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Client Bulletins 2021

July 2021

21Jul
2021

BC Human Rights Commissioner Issues Guidance on Proof of Vaccination Requirements

As COVID-19 vaccination rates continue to increase and BC has entered Step 3 of its re-start plan, the BC Human Rights Commissioner has...

06Jul
2021

Phase 3 Restart – Transitioning Away from COVID-19 Safety Plans

As part of Step 3 of BC’s Restart Plan, employers are being encouraged to begin transitioning from COVID-19 Safety Plans to developing...

June 2021

11Jun
2021

BC Court of Appeal Restores the City’s Decisions Regarding Expiration of Building Permits

On June 9, 2021, the BC Court of Appeal released reasons for judgment in Yu v. Richmond (City), 2021 BCCA 226. In this case, the Court...

10Jun
2021

National Truth and Reconciliation Day

Federal workplaces, and workplaces that observe federal holidays, now have a new statutory holiday. On June 3, 2021, Royal Assent was given...

May 2021

13May
2021

Bill 13-2021: Paid Sick Leave

On May 11, 2021, Bill 13-2021, which amends the Employment Standard Act, RSBC 1996 c 113, received its first reading. Bill 13-2021...

06May
2021

BC Court of Appeal Upholds New Westminster’s Renoviction Bylaw

In 1193652 B.C. Ltd. v. New Westminster (City), 2021 BCCA 176 the British Columbia Court of Appeal ruled that the provisions of New...

April 2021

29Apr
2021

Court Upholds City’s Censure of Councillor

On April 21, 2021, the BC Supreme Court released reasons for judgment in Dupont v. Port Coquitlam (City). Councillor Dupont had commenced a...

23Apr
2021

BC Introduces Employer Paid Leave for COVID Vaccine

The BC government has introduced a bill (Bill 3) to amend the Employment Standards Act. It has not been passed, but once passed, its effect...

15Apr
2021

Anti-Maskers and Human Rights: Does the Code Protect Me?

The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) has received a significant number of complaints since October 2020 alleging...

15Apr
2021

COVID-19 Employee Vaccinations Leave Added to the Employment Standards Act

In our March 24, 2020 blog post titled “Changes to the Employment Standards Act in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis”, we summarized the...

March 2021

31Mar
2021

Severance Agreements Withheld on Basis of Settlement Privilege

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia (“OIPC”) recently released a decision confirming that...

30Mar
2021

Residential Rental Tenure Zoning Bylaw Upheld by BC Supreme Court

In reasons released March 30, 2021, indexed as V.I.T. Estates Ltd. v. New Westminster (City), 2021 BCSC 573, Mr. Justice Saunders of the BC...

26Mar
2021

COVID Vaccine Update: Employee Groups Prioritized for Vaccine

Following completion of our recent Newsletter article regarding COVID vaccines, the Provincial government announced it would be providing...

February 2021

23Feb
2021

Bill C-21: Municipal Bylaws and Regulation of Firearms

Gun violence is a significant issue. Currently, pursuant to section 8(5) of the Community Charter, a municipal council may, by bylaw,...

17Feb
2021

Site Disclosure Statements – Issues for Local Governments

The amendments to the contaminated site identification and remediation provisions in the Environmental Management Act (EMA) that came into...

January 2021

25Jan
2021

Changes to Contaminated Sites Legislation come into effect on February 1st, 2021

The British Columbia Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (the “Ministry”) has made changes to the site identification...

21Jan
2021

Face Coverings (COVID-19) Order and Protective Measures (COVID-19) Order

On January 8, 2021, the Province made Ministerial Order No. M012/2021 – Face Coverings (COVID-19) Order and Ministerial Order No. M013/2021...

12Jan
2021

Campaign Contributions, In-Stream Development Applications and Conflicts

In Allan v. Froese, 2021 BCSC 28, released on January 11, 2021, the BC Supreme Court dismissed a petition seeking the removal of the mayor...

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