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Guy Patterson

Recent Publications

16Mar
2021
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 32, Number 1

In this issue: Is our New "Home Office" a Zoning Contravention - Guy PattersonMunicipal Employers Should be Cautious if Considering...

27Nov
2020
Seminar Papers

Public Hearings: A New Era?

For decades, public hearings have been a reliable source of work for litigators acting against local governments in British Columbia. The...

22Sep
2020
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 31, Number 3 - UBCM Conference Issue

In this UBCM Conference issue:No Liability in Mistaken Up-Zoning Case - Joe ScafeCity Liable after Tenant's Illegal Backyard Fire - Amy...

26Mar
2020
Client Bulletins

Province Suspends Local States of Emergency

In an effort to ensure coordination between all levels of government in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Province’s Minister of...

12Mar
2020
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 31, Number 1

In this issue:BC Supreme Court Upholds New Westminster Renoviction Bylaw - Nick FalzonWho, in Law, is "Government"? - Bill BuholzerDrug...

22Nov
2019
Seminar Papers

Hot Topics in Planning Law

A review of papers delivered at past iterations of this seminar, purporting to address “hot” topics, provides some insight into our firm’s...

11Mar
2019
Newsletter

Newsletter Volume 30, Number 1

In this issue:Wu v. Vancouver: When Making Permitting Decisions, Slow Doesn't Equal Negligent - Guy PattersonCourt Upholds Increased Fee...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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