management Association

Carolyn MacEachern presented a labour relations update at the Annual Conference of the Vancouver Island Local Government Management...

28Oct
2010
Events

Association of Regional District Planning Managers

Bill Buholzer will be speaking at the Association of Regional District Planning Managers at the Coast Hotel in Victoria, October 28, 2010

22Oct
2010
Events

Acting Local: Municipal Government Responses to Climate Change

Bill Buholzer and Alyssa Bradley presented Acting Local: Municipal Government Responses to Climate Change, sponsored by Simon Fraser...

20Oct
2010
Blog

Young, Anderson Annual Client Seminar - December 3, 2010

Young, Anderson held its annual Client Seminar on December 3, 2010 at the Hotel Vancouver.

19Oct
2010
Client Bulletins

Supreme Court of Canada Finds Private Airport Zoning Regulations Inapplicable

In two cases released on October 15, 2010, Quebec v. Lacombe, 2010 SCC 38 and Quebec v. Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA),...

18Oct
2010
Events

LGMA School for Approving Officers

Bill Buholzer presented at the LGMA School for Approving Officers on "The Approving Officer as a Statutory Decision Maker". Kelowna,...

04Oct
2010
Events

Canadian Institute of Planners

Bill Buholzer presented a paper on British Columbia's local government climate change legislation. Montreal - October 4, 2010

28Sep
2010
Client Bulletins

The Latest on Procedural Fairness Requirements in Public Hearings

In Vancouver Island Community Forest Action Network v. Langford 2010 BCSC 1357 the British Columbia Supreme Court left the door ajar on...

23Sep
2010
Events

PIBC Lower Mainland PlanTalk

Bill Buholzer and Alyssa Bradley spoke at PlanTalk: Zoning Hot Topics Workshop at SFU Harbour Centre in Vancouver.

01Sep
2010
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 21, Number 2

In this Issue: Court OKs process for Surrey civic centre expropriation, What's the big deal about Arkinstall? (Or how to stop worrying...

16Aug
2010
Events

LIBOA - Dangerous Dogs

Don Howieson presented a paper to members of the LIBOA on Dangerous Dogs.

12Aug
2010
Events

Municipal Administrators Training Institute, UVIC

Reece Harding presented a primer on Local Government Law issues to registrants of the MATI 1 course. Victoria, August 12, 2010

09Jul
2010
Blog

Bill Buholzer elected as Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners

The firm is pleased to announce that Bill has been elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners. Election as a Fellow of...

24Jun
2010
Client Bulletins

Bill 11 Tweaks Planning Powers

On June 3, 2010 the Lieutenant-Governor gave Royal Assent to Bill 11, the Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act (No. 2), 2010, which...

24Jun
2010
Client Bulletins

Riparian Areas Regulations Reviewed by British Columbia Supreme Court

The reasons for judgment released this week in Yanke v. City of Salmon Arm examine the role of the Riparian Area Regulations in a very...

18Jun
2010
Events

2010 Planners Open Clinics - Prince George

June 18 - Prince George - Host: Prince George

10Jun
2010
Events

LIBOA - Arkinstall: Why You May Need An Entry Warrant and How to Get One

At the annual Licence Inspectors and Bylaw Officers Assocation Conference held in Merrit B.C., Don Howieson and Michael Moll presented a...

10Jun
2010
Events

International Municipal Lawyers Association Conference

Bill Buholzer presented a paper on the Catalyst Paper Corporation and TimberWest Forest Corporation taxation bylaw challenges, at the...

04Jun
2010
Events

2010 Planners Open Clinics - Lower Mainland

June 4 - Lower Mainland - Host: Maple Ridge

01Jun
2010
Client Bulletins

Telling the Whole Story

In Pucci v. City of North Vancouver (2010 BCSC 743 May 26), the Supreme Court set aside a decision to refuse a rezoning, which if adopted...

31May
2010
Events

Planning Institute of British Columbia - Municipal Government Response to Climate Change

Alyssa Bradley and Bill Buholzer presented a pre-conference course on local government responses to climate change, sponsored by SFU City...

26May
2010
Events

Government Finance Officers Association - Annual Conference

Case Comments/Collection/Tax Sales - GFOA Annual Conference May 26 - 28, 2010 in Kamloops

25May
2010
Client Bulletins

Court of Appeal Broadens Entry Warrant Requirement

A recent decision of the British Columbia Court of Appeal has significantly narrowed the circumstances under which local governments can...

19May
2010
Events

Local Government Management Association - Annual Conference

Ray Young presented his paper "Good Planets are Hard to Come By", answering the question: Do We Have the Tools to Defend it? Whistler -...

18May
2010
Events

Local Government Management Association - Approving Officers' Seminar

Bill Buholzer presented on leasehold and phased strata subdivisions. Whistler - May 18, 2010

10May
2010
Events

Municipal Administrators Training Institute, University of Victoria

Reece Harding spoke at the local government law seminar, Municipal Administrators Training Institute, University of Victoria Victoria,...

07May
2010
Events

2010 Planners Open Clinics - South Island

May 7 - South Island - Host: Highlands

29Apr
2010
Client Bulletins

Court of Appeal Upholds North Cowichan Tax Rates Bylaw

On April 22, 2010, the British Columbia Court of Appeal delivered Reasons for Judgment in Catalyst Paper Corporation v. North Cowichan...

23Apr
2010
Events

2010 Planners Open Clinics - Lower Mainland

April 23 - Lower Mainland - Potential Host: Richmond (stay tuned)

23Apr
2010
Events

Disciplinary Investigations and Procedures

North Central LGMA Prince George April 23,2010

16Apr
2010
Events

Anatomy of a Zoning Bylaw

Vancouver April 16, 2010 Simon Fraser University Seminar

09Apr
2010
Events

2010 Planners Open Clinics - West Kootenay

April 9 - West Kootenay

27Mar
2010
Events

Municipal Powers and Resources for Climate Change

At Centre for Civic Governance Conference "Resilient Communities: Cool Ideas for Locally-Elected Leaders" Harrison Hot Springs, March...

25Mar
2010
Events

Impact Fees and Infrastructure Financing

Atlanta March 25, 2010 Institute for Comparative Metropolitan Growth

12Mar
2010
Events

Airspace Title & Planning Seminar

Kamloops, March 12, 2010

05Mar
2010
Events

Labour, Employment & Human Rights Law

Capilano University March 5, 2010

05Mar
2010
Events

2010 Planners Open Clinics - North Island

March 5 - North Island - Host: Comox

05Mar
2010
Events

Climate Change & Using the New Local Government Powers

Victoria March 5, 2010 Simon Fraser University Seminar

01Mar
2010
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 21 Number 1

In this Issue: "Curious" tender clause unenforceable, Tax bylaws not land use planning tools, Catalyst update: Vancouver Island tax...

27Feb
2010
Blog

OCA ruling on municipal representative participation on regional government boards

The Ontario Court of Appeal has recently held that municipal representatives sitting on regional government boards or county boards may...

09Dec
2009
Client Bulletins

Victoria v. Adams

The Court of Appeal has upheld the decision of the BC Supreme Court that Bylaws enacted by the City of Victoria to prevent the erection...

01Dec
2009
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 20 Number 4

In this Issue: City breaches land use contract, Post-hearing information sinks bylaw, Hornby Island claims rejected, Burnaby licence...

27Nov
2009
Seminar Papers

Reducing Liability in Tendering: An Update

The firm’s 2001 seminar included a presentation entitled "Reducing Liability in Tendering". The paper upon which that presentation was...

27Nov
2009
Seminar Papers

Recent Decisions of Courts

Virdis v. North Vancouver (City) 2009 BCSC 1118 This challenge to an OCP amending bylaw dealt with whether the rather distinctive...

27Nov
2009
Seminar Papers

Public Hearings

We are all very familiar with the requirement of section 890 of the Local Government Act that local governments hold a public hearing...

27Nov
2009
Seminar Papers

Nuisance, Negligence and the Canada Line

Local governments make decisions every day that have a direct effect on the profitability of people’s lands. Fundamentally, local...

27Nov
2009
Seminar Papers

New Technology and Social Media in the Workplace

Employee use of the internet and email, both at work and at home, raises unique challenges for employers given the proliferation of the...

27Nov
2009
Seminar Papers

Is your security worth the paper its written on

Questions frequently arise regarding forms of security that are available for consideration by local governments. This paper will analyze...

27Nov
2009
Seminar Papers

How to achieve a successful remedial action

Council has the power under Part 3, Division 12 of the Community Charter to impose a remedial action requirement on a person. The...

27Nov
2009
Seminar Papers

Elected Officials - Game Misconduct

In the last year or two, there have been a number of interesting court decisions involving the behaviour of elected officials and their...

27Nov
2009
Seminar Papers

The Basics of Expropriation

How does a local government take land without the consent of the owner of the land? This paper outlines, in very general terms, the...

27Nov
2009
Seminar Papers

Appointment and Powers of Bylaw Enforcement Officers

On more than one occasion we’ve been asked about the validity of a specific individual’s appointment as a bylaw enforcement officer. The...

19Oct
2009
Client Bulletins

North Cowichan Wins Battle Over Catalyst Tax Bill

Municipalities can breathe a sigh of relief with the release on Friday, October 16, 2009 of the Supreme Court of British Columbia's...

01Sep
2009
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 20 Number 3

In this issue: Councillor charged with privacy offence, Candidate fraud invalidates election, OCP consistency rule hardened?, Human...

01Jun
2009
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 20 Number 2

In this Issue: Provincial consultation with local governments - a matter of principle? Consultation failure invalidates Island bylaws,...

04Apr
2009
Client Bulletins

Client Bulletin - Number 40

On April 9, 2009, the B.C. Supreme Court released its decision in Barnet v. Cariboo Regional District (2009 BCSC 471), striking down the...

01Mar
2009
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 20 Number 1

In this issue: No Charter protection for sidewalk encroachments, Municipal access agreements: CRTC allows road degradation fees,...

01Dec
2008
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 19 Number 4

In this Issue: Development permits - possibilities and limitations, Court upholds Metro Vancouver air quality controls, Mobile home park...

28Nov
2008
Seminar Papers

Smut, Smoking and Skinny Dipping: Avoiding "Criminal" Bylaws

Certain matters, such as pornography, nudity and drugs, have inspired municipalities to adopt bylaws that resemble criminal law. Such...

01Nov
2008
Seminar Papers

Strata Development 101

Why Should I Learn About Strata Property? Not only is it quite possible that you will own strata property at some point in time, but as a...

01Nov
2008
Seminar Papers

Regulations of Highways and Parks

Municipalities have the unique position of being custodians of important community property resources: the network of highways, parks,...

01Nov
2008
Seminar Papers

Recent Decisions of the Courts

Martin v. Vancouver (City) 2008 BCCA 197 This was the first judicial decision to consider the power of a BC municipal council to...

01Nov
2008
Seminar Papers

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Navigable Waters, But Were Too Afraid To Ask

Reference to the federal head of power over "shipping and navigation" is enough to put a chill through otherwise intrepid local...

01Nov
2008
Seminar Papers

Investigating and Enforcing Bylaws

The ability to investigate bylaw infractions and to enforce bylaws are both central to a local government's authority. This paper will...

01Nov
2008
Seminar Papers

Good News For Employers

Based on a review of the cases we have discussed over the past few years, local government employers may recall receiving various...

01Nov
2008
Seminar Papers

Going Green, The New B.C. Legislation

It is difficult to decide which aspect of the "climate change" problem, whose existence is being denied by an ever-diminishing number of...

01Nov
2008
Seminar Papers

Assistance

Local governments are subject to various rules and restrictions regarding their ability to provide financial assistance to other persons,...

30Oct
2008
Client Bulletins

Client Bulletin - Number 39

The majority of our clients may have greeted the decision in Victoria (City) v. Adams, 2008 BCSC 1363 with a mixture of dismay and...

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